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Belmont boondoggle

Getting anything built in the New York metropolitan area, especially a sports stadium, is a Herculean task, so I am surprised that there hasn’t been more visible public opposition to the proposed arena for the National Hockey League’s New Yor…

Summer sports reads
Posted: August 15, 2019

The hot weather is always a good time to turn on the air conditioner in your living room and relax by reading a book. Here are three sports titles that should be of interest.

Ron Swoboda was one of the most colorful players in Mets history and he’ll forever be best remembered for his miraculous ninth inning diving catch on a screaming line drive belted by Baltimore Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson in Game 4 of the 1969 World Series. Thus it’s not surprising that he titled his memoir “Here’s the Catch” (St. Martin’s Press).

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NBA musical chairs
Posted: August 08, 2019

The annual National Basketball Association game of free agent musical chairs took place last month, and the conventional wisdom was that the Brooklyn Nets were big winners while the New York Knicks were total losers.

The Knicks have not had the best of luck during the offseason but some of the finger pointing is unfair. Yes, it would have been nice had they landed the top pick in the draft, which would have netted them Zion Williamson but statistically they only had a 14 percent chance of getting the first choice. Right after the New Orleans Pelicans won the pick, many callers to sports talk radio stations and even some journalists made it sound as if they had a 14 percent chance of not getting the first draft choice.

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Mets: fowl play
Posted: August 01, 2019

The New York Mets added some ugly aesthetics to Citi Field during the All-Star Game break as letters with bizarre misspellings of “chicken” were vertically placed along both the foul poles. The end result is that action made a number of previously obstructed seats even more so for paying customers in those areas.

It turns out the scrambled messages on the foul poles were for the controversial Chick-fil-A restaurant chain. As many Mets fans have often asked themselves about their favorite team’s management, “What were they thinking?”

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Mets: Sell or not to sell?
Posted: July 25, 2019

Singing legend and Astoria native Tony Bennett may have left his heart in San Francisco and the New York Mets probably left their season there as well following three excruciating extra-inning losses to the Giants at Oracle Park.

Before the All-Star Game break the Mets’ ever optimistic manager, Mickey Callaway, told the media that he felt that the Mets could go on a big run and get themselves back in the postseason hunt. For once the Mets appeared to reward his faith by winning two consecutive road series against the Miami Marlins and the Minnesota Twins. They gave the resurgent Giants a battle in their four-game series but extra-inning games have not been the Mets’ forte this season and that was proven yet again.

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Thursday 07/18/2019
Home run hero Pete
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 12:40 pm

By winning the Home Run Derby in Cleveland last Monday Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso gave the Flushing faithful a rare chance to thump their collective chests.

With the Mets out of contention for postseason baseball barring a miracle it’s understandable that Alonso, who had 30 homers going into the All-Star Game break in addition to winning the derby, will be the primary focus of the attention of both fans and the media. Granted, the Mets have another good story in infielder/outfielder Jeff McNeil who entered the break hitting .349 and is a contender for the National League batting championship, but my guess is that he’ll be overshadowed by Alonso’s heroics.

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Thursday 07/11/2019
Brodie blows a fuse
Posted: July 11, 2019

The Mets entered the much-needed All-Star break with a disappointing 40-50 record.

They finished up 3-5 on their last homestand as they dropped 2 out of 3 to both the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies, while splitting two games with the New York Yankees to start off July. The Mets were beneficiaries of the Yankees’ jet lag from them having played a pair of games against the Boston Red Sox in London the previous weekend as it helped the Amazin’s beat the Bronx Bombers 4-2 last Tuesday night. The Yankees got their sea legs back the next night as they beat the Mets 5-1.

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Wednesday 07/03/2019
1969 Mets honored
Updated: July 03, 2019 - 4:58 pm

Longtime New York Mets radio broadcaster Howie Rose grew up a fan in Douglaston so you can imagine how excited he was to be the emcee at Saturday’s ceremonies to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Miracle Mets who won the World Series in spite of there being 100-1 odds to do so at the beginning of that year.

When he began his speech by saying that the 1969 Mets changed lives it seemed hyperbolic and provincial but when he added that it proved no goal was unattainable he made his point as to why the joy of that unexpected championship transcended their sizable fan base.

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