Get your batting helmet Friday

Batting helmet! It’s almost like they anticipated we’d be going to Citi Field more for the giveaways and the food…I can’t wait to get mine Friday night. I have no idea where I will wear it, but you can imagine the fun I may be having with it here…

harrahs_helmet_180x150.jpgn520638873_414311_5953.jpgZoë and batting? The first time I swung a bat was in April, ’08 in the Citizen Bank Park parking lot. Matty Cerrone was teaching me wiffle ball before he pulled a hammy (and Ollie got the win). The second time was on a date at the Chelsea Piers batting cages. I did 3 rounds of slow-pitch soft ball, 20-40 mph. On my best round I hit 8 out of 10, all headed foul. But still, first time! And now that I’ll have a batting helmet, maybe it won’t be the last!

Then again, maybe not. My hands hurt.

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(What, you don’t wear a purse when you play wiffle ball?)

New banners at Citi Field…

The Wilpons, owners of the Mets, have responded to season-long criticism that Citi Field is not “Metsy” enough. The powers-that-be have now added 3 more banners to the left field wall, honoring 2007, 2008, 2009. These banners? They are very Metsy.

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(Thanks to buddy Jared for offering his expert Photoshop skills, which I covet since mine are so…inexpert…)

Best Gary Keith Ron moment all year, or at least one of ’em

P1060991.JPGFrom Tuesday night’s game, when a 10 year old youngster got to sit in the booth and do play-by-play. The kid names Keith as his favorite broadcaster, and here’s why.

I love how each of the guys get in a punch-line here.
Ron: “I’m kinda laughing at him.”
Gary: “Co-MVP.”
Keith: “Oh, airplanes! For a change.”

http://www.dailymotion.com/swf/xafmwr_gkr-at-their-finest_sport

Tonight Gary takes a rare night off, and it will be just Keith and Ronnie in the booth, left to their own devices…

Bloggers at Citi: Pics and video

Sunday was a great day at the ballpark for the Mets, Zoë, Coop, and others. These are the people in your neighborhood. Enjoy.

The Mets’ day on the field, with my own play by play and a break for team store crazy antics:

http://www.dailymotion.com/swf/xaf9u2_sunday-sept-6-at-citi_sport

We run into Greg from Faith and Fear! Here he is with Coop.

P1060791.JPGAnd we run into fellow Mets Divas Stefi and Rebecca!

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P1060831.JPGBecause when your team is eliminated in early September, going to the ballpark is as much about friends, gnomes, and videos as it is about baseball.

K-Rod and Billy Wagner: A conversation

P1060886.JPGI will post more about today’s very fun game at a later time. But for now, attention must be paid to the bobblehead rivalry between K-Rod, ’09, and Billy Wagner, ’08. Two closers. Two disappointing years. Two figurines with wobbly heads.

The two closers had a spirited confrontation after today’s game, brought to you exclusively here.

http://www.dailymotion.com/swf/xaenwy_frankie-and-billy-a-conversation_fun

(It sounds like I’m saying “Jonathan Papelbaum.” What, did I want to make him Jewish?)

And speaking of pitchers, look who’s home?!
I missed you John Maine, and I cross all my fingers for your return outing hopefully on Sunday.

2009 Mets Mad Libs…for real, print it out…

MadLibs.jpgThere’s nothing we can do. This season has been one major disappointment after another, on and on, until the only alternative to pulling out our hair is to laugh. So let’s take lemons and make lemonade. Or take crazy ridiculous bad luck and make crazyridiculousbadluckade. Print it out, play with friends, and feel free to email me the results at helenacity@gmail.com. If any make me laugh out loud, I’ll publish them!

2009 METS MAD LIBS

You know how to play, right? Find a friend, don’t show him or her the Mad Lib, and just ask for responses that fit the italics. Write them in, read, and enjoy. Imagine this broadcast for your New York Mets…What should Gary be saying?

 

We’ve got to think the 2009 Mets have been cursed by a [noun]. From the moment this

team [verb, past tense] on the field, injuries and [noun, plural] have befallen the Mets

right and left. The latest player on the DL, [2009 Met player], landed there by [verb

 ending in -ing] his groin. Can you believe that? These Mets find ways to injure

themselves like you’d never imagine. Mark our words, we think [2009 Mets Player] will

be the next to go down, by simply [verb ending in -ing]. 

 

But now to the play on the field. The umpire today seems really [adjective]. How could

he have missed that simple call at first? We have not seen umpiring like this ever. It’s

like they’re using their [body part singular or plural] instead of their eyes. Now we have

[2009 Mets player] stepping up to the plate. Bases loaded with 1 out. And he [verb] into

the double play! Unbelievable. On to the top of the 9th, with the Mets down by

[number].  We’ve got a new pitcher in for the Mets, [2009 relief pitcher]. He’s had an up

and down season, currently with an ERA of [number]. We thought he’d have a better

year, until he [verb, past tense] his last outing and wound up [verb ending in -ing]

three batters. The Mets could have a chance here if they [verb]. They just need to play

tight ball and– Oh no, can you believe it? [2009 Met player] has dropped the ball! That

is just [adjective]. Really, anything that could happen to this [adjective] team has

happened. And yes, yes it looks like [same 2009 Met player as last] has come up lame

on that play. He’s limping and holding his [body part]. I think it’s safe to assume they’ll

call him “day to day” and he’ll miss [number] games. We think someone’s headed for

the Hospital of Special Surgery for a [adjective] MRI. That MRI machine has sure seen

the Mets in some [adjective] positions. Another player down for the NY Mets. Another

error that just might lose this [adjective] game. You just can’t make this stuff up.