September 2012

Modern Family star on…Jason Bay?

Apparently, Modern Family star Ty Burrell is a big Mets fan. The Hollywood Reporter recently caught up to him and coaxed out gems such as:

On Jason Bay: “Bay is just having a hard time. I relate to that as a performer. When you perform in front of people, you can get into long slumps. Like, I’ve had that happen on stage, where I’ve just given one bad performance after another, because you can’t get out of your head. And he’s having a particularly bad run, and I really feel for the guy, and it’s been really hard to watch.”

On the Mets: “Last year was so painful because there was nothing hopeful about it. We still had all the payroll. It was oh god, this still has to get worse before it gets better. This year to me, even though we’re 25 games back or whatever we are, I feel very hopeful. I feel like [general manager] Sandy Alderson really has this team going in the right direction. They play so hard for [manager] Terry Collins, and they’re still playing hard for him. Their lineup is so depleted.”

It’s worth noting, by the way, that TV buff David Wright ranks Modern Family among his favorite shows of all time.

You can read the full Q&A here: Ty Burrell, Mets Fanatic, Goes Deep on New York Sports

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Mets to witness Greenberg’s dream

The Mets will play a role in an inspirational story next week when New Haven, Conn. native Adam Greenberg, a former professional baseball player whose career ended after he was hit in the head by a pitch in his only Major League plate appearance, joins the Marlins on a one-day contract.

Greenberg will make a second career plate appearance Tuesday for the Marlins, potentially with R.A. Dickey on the mound for the Mets in Miami. And the Mets will be supporting him in their own way.

“Certainly, it’s a sad story, but I’m anxious to have a chance to wish him luck and tell him we all support his charge back to try to become a Major League player again,” manager Terry Collins said. “It’s a sad case, but he obviously had some great skills because there’s a lot of guys who didn’t get one at-bat for lots of reasons. They might have gotten hit in the head in the Minor Leagues. Again, it’s a sad case but I know our guys will be on the top step clapping for him when he gets in the batter’s box.”

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Support for Shannon Forde

*UPDATE AS OF OCT. 30: DUE TO HURRICANE SANDY, SHANNON’S DINNER HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL NOV. 29. TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE.

The Daniel P. Ryan Foundation and Chic Charity Club are supporting a fundraiser on Nov. 29 to benefit Mets senior director of media relations Shannon Forde, who was diagnosed earlier this month with Stage IV breast cancer.

More information is available at http://www.hopeshinesforshannon.com.

A separate auction is available at http://www.charitybuzz.com/auctions/shannon.

The $100 fundraiser includes a dinner, open bar, cocktail hour and dancing at the Westmount Country Club in Woodland Park, N.J., emceed by broadcaster Ron Darling. The Mets will also host a $250 meet-and-greet and autograph session with former Mets Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, John Franco, Bobby Ojeda, Edgardo Alfonso, Al Leiter, Ed Charles and Ed Kranepool, as well as New York Giants two-time Super Bowl winner Sean Landeta.

Tickets for either portion of the fundraiser can be purchased separately or together as a package for $300. They are available at hopeshinesforshannon.com, or by contacting Debbie Durante at durantdebbie@hotmail.com or Cindy Santos at tripletmomof3@hotmail.com.

Fans unable to attend can also make monetary donations by mailing checks payable to “Hope Shines for Shannon” to PO Box 3145, Point Pleasant, N.J. 08742.

Matt Harvey’s elite rookie company

Matt Harvey’s rookie season is now complete. And impressive. Only five rookies in the modern era have struck out at least a batter per inning while posting an ERA equal to or lower than than Harvey’s 2.73 mark and acting primarily as a starting pitcher (thus, Joba Chamberlain, Pedro Martinez and a few others are disqualified). The complete list:

1. Dwight Gooden, 1984: 2.60 ERA, 11.4 K/9
2. Hideo Nomo, 1995: 2.54 ERA, 11.1 K/9
3. Francisco Liriano, 2006: 2.16 ERA, 10.7 K/9
4. Matt Harvey, 2012: 2.73 ERA, 10.6 K/9
5. Roy Oswalt, 2001: 2.73 ERA, 9.1 K/9

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Wright closing in on franchise hits mark

Six hits shy of matching Ed Kranepool’s all-time franchise hits record, David Wright spoke Wednesday about what it will mean to pass Kranepool:

“I hope I get there,” Wright said. “It’s been a grind lately. But it’s something I’m really, really proud about. I’m sure I’ll enjoy it much more when I’m done playing and can kind of look back. But as of now, it’s difficult to sit back and truly enjoy it or pat yourself on the back because of the position we’ve put ourselves in in the second half. But obviously it’s humbling and very exciting to be able to break some of these team records. I’m very proud of that.”

Asked about his relationship with Kranepool, Wright said: “He’s out here somewhat frequently so I get a chance to talk to him. It’s nice, some of these players that come back, including Ed, to get to know and understand the history of the organization. He always has really nice things to say to me. He’s always very encouraging. Obviously that’s nice when some of these former players come back and are as helpful and encouraging as Ed is.”

Here’s where Wright ranks all-time on several of the team’s major offensive lists:

Hits
1. Ed Kranepool, 1,418
2. David Wright, 1,4,12

Home runs
1. Darryl Strawberry, 252
2. Mike Piazza, 220
3. David Wright, 200

RBI
1. David Wright, 806
2. Darryl Strawberry, 733

Runs
1. David Wright, 782
2. Jose Reyes, 735

Doubles
1. David Wright, 321
2. Ed Kranepool, 225

At-bats
1. Ed Kranepool, 5,436
2. David Wright, 4,690

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