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Zip code analysis shows Queens baseball fans prefer Yankees


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

After a recent poll found that Queens baseball fans prefer the Yankees to their hometown Mets, a New York Times analysis by zip code shows the Bronx Bombers are the favorite team throughout the city.

Using aggregated data provided by Facebook, the Times’ The Upshot created a “geography of baseball fandom” across the nation.

The interactive map allows readers to examine top teams by zip code or county. It was “created using estimates of team support based on how many Facebook users ‘liked’ each team in a zip code,” according to The Upshot, then an algorithm was used to “smooth the data and fill in gaps where data was missing.”

Throughout Queens people preferred pinstripes, with the “one small Mets bright spot” being the area in the borough surrounding Citi Field, The Upshot said:

“Facebook users had the courtesy to prefer what some call the Evil Empire at a slightly reduced rate relative to its advantage elsewhere in New York.”

But in the Citi Field zip code, 11368, the map shows that there are still only 25 percent Mets fans versus 53 percent Yankees fans.

According to the analysis, in more than 98 percent of zip codes in the nation the Yankees were favored over the Mets.

 

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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 ranked sixth most valuable team in baseball


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

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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Kids learn from the greats of baseball


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THE COURIER/Photo by Anthony O'Reilly

BY ANTHONY O’REILLY

The next generation of baseball players had the opportunity to be trained by the greats of yesteryear at a Youth Baseball Clinic held at St. Kevin’s School in Flushing.

Yankee greats Roy White, Oscar Gamble and Gamble’s son Sean, a former Phillies player and current coach at Selma University in Alabama, all participated in the event. The youngsters were able to receive tips on batting, pitching and throwing from the former players.

Queens legend Dwight “Doc” Gooden, a part of the 1986 Mets championship team, also came out to the event.

This was the third time the clinic was held, according to the Catholic Youth Organization’s (CYO) baseball director for St. Kevin’s, John Bonnano.

Bonnano, who played Little League himself as a kid, said he started the clinic to allow the youngsters to have a memory about baseball, beyond just playing on the field.

“It’s something for them to remember as they grow up as well as have fun and learn some things,” he said.

 

Bonanno said last year the clinic was held out on Long Island, which caused low attendance because of the commute. This year, the clinic returned to the school’s basketball court.

Bonnano said he’s good friends with Gamble, which allowed him to host the clinic at a minimal cost.

Gamble said he felt it important to attend such clinics because it allowed the next generation of baseball players to get a head start in honing their skills.

“We try to teach a lot of the technique,” he said. “It’s great to get our and help the kids. It’s a lot of fun.”

White said that while he was eager to help the young players develop their skills, he pointed out that it’s hard to teach them everything they need to know at this point of the game.

“You can do some basic things,” he said. “But you can’t start getting too technical with them.”

White also said he wanted to show up in order to give the kids something to remember their baseball playing days by.

“I never had anyone from baseball come in when I was in school,” he said.

Kevin Hynes has two kids at St. Kevin’s, both of whom play baseball. For him, attending the clinic with his kids was common sense.

“They’re very active in the St. Kevin’s community,” he said. “So this was the next logical step.”

Hynes said while he teaches his kids the fundamentals of baseball, he still felt it important to bring them to the clinic and learn from the greats.

“Even though we’re Queens Mets fans, it’s still great for them to show them how to play the game and just have fun.”

Kids and their parents were also given the opportunity to take pictures with and receive autographs from the players. Many parents brought along posters and memorabilia from the players during their heyday, something that White says is a common occurrence at clinics such as these.

“A lot of people will come up to me and say, ‘I used to copy your stance when I was playing,’” said White.

Bonnano said he will try to continue the tradition of the youth clinic every year, hoping that it attracts more and more young baseball hopefuls.

 

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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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Sports teams pitch in for Sandy recovery


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Major League Soccer

Normally, loyal fans support teams in the best and, most especially, the worst times.

Now it is the teams that are giving their support as thousands still suffer in the wake in Sandy.

“Our thoughts and our prayers go out to you,” said Jets quarterback Tim Tebow in a message to fans. “Whatever we can do for you, we will be behind you as the Jets nation.”

As an effort to pitch in and help with recovery efforts, sport leagues and organizations have donated both time and money to help the area.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has pledged $400,000 toward the cause: $300,000 toward needed supplies, including flashlights and other needs; and a $100,000 cash donation which will go toward the Mayor’s Fund.

Many Queens residents have seasonal jobs at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, and USTA president and board chair Jon Vegosen said the organization wanted to give back to one of the places it calls home.

