Club tries to build fan loyalty independent of star power
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.
With the expected return of Andy Pettitte, following last week's agreement with Hiroki Kuroda, the New York Yankees have all but assured themselves of a successful execution of their offseason plan. A deal with Mariano Rivera is assumed to be next.
The Mets have exceeded expectations in one respect: this off-season, which because of the ownership group's financial contraints was supposed to be an uneventful one, hasn't been.
For roughly as long as a second team in New York has been Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber's white whale, the New York Red Bulls, the area's first team, have expressed support for the idea.
With Major League Baseball's winter meetings just six days away, and New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson looking for clarity by that time, it would ordinarily be encouraging that the Mets made David Wright a contract offer.
Through the first 12 games of the N.B.A. season, the New York Knicks were 9-3, thanks in large part to Raymond Felton.
As the New York Cosmos, namesake of the North American Soccer League team of the 70s and 80s, prepare to return to the field in 2013 as a possible steppingstone to joining Major League Soccer, their primary opponent will be the legacy of the Cosmos themselves.
One of the more interesting subplots in the 2012-13 Brooklyn Nets' season has always promised to be the battle between Mirza Teletovic and Reggie Evans for minutes on the court.
After a pair of losses late last week to the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets, the New York Knicks appeared to get well on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, routing the Detroit Pistons, 121-100.
Generally speaking, an N.B.A. season works this way: a team shows an unstoppable offensive force early, often padding stats against lesser opponents. Teams respond to that force by designing defenses to stop it, with the better teams succeeding at it, leaving it up to the first team to adjust.
The New York Knicks have essentially experienced the exact reverse of this process with Carmelo Anthony in 2012-13.
New York Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon made some news on Tuesday, discussing negotiations with R.A. Dickey and David Wright even as he insisted the Mets weren't publicly discussing negotiations with R.A. Dickey and David Wright.