MLB post-season is here. October is gonna be bananas on the diamond.
This is the reason why I love baseball.
As a kid growing up in Brooklyn we played ‘hardball’ often.
There was a vacant lot on 16th street. Technically you can say Windsor Place too. But I gotta be honest, not once did I ever climb the fence on Windsor. That barbed wire…SMH
Kids from all over the neighborhood showed up.
No one got dropped off by a mini-van; you walked or rode your bike.
Some had gloves, some didn’t. I didn’t.
We had one bat, everyone used it. LOL.
It varied as to how many players were on a team. All depends on how many kids showed up that day.
We chose up sides, last kid picked didn’t run home and cry to mommy.
Last kid in the batting order never sulked. He waited his turn to bat.
No adult pitching to us, and most of all, there was no hitting ‘T’ placed in front of home-plate.
No uniforms. No juice boxes. No trophies.
We competed. There was a winner and a loser. There were lessons to be learned. You learned as a ten year-old to figure things out. You didn’t harp on things . You moved on.
Was he out or was he safe? Argument lasted a few seconds. No instant replay.
Who’s up next?
Good luck to all the Major League teams still alive…enjoy the next few weeks.
Final score from Citi-Field.
YANKEES 4 METS 3
Yankees have won 9 of their last 10
Mets have now lost 8 in a row.
Happy to see CC Sabathia of the New York Yankees checking into rehab.
Over the years I have seen alcohol kill people and crush their families. I don’t think we as a society talk about it enough.
The “7” train was rockin’ last night.
Citi-Field was hype.
MLB Network with Bob Costas, John Smoltz and the lovely Sam Ryan were all in the house.
The first place New York Mets took game one of a three game series last night beating the Yankees, 5-1.
Since 2013, the Mets have now won eight out of the last 12 meetings with the Bombers.
The Mets smacked three homers, homers that would make Dave Kingman, Darryl Strawberry and Ed Kranepool smile.
With the game being played in the National league park, the pitchers had to hit. So that meant no DH. Yankee fans knew they were not going to see Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod his draw a walk in the ninth when Joe Girardi sent him up to pinch-hit.
Some notable Mets fans from the neighborhood:
Carmine, Jimmy Vackner, Jimmy Casey, Jack Kelly and Pete Iulo are very happy today.
By the way, Carmine just told me he pitched last night.
With the loss the Yankees fall four and a half games behind the Jays.
Yankee fans Jimmy Cullen, Tommy Hauk, Joe Lee, Patty Byrnes and Anthony Hajjar pissed as fuck today.
Both clubs back at it this afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05.
Wonder who has the biggest crowd in Farrell’s? Mets fans or Yankee fans?
Ralph Kiner, Lindsey Nelson and Bob Murphy.