YOUR NEW YORK METS PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

I don’t know about you but I need a break from we’re all gonna die coverage of Hurricane Irene, so I figured I’d keep  you up to date with some of the events  at Citi Field this weekend, well today and tomorrow because on Sunday we will all be waiting for Irene to come through town. Blizzards, below zero temps, record rain fall, 100 degree temps, and earthquake and now a hurricane, maybe these end of the world zealots aren’t the assholes I think they are.

Tonight at Citi Field the Mets will hold the first Mets Social Media Night. For $41.00 you get an $18 food and beverage credit, a seats in the Big Apple Reserve section and a greet and meet with Justin Turner (@RedTurn2 on Twitter) in the Bullpen Plaza before the game. There will also be giveaways and text and Twitter contests all through the evening.

Tomorrow the Mets will have a couple of events going on before the game.  At 1:15 PM NYC Firefighter Matt Long will give a talk about his recovery from a terrible accident he was involved in when he was biking to work during the 2005 Transit strike where he was hit by a from a private bus line shuttling commuters  during the strike. Long was a 9/11 responder and is the author of the book The Long Run which chronicles his recovery from life threating injuries.

As you enter the ball park tomorrow the Mets are asking that if you have some old baseball equipment gloves, bats, spikes, or catchers equipment that is collecting dust in your basement or attic to please donate it to the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, which collects equipment to distribute to youth baseball teams affiliated with the Greater New York Sandlot Athletic Association. The drop off area for the equipment will be the Jackie Robinson Rotunda.

If you are a football fan, you should check out the NY Football Blogs Podcast with me and Frankie “The Sports Guy” Maniscalco. Each week Frank and I have guest from in and around pro football and a look at fantasy football as well. We are also affiliated with SportsRantz.com, a site for sports fans to discus and mingle with other sports fans around the world.    

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I WILL BE CO-HOSTING NY FOOTBALL BLOGS LIVE TONIGHT AT 9PM ON BLOGTALK RADIO

Taking a break from all the Mets minutia, I am proud to announce that I will joining Frankie “The Sports Guy” Maniscalco for another season of NY FOOTBALL BLOGS LIVE on Blog Talk Radio.

Our first show tonight is live at 9PM with out guests Sports Agent J.R. Rickert, Anthony DiMoro of Sportsrantz.com and a segment on Fantasy Football.

In between Frank and I will discuss the Jets, Giants and Bills after the first pre-season game and take a look at the weeks news concerning those teams.

So with no Mets baseball tonight, how about listening on some football talk at NY FOOTBALL BLOGS LIVE on Blog Talk Radio.     

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JOIN ME TONIGHT AT 9PM ET FOR NY FOOTBALL BLOGS LIVE ON BLOG TALK RADIO

Tonight at 9PM ET I will taking my Mets batting helmet off and secure my NY Football Giants helmet as I co-host the NY FOOTBALL BLOGS show on Blog Talk Radio with NY Football blogs contributor Kendrick Thomas. Kendrick and I will breakdown the Jets-Dolphins game and look at the mess the NFL is in with the blizzard that hit the Twin Cities forcing the Giants and Vikings to move their game to Ford Field in Detroit tomorrow night.

Thomas Kraunzner will also have a segement on Fantasy Football.

If you can’t join us live, then be sure to visit the show page on Blog Talk Radio to listen at your leisure.

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JOIN US SUNDAY NIGHT ON BLOG TALK RADIO FOR NY FOOTBALL BLOG LIVE

As we await the Sandy Alderson presser, I just want to pass along this programming note. I will be joining Frank Maniscalco (a/k/a Frankie The Sports Guy) on NY Football Blogs Live on Blog Talk Radio this Sunday at 9PM ET.

We will discuss the Jets-Packers game and look at the Giants off their bye week as well as the Bills-Chiefs game and a look at the Fantasy Football winners/losers

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BLOOMBERG SPORTS HAS YOUR NUMBERS

I had the pleasure last night to attend a presentation at Bloomberg headquarters  by Bloomberg Sports,  updating those of us in attendance, on the new features that have been added to their baseball analytical application and the unveiling of their Fantasy Football application. I came away quite impressed with both products.

Bloomberg Sports is really making a name for itself when it comes to statistical applications dealing with baseball and the football program, which is in pre-production, should be just as compelling to fantasy sports players, fans and media types alike.  

The first presentation of the evening was a detailed look at the analytical program that Bloomberg Sports has made available to all 30 MLB teams. Part of the presentation dealt with the batter/pitcher match up, where every pitch a pitcher has thrown to that batter is broken down to pitch type, pitch location, velocity, and the break of each pitch. There are pie charts that record what pitch type the pitcher has thrown in every conceivable count.   As an added bonus, you can click on each individual at bat in the batter/pitcher confrontation and see video of the at bat. The pitcher/batter used in last night’s demo was a Stephen Strasburg/Lastings Milledge matchup where ahead in the count to LMillz, Strasburg broke off a hellacious curve ball that Milledge’s initial reaction was the pitch was coming up and in or him and as he was bailing, the ball broke right over home plate for strike three. STUNNING!!!!!

For fans, Bloomberg uses the technology to help you win your fantasy league, in fact when you subscribe to the Bloomberg Sports application, you can sync your team into the app and have Bloomberg’s extensive stats and analysis show you the pluses and minuses of your team.

The Fantasy Football package will work the same but right now if you play Fantasy Football on NFL.com, the Bloomberg stat package will be included in the price of the game. If you wish to purchase the app separately (if you play on Yahoo or ESPN) it will cost you a very reasonable $7.95.

Both application are well worth it for fantasy players and non-fantasy players alike.

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