My thoughts, observations, musings and tirades related to the Mets, Jets, Knicks and Hokies (and whatever other sports-related nerves are hit).

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Gary was my fave player growing up, so I always wear my #8 with pride. Happy birthday, #Kid. #RIPKid #Mets #LGM #YGB

Gary was my fave player growing up, so I always wear my #8 with pride. Happy birthday, #Kid. #RIPKid #Mets #LGM #YGB

View from Shea Bridge. Blue sky and @mets history. #Mets #1969 #1986 #Merica #YGB #LGM

View from Shea Bridge. Blue sky and @mets history. #Mets #1969 #1986 #Merica #YGB #LGM

@ragewynn called it! PUT IT IN THE BOOKS! SHEA BRIDGE MAGIC! #LGM #YGB #@mets

The starting line up for your New York #Mets.

The starting line up for your New York #Mets.

Boppy went to the #Mets/Twins game in Fort Meyers last week. He sent me his ticket for my collection. I love my family. #familytradition

Boppy went to the #Mets/Twins game in Fort Meyers last week. He sent me his ticket for my collection. I love my family. #familytradition

So close, guys. As in about 50 hours close. #Mets #MetsFanFriends

So close, guys. As in about 50 hours close. #Mets #MetsFanFriends

Hokies! Friends of Hokies! People who love cheers with sexual innuendos!

Our favorite red zone chant will forever be STICK IT IN! STICK IT IN! STICK IT IN!

Those were great days cheering for our offense, plowing into the end zone. Until they took it away (if you know the story, it deserves a “c’mon son”). It’s a new era in Blacksburg, let’s bring it back!

oOoo, oOoo, oOoo, oOoo….

It is time to properly honor Joan Payson. An open letter to the Mets and their fans.

If you remotely follow me on social media, it is pretty clear that I am not content with how Joan Payson is recognized by the Mets or by the fans.  In fact, I can pretty much guarantee that most fans don’t even know who she was - and if they do, they have no idea how important she was to the history of our team and baseball. She. Is. The. Reason. The. Mets. Exist.

She was one of the few dissenting votes against moving the Giants to the west coast.  She sold her shares and worked to get National League baseball back to New York.  She, along with the work of Bill Shea and M. Donald Grant, brought us the Metropolitans and Shea Stadium.  She was the first female owner of a major sports franchise.  She did everything in her power to bring Willie Mays back to New York so he could retire here - where she thought he belonged.  She could be seen at games hanging out in the seats with the fans, because, you know what, SHE WAS ONE.

When Darren asked what player you would want to have lunch with, I said Joan Payson, sitting at a game eating a hot dog.  I would want to know what drove her, what she would think of the state of the Mets and MLB today, and why there still hasn’t been a major female presence in the owner’s or executive offices in this sport, amongst a million other questions.

On another level, there is no major written work about her.  No feminist authors, no baseball authors, no historians - no one has decided to write about her.  Why?  You know what she has going for her at Citi Field?  A mini side door that is not accessible to the public without so much as a picture.  WHY?!?!  WHY METS, WHY?!!

I have said it time and time again that it should be the Payson Rotunda (I would even concede the Seaver Rotunda, although I think he would agree that “Mrs. Payson” deserves it) after the woman who brought baseball to Queens.  Since that will never change, I really need to get over it.  But, why not name something else after her beyond a nondescript door?  Why couldn’t one of the gates be named for her - you have gates named after the first manager and the first manager to lead our Mets to the World Championship, why not one for the woman who OVERSAW ALL OF IT?!  I really just don’t understand why there was not even a second thought given to her and what her name means to this team.

Beyond that, there are action pictures all over the ballpark (that were added after fan outcry when the ballpark opened), why are there none that I have seen that include her? (If you found one, please, point me in the right direction).  I have also not seen her name or face on any of those snazzy banners that hang outside and line the facade of Citi.  From what I recall, in all the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the team, and the All Star Game, etc. Joan was not mentioned at all.  There has not been a Joan Payson day or bobblehead.

WHY METS, WHY?!

Here is my call to the Mets organization and my fellow fans - let us honor the woman who brought us our Mets. She is probably the most important person in the history of our team, because without her we wouldn’t be here.  Lets do something about it.  Giver her a gate, give her a day, give her the respect she deserves.  Fans, if you don’t know about her, learn about her.  Just freakin’ Google her for Christ sake and read up on her Wikipedia page.  Something.

We wouldn’t be here without her.

Let us honor our past, so when we celebrate, it is that much sweeter. LGM!

I saw a major league ballpark yesterday, and I was so goddam happy. #Baseball

I saw a major league ballpark yesterday, and I was so goddam happy. #Baseball

Opening Day Is Almost Upon Us!

metsbro:

The 7 Line Army tickets for Opening Day are in the building!!! A new season always brings new hopes, and 2014 is no different! Should be another memorable event which opens up a hopefully memorable season!

#LGM

Photo courtesy of @The7Line