After the Paulie Malignaggi-Amir Khan presser ended Ã¢â‚¬â€œ more on that tomorrow Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the weather in the City was too nice not to walk around a bit, so I stopped over at the NBA Store on Fifth Avenue for a little while. I like to see what initiatives theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re pushing, to stay on the pulse of a sport I like, and also to check out some of the more ridiculous items.
Also, you never know who youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll find there Ã¢â‚¬â€œ IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve run into Freddy Prinze sidekick Matthew Lillard and failed St. JohnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s coach Mike Jarvis, to name a couple. HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a pictorial look at what I found Ã¢â‚¬â€œ or at least, what I found before employees came by and glared me out the door.
Note Ã¢â‚¬â€œ If you want musical accompaniment to get the vibe of being at the store, hit play on that dreadful Kesha song after the jump. I think itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s appalling, but lamentably, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what was playing when I was there. Brush her teeth with a bottle of Jack, indeed.
Ever notice that the same people who are quick to pass judgment based on their own personal bias are nowhere to be found when theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re dead wrong?
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had a lot of practice being wrong, so I have no trouble admitting it, like when I pulled a sheet over Tom BradyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s career a little while back. (And I hope IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m wrong about Coach K!)
In that spirit, where are all those people hiding who declared Brandon JenningsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ foray to Europe to be a horrible idea gone wrong?
After my third time at Citi Field (two games and a public workout) on Wednesday, it has become apparent that the first-year ball yard is perfect for the Mets of current vintage. By that I mean, the star of the show is most certainly not the team on the field, which is currently rather unremarkable, but rather the field itself. It’s like PNC Park in Pittsburgh, except it’s not nearly as dire a situation for the Mets.
At least so far. When you see the picture at right and wonder if new Knicks draft picks Toney Douglas and Jordan Hill feel like having a summer job, you know things are not going well. I mean, that pitch Hill is throwing probably had a better chance of finding the plate than many that Oliver Perez (seven walks) offered up on Wednesday.
There is zero question that at least at this point, the on-field product takes a back seat to the park experience. And to be certain, it’s great for fans. It’s a perfect place to simply hang with friends, drink a beer and sort-of watch a game.
If you’re a baseball traditionalist who scores a game by hand — probably while wearing a derby hat and smoking a cigar — this park was not designed for you. What they had in mind was a place where you can wait on a line for a “Shake Shack” hamburger while watching the game on a screen on the back of the scoreboard. A place where you can get sushi, if you’re so inclined. (I usually am, but not at a ballgame) A place where you can frequent a center-field beer garden — which, despite the flowery name, is indistinguishable from any other beer vendor.
If you simply want to sit and pay close attention to a baseball game, well, nobody’s stopping you. It’s just that in the back of your mind, you know they didn’t make the park for you. Continue Reading