Posts Tagged ‘New York Mets’

May 2, Osama is Dead, the Mets Win for New York, & America Unites Again

Hey guys,

So as we all know by now, Osama Bin Laden has finally been brought to justice. Bin Laden was killed in a firefight with Navy Seals, and the world is now a safer place because of it. I fear for the immediate reaction to this event from those who will seek vengeance, but with the central figure of Al-Qaeda eliminated, the terrorist organization will surely never be the same. Throughout history, the death of a people’s leader has led to lamenting, and often the sense of vengeance, but the loss of a leader like Bin Laden can also lead to their decline. Without a unanimous central leader, groups often dissolve and divide in the pursuit of direction. Power grabs will likely be made by multiple figures in Al-Qaeda, which hopefully can destroy their unity and resolve. The organization will surely never be the same now that their leader has expired.

FDNY, NYPD, and the Port Authority Police. Thank you for the sacrifice you made. IMAGE //

That being said, as I do on most nights, I was watching baseball when the news broke. The game was between the Mets and the Phillies, and suddenly for me it seemed like the Mets needed to win this one. It was a moment that I felt would cap off a great redemptive night for New Yorkers. The Yankees had won earlier in the day, but the Mets were actually playing when it all went down. I turned off the volume to the game, and threw CNN on the other screen. Though I couldn’t hear what was going on at the game, it was clear that Philadelpians were jubilant and celebratory of the news. I was personally surprised they didn’t pause the game for Obama’s speech. It struck me as funny when Obama was speaking that he said something of the nature of, “we must continue to fight Al-Qaeda and their affiliates,” a line that I heard as, “we must continue to fight Al-Qaeda and the Phillies.”

It was one of those moments that sends chills down your spine as you watched the fans in Citizens Bank Park start a chant of, “USA!” It really reminded me of the baseball world around the time of 9/11, when players, fans, and citizens of the country rallied together in celebration of the American Spirit. With all the things in the country and world that create division among us American citizens, it was refreshing to see the unity that we all seem to harp on only in the face of tragedy and triumph. Whether you’re a conservative, a moderate, a liberal, a Republican, or a Democrat, one thing we all have in common is the love of our land, and the sorrow in our hearts for all the lives lost on the single greatest disaster in American history.

VIDEO: Philadelphia Reacts to the News of Bin Laden’s Death

This is my petition to make September 11, a national holiday. The most somber day in American history should be commemorated as a National Day of Remembrance. A chance for us all to remember just how lucky we are, and a chance to celebrate the lives of those lost on 9/11, rather than lament the tragic nature of their final day.

I know that I have already featured this video in previous posts, but this really seems like an appropriate time to rehash the memories of life immediately after 9/11. Check out these two videos, one of President George W. Bush’s visit to Yankees Stadium on game 3 of the 2001 World Series with some really awesome interactions between Jeter and the Commander in Chief. The other video I wish I could embed, but i simply can’t. It is of the Mets first game back after the tragedy. I urge you to check it out. It really was an amazing time for American unity.

VIDEO: Piazza’s Healing Home Run


April 22, The Giants and Jets to Open the Season on 9/11. Will Face Off on Christmas Eve

April 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Hey guys,

For the 2011 NFL season, the Giants and Jets will both open on September 11. There were talks early on the day that the schedule was announced that the two New York teams would face off against one another on the anniversary, but the league elected to have their match-up on Christmas Eve.

My initial reaction was disappointment when I heard that the two New Yorkers would not face off to start the season, but I’ve since decided that it’s not such a bad thing. This way both teams have a chance to seize victory on this somber anniversary.

So for all you New York football fans out there, take a look at this season’s schedule for the Giants and Jets.

The season opens with The Big Blue Wrecking Crew facing off with the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field at 4:15. Gang Green also faces off with an NFC East opponent in the Dallas Cowgirls at the Meadowlands in primetime.

This of course all hinges on the idea that there will be an NFL season in 2011, and that it will start on time.

To shift gears completely as far as sports go, the announcement of the tenth anniversary of 9/11’s football schedule brings me to today’s videos. The two videos that I picked out for today are of the Mets and Yankees once play was resumed following the attacks. Unfortunately, since the MLB has a tight grip on all of their video content, you will have to leave the site to see the Mets video. It’s pretty amazing the way that the Mets and Braves got together and united with national pride. The Yankees video is also a great watch, and you get to take a look at some behind the scenes interactions with our then president George W Bush. Bush and Jeter’s interactions before the game were awesome.

