28 April 2013

Insight from the Mrs.: Did the All-Star break come early?

I just read MetsPolice asking the question, "Hey is anyone else feeling like it’s right after the All Star Break?"

He's not the first person to make that comparison.  He's actually a couple of days behind my lovely wife on that one.

Let me tell you something about my wife.  She may ask me about the same player "Who's that?  Is he new?" three times a week, and she still hasn't quite grasped how to determine which team is home and away, but somehow, she still manages by osmosis to have her finger on the pulse of this team I follow daily, and her insight about the general state of the club never ceases to amaze me. 

Given that context, let me share Mrs. Sparks theory about the Mets recent woes: the consecutive game postponements in Minnesota and Colorado essentially became an early All-Star break.  As I've explored here before, it's not just in our heads: the Mets actually DO tend to suck coming out of the break.  Similarly, the Mets went into the Minneapolis snow-out with a record of 7-4.  Since the snow-out the next day in Denver, they are 3-9.

Perhaps the team's reaction to a couple of days off isn't exclusive to July.

10 April 2013

Regarding the use of the alternate cap...

The original Mr. Met wore his orange-billed cap with his all-white uni.
Just sayin'...

08 April 2013

Blue Monday

Yeah, it's another uniform post, but come on.  How awesome does this look?

Of course, the Metsiverse is still debating the cap choices, but whatchagonnado?

On a more personal note, I think this is the first time since Russell was making MLB unis in the early '00s (and certainly the first time in the Cool Base era) that I was wearing the exact same on-field jersey as the team during a regular-season game. 

(Photo credits: top via MetsBlog, bottom two via Yahoo! Sports)

05 April 2013

Don't the blue jerseys just look awesome?

It's too bad somebody didn't suggest that to the team years ago.  Oh, wait, what's this on some obscure web site dated 1997?  Some guy named "Sparks" with a set of prototype blue Mets jerseys.  Interesting.

199-freaking-7, people.  How does that link even still work?  Anyway, thanks, Kevin Kierst for restoring some sanity to my favorite pro sports franchise's appearance.

01 April 2013


Remember when I said there was a 70% chance of me wearing the new blue road alt on Opening Day? Check out what arrived at my house during the 4th inning:

Name & number by Stitches. Thanks, Russ!