“New York is the US Open’s home, and we want to aid in the rapid recovery of the city, as well as help as many people as we can directly in our home borough of Queens,” he said.

Major League Soccer (MLS) members have also given their time to help clean up some of the parks in the borough. The league contacted the Parks Department, a spokesperson said, and asked what it could do to help. On Saturday, November 3, a group of volunteers set out and removed hundreds of bags of debris from Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The following day they took hundreds more from the area around the Olmstead Center. The league is currently looking to make a deal with the city for a soccer stadium in the park.

“We were heartbroken to see the devastation that Sandy wrought in the tri-state area, which is where our league and many of our athletes and employees call home,” said MLS commissioner Don Garber, a Queens native. “We and our teams are proud to be donating money to relief funds and clean up efforts. We were happy to work with the Parks Department to clean up Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and will continue to offer our help to the local community.”

MLS will also donate $250,000 to the American Red Cross, the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, and the Mayor’s Fund.

The New York Jets, who played at Shea Stadium from 1964 to 1987, pledged on Thursday, November 8 half a million dollars to recovery efforts.

The New York Giants, who share New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium with the Jets, announced days earlier that they would donate half a million to relief efforts. Giants quarterback Eli Manning visited Staten Island with the American Red Cross to help in recovery efforts, according to the Giants. Manning and his brother Peyton led relief efforts in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina struck their home town of New Orleans.

Both the Mets and Yankees gave $500,000 each to help those who have suffered losses.

Get ‘em out


| letters@queenscourier.com

After the Yankees lost their chances of being in the World Series, there is one thing for certain: A-Rod and crybaby Nick Swisher need to be shown the clubhouse door.

A Rod’s performance this season was not very good. After he returned from his injury, he really did not hit or field very well. Swisher seems to be unable to cope with justifiable criticism from fans. He has a short fuse and a big mouth.

Yankee management would do well to drop these two prima donnas from their team lineup before the 2013 baseball season. These guys get paid a ton of money and they really do not deserve it at all. Let them try holding down a job where they really have to actually do work-if they did not do well, they would eventually be fired.

John Amato

Fresh Meadows

 

Queens Morning Roundup


| brennison@queenscourier.com

TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. High near 73. Southeast wind 10 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible. Friday night: Scattered showers, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. South wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

EVENT of the DAY: Job Fair

There will be a Halloween themed family sleepover this weekend at the Long Island Aquarium. At the Creatures of the Night Spooktacular, kids will get rare glimpse into the nighttime habits of three new animals in the Creatures of the Night exhibit. You can also dress up in Halloween customes, and enjoy craft time and a screening of “Monster House.” Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Neighbor of Federal Reserve bomb suspect speaks

The day after a Queens man was arrested for allegedly attempting to detonate what he believed to be a real bomb at the New York Federal Reserve Bank in lower Manhattan, a neighbor spoke out, saying he had no idea what was being plotted, just downstairs. Read more: Queens Courier

Tigers sweep Yankees in ALCS to reach World Series

Prince Fielder waved his arms frantically, gleefully calling off his teammates while the crowd at Comerica Park roared. From the moment the big first baseman signed his massive contract in January, an entire city had been waiting for a chance to celebrate like this. After another dazzling effort by Detroit’s starting pitchers and another soaring home run by Miguel Cabrera, Fielder caught the final out to send the Tigers to the World Series — with a sweep of the New York Yankees, no less. Read more: ESPN

Nassau officer killed on LIE while responding to collision

A Nassau County cop who responded to an accident on the Long Island Expressway was killed early today when he was struck by another vehicle passing the scene of the crash, sources said. Officer Joseph P. Olivieri, 43, was struck at 4:43 a.m. on the eastbound roadway near exit 35 in North Hills. Read more: NY Post

Comedic relief: Obama, Romney bring on the jokes at annual dinner

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were within arm’s length for the second time this week, as they shared the stage at the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner Thursday and delivered feisty quips at each other’s expense. Read more: CNN

Queens man put on “No-Fly List” stranded in Austria

A 26-year-old Queens man was returning home from a trip to Austria when he was stopped at the airport and told by airline agents that the Department of Homeland Security had prohibited his travel. For over two weeks Samir Suljovic, of Oakland Gardens, has remained stranded in Austria, where he was on vacation visiting friends and family. Read more: NBC New York

Queens judge denies perv’s request to lower jail sentence to spend Christmas with family

