Archive for January, 2007

Waxing

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

 

Crain’s New York Business reports that David Wright will probably be immortalized in wax at Madame Tussaud’s wax museum on 42nd Street.  He will join Babe Ruth, Joe Di Maggio, Mickey Mantle, Derek Jeter, and George Steinbrenner who already represent the other team in the city.

I suppose this is good.  David, and this is not an insult, has a good face for wax.  His features are very regular.  If, God forbid, he is ever traded, they can use his statue, or effigy, or whatever you would call it, for someone else. 

So where are they going to put him?  Is he going to be with the five Yankees, maybe standing a little bit off to the side?  Isn’t it going to look funny to have five Yankees and one Met?  When they had no Mets, you might not have noticed the imbalance.  Now you notice it.  I hope they have a little sign that will explain in several languages why the NY on his hat is orange. 

Madame Tussauds is mainly for foreign tourists (whom I welcome to New York!) and foreign tourists don’t know about the Mets.  Wherever I’ve traveled, I’ve seen Yankee hats that people have purchased as souvenirs.  The only place I’ve seen Mets hats has been Greece, where everyone has cousins in Queens.

Hell, there are kids in New York City who don’t know who the Mets are.  The Mets do get famous, but it happens according to a wave pattern whose formula I’d love to have.  The Yankees are always famous.  They will always be the most famous baseball team.  There’s nothing that can be done about this.  Their myth-making machine has been working overtime for a century.  Ours is much younger and it cranks up from time to time and then it just stops.

Babe Ruth is Babe Ruth, after all.  He was larger than life and he deserves to be a deity.  Joe DiMaggio was a hero to The Old Man and the Sea and to Mrs. Robinson.  We’ve had Seaver and Piazza, but they’ve never had the opportunity to find their way into the world’s imagination in the way these great Yankees have.  Probably the most famous Met in the world is Keith Hernandez, thanks to Jerry Seinfeld.

Well, we have those episodes of “Seinfeld,” and the film “Frequency,” and the excellent neglected film “Used People.”  And there’s that episode of “Everybody Loves Raymond.”  And now we get a wax statue.  But that’s it.  And it’s not enough.  It’s nothing compared to “The Pride of the Yankees,” a film that even a Yankee-hater like me loves.

The wax statue of David is a start.  But let’s keep the ball rolling.  A few more exciting seasons from an exciting team.  Maybe a couple of movies.  Maybe a museum in CitiField celebrating our glorious history so that at least Mets fans will know what and where we’ve been.   A Triple-A affiliate in Shanghai?  Let’s be creative.  Let’s convince the world of something that almost half of all New Yorkers already believe:  that we, and not them, are New York’s real team.
 

News About the Book!

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

I am writing to announce that my book, which has the working title of Mets Fan, is finished.  I sent the manuscript out this afternoon.  It will be published by McFarland, the world’s leading publisher of serious books about baseball.  If everything goes as I hope it will, the book will be published this fall, just as the Mets are winning their third World Championship.  I want to thank all readers of this blog for their encouragement and their interest.  I’ll have news about the book on the blog from time to time.  And I expect the blog to become more active in the coming weeks as we get closer and closer to pitchers and catchers.  Please check out the final table of contents of the book on my main website, metsfanbook.com.  Thank you, everybody.  And Lets Go Mets!

Best Mets Seasons at Each Position

Friday, January 12th, 2007

Two of the best Mets blogs, MetsBlog and Hotfoot, have recently been making all-time Mets lists.  Great idea for hot stove!  Much better than making lists of still-available free-agent pitchers with losing records and E.R.A.s above 4.50!  Here’s my list for the best Mets seasons ever at each position.  What do you think?  Am I shortchanging anyone?

Best Mets Seasons Ever at Each Position:

1B –Olerud, 1998
2B – Alfonzo, 2000
SS -  Reyes, 2006
3B – Wright, 2006
LF – Jones, 1969
CF – Beltran, 2006
RF – Strawberry, 1987
C – Piazza, 2000
RHP – Gooden, 1985
LHP – Koosman, 1976
RH reliever – Lockwood, 1976
LH reliever – Orosco, 1983

Hibernating

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

Several loyal readers of this blog have e-mailed me to make sure that I’m still blogging.  I am, I’m just hibernating.  Part of the reason for this is that I find that I don’t have all that much to say.  Has this been a relatively uneventful, even uninteresting offseason or what?  The real, super-duper up-to-the-minute Mets blogs (see my list of links) are doing an excellent job of providing all of the information any of us need to have at this point.  I read them with pleasure every day.  My pretend blog cannot offer such service.  I do impressions, I guess, rather than news and I’m not getting many impressions these days.  Look for me to become more active as we get closer to pitchers and catchers. 

Look also for a post in just a few days containing great news about my forthcoming book (I can’t say anything official about this until I actually sign the contract, which will happen in a few days).  But those of you who have been so encouraging about the book can be told that the book is done and it will be published and if all goes according to plan, it should come out right around the time the Mets are winning their third World Championship this fall.  Stay tuned.