One of my favorite moments as a blogger is participating in this R. A. Dickey interview back in August 2011. Before the Book, MT. Kilimanjaro or the Cy Young.December 17, 2012
From The Mets:
FLUSHING, N.Y., December 17, 2012 – The New York Mets today announced they will host the first-ever NCAA Division I lacrosse games at Citi Field in 2013. The inaugural Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic will feature the University of Michigan playing Colgate University, and the College of the Holy Cross battling the United States Naval Academy on Sunday, March 17 at Citi Field.
Faceoff for the Michigan-Colgate game is at 1:05 p.m. followed by the Holy Cross-Navy match at approximately 4:05 p.m. Both contests will be played rain or shine. ESPNU is expected to telecast the Michigan-Colgate game with ESPN3 carrying the Holy Cross-Navy contest.
Colgate, Holy Cross and Navy are all rivals in the Patriot League, while Michigan is making its mark in the Eastern College Athletic Conference after dominating the club level. The games these first-rate athletic and academic institutions will play at Citi Field will count in their regular season standings as they compete for their league championships and a NCAA Tournament appearance.
“Lacrosse is immensely popular in our community and we are thrilled to bring together these four prestigious universities for the first-ever lacrosse games at Citi Field,” said Dave Howard, Executive Vice President, Business Operations, Mets. “This high-profile event further positions Citi Field as a world-class sports and entertainment venue that has hosted a myriad of events including international soccer, large-scale concerts and festivals.”
Located geographically on Long Island, Citi Field is within the hotbed of youth lacrosse. Long Island has produced thousands of NCAA All-American Lacrosse players over the years, including such notables as National Lacrosse Hall of Famers Jim Brown, Eamon McEneaney, Dave Pietramala, Jon Reese and John DeTommaso.
New York has deep ties to lacrosse with New York University fielding the country’s first team in 1876, and the first intercollegiate tournament taking place at the Westchester Polo Grounds in what is now the Bronx in 1881.
Colgate finished their best season in program history in 2012, compiling a 14-4 record, advancing to the NCAA Tournament and scoring their first tournament victory on their way to the Quarterfinals. The Raiders have collected 54 All-American selections with their 2012 honoree attackman Peter Baum also winning the Tewaaraton Award, as the top male player in collegiate lacrosse.
Michigan completed its first season of varsity lacrosse in 2012 after capturing an unprecedented three straight national club team titles from 2008-2010. Eight Wolverines from the 2012 team earned Academic All-ECAC selections, tied with Ohio State for most in the league.
Holy Cross has won three Colonial League titles and produced five All-Americans since the Crusaders lacrosse program started in 1958. This year’s team will be led by senior James Kennedy who was named a National Player of the Week last year. He was also the first Crusader ever named to the the Tewaaraton Award Watch List.
Navy has won 17 National Championships and appeared in 26 NCAA Tournaments, most recently in 2009, and produced 429 All-Americans. The 2013 squad will be led by junior attackman Tucker Hall and junior long stick midfielder Pat Kiernan, who were both named pre-season All-Americans.
Metropolitan Hospitality, the game’s promoter and producer, is Citi Field’s non-game day event company that has hosted almost 800 events since the ballpark opened in 2009. With more than 200,000 square feet of hospitality space, Citi Field can accommodate corporate meetings, holiday parties, weddings, trade shows, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and a variety of other events.December 17, 2012
Travis d’Arnaud is the key player the Mets acquired in the R. A. Dickey deal from the BlueJays. Below are a couple videos on Travis d’Arnaud.
Travis d’Arnaud hits a HR vs. Astros – Spring Training 2012.
via MLBProspectPortal YouTube Channel.
Travis d’Arnaud talks about his hitting approach in this 2011 video.
Via Kevin Gray YouTube Channel.
From The Mets:
FLUSHING, N.Y., December 13, 2012 – The New York Mets and ESPN Deportes Nueva York 1050 AM today announced that the station will broadcast Mets games in Spanish for the 2013 season. Under the agreement, 1050 AM will broadcast 150 regular season games, including select spring training, and postseason. Coverage will also include pre/post-game shows for each game.
“We are thrilled to launch our new partnership with ESPN Deportes, which has become a destination station for Hispanic sports fans in New York,” said Dave Howard, Executive Vice President, Business Operations, New York Mets. “Through ESPN Deportes, we look forward to building our connection with Spanish-speaking fans.”
“Our commitment to serving the Hispanic sports fan is a top priority for our company,” said David Roberts, vice president and general manager of ESPN Radio New York 98.7 and ESPN Deportes Radio Nueva York 1050 AM. “We are delighted to join forces with the Mets organization for this comprehensive and wide reaching opportunity.”
