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Let’s assume that it’s a given that Alex Rodriguez purchased and used illegal performance enhancement drugs from sleazy Anthony Bosch and his disgraced Miami-based company, Biogenesis.
The way the New York tabloid media, particularly Daily News national baseball writer Bill “Hang ’Em High” Madden, covered the story, not only was A-Rod guilty but he should be treated like an al-Qaeda operative or North Korean spy.
Mets fans emitted a collective groan last Friday seeing David Wright writhe in pain after running hard to first base in the 10th inning of yet another extra-inning game. The immediate diagnosis was that Wright had a suffered a pulled hamstring in his right leg.
Unlike in past years, when Mets management would delay putting players on the disabled list in the hopes of some overnight miraculous recovery which never happened, Wright was immediately placed on the 15-day disabled list. The immediate consensus was that he would not play again until early September.
It’s summertime in Queens — you’re not just sitting around the house, are you? Now that the heat’s eased up a bit, we hope you’re getting out there to hit some of the countless great spots and activities this borough has to offer. Saying there’s something for everyone would be an absolute understatement.
You a hipster? Check out the growing arts and music scene in Ridgewood or some of the many galleries in Long Island City. There’ll be a flea market this Saturday and Sunday in Ridgewood with art, vintage and handmade items (ridgewoodmarket.com), and LIC’s got everything from “Expo 1: New York,” an “exploration of ecological challenges in the context of the economic and sociopolitical instability of the early 21st century” (momaps1.org) to the “First Friday” art conversation and film at the Noguchi Museum on Aug. 2 (noguchi.org).
Last year Mets general manager Sandy Alderson quipped, “A city of 800,000 people outvoted that of 8,000,000,” after the Giants’ Pablo Sandoval beat out David Wright to be the National League’s starting third baseman in the 2012 All-Star Game.
The stakes were certainly higher for the Mets, Wright, and yes, even Major League Baseball this year, since the 2013 All-Star Game will be played at Citi Field on Tuesday. David has been MLB’s All-Star Game ambassador ever since it was announced that baseball’s midsummer classic would be played in Flushing this year. It would have been embarrassing for all parties if Wright had not been voted the NL’s starting third baseman this time.
As the saying goes: One man’s trash is another man’s gain.
Edgardo Alfonzo decided to live in Bayside so he wouldn’t have a long commute to work.
He could leave his quiet neighborhood and in less than 20 minutes be at his locker in Shea Stadium, ready to play for his New York fans as a member of what is considered by many to be “the best infield ever.”
The All-Star double-decker bus featuring David Wright.
Nets General Manager Billy King admitted that his team is taking a risk by hiring recently retired NBA point guard, as well as certain Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, Jason Kidd to be the team’s new head coach, in light of the fact that he has no coaching experience.
I applaud King for taking this gamble since he was not going to be able to get Phil Jackson or one of the Van Gundy brothers, Jeff and Stan, to be the Nets head coach. King could have gone the safe route by a hiring a retread from the coaching ranks such as Mike Dunleavy or Scott Skiles but he realized that:
The New York Mets were so fed up with the struggles of Ike Davis and Ruben Tejada that they were prepared to demote the duo to Triple-A Las Vegas after Tuesday night’s game against the Yankees, according to multiple reports.
Faced with the pressure on Wednesday night of playing for their roster spots, both delivered keys hits in yet another shocking victory over the crosstown rival Yankees.
On a Saturday afternoon at Kissena Corridor Park, Field 10 plays host to a good old American softball game. On one side is the Mets and their opponents are the Yankees. There are pre-game stretches and the Star-Spangled Banner.
But you won’t see David Wright or A-Rod wielding a bat. Instead of high-paid athletes, Randy Novick is giving an opportunity to developmentally disabled adults to put on an exciting game of America’s pastime.
Matt Harvey’s emergence as perhaps the best pitcher in Major League Baseball took another leap forward Tuesday night during the Mets’ victory over the Chicago White Sox.
Howard Megdal is the Mets beat writer for The Journal News, serving as the lead writer for the paper’s Mets blog, Mets.LoHudBlogs.com. In addition, Megdal is the author of “Wilpon’s Folly: The Story of A Man, His Fortune and The New York Mets,” in which he chronicles the financial and legal difficulties of the team’s owners.
I recently had the chance to interview Megdal, where he gave his assessment of this year’s team, talked about which Met has the most upside and estimated how many wins this year’s team could have, if all goes well. You can follow Megdal on Twitter @HowardMegdal.
Mets fans have not had much to cheer about in recent years, and it’s fairly safe to say that even the most optimistic can’t picture the boys in Flushing competing for a post-season berth this year.
