I was invited out to Citi Field today by the Mets to get a tour of the new Party City Deck in Left Field and also to get a gander at the new outfield dimensions and the beautiful BLUE walls. I was impressed by all three.

The ball park looks great as the black outfield walls are now Mets blue. As I walked into the Part City Deck I was totally amazed how bringing in the left field fence by 12 ft could make such a difference in my perception of the distance from the outfield to home plate. I’ve stood on the warning track at Citi Field before the alterations and felt home plate was located in Jackson Heights, same thing with the height of the outfield wall, which have been chopped in half from 16 ft. to 8 ft. Looking up from the left field warning track I felt like a Chilean miner.

The Party City Deck looks like a great spot to see a game, the section can accommodate groups of 25 to 102. The seating is a combination of padded stadium seats along with barstool with a ledge where you can sit and enjoy classic ball park food (hot dogs, burger, chicken tenders, popcorn, peanuts and homemade potato chips) and soft drinks, water and beer, starting two hours before first pitch. After the second hour of the game, cookies will be served right up to the ninth inning. All of the food and drink are brought right to your seat waiters and waitresses, so there is no standing in line and missing the action on the field.

The price of a ticket to The Party City Deck ranges from $100-$200, depending on the opponent. The area is for group sales but for the final five games of the opening home stand (April 7-11) individual tickets will be on sale.

It’s good to see the Mets  realize that the dimensions of the outfield were a problem and made the alteration along with ditching the black wall along with the overwhelming  use of black (or soot as I believe is the official name of the color so predominate throughout the ball park)  throughout the park. It was the first time I walked into Citi Field and felt it was the home of the NY Mets. Amazing what a little paint can do eh?

Can’t wait for Thursday. Let’s Go Mets!!!

 

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Here’s the Mets news of the day:

The Mets are in a pennant race but on the wrong side of the track. The red-hot Redbrids are breathing down the necks of the Bravos of whom the Mets took two out three games from last week and have made the Washington Generals Mets look like stumblebums the last two nights.

Lucas Duda came out of the game last night after running into the right field fence. Doctors say he does not show symptoms of a concussion. Duda will announce his retirement from baseball Monday at Citi Field due to effects of the head injury he suffered last night.

The Mets organization have made the decision it’s better to go to Home Depot and invest in plywood, nails and Scotts Turf Builder to rebuild the Great Wall of Flushing into the Grotto De Corona complete with a small wall, a grassy knoll and votive candles, than to go out and get better players. If this doesn’t work, the Skill Sets will petition MLB to allow David Wright to take all his home at bats at the 2K Sports Fan Fest Wiffle Ball Field.  

Pedro Beato was ineffective again last night out of the pen. Beato claims to be fatigued due to pitching for close to 20 months straight between Winter ball, Minor Leagues and this full year with the Mets. NYC Department of Child Services is looking into Beato’s claim of abuse by his foster parents, Dan Warthen and Terry Collins.

Sandy Alderson was surprised when told that the vast majority of Mets fans want the outfield walls painted BLUE. I guess he’d be shocked, SHOCKED to find out that we think the Black Jerseys suck ass as well.

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Well, if anything comes as a positive out of breaking the winning streak last night, it’s that we won’t see the black uni tops hopefully for a while. I’d say it’s a safe bet the all grays will be in play tonight.

Strange line on Chris Capuano last night.  Cap had no problem throwing strikes (67/27 K/BB ratio) and he was ahead in the count from the start with 21 first pitches to the 28 batters he faced were strikes. The Nats did knock him around for 10 hits but no walks but only 2 K’s. Weird.

The 4th inning did Cap in as the Nats started teeing off but it was a bizarre sac/fielder’s choice thingy with fat ass Livan Hernandez getting in Josh Thole’ way as he couldn’t get around El Gordo. But when the smoke cleared is just a one run Nationals lead. The pitch that Cap regretted the most was the one he threw to Ian Desmond in the 5th , that went  over the right field fence to give DC a two run lead.  That home run hurt more as the Mets came back in the 6th when Ike Davis (of course!) doubled home Carlos Beltran to make it a one run game again.

Okay, I’ve seen enough of Willie Harris for a while, time to put Harris on the shelf . A little bit of Willie Harris in our lives is good, a lot of Willie Harris? No good.

Either play Jason Pridie every day until Angel Pagan comes back or bring up Captain Kirk for a taste of the big leagues but really enough Willie Harris, he’s not an ever day player.

I’m sure Big Pelf will be on a short leash tonight between battling the flu and not having a great track record against the Phuck Phaces, if he starts getting knocked around in the first or second inning, I’m sure Terry Collins will go right to Dillion Gee as this management cares about wins not hurting players feeling.

I’m so anxious for Ronnie Paulino to be activated and joining the big league team for the simple fact, I’m not convinced Ronnie Paulino actually exists.

It’s nice when there is competition of a roster spot, as it lit a fire under Josh Thole to get that bat going to stay in the bigs. That was one of the biggest problems in the past for the Mets, a sense of entitlement of a job, that is no more.

I want all of you to go over to the Real Dirty Mets site and wish Ed Marcus a/k/a Rusty Jr. a very happy birthday.

