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Matthew Artus

  • joined Sep 11, 2008
  • last login May 27, 2014
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I sleep in a drawer.

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A Mets Fan's Christmas List

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Even if the Mets can't afford much this winter, that doesn't mean the fans should refrain from asking for things. Santa could always come through, right?

Tell the BBWAA That the Steroids Era Happened

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Hall of Fame election time is now an annual ritual for baseball writers to play the "Did he or didn't he use PEDs?" It's time for the game to end.

Breaking Up the Mets is Hard to Do

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Cries to "Break up the Mets!" are as old as the club itself, but actually going through with it would do more damage than staying the course for better or worse.

SiriusXM: Steve Phillips & Bobby V. On-Air Together

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New Red Sox skipper Bobby Valentine appeared on SiriusXM's morning show Evan & Phillips in the Morning earlier today. Bobby V.'s former boss, Steve Phillips, is the latter in that duo -- but if you think wounds are still fresh, it sounded this morning like you're mistaken.

Mets Only Need Wallflower Status at Winter Meetings

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The Mets might not be deemed the big winners at next week's Winter Meetings, but that doesn't absolve the need to get the franchise back on track.

Mets.com: Citi Field outfield walls

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They did it. They finally did it. The Mets will move in the walls at Citi Field in 2012, and here's the pictures of what they intend to do including blue walls and an outdoor patio in front of the Mo's Zone. Yea? Nay? What say you?

Putting Buckner in Its Place in Mets History

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Today's the 25th anniversary of Mookie Wilson's grounder rolling through Bill Buckner's leg in Game Six of the 1986 World Series. As a younger Mets fan, it's been both a blessing and a curse.

This may have flown under your radar. The Arizona Diamondbacks invited a kid named Max Ashton to...

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This may have flown under your radar. The Arizona Diamondbacks invited a kid named Max Ashton to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on behalf of the Foundation for Blind Children prior to Game 4 of the National League Division Series. It should be noted that Ashton is blind. So how'd he do? You should really see for yourself.

Mets Introduce Dynamic Pricing in 2012; World Still on Axis

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The Mets introduced a dynamic pricing system for individual ticket purchases in 2012 going forward. Let's make some sense of that, since the world's still spinning.

Mets Announce Season Ticket Pricing, Introduce Dynamic Pricing to Individual Tickets in 2012

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The Mets rescaled the cost of season tickets while introducing dynamic pricing for individual tickets for the 2012 season.

Sportsnet.ca: Fall of the Boogeyman

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A captivating look at Derek Boogaard's final days. The content's not for the faint of heart, but it's a great read about one of the more complicated players to ever don a Blueshirt -- and one once worthy of wearing it with pride.

A Mets Fan's Guide to Recognizing Your Saints in the 2011 MLB Playoffs

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The New York Mets will miss the MLB Playoffs for the fifth straight year, but that doesn't mean there aren't Mets to root for this October. Here's a list of Mets expats for fans to adopt in October.

Alderson Hints at Approximate 2012 Mets Payroll of $110 Million

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Sandy Alderson intimated to Mets beat reporters on Thursday afternoon that he expects to foster a $110 million payroll in 2012. His comments belied that the number is fluid, and a large chunk of it is pending where Jose Reyes ends up.

Stepping Down into Jose Reyes Withdrawal

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Jose Reyes opened a wild final day of baseball with a controversy that led him to the NL batting crown, but left Mets fans stepping into a new era of uncertainty.

Mets Put Kibosh on Triple-A Yankees Affiliate in Newark. So?

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The Mets recently put the brakes on a proposed plan to temporarily move the Yankees Triple-A affiliate from Scranton-Wilkes Barre to Newark. How much outrage should we allocate?

(Click to Embiggen, or check out Mets.com) The Mets released their preliminary 2012 regular season...

