Pennant Race

Well, the Mets may not win the pennant race this year, but I just did

BandAidDaysanitized.jpgMy pennant, or banner–pictured above–was selected by the New York Times as one of the top images created for an online “Banner Day”.

 I was surprised and thrilled to open today’s  Times and see my image reproduced on page 13 of Section B.  The banner can be seen online as well:

If the Mets’ performance and injuries haven’t given me much to smile about recently, the act of creating my facetious banner and having it selected as one of the top five images submitted DID give me something to smile about!

I’d still take the return of Reyes, Beltran, Delgado and the rest over my name and picture in print…

Super Subs


TatisSub.jpgNothing personal or anything, Carlos Delgado.


I don’t know if your recent benching by Willie Randolph has enabled you to “clear your head” or not, but I do know that it has allowed for some MAJORLY impressive contributions from the bench.

Collectively referred to on-air as the “Super Subs” by Keith Hernandez in last night’s SNY-TV coverage, bench players have played a huge role in the past two games.

Last night, Damion Easley had several hits, and his comrades Endy Chavez and Fernando Tatis obviously kept us in the game and then some through extra innings for an oh-so-rare come-from-behind win! 


How about that for some extra RELISH?!


The previous evening–also a win–saw terrific production by those three players as well as Ramon Castro.    


EndySub.jpgNot only did we get some great stuff from the bench the past two nights, but–reading between the lines–it also seems that perhaps a fire has been lit under Omar Minaya:  he may not be content to just sit back and wait for Delgado to get out of the slump  he’s been in for what seems like forever.


Apparently, Omar’s GOING SHOPPING!


In the meantime, whatever the lineup, I look forward to going to Shea tonight to cheer the Mets on for–dare I say it?–a possible THIRD win in a row!

Thanks, guys, for an exciting couple of nights of baseball!





















And particular thanks to those “Super Subs”

for helping us WRAP up a come-from-behind win! 

You are my HEROES! 

A Chorus of Disapproval

ist2_27979_sour_note.gifI’ve been super busy at the MET lately…so busy that I’ve haven’t been posting on a regular basis.  I have, however, been catching what games I can at Shea and on TV and radio around rehearsals and performances.

With one more week of the opera season, followed by two symphonic performances at Carnegie Hall the following week, I look forward to very soon devoting more time to the BASEBALL season.

While I haven’t had time to devote to my blog lately, I have keep up on the team and have read a lot of related news items as well as other bloggers’ posts.

Since my last post on Carlos Delgado’s response to Shea fans’ insistence on a curtain call, it seems everyone has weighed in on the subject of the Mets fans’ booing the players and, additionally, whether or not Delgado should’ve consented to the mercurial Shea fans’ request. 

Although I wouldn’t have advised it, Willie Randolph even addressed the issue of the fans’ negativity.

Having been in attendance at Shea this past weekend, it does seem to me that the fans are maybe not quite as testy–or at least waiting longer to pass judgment and perhaps giving players the benefit of the doubt..for now.


While it does not happen nearly as frequently (except perhaps at the La Scala opera house in Milan), opera fans have also been known to voice their dissaproval of an artist whom they think is not measuring up to appropriate standards. 

I assume that, if asked, these vocal (pun intended) audience members–not unlike similarly disgruntled baseball fans–would probably justify their response as appropriate given the high ticket price they had paid for their evening’s entertainment. 

They would probably site the large fee that the said artist commanded for the performance as well, although that fee would–except in some cases–not be comparable to the yearly salaries of professional baseball players. 

Expressing discontent at the performance of an opera, however, has sometimes resulted in a backlash against the heckler/s themselves from supporters of that artist in the audience, opera house personnel, or even the artist him/herself.


Imagine, just for a minute, if the next time Carlos Delgado was roundly booed, he just walked off the field and into the clubhouse and refused to participate in the rest of game?


Tenor Roberto Alagna actually did storm out of a performance at La Scala in December of 2006 when–after being booed for his difficult opening aria in Verdi’s Aida–he indignantly left the stage.  Mr. Alagna’s cover (understudy), was quickly summoned and sent in as a replacement.  Time did not permit the cover to change into costume, however. 

Either that, or in his haste to depart, Mr. Alagna left the opera house fully dressed for the role of Rhadames, leaving a costume unavailable.


This video–assembled by an Italian news agency–shows Alagna being booed following the closing bars of “Celeste Aida”, his brusque departure and–later–his cover singing onstage in street clothes.  



Now imagine Damion Easley, given barely enough time to round up a glove, running out on the field to cover first base at the top of an inning following a disappointing at-bat and catcalls following a Delgado at-bat.

Some fans might actually WELCOME that, I suppose.


While performing in the MET Orchestra, I was privy to a booing incident that happened there several years back:

ptr0132l.jpgWe were performing Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio when a single stentorian voice pierced the quiet of the opera house, booing the soprano singing the role of Konstanze.   The offending party continued to voice his displeasure even as others attempted to silence him or out-shout him.  In spite of the chaos, we performers tried to keep the show going.

According to the New York Times account of the incident, the heckler was not in a seat for which he had a ticket.  Perhaps on that technicality alone, the MET ejected the commentator.  


Fancy that happening at Shea:  one moment you’re booing a player for lack of hustle, and the next minute you find yourself surrounded by a Shea Security detail, waiting to escort you out of the ball park!


Opera houses and audiences might show less tolerance for booing and catcalls from individuals in the audience than your average baseball fan, but in one respect at least, opera goers have historically expressed their negative feelings in ways a baseball fan cannot:  

hand-tomato-733857.jpga disgruntled opera enthusiast in Milan just might be able to get away with putting their best fastball spin on a ripe tomatoe judiciously aimed at the opera stage.   

The Major League Baseball Official Rule Book protects its players from similar insult and possible injury, though, calling for the instant ejection of any fan caught throwing anything onto the playing field. 

But does the rule cover the duration of the game itself only or extend to pre-game on-field activities?

The reason I ask?  I’ve never booed a player, but I could be tempted to throw something at some of the guests who have royally butchered the National Anthem over the years.

Fair Weather Fans

Was this an expression of youthful exuberance

(and the release of pent-up anxiety surrounding a hitting slump)

after hitting the first of two home runs

in today’s game at Shea…


…or the face Carlos
Delgado would like to have made at those fans who had so recently been shamelessly booing him when he was called upon by the Shea (UN) Faithful to make a curtain call following the homer?

I can’t say I blame Carlos for his reluctance to indulge the fans.  I, for one, am frankly ashamed at the blatant lack of support for him and for other Mets players by some impatient Mets fans at Shea so early in what is a LONG season.