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A baseball expert and Green-Wood’s resident historian will lead fans around the sprawling cemetery to the graves of baseball greats next Saturday.

Tom Gilbert of the Society for Baseball Research, along with historian Jeff Richman, will discuss the lives and monuments of Henry Chadwick, who invented the game’s scoring system; Charles Ebbets, owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers; and Charlie Smith, a well-known hitter who played for the Mets and the Yankees.

The tour will last from 1 to 3 pm on Saturday, March 29. Tickets are available on Green-Wood’s website.

Image via Ballparks of Baseball

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The Mets are 9-8 heading into the first game of a three-game set against the Dodgers tonight.

Despite being over .500, it’s obvious that Terry Collins’ squad is hit or miss at this point in the season.

With an ace-in-the-making in Matt Harvey and a solid lefty in John Niese, the Mets have two starting pitchers capable of winning 12-plus games. However, the rest of the rotation has proven it is a major liability.

Matt Harvey is 4-0 with a 0.93 ERA.    Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

While Harvey has displayed why he is touted to be an elite pitcher for years to come in the majors, especially during his win against the Nationals last Friday that saw him outduel Stephen Strasburg, the Mets’ other two starters, Dillon Gee and Jeremy Hefner, have left a great deal to be desired.

Gee and Hefner are a combined 1-5 thus far while Harvey and Niese are an impressive 6-1.

It’s unlikely that two productive starting pitchers will be able to carry the Mets through a 162-game season, especially with a lineup that is sporadic in its offensive production.

John Buck may be leading the National League with 22 RBI, but he can’t be expected to carry the offensive load for the Mets, as he’s a lifetime .238 hitter.

John Buck is off to a hot start.               Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The only consistent offensive production the Mets can count on, as of right now, are the bats of David Wright and Daniel Murphy. They are batting .311 and .348, respectively.

With the Braves and Nationals proving early on that they are legitimate pennant contenders coming out of the NL East, the Mets’ rotation will have to prove that it has the depth to make a sincere push towards sustained success over the summer months.

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Tonight is the community meeting regarding the Astoria Park diving pool

Remember – tonight the community gets to meet with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation regarding the transition of the Astoria Park diving pool to a theater. They’ll be sharing the schematic design for the proposed performance space. The meeting takes place at Astoria World Manor, 25-22 Astoria Blvd (GMAP), from 6:30-8:30pm. All are welcome.

Sunnyside CSA opens sign ups for the 2013 season tomorrow night

The Sunnyside CSA has posted a sign up announcement on their website:

It’s time to prepare for Sunnyside CSA 2013 Sign Ups! Returning and new members, please join us on February 21st from 6-8pm at Sunnyside Community Services and sign up for the 2013 Summer/Autumn Season!

Please read about our 2013 Share Options. For the Summer/Autumn Season, we are offering vegetable, fruit, herb and dairy shares. Once you decide what you want, you can download the contract and bring it, along with your check made out to Sunnyside CSA, to the sign up. (You can also fill out a contract there, but things will move much quicker if you have it all ready.)

The produce at Sunnyside CSA comes from Golden Earthworm Farm (vegetables); Briermere Farm (fruit); Milk Not Jails (dairy – pasteurized); and meat, cheese, honey, bread and more from Lewis Waite. CSAs are a fantastic way to eat healthy food and support local economies.

Long Island City vs. LIC

The NY Post published a piece on how some folks would like to see the community of Long Island City renamed as simply “LIC.” Apparently it’s confusing to some – they think it’s out in Nassau or Suffolk, instead of one stop from the city. We’ve heard it’s bad for real estate, hotels, and morale, and goes against the image that Long Island City is urban and hip. What do you think? Leave us a comment via twitter at @queensycity.

Joey Ramone – New York City

This video is excellent – great music, excellent editing, and Queens is in it!

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Mets baseball and weekly sports news and views

We’d like to welcome new contributor Mitchell Petit-Frere. He’s going to be bringing us news and views on sports and Queens on a weekly basis. Check out his first post about the Mets! Baseball is almost here, thank goodness.

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[Each Wednesday, we’ll be bringing you sports news and views by new contributor Mitchell Petit-Frere – welcome, Mitchell! -Ed]

Image source: Zack Wheeler Facebook page

The first official pitch of the Mets’ 2013 season won’t be thrown until April 1, but preparations for the 162-game season began February 11 when pitchers and catchers reported to Port St. Lucie, Florida for spring training.

After four consecutive seasons of fourth place finishes in the NL East, the Mets are hoping to erase memories of nearly half a decade of irrelevance into a season that transforms Citi Field from a ballpark of lost hope into a theater of youthful exuberance.