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MLB All-Star Fanfest Baseball Sculpture

Catching Up On Piazza, Wright and Banner Day

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Daniel Murphy Will Assist Far Rockaway Residents Affected by Hurricane Sandy

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From The Mets:

WHAT: Daniel Murphy will assist Far Rockaway residents affected by Hurricane Sandy joining New York Cares volunteers helping with the distribution of food and supplies.

WHO: Daniel Murphy                        

WHERE: Church of the Nazarene – 1414 Central Avenue (between Nameoke Avenue and Bayport Place). Far Rockaway, New York   

WHEN: Wednesday, January 16. 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

DETAILS ON CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE: The Community Church of the Nazarene in Far Rockaway opened its doors as a shelter to church and community members who had nowhere else to go after Hurricane Sandy.  The church is developing partnerships with donors, support groups, and volunteers to deliver relief and restoration to the entire community and is currently serving as a full-service hub for residents needing not only immediate support but long term assistance rebuilding and restoring their lives.

OTB Top 5 Videos of 2012

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-R. A. Dickey Shows How To Throw A Knuckleball
-Mets Fans Tell Their No Hitter Story
-Mets Memories: Rey Ordonez Grand Slam
-Chat With Darren Meenan From PSL
-Daniel Murphy Interrupts My Chat With Michael Baron

My Mets Holiday Gifts

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Here are a couple things I got during the holiday season. Love em both!

Mets Hoodies:

Mets Hat:

Reaction To Dickey Trade

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One Of My Favorite Blogger Moments

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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.

Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic At Citi Field

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From The Mets:

Tickets Go On Sale this Wednesday, December 19 at Mets.com/Lacrosse, Tickets.com and (718) 507-TIXX

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.

Tickets go on sale this Wednesday, December 19 at Mets.com/Lacrosse, Tickets.com and (718) 507-TIXX.

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.

A Couple Travis d’Arnaud Videos

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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.

ESPN Deportes Nueva York 1050 AM Will Broadcast Mets Games in Spanish

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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.

Photo: Mets Christmas Tree Ornament

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