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Mets host first sleepover at Citi Field


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Call it the Citi Field of sweet dreams.

The Mets hosted their first ever sleepover at Citi Field on August 10.

Hundreds of fans brought pillows, sleeping bags and even tents to sleep on the grass and enjoy the Mets 4-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on the jumbo screen in the outfield.

“I was like wow, I’m going to sleep on the field, eat on the field and do everything that you possibly could want to do as a kid,” said Mets fan Garrison Polius. ” Especially as a ballplayer , the baseball field is the most common place in the world to us so when you’re on one, sleeping on one, it can’t get any better than that.”

The sleepover package included a dinner buffet, a late night snack and breakfast and fans received a ticket to a future Mets game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sept. 28.

Despite enduring another losing season fans said they like the sleepover and fun events like it, because they’re simply entertaining.

“I’ve been coming to Mets’ games since I was a kid and it’s always been a family friendly place. I love coming back every single year,” said Tom Hubert. “Look, we haven’t had a winning season in the past couple of seasons, but you know what I could still come here, be 12 games back, 11 games back I don’t care what it is. I still love the Mets and enjoy coming every time.”

 

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Mets’ Jordany Valdespin among list of players suspended in Biogenesis case


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Mets outfielder Jordany Valdespin and prospect Cesar Puello accepted 50-game suspensions as a part of the MLB Biogenesis banned substances case, first reported by Foxsports.com.

Valdespin has been having a rough year, batting just .188 with 4 homers in 133 at-bats. The Mets sent Valdespin down to Triple-A Las Vegas in July and he recently returned from serving a three-game suspension.

The pair were among 12 players that accepted suspensions, including Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera, Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta, Phillies reliever Antonio Bastardo, Mariners catcher Jesus Montero, Houston Astros pitching prospect Sergio Escalona, Yankees outfield prospect Fernando Martinez,  free-agent pitcher Fautino De Los Santos, free-agent pitcher Jordan Norberto and Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun.

The MLB later announced that the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez has been suspended for 211 games, but the slugger is expected to appeal. Rodriguez will be playing in tonight’s game against the Chicago White Sox, according to the Yankees.

 

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Mets place Wright on 15-DL, Baxter back


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The Mets will have to fight on without their leader for a little while.

The team placed their captain, David Wright, on the 15-day disabled list this morning after he injured his right hamstring yesterday. “The Pride of Whitestone,” Mike Baxter, was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to replace him on the roster.

Justin Turner started at third base for the 1:10 p.m. game today.



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Spend the night with Mr. Met: Citi Field Sleepover announced


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The Mets are hoping to make fans’ dreams come true— with a sleepover.

The team announced its first-ever “Citi Field Sleepover” will be on Saturday, August 10 at the ballpark. Tickets for the sleepover started to go on sale today at 10 a.m., and a presale was available yesterday for Mets season ticket holders.

Only 500 tickets will be available for purchase with 1-3 tickets for $200 or $175 for 4-6 tickets.

The Mets will be playing the Arizona Diamondbacks from 8:10 p.m. and fans can watch SNY’s live broadcast of the game on the big screen in center field. Fans attending the sleepover will receive a ticket to the Mets’ Saturday, September 28 game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

The 15- hour event will include a dinner buffet in FanFest without alcoholic beverages, late night snack in the Modell’s Clubhouse and breakfast.

The stadium will open at 5:00 p.m for the sleepover. Fans are responsible for bringing any sleeping material, such as sleeping bags, pillows, blankets and tents.

Only fans with sleeping bags can sleep on the grass and those with tents will be regulated to the warning track.

For tickets go to Mets.com/sleepover.

 

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Teen who ran onto field at All-Star Game faces year in jail


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The truth is that this dare landed him in hot water.

The teenager who ran onto the field during the Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Citi Field as part of a Twitter dare may pay big for that error in judgment.

District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced that Dylan McCue-Masone, 18, has been arraigned on charges of interfering with a professional sporting event and third-degree criminal trespass, and faces up to a year in jail and $5,000 in penalties.

