Savoring the green, green grass of spring … training

It’s bracingly, frighteningly, stubbornly cold still in Syracuse, with snow on the ground. March can be a bear. And so when my TV guide tells me that my New York Mets are being beamed from a spring training game in Florida, I will land there for a moment. The Mets are playing a Saturday contest…

Meet the Mets? Just go to the Hall of Fame

Of course I know the lyrics to the song Meet the Mets. It’s been playing in my brain since the early 1960s when Jane Jarvis would play it on the Shea Stadium organ and the crowd would be coaxed to sing along “bring your kiddies, bring your wife, guaranteed to have the time of your…

So much baseball has hit my senses

I started following baseball before kindergarten. No kidding. So when I consider exhibits from the Hall of Fame and Museum that cover my lifetime, yes, I must include the striking photograph of great Pittsburgh Pirate and humanitarian Roberto Clemente. He had 3,000 hits, sure. Of greater importance, the native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, died…

A must for baseball fans of all ages

I closed my eyes and imagined … They wore those uniforms. They hit that ball, swung that bat. They were the heroes of so many throughout the world. Put your favorite baseball dream at the start of each sentence, and you’re likely to find it at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown.…

Baseball, please, Hot Stove style

The Syracuse Chiefs Hot Stove Dinner warmed me up for the 2017 baseball season last Friday night. When my dear wife Karen asked me if I’d like her to say yes to two tickets offered to her at her job at Syracuse Media Group, I said yes in a flash. This baseball fan was ready…

Let the fireworks dazzle over and in CitiField

When our hometown Syracuse Chiefs set off their post game fireworks, the pretty pyro takes place from behind the center-field fence. Which I always thought was good and proper as my dear wife Karen and wonderful daughter Elisabeth and fantastic significant George Three have enjoyed many Triple-A fireworks displays and left NBT Bank Stadium very…

A win for the Mets, and the comeback continues

In the National League East, my New York Mets and the Washington Nationals have a rivalry going. My dear wife Karen and I were glad it was the team from our nation’s capital that would be in the other dugout when we drove down from Syracuse with terrific daughter Elisabeth and outstanding significant George Three…

Meet the Mets … and Dory, Erin, James …

That trip to CitiField to see the Mets play the Nationals two weekends back was exactly what our family needed on the night before the services for my sweet middle sister Frannie. My dear wife Karen and I had planned for more than a month to drive down from Syracuse with terrific daughter Elisabeth and…

Meet the Mets come Labor Day Weekend

My dear wife Karen came up with a great idea for Labor Day weekend, and I did my best to make it work for 10 folks who live hundreds of miles apart. Why not get terrific daughter Elisabeth and outstanding significant George Three to join us in Syracuse to travel to Citi Field in Flushing.…