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  • 01:17

    Rising Apple Report - NLDS Game Five Special: One More Night in Hollywood

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    Set your clocks back to Pacific Time folks.  The NLDS between the Mets and Dodgers is knotted at two games apiece, sending everyone back to California for a decisive Game 5 at Chavez Ravine.

    Rising Apple continues their coverage Wednesday evening at 9:00pm ET, with senior staff writer and host Michael Lecolant talking Mets baseball with featured guest Gary McDonald from MetsMusings.com.

    The Mets' and Dodgers' intertwining New York histories, marvelous pitching performances, and hard play, have so far made for a fascinating four games.

    Back when the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants eloped hand in hand to California, they left behind a lovechild whom the jilted citizens of New York City named the Metropolitans, or Mets for short.  The histories of these three teams, therefore, will forever remain linked.

    Generational differences first came to a head when the old establishment Los Angeles Dodgers took their expansion era junior to task during the 1988 National League championship series.

    After 18 mostly trying seasons, the Mets finally exacted their revenge upon the Dodgers during the 2006 NLDS.

    Last Friday, and for only the third time in their respective histories, the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers revisited their unresolved post-season rivalry.

    They say family feuds are usually the worst kinds, and Game 2 proved it.

    The Mets are traveling back west for one more night in Hollywood.  

    The Rising Apple Report will discuss it all tonight at 9pm sharp.  The number to call is 646-929-0337.

    Let's Go Mets!

  • Ep. 120 The Rising Apple Report: 'Twas the night before Game One; NLDS Preview

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    We have reached the eve of the New York Mets first playoff game in nine years.

    Senior staff writer Michael Lecolant will host Friday evening's Rising Apple roundtable discussion, with site editor Danny Abriano, staff veteran Rich Sparago, and recent additions to the team Jack Irving and Devin Lintao, providing all the Mets analysis, opinion, and insight one could reasonably ask for.

    Allowing us to share her omniscience in all thing Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers will be my friend and our featured guest, Emma Amaya from A Dodger Blue World at MLBlogs.

    When the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants eloped hand in hand to California, they left behind a lovechild whom the jilted citizens of New York City named the Metropolitans, or Mets for short.  The histories of these three teams, therefore, will forever remain intertwined.

    Generational differences finally came to a head when the old establishment Los Angeles Dodgers took their expansion era junior to task during the 1988 National League championship series.

    After 18 mostly trying seasons, the Mets finally exacted their revenge upon the Dodgers during the 2006 NLDS.

    Friday evening, and for only the third time in their respective histories, the New York Mets will oppose the Los Angeles Dodgers in post-season play.

    Family feuds are usually the worst kinds.

    Welcome to the 2015 NLDS folks.  And welcome to the 120th episode of the Rising Apple Report.

    The show starts at 9:00pm (ET) sharp!  Of course, you're welcome to participate.  The number to call is 646-929-0337.

  • 01:53

    Ep. #119 Rising Apple Report: Calm Before The Storm; Next Stop, Los Angeles

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    The Mets 2015 regular season ended on a high note thanks to Curtis Granderson.  

    The N.L. East champs did not, however, wrap up their final week of play in optimal fashion as fans would have preferred.

    On the west coast, the Los Angeles Dodgers took care of business winning 5 of their final 6 games to secure home field advantage through the upcoming NLDS.  

    The Mets, meanwhile, lost 5 of their last 6 games, as well as their last four home series, posting a 4-8 record in their final 12 games at Citi Field.

    The 2nd place Nationals also earned a measure of consolation over the Mets.  In a brilliantly dominating performance, Max Scherzer no-hit them in the first game of Saturday's (make-up game) double-header.   Washington then completed a sweep in the nightcap.

    Some question Terry Collins' strategy and implementation down the stretch, while others point to Yoenis Cespedes' decreased production as potential explanations for the team's recent slide.

    The crew at Rising Apple will attempt to make sense of it all.

    The omniscient Rich Sparago will host this evening's 119th episode of the Rising Apple Report.  He'll be joined by site editor Danny Abriano, senior staff writer Michael Lecolant, and the Converted Mets Fan Sam Maxwell.

