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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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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers, then thunderstorms and a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 68. Winds from the East at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the South in the afternoon. Chance of rain 60%. Thursday night; Mostly cloudy. Low of 54. Winds less than 5 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Hoppin’ Thursdays in Sunnyside

Area businesses are participating in Hoppin’ Thursdays in Sunnyside, a weekly promotion for the month of May. Thirty-three business are offering exclusive deals to customers. The deals include dining and drink specials, discounts on products and discounted salon services. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Police make arrest in Ozone Park rape

The man sought in the rape of a 20-year-old in Ozone Park Sunday has been arrested, said police. Read more: The Queens Courier

City Council passes paid sick leave bill

City legislators voted today to rectify the New York’s policy on paid sick leave, and now have enough support to override a veto from the mayor’s office. Read more: The Queens Courier

Man arrested for allegedly shooting realistic toy gun with kids in Queens park

A Queens man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly firing a lifelike weapon and handing it over to his toddler-age son. Read more: CBS New York

10 accused of auto thefts in Queens, Brooklyn

State police and Queens prosecutors say 10 men have been indicted on grand larceny and other charges for stealing cars from dealerships in Queens and Brooklyn for resale. Read more: AP/Fox New York

Mets slugger launches new program to keep spotlight on Sandy

The Mets’ star slugger is stepping up to the plate for those impacted by Superstorm Sandy. Read more: New York Daily News 

Police: Women left captor’s home twice in a decade

Three women found alive after a decade in captivity endured lonely, dark lives inside a dingy home where they were raped and allowed outside only a handful of times in disguises while walking to a garage steps away, investigators say. Read more: AP

City unveils MLB All-Star week festivities


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Photo courtesy of NYC Mayor's Office's Flickr

The 2013 MLB All-Star Game, at Citi Field on July 16, will feature a slew of events throughout the city in the week leading up and will be spread throughout the borough.

Citi Field was cited as a potential venue for the mid-summer classic since opening in 2009, with the rumor becoming official last May. This marks the second All-Star Game the city’s hosted in the last five years.

All venues attached to the game are expected to have a $191 million economic impact for the city this July, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

Although the game and tournaments, like the Home Run Derby, will be held in Flushing, a significant amount of All-Star fanfare will be in Manhattan – much like when the Yankees hosted the game in 2008.

Chevrolet’s Red Carpet Parade will again go through 42nd Street, with MLB Executive Vice President Tim Brosnan calling it one of the marquee events for fans. Baseball lovers, from New York or afar, will get to come within 10 feet of the game’s premier players.

Met alumns like 1986 World Series champ Mookie Wilson and late 90s legends Eduardo Alfonzo and John Franco are team ambassadors for the All-Star Game. Wilson, known for his bloop single through Bill Buckner’s legs in Game 6 of the World Series, said while he never played in an All-Star game he’s excited to represent the team during the festivities

“I’ve always enjoyed the festivities that go into it,” Wilson said. “I’m not a native New Yorker, but I feel as if I am. I can’t wait to get this All-Star game started.”

Managers this year will be San Francisco Giants Skipper Bruce Bochy and Detroit Tigers’ Jim Leyland.

The game’s logo was revealed last August, mainly resembling the traditional Mets logo and is worn on the team’s sleeve throughout this season.

Bloomberg said the city has become “the sports capital of the world,” and proceeded to list all the major events, past and future, the city has hosted.

On security, the mayor has no worries the NYPD will be successful in keeping the city safe as fans worldwide pour into the five boroughs for the game.

Ballots for the American League and National League were also released:

For Met fans:

  • First base: Ike Davis
  • Second base: Daniel Murphy
  • Shortstop: Rueben Tejada
  • Third base: David Wright
  • Catcher: John Buck
  • Outfielders: Mike Baxter, Lucad Duda and Kirk Nieuwenhuis

For Yankee fans:

  • First base: Mark Teixeira
  • Second base: Robinson Cano
  • Shortstop: Derek Jeter
  • Third Base: Kevin Youkilis
  • Catcher: Chris Stewart
  • Outfielders: Curtis Granderson, Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki

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Rumored NHL outdoor games snub Citi Field


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It looks like Citi Field has been “shut out” from an outdoor NHL game next season.

The Sports Network (TSN) reported the league plans five outdoor games on top of the traditional Bridgestone Winter Classic – slated between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs on New Year’s Day, 2014.

