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.

Inside The Game: What Goes Into Having A Pitcher Pinch-Hit

Mets pitchers in the batting cage. Photo by Jason Schott.

In Friday night's Mets' loss to the Atlanta Braves, 2-1 in 14 innings, each team was forced to use starting pitchers as pinch-hitters in the later innings.

Friday, August 23, 2019

McNeil Leads Cyclones To Doubleheader Sweep

Jeff McNeil with Mets fans in Connecticut. @BKCyclones.

On Friday night, the Brooklyn Cyclones swept the Connecticut Tigers in a doubleheader on the road, and they had a special guest lead the way.

DeGrom Dominates, But Mets Fall Short In Marathon With Braves

Jacob deGrom on the mound for the Mets. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Mets lost a heartbreaker to the Atlanta Braves, 2-1, in 14 innings at Citi Field on Friday night, as they were not able to get a win on a night when Jacob deGrom dominated.

Mets, Braves To Partake In Players' Weekend

Pete Alonso at bat on Friday night. Photo by Jason Schott.

When the Mets meet the Atlanta Braves in a pivotal three-game series this weekend at Citi Field, each team will be sporting uniforms never seen before in Major League Baseball.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Thor Puts Down Hammer To Lead Mets To Sweep Of Tribe

Noah Syndergaard heard the applause all night Thursday. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Mets, behind another superb outing from starter Noah Syndergaard, completed their sweep of the Cleveland Indians with a 2-0 rain-shortened win at Citi Field Thursday night.

Mets Offer Free Tickets For Fans That Battled Rain Delay Thursday

Photo by Jason Schott.

The Mets have announced that, as a thank you to their fans, anyone holding a ticket for Thursday’s rain delayed game can exchange their tickets marked “Thursday, August 22 – Game 58” for a ticket in an alternate location to any remaining 2019 Monday-Thursday regular season home game through September 26, subject to availability. Restrictions may apply.

Callaway On Mets' Latest Comeback: "Anything can happen if you touch the ball"

Michael Conforto at bat in the 10th inning. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Mets' latest comeback victory at Citi Field came on Wednesday night when J.D. Davis got a game-winning hit down the left field line, and they walked off with a 4-3 win over the Cleveland Indians.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Mets Walk-Off Winners Once Again As They Complete Comeback vs. Cleveland

J.D. Davis connecting on the game-winning hit. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Mets' magic at Citi Field continues, as they came back with two runs in the bottom of the tenth inning to stun the Cleveland Indians, 4-3, on Wednesday night.

Pair Of Lefties Makes Mets Bullpen Right

Justin Wilson.

Tuesday night's Mets win over the Cleveland Indians illustrated one of the key reasons why they improved to 25-10 since the All-Star Break and are in the thick of the pennant race.

Books: Jeffrey Lord Looks At The "Swamp Wars" In Washington

Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and the New American Populism vs. The Old Order
By Jeffrey Lord
Bombardier Books; hardcover; $27.00

Jeffrey Lord is a former political director in Ronald Reagan's White House and was recently a CNN contributor, columnist, and author.

In his new book Swamp Wars, Lord examines how Donald Trump rode a wave of populist anger, conservatism, and fervor for reform all the way to the White House.

Book News: "The Chestnut Man" To Become Danish Netflix Series

On Tuesday, at the Copenhagen TV Festival, Netflix announced that its second Danish original series will be "The Chestnut Man."

This is based on the debut novel by award winning writer Søren Sveistrup, which will be available in the United States on September 3 from Harper.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

"Relentless" Mets Rock Cleveland To Start Big Series

Pete Alonso launching a double in the seventh inning. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Mets rocked the Cleveland Indians, 9-2, on Tuesday night at Citi Field to open a critical three-game series.

Mets' Big Homestand Features 3 Contenders & A Reunion

Mets Manager Mickey Callaway throwing batting practice Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Jason Schott.

On Tuesday night, the Mets open the most important homestand of their season, a nine-game stretch against the Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves, and Chicago Cubs that perhaps could decide their postseason fate.

Books: "Socialism Sucks"

Socialism Sucks: Two Economists Drink Their Way Through The Unfree World
By Robert Lawson and Benjamin Powell
Regnery Publishing; hardcover; $25.99

The economic theory of socialism is having a rebirth as millions of Americans—young and old—are preaching its virtues as fair and decrying capitalism.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Books: "Homegrown" On The Red Sox 2018 Championship Team

Homegrown: How the Red Sox Built a Champion from the Ground Up
By Alex Speier
William Morrow; hardcover, $27.99; e-Book, $14.99

The 2018 Boston Red Sox are one of the greatest teams in baseball history, as they won 108 games in the regular season, the most in their franchise's history before they went on to win their fourth World Championship in 15 seasons.

Books: "The Last Widow" By Karin Slaughter

The Last Widow 
By Karin Slaughter
William Morrow; hardcover, 464 pages; $27.99; available this Tuesday, August 20

Karin Slaughter is a literary force to be reckoned with, as her gripping and emotionally-charged New York Times bestselling thrillers have been enthralling readers for the last 19 years.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

MLS Update: Red Bulls Tie Revs; NYCFC Wins On Road

New England's Teal Bunbury challenges the Red Bulls' Cristian Casseres Jr. for a ball. Photo by Jason Schott.