    Together, they'll review the season that was, and discuss their major concerns as the Mets head into the post-season.

    The show starts at 9pm (EST) sharp.  As always, you're welcome to call and participate.  The number is 646-929-0337.

  • 01:41

    Ep #106 - Rising Apple Report: Night Flight; Here Come The Champs

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    Welcome to the Night Flight from Phoenix...

    The Mets are off today, flying home from Arizona where they gained a series split with the Diamondbacks.

    On Tuesday, they begin a series against the defending world champions, San Francisco Giants.

    For tonight's 106th episode of the Rising Apple Report, the Converted Met Fan Sam Maxwell and the Brooklyn Trolley Blogger Michael Lecolant will review the Arizona series that was, and preview the upcoming set against the incoming Giants.

    They'll additionally analyze the Mets' standing as they enter their 2nd trimester of the season, as well as take a look back at the 2006 season, and players who've worn #6 in Mets history.

    As an extra added feature the boys will take a retrospective look at the 1915 New York Giants baseball club, and the Giants  overall time spent in upper Manhattan.

    Should be a lot if fun.

    As always, you're more than welcome to join the conversation.  The number to call is 646-929-0337.  The show kicks off at 8:00pm ET sharp.

  • 01:26

    Epidode 91 - The Rising Apple Report: A Winter of Dissatisfaction?

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    The Mets hot stove is failing to generate sufficient heat.  That's the sentiment among a growing number of fans.

    While the N.L. East has worked itself into a trading frenzy this winter, the Mets lone off-season acquisition remains outfielder Michael Cuddyer.

    With a shortstop situation screaming for resolution, and a need for a lefty in the bullpen, Mets boosters are growing increasingly perturbed with the lack of front office activity.

    Clearly then, ownership's financial straits continue to hamper team operations.  Ticket prices are rumored to be going up this coming season, yet, there's been no uptick in payroll.

    How is it possible then, Fred Wilpon was named to head Major League Baseball's finance committee?

    Tonight, the 91st episode of the Rising Apple Report will try and make sense of it all.  Rich Sparago will host what is sure to be a spirited roundtable discussion, and will be joined by fellow Rising Apple staff writers Michael Lecolant and Kevin Baez.

    Joining the crew to share his insights will be special guest, John Coppinger, from MetstradamusBlog.com.

    Tonight's opening pitch is at 9:00pm (EST) sharp.

    Of course, we'd love to have you call in as well.  Please do, at 646-929-0337.

  • Rising Apple Report, World Series Special - The Mets Play Baseball Tonight

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    I don't feel right now as if I'm living in reality, but sure enough, though it feels surreal to type, the Mets are playing in the 111th Fall Classic this very evening, and I can't be any more pumped, prouder and happier in this moment. Whatever comes next is up to the fates, but to echo what Terry Collins has been saying, take nothing for granted and soak it all up. That's what the New York Metropolitans will be doing, and that is what this fanbase will be doing as well.

    The folks from Rising Apple will gather briefly on the fiber-optic airwaves to bask in the moment pre-game, while discussing all the things on our mind about the baseball the Mets are about to play.

    Take a deep breath, take it all in, and get pumped for the Mets to play World Series baseball. We will convene here at 6pm ET.


    LET'S. GO. METS.

  • 01:31

    Episode 94, The Rising Apple Report: Camp Bravado is open for business

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    The caleder still says February, the temperature in the northeast is still below freezing, and for many the winter snow has been relentless.  However, nothing advertises a changing of the season quite like Spring Training.

    Port St. Lucie is finally open for business.  All position players were due by Tuesday, and today marked the first day of full squad workouts.

    Over the winter, the Mets contracted a strong case of confidence.  Tonight's 94th episode of the Rising Apple Report will swing the gates open to Camp Bravado, and debate the merits of their words.

    If the Mets indeed seem emboldened to you, perhaps the return of Matt Harvey is one reason why.  On March 6th, he will tentatively take the mound and face live competition for the first time since 2013.