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(Click to Embiggen, or check out Mets.com) The Mets released their preliminary 2012 regular season schedule moments ago. It includes interleague matchups at the Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays in addition to a home series against the Baltimore Orioles and the home-and-home with the Yankees. The Mets will also host the Nationals on September 11. No word on what hats they'll be wearing that day.

The Thing About the Hats

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The Mets found themselves ensnared in a little controversy following MLB's decision to not allow them to wear the iconic first responder caps during the game on 9/11. Is this going to be a thing?

ESPN's Olney Throws Wright's Name Out in Trade Chatter

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ESPN's Buster Olney speculated that the Mets may seriously consider trading David Wright more sooner than later. Here's a quick glance as to why it's possible.

"It's very difficult, unless you're one of a couple of teams, to have three, four guys making $15...

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"It's very difficult, unless you're one of a couple of teams, to have three, four guys making $15 million-plus," Alderson said. "I don't care who you are -- again, with the exception maybe of a couple of teams. So I would expect we'll be looking actively in the free-agent market, but we've got to get it to a position where we can be active every year and not be hamstrung by existing contracts."

- Sandy Alderson to ESPN New York, regarding whether Einhorn's exit means Reyes is now unaffordable Yes, Sandy said "hamstrung." (H/T to @HecklingSociety for catching that)

Jose Reyes and the Ghost of Willie McGee

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Mets shortstop Jose Reyes is in hot pursuit of the 2011 NL batting title. Here's a history lesson on the last Met to come as close as anyone to becoming the Mets' first-ever batting champ.

Howard Johnson's Playing Days Aren't Over?

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Former Mets third baseman and hitting coach Howard Johnson signed to play alongside his son, Glen, with the Rockland Boulders of the Can-Am League. This writeup could lead to excellence of serious injury.

Jon Niese to DL; Nickeas Gets the Call

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The Mets announced on Wednesday, August 24 that they placed starting pitcher Jon Niese on the 15-day disabled list. Here's the recap of that move and his roster replacement.

It's Getting Late Way Too Early for Terry Collins

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Despite his status as a lame duck manager, Jerry Manuel had his 2010 Mets in a better place standings-wise on this day last year than Terry Collins has with his 2011 edition. A Mets fan blogger thinks Collins should be fired; here's the counterpoint.

R.A. Dickey Can't Win For Losing

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R.A. Dickey saw another solid outing snuffed out by an anemic Mets offense on Sunday. Here's a look at Dickey's splits to see how much of the blame falls on the knuckleballer.

What's the Harm in Letting Pedro Beato be a Starter?

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Mets manager Terry Collins insinuated that reliever Pedro Beato's future may include a starter's job. Here's a plea for the Mets to give the Queens native a shot in September.

Mets, Franchise Do Lunch with U.S. Vets

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The New York Mets hosted a luncheon for U.S. military veterans in recognition of their service on Friday, August 5. Various members of the 1969 Miracle Mets team including Tom Seaver participated in a panel discussion about their military exploits.

Mets Living In a Post-Trade Deadline World, with Omir Santos's T-Shirt

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The Mets largely stood pat at the 2011 trade deadline. Like buying an Omir Santos t-shirt, the benefits of that decision will far outweigh the detriment of following the crowd.

Delivering a Derby Darling in David Wright

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While the so-called Derby curse proved nonsensical in his case, Mets third baseman David Wright still came up a swing short at the 2006 Home Run Derby. But that one night nonetheless helped Wright's ascent into the national baseball spotlight.

A One Dog Night at the 1996 All-Star Game

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Lance Johnson was one of two players to represent the New York Mets at the 1996 All-Star Game. Here's a look at how One Dog helped lift the Mets back to respectability in one memorable night.

Tigers 5, Mets 2: Pelfrey Can't Escape Detroit Rock City

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The Detroit Tigers defeated the Mets 5-2 on Thursday, June 30. Mike Pelfrey struggled with his command before leaving in the bottom of the fifth inning to accrue his seventh loss of the season.

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