LOOK BACK FONDLY
Is Dad constantly talking about the days when our national pastime didn’t showcase shameless disgraces like Roger Clemens, Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez? (Geez, isn’t everybody?!) He’s probably constantly regaling you with tales of Ebbets Field and the Polo Grounds, and a time when baseball in New York was king, when it was everything… and every year. Then he’ll probably appreciate two books we highly recommend here at “BEST OF THE BEST”: one is called “THROUGH A BLUE LENS,” showcasing the photographs of longtime Brooklyn Dodger photographer Barney Stein – a book authored, appropriately enough, by Stein’s daughter Bonnie Crosby. The second, published in correlation with a fantastic exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York recently, is entitled “THE GLORY DAYS: New York Baseball 1947-1957.” As Dad’ll tell you, from the 1947 season until the Dodgers and Giants slunk out of town for California, the epicenter of "The American Game" was New York City. In every year but one, one of the three New York teams played in the World Series, and there were six “Subway Series” (real ones, though). “THE GLORY DAYS” is the companion to the museum’s 2007 exhibition and in addition to some terrific photographs, features essays by scribes like Jules Tygiel, George Vecsey, Jane Leavy, and more. (“THE GLORY DAYS” can be ordered at AMAZON.com, and for a good look at “THROUGH A BLUE LENS,” why not check out www.BarneyStein-photography.com )
Especially for that MET-fan Dad of yours, why not provide him with the opportunity to witness a little payback at the hands of the YANKEES, when the “Subway Series” returns to New York, for its first ever citi FIELD installment. The METS recently announced a special “Subway Series Pack” ticket offer, sold exclusively online at Mets.com, LosMets.com or by phone at (718) 507-TIXX. The five-game packs include tickets to one of the three Subway Series games June 26-28 at citi FIELD, and tickets to any four other regular-season home games in July, August, September, and October. Seating is available from the following categories – Metropolitan Box, Field Box, Caesars Club Bronze, and Baseline Box – but you must select the same category for all five of your games. (And you should definitely visit the METS website to check out where those seats are, because they are actually quite good – but time is running out on this terrific offer!)
HANG IN THERE
This year more than 186,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Even worse, in the time it takes to play nine innings of baseball, nine men will have died from this dreaded disease. As they’ve been doing for years now, MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL is undertaking an inspirational campaign this week to “Keep Dad In The Game” via the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s “Home Run Challenge.” With the vast majority of Major Leaguers steroid-free these days, this year certainly will be a Home Run challenge. But perhaps you can join in to help make up the difference! Just call 1-800-798-CURE and pledge any amount to the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s Home Run Challenge. Again, that’s 1-800-798–C-U-R-E!
SOW NEW SEEDS
Hey, maybe that Dad of yours is a die-hard YANKEE fan, but things being what they are these days - well, he just can’t afford to make it to the new Stadium, so it looks like summer is going to be a little “r ‘n’ r “ in the yard, with a whole lot of John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman on the radio. Well, fear not, people – because for the first time ever, fans of the NEW YORK YANKEES (and everyone else too, I guess) now have the ability to own the exact same grass as that in the new Yankee Stadium, through a new local licensing agreement between Major League Baseball and Stadium Associates, LLC, a New Jersey-based startup teamed with DeLea Sod Farms, the Official Sod Grower of the NEW YORK YANKEES. This licensing agreement marks the first time a professional sports league has licensed their authentic blend of stadium grass. Bags of grass seed are already available for as little as $14.99 (and you can purchase sod, too!), sow if you’re interested, just visit their website at www.StadiumAssociates.com.
HAVE A CATCH
One of the most transcendent and meaningful moments of nearly every childhood involves having a catch with your dad. (And if you don’t think that’s true, then you’ve definitely never stayed for the endings of two of the most popular baseball movies of all time: “FIELD OF DREAMS” and “THE NATURAL”!) This Father's Day, the BROOKLYN CYCLONES are offering dads and their kids a chance to have a catch on Brooklyn's very own field of dreams – KeySpan Park! Their “Father's Day Catch” will take place on the outfield grass from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm on Sunday JUNE 21st, prior to the Cyclones' 5:00 pm game against the STATEN ISLAND YANKEES, but you must have a June 21st game ticket to participate (as well as your own ball and glove!) Unfortunately, no one will be admitted after 4:25 pm, so make sure you get to Coney Island early, and please visit www.BrooklynCyclones.com for more info.
Happy Father’s Day, everyone!