Season 1

May 25, 2023

A Cool Breeze, A Hot Breakfast

There’s nothing quite like a Mets team emerging from its morass just in time for summer. Some years, a late May/early June turnaround will catapult the club clear to October. Other years, it simply makes for an enduring, joyf...

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Feb. 2, 2023

The Balcony Is Open

With Pitchers & Catchers still a little ways away, that means it’s time for Directors & Actors. National League Town turns its attention to its Favorite Baseball Movies, as Greg and Jeff take turns counting down the five film...

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Jan. 10, 2023

Swoop, There He's Not

No deal got done, no games were played and only questions are left in his wake, but the Carlos Correa Era in Flushing was a heckuva time for every Mets fan who lived through it. Greg and Jeff get together …

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Dec. 29, 2022

Sometimes a Fantasy is All You Need

Have you ever been or thought about going to a New York Mets fantasy camp? Mets fan Kerby Valladares just went and he joins National League Town to tell Greg and Jeff what it’s all about down in Port St. …

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Dec. 24, 2022

Big Hall Guys

Just in time for the holidays, National League Town reconvenes its New York Mets Hall of Fame review process and confirms its previous verdict that a lot — A LOT — more Mets and Mets figures deserve plaques in that …

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Dec. 21, 2022

Swoop, There He Is

Just when you think one of the free agent apples of Steve Cohen’s eye has eluded his grasp, the owner of the New York Mets swoops in and grabs Carlos Correa, the multifaceted star shortstop the San Francisco Giants had …

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Dec. 13, 2022

Everywhere a Signing

When Steve Cohen owns your favorite baseball team, you come to expect moves will be made in the offseason. Still, expectations are getting surpassed all the time this offseason, with free agent contracts for — deep breath — J...

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Dec. 7, 2022

Justin Time

Jacob who? National League Town is suddenly all about likely Hall of Famer Justin Verlander. And former All-Star Jose Quintana. And lefty reliever Brooks Raley, even. The Mets are stocking up on pitchers who weren’t here last...

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Dec. 4, 2022

The End of Jake's Era

UPDATED with the Justin Verlander signing! For better (which you can rationalize) or worse (which you can feel in your bones), Jacob deGrom is no longer a New York Met. National League Town processes the news; remembers the h...

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Dec. 1, 2022

It’s the Time Between Seasons

December’s arrival indicates the Baseball Equinox is nigh. How nigh? Listen in and find out how soon we will reach the exact midpoint between the end of the previous season and the beginning of the forthcoming season — or whe...

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Nov. 17, 2022

Detecting Some Winners

Kevin Chapman, author of the Mike Stoneman series of thrillers, joins National League Town (30:23) to a offer glimpse inside his latest book, Dead Winner , and respond to speculation about why Detective Stoneman conveniently ...

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Nov. 10, 2022

Sugar Rush

The Mets wasted no time securing the services of Edwin Diaz as their closer for several more years, and Greg and Jeff waste no time exchanging verbal high-fives over the club’s decision to act quickly. Now, they ask, what abo...

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Oct. 27, 2022

A Less Than Classic Fall

The same postseason that once included the Mets plows ahead to the Fall Classic, where a team the Mets beat 14 of 19 times and finished 14 games behind the Mets will represent the National League — not that we’re …

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Oct. 13, 2022

What Kind of Year Has It Been?

Ah, 2022, the year the Mets won 101 games and made the playoffs with ease. Ah, 2022, the year the Mets blew the division title and were bounced from the postseason almost as soon as they got there. Each of …

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Oct. 10, 2022

Now Leaving Playoff Mode

The Mets shifted from postseason to offseason in two blinks of an L. A great year gets lost in a lousy finish, but that possibility resides within the fine print any time your team clinches something. Greg and Jeff talk …

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Oct. 9, 2022

Survival of the Mettest

Jacob deGrom was himself. The Met offense was itself. The 2022 postseason is still in progress. Greg and Jeff process all that went right in Game Two of the National League Wild Card Series; get past all that is wrong …

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Oct. 8, 2022

Two for the Money

Game One pitched by a high-priced ace didn’t exactly hit the jackpot, yet we’ll try it again, hoping Jacob deGrom can bring the Mets back from the edge of the abyss that Max Scherzer (and a sleepwalking offense) pushed the …

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Oct. 6, 2022

A Window Closes, A Door Opens

The Mets’ regular season was wildly successful, eventually disappointing and ultimately inconclusive. Greg and Jeff are ready to get over the loss of the Eastern Division title and squeeze in at the children’s table, a.k.a. t...