The crack of the bat long ago was replaced by the ping of aluminum. Over the decades, Little League Baseball has added girls, night games and teams from six continents, and sold TV rights to its annual championship tournament to cable television.
But Bob Reid, president of the Bayside Little League, said one thing that remains the same is the look on children’s faces when they go to their coach’s home or crowd around his car in late March or early April to pick up their caps and jerseys.
Team captain David Wright.
Excluding catcher John Buck’s scorching start to the season, Daniel Murphy has been the New York Mets’ top hitter through the team’s first 11 games.
Murphy, who is batting a team-high .381, has hit safely in all but three games. The second baseman has a team-best 16 hits, including eight extra-base hits – five doubles, two home runs and one triple – in 42 at-bats. Last season, he didn’t belt his first two home runs until June 27, when he hit both in consecutive at-bats.
“We were the first team to ever beat the Celtics, who went 68-14 that year, in a seventh game at the Boston Garden,” former Knicks forward Jerry Lucas recalled last Friday night as the Knicks honored members of their 1972-73 squad, the last New York team to win an NBA championship.
Lucas obviously took a pride in that accomplishment, but he was also sending a message to fans of the current Knicks team that even the Miami Heat, led by Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, a team that recently peeled off 27 straight wins, can be beaten by the never-say-die Knicks in the playoffs.
Baseball fans are far more concerned with the health of the players on their favorite teams coming out of spring training than they are with their March win-loss records. Given that criterion, you can’t blame Yankees and Mets fans if they are not brimming with excitement about the start of the 2013 season this Monday.
Comparisons of the 2013 Yankees with the infamous 1965 Bronx Bombers team, when nearly all of the big names — such as Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Elston Howard, Bobby Richardson and Tony Kubek —seemingly all got old overnight together, started right after Derek Jeter broke his ankle during the 2012 playoffs. It picked up in intensity after Alex Rodriguez underwent hip surgery last fall. It now appears that A-Rod will not play until after the All-Star Game at the earliest. Then again, many think he may never play again.
You would have thought David Wright personally affronted some of the New York sportswriters for incurring a rib cage injury while he was playing for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. The gist of the grousing was that Wright should have made his employer, the New York Mets, his primary concern, instead of chasing the glory that comes with being part of an American all-star team in an international competition that is the baby of Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.
Of course these same media types were relishing how Wright was called Captain America by his USA teammates when he appeared to be completely healthy. Talk about pathetic front-running.
Residents along the No. 7 line from Long Island City to Flushing are miffed about the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s plans to suspend portions of the train’s service for 13 consecutive weekends.
Here’s the plan: the train will close from 11:45 p.m. on Fridays until 5 a.m. Mondays from Queensboro Plaza to Times Square. The closures started last Friday and will go until March 25.
No one would ever refer to New York as a hotbed for college football, but we are always the center of the NCAA pigskin universe the first week of December.
The marquee event is the Heisman Award ceremony, held Saturday night at the Best Buy Theater. Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel won this year. After the ESPN show ended, Manziel went to the Heisman press center at the Marriott Marquis hotel, where he discussed everything from the importance of winning this year’s Cotton Bowl to looking forward to hearing from the top Aggie alum, Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
David Wright’s productive season was a rare bright spot for Mets fans in 2012. With one year remaining in his contract, David picked a good time to finally feel at home at Citi Field, a place where he had struggled for the first three years of its existence.
Mets owner Fred Wilpon was quoted in New York magazine as saying that Wright, while a good player, was not a superstar. Wilpon may have been right, but the reality is that his woebegone organization had no choice but to re-sign Wright to the most lucrative contract in Mets history. Had the Mets traded him, Citi Field would have resembled the ghost town that Shea Stadium was in the late 1970s following Tom Seaver’s departure.
New York Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey capped off his improbable season last Wednesday when he was named winner of the National League’s 2012 Cy Young award.
Now the question is will the 38-year-old righthander be around at Citi Field down the road, or even this coming year.
Art Garfunkel “The Singer” (Columbia/Legacy)
With the 2012 season now history, the Mets look ahead to 2013. General Manager Sandy Alderson makes no secret that the first order of business is to sign long-term contract extensions with Cy Young Award candidate RA Dickey and third baseman — and, far more importantly, franchise face — David Wright.
Alderson should also budget some funds for free agent-to-be outfielder Scott Hairston. On a team infamous for its collective lack of home run prowess, Hairston belted 20 dingers playing more or less in a part-time role. Although known for his bat more than his defense, Scott was also very reliable with his glove — and he’s a go-to person for the media to speak with before and after games, after losses as well as wins.