[VIDEO] The Mets first game after 9/11

CC’s Latest Spot in a Field of Dreams Style Commercial

April 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Hey guys,

From the moment CC Sabathia donned the Yankees Pinstripes for the first time, it was apparent that he was born to wear the uniform. Since he arrived in New York in 2009, CC has been in his fair share of commercials. His latest spot is in a PepsiMax commercial. Check it out, my favorite part has to be Ricky Henderson beating himself in Rock, Paper, Scissors.

Also take a look at this old one of CC and Johan Santana promoting Subway. Santana’s poor attempt at the English language makes this one memorable.

Jeter, A-Rod

April 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Hey guys,

Alex and Derek in the Early Days IMAGE //

So once upon a time, when Alex Rodriguez was on the Mariners, and Derek Jeter was a young Yankee, the two were filmed a few times for some short Q and A’s. It is interesting to see the dynamic of their relationship from the early years of their careers to now. Obviously there were some rocky moments between the two. Alex was quite enamored with his public perception, and said a bunch of dumb things to the media about their relationship a few years into his Yankees career. Despite all the jealousy and bitterness that may have existed between Alex and Derek, it seems to me that they are pretty cool with one another these days.

There are some funny moments in these videos that people my age may not remember, such as the “Shea-Rod” rumors. Apparently there were some hopeful Mets fans that wanted A-Rod to play in Shea as Jeter’s cross-city shortstop rival. That would have been pretty cool, but I think I like it better this way.

Rodriguez has certainly been no stranger to controversy, but let’s take a look at the facts. After it became apparent that A-Rod would be leaving Texas, it was exciting to see the rumors of where he would be going. The thought of him going to the Red Sox was fine with me. I hate the Sox, and I had hated A-Rod his whole career up to that point.

When it was announced that the MLB would not allow the move, I never would have thought the Bronx would be his destination. Afterall, we already had our super-star short stop. Once it became apparent that New York was a viable destination, it was interesting to see how this would work out. Rodriguez made the transition from short stop to third base, abandoning his natural position, and ending the discussion of him being the best short stop of all time. To me, this was a pretty awesome thing for Alex to do. His willingness to change his position and legacy to better fit the team shows that he is more of a team player than he was credited for in the early Yankee years.

Derek and Al Horsing Around in the Dugout. IMAGE // Reuters

I remember not caring for A-Rod at all while in Seattle and Texas, so it was hard for me to come around to him being a Yankee. I didn’t like him at all at first. The main reason I think that I became an adamant A-Rod supporter was the way Yankees fans treated him in his early seasons, and even up to 2009, unfairly. There was a time when this man could do no right in the eyes of Yankees fans, everything that went wrong was his fault, and he just couldn’t win a battle. Rodriguez put the bulls-eye on himself many times with his comments, and attempts to please everyone, but for the most part, I felt that he was being vilified in an unfair way.

Now, Alex and Derek are still kickin’ it for the Yankees left infield. It is crazy to look back and think what could have been. Now, Alex is an elite third baseman, fielding the position just as good as any other, but there was a time when he as also an amazing short stop. A lot of people have counted A-Rod out of the elite player tag, but to me, he is going to prove people wrong. Now it’s all about Pujols, Cabrera, Hanley, Robby, and Tulo, but don’t count out A-Rod. Personally, I am expecting an MVP caliber season.

Personal Aside
How awesome is the DirecTV commercial with John Sterling and A-Rod where he’s rounding the bases after a game winning dinger? My favorite part is the Red Sox fan on the boardwalk throwing down his hat in disgust. An A-Bomb from A-Rod!

So without further ado, watch some of these videos from the 1997-2000ish eras or Jeter and A-Rod talking about their relationship.

The Mets Clean House

March 21, 2011 2 comments

Following an offseason that saw the Mets let go of Jerry Manuel and Omar Minaya, they have officially cut ties with Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo. I applaud the Mets for ridding themselves of these players who were cancers in the clubhouse while they were in New York. To commend the occasion, I bring you a hilarious clip from Family Guy about the Mets’ season opener, and another just about the team in general.