Being someone who has never played in New York City before, let me be among the first to welcome you. And feel free to peruse the following Do's and Dont's list put together especially for you.
Well actually, it was originally put together for Barry Zito. But if you bake a cake for someone who doesn't show up, why let the cake go to waste, right? So David, enjoy. And don't say I didn't try to help:
DO: Feel free to enjoy the vast nightlife in New York City.
DON'T: Go bar hopping with Paris, Britney and Lindsay.
DO: Buy yourself an ambiance CD do drown out the hustle and the bustle of the city if it's too loud.
DON'T: Put earplugs in your ears to drown out the boos of the crowd if they're too loud.
DO: Feel free to appear on the radio or television show if you are asked to provide some in-depth analysis on the New York Mets.
DON'T: Appear in a "Don't Snitch" video with Carmelo Anthony.
DO: Enjoy the diverse assortment of food that you can find in restaurants that span the many cultures of New York.
DON'T: Travel to one of these restaurants in a taxi at 2AM.
DO: Swing on 3-0 counts.
DON'T: Break your hand punching a wall if that 3-0 pitch his popped up with the tying run on third base.
DO: Enjoy fireworks night.
DON'T: Be an active participant near a group of young fans.
DO: Bleach your whites.
DON'T: Bleach reporters.
DO: Buy a nice house in Connecticut and commute.
DON'T: Share a taxi with Tom Glavine.
DO: Steal our hearts.
DON'T: Steal Moises Alou's identity.
DO: Take some important at-bats from Julio Franco.
DON'T: Take some important egg whites from Julio Franco.
And I would be insensitive if I didn't provide a hearty "Welcome Back To The Majors" hello to Roger Cedeno, who was officially signed by the Orioles this weekend after a one season layoff from the major leagues. It reminds me of the Keith Hernandez quote that was brought to my attention by the incomparable Matt Cerrone:
"He plays center like he's being chased by a bee."Proving that Keith was not hallucinating, here is an exclusive image of Cedeno playing center field in his Mets days: