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Remember that when George III, as Red Smith called the Yankees owner, was in charge, he did a lot of what the Mets have done. But when he was suspended, Gene Michael was in charge of the baseball side and drafted the players who made the late 1990s dynasty. Free agents helped. But as with the Dodgers, they built from within.

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Ah man, I'm sad to have missed this meet-up at Citi Field earlier this week! I need a power ranking of Molly's Citi Field foods. At the top of my list is the fact that I can get good Dole Whip in New York because of Citi Field, haha.

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If your ticket gets you into the Caesar’s Club, there’s a really good pastrami sandwich that’s big enough to feed two people. Shake Shack is a reliable option in centrefield but tends to get epic, 2-inning lines, so get there before the game. A member of the meetup found the Coney Island Brewery stand on the first base side which might be your best beer option.

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Wow! What a confluence of events in the baseball world this past week. A dude whistling the National Anthem in Francis Scott Keys' hometown with a near Coltrane-esque cool is not something you see every day. Nor do you see the werewolves of JP Crawford every day, and indeed, their hair was perfect! Finally, I don't think the Country has yet fully awoken to the fact that Josh Gibson, Cool Papa Bell and Leroy "Satchel" Paige are now fully integrated into the MLB record books at long, long, last.

"Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you", Satchel famously said.

Indeed.

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Long Game meet up will be required to end all future Dodger losing streaks

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"The fact that the MLB playoffs have expanded to include more than half the teams in the league "

I realize in the USA in 2024 that "facts" aren't always true, but is the Mets fog rubbing off on you? Still 6 of 15 in each league.

Any trade depends what you can get in return, but the Mets should trade Alonso if they can get any kind of prospects for him. Trading doesn't eliminate the chance of resigning him and to the degree it does, that's probably a good thing. Alonso was never as good as his huge HR totals made people think. A guy who is 20-25% above league average and plays a poor defensive 1B is a solid player but not one you want to sign to a long-term deal to build around.

OTOH, they should keep Nimmo who appears to be good if not quite a star, is only at $20M/year, and will be around in 2026 and beyond when the team rebounds. Unless of course, they can trade him and pay down the contract and then reload with multiple top 50 prospects in return.

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I wondered the same thing about the Mets -- how are they so bad with a $300M payroll. In addition to stars (or at least highly paid players who have been terrible) -- Diaz, Quintana, McNeil, and Marte have combined for .2 fWAR -- as you noted. They appear to not have any young players under team control giving solid to star performances for close to league minimum. Though Vientos appears promising.

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Hi Molly! Very well done. Was excited that you all got the doubleheader experience after the rainout. A wonderful outcome to an initial disappointment.

Concur with keep Lindor and Alonso. They're the faces of the franchise and will generate fan interest. They, however, are not centerpieces. Both, despite their own beliefs, are strong supporting players. (Howard Johnson caliber - and NOT Darryl Strawberry or Gary Carter. Perfect comparison with Straw's ceremony only recently concluding as I type.)

I will add that I expected a food review of Citi Field to at least be part of this column. I haven't been there in years...and would have enjoyed the update. As to Shea: I miss it. It was less than ten years old when I saw my first Mets (and MLB) game there. Got to see Seaver at least once there...and that, by itself, made Shea special.

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Respectfully disagree on Lindor. He's a top 10 player in baseball and future Hall of Famer. Criminally underappreciated.

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I have a fondness for Shea too. My memories of going with my father in the summer of ’69 are still very vivid: him wearing a tie & fedora (!!), stopping at his mother’s place on 94th Street in Queens, and the Dad using some unknown magic to introduce me to Gary Gentry, to this day my favorite Met from 1969.

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Great walk up songs can make a bad game seem (almost) fun - case in point:

‘Francisco Lindor walks up to bat to “My Girl” by the Temptations, which is easily the best at-bat song in the league and a treat to hear every 45 minutes or so’

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I became a Mets fan as a teenager a few years after having been cruelly abandoned by my Dodgers and went excitedly to Shea Stadium (via the bus and the number 7 line) many many times. The stadium didn’t age well, though, and from the upper deck you needed a telescope to see the field - those multipurpose stadiums turned out to be a bad idea. We left New York many years ago (and after decades of bad ownership I stopped being a fan), and I haven’t yet had the chance to get to Citi Field, but one day hopefully we will.

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I don’t think there is a single guy on the Mets that is untouchable. Untradeable without a massive salary shit sandwich, No.

I am one who sees Alonso going for more prospects. His power numbers aka solo HRs are his stock in trade, combined with mediocre D and OBP and obviously The Boras Factor means TRADE. Ship him now - season is over for this crew and he brings more value the earlier he goes.

The worst team money can buy, 220 games. Makes Buck’s 2022 work seem like sorcery.

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Thanks for the link to the article on the Negro Leagues. The author certainly articulated a view I support on the need to highlight the importance of the league. Why not get MLB to sponsor a sustained campaign to promote visibility, everything from VIP visits to the museum in Kc to pushing MLB teams to highlight players with a link to their towns?

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