May 2018

Compare and Contrast: Citi Field Right Field Scoreboard

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Please note that all pictures used are property of Gary Dunaier, this post would not be possible without his photography, see all of his images and albums here


2009-2011: 

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The first version of the Citi Field Scoreboard was one of the best for simplicities sake. It’s also technically the longest-lasting one, from 2009 until 2011. It features the lineups with respective lineups on the side, followed by the score and count below it. Underneath that was the pitcher’s name and very basic stats. Also present was the time and some unique trivia.

It was rather primitive in terms of graphics and special effects. Whenever a play occurred, the right field board would switch to the live cam of the action. Similarly, whenever a chant took place or something to draw people’s attention, only the top part would “react”, wheras the bottom part would still show the essentials (score, time, count).

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WATCH: Bartolo Goes Yard!

And they want a designated hitter in the National League……

Is It Time for Citi Field to Bring Back the Organ (Tracks)?

Do me a favor. Close your eyes, and picture you are at the game.

When you’ve done that, click play on the video below (you might have to open your eyes for that).

“No, Niko, the seventh inning stretch was never played on the organ at Citi Field”

And you’d be right, that’s because that was played before the game.

“Seventh Inning Stretch before the game, and you want that back, aren’t you a traditionalist?”

Well, not necessarily the stretch, I want the organ. Instead of the loud obnoxious pop music, I want the sweet sounds of a ballpark organ.

The organ, or, organ tracks, was in-use from 2009 until 2014, when it was retired in favor of generic tracks.

So Mets, you’ve done things to win back the hearts of old-school Mets fans before, why not bring back this organ? I don’t think anyone dislikes it, and if you use organ tracks, there is no cost associated with it…

UniformLineup.com Mets March/April 2018 Uniform Recap

Welcome to the 2018 Mets Uniform Recap with pictures courtesy of the great UniformLineup.com!

This year the Mets have four uniforms and three caps, with a few special event uniforms coming up over the next few months.

First, let’s take a look at the Mets Recap for March and April:

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And now, let’s look at the breakdown of these ascetically pleasing digs:

Here is a breakdown of the Mets March/April uniforms:

  • Home White Pinstripes: 11 games out of 26.  Paired with Primary cap.
  • Blue Home Alternate: 0 game out of 26.  (Not Worn)
  • Road Grey: 13 games out of 26  paired with Primary cap.
  • Road Blue Alternate: 2 games out of 26  paired with road alternate cap.

And here is a breakdown of the Mets March/April Caps:

  • Primary Mets cap: 24 games out of 26
  • Home Alternate cap: 0 games out of 26 (Not Worn)
  • Road Alternate cap: 2 game out of 26

Jacob deGrom Hyperextends Elbow During Loss Versus Atlanta

46 pitches, 36 strikes, and four dominant innings. A total of 18 ¹/₃ innings of consecutive scoreless innings. Then, all of a sudden, Paul Sewald is seen warming up in the bullpen, and ace Jacob deGrom is out of the game.

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There was no dramatics on the field, no cart taking him off the field, it was eerily quiet. Nothing more than an odd swing followed by the tiniest of grimaces.

After the game, the Mets announced that the injury was a hyperextended right elbow, a similar injury to what J.J Putz suffered in 2008, which set Putz back five weeks.

Mets third baseman Todd Frazier, however, was more hopeful, saying it shouldn’t be more than “one or two days to get back in the groove” but admitting that it could take longer as a pitcher who throws 100 pitches every five days.

If deGrom cannot make his next start in Cincinnati, Seth Lugo, Matt Harvey and Corey Oswalt are all plausible alternatives.

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?