Friday, July 19, 2019
All the Way: My Life in Four Quarters
By Joe Namath; with Sean Mortimer and Don Yeager
Little, Brown and Company; hardcover; $30.00
Joe Namath became a New York sports icon in the 1960s when he led the Jets to victory in Super Bowl III against the mighty Baltimore Colts after he predicted his team would deliver.
Thursday, July 18, 2019
David Cone, a five-time All-Star and a five-time World Champion, is a New York baseball legend, and he tells his story in the entertaining new book, Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher, written with Jack Curry on (Grand Central Publishing; hardcover, $28; E-book, $14.99; downloadable audiobook, $25.98).
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
The New Girl
By Daniel Silva
Harper; hardcover, $28.99; available today, July 16
In his #1 New York Times bestselling series featuring Gabriel Allon, art restorer and assassin, Daniel Silva has long placed his finger on the pulse of contemporary geopolitics. With his much-anticipated twenty-second novel, The New Girl, Silva focuses a fictional lens on one of the world’s most controversial figures.
Monday, July 15, 2019
|Yankee closer Aroldis Chapman battling Travis d'Arnaud in the ninth inning Monday night. Photo by Jason Schott.|
The Tampa Bay Rays got a stunning 5-4 win over the Yankees on Monday night at The Stadium, as ex-Met Travis d'Arnaud led the way with three home runs.
This was just the fifth time in Tampa Bay's franchise history that someone hit three or more homers in a game, with Evan Longoria the last Ray to do it on October 3, 2012.
Sunday, July 14, 2019
|The Red Bulls celebrate the game-winner while NYCFC protests. Photo by Jason Schott.|
The Red Bulls won the first installment of the Hudson River Derby on Sunday night at Red Bull Arena, 2-1, over New York City Football Club.
Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court
By Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino
Regnery Publishing; hardcover; $28.99
The retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy last summer sparked a political firestorm as President Donald Trump would now have to choose a nominee to replace the swing vote on the Court.
Elevated: The Global Rise of the N.B.A.
By Harvey Araton and the staff of The New York Times; Foreword by Jeff Van Gundy
Triumph Books; hardcover, 483 pages; $30.00
The NBA has grown into a world game, with stars like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Stephen Curry helping turn it into a sport that generates attention every single day. These players have become business tycoons, Hollywood celebrities, and advocates for many causes.
Saturday, July 13, 2019
|A member of the U.S. Army Parachute Team arriving in style on Military Appreciation Day. Photo by Jason Schott.|
Aaron Judge had four hits for the Yankees, who had plenty of chances, but couldn't get the big hit as they lost a nailbiter to the Toronto Blue Jays, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon at The Stadium.
Friday, July 12, 2019
|Photo by Jason Schott.|
The baseball season is approaching the second half of the season, making it a perfect time to brush up on some trivia and learn more about the history of the game.
Three books will help illuminate America's pastime: Incredible Baseball Trivia by Daivd Nemec; The Baseball Maniac's Almanac, edited by Bert Randolph Sugar with Ken Samelson; and Incredible Baseball Stats by Kevin Reavy and Ryan Spaeder.
Mostly Sunny: How I Learned To Keep Smiling Through The Rainiest Days
By Janice Dean
Harper; hardcover, 256 pages; $26.99
Meteorologist Janice Dean is beloved by many people from the morning show Fox & Friends. She is well-suited to her profession because she looks for the silver lining in every cloud after weathering her share of setbacks and indignities while maintaining her infectious joy and optimism.
How to Hold a Grudge: From Resentment to Contentment - the Power of Grudges to Transform Your Life
By Sophie Hannah
Scribner; hardcover; $20.00
Holding grudges is seen by many people as a bad thing, but what it out grudges, when managed correctly, are good for us?
What if they can protect and inspire us, and help us to clarify our highest values and priorities? What if they can even make us more forgiving?