    Also up for discussion are the potential crowding of the bullpen and a lack of another lefty, Lucas Duda's injury, the never ending quest to rectify shortstop, the 1994 regular season, and much more.

    Rising Apple staff writer Rich Sparago will host this evening's discussion, and will be joined by fellow staff writer Michael Lecolant.  As always, you are most welcome to call the show and join the conversation.

    The number is 646-929-0337.  The show starts at 9:00pm (EST) sharp.

  • 01:30

    Ep. 90 The Rising Apple Report - More on the QBC, and ruthless baseball analysis

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    Tonight will mark the 90th episode of the Rising Apple Report.  Senior staff writer Michael Lecolant will hos this evening,

    Joining the show for a first time will be a recent, and welcome addition to the Rising Apple staff, Justin Weiss.

    Returning to share anecdotes from their recent QBC experience will be Mets fan extraordinaire/photographer Sharon Chapman, and “A Gal For All Seasons” Taryn “the Coop” Cooper.

    This evening, the Rising Apple Report will also feature ruthless baseball analysis from the best writer you’ve never heard of, author Paul Lebowitz.

    Together, they’ll continue discussing the recent Queens Baseball Convention, how recent transactions have shaken up the N.L. East, share some retrospective thoughts on the 1990 season, and stray anywhere else the conversation may lead.

    Of course, you’re always welcome to join. Give the show a call tonight at 646-929-0337.  Rising Apple would be happy to hear from you.

    Tonight’s podcast starts at 9:00pm EST.

  • 01:40

    Ep #92 - The Rising Apple Report: 21 Days till Pitchers and Catchers

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    Let the countdown begin!

    Pitchers and catchers report to camp on February 19th, and the first full squad workout is scheduled for February 26th.

    Until then, it's time to heave another log into the old Hot Stove.

    Michael Lecolant will be hosting tonight's 92nd episode of the Rising Apple Report.  Joining him from the RA staff will be the Converted Mets Fan, Sam Maxwell.

    Their guests will include Stephen Keane from KranepoolSociety.com, and John Pielli, host of the Passed Ball Show at JohnPielli.com.

    Sandy Alderson still has work to do.  That will kick off the evening's discussion.

    If his mind is truly focused on contending in 2015, he'd still be trying to resolve an unsatisfactory situation at shortstop, pursuing another established left-hander for the bullpen, and avoiding a logjam in the starting rotation.

    They'll also discuss the appearance of six Mets on Keith Law's top 100 prospects list, and the interview that took place between Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and Commissioner Robert Manfred regarding the Wilpons financial condition.

    The show kicks off at 9:00pm (EST) sharp.

    As always, your participation is most welcome.  Please call the Rising Apple Report at 646-929-0337.

  • 01:27

    Rising Apple Report, Ep. 121 - 2015 New York Mets Recap, & a Look at What's Next

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    The offseason is officially upon us, and it began much later than we Mets fans are used to. Before we look forward to 2016, The Rising Apple Report and some of it's most senior veteran writers will gather to discuss the good, the bad, and the eventual follies of the 2015 New York Mets season.

    What were some of our favorite moments? Any player that stood out? With a season filled with so many memories, we look forward to discussing the best season in Citi Field history.

    And we will also briefly discuss the players to wear 21 in New York Mets history.

    So, make sure to join us at 9:30pm ET for the latest edition of the Rising Apple Report!

  • Rising Apple Report, NLCS Special: 2 Down, 2 to Go, Off to Wrigley...

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    The playoffs march on, and so do the Mets! AND The Rising Apple Report! Sitting pretty up 2-0 on the Chicago Cubs, Mike Lecolant, Sam Maxwell, Devin Lintao and Taryn "The Coop" Cooper all know it ain't over till it's over!

    We'll recap the 1st two games of the series, as well as preview the following taking place on Waveland Avenue. Will the pitching continue to be filthy? Will Curtis Granderson continue to be an ex-factor? Will Daniel Murphy continue to be outrageous? Can the bullpen hold up? So many things to discuss, SO AMPED UP FOR IT!!!

    So, listen in at 8pm ET for the latest edition of the Rising Apple Report!