'Baseball, I've often said, is a social institution'
Bio: Howard Megdal is Writer At Large for Capital New York, and a contributing writer for Sports on Earth. His books include The Baseball Talmud, Taking the Field and Wilpon's Folly. Follow Howard on Twitter @HowardMegdal.
On Friday afternoon at Citi Field, one prominent journalist said to me when I asked what he was there to work on: "Matt Harvey. Why the hell else would I be at Citi Field on a Friday night?"
A curious pair of bombshells related to Alex Rodriguez appeared in the Daily News and the Post yesterday. Neither one makes a tremendous amount of sense, if you're not also reading between the lines.
Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King was oddly excited about Mason Plumlee, the Nets' top pick in Thursday night's N.B.A. draft.
Billy King's decisions, in putting together the Brooklyn Nets, have followed a very specific logical pattern. And the news Tuesday night that he contacted the Boston Celtics about Kevin Garnett fits right within that pattern, for better or worse.
A few hours before Zack Wheeler's second major league start Tuesday night, the promotional email arrived from the Mets: "Harvey & Wheeler This Weekend At Citi Field."
In the decades since George Steinbrenner bought the Yankees in 1973, the roles for controversy have been neatly defined.
Lucas Duda is in a baseball trap.
The first 26 starts of Matt Harvey's career have been unrealistically excellent.
The New York Yankees have a new starting left fielder in Zoilo Almonte. And there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about that.
Exactly how the Mets get from their current team, with popgun offense and 100-loss pace, to a contending team at some point in the future is a little bit hazy. And two pieces expected to participate in that revival, first baseman Ike Davis and shortstop Ruben Tejada, have regressed considerably in 2013, complicating the picture.