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Something Like Gravity
By Amber Smith
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; hardcover, 400 pages; $18.99
Amber Smith has written stories about teenagers whose experiences reflect her own personal struggles while growing up.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Here's The Catch: A Memoir of the Miracle Mets and More
By Rob Swoboda
Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press; hardcover; 256 pages, includes eight pages of black and white photos; $27.99
Ron Swoboda joined the Mets in 1965 when they were still in the franchise's early stages and not having much success on the field. Four years later, the Miracle Mets were on top of the world when they won the 1969 World Series over the mighty Baltimore Orioles.
Monday, July 8, 2019
For The Good Of The Game: The Inside Story of the Surprising and Dramatic Transformation of Major League Baseball
By Bud Selig
William Morrow; hardcover, $28.99; available July 9
For more than a century, the game of baseball was resistant to change, as everyone from the owners to the managers to the players, and certainly, the fans, were against it.
Breathe In, Cash Out
By Madeleine Henry
Atria Books Hardcover; $26.00; available July 9
Madeleine Henry worked at Goldman Sachs an in investment management in New York City after she graduated from Yale in 2014, where she wrote comedy for The Yale Record, America's oldest college humor magazine.
The Love Prison Made and Unmade: My Story
By Ebony Roberts
Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; hardcover, $25.99; available July 9
Ebony Roberts is a writer, researcher, and activist, who has worked in the food justice and prison abolition movements for nearly twenty years. She recently served as program director for #BeyondPrisons, an organization designed to uplift the voices of those impacted by the criminal justice system. She received her BA in Social Relations and Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Michigan State University.
Sunday, July 7, 2019
|NYCFC battling Portland at Yankee Stadium Sunday night. Photo by Jason Schott.|
On Sunday, the Red Bulls earned a 3-3 draw on the road against Atlanta United, while New York City Football Club lost a tough one, 2-1, to the Portland Timbers, at Yankee Stadium.
The Red Bulls are now 8-4-7, with 28 points, in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, just one point behind NYCFC, who have 29 points and fell to 7-8-2.
Saturday, July 6, 2019
|Mets closer Edwin Diaz reacts after striking out Jay Bruce to end it. Photo by Jason Schott.|
The Mets got redemption on Saturday night as they came back to beat the Phillies, 6-5, on Saturday night at Citi Field.
One night after having the latest in a long line of tough outings, Mets closer Edwin Diaz earned the save by pitching a scoreless ninth inning. He opened it by getting Bryce Harper to line one back to him, then got Rhys Hoskins to line out to third base, and after J.T. Realmuto got a single, Jay Bruce struck out to end it.
|Mets Manager Mickey Callaway. Photo by Jason Schott.|
The Mets had another bullpen meltdown on Friday night, as closer Edwin Diaz and Jeurys Familia combined to give up five runs in the ninth inning as the Mets went on to lose, 7-2, to the Phillies.
Friday, July 5, 2019
|Jerry Seinfeld throwing out the first pitch on Friday night. Photo by Jason Schott.|
If you looked at the schedule before the season and saw that the Mets were hosting the Phillies at Citi Field the final weekend before the All-Star Break, you would think this would be a series between two contenders.
|Seinfeld pop-up outside Citi Field on Friday afternoon. Photos by Jason Schott.|
Jerry Seinfeld and Keith Hernandez will reunite for Seinfeld Night at Citi Field tonight, which is 30 years to the day of the premiere of the iconic show on NBC, when the Mets host the Philadelphia Phillies at 7:10 p.m.
Thursday, July 4, 2019
|President Trump speaking to the crowds. @WhiteHouse.|
President Donald J. Trump held a Salute to America on Thursday, the Fourth of July.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
|Aaron Judge connecting on his double in the first inning. Photo by Jason Schott.|
The Yankees beat the Mets, 5-1, on Wednesday night at Citi Field to split their two-game set and the four-game Subway Series for the season when you throw in their doubleheader split at Yankee Stadium on June 11.
|Gleyber Torres getting his game-winning walkoff hit on Wednesday, June 25 against Toronto. Photo by Jason Schott.|
Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres has proven to be one of their most consistent players, especially in the first few months of this season when a lot of his teammates were on the injured list and the Yankees have raced to a big lead in the American League East.
