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.
The bizarre public relations strategy of the New York Yankees continued to play out last week.
In just over a week, the Knicks will be playing games that matter.
In the meantime, they play games like their 123-120 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Monday night.
By the time the New York Red Bulls took the field on Sunday afternoon, they knew that simply by winning their final two matches, they could capture the most significant achievement in team history.
The news came suddenly, but not unexpectedly, on Thursday afternoon: Mike Baxter, product of Archbishop Malloy and forever folk hero in Mets history, was claimed by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
It's probably not going to happen. But if Carmelo Anthony leaves the Knicks via free agency this summer, as he discussed this week, it would be a perfect circle of flawed basketball decision-making, both from the Knicks and really, Anthony himself.
LOS ANGELES—Mets fans could be forgiven for watching the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series, and thinking that the Dodgers' story could easily be unfolding at Citi Field.
It is worth wondering exactly what Iman Shumpert needs to do to endear himself to Knicks coach Mike Woodson.
It is a time-honored tradition in baseball for the teams sitting home in October to see how the playoff squads do it, and attempt to emulate it.
It's nearly the offseason, which means it's time for Jose Reyes to move to a new team again. The Blue Jays, according to Ben Nicholson-Smith, will consider dealing him this winter.