The scene at the finish line of the Staten Island Half. Photo courtesy of Sreeni Nair.

Box of Rain: My Morning Running the Staten Island Half Marathon

I have done two Spartan Races at Citi Field, but I never did a mud run. Until Sunday. Thanks to yesterday’s rain, the Staten Island Half Marathon became an obstacle course of its own, between precipitation, unrelenting wind, tons of puddles, and the end of the race covered in mud. And I had the time […]

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 05:  Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets reacts during their National League Wild Card game against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field on October 5, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Mets postseason lasts three hours

I still like the idea of the wild card game, though I wouldn’t object to a rule banning Madison Bumgarner from such games. Still, it’s weird to see a team fight for a month and a half to get into the playoffs, only to see it end so quickly. But despite the abrupt conclusion, it […]

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 24:  Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches during the second inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on September 24, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Yes, the Mets can beat Madison Bumgarner

Last year, I predicted the Mets would lose in the NLDS due to the Dodgers’ one-two punch of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. Then I thought that there was no way the Mets could handle the Cubs’ Jake Arrieta in the NLCS.  So when people say that there’s no way the Mets can beat the […]

Jose Fernandez became a U.S. citizen last year and even gave the keynote address at the ceremony.

On a Tragic Baseball Death, Bronx Running, and Gaining Perspective

I was outside an empty Yankee Stadium this morning when Squawker Jon told me the awful news: that Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez had died in a boating accident. I couldn’t believe it. How horrible. I couldn’t help but think of the loss of Yankee captain Thurman Munson when hearing about Fernandez, especially given Yankee Stadium looming […]


Is This Yankee Fan Squawker a Good Luck Charm for the Mets?

Fun news: I got another very cool invite from the good folks at Verizon, and had a fun evening last night thanks to them!  Last year, I got to sit in Verizon’s suite at Citi Field for a Mets game and cover Opening Day — and test out the Verizon Ellipsis 8 tablet. Last night, I […]


Gary Sanchez for AL Rookie of the Year? It Should Happen!

Sorry I haven’t been Squawking much as of late. I’ve been busy in real life with a number of things, most notably my training for the New York City Marathon. The race is a little more than six weeks away! I’m running over 40 miles a week now and have had three training runs of […]

Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run off of Jacob deGrom. (Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

Mad Over Bum-mer of Met game

Thursday night, Justin Ruggiano hit the home run that turned the Met season around. Or so I thought for all of half an inning, until Madison Bumgarner hit the home run that made meaningful games in September for the Mets that much more unlikely. Ruggiano was a Met for all of three games before landing […]

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 12: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees hugs his daughter Natasha and Ella after the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on August 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

A-Rod’s Bittersweet Symphony

Lots to absorb from the A-Rod Yankee farewell, so I wanted to take it all in before Squawking on it. As befitting his career, the night was weird and odd, yet still captivating. Squawker Jon and I were at The Mockingbird, a bar in the Lower East Side, having a jalepeno margarita when the pre-game stuff was going on. The […]


So What Is A-Rod’s Fenway Farewell Going to Be Like?

Billy Witz of the New York Times has an article today talking about how the Boston Red Sox bade rival Yankees Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter goodbye, and wonders what the franchise will do for Alex Rodriguez. Witz points out that a slew of Boston sports legends — Yaz, Bobby Orr, Luis Tiant, etc. — were […]


My Thoughts on the A-Rod Press Conference, And What It All Means

Yesterday’s A-Rod presser was must-see TV, although it was a little weird to see Yankees PR guy Jason Zillo announce to the room the big news — that A-Rod’s last game would be Friday, and that he would be a special advisor until December 2017 — before Alex was talking. And it was all very […]


Shocker! A-Rod, Yankees Are Having a Press Conference. What Does It Mean?

Last night, I saw on Twitter the big news: that Alex Rodriguez is going to be holding a press conference on Sunday morning at Yankee Stadium, with Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi as special guest stars.  And the Yanks are mum on what it’s all about. So that means that speculation is running wild. Is […]


Subway Squawkers Invade the Subway Series

Sorry I haven’t Squawked in a while. Joe Girardi Squawker Jon put me on the bench until I get my numbers up. But then he wouldn’t let me Squawk to get my numbers up. Talk about a vicious cycle! Seriously, I’ve been training for the New York City Marathon, and my life is pretty much […]

MIAMI, FL - JULY 09: Jay Bruce #32 of the Cincinnati Reds  high fives teammates after scoring a run during the fourth inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on July 9, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Even With Bruce, Mets Have Darkness at the Edge of Town

Though I’m skeptical about the Mets’ postseason prospects, they are close enough that it made sense to trade for Jay Bruce. But what makes no sense is all the speculation that Bruce is insurance for Yoenis Cespedes opting out. The Mets have a pre-existing condition of offensive anemia, and this insurance plan will not cover […]

COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 24:  Mike Piazza gives his induction speech at Clark Sports Center during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 24, 2016 in Cooperstown, New York.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Piazza puts another Mets cap in Hall of Fame

On Sunday, Mike Piazza doubled the number of players wearing Met caps on their Hall of Fame plaques.  Congratulations to Piazza and to the Mets! I’m glad the team will devote all of next weekend to celebrating Piazza making it to Cooperstown, because the opportunity for the Mets and their fans to celebrate this honor […]