November 13th, 2017
For a second consecutive year, the New York Mets would like to wish everyone a Happy “MetsGiving”.
For those un-aware of what the concept is, MetsGiving is basically the Mets giving back to the community, though a variety of fundraisers, events and other miscellaneous tasks to contribute.
The first “event” is coming up in just a few days, so I thought I would take this time to share the list of events, which includes some ways the public can get involved.
- Thursday, November 16 – Fourth Annual Turkey Giveaway – The Mets will work with the New York Common Pantry to hand out turkeys in Manhattan, Agape Food Rescue in Brooklyn, Cayuga Center in the Bronx, The River Fund NY in Queens and Project Hospitality in Staten Island. Each family will also receive ticket vouchers redeemable to select games during the 2018 season.
- Thursday, December 7 – Kids’ Holiday Party – More than 100 elementary school students from local schools will play games, enjoy lunch and perform holiday songs at the annual event. The children will receive a special visit from Santa and his elves who will be delivering gifts.
- Wednesday, December 13 – Mets Annual Coat Drive – The Mets in partnership with UnitedHealthcare will be collecting new and gently-used coats for New York Cares to distribute to those in need this winter. Fans donating one coat or more will receive a voucher redeemable for two tickets to a select Mets home game in April 2018 and enjoy a day-of discount at the Mets Team Store.
So, if you are in the spirit of giving, please consider donating a coat, or sharing the news by using the hashtag, #Metsgiving.
We all saw it coming, but now it’s official. Carlos Beltran, an all-star outfielder with an illustrious 20 year career, is calling it a career after winning the World Series with the Astros in 2017.
In an article in the Players Tribune, titled “Muchas Gracias, Béisbol”. Carlos explained why he made the decision to hang it up, and recollected on his career.
I remember when I got traded for the first time, from Kansas City to Houston in 2004. When I received the news, I was excited for the opportunity to play for a team that was contending. But at the same time, it was sad for me because of the great organization and teammates I had to leave behind. One of my dreams was to play for one organization for my entire career. I had always looked up to George Brett, who had played for the Royals for his entire career. I recognized how special it was for him to do that, and I wanted that, too.
Now, 20 years later, I have played for eight great organizations, and I would not trade any of the experiences I had with them for anything in the world. It has allowed me to play with many great players — to learn from them, to pass along my knowledge, to build great friendships, and to have a broader perspective on every aspect of the game of baseball.
I highly recommend reading the whole article, available here.
Unfortunately, many Mets fans still hold a grudge thanks to Beltran’s decision not to swing on the 3-2 pitch in Game 7 of the NLCS. That being said, I don’t think it’s a big deal, and I’m sure in time, most Mets fans will look beyond that plate appearance, and remember all the other memorable moments Beltran had as a Met.
So thank you Carlos, we’ll see you in five years in Cooperstown, New York.