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  • 01:50

    Episode #128 Rising Apple Report: Bidding Winter farewell with John Pielli

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    Happy St. Patrick's Day, and Let's Go Mets!

    Alas, the final weekend of Winter is at hand, leaving us a mere 17 days away from the New York Mets regular season opener in Kansas City against the Royals.

    Tonight, our 128th episode of the Rising Apple Report will review highlights of the first 13 Spring Training games played to date.

    We'll also delve into Sandy Alderson's remaining financial ability to enhance this year's roster.  One thing, however, seems certain - Ruben Tejada will likely not be part of it, as he was released.  And so, we'll take another look at the team's potential back-up shortstop situation.  

    We'll also discuss Matt Harvey's slider, reasonable expectations for David Wright and Neil Walker, if Jacob deGrom's symbolic refusal to sign his contract should be of any concern, and much more.

    Rising Apple staff writers Michael Lecolant and Rich Sparago will host this evening's show starting at 9pm (ET) sharp, featuring special guest John Pielli of the Passed Ball Show and MTR Media.

    And of course, you're always welcome to call (646-929-0337) and join the conversation.

  • 01:26

    Episode #131 Rising Apple Report: Mets Fast Approaching Washington's Doorstep

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    What sluggish start?

    After closing to within one game of the Washington Nationals, the red hot New York Mets are taking a well deserved rest Thursday evening before resuming their march on first place Friday against the visiting San Francisco Giants.

    This afternoon's Phillies victory over the Nationals, however, put the Mets just one-half game out of first place.  And so the Rising Apple Report therefore decided to kick things up another notch tonight in their place.

    How hot are they?  The Mets returned to Citi Field on Monday after a victorious 7-2 road trip.  They're winners of 11 of their last 13 games, and in the midst of a 6-game winning streak via consecutive series sweeps over the Braves and Reds.

    Rising Apple staff writers Michael Lecoland, Sam Maxwell, and Rich Sparago, will review player performances and the Mets' successful, albeit unfinished month of April, and ponder where they go from here.

    The 131st episode of the Rising Apple Report kicks off Thursday evening at 9:00pm ET sharp!  

    As always, they welcome you to phone the show at 646-929-0337, and join their spirited, never ending Metsian discussion.  

  • 01:32

    Ep. #129, The Rising Apple Report: First After Action Review of 2016 Season

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    The first eight games of the regular season are in the books.  

    While the Amazin's travel to Cleveland to play their opponent, the Rising Apple crew will be busy this evening reviewing the week that was.

    Good pitching, lack of hitting, and losing to the Marlins - sound familiar?  You're not alone.  

    Several solid pitching performances indeed have gone for not, as the offense continues struggling to sync up.  Terry Collins additionally registered his first cringe worthy moment, while the Miami Marlins came, saw, and did what they do best - agitate Mets fans.

    Yes, for better or worse, Baseball is back!  

    Rich Sparago and Michal Lecolant will try to make sense of it all, this Thursday evening on the 129th episode of the Rising Apple Report starting at 9:00pm (ET) sharp.

    A Gal For All Seasons - aka The Coop - will be their featured guest.  And of course, Rising Apple invites you to call 646-929-0337 to join the Metsian conversation.

  • 01:25

    Rising Apple Report, Pitchers and Catchers Special!

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    Pitchers and Catchers is finally here! In what was easily the shortest offseason we can remember, the Mets, playing baseball on November 1, did not make us wait as long this time around, and it's time to bask in all the images bouncing back from Port St. Lucie...

    Mike Lecolant, Rich Sparago, J.T. Teran, Danny Abriano and possibly others, gather to talk what's on our minds as the Mets players start to convene...What's with all the depth around here?! Where on the diamond will Kevin Plawecki and/or Travis d'Arnaud get reps? Do we even need to get another outside bullpen arm or are we good going in house? So many questions to discuss....and it's all because Mets baseball is segueing back!

    So, join us at 9pm ET for the Rising Apple Report!

  • 01:34

    Rising Apple Report, Ep. 126 - Former Mets farmhand J.J. Newman!

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    The Rising Apple Report is back with its 126th episode!

    Along with host Sam Maxwell, and Rising Apple writers Rich Sparago and Mike Lecolant, the crew welcomes former Mets farmhand J.J. Newman to the program!

    We'll first discuss J.J's professional baseball background, as well as get his insights to what the spring training complex is like this time of year. We'll then discuss the happenings of current Mets camp: Curtis Granderson's pink eye, Cespedes' cars and horses, the new middle infield, etc.

    And we'll discuss the players to wear number 26 in Mets history, as well as briefly detail the 1926 NYNL baseball seasons.

    So, join us at 9pm ET for the latest edition of the Rising Apple Report!