NHL officials first have to ink a deal with the teams before anything is made official.

Yankee Stadium will host two games in New York, TSN reported, with the Rangers facing off against the New Jersey Devils on January 26, and Rangers vs. Islanders on January 29, nearly coinciding with Super Bowl XLVIII, to be played just across the Hudson on February 2.

The Blueshirts played in the 2012 Winter Classic against the Philadelphia Flyers at Citizens Bank Park.

Citi Field is slightly smaller than Yankee Stadium, with the latter able to hold nearly 9,000 more spectators. The home of the Amazin’s can hold 41,800; the Bronx Bombers’ stadium can fit 50,287.

But some Queens officials are already calling the NHL off-sides if Citi Field, which opened the same year as the new Yankee Stadium, is iced out of the plan.

Rob MacKay, director of public relations, marketing and tourism at the Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC), said he was disappointed the league shot for the Bronx, but is still leaving an open net for a future outdoor game.

“So as the biggest Queens fan on this planet,” he said, “I am a bit disappointed that the NHL chose a different, more remote borough for these games, but I still welcome them. Hopefully we’ll see them in Queens soon, as it would be good for the NHL executives, the players, the fans and of course our hospitality sector.”

Queens hotels will already be stacked because of overflow from the Super Bowl, MacKay said, although the game is at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. QEDC is still looking forward to the revenue these additional games could bring to the borough.

There was talk roughly five years ago of the Islanders coming to Willets Point before the team eventually settled on the already-built Barclays Center last year.

Fan group and clothes manufacturer We Bleed Blue – specializing in Rangers gear – is excited just to have outdoor hockey in New York. Founders Brendan Gebert and John Rizzo, while cheering for the same hockey team, vary in their baseball loyalties. Gebert is a Met fan; Rizzo is a Yankee fan.

Regardless, the duo told The Courier any sort of outdoor game within the city will drive more people to hockey and allow for more games of the sort in the area.

“Getting mad at the location would be like getting mad at Jay-Z for having a concert at Yankee Stadium,” Rizzo said.

“Plus we’re willing to bet that if this goes as planned, this won’t be the last time we see something like this in the area. Guess you gotta just ‘save something for tomorrow,’ and the next go around, I’d like to think Citi would get the next one.”

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High of 63. Breezy. Winds from the SSE at 10 to 25 mph. Tuesday night: Overcast with a chance of rain, then a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain after midnight. Low of 54. Winds from the South at 5 to 20 mph shifting to the WSW after midnight. Chance of rain 40%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Woodhaven Poetry Society

Read and discuss the written word of some of our most favorite poets. Write your own poetry from various topics as we expand our poetry horizons. It is FREE to the public. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Search warrant executed in Boston Marathon bombings that killed 3, wounded at least 145

The bombs that blew up seconds apart at the finish line of one of the world’s most storied races left the streets spattered with blood and glass, three dead, including an 8-year-old boy, more than 140 wounded and gaping questions of who chose to attack at the Boston Marathon and why.Read more: ABC New York/AP

Bloomberg: No specific NYC security concerns in wake of Boston bombings

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said authorities aren’t aware of any specific concerns about a potential attack in New York City after the explosions at the Boston Marathon, but stressed the city is taking precautions. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Two more people arrested in so-called ‘Cannibal Cop’ case

Two more people are under arrest in connection with the so-called “Cannibal Cop”, Gilberto Valle, the ex-NYPD officer convicted of conspiring to cook and eat women. Read more: ABC New York

Mets offices suffer damage in Citi Field blaze

Further evidence that the New York Mets are on fire — their ballpark was damaged in an early morning blaze on Monday. Read more: New York Daily News

Former Rep. Weiner looks back at Twitter sex scandal as he weighs mayoral run

After nearly two years of keeping quiet, former Rep. Anthony Weiner is speaking out. Read more: NY1

State pumps money into salt marsh restoration at Jamaica Bay

In a move designed to protect southern Queens against future storms and improve the eco-system of Jamaica Bay, the state is giving local groups $645,000 to help rebuild 28 acres of salt marshes, the Daily News has learned. Read more: New York Daily News 

Mets open season with lowered expectations


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THE COURIER/Photo by Terence M. Cullen

Met fans, notorious for their cynical optimism, are getting ready for another season riddled with questions.

With the recent news that Johan Santana might be out for the entire season, fans outside Citi Field today don’t have high hopes for the team.

