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Pepper: Mets winning on and off the field

Posted on: April 25, 2011 11:17 am


By Evan Brunell

AMAZING CALLS: The Mets have instituted a new program this season where Mets players will phone citzens for various reasons, including sad ones.

Such a call led to the arrival of John Falcone and family to Citi Field, mere months after John's son, also named John, was shot to death after saving a 3-year-old from the assailant in Poughskeepie, N.Y. The Falcones came to Citi Field Saturday to watch the Mets eventually defeat the Diamondbacks after David Wright told the family the club would do their best to win for them.

"More than anything, you just hope that for at least one afternoon, they can get their minds away from the tragedy," Wright said.

The Falcone family spoke to multiple Mets players and were allowed on the field prior to the game. They were given seats three rows behind first base and came away with signed baseballs. Needless to say, John and wife Margaret were "overwhelmed" by what the Mets had done for them.

"You have this deep emotional connection between fans and the team, and if you can bring some joy and momentary happiness, of course you want to do it whenever you can," Mets vice president Dave Howard said.

Credit the Mets -- and David Wright, the son of a police officer -- taking a great idea and helping to make a difference. (New York Post)

BASEBALL TODAY: Will Jason Bay's return catapult his team back into contention? Andy McCullough of The Star-Ledger joins Lauren Shehadi to talk about the Mets and the rest of the NL East.

CONSISTENCY: Being in the starting lineup every day and not having to worry about a demotion has worked wonders for new Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin, whose biggest question in his bat is coming around. (North County Times)

HOUSEKEEPING MEANS MASSAGING: To Lenny Dykstra, if you're hired to clean his house, you also need to give him a massage while the former major-league star is buck naked. That's what happened to a potential employee when she interviewed for the housekeeping position. Police are now investigating charges of lewd conduct. (TMZ)

DIETING: Athletics relief pitcher Brad Ziegler could be primed for a big year. The submarining reliever is receiving treatment for childhood asthma, which he believed he no longer suffered from, as well as starting a new diet as his body does not handle milk, eggs or gluten well. Ziegler can already notice a significant difference. (San Francisco Chronicle)

KEEP YOUR PANTS ON: Hanley Ramirez is running out of ways to snap out of the slump that's plagued him in the early going and is turning to superstition to help. He tried wearing high socks, then abandoned them, but no luck. What's next? "Maybe no pants," Ramirez suggested. Something tells me he won't go to that extreme. (Miami Herald)

REHAB TIME: Domonic Brown will begin a rehab assignment later this week in his return from a fractured hamate bone. While Ben Francisco has been equipping himself fine as the starting right fielder, you can bet the Phillies can't wait to see what Brown can do. (

HOLD IT: Can you imagine umpiring a 33-inning game? Take it from someone who's umpired Little League games -- even umpiring those games is no picnic, so imagine how tough Denny Cregg had it as home-plate umpire. But then ratchet it up a notch, as Cregg reveals on the 30-year anniversary of the game, and factor in not going to the bathroom even once during the whole affair. (

INSPIRATIONAL: Or something like it. Take a listen to Tim "Wild Thang" Lepard, who delivered an "inspirational" speech during a minor-league baseball game last season replete with monkeys riding dogs. You read that right. (Youtube)

BASEBALL FAMILY: Bernie Stowe has been part of the Reds' clubhouse for 65 years, and it's grown into a family affair as his two sons pilot the home and visitor's clubhouse. A nice profile on people with deep connections to baseball that you never hear about. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:01 am

Pepper: Mets winning on and off the field

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Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2011 7:10 pm

Pepper: Mets winning on and off the field

I always thought that David Wright would look good in red pinstripes.  He'd hit 40 every year in CBP.  When is he a free-agent?  Damn, I know he'll be a Phillie!

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2011 5:32 pm

Pepper: Mets winning on and off the field

I guess being 9-13 is considered winning on the field.
 He meant on Sunday. They have won 4 straight as well.

Even Phillies fans have to admit David Wright is not only a good player, but a really good guy. He not only reached out to this family, but he's the guy who played catch for  15 minutes In Atlanta with young kids. Wright was raised right and gives back. He gets it while so many athletes don't.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:12 pm

Pepper: Mets winning on and off the field

I guess being 9-13 is considered winning on the field.

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: April 25, 2011 12:56 pm

Pepper: Mets winning on and off the field

So when did the Mets start winning on the field?

Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2011 12:51 pm

Pepper: Mets winning on and off the field

Classy move by David Wright and the Mets organization as a whole.  As a Phillies fan, I for one wish the Mets/Phillies rivaly will some day be rekindled to the 2005-2007 time brother is a Mets fan, and we attended many classic Phils Mets games during that time frame when there was a "changing of the guard" in the NL East...great memories. 

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