In September, ESPN’s 1050 AM switched to ESPN Deportes Radio, becoming the first and only Spanish-language radio station in New York dedicated to providing sports content around-the-clock. The Mets agreements adds to the unmatched lineup of top sporting events that include NY Jets games, Dominican baseball, CONMEBOL South American World Cup Qualifiers, CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers, Mexican First Division soccer, U.S. National Team friendlies, MLB and MLS. The station also offers two local sports shows serving the NY market- Firma ESPN & Zona ESPN NY-, in addition to the radio network’s national programming such as Raza Deportiva and Jorge Ramos y Su Banda.December 9, 2012 December 8, 2012
From The Mets:
FLUSHING, N.Y., December 7, 2012 – The New York Mets today announced Cirque du Soleil’s all-new big top production TOTEM will open March 14 at Citi Field for a limited engagement. Tickets are on sale now at cirquedusoleil.com.
2013 will mark the 25th anniversary of the first visit of Cirque du Soleil in New York. The love affair with New Yorkers started under the big top with Cirque Réinventé back in 1988. TOTEM marks the 11th visit of a big top show. Since its world premiere in 2010, TOTEM has visited over 16 different cities in four different countries and performed in front of close to 2 million spectators, and to great critical acclaim The Montreal Gazette called TOTEM “A true WOW! Escapist entertainment at its best.” The San Francisco Chronicle said “TOTEM is whimsically seductive and the most enjoyable show to come along from Cirque du Soleil in quite a while.” The Toronto Star called TOTEM “spectacular, artful. Breathtaking and deliciously ironic.” And the London Evening Standard proclaimed “TOTEM is thrilling! An extravagant and visually astonishing production.”
With its all-new home at Citi Field, TOTEM ticket-buyers throughout the entire city and tri-state area will have a wide range of fast and easy transportation options for getting to the big top whether driving or taking public transportation. For transportation options visit:
The word “totem” contains the idea of the order of species. We carry in our bodies the potential of all species, all the way to our desire to fly—like the thunderbird at the top of the totem pole.
Written and directed by Robert Lepage, TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations. Inspired by many founding myths, TOTEM illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species. Somewhere between science and legend, TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential. The cast of TOTEM comprises 52 performing artists from 19 countries.
Cirque du Soleil
From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is now a major Quebec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries. Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in more than 300 cities in over forty countries on six continents. For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit www.cirquedusoleil.comDecember 6, 2012
Great job by Darren from The 7 LineDecember 4, 2012
Last night I was a guest on Metsblog Radio. Click here to listen as I talk to Brian Erni and Vinny Cartiglia about the R. A. Dickey trade rumors, the David Wright signing, Mets opening day ticket sales and much more. Thanks to the Metsblog crew for having me on.
Tagged David Wright, Metsblog, New York Mets Tickets, R. A. Dickey
From The Mets:
FLUSHING, N.Y., December 4, 2012 – The New York Mets today announced that they have agreed to terms with David Wright on a new contract through 2020. Wright will be in Nashville, Tenn. at Baseball’s Winter Meetings for an 11:00 a.m. (CST) press conference tomorrow which will be carried live on SNY and Mets.com.
“I’d like to thank Fred Wilpon, Saul Katz and Jeff Wilpon for their commitment to me since I was drafted,” said Wright. “I’ve grown up in this organization and made life-long friendships with teammates, uniform personnel and front office staff. I’m grateful for the opportunity to finish what I’ve started and help bring the Mets and our fans a World Series title.”
Wright, who will turn 30 on December 20, became the Mets all-time leader in hits, runs scored, walks and RBI in 2012. He was already the club leader in doubles, total bases and game-winning RBI.
“We’re thrilled for the organization and our fans that David will be a Met for many years to come,” said Mets COO Jeff Wilpon. “As great a player as David’s been with us on the field – one of the greatest and most popular Mets ever – he’s been equally outstanding in the community.”
Wright was named to his sixth All-Star team in 2012. He is a two-time Louisville Silver Slugger Award winner (2007-2008) and has won two Rawlings Gold Gloves (2007-2008).
“We said signing David to a contract that would keep him in a Mets uniform was our top offseason priority,” said Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson. “Today is a historic day for the franchise and an important step in securing a winning future for this team and our fans.”
Over his nine-year career with the Mets, Wright owns a .301 batting average with 790 runs scored, 322 doubles, 19 triples, 204 home runs, 818 RBI and 166 stolen bases in 1,262 games. His 204 home runs rank third in team history behind Darryl Strawberry (252) and Mike Piazza (220).
“I think it’s a great statement that David wanted to stay with the organization that drafted him,” said Mets Manager Terry Collins. “David is the leader of this team in the clubhouse, on the field and in the community.”
Wright hit .306 (178-581) with 91 runs scored, 41 doubles, 21 home runs, 93 RBI and a .391 on-base percentage last season.
Also here is a video message from David Wright.← Older posts Newer posts →