Thursday, September 6, 2012

Mets, Once Again, Not Allowed To Wear First-Responder Hats On 9/11

Here we go again.

For the second year in a row, MLB is not allowing the Mets to wear first-responder hats during their game against the Nationals on September 11.

They will be allowed to wear the hats during batting practice and during the National Anthem, but that's it.

I didn't understand it last year, and I still don't understand it this year. Why can't the team wear the hats on this one day?

I assume it has to do with money. Baseball's a business and I'm sure when a team doesn't wear something developed by MLB, money is not made.

Oh well. Get over it, MLB. It's one day.

I'm not outraged by this. I just think it's stupid.

Last year, David Wright decided to be a rebel and wear the hat while sitting on the bench during the game (scandalous!).

This year I say the players ignore the MLB order and wear them during the game. What is MLB going to do? Fine, eject, or suspend all of them? I'd like to see MLB even try it.

Bottom line? Wear the hats and whatever the fine is, turn it into a donation to a 9/11 charity.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Reminder: A Night With Ike Davis Sept. 9

Just a reminder that Ike Davis will be holding his annual charity event, "A Night With Ike Davis," on Sunday, September 9 to raise money for Solving Kids' Cancer (SKC) and the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative.

All proceeds from the event will go to SKC and the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative.

There are still some tickets available. So if you are interested and able to attend, why not buy a ticket, meet some players, and help out a good cause.  

The event, which will be held at City Winery, will feature a benefit concert starring country music artist Lee Brice, along with Ike and his teammates serving as celebrity bartenders.

Also featured will be an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, a raffle, auction, and VIP Clubhouse (The clubhouse includes access to the VIP area with Mets teammates, an autographed item, 2 tickets for a VIP-only premium raffle item, and a limited edition event poster).

Evan Roberts from WFAN will be emceeing the event. 

If you are unable to attend, you can still donate by "Tipping your bartender," which allows you to donate to individual players and celebrities participating in the event. The bartenders include Ike Davis, Justin Turner, and Lee Brice. Donations of $25 or more qualify you for some cool prizes.

You can also text "IKE" to 32020 to donate $10.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

ICYMI: The Week In Review

This week's record: 5-1

Terry Collins clarified that the team's goal is to finish the season at .500, not to finish the season in third place.

Matt Harvey will be shut down before the season ends due to an innings limit. Sandy Alderson has indicated that that limit may be around 170 innings. To date, he has thrown 152.1 innings. That means Harvey may only get two or three more starts.

Scott Hairston was claimed off waivers, but it was just another MLB team playing games. This team, who has not been identified, had no interest in acquiring Hairston, and simply blocked him from being traded to another team with a better record.

Mike Nickeas and Zach Lutz were the first of the September call-ups. They joined the team on Saturday. According to ESPN New York, Collin McHugh will be called up for a start against St. Louis. Other potential call-ups include Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia, Jordany Valdespin, Fred Lewis, Elvin Ramirez, and Matt Tuiasosopo. Wally Backman is also expected to join the coaching staff for the remainder of the season.

The Mets double-A affiliate will remain in Binghamton for the next four years. The two agreed to terms that would keep the Mets there through 2016.

If you're interested in following the Arizona Fall League, the Mets will be sending seven players. Those players include pitchers Ryan Fraser, Greg Peavey, Adam Kolarek, and Chase Huchingson, infielder Danny Muno, and outfielders Darrell Ceciliani and Cesar Puello.

On the injury front...

The Mets seemed to stay relatively healthy this week.

Daniel Murphy did get an MRI on his shoulder earlier in the week after he was diagnosed with rotator-cuff tightness. The MRI revealed that nothing was wrong.

Justin Turner was hit in the head by Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. The ball appeared to just graze Turner's helmet. He was fine and proceeded to first base.

Dillon Gee underwent an angiogram in St. Louis. The angiogram revealed that there are no issues following his surgery to repair a damaged artery. Gee is expected to begin throwing a baseball sometime this week.