This Met fan I know, up north, thought he was ready for pitchers and catchers and all the rest of it.
Then, even while slipping and sliding on the ice, he began to think about the alleged warming powers of spring training.
That implies preparation for another season.
He can’t remember the last time the Mets had hope. His two favorite players last season were Marlon Byrd and LaTroy Hawkins, grownups, gamers. The Mets didn’t keep them.
Instead, in the Age of Madoff, the Mets have signed Kyle Farnsworth and Daisuke Matsuzaka and they are bringing back Duda and Tejada.
My man would like to be warmed by the prospect of another season. But now he’s not sure. Should he actually obsess about a 2014 season?
2/6/2014 01:05:57 am
Destination-obessesed fans tend to miss the drama of the journey. Mets fans would rather be obsessed with hope than with winning.
2/6/2014 02:47:07 am
Mendel, very nice. Mets fans need to be reminded of that in these troubled times.
2/6/2014 04:53:12 am
Philly fans are very unhappy with the acquisition of Marlon Byrd. They seem him as just one more geezer to go with Rollins, Utley, etc. You will recall also that Byrd started out as a Phillie, and didn't make the grade at a time when there was plenty of opportunity for good players. And was last year a fluke?
2/6/2014 11:17:17 am
I'm with Mendel. The whole point of it (unless you're a Yankees fan or a pathetic front-runner or, in the case of most Yankees fans, both) in the expectation. I remember Opening Day 1969. The newly-minted Les Expos de Montréal beat Tom Seaver in their first game ever. What? Who the hell is Coco Laboy? And why isn't Donn Clendenon on our team? You just never know. That's what makes it fun.
2/6/2014 12:14:11 pm
A couple of weeks ago we saw Seinfeld in Hartford. The crowd wouldn't let him off the stage and so he came back and said he would answer any questions. The first question was, What do you think of the Mets? He thought for a split second and then said: I think they are a baseball team. I took that as unbridled optimism.
2/6/2014 12:34:59 pm
Ralph Kiner. Kiner's Korner. WOR when Clark Bars were advertised with a camel. Rheingold. Miss Rheingold. My pubescent conscious life began with that man. Funny, I never thought anything of his alleged odd turn of phrase. He was too dignified to notice.
2/7/2014 12:38:33 am
Brian, dignified is the exact word. He did not need attention., Did not drop names. I asked him about Elizabeth Taylor once. He said it was "a studio deal" -- a photo op. I think the suggestion was, in a nice way, that it was for her publicity.
2/8/2014 02:00:09 pm
"Oh give me the moon over Brooklyn,
2/10/2014 01:37:12 am
Different subject....Michael Sam....and a "contrarian's" view: In this day and age being gay gets you lead articles in the NYT, WSJ and a story covered in the first 60 seconds of every morning TV news show???? This is 2014 (albeit with a little 1964 Ed Sullivan thrown in yesterday). And they claim this Defensive Player of the Year is "projected" to be drafted in mid-third round?????!! You know what I think? (I'll tell you anyway.) I think this kid has latched onto the greatest sports agent who ever lived. He just somehow, some way moved the kid up to high second round, or maybe even first, and several million dollars. I'd like to hire this guy to be my agent for my retirement portfolio. Good hunting, Mr. Sam.
2/12/2014 07:56:37 pm
George has a column in today’s (Tuesday, Feb. 12) Times: “Jeter’s retirement announcement hits the right note.”
2/12/2014 08:06:40 pm
Sorry, got the date wrong. It's Wednesday, Feb. 13. But the link is right.
Alan D. Levine
2/16/2014 07:53:21 am
Hey, it's baseball. Warm nights, a scorecard on my lap, a pastrami sandwich from Loeser's on 231st Street in Marble Hill and a Brooklyn Lager from Rich, the beer man in my section. You'd rather be watching re-runs of something or other from a couch? Not I.
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“I don’t think people understand how Covid affects older Americans,” Mr. Caretti said with frustration. “In 2020, there was this all-in-this-together vibe, and it’s been annihilated. People just need to care about other people, man. That’s my soapbox.”
---Vic Caretti, 47, whose father recently died of Covid at 85.
---From an article by Paula Span, who covers old age for the NYT, which currently has 2646 comments, the majority criticizing the American public – and public officials – for acting as if the pandemic is “over.”
Classic wishful thinking, at a lethal level.