Here’s a look at good ol’ Shea back when the Mets hosted the All-Star Game in 1964.
Christ, I’m getting old. Not only do I remember when the MLB All-Star Game was a big deal, I remember when it was played in the daytime. Really! Both leagues took this game seriously and the NL would dominate the AL back in the 1960’s and ‘70’s, mostly due to the NL having so many exciting and talented African-American and Latin players. The NL brand of baseball was so superior back then it forced MLB to implement the Designated Hitter rule for the American League so as to spike attendance at AL games.
The DH sucked then and it still sucks today, but baseball may be going back to those days when speed, pitching and defense made the game great, in fact it’s those features that have led to the Mets resurgence.
Watching the Mets come back to life the last 10 games and doing it the old fashion way with strong starting pitching and a reliable back end of the bullpen, has rejuvenated the fan base. This recent stretch of winning baseball has even had Terry Collins doing his best work as Mets manager. His call for a suicide squeeze with Ruben Tejada at the plate and All-Pro linebacker Kirk Nieuwenhuis rumbling down the 3rd base line was brilliant. If Collins would start implementing the hit and run I may start a campaign to extend his contract.
It’s hard to pinpoint what has propelled this turnaround and believe me I’m trying hard to not get too crazy here, but you have to admit, winning baseball is the tits. What I like even more is this bunch is starting to get a bit of a chip on its shoulder. Seems the Braves and Marlins were a bit put off by Jenry Mejia’ post save celebration. Although he claims he wasn’t looking into the Marlins dugout after the Mets win/Mejia save on Sunday, it sure seems as if Travis d’Araund was telling someone to go fuck themselves. Mejia himself said if anyone had a problem with his celebration then beat me. Mejia has embraced the closer role for sure
Who knows if this run is the start of something memorable, that’s the beauty of the baseball season we can speculate what we think will happen but the best part is sitting back and watching it unfold. Why can’t the Mets make a run at the division? It would behoove the management if this run continues , to make a deal for a big bat, not an easy task I understand, not just to show the fans they are committed to winning but to the players as well. I’m sure the talk in the clubhouse is about how this Mets team is playing as good as any team in the league right now and the players are looking at the baseball ops and the owner for a sign that all the talk about putting a winning team on the field is not the bullshit we’ve all been hearing for the past few years.
Ownership has spouted off about the how if the fans support the team then they would have the resources to make some moves. The fans came out this past weekend at Citi Field as the 3 game series with the Marlins drew 89,384 Mets fans. On Saturday I was in New Jersey, we went for lunch and the young man who waited on us saw my Mets cap and told me he was at the game the night before. We talked about the home runs by Duda and Wright and how exciting it is that the team is playing so well. I asked him where he was from, he said Freehold. I said, “That’s quite a hike from Freehold to Citi Field” He said he went with three other friends and took advantage of the “2 tickets for $28 Daniel Murphy All-Star Special” so it was worth the ride.
So an affordable ticket + an exciting baseball team =more fans at the game. That’s a common core math equation even Jeffy Wilpon can understand.
I Tweeted this last Saturday, seems that weasel Joel Sherman wrote about this today. Told you folks Sherman trolls the blogs and social media for story idea. Now that his Yankees suck , he’ll be all over the Mets blogs and Mets Twitters for story lines.
Shhhhhhhhhh do you hear that? That's the sound of the NY Mets taking over the town again
— Stephen Keane (@kranepool) July 12, 2014