April 2018

Mets sticking to Primary Uniforms….

The Mets are 12-2, and as is common with periods of good play, teams try to change as little as possible. Such is the case with the Mets uniforms.

As previously stated, the Mets have four uniforms this year. The home pinstripes, a road gray top, and two blue uniforms for home and the road respectively.

Despite having these two blue alternates in the wings, the Mets have only worn their home pinstripes and road grays. In addition the corresponding alternate caps have also been missing-in-action.

So why are the Mets not wearing their blue uniforms? Two reasons, I believe:

1. If It Ain’t Broke Don’t Fix It: This one makes the most sense. If the Mets continue to win in the primary uniforms, no reason to have the superstitious ballplayers raise their eyebrows to a new uniform.

Also, it’s not like anyone has any objections to the primary uniforms, they look pretty good.

2. None of the Pitchers Like To Use Them: In the past, the blue uniforms were Harvey’s thing, and sometimes, Zack Wheeler will wear the occasional blue top on the road. Recently, however, everyone seems contempt with the conservative look.

 

Watch: Mets Crowd Chants

The Mets Have The Best Record In Baseball

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No, it’s not the day after Opening Day. It’s April 12th, and the season started on March 29th.

The Mets and their 10-1 record are the best in Baseball, and fans of the Orange & Blue are seemingly putting the champagne on ice.

To put this start in perspective, the 10-1 start is the best in franchise history. Additionally, the Mets sweeping a road trip of six games is a first since 1991. Add this all to the fact that a first time manager is at the helm, and this is truly one for the books.

Of course, no good comes without any bad, Travis d’Arnaud has come down with an injury in his UCL (ulnar collateral ligament) and Tommy John Surgery is likely. Additionally, Kevin Plawecki is day to day with a bruised wrist suffered in Wednesday Night’s Marlins-Mets game. This leaves a banged up Plawecki with Tomas Nido (and presumably Jose Lobaton if and when he gets on the forty man roster).

This, though, is peanuts in comparison to what has happened so far this year.

This homestand will be a challenge, though, as both the Brewers and Nationals are formidable opponents, and that’s ok. Will the Mets keep it up all season? No, but there is a very real possibility the Mets come out of April with over 20 wins, which would be absolutely fantastic.

As the saying goes, you can’t win a division in April, but you can lose one, and the Mets have done anything but that.

 

#MetsPlus360: Thor is in with Topps

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Ahh Baseball Cards. In my room, I have old math binders filled with hundreds of cards per season from 2005 to 2014. The fun of heading down to the convenience store and getting a eight pack of Topps cards,  only to rip the pack open and add it to the sacred collection (and trade them the following day in school) was some of the best fun I had in my childhood. Trading baseball cards was like the stock market for kids, only the reward wasn’t money, it was having a good time.

Nothing was better however that getting specialty cards. When I was young, getting a “Topps Attax” card to play with on the computer, or a postseason patch card was the a total thrill. The limited nature and secrecy of these cards made them very worthwhile, and a collectors item among my grade school trading friends.

Nowadays, I still…

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What’s Inside of a 2018 Club Mets Membership Kit?

Like I mentioned previously, I’m a member of Club Mets. For those that don’t know much about the Mets official fan club, here’s a basic primer.

Well, today, my membership kit arrived! It did arrive a little late, only a few days after Opening Day, due to third party shipping issues, but the folks out at the ballpark were aware of the delay, so it didn’t cost me anything.

The card comes in a basic economy-sized envelope:

Inside the kit, you have the breakdown of the perks on one side, and a very nice personalized card on the other, with fans cheering in the background.

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Did you get a Club Mets Membership? 

Alex Anthony Update: Is This why Alex was “Dismissed”?

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Photo Credit: Gary Dunaier 

Most Mets fans will agree that the last seven days have been pretty good in Mets-land. Mickey Callaway is pushing all the right buttons, the bullpen has been fantastic, and the Mets are in first place, with a nice 5-1 record.

With that being said, there was an apparent difference in the ballpark experience, with backup PA announcer Rob Rush calling the players up to the plate, instead of Alex Anthony, the longtime voice of the Mets who was recently dismissed. And, while we didn’t know too much regarding the circumstance of his firing, Bob’s Blitz is now reporting that an inside joke, done behind closed doors, is the reason for his dismissal, according to a close friend of Craig Carton, host of the Carton & Friends radio show:

“A friend of mine who is close with the Mets tells me that he (Alex) was in a closed office with a buddy, the door was closed and it was very private. The person who claims to have heard the joke was outside of the office. It was not done in front of anyone or done to embarrass anyone.”

Now, before I comment on this, we do have to note that this is still a rumor, the Mets refuse to say anything on the matter, but as they aren’t disputing this claim, it’s only fair to take it at face value.

Also, I do understand why the Mets should not be tolerant about this. While not everyone is an angel outside of working hours, you shouldn’t be disrespectful either, behind closed doors or not.

With that being said, the punishment Alex was given over a private joke behind closed doors” isn’t relative to the punishments the Mets have given to other instances of employee negligence. Take the Mr.Met incident, for example. After Mr.Met made a disturbing gesture in front of thousands of fans, many of whom are kids that idolize him, the employee was simply reassigned. That’s right, not fired, despite the whirlwind of negative press that ensued afterwards. Given that, I don’t think it’s plausible that the Mets fired their longest tenured PA Announcer over a private joke.

Like Carton said in his radio broadcast: “that sounds like a bit of a witch hunt against a guy who was with the team for 14 years”.

Either the Mets wanted him out over a preexisting matter, and they were looking for an excuse to do so, or, there is simply more to this story that we don’t know about. Simply put, the punishment doesn’t fit the crime.

 

Club Mets 2018 Memberships Available

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Since 2016, I’ve been a Club Mets member. The membership has cost $19 since I joined, and while there are a lot of pointless benefits, you do get two complementary tickets for any non-Saturday non-Opening Day game. So, if you use the ticket voucher wisely, that easily negates the $19 price tag, so a membership, in my opinion, is worth it.

This year, there is going to be a slight change for the Club Mets membership, instead of one membership, there will be two “tiers” of memberships. The regular membership, called the “Standard” membership, will cost $19.95, and will include all the basic amenities of the membership and will include Gameday Audio.

Additionally, there will be a brand new “Club Mets with At Bat Premium” level. This will include everything included in the standard level and a free At Bat subscription, for only ten bucks more at $30.95.

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I truly believe that the membership is worth it. You get a Citi Field Scoreboard message and two tickets, which is pretty much all you’ll get for the $19. I will renew for the $19 standard membership, as I already have MLB.TV.

If you do not have a Club Mets membership, I’d recommend getting one here.

WATCH: 2018 Seventh Inning Stretch

Who doesn’t love take me out to the ballgame, followed by everyone’s favorite “Lazy Mary”?

Now, you can live the stretch from the comforts of your home. Enjoy:

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How I’m Beating the Facebook MLB Deal

 

I’m going to the game.

Yep, it’s that easy.

I’ve been upfront with everyone on my thoughts of this horrid, horrid deal, which gives the user-only Facebook exclusivity to Major League Baseball games, and the Phillies and the Mets are the guinea pigs.

Not wanting to have anything to do with Facebook and having a desire to watch Noah Syndergaard, I made a trip to the ballpark yesterday to get tickets for the game!

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The weather is far from perfect, but I will do next to anything to get away from this Facebook deal, and this was a fantastic alternative.

Is anyone else going out to the ballpark to avoid watching the game on Facebook?