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(Editor’s Note: Andrew is the writer of the The ‘Ropolitans Mets blog, which I highly recommend. He’s blogged here before about tomatoes, but this time he took a more serious route.)

Barring some unforeseen changes to the situation between Adam Rubin and Omar Minaya, here is my take on the matter.

One of the first things I learned in my journalism classes was to never make yourself part of the story. Yesterday, Rubin had no control over it. Minaya pulled his name out and tried to drag it through the mud. Rubin had to respond with a press conference of his own to clear up the insanity.

Most people are taking sides on it, but I stand firmly in the middle. Both parties were wrong.

Rubin, though interested in a job in baseball, should not continually (or even once) “lobby” for a position or even inquire with officials of the team he is covering. Maybe another team, in another league. Maybe. Otherwise, this just seems like a huge conflict of interest if anyone does lend a hand his way while he may be covering the team.

Edit: Rubin said something to the effect of talking to people about a career in baseball. That might not be lobbying (hence the ” “) but it is something to note. Minaya could be fabricating this “continuing lobbied” story, or it could be true. Even if Rubin once asked Jeff Wilpon or anyone else with the Mets about a job with the team, I think he crossed some line.

Minaya, though somewhat just in his suspicions, should not have slapped this on Rubin during the press conference that was being broadcast on TV. If he took Rubin aside and spoke to him, that would have been fine.

Rubin should, and has, stood by his reporting. His articles brought to light a very serious matter within the Mets and they conducted their own investigation because of it. The team must have found something to back up Rubin’s story, otherwise Tony Bernanzard would still be employed.

Sure, it could have just come from fan pressure that they let Bernazard go, but I don’t see that being the reason. They must have found a red flag (or a few) in order to go through with canning a dear friend of Minaya and Jeff Wilpon.

Rubin did some great reporting to break the story and defended himself against the acqusations that he was gunning for Bernazard’s job. But Rubin did trip up in his press conference and appearance on TV afterwards.

He said, on many occasions, that he doesn’t know how he’s going to cover the Mets anymore after this.

That’s a big no-no to me. As a journalist, you have to stay emotionally separate from your story or beat. You cannot spill emotion into a news article. That’s for a columnist or fluff article. You must report the facts whether you like them or not, because what you think as a reporter doesn’t really matter.

If you do see a discrepancy or some fault, you can further investigate, but your personal feelings should never, ever creep into your articles.

If he believes that, as a reporter, he won’t be able to continue to find the true facts on the team, that may be one thing. I don’t believe that was what he was alluding to, though.

So both Minaya and Rubin were at fault. Minaya should not lose his job over this. Either should Rubin (though as he said, he doesn’t know how he’s going to cover the team anymore). Both probably said things they would take back in a second.

This story seems like it has some legs and will keep chugging along for a few days, at the least. As a journalist, it is fascinating and horrifying to watch.

It might be more exciting than the Mets season.


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(Editor’s Note: My buddy Jon Schneider is interning for SNY this summer, working on their multiple blogs. He gave me this guest blog about his experiences at Citi Field so far.)

This past Tuesday and Wednesday, I went to what were my 8th and 9th games at the new CITI field, and I have to say, I like it a little more every time I go. At this point, I’ve sat at almost every vantage point from the stadium, ranging from behind home plate in the padded seats to the upper upper deck all the way in right field. I’ve seen the Caesars club in the excelsior level and the Acela club as well. I’ve been through the tunnel, in the bullpen, and in the Mets clubhouse. If you ask me, I think we (the Mets) did it right)

The Food: As most Met fans like to do, the first thing we think of is, how it compares to the Yankees. Well, as we all know the Yankees also opened up their new stadium and I have to say that besides those fantastic garlic fries, Yankee stadium is to CITI field as Qdoba is to Chipotle. Let me give you an example: I am a man who loves his spicy Italian sausage with the peppers and onions when I go to a game. And so after going to both games and getting the same Premio Italian sausage, I came to these conclusions

1. CITI’s sausage was twice the size and 50c cheaper

2. the peppers and onions were fresh off the grill at CITI, at Yankee they looked like they were taken out of a can.

