R.A. Dickey at the DREAM Charter School in Harlem

Yesterday I was fortunate to be invited to the DREAM Charter School in Harlem where there was a school assembly to celebrate National Family Literacy Month. As part of the festivities, R.A. Dickey was there to speak to the kids and distribute over 1,200 new books to the school and to the students themselves to bring home and start their own personal library.  This was all done with the help of Capital One Bank and The Heart of America Foundation.

It was a thrill to watch Dickey interact with the children and how taken they were to him. I can see Dickey running a school like DREAM after his retirement as he not only has a gift on the pitcher’s mound with his extraordinary knuckleball l but he also exceptional way with kids as well. R.A. stressed to the children that they should strive to be whatever they aspire to do in life and not let the “dream busters” deter them from their goals.

Check out The Heart of America and Capital One’s Book by Book program for more information about the good deeds these two organizations are doing for kids and children’s literacy.

After Dickey finished speaking to the kindergarten class at DREAM, he was able to give myself and the media members a few minutes for a Q & A session, which you can listen to by clicking here.

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Win A Ticket to Baseball Prospectus Visits Citi Field June 2nd 2012

 

The good folks over at Baseball Prospectus have set up, in conjunction with the New York Mets, a Baseball Prospectus Day at Citi Field on Saturday June 2 as the Mets take on the St. Louis Cardinals.

 The day will consist of a meet and greet with some of the fine writers at BP and the opportunity to participate in a Q & A session with Mets GM Sandy Alderson, along with a ticket to the game (sitting in the area by the Home Run Apple I guess section 140 or 141) and a $15 coupon that can be used towards the purchase of a Baseball Prospectus Premium subscription or a subscription renewal. You get all this for the reasonable price of $45.01.

All the festivities get started at 2PM and game time is set for 4:10PM

Baseball Prospectus has authorized me to give away 2 free tickets to this event, so let’s have a little contest to give away the tickets. The first two readers who e mail me at sinymets@aol.com with the correct answer to the following question will win a ticket. 2 tickets 2 winners, got it? Okay here we go:

Give me the name of the pitcher who holds the NY Mets record for the most innings pitched in a game in a relief role.

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Don’t Rush Wright

 

So it looks like David Wright is still not….well….right.  Wright has yet to make an appearance in a exhibition game and although he has begun participating in team workouts he is nowhere near ready to start the season.

Why is it so important for Wright to be at 3rd base on opening day? Isn’t it more important that he gets himself healthy and in baseball shape? I believe it’s more of psychological to fans that they see Wright lined up on the 1st base line of Citi Field doffing his cap to the patrons than it is savvy baseball thinking. What could be so bad that Wright stays in extended spring training for a week to ten days and comes up ready to perform?

Fans get too amped up for opening day, sure we all love the festivities and the atmosphere that the first day of baseball brings but I’d rather have a dull opening day than a dismal Labor Day ?

I really feel bad for Jason Bay. He has worked his ass off all spring to get his game in gear but it’s just not happening. His head is so far gone Dr. Sydney Freidman couldn’t help him. Maybe Bay should take the good docs advice and “pull down his pants and slide on the ice”. I will bet anyone a whole one dollar bill that the Mets front office discusses everyday how to rid themselves of Bay.

I have no problem with Mike Baxter starting in centerfield on opening day or Matt Den Dekker for that matter as well. I do think Den Dekker needs more time in the bushes to get his offense on par with his defense but Sandy Alderson is so worried about this team’s awful defense that he would be willing to sacrifice offense in a key spot in centerfield for Den Dekker’s potential golden glove. This is all moot of course if Andres Torres sees a faith healer for his aching calf and is fit to fight for opening day, but I still like to see Baxter make the 25 man roster.

Mets are on SNY today at 1PM with Big Pelf pitching for his big league life. Get ya popcorn ready!

 

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PUTTING A BOW ON YESTERDAY PRESSER AT CITI FIELD

 

 

Just a few loose ends from yesterday’s press conference:

The date for Banner Day will be announced shortly. It will not be between games of a double header (I guess that’s too old school) but after the completion of a game most likely a weekend game.

There is a website dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of the Mets, Mets50.com, where you can enter a contest to win Mets season tickets by submitting your Mets memories

Old Timers Day as we know it will not be on the schedule instead the Mets Alumni will be out in full force throughout the season. If you have ever attended a game and came in through the Jackie Robinson Rotunda while members of the Alumni were on hand you know how special it is to meet and greet the former Mets.

