The Mets opened their series in Los Angeles Friday night and beat one of the best pitchers in baseball, Clayton Kershaw, with David Wright earning a 12-pitch walk in the first and then driving in two vital runs in the seventh. But you already know that.
(The Mets then got upended, in more ways than one, Saturday night. Plenty of opinions on that slide by Utley. See Comments below, and please add your own. But first, let's talk about the "paper" that made deadline two straight evenings with crazy stuff from LA.)
The other team that had a great night on Friday was New York Times, which delivered 115,000 copies of the paper, the version you can hold in one hand while eating a bagel with the other hand.
That paper was in my driveway in a nearby suburb at 7:30 AM – not bad for a game that ended after midnight. Tim Rohan, out in Los Angeles, completed his very readable article in a hurry and sent it to my friends in the Sports Department, who shaped it and sent it to the plant in College Point, Queens, where people were waiting for it.
We got it at 1:15. On presses at 1:26.
Overall, 98% on time, one late NJ truck by 3 mins.
That was my note from one of my friends in the handsome plant alongside the Whitestone Expressway.
The Times is doing quite well with its print edition, as other papers basically give up.
The coup on Friday night/Saturday morning reminds me of a similar night, Oct. 14-15, 1992, when Francisco Cabrera, an obscure Atlanta Brave, delivered the hit that won the National League pennant (and broke the hearts of a Pirate team about to be atomized by free agency.)
In the midnight hour, I found Cabrera in the melee on the field and rushed upstairs to write a column with a headline: His Name Is Francisco Cabrera.
A few hours later, I caught the first thing smoking, and was back in my driveway before noon. The paper was waiting for me. The column was in print.
I love the Web. I’m poking around on it all day. It’s the future. The Times does spectacular things on line. I also love print.
Look at the front page of the Sports Section Saturday – huge picture of Jacob deGrom, locks flopping, fastball flying, story by Tim Rohan, and below that two more excellent articles by esteemed colleagues -- Chicharito of Mexico by the Europe-based Sam Borden and the wretched sightlines at the hockey opener at the Barclays Center by Filip Bondy, recently departed from the fading Daily News, now doing the occasional piece for the Times.
The Mets would come back out and play again Saturday night. So would the Times. As one of my great bosses, Joe Vecchione, said a few minutes after the Times revamped in minutes on Mookie Night in 1986:
“We do it every day, Kid.”
10/10/2015 02:23:13 pm
George. Fun piece. Also great to read that Mr. Bondy is back where he belongs
10/10/2015 09:45:25 pm
One of the things I miss most about the city is when I find myself at Grand Central Station late on Saturday night but can no longer get the Sunday paper early edition for the now 2+ hour trip home. (2-0 Mets so far.)
Mike from Whitestone
10/11/2015 12:27:27 am
Thanks GV, great stuff. Keep print alive.
10/11/2015 08:05:13 am
Mike, what time does the Bulldog start barking? Must be after 10. It used to be at the stand outside.
10/11/2015 09:42:18 am
GV'S REACTION TO SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER IN LA:
10/11/2015 12:36:38 pm
how is it a "slide" if Utley. doesn't touch the ground until he's already past second? The appropriate rule in the book is all about intent giving the umpire discretion. SNY showed a past tape of Utley crashing into second [also Tejada?], and his first body part [other than his feet] to touch is also past second base.Let's take Brian's suggestion, and play the game over from the point of the vicious play. His slide was obnoxious even if his leg wasn't broken.
10/11/2015 09:12:55 pm
Good points George. I believe that the hard slide by Utley was similar to hundreds or thousands of other slides looking to break up a double play except for 2 differences; the flip from Murphy was behind Tejada leaving him vulnerable, Tejada decided to do a 360 spin causing his back to be to the runner as he started his slide. It appears that was when the injury occurred. Terrible chain of events leading to an unfortunate injury. Hopefully both teams will play baseball and may the best team win.
10/16/2015 07:06:26 am
Unsure how many more 3-6AM innings Children of Mendel have in them. Living on espresso and coffee Ben&Jerry’s (Juerys).
10/11/2015 11:31:18 am
10/11/2015 11:36:44 am
Re the Bulldog: I was referencing the stand on the corner of 42nd and Vanderbilt. Aren't they closed inside?
