R.A. Dickey, a starting pitcher for the New York Mets, earned his 20th win of the season two nights ago. Now everyone is talking about him, and you are standing off to the side smiling and nodding like an idiot because you thought the Met was a museum. You're a nerd, it's fine, but we wanted to help you out: Here, Deadspin's Jack Dickey (no relation, just obsession) breaks down the wonder that is R.A. Dickey's 2012 season.
The New York Mets are running a contest to chose what sing-along song gets played at Shea Stadium this year. The jokesters over at Digg — who haven't heard that rickrolling is over — got the idea to stuff the ballot box in favor of Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up." "All year, the Mets and their fans will get rickrolled during the 8th inning."
"As they prep for a 13th straight playoff appearance, the New York Yankees have signed with CAA to help them pursue opportunities such as long-term corporate sponsorships for the team's new stadium...." In a related move, the Mets blew a seven game lead with seventeen games to play and made this little boy cry. [NYP]
Andrea Peyser is pissed off. She's usually angry about something, but today what's got her knickers in a twist (sorry for that mental image) is the naming of the new stadium in which the Mets will play. As is so often the case in the sporting world these days, the Mets have sold naming rights to a corporation. This does not sit well at all with Ms. P.
We went to baseball camp one summer but we only made it through half of the first day. The morning was all sunshine and great American past-time, but after lunch they hosed down second base and wanted us to practice sliding. In mud! We were horrified, and we walked home crying. Note to kids: do not wear brand new Paper Denims to first day at baseball camp.
We're all about exceeding expectations and reaching the broadest possible audience here at Gawker. We realize that some of you might have found our previous post on media softball too highbrow; intense parodies of magazine features and memos from the late Harold Ross can be heavy going, especially on a day like today. So for those of you who felt left out by the previous logorrhea, we offer the following clip: It's quick, it requires no reading, and, best of all, it shows a man getting hit in the nuts by a baseball. Enjoy.
Adfreak reports on the new campaign by New York's woeful National League franchise: The Mets have a series of radio ads in which celebrities claim that the team's skyrocketing popularity has cost them their seats at Shea. The first two ads have starred envelope-opening presenter Jon Stewart and stretching-the-definition-of-celebrity John Leguizamo. While Adfreak seems somewhat dubious about the campaign's efficacy, we're slightly more upbeat: Anything that guarantees us we'll be somewhere that Leguizamo isn't certainly gets our attention.