“If they win 75 games,” said Ken Jones of Long Island, “It’ll be a lot.”

Jones, who’s been to more than 20 Mets opening days, called the 2013 season a rebuilding year for the team and was more looking forward to the next opener.

Fellow fans like Andre, who chose not to give his last name, hopes the Mets will at least fare better than their 74-88 record last year.

“I’m hoping better than they did last year,” he said regarding the team’s record. “If they finish at .500 I’ll be happy.”

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain. High of 54. Breezy. Winds from the West at 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Monday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 36. Breezy. Winds from the NW at 10 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Jazz Appreciation Month at Louis Armstrong House Museum

Come visit the Louis Armstrong House Museum this April as it celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month. Eighty-five  years ago, Louis Armstrong recorded one of his all-time masterpieces, “West End Blues,” one of the most important records in jazz history. For Jazz Appreciation Month, the museum’s historic house tours will feature an ultra rare recording of Louis Armstrong performing “West End Blues” live at Freedomland in 1961. This performance was recently donated to its archives by the son of Freedomland sound engineer Peter Denis. Previously unissued and not in any discographies, it will be featured only during Jazz Appreciation Month. This recording ties into the museum’s current exhibit, Louis Armstrong at Freedomland that closes April 30. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

11 injured in Queens house fire

Fire officials say 11 people have been injured in an early morning fire at a two-family house in Queens. Read more: Fox 5/AP

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall took off more than 40 days in 2012

Where’s the beep? As she wraps up her third term, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall seems to be preparing for retirement early — taking more than 40 days off last year. Read more: New York Daily News

Jon Niese takes hill for New York Mets on Opening Day

Two main attractions will be missing when the New York Mets host San Diego in their season opener Monday. Read more: ABC New York/AP

City to resume search for human remains in Twin Towers’ debris

The grim and sad search for human remains in the debris from the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks resumes Monday. Read more: CBS New York

Majority of mayoral candidates send children to public school: News survey

Five of the city’s eight mayoral hopefuls who have children send or have sent their kids to public school.  Read more: New York Daily News

Dolan says the Catholic Church should be more welcoming to gay people

On Easter Sunday, weeks after he helped elect a new pope for a church struggling with declining numbers and controversy over social issues, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan said that the Roman Catholic Church could be more welcoming of gay men and lesbians despite opposing same-sex marriage. Read more: New York Times

Immigration deal at hand, focus turns to details

Big business and big labor have settled on a political framework for an immigration overhaul. Now, the lawmakers writing bipartisan legislation need to resolve the nitty-gritty – and keep their parties’ political flanks mollified. Read more: AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Partly cloudy with rain showers in the afternoon. High of 52. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Friday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 37. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Disco Inferno II

Due to popular demand, Disco Inferno is back on Friday, March 29. Resorts World will boogie down memory lane with a live concert by Tavares, Bonnie Pointer, Cory Daye and Disco Unlimited. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

New York State Assembly passes $141.3 billion budget for 2013-14

The Assembly on Thursday gave final passage to a $141.3 billion state budget. Read more: New York Daily News

Deal reached on paid sick leave in NYC

New York City legislators, labor advocates and business leaders have struck a deal on the hotly contested issue of paid sick leave. Read more:: Fox New York/AP

Mets: Johan might miss 2013 season

Mets starter Johan Santana could miss the entire 2013 because of a re-tear in his left shoulder, General Manager Sandy Alderson announced Thursday during a conference call. Read more: The Queens Courier

Block-watch programs back in vogue as NYPD headcount shrinks

A group of concerned western Queens residents want to make sure the bad old days of crime don’t ever come back. Read more: New York Daily News

Mayors Against Illegal Guns out with new ad featuring Newtown families

Events took place around the nation Thursday as participants demand federal gun safety measures be enacted. Read more: CBS New York

Hundreds rally against proposed cuts to after-school programs

Hundreds of children rallied outside City Hall Thursday to urge Mayor Michael Bloomberg not to go through with cuts to after-school programs. Read more: NY1

North Korea readies rockets after U.S. show of force

North Korea put its missile units on standby on Friday to attack U.S. military bases in South Korea and the Pacific, after the United States flew two nuclear-capable stealth bombers over the Korean peninsula in a rare show of force. Read more: Reuters

 

Mets: Johan might miss 2013 season


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Photo Courtesy New York Mets

Mets starter Johan Santana could miss the entire 2013 because of a re-tear in his left shoulder, General Manager Sandy Alderson announced Thursday during a conference call.

