This July, Major League Baseball’s best players will hop on the 7 train and head to Queens for the All-Star game — it’s the first time Citi Field is hosting the mid-summer classic.
Word of baseball writer Bill Chuck’s campaign to start Mariano Rivera in this year’s All-Star Game has traveled all the way to the Bronx. In fact, the Yankees closer knows all about it. And he says thanks, but no thanks.
The Mets have dropped to a season-low six games under .500 after going 2-4 on their six-game homestand. The Mets’ 1-0, 10-inning win last Tuesday night against the White Sox was the second extra-inning, one-hitter in Mets history.
“Harvey was as advertised tonight,” Ventura said after the game. “He was as dominant as anyone they’ve seen. He’s (Justin) Verlander-like — he has velocity, movement and his presence is as good as advertised.”
The Mets went just 3-6 on their nine-game homestand, dropping two of three to the Dodgers and getting swept by the Phillies after taking two of three last weekend from the Nationals.
Philadelphia took all three games at Citi Field. The sinking Mets have now lost four straight.
The league and New York City have been involved in negotiations to build a stadium on a 10-acre site in the Flushing Meadows park. A team there would start play in 2016 and be rivals of the New York Red Bulls, who play in Harrison, N.J.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg welcomed Mets star third baseman and team captain David Wright and other fan favorites to City Hall on Wednesday as more details of the Midsummer Classic were unveiled.
X-rays were negative and Niese left with a bruise. The Mets said he was day to day. “We’ll see how it feels tomorrow,” Niese said. “But I should be able to throw a bullpen and make my next start.”
Buck’s 22 runs batted in are four shy of Jeff Kent for the most-ever in club history by the end of April. Overall, 13 Mets have finished the month with 20 or more RBIs.
It’s not ridiculous to say that Harvey will turn out to be a more durable and superior pitcher than Strasburg. It’s just way too early to make that claim. Heading into Friday evening’s showdown at Citi, Strasburg is the superior arm.
Time to head home and warm up. A frigid road trip for the Mets came to a miserable end Thursday, though Friday’s game should be sizzling.
Citi Field was transformed into a massive obstacle course on Saturday, when thousands of people crowded the stadium for a rigorous and world famous competition.
Honduras will play an exhibition game against Israel at Citi Field on June 2 in preparation for three World Cup qualifiers that include a match against the United States.
For the first time since 2006, the Mets have won their first two series of the season thanks to Marlon Byrd’s two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning that lifted the Mets to a 4-3 victory over the Marlins on Sunday.