The saying goes something like 'you can take the New Yorker out of New York but you can't the New York out of...' Well, you get the idea. Now let's apply that same philosophy to the "Charlie Brown" of major sports franchises, the New York Mets. Can anyone really save the Mets from themselves? David Stearns, a Mets fan from Manhattan, will be next up to have that unenviable task.
Owner of the New York Mets, Steve Cohen is worth about $13.2 billion, depending on what day it is. Say what you want about the accumulation of that wealth, but there is no doubt Cohen is a shrewd businessman and Mets fans should expect nothing less when it comes to running his team.
Hockey fans constantly make jokes about the NHL and how they continually botch easy marketing opportunities. The league's television blackout rules, especially for fans that are paying for every available premium service that the NHL has to offer in the Capital District of New York, are comical.
The New York Mets have been keeping pace with the red-hot Atlanta Braves at the top of the National League East to start the season. However, Mets owner Steve Cohen is investing $144 million MORE in payroll than Atlanta in 2023. One would assume that in year three, the primary stakeholder has higher expectations this season than a wild-card-round loss at Citi Field.
The new pitch clock in Major League Baseball has shaved more than 31 minutes from game times so far in 2023. The faster pace has led to an expedited end to beer sales in the stadium...the dreaded 7th inning. However, MLB teams are quickly making adjustments.
Developing the surrounding area of the Mets home ballpark and the U.S. Open Tennis Center is a major win for New York sports fans. Now it looks like Amazin's billionaire owner Steve Cohen is looking for his own win.
For decades New York Mets (and for many years Jets fans) always felt that the area in Queens surrounding Shea Stadium, now Citi Field, detracted from the fan experience. From the rows of auto repair shops to the barbed-wire fences surrounding the junk yards, there is basically nothing for fans to do outside of Citi Field, if they don't need work done on their car. However, that is about to change. New York City officials have reached an agreement to build the city’s first professional soccer stadium and it has benefits for Mets fans.
Tuesday night was "Bark in the Bark" night at Citi Field. Dogs and their loving owners were sprinkled through the stadium for the second-to-last regular season game. One four-legged friend stole fans' hearts and a special home run ball early in the game.
Old Timer's Day began for the New York Mets in the magical year of 1969. Good things happened that year, including their "Amazin" World Championship, amongst a myriad of major world events. The scrooge-like former Mets owners, Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz killed the beloved event in 1994. They were probably tired of hearing former Mets players mock their ownership's lack of baseball knowledge...but that's a story for another day. Old Timer's Day is back and it's Saturday at Citi Field.