Sorry To Have Been Out Of The Loop

 

Well, instead of worrying about David Wright’s and R.A. Dickey’s contracts and how the Mets would put a contending team on the field for 2013, me and every other person in the NY Metro area’s lives has been side tracked by the devastation Hurricane Sandy brought upon us.

As you see in the picture up top, I lost the roof over the extension of my house. Underneath that roof is my living room that had rain coming through it on Monday night during the height of the storm. After grabbing some tarps from my basement and running to the yard to grab garbage cans, hoping the tree in my yard did snap while I was out there, we staved off a disaster.

Thankfully my contractor that I’ve used for renovations on my house, sent his guys over Tuesday to fix my roof and tear down the ceiling in my living room and as I type this they are re-sheet rocking the ceiling they just put in a year ago. But I am a very lucky guy.

The Atlantic Ocean is a mile and a half from my house. In the summer it’s a nice walk straight down from my door to the fishing pier and boardwalk on Father Capadano Blvd. My daughter plays soccer on a beautiful Field Turf pitch by the pier and I’ve used the baseball fields next to it for many baseball practices, from t-ball through high school. It’s one of the best spots in Staten Island. Today it is a Federal disaster area.

Never ever in my wildest imagination did I think the Atlantic Ocean would ever land on my doorstep. The ocean water came within two blocks of my house, just think, the ocean is a mile and half from my house and the surge just miss my front door.

Television doesn’t do justice to the devastation in the area of South Beach or the whole south coast of Staten Island. The death toll from this disaster has been under reported. Many cops and firemen have told us they are finding bodies under the ruins where homes used to stand. Yes, the area is in Zone A and yes folks were given ample warning to leave but you have to remember the folks who live down there are veterans of hurricanes and severe Nor’easters and have toughed out many a storm. But there has never been a storm that hit like Hurricane Sandy.

Like I say myself and my family were spared in fact I never lost electricity so friends and family who needed to charge phones, computers or needed a hot shower or a cup of coffee came over. In the wake of such a hearting breaking tragedy, it was amazing having friends over for pot luck dinners and hearing kids laughing in my basement as they played games or watched TV.

It’ll get better here on Staten Island and in Breezy Point where my aunt and uncle had a home  for years when as a kid my father would tell us we were headed to visit relations on the “Irish Rivera” to have lots of food, lots of drink and watch lots of Mets baseball. What is stunning is the two hardest hit areas of NYC, Staten Island and Breezy Point, are home to the largest concentration of the city’s first responders.

Give me a couple of more days and I’ll be back worrying about David Wright’s contract and whether it’s better to keep R.A. Dickey or trade him and which outfielders the Mets should be in hot pursuit of it’s just right now I got a few other things on  my mind.

and that’s the ceiling or what used to be the ceiling

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FREDDY SKILL SETS SEZ: NOT IN MY BACKYARD

Lot’s of talk about the Mets giving the Highlanders the thumbs down on their proposal to bring the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Highlanders to Newark NJ for one season as the clubs stadium gets a much needed overhaul.  The Mets are being made out to be the villians here when they did nothing wrong. As per the agreement with MLB before either the Mets or Highlanders try to do something like this they issue of territorial rights has to be addressed. The Bronx Bastards did just that and the Mets said no.

The outcry you hear most is that the Mets are being petty and by not allowing the Highlanders to let their Triple A team play in Newark is not in best interests of the City of Newark or baseball fans. That is pure out and out bullshit. I’ve been in Newark many more times that the folks who are crying about this so called injustice and I can tell you no Highlanders fans from Basking Ridge, or Bernardsville are coming into Brick City to see the Triple A Highlanders.  I’ve been to Riverfront Stadium in the past and found it to be a nice ballpark but in recent years the park has not been kept up and lacking in any positive atmosphere to the point I really have no desire to go from Staten Island to Newark (about a 20-30 min ride) to watch a ball game. In fact the same conditions can be found in the Ball Park at St. George where the SI Highlanders play. The Newark Bears have fallen on hard times and it has nothing to do with the city but with poor management and the fractured economy as well.

Throughout this whole Mets bashing argument there has been no mention of the fans of Scranton/Wilkes Barre, who I doubt will make the trip to Newark to watch their team play. I would guess there are colleges that have baseball fields in the Scranton area that could be converted into a temporary home for the Triple A Highlanders like what was done back in 1999 for the SI Highlanders, turning the College of Staten Island baseball field into a temporary home until the St. George park was built.  

As Mets fans, we all know that is the shoe was on the other foot, Highlander President Randy Levine would have to told Freddy Skill Sets to kiss his ass. That’s the Highlander way. So now that it’s Freddy who gives the Highlanders his ass to kiss, he’s a bad guy. As much as I’ve killed the Skill Sets over the years here, I’ve got their broke ass backs on this one.

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