On Saturday night, the Red Bulls drew with the New England Revolution, 1-1, at Red Bull Arena, while New York City Football Club earned a win on the road, 4-1, over FC Cincinnati.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Tanaka Proves Once Again To Be Yankees' Ace

Masahiro Tanaka taking on Yasiel Puig early in Friday night's game. Photo by Jason Schott.

In recent years, whenever the Yankees have faced a crisis with their pitching, Masahiro Tanaka has a performance that proves he is the ace of their starting rotation.

Books: "Scouting and Scoring" On Evolution Of Stats In Baseball

Scouting and Scoring: How We Know What We Know about Baseball
By Christopher J. Phillips
Princeton University Press; hardcover, 320 pages; 27.95

Baseball has always been known as a numbers game, and that is no truer than now in what can certainly be called the analytics era. 

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Books: "After The Fall" On Nixon's Comeback

After the Fall: The Remarkable Comeback of Richard Nixon
By Kasey S.  Pipes
Regnery History; hardcover; $29.99

Richard Nixon became the first and only American president to resign from office, which he did on August 9, 1974, to avoid nearly certain impeachment. 

Books: Beatriz Williams' New Novel "The Golden Hour"

The Golden Hour 
By Beatriz Williams
William Morrow; hardcover, $26.99; E-Book, $12.99

Beatriz Williams is the bestselling author of ten novels, including The Summer Wives, A Hundred Summers, The Secret Life of Violet Grant, and A Certain Age.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Books: "Mrs. Everything" By Jennifer Weiner

Mrs. Everything
By Jennifer Weiner
Atria Books; hardcover; $28.00

Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of sixteen books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, and her memoir, Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing. With over 11 million copies of her books in print in 36 countries, Weiner has established herself as a writing powerhouse that creates plenty of discussion.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Books: "Moondust" on Apollo 11

Moondust: In Search Of The Men Who Fell To Earth
By Andrew Smith
Harper Perennial; paperback; $16.99

This July marked the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and to commemorate it, there is a new edition of journalist Andrew Smith’s Moondust.

Books: "The Oysterville Sewing Circle"

The Oysterville Sewing Circle
By Susan Wiggs
William Morrow; hardcover; $26.99; available today, August 13

Susan Wiggs is the author of more than fifty novels, including the beloved Lakeshore Chronicles series and the instant New York Times bestseller Family Tree. Her award-winning books have been translated into two dozen languages. She lives with her husband on an island in Washington State’s Puget Sound.

Mets & Marlins Will Play In Puerto Rico

Photo by Jason Schott.

The Mets and Miami Marlins will play a three-game series in San Juan, Puerto Rico from April 28th-30th, 2020, as announced by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association on Monday morning. The three-game set will serve as home games for the Marlins.

Monday, August 12, 2019

GAME 2: Torres Trounces Orioles As Yanks Sweep Twinbill

Gleyber Torres returning to the dugout after his second home run of the night. Photo by Jason Schott.

Gleyber Torres dominated the Baltimore Orioles all season, and the second game of Monday's doubleheader was no exception as he hit two home runs in the Yankees' 11-8 win.

GAME 1: Yankees Bash Birds With Long Ball Yet Again

Gleyber Torres at bat in the eighth inning of Game 1. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Yankees opened their doubleheader on Monday with an 8-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles in Game 1, led by four home runs and a strong outing from starter James Paxton.

Yankees 2020 Schedule Released

Yankee Stadium. Photo by Jason Schott.

The 2020 New York Yankees schedule was released on Monday, and here are the highlights:

Sunday, August 11, 2019

The 1994 Yankees: What Could Have Been

Don Mattingly.

25 years ago today was one of the most heartbreaking days in baseball history, as the players went on strike, never to return. The World Series was cancelled, something that was unthinkable considering it had never happened before The strike even dragged into 1995, shortening that season to 144 games.

Nats Salvage Finale, Deny Mets Perfect Homestand

Jacob deGrom firing a pitch for the Mets on Sunday. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Mets came up short on Sunday, as the Washington Nationals salvaged the final game of their three-game series, 7-4, at Citi Field on Sunday.

The Day Mets' Season Changed

Mets Manager Mickey Callaway. Photo by Jason Schott.

Sunday, July 28th will go down as one of the most consequential days of the Mets' season, and if they keep up this run and make it a special season, their history.

Yankees Doubleheader Monday: What You Need To Know

Yankee Stadium during a doubleheader against Baltimore earlier this season. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Yankees will play a separate-admission doubleheader on Monday against the Baltimore Orioles with Game 1 beginning at 1:05 p.m. and Game 2 beginning at 7:05 p.m.

Books: "The Swallows” By Lisa Lutz

The Swallows
By Lisa Lutz
Ballantine Hardcover; $27.00; available this Tuesday, August 13

Lisa Lutz is the New York Times bestselling, Alex Award-winning author of the Spellman Files series, as well as the novels Heads You Lose (with David Hayward), How to Start a Fire, and The Passenger. She has also written for film and TV, including HBO's "The Deuce." She lives part-time in New York’s Hudson Valley.