“The defendant is accused of interfering with a nationally televised sporting event and the enjoyment of the viewing public,” Brown said. “What is particularly disturbing in this case is that the incident occurred while the game was in progress and the players were on the field.”

McCue-Masone allegedly created the dare to run on the field after receiving 1,000 twitter responses, according to the district attorney.

Brown acknowledged that McCue-Masone was an excited young sports fan but said “There is no such thing as being too careful,” citing the 1993 incident when a spectator stabbed professional tennis player Monica Seles during a match in Germany.

Brown added, “Which is why my office and the operators of the various sports arenas in Queens County have zero tolerance for spectators who fail to conduct themselves responsibly at sporting events.”

The city council passed the Interference with a Professional Sporting Event Law in 2003 after fashion designer Calvin Klein stepped out onto the basketball court at Madison Square Garden in 2003 to speak with Knicks guard Latrell Sprewell during a game.

New Jersey resident John McCarthy, 38, was the first person charged under the law when he ran onto the field during a Mets game at Shea Stadium on May 4, 2004, carrying a sign that read “Howard Stern: Here’s Johnny.”

McCarthy pleaded guilty and was sentenced to eight weekends in jail, fined $2,000 and ordered to serve three years’ probation, while being banned from Shea.

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Boy attends All-Star Game in dad’s memory


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When Brandon Krol’s neighbor asked him to go to the MLB All-Star Game, the 11-year-old had a dilemma. He could miss his own baseball game, or miss out on the opportunity to see the sport’s top players compete in his hometown.

The Tuesday, July 16 New York Warriors game would have been the first Brandon played without his father, Jack, who founded the league. He passed away on June 26 at age 57.

“At first I was excited, then I remembered I had a game,” said Brandon of the All-Star invite.

His Bergen Beach, Brooklyn neighbor, John Reinhardt, who had an extra last-minute ticket, invited him.

“Who better to take to the game than Brandon?” said Reinhardt. “He’s a great ball player, he loves baseball [and] his dad loved baseball.”

Though he did not want to let down his team, Brandon knew that his dad would have wanted him to go to the All-Star Game.

“This is the All-Star Game [..] It will definitely be something to remember,” said Brandon. “I’ll grow up and still cherish this moment.”

His dad would have been happy to see him root for their favorite team, the Yankees, and the American League among the sea of Mets fans and National League supporters at the Citi Field event.

Brandon was outnumbered three-to-one in the group he accompanied to the game. The only one sporting a Yankees shirt, everyone else was a Mets fan.

Brandon and his fellow fans may have been in the minority, but the American League beat the National League 3-0 to win home-field advantage in the World Series. Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera was named MVP.

His dad was a diehard Yankee fan who loved Mickey Mantle, said Brandon. He even had a “lucky” Mickey Mantle shirt and used to wear it to almost every game, the boy recalled.

The young baseball fanatic was hoping to bring home his own baseball keepsake from the All-Star Game.

Brandon brought a special photo of his father and himself wearing New York Warriors jackets in tribute of his “All-Star Dad” to get the players to sign.

 

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Baseball meets art at All-Star FanFest


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It was a bright day at Citi Field, Mr. Met on the JumboTron and traffic on all surrounding parkways was bumper-to-bumper.

Then the sky fell dark as artist Charles Fazzone took a paintbrush to the heavens and made it a midnight blue. A group of people gathered around his work station and marveled as Fazzone painted the 3-D portrait of the ballpark.

His goal was to have the portrait, intended to portray a night game, finished in time for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 16.

“They’d like me to finish it by Tuesday so I’m kind of rushing and so forth,” he said on Saturday, July 13. “I started at the studio—the drawing part of it—the painting part of it I’ve been working for quite a few days.”

Fazzone and his art were one of many attractions at the T-Mobile FanFest last weekend as the baseball world gathered in New York for the Mid-Summer Classic. He has done the cover art for every All-Star Game program since 2003, with the exception of the 2006 match-up in Pittsburgh.

