Trying to dent a market where other sports have long taken precedent
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.
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.
The National Basketball Association presented its very best face Thursday night, in the Miami Heat's 95-88 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the N.B.A. Finals.
On Saturday afternoon, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said this: "I do believe that over the next six months or so we will be in position to make some significant acquisitions, whether it's through free agency or trade. We're certainly looking forward to that possibility."
It is easy to look at the attendance figures for the two Major League Baseball teams in New York, and wonder whether baseball has an excitement problem.
Once upon a time, the concept of Fernando Martinez in a Yankees uniform would have filled Mets fans with horror the way picturing Matt Harvey in pinstripes would today.