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
|Gio Urshela approaches third base on his two-run home run on Saturday, June 22. Photo by Jason Schott.|
The Yankees' Major League record streak of home runs in consecutive games ended at 31 as they did not hit one against the Mets on Tuesday night at Citi Field.
On Tuesday, June 25 the Yankees set the record as they have home runs in 28 consecutive games. LeMahieu, Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, and Edwin Encarnacion each hit solo home runs in their game against Toronto at Yankee Stadium.
The prior MLB record was set by the Texas Rangers, who homered in 27 straight from August 11-September 9, 2002.
The Yankees set the franchise record on Sunday with home runs in 26 consecutive games when DJ LeMahieu hit a three-run home run in the 5th inning against Houston's Justin Verlander.
The Yankees tied the prior franchise record of 25 when third baseman Gio Urshela launched his two-run home run to right field in the fifth inning of Saturday night's game with the Houston Astros. Austin Romine hit a solo shot to right field in the seventh inning as well.
Five teams in Major League Baseball history had a home run in 25 consecutive games: The Yankees 1941 team homered in 25 straight games from June 1-29, 1941; the Detroit Tigers (May 25-June 19, 1994), Atlanta Braves (April 18-May 13, 1998), San Diego Padres (June 28-July 27, 2016), and St. Louis Cardinals (April 9-September 16, 2016).
The Yankees' prior record of 25 straight with a home run in 1941 was produced by some of the best players in their history, and here is the breakdown: Joe DiMaggio (10), Tommy Henrich (9). Charlie Keller (9), Joe Gordon (5), Red Rolfe (3), Frankie Crosetti (1), Phil Rizzuto (1), George Selkirk (1), Johnny Sturm (1).
The Yankees have achieved this with two of their main home-run hitters, Giancarlo Stanton, and Aaron Judge, out with injury until they returned the past few days.
The home runs during the home run streak have come from: Gary Sanchez (8), Gleyber Torres (7), DJ LeMahieu (7), Brett Gardner (5), Cameron Maybin (4), Luke Voit (4), Aaron Hicks (5), Gio Urshela (4), Edwin Encarnacion (3), Didi Gregorius (3), Clint Frazier (2), Aaron Judge (2), Giancarlo Stanton (1), and Austin Romine (1).
Yankees Manager Aaron Boone said on Saturday, June 22, of how so many of his players participated in it, "Just a lot of capable guys. You've seen our depth, you've seen a lot of guys step up, and I think, as a group, they do a really good job of making it difficult on a pitcher even when he's having his way with us a time or two through the order. I think guys have been really disciplined and focused on the approach and the plan as a group, and it's allowed us to be able to consistently score runs, and then having guys that are capable also of hitting the ball out of the ballpark."
The Yankees' home runs that have made up this historic streak (Date/Opponent/Game Result/who hit it and HR number of season/inning/type of HR/score at time of game):
- May 26 at Kansas City - 8-7 L - Torres (13) - 6th inning - three-run homer - 7-4 KC
- May 27 vs. San Diego - 5-2 W - Frazier (10) - 2nd inning - solo - 2-1 SD; Gardner (8) - 2nd - 2-run - 3-2 NYY; Sanchez (16) - 8th - solo - 4-2 NYY
- May 28 vs. San Diego - 5-4 L - Sanchez (17) - 4th inning - solo - 4-1 SD
