Saturday, September 14, 2019

Mets Outlast Dodgers Late After Cy Young Battl

The Mets' Jacob deGrom battling the Dodgers' Joc Pederson. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Mets beat the Dodgers, 3-0, with all the runs coming in the eighth inning, in a thriller on Saturday night at Citi Field.

This game featured a pitching matchup between two of the top National League Cy Young Award contenders, Jacob deGrom of the Mets, who won the award last season, and Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Dodgers.

Books: "Semicolon," A Fun Look At A Misunderstood Mark

Semicolon: The Past, Present, and Future of a Misunderstood Mark
By Cecelia Watson
Ecco; hardcover, 224 pages; $19.99

The semicolon is possibly the most divisive punctuation mark of the modern era. Just hearing about it provokes a reaction, be it love or hate, as well as being deeply misunderstood.

Books: New Installments Of Akashic Books Noir Series

When Brooklyn-based publisher Akashic Books published Brooklyn Noir, edited by Tim McLoughlin, in 2004, they did not expect that it would be the start of a series.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Mets, Thor Trounced By Dodgers

Noah Syndergaard pitching to Max Muncy. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Mets suffered a crushing loss to the Dodgers, 9-2, on Friday night at Citi Field to open a critical three-game series against the best team in the National League.

Ramos Will Be Behind Plate For Syndergaard Friday Night

Noah Syndergaard warming up last Sunday. Photo by Jason Schott.

Noah Syndergaard will be on the mound for the Mets against Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers on Friday night for the opener of a pivotal three-game series as the Mets close in on a Wild Card spot.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Books: Benjamin Moser's Definitive Take On Susan Sontag

Sontag: Her Life and Work
By Benjamin Moser
Ecco; an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; hardcover; $39.99; available Tuesday, September 17

Susan Sontag was of one of the 20th Century’s most towering intellectuals and noted New York institution. 

Books: "Belichick," A Look At The Hooded Genius, Now In Paperback

Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time
By Ian O'Connor
Mariner; paperback, $16.99; also available in hardcover from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28.00

Bill Belichick is arguably the most compelling figure, as he has coached the New England Patriots for nearly two decades, and teamed up with quarterback Tom Brady for a record six Super Bowl championships.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Mets Rock Ray On Way To Passing D-Backs In Race

The ceremony before the game honoring first responders. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Mets took their third straight game from the Arizona Diamondbacks, 9-0, on Wednesday night at Citi Field, as they got two-home run nights from both Jeff McNeil and Todd Frazier, plus six shutout innings from Steven Matz.

Cyclones Win First NY-Penn League Title Since '01

Brooklyn Cyclones at Citi Field. Photo by Jason Schott

The Brooklyn Cyclones clinched their first New York-Penn League Championship since 2001 when they outlasted the Lowell Spinners, 4-3, in the deciding Game 3 of the NYPL Finals on Tuesday night at MCU Park.

Callaway on 9/11; Mets Wear First Responder Caps

Photo by Jason Schott.

On Wednesday, Mets Manager Mickey Callaway wore a red New York City Fire Department Cap in honor of September 11 to his pregame press conference.

Mike Piazza on September 11th

Mike Piazza connecting on his historic home run.

Mike Piazza will always be remembered for the home run he hit when the Mets played the first game in New York City after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Mets Dominate D-Backs Again, Close In On Them In Wild Card Race

The Blue Man Group performing on top of the Mets dugout during the game. Photo by Jason Schott.

For the second straight night, the Mets got dominant starting pitching and a big offensive performance as they beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 3-2, at Citi Field on Tuesday night.

Hella Mega Tour At Citi Field In August 2020

Green Day, Fall Out Boy, and Weezer, three of the biggest acts in rock music, announced they will be heading out on the road together for the first time ever next summer on The Hella Mega Tour presented by Harley-Davidson. 

Books: "The Transformation" by James S. Gordon, MD

The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma
By James S. Gordon, MD
HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; hardcover, $27.99; available today, Tuesday, September 10

James S. Gordon, MD is a Harvard-educated psychiatrist, former researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health and Chair of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy, and a clinical professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at Georgetown Medical School.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Mets, Powered by deGrom & Alonso, Take Down D-Backs

Wilmer Flores getting ready to bat against Jacob deGrom. Photo by Jason Schott.

On Monday night, the Mets, led by a great outing by Jacob deGrom and two home runs from Pete Alonso, beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 3-1, on Monday night at Citi Field.

Books: "Audience Of One" On Trump And TV

Audience Of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America
By James Poniewozik
Liveright Publishing; hardcover, 352 pages; $27.95; available Tuesday, September 10

Long before Donald Trump became associated with Twitter as a presidential candidate and now in the White House, there was one medium that he knew how to master: television.

