Mets/World Series game watch info

October 27th, 2015 Posted in Mets, Mets Watching, World Series | No Comments »

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If you don’t already know by now, Racine Plumbing in Chicago is the place to be for Mets World Series games. Many thanks to Eddie for all his efforts in helping to arrange this.

You will notice one difference for Game 4 due to a conflict with Notre Dame Football:

World Series Schedule*
Game 1: Tuesday 10/27/2015 at Racine Plumbing – 2642 N. Lincoln Ave
Game 2: Wednesday 10/28/2015 at Racine Plumbing – 2642 N. Lincoln Ave
Game 3: Friday 10/30/2015 at Racine Plumbing – 2642 N. Lincoln Ave
Game 4: Saturday 10/31/2015 at Flagship Tavern and Grill – 1622 W. Belmont Ave
**Game 5: Sunday 11/01/2015 at Racine Plumbing – 2642 N. Lincoln Ave
**Game 6: Tuesday 11/03/2015 at Racine Plumbing – 2642 N. Lincoln Ave
**Game 7: Wednesday 11/04/2015 at Racine Plumbing – 2642 N. Lincoln Ave
*All World Series start times are 7:07PM CST, but as always we encourage you to arrive early if you require a table as they are first come first serve.
** If Necessary

Mets Sweep Cubs, Going to World Series!

October 22nd, 2015 Posted in Mets, Mets games, MLB, NLCS, Wrigley Field | 2 Comments »

View from seat

Steven Matz on the mound

Last night is a night that I will never forget. The Mets beat the Cubs 8-3 to sweep the NLCS to advance to the World Series. I know the Mets were in the World Series in 2000, but this is different. I’m a working adult now, as opposed to a senior in college, and have the fortune to be able to go to big sporting events like last night. Also, what are the odds that they’d be playing in the city I live in, practically in my backyard? It was amazing to witness. This is a completely different team than the one I saw at Wrigley in May. The Cubs were different too, but I did not expect this outcome in four games.

Bartolo Colon

Daniel Murphy home run

Daniel Murphy home run

Since I had to work into the early evening, I arrived to the game at the bottom of the 4th inning and met Nik and our friend at our seats in section 420. The Mets were already up 6-0. I sat down and a few batters later, the Cubs had the bases loaded. Luckily Steven Matz and the Mets escaped by giving up only one run. It was a pretty good going game, with solid relief from Bartolo Colon. Daniel Murphy continued his amazing postseason play by hitting a home run in his sixth straight playoff game. I did have a brief moment of worry when Tyler Clippard gave up a two-run homer to Kris Bryant. It didn’t get any worse as Jeurys Familia came in and secured the win.

Top of the 9th

Mets win!

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Other miscellaneous memories from the night:

Getting on the video board mid-way through the game while wearing my orange David Wright All-Star Game “shirsey.”

Eddie Vedder

Eddie Vedder singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

 

Jeurys Familia

Moving down behind the dugout and slapping hands with Familia.

Coming close to slapping hands with David Wright (see 1:02 into this video.)

Terry Collins champagne

Witnessing Terry Collins spray the crowd with Champagne.

 

Me with Sandy Alderson

A picture with Sandy Alderson on my way out of the stadium.

The full set of pictures, with a lot more on field celebration can be found here.

Mets at Cubs – NLCS Game 3 – Mets 5, Cubs 2

October 21st, 2015 Posted in Mets, Mets games, NLCS, Wrigley Field | 2 Comments »

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I cannot believe the Mets are one win away from going to the World Series!! My co-workers are waiting for me to trash talk and I just can’t do it. I’m not that type of person to begin with but it’s still shocking to me that the Mets are doing this well right now. I can’t wait to be back at Wrigley tonight. Fingers crossed the Mets take care of  business. Before getting too ahead of myself, let’s take a look at last night. There was a handful of fellow fans who came to Merkle’s before the game. The bar was more packed than I expected, but I think every bar along Clark Street was just as busy.  

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The group at Merkle’s

Nik and I had seats in section 237 where we’ve sat several times before. I got the tickets from a Cubs season ticket holder who I’ve bought from before. I absolutely love these seats. You can’t see plays in right field, but the view for everything else is great. (And with the late game rain, we were covered by the overhang!)

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Everyone on the Mets played a role in the game. Jacob deGrom was able to go 7 innings and gave up only 2 runs. The bullpen took over and didn’t give up any runs. On offense, Daniel Murphy kept his hot streak going with another home run. David Wright and Yoenis Cespedes connected on a few hits. Curtis Granderson and Lucas Duda got on base. Wilmer Flores got in on the action with a ground rule double. (Should have been a triple but the ball got stuck in the ivy and Wrigley has special rules for that. Anyway, Terry Collins was none too pleased.)

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It was just a great game all around. The Cubs fans around us were quite nice and rather entertaining. And in case you needed reminding, the Mets won 5-2!!

