March 2018

Mets to add Rusty Staub Patch for all Remaining Games

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This is a nice touch.

To commemorate the life legacy of “Le Grande Orange”, Rusty Staub, the Mets have decided to add a patch to be worn for all remaining Mets games this year. The patch, which will be opposite the Mets skyline patch, features Rusty’s signature in orange on a black backdrop.

This is the first commemorative patch since the Ralph Kiner patch back in 2014. Kiner’s logo remains with the rest of the retired numbers over the Promenade level in left field.

While not currently on-sale, it is probable that these patches will go on sale soon, with the proceeds going towards an applicable cause.

 

Mets 2018 Walk Up Music

Since we talked about Alex Anthony yesterday (any updates on that situation will be posted) I thought we should stick on the same topic of stadium audio with one of the more pleasurable aspects of the ballpark experience:

Listening to the players walk up songs!

There is a good mix this year. We have country, religious, hispanic, pop, classical, and even mariachi.

None of this would be possible if it wasn’t for the fantastic editing of YouTuber jaspnguy, all credit goes to him.

Syndergaard- Thunderstruck by ACDC
Game of Thrones Theme by Ramin Djawadi
Nimmo- So Will I by Hillsong United
Fear is a Liar by Zach Williams
Cespedes- Quiereme by Jacob Forever
Bruce- Public Service Announcement by Jay-Z
Feel So Good by Mase
Cabrera- Scooby Doo Pa Pa by DJ Kass
Dura by Daddy Yankee
Frazier- Fly Me to the Moon by Frank Sinatra
Gonzalez- El Mariachi Loco by Mariachi de la Ciudad de Mexico
Plawecki- Ignition Remix by R. Kelly
Rosario- Vamos Amanacer by Secreto El Famoso Biberon
Flores- I’ll Be There For You by The Rembrandts
Lagares- Todo Se Lo Debo A El by Marcos Yariode
Gsellman- The Stroke by Billy Squire
Swarzak- Cochise by Audioslave
Familia- Danza Kuduro by Don Omar

 

 

Alex Anthony, Mets PA Announcer, Dismissed after 15 Seasons

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Photo Credit: Gary Dunaier 

This is very troubling news. The longest tenured Mets PA Announcer, Alex Anthony, the stadium voice of the Orange & Blue, has been “dismissed”, according to New York Post beat writer Mike Puma. Puma also indicates that the Mets are on the search for a new public address announcer. In the interim, the backup announcer, Rob Rush, (who has filled in since 2014) will call players up to the plate.

Considering they had Anthony reading promos for this season, and that he was the PA announcer during the Winter Classic, it’s obvious that this was a last minute un-expected change. Alex is also listed as the PA Announcer in the media guide.

I don’t want to speculate too much into what happened, as there are a lot of possibilities, some better than others, but clearly there is some bad blood. I honestly never thought Alex would leave. His voice was cemented into Citi Field, it was just so “Mets”, and somehow everyone realized that.

Hopefully we get some closure on this. Alex was the most iconic and longest tenured PA Announcer in Mets history, so fans definitely deserve an explanation, and we will be waiting for one.

Rest In Piece, Rusty Staub

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This is a very sad story for the morning of Opening Day.

Everyone’s favorite Met, “Le Grand Orange”, Rusty Staub, has passed away.

Rusty was 73 when he made his transition early Thursday morning.

Stub’s legacy has always been prominent with the Mets fan base and will be immediately felt at Citi Field, where the Mets begin their 2018 campaign at 1:10pm, against the St.Louis Cardinals.

It was reported a few weeks ago that Rusty was in critical condition down in West Palm Beach, Florida, it was one of many health issues that Rusty faced late in his life.

Everyone wishes Rusty Staub’s family and friends their deepest sympathies.

#LinksAboutHim: Opening Day Edition

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Welcome to a very special #LinksAboutHim. Today, we are not talking about a person, but about an event. The event that is better than Christmas, Easter and your birthday put together. It’s Opening Day! Be sure to share your posts with me on Twitter @NikoMetsPlus. 

  • The folks at Amazin Avenue share the lineup and the complete game preview here.
  • Something out of Tony LaRussa’s playbook, Noah Syndergaard, tomorrow’s starter will be batting eighth. Here’s what Newsday had to say about that.
  • Josh from Mets Merized shares a report that the Mets have considered adding Greg Holland to upgrade the bullpen depth.
  • The 7 Line blog details news of a rather unique way to get to the ballpark, the Transit Museum vintage run.

