Sunday Paper (Year 4, Volume LIII)
Believe it or not, this is the fifth straight year I've done a year-ending list of the top stories at 200 Miles From The Citi.
It was a pretty eventful year, considering the narrow scope of this list: Remember - you're not going to find huge stories here - just the ones that made news on the blog in 2012.
A highlight of the year for me? When I was in Washington to watch the Mets play the Nationals this year, and I took my middle daughter to the middle game of the 3-game series. It went so well we were able to talk my oldest daughter into attending a game at Citi Field in August. Easily the best part of 2012 for me - my sister, brother-in-law, nephew, and my parents were there too - I hope we can make this a new family tradition...and make it so that my brother can join us too.
But that doesn't make the Top 10 for the site. Here's what did.
#10 - The New York Rangers
#9 - Jets Get Tebow
This could have been a huge deal. When it happened back in March, it certainly brimmed with possibilities
. Unfortunately, the naysayers were right - Tebow turned out to be more distraction than asset. He's as much an afterthought on this list as he's been in the Jets offense.
#8 - Washington's Run
#7 - Injuries To Revis And Holmes
The next two entries on our list are pretty much the Jets' season in a nutshell. The 2012 season in and of itself isn't worth a number...but the major contributing factors are. The tone was set in September when in consecutive weeks the Jets lost both Darrelle Revis
and Santonio Holmes (I'm so disenfranchised with Holmes I didn't even write about him, I don't think) to injury...
#6 - Rex Finally Benches Sanchez
#5 - The Debut Of Matt Harvey
Had Matt Harvey had a pedestrian call-up for the Mets, one of those "Let's just see what we have here" type call-ups, this would not have been an event that merited mention here. But Harvey was electrifying in his Major League debut
. And he was exciting right through his final start when the Mets shut him down for the year. One of the bright spots for the 2012 Mets.
#4 - A Met For Life
Another bright spot came after the 2012 season ended, when the Mets announced they had signed David Wright to a contract extension
that will most likely keep him with the team for the rest of his playing career...and, both sides seem to hope, beyond.
#3 - R.A. Dickey
Any other year and the season R.A. Dickey had would have merited the top spot on a countdown like this. But a lot happened this year. And a lot happened involving Dickey. It started with his memoir, which I finally got around to reading this summer
. That was after some amazing pitching by Dickey
, a season which culminated in his winning the Cy Young Award
(it's a bullet point in the Sunday Paper I linked to). Well, regular season, I should say. Because in the off-season, he was traded to Toronto
. Mets fans will remember Dickey's 2012 season mainly because he was so fun to watch, but the lasting legacy may in fact turn out to be how his trade brought back young talent that contributed towards future success.
#2 - A Mets No-Hitter
#1 - Gary Carter Dies
Hopefully the number one event of 2013 will be a little happier. I certainly have a front-runner for that position::
But I may not be writing about it here. I think I'm going to take a break from the blog. I'm excited about another project for 2013, and it will occasionally incorporate sports, but I can't keep this going at the same time. (Perhaps you are not all that surprised, as regular postings here have dwindled down to just the Sunday Paper.) If the Mets turn out to be great in 2013, who knows if I'll end up writing about it...but I'll let you know if that happens. (And faithful readers know, I tried to say goodbye to the blog once before - that lasted less than two months. So you never know what will happen.)
Happy New Year.