10/11/2015 03:45:18 pm
Imagine watching Utley make that “slide" at 6AM on an empty stomach. Children of Mendel are not pleased. Recuperate pronto, Ruben.
10/11/2015 07:17:23 pm
I share your delight in the extra effort by the print edition. Having been a long-time subscriber to the National edition, I have long Subscribed to the online edition as well and found the good news, bad news stories the last two nights here in the Hawaiian archipeligo. Aloha!
10/11/2015 10:34:16 pm
Utley has been suspended for two games. Given that judgment by major league baseball, it follows that the umpire call was (obviously) unjustified. The Mets should protest the game, and they would be correct.
10/11/2015 10:52:11 pm
Mr Torre, like everyone, is entitled to his opinion. It will be appealed. Like I and Chase's agent have said, these slides have existed for generations. The only reason this is is even an issue is because Tejeda turned his back to the runner bearing down on him due to the poor toss by Murphy. The intent was to break up the double play, which Murphy did already, not injure.
10/12/2015 10:42:36 am
10/12/2015 11:29:42 am
Dear Haruko: I am right in the middle on it. It's a slide I have seen going back to my earliest days, watching guys like Eddie Stanky and Jackie Robinson slide hard -- and they were second basemen.
10/12/2015 01:38:16 pm
Thank you for your information. Is Tuesday local time or Japanese time?
10/12/2015 05:21:34 pm
The Times should do something smart-hire Bondy asap and put him in charge of all their soccer coverage.
10/12/2015 06:03:12 pm
This is from Brian Kenny’s blog. Could Mike, and others who see this as he does, tell us if they disagree with the rule, or with how Torre applied it in this case?
10/12/2015 07:53:29 pm
Gene, well done! It is beyond sad that reasoned objectivity and reading for comprehension are lost arts. Indeed the thinking process and conscientious work ethic underlying clear established rules is being totally disrespected. Our current sports culture elevates lateist whim and rule disrespect as the new rule. Disgusting. If Mattingly plays Utley tonight he's not the man I thought he was.
10/12/2015 08:21:44 pm
Just got this note from a friend: "Pete Rose said it was a not a dirty play --this from the guy who ruined Ray Fosse's career by drilling him at the platein a f***ing all-star game."
10/12/2015 11:09:45 pm
Gene, I'm hoping you watched the entire Mets and Dodgers game and took in what Cal Ripken so elequently conveyed re the Slide during the bottom of the 6th. He's a Hall of Fame in many ways!
10/13/2015 10:10:02 am
Thanks for replying, Mike. I live in El Salvador, and didn't have access to the game, but after reading your note, I did a google search and found this NYDaily News story about the exchange among the announcers in the TBS broadcast booth. Ripken's position was a minority report. The others who read this blog can judge for themselves whose arguments are more persuasive: Ripken's or Darling's and Johnson's. http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/mets/raissman-utley-tejada-incident-stirs-debate-tbs-booth-article-1.2393277
10/14/2015 04:57:14 pm
was on with Brian Lehrer Tuesday and found myself quoting Billy Martin in the old Lite Beer commercials: "I feel strongly about it -- both ways." It's a play we've seen a thousand times -- the wide take-out slide. Now they need to make it clear what is legitimate.
10/13/2015 11:47:01 am
Well, as the saying goes, hitting well is the best revenge (or something like that).
10/13/2015 01:29:03 pm
Good article Gene, thanks for sharing.
10/14/2015 09:31:27 am
Nice point. But why don't the Mets protest the call and the game? Games used to be protested all the time (and announced over the loud speaker). This kind of constitutional timidity could get you into trouble, like giving in to someone's persistence and investing with Bernie Madoff or something.
10/14/2015 09:44:36 am
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From the great Maureen Dowd:
As I write this, I’m in a deserted newsroom in The Times’s D.C. office. After working at home for two years during Covid, I was elated to get back, so I could wander around and pick up the latest scoop.
But in the last year, there has been only a smattering of people whenever I’m here, with row upon row of empty desks. Sometimes a larger group gets lured in for a meeting with a platter of bagels."
--- Dowd writes about the lost world of journalists clustered in newsrooms at all hours, smoking, drinking, gossipping, making phone calls, typing, editing.
"Putting out the paper," we called it.
Much more than nostalgia.