Meet the Mets Song: Rhapsody in Orange and Blue

The description below written by the artist shown here, Sara Davis Buechner. Bravo Sara! 🙂
Many baseball teams have theme songs, but none is as clever or catchy as “Meet the Mets,” composed in 1962 by Ruth Roberts and Bill Katz. The song celebrates the return of National League baseball to New York City, when the New York Mets were introduced at the Polo Grounds, after the lamentable departure of the Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers for the west coast in 1958.

The New York Mets have had a colorful history ever since, and are poised to win the National League East pennant this year. The tune is on every New Yorker’s mind these days, and so I created my own piano rendition of the song. It is in a pep rally style, perhaps as Liszt or Gershwin might have played it.

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Baltimore Orioles Release 2016 Spring Training Schedule for Sarasota

(Sarasota, FL) The Orioles today announced their 2016 Grapefruit League schedule, which opens Tuesday, March 1, with an away game in Lake Buena Vista, FL against the Atlanta Braves. The Orioles will open their home schedule the following day, Wednesday, March 2, with a 1:05 p.m. game against the Braves at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. The Grapefruit League season will conclude with the club’s home-finale on Thursday, March 31, against the Braves. The 2016 season marks the seventh consecutive Spring Training season for the Orioles in Sarasota, and the sixth at renovated Ed Smith Stadium.

Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Ed Smith Stadium for camp on Thursday, February 18, with their first workout set for the following day. Position players are scheduled to report on Wednesday, February 23, with the first full-squad workout slated for Thursday, February 24. Fans are invited to watch the team’s workouts on the back fields at the complex each day. There is no charge to attend, and free parking is available.

Baltimore will face eight different opponents during their 16-game home Grapefruit League campaign. The Orioles will host the Minnesota Twins and the Braves three times each and the Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, and Pittsburgh Pirates twice each. The Orioles will also square off against the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies once each at Ed Smith Stadium.

Additionally, the Orioles will play 16 games on the road during the Spring Training season. The team will make three trips to play the Twins; two trips to play the Rays, Blue Jays, Phillies, Red Sox, Yankees, and Pirates; and one trip to play the Braves.

Single game tickets for all 16 games at Ed Smith Stadium will go on sale January 23, 2016. Fans interested in Season Plans, or those wishing to receive additional Spring Training ticket information, may call the Orioles Spring Training office in Sarasota at 941-893-6300. Fans interested in additional information on suite rentals or pre-game party facilities should call 941-893-6317. Additional information on Orioles Spring Training is available at
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SW Florida High School Football Game of the Week Broadcast: Venice Indians vs. Braden River Pirates 7:25 PM EDT

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Tonight’s Sarasota/Manatee High School Game of the week broadcast features an 7A District 11 matchup between the Venice Indians and the Braden River Pirates from Braden River High School in Bradenton.

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Trunk or Treat Returns to McKechnie Field October 24th

(Bradenton, FL) The Pittsburgh Pirates and Bradenton Marauders will hold Trunk or Treat at McKechnie Field on Saturday, October 24 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. This family friendly trick-or-treating event is free to attend and will take place rain or shine. More than 1,000 trick-or-treaters have attended previous Trunk or Treats.

Trunk or Treat allows children to trick-or-treat in a safe environment, receiving candy from Halloween themed vehicle trunks. Candy won’t be the only cure for a sweet tooth, as there will also be Halloween cookie decorating. Other activities scheduled include a photo booth, a haunted clubhouse, the Marauders’ inflatable games, and hay rides around the field. A costume contest for children in attendance will be held during the first 90 minutes of Trunk or Treat, with prizes to be awarded at 5:30 p.m. A DJ will provide music throughout the evening.
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Parking for Trunk or Treat is available in the outfield lot at McKechnie Field, accessible from Ninth Street West immediately north of the ballpark. Attendees can enter through the rear gate. A limited number of parking spots will also be available in the home plate lot on the corner of Ninth Street and 17th Avenue West. Attendees parking in the home plate lot will enter directly into the trick-or-treating area.

For more information about the Bradenton Marauders, please call 941-747-3031 or visit, or email

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