Along with Fazzone’s exhibit, FanFest included pieces of history, games and some of baseball’s legends. Mets alumni John Franco, Edgardo Alfonzo and Mookie Wilson served as ambassadors, with team captain and third baseman David Wright as its spokesperson.

Fazzone said his paintings for the game are auctioned off by MLB, will all proceeds going to Stand Up 2 Cancer, which helps fund cancer research. Fazzone said the painting he worked on at Fan Fest could go for anywhere between $18,000 to $35,000.

The New Rochelle-based artist, who considers himself a “New York fan” when it comes to baseball, said he was glad this year’s game was in the city, where he has a large group of collectors.

“It’s very special to me because this is my largest collector base of fans,” he said. “It’s really nice to be to be here in New York because all the FanFests have been in different cities for so long. And I know the city so well and people familiarize my artwork with being New York artwork.”

 

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MLB to donate $250K to Boys and Girls Club of Metro Queens


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

Major League Baseball stepped up to the plate for south Queens.

The league announced it will donate $250,000 to build an all-star teen center in the new wing of the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Queens as part of its $5 million legacy project.

The Boys & Girls Club is currently undergoing an $11.5 million capital project transformation, with the first phase the completion of the left wing.

In a topping off ceremony on Friday, July 12, public officials, Mets and MLB administrators and Boys and Girls Club members signed a white beam that was hoisted and inserted on top of the new wing, which is currently scheduled to be finished in December.

“The club has served more than 500,000 children in its 57-year existence,” said Borough President Helen Marshall, who was able to contribute nearly half of the money needed for the renovations. “I am thrilled that this new building will become a second home to thousands of additional children in the surrounding neighborhoods.”

The teen center will be a 3,000-square-foot space decorated in Mets orange and blue. It will include a technology lab, a college lab, classroom space, a lounge and a viewing balcony overlooking the new gymnasium. The center will serve high school students in Richmond Hill, Ozone Park, Woodhaven, Glendale, Howard Beach and Jamaica.

“While other clubs have gone extinct, this boys and girls club has become a beacon of hope,” said State Senator Joseph Addabbo.

The Boys and Girls Club was one of many projects in Queens and New York City chosen by the Mets and MLB as part of their legacy programs.

“The Mets and baseball targeted programs that provide great service for New York City, that have worked successfully in the past with both the Mets and Major League Baseball and that are best suited to create lasting benefits and to make a real difference in the lives of deserving New Yorkers,” said David Cohen, executive vice president of the Mets.

After the new wing is erected, the club will begin phase two of the transformation and renovate the old wing. Phase two is slated to begin in April of next year, according to Carol Simon, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club.

“It’s a dream come true,” said Joseph Ferrara, chairman emeritus, who has been a part of the club for nearly 45 years. “I always envisioned that I would rebuild this club better.”

 

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Former MLB players, celebrities compete in All-Star softball game at Citi Field


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

Former Major League greats mixed with A-list celebrities for the annual All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game on Sunday, July 14 at Citi Field.

Many local recognizable stars participated in the game, while the Mets had four former franchise players on the field including Mike Piazza, Dwight Gooden, John Franco and Darryl Strawberry.

The legends and super stars split into a National and American League, representing the two Major League Baseball divisions.

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Native New Yorker Kevin James, who starred in the TV sitcom “The King of Queens,” led the National League team to win the game along with Franco and Piazza. James was the MVP of the game for his outstanding energy; face-first sliding into second base for a double and making an amazing play at third base to rob radio host Craig Carton of a single.

Former New York Jets quarterback and radio host Boomer Esiason, comedian George Lopez, Yankees legend Bernie Williams and USA softball 2004 Olympic gold medalist Jennie Finch were among players that participated in the game.

 

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Mets’ Captain David Wright to start in All-Star Game at Citi Field


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The ballots are counted and it appears fans around the country made the Wright choice.

Mets third baseman  David Wright will be starting for the National League team in the MLB All-Star game, which will be played at Citi Field on July 16.

