MLB Fan Fest Was Fan-Tastic

 

I haven’t done a mid-season Mets report card in a few years since around this time the last six years I’ve been sitting in a camp site upstate for a week at Boy Scout Camp, it was nice to turn in my spatula and large paddle to stir 20 gallon containers of Kool Aid to a younger group of fathers, and enjoy the All Star Festivities, which as we all know will be played in our home Citi Field.

I went to the MLB All Star Fan Fest this past weekend at the Javits Center and I thought it was fantastic.  I went with my son, which of course made the day even better, and we soaked in all the Fan Fest had to offer. I spent more money than I had wanted as we both left with Matt Harvey jerseys and All Star T-shirts along with a couple of autographed baseballs of Gaylord Perry and Rollie Fingers. I amaze myself with how excited I get when I see guys I watched as a kid and just want to say hello and tell them how much I enjoyed watching them play. My son wants to run the other way when I’m in that mode but later he laughs about my enthusiasm. He was really falling over when we met Jack Morris and all I kept telling Morris how he should be in the Hall of Fame and how I always enjoyed watching him pitch and compete. I guess it was a bit over the top as my son said “Com’on fanboy let’s get some lunch”. Sure I go overboard but on the way home all I could think of was how an event like Fan Fest just reaffirms how much I love baseball. It’s a good feeling.

One of the great displays at Fan Fest is the Fan Auction that is being conducted by Hunt Auctions. It’s a silent auction and the items up for bid range from autographed baseballs signed by Babe Ruth to a copy of the NY Post the morning after the NY Mets won the 1986 World Series that is autographed by the team. There was one section of the auction that was both intriguing and a bit sad.

It seems the estate of Warren Spahn has put up every piece of memorabilia from his outstanding career up for auction. Uniforms, caps, gloves, trophies including his 1957 Cy Young Award, all up for the highest bidder to own.   I’m not going to judge the Spahn family for putting all these items up for sale as I don’t know the family or money situation but it’s still sad to see all of Spahn’s trophies and what he achieved in a great baseball life, up for sale.

BRAVO! BRAVO! BRAVO! To the New York Mets for inducting Mike Piazza into the Mets Hall of Fame. Well deserved!

Enjoyed listening to Kevin Burkhardt on the play by play for yesterday’s game. The beauty of having Burkhardt on the broadcast team is he can move from a reporter’s role to play by play and mesh perfectly with Keith Hernandez or Ron Darling since the whole crew along with Gary Cohen has great chemistry.  

Next post will have the Mets report card!

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Check out the latest installment of the weekly Mets Report Podcast on Fan Sports Podcast with myself and Brian Sullivan

 

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PLAYING PEPPER WITH C70 AT THE BAT

Daniel Shoptaw is the President of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance and he is also a St. Louis Cardinals fan and runs a Cardinal site called C70 at the Bat. Daniel does a feature where he does a Q & A with bloggers of other team called Playing Pepper. His most recent PP is up at his site and it featured yours truly along with my fellow Mets bloggers Anthony of Long Live Shea, Paul of Paul’s Random Baseball Stuff , Kerel Cooper of On The Black, AC Wayne of Mets Public Record, M.W. Strout of Mets Fans For Life, Phil Hoops Jr. of Hoops Approved, and Dave Doyle of the Mets Report

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SANCHEZ, REED, A.REYS AND TOM MARTIN, YEAH BABY MEET ME AT THE PARADE!!!

So here we sit on a new era in the history of the United States and I’m just wondering is Barrack Obama taking over as President or as Messiah? Make no mistake I am a big Obama supporter but I think people are getting a bit carried away with what the new leader of the U.S.can or will accomplish. Believe me, I am 100 % in President Obama’ corner but the ills that effect this country will not be solved with a wave of the president’ hand (we all know only Mike Francesa can make things happen with a hand wave). I’m confident that President Obama’s administration will be much more successful than the reign of error that just ended in the White House but I’ll hold of on the coronation for a while.

 

Maybe Scott Boras is not the genius he thinks he is? By advising Jason Varitek not to file for arbitration he may have cost his client a few million bucks.He looks to be doing the same with Oliver Perez who quite frankly needs the Mets more than the Mets need him and if the reports are true that the Mets are looking over the medical records of Ben Sheets and are working on deal (yes they are far apart but at least they’re taking to the Sheets camp) and that comes to fruition then OP will be shit out of luck when it comes to landing back with the Mets.

 

Mets have resigned Duaner Sanchez to a $737.5K raise and Jeremy Reed to a $925K, if that doesn’t say NL Pennant then what does?

 

Joe McDonald on his NY Mets Report site has pics of the demolition of Shea Stadium. Why can’t the let die with some dignity?

 

I’m so happy to have found Tim Marchman’ website as I have missed his columns since the NY Sun shut down. Here is a post from his site on our beloved NY Mets:

 

{I was talking to a well-placed baseball person this week, and he made two points that made me reconsider the Mets’ winter. The first is that the team is effectively under new ownership. The second—and it goes to a point they’ve been kicking around over at Faith and Fear—is that there’s no real pride in ownership in Flushing. I haven’t seen the new offices, for instance, but I understand that rather than what you might expect—a World Series trophy, a Tom Seaver jersey, life-sized prints of an ebullient Jose Reyes—they’re decorated with blueprints of the Fed. Which is fine enough, but conveys a certain ill ease that the Wilpon family has always betrayed, nostalgia for a dead team and a disdain for the live one.}

 

I’ve heard that Jeffey wanted to buy more stock in Citi Group but he needed four more bottles to return for deposit to make an even 3 bucks to buy another share of stock to wipe his arse with.

The Mayor of Hartford, Ct is looking to bring back NHL hockey to the city that had the Whalers stolen from them and moved to that hockey hot bed of Charlotte NC. I am behind any movement to “Bring Back the Whalers” and especially this outstanding piece of music.

    

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