WATCH: Four Aces, Callaway, Meet the Media

As Seen on Twitter: Cosmetic Changes at Citi Field

Tomorrow’s Opening Day, and, thanks to the workout day this afternoon, we are seeing some interesting cosmetic changes to the ballpark, that are mostly “under the hood”.

Check them out:

This is a change I really like. The more blue and orange there is, the better.

It’s also the tenth season of play at Citi Field, so it’s about time to see some of these cosmetic changes appear.

Another interesting change comes from the dugouts. This one, admittedly, is a little odd. Every year since the early 2000’s, New Era has sponsored the dugouts. This year, however, Toyota is getting in on the dugout sponsorship, and it looks a little pale.

For more from Twitter, follow @NikoMetsPlus on Twitter. 

Three Reasons Why I’m Excited to Watch Opening Day from Home

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As I mentioned previously, I will not be in attendance on Opening Day. It is a first for me since the 2011 season.

Essentially, the combination of a high price tag and a busy schedule are keeping me home, but as I’ve reflected over the decision, I’m trying to justify if I did anything wrong. Is there any problem with watching the game at home? Sure, the atmosphere is different, and it’s hard to truly launch into the season without hearing that first Let’s Go Mets chant, but there are some nice perks about watching the game from the couch.

1. I Have $260 in my Pocket

This is still the best thing about not going to Opening Day. I’ve already purchased tickets to multiple games in 2018, and I haven’t come close to the $260 that I was willing to fork over for Opening Day tickets.

I do think that Opening Day is worth an additional sum, but if you aren’t going to go, it is comforting knowing that you saved a lot of money.

2. Having a Fantastic Broadcast to Listen to

This one is easy. There is no better broadcast than an SNY broadcast, and listening to the sweet sound of Gary, Keith and Ron isn’t a bad alternative to being at the game. It’ll be especially nice to hear Gary Cohen, who has been calling NCAA Basketball games for the better part of Spring Training, so there will be a lot of new insight.

3. I can Stop Worrying about the Weather

Weather and Opening Day is always a sensitive issue. There has been rain in the forecast that has been on and off for about a week, but it doesn’t look like there will be any sun. Instead, my first game will be on Sunday, a sunny 60 degree day. That (to me) sounds much better.

I Will Not Attend Opening Day

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No, I’m not protesting.

For the first time since 2011, I’m going to be watching the home opener for the Mets from  the comforts of my home, in Astoria, New York.

While I’d love to be at the game, I can’t justify the $80 price tag (per person, and my group is a group of three). With the $240 dollars that I’m saving on home game #1, I can go to the next ten home games, and still have cash left over.

In addition to that (though not the reason for my absence) I’m working a super-cool event prior to Opening Day, which oddly does involve Mets fans, but it’d be somewhat inconvenient to run to Citi Field afterwords, and not have time to fully experience the ballpark atmosphere, something I like to do the first time I’m at the ballpark.

Now, I should acknowledge that this news is something that 99% of you do not care about, but since this is a “personal” blog, I like to document these things. You know, for the future.

The Secret to Avoiding Mets Fees, Everytime

Baseball season is upon us, and many of us fans are buying our tickets to watch the Amazin’s.

You listen to the commercials and head over to the Mets ticketing website, Mets.com/Tickets. You look for a game that you are interested in, and see that tickets “start from $15”.

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You proceed to purchase the cheapest available ticket for yourself (typically in the Promenade Outfield and/or Reserved). You then log in to your MLB.com Account, only to see that your subtotal isn’t $15, it’s $23.

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That’s $8 of fees on a $15 ticket, or 53% of the original ticket price. To reiterate, you are paying 53% extra on your ticket in processing fees. That’s obscene.

You can call the Mets over the phone, select any pickup option, yet you will still have to pay these fees.

Here’s the thing, though. In order for something to be a “fee”, there has to be a way to beat it. Airlines do the same thing, and like them, the Mets only allow you to do beat it through the toughest method of purchasing tickets: Going to the stadium, in advance.

That’s right, the way to avoid these ridiculous surcharges is the only method that requires the Mets to physically talk to you in person, print out the ticket on expensive ticket stock and give you a pocket schedule.

Here’s the problem, you can’t take advantage of this day of game.

Across the board, ticket prices go up day of, so you’d have to go to designated advanced ticket windows at the previous game, or make a trip out to the ballpark just for the fun of it.

Of course, sometimes there are even cheaper deals on StubHub or through BOGO promotions, but for those of you who don’t take advantage of those or go to games solo, you can rack up huge savings by purchasing tickets in-house.