Bobblehead doll giveaways have long been popular promotions at ballparks. Normally the souvenir is a likeness of a current or former player. Tomorrow the Mets will probably have what has to be a first as they will be giving all who come to Citi Field a bobblehead of their longtime public relations director, Jay Horwitz.
I have known Jay since 1980. Yes, we’ve had some disagreements over the years and some of the arguments have been heated, but to Jay’s credit, he has always been willing to listen; hasn’t held grudges; and most importantly, has given me the access that I need.
There is no doubt that Jay will be enshrined into the Mets Hall of Fame when he retires, but that won’t be for another 30 years. Congratulations, Jay!
The most important aspect of Jay Horwitz Bobblehead Day is that a portion of the ticket revenue will be earmarked for the Hope Shines for Shannon Foundation. Shannon Forde, a St. John’s University alumnus, has been working in the Mets media relations department for 20 years. In 2012 she was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. The costs associated with fighting that insidious disease are staggering. Amazingly, Shannon continues to work with enthusiasm and vigor while raising a family.
The National Hockey League announced that a pair of games involving the three local teams will be played at Yankee Stadium during Super Bowl week. The Devils will play the Rangers in one game while the Islanders take on the Blueshirts in the other. The Rangers will be the visiting team in both contests.
While it makes sense the Devils game would take place at Yankee Stadium since it’s very close to the GW Bridge, I find it disgraceful that the NHL has turned up its nose at Citi Field.
While I understand the economies of scale of having two games at one venue, Citi Field is adjacent to the Islanders’ Nassau-Suffolk fan base. Queens has more Islanders fans than any other borough including Brooklyn, where the team will be moving in 2015. It also would have created more buzz for the NHL to utilize both of New York’s ballparks.
The US Open gets underway at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Monday but you can catch some quality tennis there today and tomorrow for free as the US Open Qualifying Tournament for a number of wild card spots will be taking place.
The PGA Tour is making its annual stop in our area as the Barclays Tournament will take place at Liberty State Park Golf Course today through Sunday. There will be free shuttle buses running from the Pavonia PATH stop in Jersey City.