So now the Skill Sets are ready to give some juice to whoever buys into a minority share of the club. According to the NY Post (line up for your grain of salt) the Skill Sets will grant veto power to the new investor as it pertains to team payroll and player contracts. If all this is true and comes to fruition (again it’s in the Murdoch fish wrap) this could a huge boost for the Mets organization. What the organization needs is injection of fresh money and fresh ideas and most of all someone who doesn’t have a Skill Sets bloodline sitting in the boardroom. Everyone who is a decision maker except for the Baseball Ops division is related in some way or the other. It reminds me of when I worked for Century 21 department store; every department manager of the store was a member of the Gindi family. It didn’t matter if they were competent as long as they were a Gindi. Now we just have to hope the new partner is a Stu Sternberg clone.

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Have you come off the ledge? Good. If Mets fans are going to react to every game this season like they have over last night’s season opener, there will be a shortage of nitroglycerin pills in NYC hospitals by June.

Sure it sucks to lose on opening day (night?) and Big Pelf was far from good but some Mets fans are acting like the season just ended instead of just starting. Maybe it’s due to the Mets proficiency of winning on opening day or maybe it was the sheer dominance of Josh Johnson or maybe it’s that we are dying to root for a team that looks, acts and plays like a confident Major League Baseball team, but if you’re bringing a football mentality to this baseball season, you’ll get burned out by Memorial Day weekend. There’s going to be rough patches, and that’s when we’ll see what the team and the manager is made of. If I could give Terry Collins a bit of advice, don’t fall into that bad habit of saying the team how proud you are that the team played hard and never gave up, that’s not to be commended it’s to be expected. Collins did make a move that worked out nicely as Willie Harris 2 for 4 breaking up Josh Johnson no-no.

Big Pelf had a rough night; if that two seam doesn’t sink then he’s sunk.  Give Buck some credit on that at bat, he worked the count to his favor and proceeded to foul of pitch after pitch, not only seeing Pelf’s full arsenal of pitches but also frustrating Pelf to make that perfect out pitch, a sinking two seamer that Buck will either over swing at at strikeout or hit on the ground for tidy double play. Pelfrey came with the two seam but instead of breaking down and in it was up and away enough for Buck, who has power, to extend his arms and place the ball on row over the right field fence. As bad as that pitch was, it was the strength of John Buck that put it out of the park.

Pelfrey then fell into that lack of focus that he needs to get over if he is to be a top shelf pitcher as he let Omar Infante walk into second base with a stolen base in the 5th . That was followed by a Hanley Ramirez single which ended Pelf’s night.

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Gee thanks Omar you couldn’t have made this deal while we were on the air with Pro Baseball Central last night? Don’t worry though I ain’t mad at ya as you have made one very very sweet deal here. To Aaron Heilman I say you’ve gotten your wish live long and prosper my friend as you try to find happiness as a starting pitcher for the Seattle Mariners. That look of gloom and doom that was on your face after getting shelled last year will fit in perfect in a city where it rains 360 out 365 days a year.

 

To Endy Chavez, thank you for The Catch and for your outstanding defense please take this section of the Shea Stadium Left Field fence as a token of our appreciation

 

To Joe Smith, I am very sorry to see you go and I’m sure you’re not to thrilled either but your young and maybe some day we will be reunited. Keep those sinkers low in the strike zone. Sorry but I have to go I have Tobi Stoner on the phone. “Tobi good news Smith is gone looks good for you to make the big club”

 

To Jason Vargas, I had high hopes for you young man after seeing your rebound performance in the AFL in fact it touted you as my dark horse candidate to step up and thrive in the new revamped bullpen and my prediction may come true except it will happen in the annomitity of Safeco Field.

 

To Mike Carp, all the best as a fringe ML’er

 

To Ezequiel Carrera and Maikel Cleto, Hasta la vista los muchachos.

 

 

Welcome J J Putz you of the blazing fastball and outstanding K/BB ratio you have the potential to be part of the best 1-2 bullpen punch in baseball. Not only that at 6’ 5’’ 250 you’re one big Putz; a Shvantz (I’ll stop with the putz jokes) so if all those teams in the division want to “Bring the Hate” well bring it on as we have no fear because we have a big Putz (really I’ll stop with the jokes) and fear no one, oh and thank your parents for naming you Jason Joseph Putz and not Shilmazel (seriously I’m done with the jokes)

 

Sean Green looks like Bison material and Jeremy Reed is at best a 5th outfielder who is better hitter than Chavez and very good defender as well. How could you not like this deal for the Mets and Omar is not done yet as it looks like he really wants to bring Ollie Perez back in the fold as long as Agent Boras and OP don’t get stupid with contract demands. If the Mets offer 3yr/$36-38 mil with 4th year option and Team OP turn that don’t he’s an asshole. The guy resurrected his sorry career in NY and now with a fortified pen plus the fact if he turns down this deal,  Randy Wolf will grab it so it’s in Ollie’s best interest to sign on for another hitch in Flushing.

 

Any word from the greatest hitter to wear dreadlocks? Cover those cards Omar. 

