Pop star meets baseball Hall of Famer

Pop star Lorde finally met Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame member George Brett last night.

The Kansas City Star published an article explaining the connection between the two.

Watch ex-Mets OF Jeff Francoeur get pranked by his Triple-A teammates

In case you haven’t seen it already, watch this video to see how Jeff Francoeur’s El Paso Chihuahuas teammates played a month-long prank on him.

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Somerset Patriots To Hold Fanfest Saturday

The Somerset County Parks Commission is offering fans the chance to have their names engraved on personalized bricks at the entrance to TD Bank Ballpark, home of the Atlantic League's Somerset Patriots

TD Bank Ballpark (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Tomorrow afternoon, Saturday, April 12th, baseball fans can take a look at the way baseball was played in the 19th century and get autographs from Somerset Patriots players and coaches at the team’s annual Fan Fest at TD Bank Ballpark.

The event, which will be held from noon-3 p.m., will feature a game between the Flemington Neshanock and the Elizabeth Resolutes played using 1864 rules. The two teams are members of the Mid-Atlantic Vintage Base Ball League.

Somerset Patriots manager emeritus Sparky Lyle, manager Brett Jodie, hitting coach Shane Spencer and select team players will also be on hand to sign autograph at various times during the event.

Fans will be able to tour the ballpark and take advantage of ticket specials, and there will be a variety of children’s activities.

For more information, visit somersetpatriots.com.

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ScoreBig.com promises ticket savings

(Image courtesy of ScoreBig.com)

(Image courtesy of ScoreBig.com)

ScoreBig.com is a  marketplace where you can get tickets to sporting events, concerts, Broadway shows and other events. They recently offered me a credit to purchase tickets in exchange for a review.

Unlike some other ticket marketplaces, you don’t get to choose your exact seats at ScoreBig.com. Instead, you select a seating category ranging from one to five stars. You make an offer based on what you are willing to pay and the relative price of seats in that category, and you instantly find out if it is accepted.

Based on a $95.07 “full price” value for three-star seating for the May 25th game between the New York Mets and Arizona Diamondbacks, I made an offer of $50 per ticket for two seats for the game. My offer was accepted, and lowered to $44.50 per ticket… which sounds like a great deal.

My tentative seats are in the Baseline Box Silver category in Section 129, and you could get tickets in that category for $45 per seat from the Mets. Hmm… guess the savings aren’t quite as big as I thought.

Two positives for ScoreBig.com, though – first, there are no service or delivery fees, and second, you are guaranteed to save something on each ticket.

The site is easy to use and looks like a decent option to consider if you’re not concerned about the exact part of the ballpark you’ll be sitting in. Still, I don’t think ScoreBig.com is likely to become my main option for buying Mets tickets.

Disclaimer: I received a credit from ScoreBig.com in exchange for writing a review.

Cool things in the Mets Museum this year

The Mets Museum has fewer items on display this season than in previous years, but there’s still some cool stuff to go see.

Howie Rose's scorecard from Johan Santana's no-hitter (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Howie Rose’s scorecard from Johan Santana’s no-hitter (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

You can see how Howie Rose “put it in the books” when Johan Santana pitched the first (and only, so far) no-hitter in Mets history in 2012.

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