Santana, originally staying in Florida on the disabled list, flew to New York today where he was diagnosed with the new rip, Alderson said.

“Johan will remain in New York over the easter weekend to decide on the next steps,” he said. “A second surgery is a strong probability.”

The 34-year-old southpaw missed the entire 2011 season with the same injury, but returned for a shortened 2012 season in which he threw the team’s first-ever no hitter. After the June 1 spectacle however, Santana had a string of poor performances before he was shutdown in August.

Entering the final year of a large contract, Santana might have thrown his final pitch as a Met. His contract promises him $25.5 million this year with a $5.5 million buyout for next year.

Another surgery is an option, but there’s no time table on when that could happen or if the recovery time will be longer than in late 2010.

But there are still few facts known, including when the new tear started.

“We don’t know when this occurred,” Alderson said. “I think Johan would probably be the best person to shed some light on any time.”

Mets skipper Terry Collins said during spring training he was disappointed Santana did not show up at Port St. Lucie in pitching shape.

Alderson said the front office isn’t looking to trade for another starter at this point as they expected Santana to start on the DL.

“We had expected that Johan would be on the disabled list at the beginning of the season so our rotation has been set with that in mind,” he said. “We are not terribly deep right now with Santana out. On the other hand, we do feel that we have some not just depth in the system, but exceptional talent coming through the system.”

Zach Wheeler, projected to be one of the Amazin’s promising pitchers, will not be called up early in light of the news.

“When he’s ready, he’ll be here,” Alderson said. “But until that time we will address this situation and other needs in our rotation.”


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Mets ranked sixth most valuable team in baseball


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THE COURIER/Photo by Terence M. Cullen

The Mets are the sixth most valuable team in Major League Baseball according to Forbes, possibly putting to rest concerns the team is underwater on the financial front.

Forbes listed the Amazin’s value at $811 million – a 13-percent increase from last year. The crosstown rival Yankees ranked first with a $2.3 billion worth.

Between the two teams are the L.A. Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies, respectively. The San Francisco Giants, who played at the Polo Grounds until 1957, ranked just behind the Mets – worth $786 million.

With the average value of a team at about $744 million, the Mets just place above the norm despite financial woes since the Bernie Madoff Ponzi Scheme reportedly put the Mets’ bank account in the red.

Co-owner Fred Wilpon said earlier this year, however, that the team was on its way back up and all money lost nearly five years ago has been remade.

 

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MLB All-Star Game, FanFest tickets now on sale


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THE COURIER/File photo

BY ANTHONY O’REILLY

For the first time since 1964, Major League Baseball’s All-Star game will take place in Queens. In the days leading up to the event, the MLB will host a variety of events for the Mid-Summer Classic.

Culminating with the 84th MLB All-Star Game on July 16, the All-Star fest will feature a variety of events for visitors to enjoy, from Friday, July 12- Tuesday, July 16.

All attractions are free with the price of admission. Tickets are $35 for adults and $30 for senior citizens, military personnel and children 12 and under. For the price of admission visitors can enjoy exhibits from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, take a swing at the batting cages and free autograph sessions with former Mets and MLB legends and Hall of Famers.

Fans will also be able to purchase single game e-tickets to the All-Star Sunday event. Admission to the event includes the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game. The futures game will feature minor league prospects, which in the past has included currents Mets players Wilmer Flores, Zack Wheeler, Matt Harvey and David Wright.

The celebrity softball game will feature stars from the film music and television industry, teaming up with participants from the futures game.

The home-run derby will take place on July 15th.

For more information and updates on future events and to purchase tickets you can visit AllStarGame.com or call 1-888-FanFest.

 

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David Wright named fourth captain in Mets history


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During his injury-shortened tenure on Team USA this year, fans dubbed him “Captain America.”

But now, it’s official.

Third baseman David Wright was named the fourth captain in Mets history – joining the elite group with Mets legends Gary Carter, Keith Hernandez and John Franco. Unlike Hernandez and Franco, however, Wright will not wear the “C” on his jersey like those worn by NHL captains.

“This is probably one of the proudest days of my career so far,” Wright told reporters upon the announcement. “I think to be viewed in this light both by ownership, by [General Manager] Sandy [Alderson] in the front office, by the coaching staff and probably most importantly by the players is a great deal to me.”