A Queens judge slammed a pervert’s request to lower his jail sentence to be with his four children for Christmas. Oross, 45 of East Islip, LI, plead guilty in September to having repeated sexual encounters with a 14-year-old student in a Susan B. Anthony IS 238 classroom and in his car, more than a dozen times in 2009. Read more: NY Post

 

Queens Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. South wind 6 to 11 mph. Thursday night: Showers likely, mainly after 2am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 59. Southeast wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

EVENT of the DAY: Screening of “Manos: The Hands of Fate”

Devil Science Theater 3000 is an interactive event where the audience plays drinking games and makes fun of terrible movies while being egged on by professional comedians in the crowd. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Queens man arrested for Federal Reserve bomb plot

A Queens man was arrested for allegedly attempting to detonate what he believed was a real bomb at the New York Federal Reserve Bank in Lower Manhattan this morning, said the FBI. Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, of Jamaica, traveled to the U.S. this January specifically to take part in a terrorist attack, said the agency. Read more: Queens Courier

Game 4 of ALCS between Yanks, Tigers postponed due to threat of rain

For the second straight year, the weather has intruded on a New York Yankees-Detroit Tigers playoff game. And for the second straight year, Yankees ace CC Sabathia is the player most affected by it. Wednesday night’s Game 4 of the AL Championship Series was delayed for about 1 hour, 10 minutes because of anticipated storms in the area, which had not arrived when the game was officially called off but did come later Wednesday night. Read more: ESPN

‘Beyonce’ rooms for affluent new moms at Lenox Hill Hospital are putting newborns at risk: nurses

Affluent new moms are getting a suite deal at Lenox Hill Hospital: Posh $1,700-a-night, full-service “Beyoncé” rooms staffed at the expense of less fortunate city mothers, veteran nurses charge. The executive suites, including the one where the mega-star delivered baby Blue Ivy in January, receive nearly one-on-one nursing care. Two floors above, up to 18 newborns are sometimes tended by a single nurse. Read more: Daily News

Police officer killed in crash on LIE

A deadly crash on the eastbound Long Island Expressway Thursday morning has forced the closure of all eastbound lanes near Exit 34/New Hyde Park Road. A Nassau County Police Officer was killed in the collision at about 4:45 a.m. The officer had gotten out of his patrol car at the scene when he was struck and killed by another vehicle, reports FOX 5 News’ Robert Moses. Read more: NY Post

Long-delayed YMCA at Arverne by the Sea ready to open in 2013

The long-delayed YMCA slated for the Arverne by the Sea housing development in the Rockaways is set to open in the summer of 2013, officials said Wednesday. The 44,000-square-foot facility at Beach 73rd St. and Rockaway Beach Blvd. will house the largest aquatic center of any YMCA in the city, an outdoor multi-purpose sports field and a 6,500-square-foot gymnasium, officials said. Read more: Daily News

Weapons sold at day-care center, feds charge

This day-care center was armed to the teeth. Authorities yesterday smashed a gun-dealing ring operated by members of three violent Brooklyn motorcycle gangs — including a man who allegedly sold high-powered weapons and stored explosives at the Queens home where his wife runs a licensed day-care center. Read more: NY Post

Queens Morning Roundup


| brennison@queenscourier.com

TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: A slight chance of showers between noon and 2pm. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 62. Breezy, with a northwest wind 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Friday night: Clear, with a low around 41. North wind 9 to 17 mph.

Biden and Ryan quarrel aggressively in debate, offering contrasts

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Representative Paul D. Ryan fiercely quarreled at the vice-presidential debate here on Thursday night, with Mr. Biden using the cutting attack lines against the Republican ticket that Mr. Obama did not and Mr. Ryan delivering a spirited case for conservative policies that Mr. Romney had soft-pedaled. Read more: NY Times

Yankees fall in closeout game, allow Baltimore Orioles to force ALDS Game 5 on J.J. Hardy’s game-winning RBI double in the 13th inning

This time Raul IObanez didn’t help. Pinch-hitting for A-Rod didn’t help. The Yankees are running out of alternatives and answers as their Game 5 fate beckons. As the Bombers failed to conjure the previous game’s magic, the Orioles extended this best-of-five American League division series to a decisive game with a 13-inning, 2-1 victory over the Yankees Thursday night at the Stadium. Read more: Daily News

Melinda Katz kicks off campaign for borough president

Noting that it was crucial to determine what the common needs of a diverse borough like Queens were, Melinda Katz, former member of the City Council and Assembly, embarked Wednesday, October 10 on a year-long run for the borough president’s office — after incumbent Helen Marshall steps down at the end of 2013 due to term limits. Read more: Queens Courier

