"This doesn't even make any sense anymore," someone in Citizens Bank Park press box exclaimed as a Yoenis Cespedes home run cleared the fence at the start of Tuesday night's game.
Bio: Howard Megdal is Writer At Large for Capital New York, and currently contributes to USA Today Sports Weekly, Sports Illustrated and Vice Sports. His books include The Baseball Talmud, Taking the Field and Wilpon's Folly. His book on the Cardinals will be published by St. Martin's Press in February 2016. Follow Howard on Twitter @HowardMegdal.
It has been a difficult spring for the New York Mets. Their announced Opening Day pitcher, Johan Santana, has suffered setbacks in his preparation for the season, is widely expected to begin the year on the disabled list, and is reportedly livid with team officials who pulled the patented Mets move of blaming the injured player. Their decision to partner with Amway has been... poorly received.
The Big East tournament, which will begin Tuesday night, is most closely associated with Madison Square Garden, historically.
For almost a full calendar year now, the Iona Gaels have made a habit of raising expectations, then failing to meet them, sometimes in spectacular fashion.
Look, there's no question that intellectually, New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson knows he can't overtax his players.
Roy Miller was absolutely instrumental in bringing about the result of the Red Bulls' match on Sunday night against the San Jose Earthquakes.
The bad news for the New York Knicks is that Amar'e Stoudemire, who had made a remarkable return from knee surgery earlier this season to become a key part of the Knicks' offense, is probably finished as a key contributor this season.
For the the United States in the World Baseball Classic, which has been going on all week but starts for the Americans 9 p.m. Friday against Mexico, the talent and task are roughly equal.
It's hard to say precisely what was most miraculous about Mariano Rivera's career, which is he set to announce Saturday is entering its final season: the career itself, filled with unprecedented excellence, or that Rivera's success, for the sport's most hated team, inspired little other than respect and admiration from opponents and fans of 29 other teams.
It is worth wondering if Omar Minaya's tenure as general manager of the New York Mets would be viewed differently, or would have lasted longer, if his initial first round draft choice had turned out the way his last one did.
The New York Knicks nearly defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder, one of the best teams in the N.B.A., Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. And there's really only one reason why: J.R. Smith.