Wright’s guarded the hot corner in Flushing since 2004, and has grown into a quiet leader on the team through playoff prospects and tragic collapses.

Last December, the 30-year-old signed one of the largest contracts in Mets history:  $138 million back-loaded over the next eight years, effectively making him a Met for life.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Friday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 48. Breezy. Winds from the WSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Friday night: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain in the evening, then overcast with a chance of snow. Low of 32. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation 30% .

EVENT OF THE DAY: Wreck-It Ralph in 3-D at NYSCI

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping journey in 3-D. Wreck-It Ralph longs to be a hero. So when a new game arrives, he sneaks into it with a plan to win a medal, but soon wrecks everything, and accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens every game in the arcade. Playing at the New York Hall of Science Friday, March 15 and Friday, March 22 at 5 p.m. $9 adults/$7 children, seniors and students with ID. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Man charged in Queens murders, brush fire due in court

A Brooklyn man is due in court Friday in the murders of two men whose bodies were found in a burning brush fire in Queens. Read more: AP/ABC New York

Census records show more people are moving to NYC

The entrances to the Big Apple are now busier than the exits. For the first time in half a century, more people are moving into the city than moving out, helping to swell the population to a record of 8,336,697, according to Census data released yesterday. Read more: New York Post

Former New York Gov. Pataki endorses John Catsimatidis for NYC mayor

Billionaire mayoral hopeful John Catsimatidis on Thursday picked up his biggest endorsement yet: former Gov. George Pataki. Read more: New York Daily News

David Wright wants to rejoin U.S. Lineup; sore ribs a concern for Mets

David Wright was scratched from the World Baseball Classic game Thursday against the Dominican Republic because of sore ribs, and U.S. manager Joe Torre isn’t expecting him to rejoin the lineup. Read more: CBS New York

Critics wave knives and hockey stick at U.S. air safety hearing

The top U.S. transportation security official on Thursday defended his controversial move to allow small knives to be carried onto airplanes, despite protests from flight attendants and lawmakers who say it will endanger the flying public. Read more: Reuters

How will Pope Francis deal with church sex abuse scandal?

The election of a new pope could help heal the wounds left by a Roman Catholic sex abuse crisis that has savaged the church’s reputation worldwide. For alleged victims, much depends on whether Pope Francis disciplines the priests and the hierarchy that protected them. Read more: AP/ABC New York

 

Ex-Met Mike Piazza addresses steroid use, gay rumors, Clemens brawl in new book


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Photo courtesy of Simon & Schuster

Former Met Mike Piazza took karate lessons in anticipation of a fiery showdown with crosstown rival Roger Clemens, he writes in his new book.

The storied Mets catcher, recently snubbed along with every other candidate for the Baseball Hall of Fame, addresses his long standing feud with the former Yankee in “Long Shot,” along with rumors that he was gay, his romances and allegations that he took performance enhancing drugs.

Piazza recalls the July 8, 2000 inter-league game between the Mets and the Yankees, when Clemens launched a two-seam fastball near the Mets catcher’s head. After that, Piazza writes that he started taking karate lessons in order to fend off against Clemens. The two later sparred off during the 2000 World Series, during which Clemens threw a fragment of broken bat at Piazza as he headed for first base.

After appearing on a ballot with several admitted steroid users, Piazza flat out denies using any performance enhancing drugs. He did, however, say he and other baseball players used now-banned stimulants that were legal and common at the time.

 

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NYPD officers sport 7 Line gear after drug bust


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Photos courtesy of Facebook/NYPD

The 7 Line, a manufacturer of non-traditional Mets apparel, just got some free publicity courtesy of the New York City Police Department

On its Facebook page this afternoon, the NYPD posted a message describing a recent Queens drug bust, where officers from the 103rd Precinct arrested a man for possession of two loaded guns and crack cocaine.

Along with the crime description, the NYPD also posted a photo of the recovered weapons and drugs, and the NYPD members responsible for the bust decked out in 7 Line gear.

According to the post, on February 1, a sergeant and two officers responded to a call of shots fired. While canvassing the area where the suspects possibly had fled, they saw a man exit a Ferndale Avenue home with a backpack, then return to the same house without the backpack.

They stopped and questioned the man, and recovered the backpack, which contained a loaded .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun, a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun and 1.5 ounces of crack cocaine. An additional 179 rounds of ammunition were also found inside the house.

The 26-year-old suspect was charged with criminal possession of a weapon,  criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.

 

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