First off I would like to wish everyone yet again a Happy New Year, and I hope you didn’t drink and drive – because as the old saying goes “ you might hit a bump and spill your drink !”
But now back to business. I always cower in horror on Christmas Day whenever I visit my Father in-laws house because my wife’s sister usually gets me the most mind blowingly bad presents known to man. One year she got me one of those ceramic cow banks that you can get in any souvenir shops in New York City. This cow was painted red, white and blue and when I looked at it after unwrapping it , it seemed as though it was taunting me with its glassy stare. She says that she got me the cow because of its name – SEXIST ED!!! I generally would chalk this up as her not knowing me that well because I had just married her sister but the gifts in subsequent years have gotten worse ! Another year she got me a “ Tarzan – The Musical!!” t-shirt and hat ( I wonder where she got that from ). Yet another year I received a Antonio Bandaras cologne ( I’m serious !!).
But this year there was the usual crap – Adams Family on Broadway shirt, gift card to a store I don’t frequent etc. But she also got me something that I truly love and enjoy and I want to recommend to all of my readers.
My sister in- law got me the book ” Shea Stadium – Images of Baseball” by Jason D. Antos. and it encapsulates the entire lifespan of Shea Stadium in glorious black and white photographs. It also gives a brief history of New York National League baseball with pictures of the Polo Grounds as well as Ebbets Field.
There are awesome pictures from Shea Stadiums construction – from the ground breaking – to just before her demolition.
There are pictures of everyone from Casey Stengel to Dwight Gooden , Tom Seaver to Tommy Agee. Hell even Joe Torre is on the cover !!
It also touches on the many concerts that were held there as well as Papal visits.
But the best this that this book conveys is the spirit of Shea, and how much us Mets fans miss it so. Yes it was in the parameters of the 21st century a dump, but to us it was a Mecca of Baseball, a place where we could go and feel at home.
I just hope that we will feel that way abouty Citi Field in the next forty years .
And with that said … HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!
Mets alumni celebrating birthdays today are :
Jack of all trades from ’08-10, Fernando Tatis (1975).
Fernando was one of those diamonds in the rough that Omar Minaya loved. In his first season with the Mets he reinvented himself as a good late inning pinch hitter who could also play decent defense in the infield as well as the outfield. He would win the “Comeback Player of the Year” award for his reemergence after being out of baseball for three seasons. He would sign a two year contract with the Mets after the ’08 season and his numbers tanked. It seemed like every-time he would come to bat with runners on base he would ground into inning ending double plays.
Sadly on this date in 1977 , one time Mets reliever, Danny Frisella died in a freak dune buggy accident by his home in Arizona .
Yes folks it is official – there are just three months (90 days) until the Mets open the 2011 season against the Florida Marlins in Miami and 97 days until the Mets 2011 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
I am currently blackmailing Mo Vaughn with pictures that I took at his New Years Eve bash last night. These pictures show him inebriated and wearing nothing but his Baby New Year costume !!!