 

If you didn’t get to listen to our Pro Baseball Central show last night click on the link on the top right hand side or click here to listen to the podcast as we went over K-Rod CC and other options that the Mets are looking at.

 

Last but certainly not least, I was a bit embarrassed this morning as I was riding the Staten Island Ferry to work. Now normally when I sit down to peruse the newspaper the first thing I do is go to the back page and look for Mets news. But this morning the front page of the NY Post headline and picture had me in a state of drool. A picture of a naked Jennifer Aniston with the words “JENNIFER ANISTON’S SEXY NUDE PHOTO SHOOT” PICS AND STORY ON PAGE 3. I torn that newspaper open to page 3 and there was the lovely Jennifer in all her bare ass splendor. For the next 20 minutes of the ride I was fixated on that photo. I was oblivious to anyone around me. What wonderful visions I had in my head of Jen and I on the beach in St. Croix and her whispering in my ear “baby let’s go back to the room, the Mets are on and Johan’s pitching” but then this nasty voice woke me from my dream state to say “WHITEHALL TERMINAL ALL A SHORE” Damn it, no no I can’t leave now me and Jen are going to watch the Mets game in our room NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Now that’s not the embarrassing part. As I tried to get my bearings a woman about my age or little younger just gave me a look like I was some dirty old man as I guess having my eyes riveted to a beautiful woman is a crime. I was ready to tell her she was a jealous old jelly ass but she looked like she could beat the shit out me so I kept quiet.

 

I don’t know if I’ll post anymore today I have to finish reading the Post. “Coming Jennnnnnnnnn”.   

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It looks like the Comeback Player of the Year in baseball is Scott Boras. First he gets his newest client Manny Ramirez to jake his way out of his contract so he can go free agent in November and a nice commission check for Agent Boras. And now the resurrected Ollie Perez is looking at a boat load of cash as he hits the free agent market as well.   About a month, month and a half ago, it looked like the Mets would rid thenselves of this enigmatic pitcher and use the money saved else where but the since the change in pitching coach and a new KISS system put in place by Dean of Old School Werthen in dealing with OP, it looks like the Mets have to hope that OP wants to stay a Met and maybe won’t bend them over too far and give them a bit of a “hometown” discount. With Agent Boras doing the negations that won’t happen as he’ll plow the Mets until they bleed.

 

The first seven innings went along as well as a Mets fan could expect last night  but like a kid afraid of the dark, Mets fans are afraid of the last three innings as that means time to go to the B-B-B-ULLPEN!  I’m sure I speak for the majority of Mets fans that when we see the sixth inning roll around our stomachs grumble and the pain starts from the bottom of our belly to around the chest area. The pain gets more intense as to who walks out though the right field fence. If the game is one sided either way then Carlos Muniz or Ruddy Lugo come out and your relatively pain free. In a close game and the Mets need to get a lefty out Pedro Feliciano comes in and it starts to get uncomfortable. If it’s a righty that needs to be retired then Joe Smith comes in and while not Feliciano uncomfortable , you squrim a bit. Now in a close game just the shot of Scott Schoenwies on the screen warming up gives you a sharp pain in the abdomen. Now in a close game -two, three runs or less-no matter who is warming up brings on nausea, headache, and overall muscle soreness.  Last night when Aaron Heilman came on in the eighth all those symptoms came over me. Then when he came out for the ninth, I dialed 911 and kept my finger on the call button as I was sure I would need medical assistance. WWWWHHHEEEEEEWWWW!!!!!!!! Glad I didn’t have to push that button but I don’t know if I can go two more months of this.

 

Hopefully Ryan Church is symptom free and gets in a few rehab games and is fit to fight in about two weeks. It seems like Church is annoyed with the Mets for being over cautious and wants back in and that’s a good sign but Church  has to realize that the organization screwed up with the handling of his case and now wants to make sure when he gets back in the lineup he stays there the rest of the season. With Dan Murphy and Fernando Tatis doing more than hold the fort, Church needs to get to as close to 100 % as he can before coming back.  

 

I watched a replay of Highlanders Old Timers Day the other night and Willie Randolph looked like the happiest guy in the world being around his Highlander family. Good for him in fact Randolph should just take any job Pack A Day Hank gives him as it shows his heart never left the South Bronx and that it cements his firing was justified.

 

I read my calendar wrong I’m going to the game tomorrow not today so instead of a fleece blanket I’ll be receiving a Billy Wagner bobble head doll. I’m going to bring a little sling for the bobble heads left arm.

 

With Brian Stokes going tonight for the Mets OP’s start will look even bigger when Stokes is knocked out by the 5th inning. I just hope he doesn’t have a case of the big league yips like Brandon Knight had a couple of weeks ago. This start should have gone to Aaron Heilman case closed.

 

The J-E-T-S  JETS-JETS-JETS are always on top in April and August it’s December and January where they have problems. Brett Farve does not  guarantee even a playoff spot no less a Super Bowl berth but maybe they can get 10 wins tops. And why was Farve at NYC City Hall yesterday don’t you think he should have been burning the midnight oil at Hofstra?

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