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WOR to broadcast that Piazza home run game on Thursday

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New York, N.Y. – July 26, 2016 – This Thursday night, 710 WOR-AM, the New York Mets’ radio flagship iHeart station, will once again open the vaults to re-air the now-iconic game from September 21, 2001, in which Mike Piazza hit the first home run for a New York team after the terrorist attacks of September 11. This special rebroadcast will serve as a lead-up to Saturday evening’s ceremony at Citi Field in which the Mets will retire newly-minted Hall of Famer Piazza’s number.

Howie Rose, the lead radio voice of the Mets, said, “The Mets-Braves game of September 21st, 2001 was perhaps the most unique sporting event in New York City history. Just ten days after the attacks which took down the World Trade Center and killed nearly three thousand people, it was with great trepidation that many of us made our way to Shea Stadium.”

“A crowd of over forty thousand people had not gathered in one place in New York over the previous week and a half, and there was a palpable nervousness in the ballpark. Until Mike Piazza changed the narrative. His dramatic home run could not reverse the most tragic event in our nation’s history, but it provided a lift, a reason to take a cleansing breath and break into a smile with a clear conscience. Fifteen years later, that home run still provides solace, warmth, and yes, sheer happiness. Hopefully this rebroadcast provides a bit of that,” said Rose.

Listeners will have the opportunity to hear the game just as they did that evening in 2001, including every call by legendary Mets broadcaster Bob Murphy and Gary Cohen. The game will be preceded by a special retrospective program focusing on Piazza’s storied career, hosted by WOR’s Pete McCarthy.

The special broadcast will begin at 6pm on Thursday evening.

Other highlights of the game were Diana Ross singing “America the Beautiful” and Marc Anthony performing the National Anthem.

As the flagship radio station of the New York Mets, WOR is New York’s oldest radio station and one of the country’s top rated talk stations. Founded in 1922, it was one of the first radio stations in America to use directional antenna to increase the scope and range of its broadcast, and is one of the best radio broadcast signals in the U.S.

The next Met to make Cooperstown will be……Gary Cohen

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With no Mets on the horizon be the next Hall of Famer as a player, let’s take a second to ponder that Gary Cohen is likely a no doubt future winner of the Ford Frick Award and entry into Cooperstown.

Think about it….Gary is going to cruise right past thirty seasons with the Mets, and there is zero sign of him slowing down at all.  Assume he easily makes 40+ and beyond.

Voters are asked to base their selections on longevity; continuity with a club; honors, including national assignments such as the World Series and All-Star Games; and popularity with fans. To be considered, an active or retired broadcaster must have a minimum of 10 years of continuous major league broadcast service with a ball club, network, or a combination of the two.

Jon Miller is in.  Dick Enberg. Tim McCarver. Bob Murphy. Lindsey Nelson.  Many more.  And don’t overthink that “national assignments” thing as guys like Jerry Coleman and Harry Kalas are in and I don’t recall them on any national assignments since I started paying attention at 7.  (Although, look forward to Joe Buck Day.)

Now the Frick Award page goes out of its way to mention that it’s not the same as being “inducted”, but I think it’s just a matter of time until everyone gets a new t-shirts and hops the bus to honor Gary Cohen in Cooperstown.


Mets Host Cardinals in Cheapest Remaining Games at Citi Field This Year


Remember this time last year, when Clayton Kershaw flirted with a perfect game and Justin Upton’s three-run blast drenched the Mets’ playoff hopes? Well, a lot has happened since, and the Amazins find themselves in an eerily similar spot as they set to begin their first homestand of the second half with the St. Louis Cardinals this week.

In what was likely the biggest summer in franchise history, the Mets stormed back in the N.L. East standings following the acquisition of Yoenis Cespedes, immediately rattling off seven straight wins before going on seven and eight-game winning streaks in August and September, respectively. The three-month offensive surge propelled the team to its fifth World Series appearance.

It’s silly to assume the Mets will have a similar fairy tale run through the dogs days of summer this year, but the upcoming homestand will be a telling one in terms of Wild Card positioning. The Mets enter Monday’s contest just .5 games out of the second Wild Card spot, with the Cardinals on their coattails at a full game behind.

Fans won’t be cutting holes in their wallets to attend the early-week series, however, as each of the three games are among the cheapest remaining at Citi Field this year. Below is complete price breakdown for NY Mets tickets against the Cardinals, according to Razorgator:

7/25/16 Noah Syndergaard (9-4, 2.43) vs. Carlos Martinez (9-6, 2.83) | Get-in Price: $10

The Cardinals are just 10-17 at Citi Field since it opened in 2009. Noah Syndergaard will take the hill on Monday night against Carlos Martinez, both of which have been All-Stars over the last two seasons. It will be the marquee pitching matchup of the series, though tickets start from just $10. Syndergaard has faced the Cardinals once before in his career, where he lost 3-2 at Busch Stadium. Martinez is 1-1 with a 0.57 ERA in two starts against the Mets lifetime.

7/26 Bartolo Colon (8-5, 3.48) vs. Jaime Garcia (7-6, 3.98) | Get-in Price: $12

Ageless wonder Bartolo Colon is slated to start Tuesday night against Jaime Garcia. As it stands now, it will be the most expensive game of the series, with St. Louis Cardinals tickets listed from $12. Colon looks to bounce back after a difficult outing against the Cubs last week, where he pitched just 4.1 innings and gave up six earned runs. Garcia is 2-0 in July and coming off a 3-2 win against the Padres last Wednesday.

7/27 Logan Verrett (3-6, 4.14) vs. Adam Wainwright (9-5, 4.09) | Get-in Price: $8

Logan Verrett’s shelling at the hands of the Nationals earlier this month hasn’t appeared to rattle his confidence, and the 26-year-old put together two respectable outings in Philadelphia and Miami over the last week and a half. He’ll need to come up big against three-time All-Star Adam Wainwright on Wednesday, however. Still, even with Wainwright getting the start, Wednesday’s game will be the cheapest of the series. Fans can find tickets from just $8. Citi Field parking is also available for the cheapest rates on

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