ESU police attempted To save Queens man shot by their fellow officer

On video taken shortly after Noel Polanco was shot by an Emergency Service Unit officer on the Grand Central Parkway in Queens, the 22-year-old is seen being brought out of a unmarked ESU truck on a stretcher. Polanco, 22, was fatally shot by ESU Detective Hassan Hamdy following an early morning traffic stop near LaGuardia Airport last Thursday. Read more: NY1

MTA announces three new fast-track bus routes to LaGuardia Airport

The city and MTA are creating three souped-up bus routes to LaGuardia Airport, including one from Manhattan and one from the Bronx. With the new routes, Select Bus Service — which includes trip-speeding tactics like curbside payment — will be in every borough next year, officials said. Read more: Daily News

iPhone thief prowls Queens

An iPhone thief is wreaking havoc in Queens, police said. The robber is responsible for stealing eight of the smartphones between Aug. 1 and Sept. 20 in neighborhoods such as Astoria and Hunters Point. Read more: NY Post

Long Island City strip club hopes third time is the charm for liquor license

The owners of a controversial Long Island City strip club who have twice been denied a liquor license are hoping the third time’s the charm. Lawyers for 21 Group Inc., which currently operates Show Palace, have asked the New York State Liquor Authority to reconsider their most recent application. Read more: Daily News

Meeks pal cops plea

A Queens businessman who had been pressed by prosecutors to dish dirt on his friend, embattled Rep. Gregory Meeks, pleaded guilty yesterday to a $50 million mortgage-fraud scheme. Edul Ahmad — whose $40,000 “loan” to Meeks in 2007 remains the subject of a House Ethics Committee probe — faces up to 30 years in prison when he’s sentenced for the mortgage scam that enabled unqualified home buyers to get loans. Read more: NY Post

Joe Girardi’s father passes away; said he will manage tonight


| brennison@queenscourier.com

Jerry Girardi, father of Yankees manager Joe Girardi, passed away on the eve of the team’s playoff run Saturday after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 81.

Girardi, who said he will continue to manage ahead of Monday’s funeral, had not informed the team of his father’s death until news leaked out today.

“I didn’t want the team to have to deal with it,” Girardi said at a pregame press conference.

Jerry Girardi was born on May 5, 1931, and married Angela Perino in 1959. He is survived by five children and six grandchildren.

“I’ve had to [manage] the last three or four days, I’ll be able to do my job, because I know that’s what he would want me to do,” Girardi said.

“It’s the first time in over 28 years that my mom and dad will see a game together,” he said.

Girardi’s mother died in 1984.

A moment of silence will be held before tonight’s Game 4 against the Baltimore Orioles.

Queens Morning Roundup


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

TODAY’S FORECAST

Saturday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 75. Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph. Possible afternoon showers. Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low of 48. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Unarmed Guardsman shot by NYPD wanted to be a cop: mother

The unarmed Army National Guardsman who was pulled over on a Queens road and fatally shot by a cop yesterday wanted to become a police officer. “That was his dream,” Noel Polanco’s mother Cecilia told The Post today. Palanco’s 15-year-old sister Amanda Reyes said Polanco always wanted to help people. Read More: NY Post

Queens community taking stand against Neo-Nazi group

A Queens community is taking a stand against a hate group looking to move into their neighborhood. Neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn announced in late September that they would be opening up a headquarters in New York. Officials say there are reports of Golden Dawn activity as well as sighting of their literature around Astoria. Read More: NY1

Court supports Queens woman’s right to die

The state’s highest court has sided with a terminally ill Queens woman waging a legal battle with her parents over her decision to be taken off life support. A brain-stem tumor has paralyzed 28-year-old Grace Sung Eun Lee from the neck down, and she depends on a tube to eat and one to breathe. The court’s decision Friday clears the way for Lee to chose to end her life. Read More: NBC NY

Drop in jobless figure gives jolt to race for president

The jobless rate abruptly dropped in September to its lowest level since the month President Obama took office, indicating a steadier recovery than previously thought and delivering another jolt to the presidential campaign. Read More: NY Times

CC Sabathia, Yankees open ALDS Sunday against Baltimore Orioles and Camden Yards

BRING ON THE BIRDS. The Yankees can finally begin preparing for their American League division series after the Orioles dispatched the Rangers in the AL’s  first ever wild-card game Friday night. After holding off the surging Orioles for the AL East title over the final month, the Yankees must now travel to Baltimore for the first two games of the best-of-five first round. Read More: Daily News

