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Not your average lunch break


By Lisa R. Neilson

Take your lunch break early today and tell your boss you won’t be returning.

He’ll wonder if you’re riding the back of the government shutdown, or cashing in that Mega Millions winning ticket.


Let him wonder.

What you don’t have to tell him is that you’ll be spending the next twelve hours cozying up to your big screen television enjoying one of the best days of baseball this season. Read the rest of this entry


A Whole Lot a Clinching Going On


By Lisa R. Neilson

Tis the season:  MLB playoffs start on Tuesday, so naturally the contenders are sliding into position. At post time, the only undetermined faceoff is the AL Wild Card, with Tampa, Cleveland and Texas vying for the spots. In the National League, the Pirates could still win their division but it’s unlikely—St. Louis has to win just one of their three games against the Cubs this weekend, keeping the Pirates and the Reds in the NL Wild Card. It has been an exciting week of baseball, even if you don’t have a team in the running. Read the rest of this entry

R.I.P. WFAN for NY Mets Fans


By Lisa R. Neilson

One of my favorite Stephen King novels is entitled The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. It’s a story about a little girl named Trisha who gets lost in the woods somewhere in Maine (most of King’s novels are set in his home state of Maine) while on a hike with her mother and brother. Somehow Trisha is able to tune into the Red Sox game on her portable radio while she battles the demons of the dark and scary forest alone. How lucky Trisha is to find her favorite baseball team on a tunable frequency deep in the Appalachian Trails. The comfort of the sounds of the game and the fantasies of her hero, Red Sox reliever Tom Gordon, help Trisha to stay focused (and alive!) and eventually find her way safely out of the woods and back to her family. Read the rest of this entry

It’s September: Better Watch Your Back!


By Lisa R. Neilson

On September 1, 2011, the Red Sox woke up to a nine-game lead over third-place Tampa Bay in the AL East, confident they’d be showing up for batting practice on opening night of the World Series. They were mistaken—they failed to even make the postseason. Losing 19 out of 26 games that month, the Red Sox became the first team to blow a September lead that big. It was an epic collapse that sent team personnel packing and brought outrage to the streets of Boston.

Red Sox

But they’re not the only club in MLB history to lose steam on the way to the playoffs. The one sure thing about September baseball is that not everything is a sure thing; there will be surprises, both good and bad.    Read the rest of this entry

State of the Citi: Part III

harvey head down

By Lisa R. Neilson

Bye-bye, Byrd.

Bye-bye, Buck.

And bye-bye to a second place finish this season for the New York Mets. True, Mets fans were being pretty hopeful about pulling off a runner-up spot in the NL East by the end of September, but for a few fleeting moments it seemed like a remote possibility. When the news of Matt Harvey’s injury, however, hit the airwaves on Monday, fans experienced that familiar sinking feeling that leaves little reason to believe. Read the rest of this entry

West Coast Time

road trip

By Lisa R. Neilson

With the New York Mets on the West coast this past week, it’s been difficult for me to watch a game. I’ve been able to catch a first inning here and there, but the 10:10 start time means that 7th inning stretch comes during my REM sleep time. I know it’s summer but I’m a morning person, and even my boys from Flushing can’t keep me up at night.


Optimistically, I thought that the 11-day road trip might give me some free time to get a few things done. That’s almost 33 hours to really accomplish something, like prep my courses for the upcoming semester or help my 18 year-old pack for college. I could even start my novel, right? Unfortunately, my good intentions have been marred by circumstances that make the Mets’ shaky defense against the first-place Dodgers in the sixth inning Monday night seem sweeter than cotton candy. Read the rest of this entry

Rooting for a second place finish

Colorado Rockies v New York Mets

By Lisa R. Neilson

The New York Mets had something to smile about this morning:  their team actually looked like a major league baseball club in their recent series against the Colorado Rockies. The sweep of the Rockies at Citi Field won’t help the Mets bring home a championship this season; but it has given them a little lift after third baseman and team captain David Wright and closer Bobby Parnell were placed on the DL last week.

Here’s what’s perked us Mets fans up these last few games: Read the rest of this entry

Extra, extra: Another extra-inning game for New York Mets, but bad news for David Wright


By Lisa R. Neilson

New York Mets fans got to stay up late again last night as the boys in Flushing squeaked out an 11th inning win over the hot Kansas City Royals. The 4-2 victory was a result of Eric Young Jr.’s two-run homer with two outs, abruptly halting KC’s 9-game winning streak.


