Monday, April 21, 2014

The Curse of Ike Davis is Thwarted...For Now

First of all, start this post off by watching this video.

We are already reminded of the things we will miss from Mr. Isaac Benjamin Davis in his first couple games as a Pittsburgh Pirate. Personally, I feel Ike has star quality, and with the type of star quality that could have soared in New York. I have stated many a times on here that I have a "The Duda" jersey. My preference, however, has been Ike Davis at 1st base. I have faith The Duda can do what we want him to do in this lineup, and he's actually not too shabby at 1st, but I wish Ike Davis where still a part of this team. With the way the team fell flat on their face minutes after learning he was no longer a Met, they probably felt the same way before eventually moving on.

They hadn't yet Friday night, but Saturday night, they had a bit more energy by the end of the game when they started to rally, but of course fell short. They pulled it out on Sunday in the 14th, and if there was anyone in need of a game-winning sac fly, it was Curtis Granderson. Hopefully that clears the head.

The Mets now look like, over the course of 18 games, what they've generally looked like since 2011.

Home: 3-6
Road: 6-3

There's many ways to theorize why this is, some of which Mike and I did on the Rising Apple Report last night. Along with wrapping up the series in general, we talked about Citi Field, the Mets franchise as a whole, and a random-but-not-so-random-in-context Knicks/Nets rant from Mr. Lecolant. A great way to wrap up a weekend of baseball that had its ups and downs...as always, really.

The Cardinals series coming up, followed up by a Marlins series I'm probably more worried about. This should be an interesting next 7 games. Maybe there'll be a new shortstop on the other side of it since 1st base got cleared up finally....Sigh.

The bottom line is always....
LET'S. GO. METS.
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Friday, April 18, 2014

The "Cavalry" Marches Home...


It's been a weird week, hence the lack of posts, but I couldn't let an off day go without getting a podcast in. Mike Lecolant joined me, along with author Matt Silverman (New York Mets: The Complete Illustrated History and 100 Things Mets Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die) and Rich Sparago in the latter half of the show. We talked about the recent road trip, Dillon Gee's workhorse nature, the 1969 New York Mets squad, Matt's books, Shea Stadium and its 50th Anniversary yesterday, Anthony Recker "cashing in for his backup catcher union card", Gene Mauch... and many many other Metsian items of interest.

Happy to have games back in Queens, and ones that celebrate at the Shea-tastic price of $3.50 (well...plus those online fees, but still, much much cheaper. That would be very SHEA of them to remove the fees, but I understand there's some annoying web code to be written to get what is usually there out of there. Yeah. 1964 it ain't.)

It's clearly redundant to say, but they HAVE to start winning at home if they are to take the next step. Why since 2011 they have sucked at home and done what winning teams do on the road, which is go .500 or one better, I have no idea. No idea why where they should feel more comfortable they have not and lost. But it has to change. Maybe celebrating some Mets history will bring some relaxation and get us some W's against the Braves, the Cardinals or the Marlins!

Enjoy the weekend, folks. MAKE IT OUT TO THE METS AT WILLETS POINT!!!

CITY. BASEBALL.
LET'S. GO. METS.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

A Walk with WOR & the Post-Game Podcast


I do not mean to mislead anyone who read that title and is familiar with my occasional storytelling ways. I do not have an overly thorough story to tell about walking around Manhattan listening to Howie Rose and Josh Lewin on WOR during the Mets 6-4 series-sealing victory last night. That's basically all I did, enjoyed the scenery, enjoyed those voices and the baseball they described, and especially enjoyed the win.

I got home basically right as the last 7 pitches of the ballgame were beginning by Jose Valverde, and, as seen by that number of pitches, the inning didn't last too long. Right afterwards, I decided to spontaneously go on the air with Mike Lecolant of Rising Apple and talk about the Mets series win, as well as 1968 a bit (as it was our 68th episode, and there is no uniform number 68 in Mets history.)

We are settling in well to this new era of the Rising Apple Report and we went a solid hour and 10 last night, with Rising Apple site editor Danny Abriano joining us basically at midnight.

So, as the weekend creeps closer, enjoy the sounds this afternoon of the Rising Apple Report!

LET'S. GO. METS.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Settling in to the Longer Podcasts


Earlier in the day yesterday, I had a spur of the moment thought that some of us at Rising Apple ought to get on a podcast in the evening to fill the Metsian day-off void.

So, I was back in hosting duties, even with my Mets-induced hoarse voice, after a few weeks off with Mike Lecolant joining me as well. AND at the last second, Mets Musings' Gary Mack was able to call in. We recapped the weekend that gave us 2 Mets wins and one more Mets loss, no real resolution at the 1st base position, Bobby Parnell's decision to undergo Tommy John Surgery, the first replay challenge (and successful one) in Mets history, Juan Lagares and his continuing solid ABs, Curtis Granderson's first Mets home run, and plenty of other items of interest we discussed in the 93 minutes we were on air.

Also, since there is no #67 in Mets uniform history, we discussed Tom Seaver and his Rookie of the Year campaign in 1967.

I gotta say, I am REALLY liking having more time on this podcast thingy.

So, do yourself a favor while you settle into this day and listen to the musings on the Rising Apple Report!

LET'S. GO. METS.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

The Reason to Keep Watching

I am not someone who will NEVER stop watching. Even in years like 2009 and 2010. Friday night and Saturday are reminders of why you keep watching. 'Cause you never know what you're gonna see next.


I went to all 3 games this weekend. I am exhausted. I didn't properly yell at the top of my lungs and my voice is very hoarse. I wish I could keep sleeping it off, but I must get up like most people and go to work.

But the Mets welcomed me back nicely this weekend. There were probably a lot of people whose first games of the year were this weekend as well. This year could be a long one. And I'm gonna love every minute of it.

Welcome back, baseball.
Welcome back, Mets.

Naturally, I'll go the below direction next...
After saying as usual...
LET'S. GO. METS.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Well, What Can You Say?


Apparently, a lot.

Last night, host Mike Lecolant, guest Sharon Chapman and myself discussed the opening series (and certain digressions) on the Rising Apple Report's first ever extended episodes, 'cause we can do that sort of thing now.

Whether it was 1st base, the bullpen, shortstop, the young down-on-the-farm starters, the Vintage Baseball games Mr. Lecolant will be watching in Long Island this weekend, Brooklyn, or where the 1999 and 2000 teams rank all-time in Mets history, we covered a lot in the 90 minutes we spent on-air.

The baseball season didn't start out the way we had hoped. They seem in disarray, lethargic, and wound way too tight. Still, I am THRILLED baseball is back and I look forward to possibly taking in a couple of games this weekend, definitely 1 game on Sunday.

Enjoy the episode, and 
LET'S. GO. METS.
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