 

 

Afternoon Roundup


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

The Afternoon Roundup

Terminal 7 at JFK evacuated after problem at security checkpoint

Air passengers were temporarily evacuated from a terminal at New York City’s Kennedy Airport after a problem at one of the security checkpoints. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says that the Transportation Security Administration shut down Kennedy’s Terminal 7 at around 9:45 a.m. after determining that someone had gone through the checkpoint without being properly screened. Read more: [New York Post]

Queens Man Sentenced To Year In Jail In East Village Parking Space Beating Case

A judge has sentenced a Queens man to a year in jail for putting a woman into a coma after punching her in a fight over a parking space last year. Oscar Fuller was given the maximum sentence Friday. He was convicted in May of misdemeanor third degree assault after a violent altercation between himself and then 25-year-old Lana Rosas. He was acquitted of a more serious felony charge. Read more: [1010wins]

Queens Ice Company Cashes In During Heat Wave

They’ve sold about a half a million pounds of wet ice and a quarter million pounds of dry ice since Wednesday. On Friday the orders just kept coming in. The phone was ringing off the hook at the Natuzzi Bros Ice manufacturing and distribution company, where staffers worked around the clock to keep up with the demand. Read more: [NY1]

 Mets Take Game 1 Of Subway Series; Santana Gets Key To City

The Mets drew first blood in round two of the Subway Series Friday night. The Amazins scored five runs in the first inning, capped by a three-run home run by Ike Davis. Alex Rodriguez, Andruw Jones and Robinson Cano homered for the Bombers to cut the deficit but in the end, the Mets held on to win 6-4. Read more: [NY1]

Queens man says he’s been barred from seeing ailing mom; blames ruling by controversial judge

A Fresh Meadows man claims his vengeful family members have hijacked his elderly mother’s estate and barred him from seeing the ailing woman — thanks to a ruling by a controversial Queens judge. Read more: [New York Daily News] 

Subway Series comes to Queens


| brennison@queenscourier.com

photo - rotundaw

The Mets are out for revenge against the crosstown Yankees as the Subway Series shifts to Queens.

In the series’ first leg at Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers took all three matchups with the Amazins.

Jon Niese will try to extend the Mets three-game winning streak against the Yankees’ Andy Pettitte in the series opener tonight.

Saturday pits Chris Young against Ivan Nova.

R.A. Dickey takes his streak of 42.2 consecutive innings without giving up an earned run to the mound against CC Sabathia, in the nationally televised Sunday night game.

The always hotly-contested series will feature even more heat than usual. Friday is forecasted for temperatures in the mid-90s. The heat and humidity may bring thunderstorms. The National Weather Service said there is a 60 percent chance of storms.

Saturday and Sunday night’s match-ups should see temperatures in the 80s.

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Councilman Peter Koo going ahead with controversial memorial

City Councilman Peter Koo is moving ahead with his controversial proposal to honor Asian comfort women and mulling several Flushing spots for a possible street-renaming and memorial. Read more: [New York Daily News]

Teachers, parents urge city to remove Rockway Park middle school principal

Teachers and parents of students at a Rockaway Park middle school are trying  to convince the city to replace the school’s embattled principal. Staffers at Middle School 318 allege that Principal Linda Munro mismanages school resources and routinely bullies teachers by yelling at them in front of students and issuing poor ratings. Read more: [New York Daily News]

Giants tackle busted for DWI with .18 blood-alcohol level: police

Giants starting left tackle David Diehl was busted for DWI in Queens last night — with his blood-alcohol level allegedly more than twice the legal limit — after smashing into parked cars, police sources said. Diehl, 31, a member of both of Big Blue’s recent Super Bowl teams, was driving his black BMW when he struck two vehicles on 35th Avenue near 31st Street in Astoria at around 8:20 p.m., the sources said. Read more: [New York Post]

Field-rushing fans get boot from NYC stadiums – but disguises get ’em back in


Baseball cap: check. Mets jersey: check. Fake moustache: check. That’s the pre-game ritual of Craig Coakley, 32, of Bayside, Queens — better known in Mets nation as the streaker who slid into second base at a game during Citi Field’s inaugural season. Read more: [New York Post]

Yankees Sweep Mets In Subway Series

The Yankees are kings of New York for now, as they swept the Mets in the Subway Series, finishing off the Amazins with a 5-4 Sunday win in Yankee Stadium. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Mets were up 3-0 when Russell Martin lined one just over the right field fence to bring the Bronx Bombers within 1. Read more: [NY1]