Dombrowski's Decision To Let Kimbrel Go Did Him In

Craig Kimbrel in his time with the Red Sox.

After they suffered yet another loss to the rival Yankees on Sunday night, the Red Sox made the announcement that they have parted ways with President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Mets Lose Marathon To Phillies

Two Phillies after crossing the plate in the fifth inning against Noah Syndergaard (top left). Photo by Jason Schott. 

The Mets lost the rubber game of their series with the Phillies, 10-7, on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field, a battle that took four hours and 29 minutes to complete.

Book Chat: Bob Lederer, Author Of "Beyond Broadway Joe," Now Out In Paperback

Bob Lederer is the author of a new book on the Super Bowl III Champion New York Jets, Beyond Broadway Joe: The Super Bowl TEAM That Changed Football (Dey Street, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; now out in paperback, $17.99)

Books: "Overtime" On Michigan Football With Harbaugh At Helm

Overtime: Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines at the Crossroads of College Football
By John U. Bacon
William Morrow; hardcover; $28.99

John U. Bacon has become an authority on Michigan University football through his books on the ups and downs of this storied program.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Stroman Stun By Phillies, Who Hand Mets First Shutout in 7 Weeks

Cesar Hernandez approaching home plate on his first inning home run. Photo by Jason Schott.

Marcus Stroman's time with the Mets has not gone as well as they hoped since they made the shocking move to acquire him at the trade deadline in late July.

Callaway: Diaz "not getting the ball where he wants to"

Edwin Diaz on the mound searching for answers Friday night. Photo by Jason Schott.

When the Mets acquired Edwin Diaz in the offseason, they thought they were bringing in one of the top closers in baseball after he saved 57 games with the Seattle Mariners last season.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Mets Literally Get Walk-Off Win Against Phillies

Photo by Jason Schott.

Friday night's Mets game against the Phillies at Citi Field was a typical one for them in this crazy season.

Cyclones Win NYPL Semis On A Walk-Off


The Brooklyn Cyclones won their New York-Penn League Semifinals Series in the third and final game over the Hudson Valley Renegades, 4-3, on a walk-off hit in the bottom of the ninth on Friday night at MCU Park.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Mets, Alonso Reach Merchandise Agreement

Pete Alonso returning to the dugout after his historic home run. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Mets announced that the organization has reached a historic game-used merchandise agreement with rookie first baseman Pete Alonso.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Books: "Limitless Mind" By Jo Boaler

Limitless Mind: Learn, Lead, and Live Without Borders
By Jo Boaler
HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; hardcover; $26.99

Dr. Jo Boaler is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University, and the faculty director of youcubed, an education resource that has reached over 230 million students. She is the author of the first MOOC on mathematics teaching and learning, as well as nine mathematic books and numerous research articles.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Yankees' Paxton Pushing It At The Right Time

James Paxton throwing heat for the Yankees. Photo by Jason Schott.

James Paxton had a phenomenal August, and he kept it rolling in September, as he threw seven shutout innings to lead the Yankees to a 10-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Chapman Claims Second Straight Reliever Of Month Award For Yankees

Aroldis Chapman fires one in earlier this season. Photo by Jason Schott.

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has been voted the American League Reliever of the Month for August, and Felipe Vázquez of the Pittsburgh Pirates has been named the National League Reliever of the Month honors.

Books: "The Bourbon King" On Prohibition's Evil Genius

The Bourbon King: The Life and Crimes of George Remus, Prohibition's Evil Genius
By Bob Batchelor
Diversion Books; hardcover, 400 pages; $27.99; available today, September 3

When people think of the 1920s and Prohibition, the name Al Capone comes to mind immediately, but there was a bigger player on the scene, a man many believe accumulated more wealth than the notorious gangster, and he did it with a lot more sophistication.

Books: "The Glass Woman" By Caroline Lea

The Glass Woman
By Caroline Lea
Harper; hardcover, 392 pages; $27.99; available today, September 3

The Glass Woman is centered on a young woman caught in a loveless marriage faces dangers real and imagined in 17th-century Iceland.

Books: "The Chestnut Man" By Søren Sveistrup

The Chestnut Man
By Søren Sveistrup
Harper; hardcover, 528 pages; $28.99; available today, September 3

Søren Sveistrup is an internationally acclaimed script writer, creator and film producer of several TV series. From 2007 to 2012 he was the creator and writer of "The Killing," which has won several international awards, has been sold to more than a hundred countries all over the world, and was remade for AMC by Fox Television Studios in the US. He lives in Copenhagen.