3. And that’s just the sausages.

And please do not get me started on the topping stands located throughout the magnificent Mets’ stadium. To call it fantastic would be an understatement. I’m talking fresh chopped tomatoes, onions, oodles of different sauces, regular sauerkraut, hot sauerkraut…you name it

Besides food, CITI field is a beautiful stadium aesthetically. The only thing it may lack is the “met feel” that some fans desire..and rightfully so. Conversely, that’s about the only thing that Yankee stadium does not lack…but that’s beside the point.

I would say throughout the first half of this season, the stadium did lack a bit of a “fan presence.” I think the new ballpark itself drew a lot of the fans away from watching the game and brought them to want to walk around, check out the shake shack out in center, look at the new restaurant, and not stop looking at the absurd amount of advertisements. I think, and I hope that the new stadium allure starts to ware off and people start watching the game more. There have been some crucial points in games where you would think the fans would be on their feet, but were not.

Overall, the stadium is state of the art. It does not lack in the amenties department, maybe just a bit in the Mets one.

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(Lenny Neslin, my colleague in student media at Quinnipiac operates a Yankees blog.Since I occasionally get tired of putting together thoughtful posts, I let him take over for a post.)

Watching the Yankees lose last night reminded me of my golf game so far this season. One of the most important parts of golf is hitting a good tee shot. Even as an 8-handicapper, I have struggled mightily so far with the driver. The other aspects of my game have been pretty decent—ball striking, chipping and putting—but without a good start, those skills are worthless.

It’s been the same way with the Yankees. Their starters (my driver) have been downright awful against the Red Sox this season. With a 7.01 ERA in seven losses, I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say that the two numbers have some correlation.

It’s amazing how the this analogy continues to work as it goes deeper. My strengths in golf are similar to the strengths for the Yankees. Take my good short game as an example. Chipping and putting are the last steps to each hole, so it’s the same thing as closing. Just like my short game, the Yankees are very good at closing too. Mariano Rivera is one of the top closers of all time—not to say I have one of the best short games of all time—and he is having another good season.

The last analogy is my ball striking compared to the Yankees offense. Both are key components to their respective sports, and we are both good at them. One of the best stats to judge ball striking is how many greens in regulation (GIR) you hit. On a really good day, I’ll hit up to 13 GIR, but I’ll go as low as 4-5 on a bad day. Obviously, the best judge of a good offense in baseball is how may runs the team scores. The Yankees will score four runs or less on a bad day and will score over 10 on a good day. I think it’s pretty cool how close my number of GIR and the Yankees’ number of runs per game compare to each other.

That’s all I got! Thanks, Jeremy!

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(Editor’s Note: Andrew writes Scott Proctor’s Arm, a fantastic Yankees blog. When I offered him a guest blogging slot and said he could blog about anything, he took it literally, and here’s the result. And please note, the opinions expressed by the guest blogger are those solely of the guest blogger and may not represent those of the editor.)

I have a major issue with headphones, also known as earphones or earbuds, but whoever calls it that should be shot in the face immediately.

I don’t like many things in life, but headphones are at the top of the list. For starters, people look absolutely ridiculous in them. I always want to laugh at someone who’s wearing those gigantic headphones that look like they belong on the tarmac of an airport. Why are these in style? Seriously. I thought things are supposed to be getting smaller nowadays.

I also have a problem with the iPod headphones. You know, the trademark white wires. There was a time when that was a safety concern on mass transit. Displaying the white wires on the New York City subway could essentially be equated to wearing red in a Crip stronghold in South Central. You just don’t do it.

I hate how when you take off headphones, it still feels like you’re wearing them. There’s a reason why you took them off. I hate that feeling. It haunts you, for at least 15 minutes. It’s torture. It also bothers me how easily they fall out of your ear. Have you ever tried lying down with those things in your ear? It’s impossible.

Noise-cancelling headphones are super expensive, and are only worth it in extreme circumstances. Like we don’t have enough things to worry about in this economy. Oh no, my father worked for Citigroup and is now out of a job. It’s OK, I’m going to spend $90 so I don’t hear the airplane’s engine on my $1,000 flight.

Most audio products come with warnings that if you play it too loudly, you can damage your ears. That’s all the headphones’ fault. Would you buy a product that could make you blind or take away your sense of smell? No!

