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Crosstown Vocal to sing the National Anthem at Citi Field on Saturday, August 15th!

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2015 at 11:47 am

By: Brian Mangan

crosstown citi 2NYC-based a cappella group Crosstown Vocal is proud to announce that, after a long and arduous journey that began with an audition on a brisk day in March (pictured right) that they will be singing the National Anthem at Citi Field on Saturday, August 15th, 2015 before the first-place Mets take on the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Crosstown Vocal is a nine-person ensemble made up of singers from all around the United States and who love to make music. A cappella music is made without instruments, so whether its the Star-Spangled Banner or a contemporary rock song, all the sounds you hear are made by the singers voices alone (including vocal percussion).

To sing the National Anthem before a sell out crowd at Citi Field is an honor, and the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for several members of the group. One of the members was born and raised in Flushing and has been a season ticket holder since 2006.

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Crosstown Vocal has already been featured at various events around New York City, having performed at the Intrepid Memorial Day Weekend Festival, at the New York Public Library’s Holiday Gala and at venues like Arlene’s Grocery. You can follow them on Facebook by clicking on this link: Crosstown Vocal on Facebook.

The National Anthem is at 6:57 p.m. and first pitch is at 7:10 p.m., so please make it to the ballpark early so that you can park your cars and get to your seats.

Thank you to our fans for all the support throughout the years, and we hope to see you there!

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Taking a Look at Jon Niese’s Actual Trade Value

In Sports on June 24, 2015 at 11:04 am

By: Brian Mangan

With the news that the Mets are actively shopping Jon Niese, I took a look at what the Mets might expect to be able to acquire in exchange for their cost-controlled, league-average lefthander. After looking at a few recent trades involving similar pitchers, I agree with Matt Cerrone who said that a package involving Niese could get the Mets an “an out of favor or boxed out youngster or a veteran” nearing free agency.

To establish this comparison, I looked for pitchers aged 32 or younger who within the last four years had an ERA within a quarter point of Niese, with 35 or more wins, 650 or more innings, and a K-BB ratio of 2 or better. Surprisingly, I found only 9 comparables:

No Matter What You Think of his Defense, Flores was the Right Move

In Sports on June 19, 2015 at 5:15 pm

By: Brian Mangan

It is June 19th, 2015, and we are more than 1/3 of the way through the 2015 season. On this date, the New York Mets are in first place. No matter what happens today, the Mets will be in first place tomorrow. It is a nice place to be.

One issue which has lingered from the outset, however, is uncertainty about whether the Mets made the right decision to go with Wilmer Flores at shortstop instead of signing or trading for another player. It’s an issue I discussed here often, as well as over at MetsBlog, where I wrote several columns on the topic. The most recent of these, “Sandy Alderson was right to stand pat at shortstop,” was not well received by frustrated fans.

I understood the frustration, but still, I felt strongly that the Mets made the right move in giving the job to Flores. Many times last year I stated my belief that Flores would play good enough defense to justify sticking his bat into the lineup, especially on a team starved for offense. I had a three-part series on it last July, which you can read here: #FreeWilmer.

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