Books: "The Call Of The Wild + Free" By Ainsley Arment

The Call Of The Wild + Free
By Ainsley Arment
HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; hardcover, $29.99; available today, September 3

Ainsley Arment was inspired by the spirit of naturalist and philosopher Henry David Thoreau, who wrote that "all good things are wild and free," when she created a growing online community of parents focused on providing a quality education at home, Wild + Free.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Yankees' Shutout Streak Ends

Yankee Stadium. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Yankees were shutout by the Texas Rangers, 7-0, on Monday afternoon, the first time they were held scoreless in 220 games.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Yankees To Honor Mike Mussina This Sunday

Mike Mussina.

The Yankees will be holding a Mike Mussina Hall of Fame Celebration this Sunday, September 1 before the Yankees take on the Oakland Athletics at 1:05 p.m.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Yankees Getting Message Sent By Oakland That This Year Is Different

CC Sabathia on the mound for the Yankees Friday night. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Yankees were defeated by Oakland Athletics, 8-2, on Friday night at Yankee Stadium to start their three-game weekend series.

This comes after the Atlhletics swept the Yankees out west in a three-game set last week.

The Yankees beat the Athleitcs in the Wild Card game last season, but the Athletics are showing that - if they meet again in October - this year could be different.

Boone Says Yankees Have Been Able To "Go out and get 'er done" Despite Injuries

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone. Photo by Jason Schott.

Friday was a typical day for the Yankees in this injury-riddled season, as their excitement at getting one big player back, was tempered by seeing another player go on the injured list.

Can Mets Experience Another Jolt Up In Their Roller Coaster Ride Of A Season?

Citi Field after Thursday night's Mets loss to the Cubs. Photo by Jason Schott.

The thing about roller coasters is that, as quick as they go up, they come down even faster. That saying is especially true when applied to the 2019 Mets.

Yankees Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Yankee Stadium. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Yankees, on Friday, announced the many ways they are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Cubs Complete Sweep Of Mets, Who Lost Final 6 On Homestand

The Cubs returning to the dugout after Victor Caratini's homer in the seventh. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Mets entered Thursday night's game against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field facing one of their toughest moments of the season.

Callaway On Syndergaard After Setback: "Go back out, continue to work"

Noah Syndergaard on the mound Wednesday night. Photo by Jason Schott.

Noah Syndergaard had one of the toughest outings of his career on Wednesday night against the Chicago Cubs, which broke a run of dominance for him since the All-Star Break.

Cubs Trounce Thor, Hold On To Beat Mets

Noah Syndergaard pitching to Kris Bryant in the first inning. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Cubs came out swinging against Mets starter Noah Syndergaard, as they knocked him out after he allowed 10 runs in three innings before they held on to beat the Mets, 10-7, on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Mets Minor League Update, Including Brooklyn Cyclones

MCU Park, home of the Cyclones. Photo by Jason Schott.

Let's take a look at how the Mets' Minor League affiliates, including our hometown Brooklyn Cyclones, are performing as their seasons are winding down. All game information is from Tuesday night.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Alonso Sets Mets Franchise Home Run Record

Pete Alonso returns to the dugout after his homer. Photo by Jason Schott.

Pete Alonso's dream rookie season continued its historic nature when he set the Mets franchise home run record on Tuesday night against the Cubs.

Stroman Gets Ball To Start Crucial Series With Cubs

Marcus Stroman on the mound last Wednesday against Cleveland. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Mets will be hosting the Chicago Cubs for a three-game series starting Tuesday night, with each team's playoff fates in the balance.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Matz Edged Out By Keuchel In Classic Duel

Steven Matz facing Ozzie Albies. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Atlanta Braves completed their sweep of Mets with a 2-1 win on Sunday at Citi Field. 

The Verdict Is In: Who Will Hit Leadoff For Mets With McNeil Back

Photo by Jason Schott.

When Jeff McNeil was activated off the injured list on Saturday, the question was whether he would return to the leadoff spot or whether Amed Rosario would remain there.

Mets Minor League Update, Including Brooklyn Cyclones

MCU Park, home of the Cyclones. Photo by Jason Schott.

Let's take a look at how the Mets' Minor League affiliates, including our hometown Brooklyn Cyclones, are performing as their seasons are winding down.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Mets' Alonso Makes History; Braves Make Comeback For Win

Pete Alonso returning to the dugout after his home run. Photo by Jason Schott.

Pete Alonso's rookie season has been a historic one, and he etched his place in the Mets history books on Saturday night.

NYCFC Holds Off Red Bulls At Yankee Stadium

Heber celebrates his goal. @NYCFC.

In the second and final installment of the Hudson River Derby on Saturday night at Yankee Stadium, New York City Football Club came from behind to beat the Red Bulls, 2-1.

Callaway's Strategy For McNeil's Return Shows Mets Are "Very Selfless Team"

Mets Manager Mickey Callaway. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Mets activated Jeff McNeil off the injured list on Saturday after his successful rehab with the Brooklyn Cyclones on Friday night recovering from a hamstring injury.