The Amazing’s captain outpaced San Francisco Giants Pablo Sandoval, who bested Wright for the starting spot last year. Wright, who fans dubbed “Captain America” during the World Baseball Classic, is currently batting .305, with 13 homeruns. This will be his seventh All-Star game appearance.

All-Star voting ended on July 4 at 11:59 p.m. and the results were announced on July 6 at 6:30 p.m. on a Fox special All-Star game show. The show also revealed that Mets phenom Matt Harvey will make his first appearance in the Mid-Summer Classic. As one of the biggest surprises of the 2013 baseball season, Harvey (7-2, 2.27, 141 strikeouts) is expected to be the starting pitcher for the All-Star game.

The last time the Mets hosted the All-Star game was in 1964, the first season for Shea Stadium. Ron Hunt was the only Met to start that game.

As for Yankees fans, second baseman Robinson Cano will start for the American League and closer Mariano Rivera was also selected to the All-Star team for his final season.

 

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Mets offer fans tickets, other rewards for participating in volunteer projects


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BY LUKE TABET

The Mets are asking their fans to step up to the plate and help out their community.

The MLB team and volunteer organization New York Cares announced the launch of their new “Mets Volunteer Challenge,” Tuesday.

The program, which ends on September 1, allows fans and concerned New Yorkers to receive game tickets and other Mets-themed rewards for participating and completing volunteer projects.

The rewards are broken down into three tiers:

Home Run– volunteers who complete three to five projects will receive four tickets to a Mets game in September.

Grand Slam– volunteers who complete between six to eight projects will again receive four tickets to a game in September, and will also see their name on the scoreboard in recognition of their service.

Perfect Game– completing at least nine projects will gain volunteers four tickets, scoreboard recognition during the game, and the opportunity to participate in a pre-game ceremony on the field.

Fans interested in volunteering can register for the “Mets Volunteer Challenge” by visiting Mets.com/Volunteer.

 

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Mets players move into Long Island City luxury buildings


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BY CHARLES OSBORN

LIC has become Citi Field West.

Several members of the New York Mets have been living in Long Island City since the start of the 2013 season, though their neighbors may have no idea.

“I really wouldn’t even know who they were if I ran into them,” said one resident of Center Boulevard.

“I watch a decent amount of sports, and I knew that some of them had places in these towers, but I am not sure I have run into any of them.”

That seems to be a recurring theme throughout the neighborhood.

Luxury condominiums that have been built less than a block from the water have attracted Mets including Mike Baxter, Justin Turner, John Buck and Jonathan Niese.

This is not the first time Mets players have decided to live close to each other.

Several players on the 1986 team — including Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden — lived within a few blocks of each other in Port Washington. They often commuted down Northern Boulevard through parts of northeast Queens.

John Poalson, a resident of the building where several players currently live, thinks the location is ideal because they can walk around and enjoy some privacy.

“Really, it’s the perfect place for them,” he said. “Their commute is simple and can’t take very long, they’re in a neighborhood where probably not a lot of people bother them and they can rent a place for the season and then leave if they want.”

Poalson said he has run into a couple of players and has nothing but good things to say. He added that some of the players may stay past the end of the season.

“I remember seeing them around the building pretty frequently around the time of” Sandy, Poalson said. “They’re definitely nice guys.”

Sandy happened nearly a month after the Mets’ season ended.

 

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Mets stars announce Sandy relief efforts, offer sneak peek of Queens Taste 2013


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Photo courtesy of Queens Economic Development Corp.

Legendary former New York Mets pitcher Ron Darling and current outfielder Mike Baxter, a Whitestone native, headlined a small business luncheon at the Irish Circle Tavern in Rockaway Beach on May 7. In addition to signing autographs and posing for photos, the athletes discussed Citi’s local efforts to help rebuild after Hurricane Sandy and plugged Queens Taste 2013. The Irish Circle is one of about 45 restaurants and other food or beverage purveyors that will offer samples for roughly 800 attendees at Queens Taste 2013.

Tickets for Queens Taste 2013 are available at www.queensny.org or 718-263-0546.

 

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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