Movie Review: Knuckleball! (2012)


Title: Knuckleball Release Date: 18 September 2012 Director: Ricki Stern & Anne Sundberg Production Co: Break Thru Films and Major League Baseball Productions Country: United States Language: English Genre: Documentary | Sports | Baseball Rating: **** The knuckleball is baseball’s most enigmatic pitch.  Despite its name, it is thrown with the finger tips and unlike…

Book Review: Best Mets by Matthew Silverman


Author: Matthew Silverman Title: Best Mets Publication Info: Lanham, Md. : Taylor Trade Pub., c2012. ISBN: 9781589796706 Summary/Review: I received and advanced copy of this book for free through the Library Thing Early Reviewers program, who like to send me books about baseball (I wonder why).  The title of the book pretty much sums things up, this is a book…

Photopost: Citi Field


This Sunday, I made my annual pilgrimage to Flushing, NY to see the Atlanta Braves take on the New York Mets at Citi Field.  My Braves fan friend Mike was unable to attend so I enjoyed the pleasure of watching the game with another Mets fan, Chris.  Tickets for the game came courtesy of another…

Book Review: Faith and Fear in Flushing by Greg Prince


Author: Greg Prince Title: Faith and Fear in Flushing Publication Info: Skyhorse Publishing (2009) ISBN: 1602396817 Summary/Review: Greg Prince, one of the co-authors of the Mets blog Faith and Fear in Flushing – the most intelligent and literate Mets blog there is – writes about his 40 years as the guy everyone knows as the…

Fenway Park


On Sunday I attended my second Mets game of the month, this time a road game here at home in Boston.  It feels a bit odd to don my blue & orange hat for a trip to Fenway since I will root for the Red Sox against any other opponent.  Yet I’ve done it many…

Citi Field


My friend Mike and I have a tradition each year of visiting New York City to see a ballgame between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves.  Mike grew up in Alaska watching the Braves on TBS in the Dale Murphy era when the team was pitiful.  I of course spent my first 17…

Book Review: Playing Hard Ball by E.T. Smith


Fifteen years ago I attended a portion of a cricket cup match in Bermuda and have had a curiosity about the game ever since. Now I’ve discovered a book by a cricketer who loves baseball, a game I understand much better. Playing Hard Ball: County Cricket and Big League Baseball (2003) by professional cricketer E.T….

Time Begins … and I almost missed it


One of the best observed … but not official … national holidays occurred this week, and I almost neglected to write about it.  I refer of course to my annual post waxing rhapsodic about Opening Day in Major League Baseball.  It’s a day of hope and possibility, and since my two favorite teams won yesterday…

Stadium Naming Rights


The recent hullabaloo over CitiGroup’s 20-year contract to name the New York Mets new ballpark has reminded me of some ideas regarding stadium naming rights. Corporate naming of venues is a trend already unpopular with sports’ fans but not really all that new.  After all, the oldest surviving ballpark in baseball was named to promote…

South Station & Greenway Inaugural


Today, my son Peter & I took a tour of South Station, a continuing education for members of Boston By Foot (one of the reasons why you should become a member).  I love railroad stations so it was fun to poke around and see old artifacts, granite pilings, and even the exclusive Acela waiting room….

Shea Stadium: A Personal History


Beloved Mets mascot Mr. Met signs autographs during a 1997 game at Shea Stadium. Yesterday, the Mets lost to the Marlins and brought an end to their 2008 season as well as the William A. Shea Municipal Stadium.  The Mets will begin the 2009 season in a retro-ballpark modeled on Ebbets Field, but Shea Stadium…

If the Mets Were the Yankees


All eyes in the baseball world this week turn to Flushing, NY where the New York Mets play their final seven games at Shea Stadium.  The historic ballpark has been New York’s home for baseball memories since it opened in 1883 as home of the New York Giants.  Originally named the Polo Grounds, the old…

Book Review: Mets by the Numbers by Jon Springer and Matthew Silverman


Want to know the history of the Mets by uniform number from 1962-2007? Mets by the Numbers (2008) is the book for you!  The book is a collaboration between Jon Springer, mastermind behind the Mets by the Numbers website that’s graced the internet for the past decade, and Matt Silverman who’s worked on several books…

Time Begins Again


Time Begins on Opening Day is the title of a book by Thomas Boswell (see previous) and pretty much sums up my attitude toward baseball and life. There’s something comforting about the daily rhythm of baseball that is comforting. Even if I’m not watching a game on a particular day, I’ll pass a tv showing…

Yahoo for Johan!


The Mets have reached a deal with the Minnesota Twins to trade for Johan Santana!  That’s the Johan Santana who is quite possibly the best active pitcher in baseball and most certainly the first Cy Young Award caliber pitcher in the Mets in his prime since the days of Gooden and Cone. This is a…

links of the day for 23 January 2008


Origami spaceplane to launch from space station (Pink Tentacle, 1/16/08) – from the cool but otherwise pointless file. Kaplan’s Korner, or How Yo La Tengo got their name – my favorite band, my favorite team, a tribute to Ralph Kiner, and Ed Kranepool! Who could ask for more? While you can (Hoarded Ordinaries, 1/23/08) –…

2007 Mets Season Post-Mortem


And so the Mets season has come to an end, sooner than expected, but somehow it was a long ways coming. Congratulations to the Phillies, they certainly outplayed the Mets and deserve the NL East title for what it’s worth. The season certainly ended poorly, but there were many hints along the way that the…

Agony of Defeat


Not a good week for spectator sports. Yesterday morning, the United States national team was crushed by Brazil 0-4 in the semifinal of the Women’s World Cup. Quite an upset in some senses, but Marta is an amazing player and Brazil really deserved their win. One of the things I’ve like about women’s soccer is…

11 Reasons why the 2007 Mets are Awesome!


Loss to the Phillies or no, the 2007 Mets are exciting, thrilling, and awesome. Here are 11 reasons why. 11. The magic number for clinching the NL East is 11! It can go down as low as 7 in the next couple of days. 10 They aren’t cursed by a squirrel linked to Norse mythology,…