Just over three weeks until the regular season begins, the New York Mets finally have their pre and post-game radio host.
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.
The news broke yesterday afternoon: the Mets, once the centerpiece for the brand new effort to build a 24-hour sports radio station on W.F.A.N., were no longer wanted by that same radio station.
For the first few years after CC Sabathia signed with the Yankees, he provided precisely what a pitcher with his contract should: an unmatchable advantage.
For the roughly 40 years since George Steinbrenner bought the Yankees in 1973, the team's business model has been built around two things: big names, acquired and kept at any price, and winning.
It is easy to get lost in the defining plays of Yankees history, and forget that the team was hardly perfect prior to them.
There are no shortage of reasons why the Yankees find themselves just 2.5 games out of the wold card spot as they start a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox Friday night.
On Tuesday afternoon, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson spoke with Mike Francesa. And if you wholly ignore the context of his previous statements, or what things cost in baseball, or ownership's current financial circumstances, there was some reason for optimism.
Back in 2008, when all things seemed possible for a trio of pitching prospects the New York Yankees built around, a scenario like the one that played out on Sunday and Monday appeared more than just possible, but inevitable.
Much of Sandy Alderson's Tuesday afternoon session with the media, the result of the Mets trading Marlon Byrd, John Buck and cash to the Pirates for a second base prospect and a player to be named later, focused on whether the Matt Harvey injury had anything to do with the timing of the deal.
In April, on the eve of the Mets' 2013 season, I wrote this:
In Seattle on Sunday night, 67,385 people saw Clint Dempsey, American soccer star, make his home debut for the Sounders in a gripping 1-0 win over the Portland Timbers, a bitter local rival. But outside that stadium, despite a national television contract that meant the game could be seen on ESPN2, fewer people saw this than should have.