Mets Hire Two New Public Address Announcers; One Female!

 

 

This is very, very interesting news from the Mets.

After Alex Anthony (the longest tenured Mets PA Announcer, from 2003 until 2017) firing at the beginning of the year, it was PA Announcer Rob Rush who took over the helm as the voice of the stadium.

Rob’s voice was very similar to that of Anthony, and he had a similar style of voice. I had assumed that Rob would just slide in as the replacement, (he was previously the back-up) but he has now been reassigned, to make way for two brand new public address announcers, that will debut during this weekend’s Mets versus Cubs series.

The New York Mets today announced Marysol Castro and Colin Cosell as public address announcers for the 2018 season. Castro and Cosell will split duties for the team with Castro making her Citi Field debut tomorrow night and Cosell on Saturday night.

Castro will become the Mets’ first female public address announcer. She has spent the last two decades as a television journalist and host. Castro has previously worked at WPIX-TV, News 12 The Bronx and served as the weather anchor on Good Morning America for seven years. She has also anchored weather at CBS’s The Early Show and spent two years as a host and sideline reporter for ESPNCastro attended the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City and Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.

First off, I think it’s absolutely phenomenal that the Mets are letting a female do the PA duties, and Cosell seems like a good fit as well; that being said, I’m curious to see how they are going to break up the time. It’s already a part-time gig, so breaking it up seems like an odd choice.

Also, was anything wrong with Rob Rush? I knew he was the interim to start, but is it really necessary to hire two new voices? I guess we will see this weekend…..

Exciting Opportunities With World Series Champion Art Shamsky!

This is very exciting news. Art Shamsky, a member of the 1969 World Series Champion Miracle Mets, author of “The Magnificent Seasons”, and an ambassador of the Israel Association of Baseball has very exciting opportunities for fans and supporters alike that want to learn more about the history and heritage from one of the game’s best players.

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Mr.Shamsky is available for many different engagements. From Motivational talks, to baseball clinics, to charity events, to personal appearances (how neat would it be to have the opportunity to take in a game with Art himself?)

A few years ago, I had a chance to interview Art Shamsky, and I understood why he was not only a good player, but also a humanitarian for the sport, which also became apparent after reading his first book, The Magnificent Seasons, which is available here.

More details can be found on ArtShamsky.com, or by emailing info@artshamsky.com.

My 2018 Triple-A ASG Tickets Have Arrived!

You know how some people have a day that symbolizes the first day of summer? For some, it’s Opening Day, for others, it’s Memorial Day, and some kick off summer with a personal day, like a birthday or an anniversary.

For me, it’s the day my tickets for the Triple-A All Star Game come in the mail.

For those that don’t know, I’ve been going to the Triple-A All Star Game since 2011, in Salt Lake City. The event has always been a staple of the summer, with many memorable moments, like Matt Harvey dominating in Buffalo back in 2012, or Amed Rosario’s speed in last year’s All-Star Game in Tacoma.

Well, this year the event is in Columbus, Ohio, home of the Columbus Clippers, who play their home games in Huntington Park, right in the heart of Columbus.

The tickets were on-sale as a three-pack bundle, including the Home Run Derby (which has been significantly modified this year), the All-Star Game, and the September National Championship game.

I ordered the tickets on Monday morning (it’s $75 for non-premium locations, and $90 for box seats and more premium locations.

To my shock, the tickets have already arrived at my doorstep, in this nice and big beige package:

Ready for the good news? All tickets this year are commemorative once again! I guess Columbus learned from the frustration of the fans in Tacoma, who printed out their tickets on regular old cardstock.

The tickets also come with a very descriptive schedule of events, and a lanyard to hold the tickets.

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Overall, this is a very nice presentation by the Clippers, and it’s a good omen for what should be a very fun summer event.

Of course, I’ll be providing a full preview, in-game coverage, and recap on the blog, and on Twitter @NikoMetsPlus.

Thanks to the Columbus Clippers for their work sending these tickets over so fast, I’m very impressed! If anyone else is going to the Triple-A All-Star Game, they can purchase tickets here

Should the Mets ditch the Home Alternate Cap?

Yesterday, during the Marlins Mets series opener, Jason Vargas was spotted warring up with the incorrect Mets cap.

Instead of the Primary blue Mets cap with the interlocking NY, Vargas dawned the blue Mets cap with the white outline around the NY.

This cap is supposed to be worn with the blue alternate jersey, not white pinstripes.

Admittedly, it’s not a terrible look, but it’s not the perfect look that the primary cap provides.

So here’s the question:

Since the Primary Cap and Home Alternate Cap are so similar the players are mistaking the two, why not eliminate the alternate cap?

In fairness, the primary cap has been worn with the home alternate cap in the past, and it looks fine.

This won’t happen today or tomorrow but the Mets should consider cutting this cap, especially if they only plan on wearing it once a year, anyway.

Who’s next into the Mets Hall Of Fame?