The team is putting together a 5 for 50 ticket plan where you can buy a ticket for 5 games for $50 bucks. Get it? $50 for 5 tickets for the 50th Anniversary

Big thank you to Danielle and Shannon for inviting me to yesterday’s festivities, it was nice to see Shannon running around on her healed up ankle but the sight of the day was Ike Davis pushing Jay Horowitz around in his wheelchair as he recovers from a broken ankle.

I have a ton of real work to get to today so this post will be it for now. Enjoy my soft and fuzzy side for today. Tomorrow I’ll get to real baseball stuff with the Mets which means my snarl should be back.

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YOU BETTER READ THIS POST SITTING DOWN

This evening, Mets GM Sandy Alderson will sit down for a conference call to take questions from some Mets bloggers. It just so happens that yours truly was invited to participate in this conference call.

Remember back on November 4th how I ranted about not being asked to contribute to the last bloggers conference call and I also made this statement:

I have found out from some very good sources that I have as much chance of being invited to a bloggers event at Citi Field as Keith Olbermann has of being the keynote speaker at the Tea Party Convention.

Well guess what? The devil wears North Face.  Not only was I asked to join the conference call but I have been invited (and I’ve accepted graciously) to attend the Mets Holiday party at Citi Field. Some law enforcement buddies of mine have offered me their Kevlar vest for the occasion. 

First thing I’ll do when I arrive at the festivities is check for plastic drop cloths on the floor as I don’t want to wind up like my buddy in the picture above, Tommy DeVito.  It should be an interesting afternoon.

I may have to designate a search and rescue team to come look for me on Tuesday afternoon.

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HAS CITI FIELD BEEN “CHRISTEN” YET ?

Check out the festivities that went on at U.S. Cellular Field on opening day. Wonder if the Mets season goes south if this could happen at $iti?  Mr. Met condoms anyone?

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TONIGHT AT 7PM THE RETURN OF AMAZIN’ TUESDAYS AT TWO BOOTS TAVERN

Every year the Mets host a welcome home dinner for the club. The dinner is usually held in some high-falutin establishment where folks wear their fancy clothes, eat horses-doovers and are as stiff as M .Donald Grants corpse.

Now I know that is not the place you or I would ever darken a doorway, no for us, real life working men and women Mets fans our Welcome Home Dinner known as AMAZIN’ TUESDAYS is tonight at Two Boots Tavern  at 384 Delancey St on the LES.  For this event the NYC Transit System has provided transportation via the F line to Delancey St or the J, M, or Z line to Essex St and the B or D line to Grand St.

Your host for the evening Mr. Phil Hartman will be on hand to offer you a great exchange program where you give him a baseball card of a Mets player and in turn he buys you a beer. No white wine drinkers here friends!   

The Master of ceremonies for the evening Mr. Greg Prince has a star studded line up of guests to talk Mets baseball on a fine spring evening. The festivities get under way at 7PM, so adorn yourself in your finest Mets threads and join your fellow Mets fans at Two Boots tonight.

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HOW ABOUT A RAT-A-TAT-TAT RACE ?

Over at Metsblog, Matthew Cerone asks the question Should the Mets add a character race like the Brewers Sausage race or the National President Race?  Now to me, all these racing games at the ball park reek of the bush leagues but if the Mets were to have one at $iti Field why not use rats ?

First, this city is known for it’s rat population (4 legged and two legged) so finding rats to work cheap wouldn’t be a problem. There are also plenty of cats on 126th St who frequent the shop shops and sometimes meander over to the ball park so you could have a cat chasing the rats just to speed up the festivities.

Have one rat per boro.

The Manhattan Rat could have on a Brooks Brothers suit to represent Wall St

The Brooklyn Rat could be a hipster type who has just discovered Williamsburg and Greenpernt (also known as GreenPOINT)

The Queens Rat could be Hiram Monserate

The Bronx Rat could be decked out in a Highlander uni

And last but not lease the Staten Island Rat would have tons of hair gel and a humongous crucifix around his neck .

I’m sure Shelly Silver could find a way to have para-mutual betting on these contests.

5 days until pitchers and catchers

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BROOKLYN METS FAN MEETS DOC GOODEN

The other day I posted about MODELLS on 42 & 7th having Dwight Gooden there to promote the MO’ ZONE and MODELLS CLUBHOUSE well Brooklyn Mets Fan was at the festivities and not only did he get to meet Doc he went to $iti Field with the Gooden entourage for the game. WOW!

It’s all here in his post. Great job by Gooden and an outstanding job by BMF.

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