But the successful outcome was marred by David Wright’s exit in the 10th with a strained right hamstring. Although the official word on Wright’s injury hasn’t been given yet, most Mets fans are probably thinking what I am:  this can’t be good. Read the rest of this entry

Spare the Rod No More?


By Lisa R. Neilson

A good working relationship requires trust and communication, and liking each other just a little bit usually helps, too. The relationship between the New York Yankees and Alex Rodriguez is lacking all of those. In addition, the daily drama  between the parties is over the top lately. It’s becoming like a bad soap opera or reality television show, complete with GM Brian Cashman barking at the rehabbing third baseman to “shut the f— up” just last month. Read the rest of this entry

You heard it here first: Season-ending Predictions


By Lisa R. Neilson

When it comes to baseball, I don’t like making predictions, probably because I’m usually wrong. Last year, I thought the Pirates would pull off their first World Series win since 1979; instead, despite being 16 games over 500 at August 6th, they finished fourth in the NL Central with a 79-83 record. This is just one typical example of my (bad) baseball foresight. I won’t bore you with the countless other miss-guesses I’ve declared in the past, most of which concerned my boys from Flushing. Read the rest of this entry

All-Star Citi

All Star Logo

By Lisa R. Neilson

Big cities are infamous for their celebrity sightings and all-star appeal. Who doesn’t like to boast that they spotted Uma Thurman browsing in a 5th Avenue boutique or sat next to Matt Damon chowing down a steak at STK Downtown?

Of course, I’d prefer running into NY Mets third baseman David Wright or Baltimore Oriole’s J.J. Hardy, or any of the All-Star MLB players convening in Queens these next few days. On Tuesday, July 16th, the charming Citi Field will be the ‘city’ to watch as it plays host to the 84th MLB Midsummer Classic, showcasing 30 first-time All-Stars and a schedule of events that promises to be something to write home about (or at least blog about!). Read the rest of this entry

Futures Game a Must-See


By Lisa R. Neilson

If you’re a Mets fan, then you’re all too familiar with the management’s mantra of how the future has become the focus of this team. The Wilpons and Sandy Alderson have failed to add any big names to the roster these last few seasons, whether because of financial burdens or merely poor decision making. This has forced fans to take a closer look at potential stars developing down on the farm teams.

On Sunday, July 14, at our own Citi Field, we’ll have the opportunity to watch three of these talented prospects participate in the 2013 Futures Game. The Futures Game was established in 1999 and has since grown in popularity; some say the matchup that pits the highest-touted minor league players against each other, dividing them into World and U.S. rosters, has become more anticipated than the somewhat frivolous Midsummer Classic we have all come to know. The Futures Game has been a rite of passage for a number of popular Mets, including David Wright, Jose Reyes, Matt Harvey, and Zack Wheeler.

Here’s the scoop on the Mets’ stars of tomorrow that we’ll be seeing at this year’s Futures Game: Read the rest of this entry

Ode to Mr. Ed

Mr Met

By Lisa R. Neilson

In my neighborhood, I am often in the minority. Most of my acquaintances and friends are Yankees fans and, well, who can blame them, right? Everybody loves a winner. I am fortunate enough, though, to share my fandom of the NY Mets with a few family members. This makes it a little more bearable at summer family gatherings; while most guests chat about their team making it to the postseason, we Mets fans discuss our team’s ongoing rebuilding. Read the rest of this entry

Wheeler bedazzles in debut


By Lisa R. Neilson

Our lives are full of memorable moments worth celebrating. As I sat at my daughter’s high school graduation yesterday, fighting back tears of joy, I reminded myself to take in all that I could of one such moment and bask in the happiness of her accomplishments and her promising future.

Zack Wheeler’s mom must have felt the same way on Tuesday when the 23 year-old pitching prospect made his Major League debut for the New York Mets. While some called his first start in the biggies a little shaky, struggling somewhat with his control and walking five batters, Wheeler has already earned the reputation of must-see hurler. Here’s why Mets fans are excited about the future of Zack Wheeler and his home debut at Citi Field on June 30th against the Nationals: Read the rest of this entry