  • 01:32

    Rising Apple Report: 2015 Winter Meetings Report Number 1

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    The 2015 Winter Meetings are upon us. Coming off of their fun and improbable run to the championship of the National League, the Mets have several decisions to make that will impact the look of the 2016 team. How will they replace Yoenis Cespedes and Daniel Murphy? Is Ben Zobrist the answer? Is it wise to put everything else on hold, pending Zobrist's decision on where he will play next year?

    How will the Mets handle center field? Is Denard Span the answer as the left-hand hitting part of a platoon with Juan Lagares? Should the Mets target a non-platoon option, such as Dexter Fowler? And then there's the bullpen. Having lost out on Darren O'Day and Joakim Soria, who is the current target? Jerry Blevins? Tony Sipp?

    There are so many more decisions to make, with whether or not to bring Bartolo Colon back among them. So, let's try to sort it all out. Please join me, Rich Sparago, as I host the Rising Apple report tonight, December 7th, at 9 pm. I'll be joined by Sam Maxwell, Danny Abriano, and possibly Mike Lecolant. Greg Price from Faith and Fear in Flushing will be our guest, and we may even have another surprise or two.

    You can access the show by the link below. Or you can give us a call at 646-929-0337.

    We look forward to talking Mets Hot Stove Baseball with you!


  • 00:31

    Stories For My Daughters: How I Met Your Dad

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    My girls like stories so this one is for them. This one is about how I met their dad. You might find it interesting also. Our personal stories are what great books and movies are made from, and span the test of time for others to enjoy.

    Want personal help? I've been there and I know the way out. Let me help you become the woman you want to be. Personal email consultation service available. Contact Nancy nancy@nancyatnoon.com  Visit my website for blog posts, more audio and other cool stuff!  nancyatnoon.com.

  • 00:31

    How to Increase Self-Esteem for Better Decisions in Health & Relationships

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    Today we’re going to connect the dots between self-esteem and how that plays out in the choices you make. Higher self-esteem leads to better decision making and more power in attracting the right partner for you. Low self-esteem leads to dysfunctional relationships that often end in heart-break.  We are going to give you some ideas for how to improve this area of your life in order to make decisions that support the happy, healthy person you truly want to be.

    Alison Kero will be joining me in the second half of the show to talk about how to use your organizing skills for better decision-making. Alison is a decluttering and organizational expert who has some really good tips to help you organize your life. You can reach Alison at akero314@gmail.com and visit her website and blog for more tips at ackorganizing.com.

    Be sure to send me your comments and any questions you have. Send to nancy@nancyatnoon.com and please visit my website at nancyatnoon.com for blog articles, tips and personal and private email consultation services. If you feel stuck in the areas of love, life or relationships, let's start a conversation to get you unstuck.

    Nancy Murdoch is an artist, author of 3 books and a licensed HeartMath coach.

    If you want help to get over a break-up or a broken heart, I provide step-by-step guidance via personal Email Conversations Services. Get the details here.  If you want to build up your self-esteem in order to make better decisions, I offer a free E-Book, 24 Strategies to Dramatically Increase Your Self-Esteem. You can find the download on the bottom of the front page on my website.

  • 00:31

    How to STOP COMPLAINING! And Why Your Life Depends On It

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    Today’s show is about turning around those things in your life that suck. You know the ones. The things that keep coming up over and over again. The friend who is always late or the family members who never appreciate the things you do for them. Those little irritants you are always complaining about. I have some simple strategies you can employ to make your life happier. We are going to explore how complaining sabotages your best efforts and what you can do about it.

    Also, I’ve added a new segment called Helpful Home Remedies. Today I talk about the benefits of apple cider vinegar, what to look for when buying it and the best method for drinking it.  

    Want personal help? I've been there and I know the way out. Let me help you become the woman you want to be. Personal email consultation service available. Contact Nancy nancy@nancyatnoon.com  Visit my website for blog posts, more audio and other cool stuff!  nancyatnoon.com

  • 02:12

    Rising Apple Report, Cespedes Special, Part Deux, w/ Jaron of @NYM_News!

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    With the Mets suprising and elation-inducing signing of Yoenis Cespedes, here at Rising Apple, we just HAD to continue the audible conversation. Spurred on by @NYM_News, Jaron and his father joins us for another Yo Special at 8pmET!

    This time, we will be taking callers, so make sure you get your voice heard at 646-929-0337.

    Talk to you at 8pmET!

  • 01:45

    The Rising Apple Report Yoenis Cespedes Special! aka "La Potencia!"

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    Well, as the snow buries the northeast today, we here in New York City are fine getting snowed in, because we have La Potencia fire to gather 'round.

    Today at 2:30pmET, the folks at Rising Apple gather on this special edition of the Rising Apple Report to discuss the Mets signing of Yoenis Cespedes, what this means for the franchise, what he has so far meant for the franchise, and some of our favorite moments from his stretch run. It's going to be a Cespedes Love Fest.

    So, make sure you join us at 2:30pmET for the latest edition of the Rising Apple Report!