Who Deserves to Be Baseball Mayor of New York?

The New York Times today alerted its readers to the urgent political news that Bill de Blasio, the current maybe co-front-runner for the Democratic mayoral nomination, identifies as a fan of the Boston Red Sox. According to the paper, tradition appears to require that the city's chief executive be a fan of the… »8/21/13 12:15pm8/21/13 12:15pm

Mike Piazza Once Hired A "Karate Guy" To Teach Him How To Beat Up Roger Clemens

After Roger Clemens threw a large part of a shattered bat at Mike Piazza in Game 2 of the 2000 World Series, the Mets catcher's first instinct was to beat him up. Piazza thought better of it, though, for plenty of reasons: It was the first inning of a game in the World Series; Clemens was half-apologizing; if he… »2/12/13 1:15pm2/12/13 1:15pm

No, That Was Not The Largest Contract In Mets History: Ruining Everyone's Fun Through Inflation Adjustment

Remember in 2009 when Avatar made, like, $760 billion, and you were all like, "Holy shit, Avatar just made the most money of all time!" And then your dick movie-geek friend told you that, adjusted for inflation, Avatar was actually just the 14th-highest grossing movie of all time? And the highest was actually almost… »11/30/12 1:45pm11/30/12 1:45pm

What The Best Pitcher In Baseball Taught Me About Prep School, Socrates, And The Art Of Not Selling Out

At my old high school, Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, there is a large multi-purpose hall with high ceilings. The hall features large hanging glass panels that extend nearly from the ceiling to the floor, engraved with famous quotations and the image of the speaker. I remember two of the panels: one of… »10/10/12 10:15am10/10/12 10:15am

Seven Years After Getting Concussed By The First Pitch He Saw, Adam Greenberg Gets A Second Chance

Adam Greenberg's career slash line is .000/1.000/.000. On July 9, 2005, Greenberg made his debut with the Chicago Cubs when he entered a game against the Marlins as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning. His major league debut ended abruptly, though, when Valerio de los Santos's first pitch, a 92-mph fastball, hit… »9/27/12 12:50pm9/27/12 12:50pm

Jason Bay Hit A Grand Slam, So Naturally Twitter Brought Out The Knives

Jason Bay has been having a bit of a rough go of it lately...this season...since he was diagnosed with that reverse-aging disease since joining the Mets. Mets fans can be tough crowd to please, too, so when Jason Bay hit a spirit-lifting grand slam during today's game to put the Mets up five on the Marlins, you know… »9/02/12 2:30pm9/02/12 2:30pm

The Mets Are Milking Johan Santana's No-Hitter For All It's Worth

Not simply content with selling $50 replica game tickets, the Mets are now auctioning off a slew of game-used items from Johan Santana's June 1 no-hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals, with each item signed by Santana himself. Want David Wright's game-worn jersey? That'll run you $1,650. A game-used ball? $1,500,… »6/13/12 9:15am6/13/12 9:15am

How A Career Ends: Ron Darling Celebrated His 35th Birthday By Getting Cut And Being Left Alone At Home

Tell Me When It's Over is an interview series in which we ask former athletes about the moment they knew their playing days were over. Today: Pitcher Ron Darling, one of 37 major leaguers in history born in Hawaii and the record holder, by far, for most major league seasons by a Yale University alum with 13: 8 1/2… »5/21/12 3:48pm5/21/12 3:48pm

The Mets Are Now Losing The Ability To Stand Upright

The Mets reached .500 with a 9-8 win over the Padres last night. They're now 57-57 and a mere 17.5 games out of first in the NL East. But on the second batter he faced, starter Mike Pelfrey did not inspire appropriate confidence for the 21,000 who made it out to Citi Field. We'll consider it just a momentary spell… »8/09/11 11:55am8/09/11 11:55am

David Einhorn Can Control The Mets For A Dollar, And Other Bad Omens For The Wilpons

When we last touched on the terms of the new Mets ownership deal, there was enough information to make fun of the Mets, but a key detail was missing. We knew that David Einhorn had essentially agreed to loan the Wilpons $200 million dollars in exchange for a third of the team until the loan was paid back, a guaranteed… »6/16/11 4:10pm6/16/11 4:10pm