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Celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the ‘Baba Booey’ Blunder

New York Mets LogoWe’ve always liked Gary “Baba Booey” Dell’Abate, executive producer of the Howard Stern Show and co-host of the Wrap-Up Show on Sirius XM, so we feel horrible about piling on to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Gary’s horrendous first pitch before a New York Mets game at Citi Field on May 9, 2009.  But — the ballpark news must go on!  Read more hereWatch Gary’s pitch here.

L-R, Fred Norris, Gary Dell'Abate and Howard Stern (a long time ago on the diamond)

L-R, Fred Norris, Gary Dell’Abate and Howard Stern on the WNBC softball team a very, very long time ago

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Mets Revenue Down Again

New York Mets LogoThe New York Mets’ ballpark-related revenue reported to regulators dropped for the fourth straight year in 2013, down nearly 34 percent since Citi Field opened in 2009.  Read more here.

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NYC Council Approves $3 Billion Willets Point Redevelopment Plan

New York Mets LogoGoodbye to the auto repair shops and junkyards located in the 23-acre “valley of ashes” next to the New York Mets’ Citi Field.  The New York City Council on Wednesday approved a $3 billion plan to turn a blighted area into retail, hotel and residential space.  Read more hereView renderings here.

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Mega-Mall Project Near Citi Field Moves Forward

New York Mets LogoA $3 billion Willets Point project cleared another hurdle Wednesday as the New York City Planning Commission approved plans that would make way for a mega mall near Citi Field, home of the New York Mets.  Read more hereView rendering here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the news.

New York Mets Willets Point Mega Mall Project

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Citi Field: A New Paradigm In Ballpark Design?

Major League Baseball LogoNew York Mets LogoBaseball author Rob Neyer takes a look at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, and concludes we are in a new era of rank commercialism in MLB ballpark design.  Read more here.  Thanks to Joe Mock for the link.

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MLB All-Star Game Tonight at Citi Field

2013 MLB All-Star GameCiti Field, home of the New York Mets, will host the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game tonight starting at 8:00 p.m. EDT on FOX.  Read more here.  Check out great photos and reviews of Citi Field from Digital Ballparks, Baseball Park, Baseball Pilgrimages, and Ballpark Reviews.  Get all your All-Star Game information here.   Speaking of the Mets, it doesn’t look great for the franchise on the annual revenue front.  Read more here.

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2013 MLB All-Star Game Eats

2013 MLB All-Star GameIf you plan to attend the 2013 MLB All-Star Game on July 16 at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, there are eight food items you might want to try.  Read more hereView photo gallery here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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Las Vegas to Advertise at Four MLB Parks

Las Vegas SignThe Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is partnering with four Major League Baseball stadiums to advertise the fun of Sin City.  The four parks chosen include Dodger Stadium, Wrigley Field, Rangers Ballpark, and Citi Field.  Read more here.

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Ultra-Orthodox Rally Against the Web at Citi Field

Some 40,000 ultra-Orthodox Jewish men packed City Field, home of the New York Mets, for a rally Sunday, as speakers railed against the dangers of the Internet.  Read more and view photo here.

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Mets Face Ballpark Revenue Woes

Revenues at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, have dropped by more than 30 percent since the stadium opened in 2009.  Read more here.

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Kosher Hot Dog Vendor Loses Suit Against Mets

A judge tossed out a contract-based lawsuit last week brought by Kosher Sports, Inc. (KCI) against the New York Mets for prohibiting them from selling kosher hot dogs and other items from four different carts on Friday nights and Saturdays — the Jewish Sabbath.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the story.

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Significant Field Dimension Changes on Deck for Citi Field

The New York Mets plan to make a decision in October about bringing in the fences or lowering their height at Citi Field to make the park more hitter/home-run friendly.  According to Mets GM Sandy Alderson, any changes “won’t be subtle.”  Read more here.

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Panhandling Mets Dog: Cruel Exploitation or Cute?

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASCPA) has sent investigators to Yankee Stadium and Citi Field to look into reports that a dog nicknamed “Coffee” is being forced by its owner to sit outside the stadiums for hours begging for dollars without food, water, or a break.  Coffee is typically dressed up in Mets gear, sporting sunglasses or a Groucho Marx disguise, with a pipe Continue reading

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Citi Field to Get 2013 All-Star Game

While no official announcement has been made, Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, will reportedly be awarded the 2013 All-Star Game.  Read more here.

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