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Additional pictures from the game can be found here.

Going to the NLCS!

October 16th, 2015 Posted in Mets, NLCS, Playoffs | No Comments »

Holy shit, going to the NLCS!! So great to be at a bar with fellow #Mets fans in Chicago!

It’s been quite a season and the Mets are riding on into the NLCS to play the Cubs! This Mets team is a completely different team than the one I saw at Wrigley in May and it’s just an amazin’ time to be a Mets fan.

I’m still a little speechless that this is all really happening. NLDS game 5 was not an easy game to watch at the beginning. Jacob deGrom was off. The Mets left guys on base. It wasn’t pretty. But holy shit, Daniel Murphy. If they gave out MVP awards each round, he’d be the run away winner of this NLDS. He’s so locked in. And deGrom battled, limiting the damage and still keeping the Mets in it. I can’t wait for the NLCS to start.

Fellow Met fan here in Chicago, Eddie Cisneros, has been the organizer of the game watches. There’s been an incredible turnout of Mets fans at Racine Plumbing all through the NLDS.

Due to a sports scheduling conflict, game 1, and only game 1, of the NLCS will be at Crossroads Public House. They are located at 2630 N. Clark Street. Game 2 and beyond will be back at Racine Plumbing.

As a reminder, there is now a Facebook group for Mets fans in Chicago. It’s a one-stop landing spot for the latest on game watches and friendly conversation among fans.

Let’s keep it going! I’ll be at Wrigley for game 3. Let’s go Mets!

Dodgers at Mets – NLDS Game 4

October 15th, 2015 Posted in Mets games, NLDS | 1 Comment »
Citi Field, NLDS Game 4 panoramic

Panoramic view from my seat

Ed Charles and Ron Swoboda First Pitch

Ed Charles and Ron Swoboda First Pitch

I was back at Citi Field for NLDS game 4. Unfortunately the results were not as good as the night before, but I’m glad to have gone. The atmosphere was again loud and exciting until the later innings when the Mets couldn’t muster up any offense. Steven Matz was on the mound and he cruised through his first two innings, but then he ran into some trouble. 

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Steven Matz

The Dodgers went up 3-0 and an inning later Daniel Murphy hit a solo shot to put the Mets on the board. And that was about it. Credit to Clayton Kershaw for having a good outing. I just wish he was off his game a little.

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Clayton Kershaw

Full set of pictures is here.

Dodgers at Mets – NLDS Game 3

October 13th, 2015 Posted in Citi Field, NLDS, Playoffs | No Comments »

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2006 was the last time the Mets were in the playoffs and I was lucky enough to see a few games. (My 2006 NLDS pictures. 2006 NLCS Game 1 pictures. 2006 NLCS Game 2 pictures.) Fast forward to the present and the Mets are back in the playoffs and I’m again lucky to be able to travel in from Chicago for the NLDS games against the Dodgers.

Jackie Robinson Rotunda

NLDS game 3 on Monday night was incredible. From every member of the Dodgers getting heavily booed, to the surprise of seeing Ruben Tejada lined up with his team to Rusty Staub’s ceremonial first pitch to Tim Teufel.

Ruben Tejada!

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Rusty Staub first pitch

Matt Harvey was on the mound which always brings extra excitement. After an initial delay of the Dodgers replay equipment (very fitting) not working, Harvey got started. You could somewhat tell that it was going to be one of those games where he battled. He went 5 innings giving up 3 runs.

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On the rest of the pitching front, Bartolo Colon and Addison Reed came in from the pen and did well. Erik Goeddel came in too, but didn’t do well, giving up 3 runs without even recording an out. Jeurys Familia came in and took care of business to help the Mets hold on for the win.

Bartolo Colon

Jeurys Familia

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Luckily, the Mets offense came alive and though the team was down early, they took a lead and never looked back. Travis d’Arnaud and Curtis Grandson got things going in the 2nd and d’Arnaud kept his big game going again in the 3rd with a two-run home run. Later, the Dodgers intentionally walked David Wright. And it backfired.

Travis d'Arnaud home run

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If Citi Field had a roof, it might’ve blown off when Yoenis Céspedes went deep in the 4th. His home run was lined off his bat and everyone knew it. And his bat flip was epic:

 

Mets win!

Mets win!

It was a great, great night. Even better? I was there with my dad.

My dad and I

Full set of pictures is here. All in-game pictures taken from section 507.

Playoff Game Watches!

October 1st, 2015 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

It’s finally time that the Mets are back in the playoffs! The pitching we have and the trade deadline additions have made it an exciting second half of the season. That said, there will be some game watches at a NY friendly place: Racine Plumbing located at 2642 N Lincoln Avenue. NLDS game 1 vs. the Dodgers will be Friday October 9 at 8:45 CT. Game 2 is Saturday October 10 at 8:07 CT. Come on out and watch with fellow fans!