- May 29 vs. San Diego - 7-0 W - LeMahieu (5) - 1st - solo - 1-0 NYY; Voit (14) - 1st - 2-0 NYY; Urshela (3) - 2nd - solo - 3-0 NYY; Torres (14) - 7th - two-run - 7-0 NYY
- May 31 vs. Boston - 4-1 W - LeMahieu (6) - 5th - solo - 4-1 NYY
- June 1 vs. Boston - 5-3 W - Sanchez (18) - 5th - two-run - 5-3 NYY
- June 2 vs. Boston - 8-5 L - Voit (15) - 4th - solo - 3-1 BOS
- June 4 at Toronto - 4-3 L - Frazier (11) - 4th - two-run - 2-0 NYY; Hicks (2) - 8th - solo - 4-3 TOR
- June 5 at Toronto - 11-7 L - Sanchez (19) - 4th - solo - 3-1 TOR; LeMahieu (7) - 6th - three-run - 7-4 NYY
- June 6 at Toronto - 6-2 W - Hicks (3) - 2nd - three-run - 4-0 NYY; Urshela (4) - 4th - solo - 5-0 NYY
- June 7 at Cleveland - 5-2 L - Hicks (4) - 3rd - solo - 2-0 NYY
- June 8 at Cleveland - 8-4 L - Gregorius (1) - 1st - two-run - 2-0 NYY
- June 9 at Cleveland - 7-6 W - Gardner (9) - 2nd - two-run - 2-0 NYY
- June 11 vs. Mets - Game 1 - 12-5 W - Urshela (5) - 4th - two-run - 4-4; Voit (16) - 4th - three-run - 7-4 NYY; Sanchez (20) - 8th - 12-5 NYY
- June 11 vs. Mets - Game 2 - 10-4 L - Gardner (10) - 9th - solo - 10-4 NYM
- June 13 at Chicago White Sox - 5-4 L - Gardner (11) - 4th - two-run - 4-0 NYY
- June 14 at Chicago White Sox - 10-2 L - Voit (17) - 1st - solo - 1-0 NYY
- June 15 at Chicago White Sox - 8-4 W - Torres (15) - 4th - two-run - 4-0 NYY; Maybin (2) - 7th - solo - 6-0 NYY
- June 16 at Chicago White Sox - 10-3 W - Maybin (3) - 7th - solo - 9-2 NYY
- June 17 vs. Tampa Bay - 3-0 W - LeMahieu (8) - 3rd - two-run - 2-0 NYY; Maybin (4) - 5th - solo - 3-0 NYY
- June 18 vs. Tampa Bay - 6-3 W - Maybin (5) - 7th - solo - 5-3 NYY; Encarnacion (22, first as Yankee) - 8th - solo - 6-3 NYY
- June 19 vs. Tampa Bay - 12-1 W - Sanchez (21) - 1st - three-run 0 3-0 NYY; Torres (16) - 7th - grand slam - 12-1 NYY
- June 20 vs. Houston - 10-6 W - Sanchez (22) - 4th - solo - 1-0 NYY; Torres (17) - 4th - three-run - 4-0 NYY; LeMahieu (9) - 4th - 6-0 NYY; Encarnacion - 7th - two-run - 10-3 NYY
- June 21 vs. Houston - 4-1 W - Sanchez (23) - 3rd - two-run - 2-0 NYY; Torres (18) - 7th - two-run - 4-1 NYY
- June 22 vs. Houston - 7-5 W - Urshela (6) - 5th - two-run - 2-0 NYY; Romine (2) 7th - solo - 5-5
- June 23 vs. Houston - 9-4 L - LeMahieu (10) - 5th - three-run - HOU 9-3
- June 24 vs. Toronto - 10-8 W - Hicks (5) - 5th - three-run - 3-2 NYY; Stanton (1) - 6th - three-run - 10-2 NYY
- June 25 vs. Toronto - 4-3 W - LeMahieu (11) - 1st - solo - 1-0 NYY; Judge (6) - 1st- solo - 2-0 NYY; Torres (19) - 2nd - solo - 3-0 NYY; Encarnacion (24; 3 with NYY) 8th - solo - 4-2 NYY
- June 26 vs. Toronto - 8-7 W - Gregorius (2) - 1st - solo - 5-2 TOR; LeMahieu (12) - 4th - two-run - 5-5
- June 29 vs. Boston - 17-13 W - Hicks (6) - 1st - 2-run - 6-0 NYY; Gardner (12) - 3rd - 2-run - 8-6 NYY; Judge (7) - 4th - 2-run - 14-6 NYY
- June 30 vs. Boston - 12-8 W - Gregorius (3) - 8th - solo - 12-4 NYY
The Volunteer: One Man, An Underground Army, And The Secret Mission To Destroy Auschwitz
By Jack Fairweather
Custom House; hardcover; $28.99
The Auschwitz concentration camp was the epicenter of Hitler's Final Solution, and it was a living horror. Incredibly, one unsung Polish patriot orchestrated his own arrest and incarceration in the death camp in order to establish a resistance network against the Nazis.