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Last Friday, after Jose Reyes’ got a single to left single field, I checked twitter and saw that Johan Santana was being inducted into the Minnesota Twins Hall Of Fame (congrats, Johan!).

This made me ponder the list of candidates for the Mets Hall Of Fame:

Now that Mike Piazza and John Franco are in the Hall Of Fame, and the only other candidates from “Generation Piazza” being Al Leiter, and probably Edgardo Alfonzo, it’s time to think about candidates from “Generation Wright”.

Without any semblance of doubt, Jose Reyes will make the Mets Hall Of Fame. Jose is the Mets all time leader in stolen bases and triples, second all time in runs, hits, doubles, total bases, extra base hits and multi-hit…

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New Food Options at Citi Field: Raclette (Cheese Haus Sausage)

At the beginning of the year, in the “What’s New At Citi Field for 2018” event, the Mets unveiled some new food options for Citi Field.

As someone who likes ballpark food, I was looking forward to trying some of the new options from each of the vendors that premiered this Spring.

Getting There:

Raclette, the new Sausage joint in town, is located in the Promenade Level Food Court, next to the traditional Premio Sausages. To get there, simply take an escalator, staircase or elevator up to the top level, then head towards the food court behind home plate.

It’s easy to find with the signage located above the grill. The line is usually pretty short but moves rather slowly, and it isn’t covered, meaning it isn’t an ideal place to wait during inclement weather.

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The Choices:

There are three options at Raclette, which can be further customized beyond the order.

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There is the Alpine Bratwurst, without a doubt the most popular sausage, the Swiss Dog, essentially the same as the Alpine with a frankfurter replacing the sausage, and the Traditional.

I selected the Alpine Beat, with pickles. There are other toppings available upon request.

The Review:

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First and foremost, this sausage is huge. I mean, absolutely huge.

This is one of those meals that tastes like a hidden gem when you first bite into it, and quickly realize that you’ll never finish it before your half way through, which makes for a disappointing feeling.

Everything is tasty, and reasonably priced, but it’s so huge that it fills you up so quickly. The silver lining is how premium the baguette is. It easily makes the sandwich, if the bread quality stays up, then it’s a good meal.

The Verdict:

Not bad for a new option. I expect this to stick around for a few years. 8/10

WATCH: Seventh Inning Stretch At Citi Field

Who’s next into the Mets Hall Of Fame?

Last Friday, after Jose Reyes’ got a single to left single field, I checked twitter and saw that Johan Santana was being inducted into the Minnesota Twins Hall Of Fame (congrats, Johan!).

This made me ponder the list of candidates for the Mets Hall Of Fame:

Now that Mike Piazza and John Franco are in the Hall Of Fame, and the only other candidates from “Generation Piazza” being Al Leiter, and probably Edgardo Alfonzo, it’s time to think about candidates from “Generation Wright”.

Without any semblance of doubt, Jose Reyes will make the Mets Hall Of Fame. Jose is the Mets all time leader in stolen bases and triples, second all time in runs, hits, doubles, total bases, extra base hits and multi-hit games (only behind David Wright on all of them).

David Wright and Carlos Beltran are two other locks for obvious reasons, with David probably going in a few years before Carlos.

The gray area comes with players like Johan Santana. Of course, there his performance and his leadership, and the fact that he started four Opening Day’s for the Mets, but the no-hitter is really the x-factor for Johan. Think about it, if Santana doesn’t throw the no-hitter, what is his legacy? It’s still a good one, but nothing better than R.A Dickey.

Who Do You Believe will make it into the Mets Hall of Fame next? Let me know on Twitter @NikoMetsPlus. 

Looking at the Mets Mother’s Day On-Field Gear

This Sunday, May 13th, on Mother’s Day, Major League Baseball will celebrate by showcasing their thirty MLB clubs in commemorative gear. Unlike previous years, where the team wore special uniform tops and pants, it’s just going to be commemorative caps, socks and personal gear as an option (bats, cleats, batting gloves, wristbands, gloves, etc)

Here is the special cap the Mets will be wearing:

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And here are the optional socks, which will hopefully be seen by many players electing to wear high socks:

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What’s your thoughts on the Mets Mother’s Day gear, do you like it, or think it is overkill? Let me know if the comments below or on twitter @NikoMetsPlus.

 

When the Mets Slump, the Blog Slumps?

The Mets have hit a skid in the beginning of the month of May, and it’s fair to say the blog has met the same fate.

Unfortunately, for the next week to ten days, it’s mostly out of my control. I’m finishing my first year of college, which means finals, finals and more finals, and my weekend and evening obligations is occupying much of my free time.

Normally, this wouldn’t be an issue, but considering I prefer long-form articles, like the Citi Field scoreboard article, I’ve been holding back somewhat.

Anyway, expect more of what we’re all used to in a few days, I think we all need a few days to re-compose.

Now, Let’s Go Mets, and let’s win this series against Cincy!