Shameless plug, the last time the Mets were in the NLDS, they beat the Dodgers and I was there:

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If you haven’t already, join the Mets Fans in Chicago Facebook Group for the most up-to-date information and conversation among the local fans. A little more information about the game watches is below in the picture. Hope to see you and let’s go Mets!

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Mets/Cubs – Wrigley 2015

May 15th, 2015 Posted in Mets, Mets games, Wrigley Field | 1 Comment »

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Panoramic View from 237

For the second season in a row, the Mets were swept by the Cubs at Wrigley Field. I was there for every game and combined with the cooler temps, it was more miserable than you could imagine. The Mets should have at least won on Wednesday and Thursday.

Without further ado, a quick summary and a lot of pictures from the series:

Monday May 11, 2015

Jacob deGrom

Jacob deGrom vs. Jon Lester. 2014 NL Rookie of the Year vs. highly paid veteran. The game was off to a rocky start when the Mets were retired in order to start the game. In the bottom of the 1st, the Cubs’ Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo hit back-to-back home runs to give the Cubs a 3-0 lead. Luckily the Mets got it back with back-to-back homers of their own from Lucas Duda and Wilmer Flores to cut the lead. The Mets were able to get some other runners on base, but the bats couldn’t get them home and lost 4-3.

Lucas Duda home run

Wilmer Flores home run

Other notes: This was my first game at Wrigley this season and my first chance to see the new video boards. I think they are great. Video replays on the left field video board were pretty instant and crystal clear. The information on the right field board was also great. I didn’t need to scramble and write down when a new pitcher or pinch hitter was announced. The information was always on the screen. The Mets even challenged a call last night and there were sharp graphics to show that!

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*Full set of pictures here.

Tuesday May 12, 2015

It was Noah night! The debut of Mets phenom prospect Noah Syndergaard vs. Cubs’ Jake Arrieta. Both pitchers were cruising along until Syndergaard gave up a few runs. It was the same ole story where the Mets couldn’t get any offense going and ultimately lost 6-1. Sitting behind home for the second half of the game to see him pitch was great though.

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Jake Arrieta, Johnny Monell

*Full set of pictures here.

Wednesday May 13, 2015

Harvey Day! By this point, everyone was expecting a win. Matt Harvey did his part, throwing 99 pitches, 69 of them for strikes, over 7 innings. Not only was it the offense that let him down, but the bullpen too. Carlos Torres struggled and gave up the tying run. Jeurys Familia came in for the 9th and walked in the winning run. Mets lost 2-1.

Silver lining: with seats right behind home plate, it was a treat to watch Matt Harvey:

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Matt Harvey, Starlin Castro

 

*Full set of pictures here.

Thursday May 14, 2015

The one game of the series where the Mets had a good lead, 5-1, at one point. Anthony Recker hit home runs in back-to-back at bats. Wilmer Flores had a homer of his own. Jon Niese pitched alright, but once the lead was gone, the wheels fell off and the Mets lost 6-5.

Jon Niese

Anthony Recker home run

Wilmer Flores home run

Anthony Recker home run #2

Jack Leathersich

 

*Full set of pictures here.

Overall, the series stunk. The Mets should have won at least two games and even a third. I can only hope the games next year are warmer and have better outcomes.

Juan Lagares Steals Second Base

May 12th, 2015 Posted in Mets, Wrigley Field | No Comments »

At Monday’s Mets/Cubs game, I just so happened to have my camera focused on Juan Lagares at first base. It paid off for me when he stole second:

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Juan Lagares steals 2nd

Juan Lagares steals 2nd

Harvey Day at Citi Field

April 24th, 2015 Posted in Citi Field, Mets, Mets games | No Comments »

Happy #HarveyDay!

I usually make at least one spring trip to NY and try to tie in a Mets game. When Nik and I planned this years spring trip a few months ago, we picked the April 19 game against the Marlins because it was the only day game they were playing during our trip. As the game approached, the pitching rotation aligned that we would see Matt Harvey.

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It came out after the game ended that Harvey was a little under the weather. I guess it showed in his pitching, but luckily the offense performed so well, you didn’t notice that he was missing a little something on his pitches. The Mets exploded for seven runs in the 4th inning and held a lead the whole game. The Mets gave up a few late runs, but they held it together and picked up the 7-6 win.

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We had seats in section 109, row 15 and they were great for such a sunny day. Once you got into the shade of the concourse it was pretty cold because of the wind coming through. A bonus was the cute dog parade before the game for Bark at the Park.

Bark at the Park

It was great to see the Mets sweep another series and continue rolling along. It makes me even more excited that I’ll see the team again in about 2 weeks at Wrigley. I have tickets to all four games. I think since living in Chicago, (moved here in 2007), I’ve only missed seeing the Mets once, and that was because of a conflict with Pearl Jam’s night at Lollapalooza.

Mets win. Familia with the save

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**Full set of pictures is here.