Monday, July 1, 2019
The 4th of the July is upon us, and it is the perfect time to dive into summer reads, perfect for a day at the beach or while having a picnic. Some thrilling reads out this week are The Peacock Summer by Hannah Richell; Growing Things by Paul Tremblay; Never Look Back by Alison Gaylin; and Stone Cold Heart by Caz Frear.
Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu, who was just named an All-Star Game starter in his first year in New York, has been chosen the W.B. Mason American League Player of the Week.
2019 All-Star pitcher Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals has been named the W.B. Mason National League Player of the Week.
The Stars in His Eyes
By Martí Gironell
Amazon Crossing; hardcover, $24.95; paperback, $14.95; Kindle eBook, $4.99
Ceferino Carrión is desperate for a new life—one of opportunity, fortune, and fame. But he knows he’ll never find this life in war-torn Spain. With his home country under the heel of the devastating Franco dictatorship and call-up papers on his doorstep, Cefe knows there’s only one thing he can do: run.
Sunday, June 30, 2019
|Jeff McNeil (6) returning to the dugout after scoring in the eighth inning. Photo by Jason Schott.|
The Mets flipped the script on Sunday night in the series finale of their three-game series with the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field.
After watching Atlanta win the first two games of the series with late rallies, the Mets put up five runs in the eighth inning to win, 8-5, ending their seven-game losing streak.
|Pete Alonso at the plate and Jeff McNeil at second base in the first inning Sunday night. Photo by Jason Schott.|
On Sunday evening, three Mets were selected to the National League All-Star team, first baseman Pete Alonso, pitcher Jacob deGrom, winner of the 2018 NL Cy Young Award; and infielder/outfielder Jeff McNeil.
In the first action for the MLS locals this week coming out of a three-week international break, the Red Bulls beat the Chicago Fire, 3-1, on Friday night at Red Bull Arena, and New York City Football Club beat the Philadelphia Union, 4-2, on Saturday night at Yankee Stadium.
The Echo Park Castaways
By M.G. Hennessey
HarperCollins; hardcover; ages 8-12; grades 3-7; $16.99; available Tuesday, July 2
The Echo Park Castaways shines a powerful light on the Los Angeles foster care system, while telling a poignant and optimistic story suitable for middle grade readers. It tells the story of four vastly different kids who are housed together and the connection they forge that helps them overcome obstacles and create their own family.
Saturday, June 29, 2019
The Mets will be celebrating their 1969 World Championship team this weekend at Citi Field, and there are plenty of new books you can read on this Amazin' team: After the Miracle by Art Shamsky and Erik Sherman; They Said It Couldn't Be Done by Wayne Coffey; and Miracle Year 1969 by Bill Gutman.
Friday, June 28, 2019
|Jacob deGrom of the Mets pitching to Atlanta's Josh Donaldson with the 1969 pennant on the field for the big weekend. Photo by Jason Schott.|
The Mets lost a tough one to the Atlanta Braves, 6-2, at Citi Field on Friday night, the opening of a weekend in which their honoring the 1969 World Championship team.
This was the Mets' sixth straight defeat as they fell to a season-high nine games under .500 at 37-46, 12 games behind Atlanta (49-34) for first place in the National League East.
|Mets Manager Mickey Callaway. Photo by Jason Schott.|
The Mets' bullpen has been a disappointment this season, and that includes the one guy who should have been an automatic, closer Edwin Diaz.
When the Mets acquired Diaz from Seattle, along with Robinson Cano, the thinking was they they were getting one of the top closers in baseball, as he had 57 saves last season.
|Yankees Manager Aaron Boone talks to the young players. Photos provided by New York Yankees.|
On Thursday, at Finsbury Park in London, the Yankees hosted a baseball clinic for approximately 100 youth in the London community in conjunction with the London Meteorites Baseball and Softball Club.