Headphones: bad for your health, bad for America and bad for freedom.

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(Editor’s Note: Andrew is the writer of the The ‘Ropolitans Mets blog, which I highly recommend. When I offered him a guest blogging slot and said he could blog about anything, including tomatoes, he took it literally, and here’s the result. And please note, the opinions expressed by the guest blogger are those solely of the guest blogger and may not represent those of the editor.)


What a disgusting food. These little red vegetables may be one of the most repulsive things I’ve ever put in my mouth, and don’t think that list is exclusively food.

The tomato needs to choose a consistency. Are you going to be chewy? Are you going to be gooey? Do you have a skin? What’s with these seeds? Whatever you are, I despise you.

You’re not even tasty when you’re ground up into a near-liquid and placed in a bottle. You look like blood, and by rule, I never eat anything that looks like blood — or has blood in the name. Ketchup, or catsup as you are sometimes referred, could be taken off the market, and I would not be sad. You are a vile food when you must be chewed or when you can be eaten through a straw.

I don’t like how you look either. You sort of remind me of the gentle curves of a woman’s body, but you are so bright red, you hurt my eyes. I’ve never smelled a tomato, but I assume they smell poorly.

So sight, taste and smell are all negatives in my eyes. Then I ask why – WHY? – is the tomato so popular?!?!? Yuck.

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Editor’s Note: Ben blogs here about his thoughts on the state of Yankees. These are views shared by Ben, and may not represent the views of Jeremy. If anyone wishes to guest blog, contact me, and they can.

A season ticket-holder from 2001 to 2007 and a fan since he was introduced to Major League Baseball in the mid-nineties, how could one be an avid fan one moment only to become a hater soon after. The answer is years of being disgusted with the New York Yankees organizational ways. How can a team which cherishes history time after time throw some of its history to the side in exchange for money or something better than what they had?

As Yankee Stadium enters the 2008 season, about to host the Mid-Summer Classic, it will eventually close its doors to millions of Yankee fans everywhere from history. A team and its fans that only talk about history will have the setting of most it taken away from them as the wrecking balls destroy the frame of it for a parking lot. The lot that will probably cost $20 to park a car (Only to include for a family of four to buy $400 worth of seats in the upper level).

Yea they are building it to resemble the old stadium but will it really be the same? What was wrong with the original/reconstructed stadium? Problem was that it didn’t have the luxury boxes the Steinbrenner family terribly wanted to make more and more money. Can you imagine Fenway Park or Wrigley Field being demolished so they can make a new stadium with luxury boxes? There would be a protest or maybe even a riot in the cities of Boston and Northern Chicago. Maybe it’s the attitude New York City in general has; when something gets old you knock it down and build something bigger and grander.

That bigger and grander thing has not only happened with the stadium but with recent historical players and coaches. In 1995 the Yankees just learned how to open the basement door and see the light outside. The following year Joe Torre helped lead the team to its first world title since 1978. He would go on to lead them to 3 more titles and manage the Yankees to a postseason every year he was there. Just to think the team made the playoffs only once in a shade under 15 years. After all was said and done you would think Joe Torre would have the right to go down retiring on his own. With that “I think its time to just move on after a great run and go down and play some golf in Florida.” Instead he didn’t get that he got one of the most humiliating fiascos in recent sports history. Not only was he slapped in the face with a terrible offer but the Yankees pretty much told him, “We don’t want you anymore”. Truly a shame because if everything went well there would have been a Joe Torre day (in the new more expensive stadium) and the world would be dandy. Instead who knows if Joe Torre will ever want anything to do with the Yankees?

In another recent case, longtime player Bernie Williams was given a humiliating contract offer after years of service. In the top 10 of many Yankees historical batting categories, a batting title, ALCS MVP, and many Gold Gloves and All-Star appearances and in return he gets thrown to the side. Yes, Bernie Williams was way past his prime or even a starting job in centerfield, but to offer him a spring training invitation minor league contract was a joke.

After all my rants about how the Yankees are in MY mind I truly believe I have just shown what a horrible organization they are. Ownership always is looking for something better than they have (i.e. Giambi over Tino, Sheffield over Pettitte, almost Santana over youth)

Feel free to comment (Brownbennie8130@yahoo.com)

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