This issue is Volume 52, Issue #4, cover price is $5. It is the fourth of 5 different issues that the Mets are scheduled to produce in 2013 (April 1st, May 20th, July 19thth, August 6nd and September 9th), and it is a Professional Sports Publication production and only 160 pages. “Wheelz Up” is the caption and Zack Wheeler graces his first Mets Magazine cover.
Along with the Wheeler feature, which is also the bi-lingual article of the issue, the only featured pieces is wall-to-wall coverage of the All-Star Game Week festivities.
The usual departments are represented;
The 2013 schedule, truncated to be from August forward of course, and ticket info.
The Around The Bases capsule previews of upcoming homestand opponents. This issue looks at the Rockies, Braves, Tigers and Phillies. As well as Rookie Watch spotlight on the Rockies’ Nolan Arenado and the Phillies’ Darin Ruf. This is followed by a one page spotlight on the announced Mike Piazza Hall of Fame Day on September 29th and a half page piece on an upcoming Fiesta Latina day on August 24th.
Up next is the Wheeler feature which goes into his upbringing and features a photo of Wheeler and Dwight Gooden from Citi Field on July 21st.
This is followed by a quick spotlight on Social Media Day on August 23rd, which will include a free giveaway Jay Horwitz bobblehead.
Then the wall-to-wall All-Star festivities coverage begins;
There is a nice photo spread of the game itself to kick things off, included are shots of Tom Seaver, Marc Anthony, Terry Collins, Matt Harvey, and David Wright. The Home Run Derby is next, followed by a look at what the Mets charitable arm was doing during the week. The Futures Game gets a write up next, and features photos of Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero and Brandon Nimmo as they represented the Mets in the game.
The MLB Fan Fest, which was held at the Javits Center gets a spotlight next with a shot at a Met history mural. Followed by a two-page spread of baseball legends and celebrities having some fun during the softball game. Included in the photos were Mike Piazza, John Franco, Darryl Strawberry, Rickey Henderson, Boomer Esiason, Kevin James, Miss America Mallory Hagan, Jennie Finch and others. And the first half of the coverage finishes with a look at the Red Carpet parade treatment along mid-town Manhattan that the All-Stars got on Monday. Included were pictures of Wright and Harvey, along with a nice Wright themed All-Star Game bus ad on a Gray Line double-decker NYC tour bus.
Up next is the scorecard, once again is the same for the entire length of the homestands the issue covers. Daniel Murphy is the poster boy of this issue.
Following the scorecard, the All-Star Game retrospectives concludes with a look at the All-Star Game pre-game celebration that featured live performances, mascots hanging around and all sorts of fun.
Met merchandise gets a one page look, Following that are the Specialty of The House look at the special Meatball Hero that was created for the All-Star Game menu and All-Star Alumni Profile catching up with Frank Viola.
Then you get the usual Kids Pages, Citi Field information, and the On The Air headshots of the broadcast crews to wrap up the book.
Definitely worth the 5 buck cover price! By the way, for information on how to purchase the programs without going to Citi Field, the information is listed on the Mets’ website at http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/nym/ballpark/information/index.jsp?content=guide#guide_m
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