Elster's World

Friday, May 30, 2008

Hakoras Hatov and Some Scattered Thoughts

Last night had the pleasure of attending Shea to watch the Mets beat the Dodgers, courtesy of MOC. The lineup featured MOC, MOC's Israeli son and the infamous Joe Schick (who, by the way, is eagerly awaiting this post so he can use it as fodder of his own this morning).

First special thanks to MOC who (i) snagged us a field box halfway between first base and the right field wall (extra special because the right field corner also doubles as the Place Where You Can Get Kosher Food At Shea) on what was just a perfect night for baseball and, even better, (ii) provided door to car us transportation from the game. Once again proving the tried and true rule - It's totally cool to have connections to well connected guys, no matter how tenuous those connections may be).

Some highlights of the evening:

- Game-wise, David Wright hit 2 home runs and Carlos Delgado showed he still gives a crap by making a nice diving stop on a ball for an out. And yes, the ground shook when he hit it. Endy Chavez chipped in with a great throw out at home plate AND brought his rbi total for the season up to 2. Big win for the Mets, matching the season's longest winning streak at a whopping...three.

- It seems Joe keeps 120 days of sefirah - or at least he's machmir with regards to getting haircuts. It appears as though his last one was some time in 2006. I would wonder if he was still mourning Beltran's strikeout in the final game of the playoffs, but he swears that season never took place.

- The Met fans showed they have no loyalty when they stood and cheered for Joe Torre during a pitching change in the 7th, prompting me to ask "Joe Torre is still alive?" Joe was incensed enough that I feared we were about to have a brawl in my section.

- MOC is like a Met starting pitcher. He attends about 400 games a year but has trouble lasting into the 7th. Last night was a breakout performance - we managed to stay until the middle 8th - leaving only because of the fear of watching Aaron Heilman surrender back to back to back home runs to blow the game.

- Joe's favorite section in Shea is the loge - right behind home plate. I mention this because he did - about 35 times. In his defense, we were sitting in "crappy" field level box seats so I totally get his issue. And yes, I'm being sarcastic.

- High point of the evening - listening to MOC and Joe snarkily ripping on bloggers I have never heard of who stopped writing in 2004. Low point - paying $354 for food at the stadium. UPDATE - THERE WAS NO RIPPING - JUST SOME GOOD NATURED RIBBING.

All in all, a good time was had by all - courtesy, once again, of MOC.


  • We were not ripping bloggers, just pointing out that after a while most bloggers lose interest.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 2:52 PM  

  • Youn ripped at least 2 bloggers.

    By Blogger Elster, at 3:11 PM  

  • That's not true - perhaps the 12 ounce beer you had gave you a buzz.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 3:45 PM  

  • Happy now?

    By Blogger Elster, at 3:50 PM  

  • Don't knock my Dodgers. One day real soon we'll be looking down at you guys while wearing our World Series rings. ;)

    By Blogger Jack, at 6:01 PM  

  • One day soon????? Your manager died in 2004 and your pitching stinks.

    By Blogger Elster, at 3:30 PM  

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