By Mike Steffanos
As we wait for this interlude from baseball to end tomorrow afternoon in Chicago, I wonder if some of you have some good advice to share with other Mets fans. I received an e-mail today from Evan. After noting that stadium parking was getting tougher, Evan wondered if I knew of a ferry service from Connecticut to Shea. I don't, other than taking the Port Jeff ferry from Bridgeport and driving a zillion miles, which obviously isn't what Evan has in mind.
I live quite a distance away from New York City in Connecticut. Last year I brought Lisa to the second-to-last game of the season on a whim. The crowd wasn't huge, and we were able to drive and park with no problem. My method of coming to Shea over the years when I'm anticipating a lot of traffic and parking problems is to drive about 40 minutes to Fairfield, take the train into Grand Central (another hour+), then take 2 subways to Shea, which takes another half hour or so. I haven't been to a game yet (although I promised my 70-year-old Mom I'd take her) because I have some health problems that are slowing me down, and that whole drive-train-subway turns a game into an exhausting all-day affair.
So, does anyone out there have any good tips for Evan and me coming from Connecticut? Please leave them in the comments or shoot me an email. Not just for us, either -- if you have any great tips for parking or getting to the game in general that might benefit other fans, please pass them along. As the Mets continue to play well and the new stadium squeezes out more parking spaces, this is sure to be a growing concern for Mets fans, particularly those who are traveling in from a distance.
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Bergen Record: Willie
Willie Randolph tells Steve Popper that he doesn't understand why the team is doing well and he is constantly being bashed by elements of the media and Mets fans. Let me explain it to you, Willie...
... Come to think of it, I don't get it, either.
In Ken Davidoff 's column today discussing what the Mets and Yankees might do to bolster their second half runs, Davidoff spells out a possible Livan Hernandez deal:
In return for Livan Hernandez, the Nationals still wonder whether they can get Lastings Milledge or Mike Pelfrey. They can't, of course. Washington must be motivated to move Hernandez's salary in return for little talent, and then Minaya can really negotiate with his counterpart Jim Bowden. Expect the Nats to relent as we approach July 31, and for Minaya to reunite the Hernandez half-brothers, just as he did in Montreal three years ago.
Hernandez is slated to make $7 million in 2007, a large sum to invest in a pitcher who is showing many signs of being on the downside of his career. His knee is bad. He's been absolutely terrible this year. He's thrown a ton of innings for the old-school Frank Robinson over the last few years. He's listed at 31, and is as likely to really be that age as his brother Orlando is to be the 36 he is supposed to be.
Make no mistake about it, the buzz around the Nats is that they are confident they can receive a Mike Pelfrey or Lastings Milledge in return for Hernandez. I have supported Minaya steadily, but he would absolutely lose on a deal that gave up a good prospect for Livan. You're doing the Nats a favor by clearing his salary. The Mets have so little quality left in the system, especially prospects even close to major-league ready, that this deal would be unforgivable in my eyes. This is the kind of deal that has crippled this franchise for years.
No argument here if you want to take a flyer on Livan for a second-tier talent, but if it takes anything more than that, please pass on the deal, Omar.