November 29th, 2016

#MetsPlus360 Reflection: Piazza and the Hall Of Fame

Earlier this year, I was invited to a few events for Mike Piazza’s induction into the Hall of Fame. Today, I wanted to explain them a little better, as the coverage of the events when the happened was relativity poor:

The first event was the Farmer’s Museum Reception the night prior to Induction Day.

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In the event, I met Mr.Piazza, and had a good conversation with him about his induction. While it was a thrill for me to talk to him, I got the feeling (which was more than understandable) that he wasn’t really caring about what I was saying in return, as he had heard the same cliche stuff from at least 25 others within a five minute time period. I guess the fact the I cannot really feel what that’s like is what made the moment so special for me.

Additionally, while I enjoyed having some dialogue with him immensely, I couldn’t help but feel like I was in an area that I didn’t belong. Not because I didn’t have proper credentials, but because I hadn’t properly earn the right to be in that area yet. I’ve only experienced that a few times in my life as well, and, it too is a strange feeling.

I did make the most of the time, though. I got to take a photo with Commissioner Robert Manfred, and I got to interact with a lot of different personalities of the game that I respect and look up to.

The second feature was a feature of the Number Retirement Ceremony, where, in chronological order, I went to a hotel I could never afford, get a cool credential, be the first one of the first people in the ballpark, go to a Empire Suite, allow Al Leiter to use the bathroom before me, get ushered on to the field, purchase a The 7 Line “Forever 31” shirt, go back to the suite to watch the game, with Edgardo Alfonso and Cliff Floyd next to me!

This, again, was a surreal moment that I worry I didn’t take enough advantage of, and I highly suggest reading this post.

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Myself completely overwhelmed….

So that’s it. This was essentially just a re-post of two feature stories that were posted four months ago, but I wanted to bring it up again so that I could share a few more details, and share my reflections in public.

Thanks for reading, don’t forget, Winter Meetings coverage starts this Sunday, December 4th. 

Cespedes Signs a Four Year Deal worth $110 Million, and Everyone Loves It

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I spend a good amount of time on my Twitter feed, listening to other Mets fans, bloggers and beat writers talk about the pressing issues. This last month, for example, “Mets Twitter” has been very vocal about The 7 Line Uniform Vote, the loss of Colon, and re-signing Cespedes, and trust me, there are fans out there that tweeted something related to the Mets signing Cespsedes every two hours since he opted-out a month ago.

Before we get into the specifics of the deal, here are some of my favorite tweets after the news broke:

As far as the specifics of the deal, Cespedes has a full no trade clause, and it’s a four year deal with no opt-outs for four seasons, so this truly means we are “all in” on the 2017 season, and we should be serious contenders for the next few years at least.

Cespedes was arguably the biggest bat available on the market, with the possible exception of Jose Bautista, and he will fill the role of “the big, scary, power bat” that most successful teams have, and there is a lot of depth not named Ty Kelly behind him if he gets an injury like he did last year.