Pastime Lost: The Humble, Original, and Now Completely Forgotten Game of English Baseball
By David Block
University of Nebraska Press; 328 pages; hardcover & eBook, $29.95
This weekend, the Yankees and Boston Red Sox will play two games in London, the first time Major League Baseball will play regular season games in the country.
England is arguably the birthplace of the sport, as its citizens of all ages, genders, and classes of society were playing a game called baseball long before the sport became America’s national pastime.
Thursday, June 27, 2019
|Tom Seaver's daughers Sarah Seaver Zaske and Anne Seaver with Mets COO Jeff Wilpon after 41 Seaver Way was unveiled. Photo by Jason Schott.|
On Thursday morning, to inaugurate a weekend in which they will honor the 1969 World Championship team, the Mets honored Hall of Famer Tom Seaver by renaming the street between Northern Blvd. and Roosevelt Ave. (formerly 126th St.) to Seaver Way and changing the address of Citi Field to 41 Seaver Way.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
|Yankees Manager Aaron Boone. Photo by Jason Schott.|
The Yankees are heading to London, ready to take on the Boston Red Sox in the first-ever Major League Baseball games to be played across the pond. The games will be on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. New York time, and Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
|Gleyber Torres getting the winning hit. Photo by Jason Schott.|
The Yankees completed a 9-1 homestand and a sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays with an 8-7 win on a walk-off hit from Gleyber Torres in the bottom of the ninth inning.
The Yankees started off this 10-game run at Yankee Stadium with a sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays, then took three of four from the Houston Astros before this three-game sweep of Toronto.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
|The celebration when the Mets won the 1969 World Series.|
The Mets, along with Heritage Werks, are excited to announce the launch of The Virtual Vault, a completely free digital archive of historical material that tells the story of the Mets franchise.
Monday, June 24, 2019
Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has been named the W.B. Mason National League Player of the Week and All-Star outfielder Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels has been named the W.B. Mason American League Player of the Week.
|Photo by Jason Schott.|
There are many new exciting new novels to read as summer begins and people think of what books to read as they lounge on the beach: The Friend by Joakim Zander; The Great Unexpected by Dan Mooney; Cygnet by Season Butler; A Family Of Strangers by Emilie Richards; and The Snakes by Sadie Jones.
Sunday, June 23, 2019
Ten Innings At Wrigley: The Wildest Ballgame Ever with Baseball on the Brink
By Kevin Cook
Henry Holt and Company; hardcover, 272 pages; $28.00
There has been a great tradition in baseball writing of books that focus on one game and all that goes into it, with a recent example Power Ball by Rob Neyer, which focused on a game in the past few years between the Houston Astros and Oakland A's and the systems they employ to win.
The Yankees have announced the roster of former Yankees who will be on hand at the 73rd annual Old-Timers’ Day on Sunday, June 23, at Yankee Stadium, which is the 11th Old-Timers’ Day at the current Stadium.
Saturday, June 22, 2019
|Aaron Judge at the plate in the sixth inning Saturday night. Photo by Jason Schott.|
Summer is here, the Yankees are in first place, all their stars have returned, and with a possible playoff preview against Houston on tap, a crowd of 46,034 created quite a raucous atmosphere at Yankee Stadium on Saturday night.
|Cameron Maybin gives Kiko Mina, whom the Yankees presented with an AdaptAbility bike, a fist bump, as Manager Aaron Boone looks on. Photo by Jason Schott.|
The Yankees completed their fourth-ever HOPE Week sweep on Friday night with a 4-1 win over the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium.
|Yankee Stadium. Photo by Jason Schott.|
Finalists for the first-ever Google MLB All-Star Starters Election were announced during Friday night’s MLB Network Showcase telecast of the Yankees hosting the Houston Astros.
The Starters Election features the top three vote-getters at each position (and the top nine outfielders) in each League based on vote totals from “The Primary,” which ran from May 28th through 4:00 p.m. ET this afternoon.