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The Rising Apple Report turns 104 today as Sam Maxwell and Michael Lecolant bring you the latest AND BEST Mets talk on the internet!
The Mets bounced back after a terrible series in Pittsburgh to sweep the other Penn squad, pushing their record to 27-21. We'll break down the current Mets state, including the recent surge of Wilmer Flores. We'll also discuss the afternoon's trade of Kirk Nieuwenhuis to the Angels for cash considerations.
And we'll break down the players to wear #4 in Mets history, as well as the '04 squad. Yay.
So, make sure to join us at 7 pm ET for the latest edition of the Rising Apple Report!
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.
“HELL IS FOR REAL” A Musical Comedy
WORLD PREMIERE FRIDAY, AUGUST 14TH
AT THEATRE 80 ST. MARKS
Part of The New York International Fringe Festival August 14th – 30th
Charles Manson was supposed to go to Hell... But, ooooops! Little six-year-old Davin was sent by mistake. Now Davin’s returned... devilishly changed. His father embarks on a bizarre odyssey to get his son back to normal in HELL IS FOR REAL, an outrageous, star-studded new musical comedy.Comedy writer Gary Apple got the idea for his show after reading the book
“Heaven Is For Real.” In that runaway bestseller, a little boy goes to Heaven and returns to talk about it. “I thought it would be considerably more interesting if the cute little kid went to Hell instead of Heaven,” says Apple. And as if that wasn’ttwisted enough, he decided to make it a musical. The script caught the eye of director Jay Stern, who has directed a string ofacclaimed NYC Fringe shows, including the award-winning musical “The Bardy Bunch.” For HELL IS FOR REAL, Stern and his team assembled a dream cast, populated with Broadway heavy-hitters. Cast members
HELL IS FOR REAL Book, Music, & Lyrics by Gary Apple. Directed by Jay Stern.
Starring Christopher Sutton, Timothy Warmen, Albert Insinnia, Carlos Lopez,Lori Hammel, Vasthy Mompoint, Madeline Kolker, Tom Carrozza, Jeremy Crawford and Zak Risinger.Musical Direction by Logan Medland. Choreography by Lorna Ventura. Produced by Janine Renee Cunningham.Part of The New York International Fringe Festival A production of The Present Theatre Company Tickets: $18 - For tickets visit www.FringeNYC.org For more information : http://www.hellthemusical.comTwitter: @HellTheMusical
The Apple Watch – for some it’s a crucial wardrobe necessity; for others, they might be ambivalent or even apathetic about it. Whatever side of the fence you are on, join host Melissa Birnie as she talks with Leo Dion of Bright Digit who posed the question … What does the Apple Watch mean for you? Leo and Melissa will discuss the Apple watch; offer user tips as well as share insights to those contemplating purchasing the Apple Watch, or those pondering “app”ertunities. This is a conversation you don’t want to miss!
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.
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.
Today's topics include:
Latest work at home jobs - Latest job leads from RatRaceRebellion which include jobs from Convergys, Arise, Sitel, and more.
GTA 5 Online $500,000 stimulus package: scheduled for release this week - Rockstar Games postponed the first phase of its stimulus package. However, this week Rockstar will release a title update which includes the first of the $250,000 for the $500,000 stimulus for GTA Online players who had issues since the launch of GTA Online on October 1, 2013. This is the first of the two installments of the $250,000 which combined is the $500,000 stimulus package Rockstar is issuing to its players.
Apple releases the iPad Air - Earlier this week, Apple released the 5th generation of its iPad lineup with the iPad Air. This is based on the iPad mini design but with a bigger screen.
Apple also released its latest operating system, Mavericks. One of the benefits with this update is longer battery life. The update is also free and adds new apps like Maps and iBooks.
WWE 2K14 - WWE 2K14 was released this week. I got the Phenom edition and it came with a Dvd, game, controller sticker pads and autographed photo of The Undertaker.
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.
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.
It's Easter Sunday. We are in the midst of Passover too. And in the sports world, it's the first day of baseball season! Though the Mets begin play for real on Monday, April, 6th, the Major League season begins tonight as the Cardinals take on the Cubs in Chicago.
The Rising Apple team will be conducting a special roundatable discussion of all things Mets. We'll chat about the 8-man bullpen, innings limits for Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom, the team's 19-12-2 Spring Training record, the roster, and much more as we're on the eve of the Mets' 2015 season. We'll even let you know who we think is going to win the World Series.
Join Danny Abriano, Mike Lecolant, Dan Haefli, and maybe more writers from the Rising Apple staff to engage in some fun Mets dialogue at 9 pm, Sunday, April 5th. I (Rich Sparago) will be your host as we count the hours until Mets baseball.
So listen in, give us a call, we'd love to hear from you! Let's celebrate the return of Mets baseball with the 99th edition of the Rising Apple Report!
With two weeks remaining before pitchers and catchers are due to report, the New York Mets still have unsettled business.
The failure to trade Dillon Gee thus far poses a log jam in the starting rotation, and potentially crowds the bullpen with yet another right-hander. Unless something changes, it seems then, southpaw Josh Edgin is destined for an abusive workload.
Meanwhile, the general manager down ticked his personal expectations this season by one game, to 89 victories, yet is formulating a tentative plan to monitor Matt Harvey's innings in order to have him pitch into October. In much clearer terms, Terry Collins is also making pretty bold playoff predictions for the upcoming season.
The 93rd episode of the Rising Apple Report will discuss these matters, and more. Hosting this evening's roundtable discussion will be Rich Sparago. He will be joined by fellow staff writers Michael Lecolant and Chris Schubert.
Tonight's special guest will be Greg Prince, from FaithAndFearInFlushing.com.
They'll also discuss the recent departure of SNY's pre and post game analyst, Bobby Ojeda, and of course, revisit the 1993 regular season.
The show starts at 9:00pm (EST) sharp. You're always welcome to call and join the discussion. The number to dial is 646-929-0337.