New York Mets

MLB:

In baseball, in the American League, the Blue Jays remain atop the AL East with a 1 ½ game lead over New York after the Yankees beat Boston 3-1, Toronto topped Cleveland 5-3 in 10 innings, Tampa Bay crushed Baltimore 11-2, Minnesota beat the White Sox 8-6, Detroit edged Kansas City 6-5, Seattle bested Houston 7-5, and it was the Angels over Oakland 6-2.

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MLB:

In baseball, in the American League, Boston edged the Yankees 4-3 which puts New York back 1 ½ games behind the Blue Jays in the AL East, Cleveland doubled up Toronto 4-2, Tampa Bay bested Baltimore 6-3, Houston won against Seattle 8-3, and it was Oakland over the Angels 11-5.

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IndyCar:

IndyCar driver Justin Wilson has died at 37 from a head injury suffered when a piece of debris from another car struck him during Sunday's race at Pocono Raceway. Wilson's vehicle veered into an interior wall at the track, and he was swiftly taken by helicopter to a hospital. Wilson is the first IndyCar driver to die because of an on-track accident since Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon in the 2011 season finale at Las Vegas.

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The sports world is full of interesting stories, from the impending start of the National Football League pre-season to the fact that we could be looking at another Subway Series between the Mets and the Yankees this year. Our resident sports nut and WAMC News Director Ian Pickus is here and we’re going to talk sports. 

  

  Mookie Wilson already had a successful baseball career before Game 6 of the 1986 Mets-Red Sox World Series made him one of the most iconic figures in baseball. The ball that went between Bill Buckner’s legs at first base was the play that turned the series and team morale around for the Mets.

In a team of larger than life characters like Keith Hernandez, Dwight Eugene "Doc" Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, and Lenny Dykstra, Mookie is one of the most beloved and revered Mets to this day.

He writes about his career and life in his book Mookie: Life, Baseball, and the '86 Mets. He shares stories of that triumphant year from the dugout, as well as his early life in the rural south, his time in the minor leagues, and being called up to play as a Met.

Keith Strudler: A Shorter Porch At Citi Field

Nov 19, 2014

It will be slightly easier to swing for the fences next year in New York’s Citi Field. That’s because those barriers have been moved slightly closer to home plate. Around 10 ten feet in right center field. This is the second time those pearly gates have moved in since the parks opening in 2009, both moves done to create more regular home run opportunities for Mets power hitters. This time it’s so that Curtis Granderson and others might reap the benefits of what this year were simply near misses. That, according to Mets logic, would increase Mets scoring, let them win more games, and, by default, fill seats, of which there will be a few more thanks to the extra space in right field.

MLB:

In Major League Baseball, in the American League, the New York Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox 7-4 yesterday to complete a three-game sweep. Pinch-hitter Brian McCann lined a three-run homer with two outs in the 10th inning. Ichiro Suzuki had a two-run single and the Yankees rallied for their fourth straight victory following a 2-7 slide.

Ed Lucas

Dec 18, 2013

    For the last several weeks, we have had a terrific team of interns helping with the task of putting this and other WAMC programs on the air. Throughout the semester, you have heard from our other interns - Patrick Garrett and Josh Natoli. This morning you will hear from Blaise Bryant.

Blaise is a senior at the College of St. Rose in Albany and is a Communications major. He is also blind. With a lifelong interest in sports and sports broadcasting, Blaise speaks this morning with one of his heroes, Ed Lucas.

For nearly 55 years, journalist Ed Lucas has proven there are no true handicaps in life. Despite his dreams of making baseball's big leagues, Lucas lost his sight at the age of 12 after being hit in the face with a line-drive. While unable to play the game, he has been a presence in the New York sports scene for more than half a century as a reporter covering the Yankees and Mets.

    From profanity-laced clubhouse tirades and outspoken opinions on the state of the game to tears at an emotional funeral for his murdered granddaughter, Dallas Green tells his story for the first time in this autobiography. In his nearly 60 years in baseball as a pitcher; manager of three franchises, including both New York squads, the Mets and Yankees; general manager; and executive, Dallas Green has never minced words or shied away from making enemies.

This larger-than-life baseball personality shares insights from the mound, the dugout, and the front office as well as anecdotes of some of the game’s biggest stars and encounters with the press, player agents, and the unions.

Making it through 50 of anything is quite an accomplishment. Going to 50 baseball games in a lifetime, for people not in the industry, is a feat likely held by a slight percentage of fans. Going to 50 opening days for a single team is an accomplishment shared by a chosen few, the fan elite.

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