200 Miles From the Citi

June 27, 2010 8:45 AM

Sunday Paper (Year 2, Volume XXVI)


Sometimes life gets in the way.

This isn't a complaint - simply a matter of fact.

I first hinted at this when I wrote about staying awake - or, more accurately not being able to stay awake - for the Mets' West Coast swings....just like my dad.

That's just a smaller-scale version of some of the larger realities I've had to face in recent years - I'm no longer a carefree 20-year-old.

I bring this up because there was a time not too long ago when everything revolved around the Mets games.  Nothing was scheduled after 7pm.

My Sunday afternoons were wide open so that I could watch the Jets.

That all has changed.

Last week in this very spot my wife wrote about how Jerry Seinfeld was going to be in the SNY booth Wednesday night.  She even called it DVR-worthy.  I had friends in town - we talked about how we were all going to try to watch it (though we'd be back to our separate lives by then, in separate cities).

What happened?  My wife and I (and our two kids) went car shopping, and I didn't even think of Jerry Seinfeld until one of my friends sent me a text message:  "Jerry Seinfeld was awesome."  

Totally forgot.  But I bought a car (pictured, left).  And I think I'm OK with that trade-off.  It's kind of been that way ever since I sat and watched Jets-Colts in October of 2006 from a hospital room with my wife, who was about to deliver our first child (it was a false alarm - about 24 hours too soon).  While I watched that Jets game, I was totally willing not to watch that Jets game - and that might have been the first time in my life I made such a decision.

Many others soon followed.

I mentioned Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS the other day - that was a lot easier to swallow with a three-week old to show me what was really important.  I had two girls to help me get over the Jets' AFC Championship Game loss earlier this year.

So I missed Jerry Seinfeld talking about the Mets.  I read somewhere that it was so good maybe SNY will do it again.  Maybe then I'll remember to set the DVR....or my wife, who was the one in the house who was aware Seinfeld was going to be on the game, will remember.

One of us should be around the house, anyway...after all, we just spent a lot of money on a new car.  We aren't going anywhere.

*Now, all that said - I am on summer vacation now.  Which means I am pretty much at the top of my game for the next couple of months as far as following and writing about baseball.  So beginning tonight, there will hopefully be daily recaps of the Mets games, featuring my same-day reaction to the games.  Maybe even multiple posts a day.  Stay tuned...and please check back often.

*I was able to listen to a couple of innings of the Mets game Wednesday night on the way back and forth to the car dealership, and liked this stat that Howie Rose and Wayne Hagan brought up:  How about a combined record of 12-3 from R.A. Dickey (6-0) and Hisanori Takahashi (6-3)?  Oliver Perez + John Maine (the two starters who broke camp in the rotation after spring training ahead of Dickey and Takahashi) - a combined 1-6.  I'll add this wrinkle to what the WFAN guys brought up - mix in Johan Santana to that group and it only improves slightly - 6-11 from those three starters.

*Speaking of Santana, I hadn't heard this story up in Massachusetts - but it was all over the New York papers when I got down there this weekend.  And if Santana's pitching this year (Saturday included) has made you think maybe he had something else on his mind...well, this would fit the bill.  It's also tremendously disappointing to hear.  At the very least it's poor judgment on his part.  At the most it's criminal.  I think I want the Mets to suspend him to send a message that this behavior won't be tolerated.

*Have I weighed in at all on Toronto playing these three 'home' games against the Phillies in Philadelphia? Maybe in a previous Sunday Paper when it was first announced.  That's a joke.  Thankfully Toronto pulled out a win on Saturday, but they shouldn't have to go into Citizens Bank Park for 'home' games.

And the Mets not only don't get three extra home games like the Phillies - but they have to go play the Marlins in Puerto Rico the next few days, on that terrible artificial turf.

*And now that I mention the Marlins, it looks like Bobby Valentine might be their next manager.  It'll be entertaining to have him back in baseball - I wonder if I'll like his antics when he pulls them with a different National League East team.

*One more scheduling quirk, along the lines of the Mets going to Puerto Rico - I was looking through the schedule to see if I could arrange a trip to Citi Field when Stephen Strasburg was pitching against the Mets, and lo and behold, it's not even July and the Nationals don't make another trip to New York all year.  The Mets go to Washington a couple of more times (including next weekend, where the Saturday game will be on FOX, and I don't know that the Nats have ever been on FOX, which shows just how important Strasburg is to the game), but it's so weird that you wouldn't be able to see a division rival come to your park as a fan in June, July, August, or September.

*Good run for the U.S. in the World Cup - tough way to lose, in extra time, but you can't say they disappointed, like four years ago.  Item number one to fix for future tournaments, according to me, who knows nothing about soccer:  stop giving up goals so early in games.

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