Just ‘Cause We’re Not Tweeting Doesn’t Mean We’re Not Watching

 

Last night while watching the Mets-Nationals game-yes I’m still watching the Mets – I opened up my Twitter app and saw one of the Mets beat writers asking why #MetsTwitter was so quiet? If you are not hip to #MetsTwitter, it’s a number of Mets fans who comment while games are in progress. The tweets are as entertaining and as witty as the repartee that goes on in the Mets TV and radio booth.  So why was the Mets chatter on Twitter so sparse?

You could say that the first day of school played a part as those of use with kids know that the first day means covering books, sharpening pencils and signing forms, lots of forms. Add in a Monday Night Football game of major interest to us Giants fans, with the Eagles-Redskins locking up and those of us who missed the season premiere of Boardwalk Empire and further episodes of Ray Donovan (I told my wife if we ever hit Powerball, I’m hiring a Ray Donovan type to handle all my problems, like someone parking in my driveway or noisy neighbors or anyone who writes a negative comment on this sight) and The Newsroom. Lots of stuff happening on the peripheral of Mets baseball but I still watched the game but really didn’t have the energy to make comments on Twitter.

Really at this point what is there to comment on? This team is playing without its best everyday player, its Ace starting pitcher and it’s finally very effective closer. First base has become a collection of mismatched socks. The young shortstop slacker who should be playing shortstop is getting a mega dose of tough love from the ex-Marine GM who has shown this season to be an intelligent soft spoken gentleman who makes moves without any emotional attachment to the players in his organization, a major plus in my book. We have a manager who is or isn’t coming back and pitching coach who shouldn’t come back (there and some fans who have this ridiculous notion that Dan Warthen is responsible for the success of Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler and Bobby Parnell when the real credit for the young supple arms should go to Frank Viola, Glenn Abbott, Randy St. Claire and Jason Issringhausen, the Mets minor league pitching coaches who have gotten these and the other young arms in the org ready) That plus the unknown of whether the owners will spend money over the winter or not AS PROMISED!!!! has worn down this fan base considerably. Just because we’re not ranting on Twitter doesn’t mean we’re not watching, we’ve just run out of material that’s all.

You know the Mets are playing out the string when Gary Cohen and RonDarling spend an inning discussing the coaching career of Joe Pignatano. It’s too bad the Call the Booth segment wasn’t used last night as I could have chimed in with my own “Piggy” story.

My wife and I were on 18th Avenue in Brooklyn about 19 years ago. We had just moved to Staten Island but we still went shopping in Bensonhurst because that’s where the best Italian salumeria’s, pork stores and bakeries are, the three important staples of my existence. Anyway, we pass an Apple Bank on 67th street and I see a sign that was promoting an appearance by none of than “Former Dodger and NY Mets coach, Joe Pignatano”  shopping for provisions would have to wait , I want to say hi to Piggy. I remember most of the conversation, how he missed his buddy “Gilly” (Gil Hodges) how Tom Seaver was the greatest pitcher who ever lived and believe it or not the problem with kids not throwing enough to strengthen their arms, Piggy was as Old Testament baseball as anyone. At this point my wife had enough and left to finish shopping and I was about to leave as well until I asked the question that got the biggest rise of all from the old coach “So Joe, where on Staten Island do you live”

I had read that Pignatano and his wife had left Bay Ridge for Staten Island. At the time of our meeting we had just made the move from Brooklyn to Staten Island as well and were still in the culture shock of being transplant.  The answer to my question was not what I was expecting. “Oh hell, I don’t live there anymore, we moved back to Brooklyn”  WOW! When I asked how come? Pignatano answered with a question, “why are you here today”? I told him to do food shopping; he laughed and said “See? You can’t find this food on Staten Island and if you do they’re getting the stuff from Brooklyn”. He also ranted on how it was too quiet and no one is out during the day so there are no neighbors to talk to and any time he needed to go to the store he have to drive . After a year on the Island he convinced his wife to move back to Bay Ridge or back to “civilization” as Pignatnao said.  

We talked for so long that my wife finished shopping and stood outside the front of the bank. I shook hands with Pignatano and told him what a pleasure it was to meet him but I have to get back to Staten Island. “Better you than me” he said with a big laugh.

 

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  1. My bride,last evening,smiled when I said, while losing 3-0,”god,I love baseball”the argument of which sport is better is apple and granite,it’s irrelevant. The viewings public loves the sex and violence of football. I will pass,no pun,Beside the wfan business decision ,(no one wants the aaa team nor the radio rights,either)a bad one,since I believe the arc of the franchises are in opposite directions ,I still enjoy the sny booth.What I m trying to say in a really roundabout way ,sorry, I that there is still something to b ehad from this season.And when th leaves are empty, I wil long for these games,so I pounce now…Warthan is terrible awful atrocious .Collins isn’t coming back or thy would have said so,he’s been a seat warmer…as always th best mets blog that I read,and look forward to.thanks

  2. Here is what being a mets fan,circa 2013,is: after the Mets hit,incredibly ,their second home run in the game,you go to SNY .tv and print out you coupon for,a) free sandwich at Subway? B)a free coffee at Dunkin Doughnuts ? Or c) a free disposable wipes dispenser with the purchase of 12 rolls of toilet paper?…C of course is the answer.they could not read the promo without laughing.its cut ally embarrassing ,at times, to root for this low rent bottom feeder
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  3. mikey boy324 says:

    Ill say it again as i have been for years i have no confidence that the mets will win a world series as long as the coupons own this team…basically Alderson has to hit on almost every single low risk high reward player he signs which i dont care if you eat sleep crap baseball is impossible. .I just know already they are gonna use Harveys injury as another long line of bs excuses..Ive had Jet fans tell me they felt the same way about Hess and then they got Woody but Ill take my chances at this point even if the new owner didnt spend money like crazy at least the Mets by default would stop being run like the Astros..Normally I Would say they ran the team like the royals but now they make them look like the yankees compared to the Mets especially after the WFAN debacle…I read that the Yankees let the Mets stay on the FAN because George was friends with Freddy and he felt bad just typical crap we as Met fans have to put up with God forbid we were interested in the same player the Rays have a better chance of getting him..

  4. a modest proposal:lets trade franchises with Tampa.No one goes to their games[last night before the fist pitch Joe madden turned to one of his coaches and said, very clearly “where the hell is everyone?” The rays are smart, play tough, well schooled, well coached have everything except a fan base.We have nothing except a fan base.Let Duda and Davis and Murphy play in obscurity down there,let Collins and Warthan perform their particular brand of magic in front of no one all the time.Id miss wright,Longoria would soothe that pain. Harvey Wheeler?Price Archer etc…plus Myers…maybe MLB would approve this, the Wilpons can do their bit in Florida, where the tax laws are more generous to thieves.just my thoughts…

  5. mikey boy324 says:

    I Would do it in a heartbeat only in our dreams..Im not just saying this cuz im a mets fan but having one of your big market teams act like the Rays or A’s is not.good.for the game hence the dodgers a few years ago the thing that really stings is selig didnt force them to sell like he did with MCcourt because hes good friends with Freddy..This is why I feel we as Met fans have to do whatever we can to force them to sell until they start acting like a New York team with one of the best fanbases in the game should act…

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