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Sept. 29, 2022

Putting on a Brave Front

As the Mets face potentially rainy nights in Georgia, National League Town lets the sun shine in, reminding us that however we get there, we are all soon to be in playoff mode — and that includes this very podcast. …

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Sept. 22, 2022

Tenth Time’s Another Charm

National League Town celebrates the 2022 Mets joining the franchise’s circle of postseason qualifiers, popping a cork over making the playoffs for the first time in six years, if not yet spraying champagne while the division ...

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Sept. 15, 2022

You Have to Learn to Pace Yourself

Pennant race pressure affects us all when the Mets are actively engaged in pursuit of playoff positioning. It makes for a stressful September, but Greg and Jeff agree it’s far preferable to a month of looking ahead to next ye...

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Sept. 8, 2022

Superstition’s Sometimes the Way

Baseball fans are perfectly logical creatures at least until they start to think about the next game, and when aren’t we thinking about the next game? Greg and Jeff cop to their impulses and rituals regarding what they do to …

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Aug. 31, 2022

The Day of Our Dreams

National League Town provides on-the-scene commentary and reflections from the first Mets Old Timers Day in 28 years, which is to say Greg and Jeff went to game together and had as Amazin’ an experience as they’d imagined. Al...

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Aug. 25, 2022

Ease On Your Scorecard

National League Town pencils in Endy Chavez, Edgardo Alfonzo and Eddie Kranepool for our final pre-Old Timers Day celebration because we’ll never erase the indelible memories each of these three E-Mets provided. In the presen...

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Aug. 18, 2022

The Value of a Buck

After three seasons of trying to manage with first-timers, the Mets turned to an old hand in 2022, and Buck Showalter has surely provided a winning hand in the dugout. National League Town expresses delight at all Buck has do...

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Aug. 11, 2022

Baseball Like It Oughta Be

The best Mets team since 1986 has National League Town thinking October in August, though with August going as well as it is, savoring this summer’s steamy pace might be the most advisable course of action. Once Greg and Jeff...

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Aug. 4, 2022

Pull Up A Chair

National League Town fondly remembers the greatest baseball announcer who ever lived, Vin Scully, particularly how he started in Brooklyn and described a momentous night in Queens. Later (15:20), we balance satisfaction with ...

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July 28, 2022

What Happened in the Subway Series

National League Town didn’t wait for the Mets to play the Yankees before letting you know how their two-game set MIGHT have gone down. Also, as long as Greg and Jeff are bending time to their will, our hosts revisit …

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July 21, 2022

Realigning the Stars

Despite forging National League Solidarity with the temporary teammates of Alonso, Diaz, Marte and McNeil, the senior circuit lost another All-Star Game, so we turn our attention to the process of making the entire week surro...

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July 14, 2022

National League Solidarity

With the All-Star Game approaching, we got to thinking that as NL fans, we’ll be rooting for players from teams we normally can’t stand. Thus, to make common cause with those who will be teammates of some of our favorite …

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July 7, 2022

He's Not Just 17

Keith Hernandez is so much more than a number and so much more than his statistics. As 17 goes up into the rafters at Citi Field, Greg and Jeff fondly revisit (11:17) the most intense Met either of them can …

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June 30, 2022

Long Island's Own

Greg from Long Beach and Jeff from Great Neck explore the Mets’ connection to the counties east of Queens, including the rationale for building Shea Stadium where it rose; the owners, players and professors who left an orange...

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June 23, 2022

The End of the Bench

National League Town concludes its trip through the decades by naming its UtilityMet for the 2020s (to date) and discussing the role versatility plays in the current game (8:50). Greg and Jeff also attempt to shake off the wr...

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June 16, 2022

Even the Nights Are Better

What’s at least as good as the Mets being in first place? Getting to watch them at a decent hour. After a long West Coast road trip, Greg and Jeff are grateful for 7:10 PM starts; banged-up players coming home …

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June 9, 2022

Cycles and Circles

Eduardo Escobar is dashing for third base and we’re right there with him as we celebrate the eleventh cycle in Mets history. We also explore the circle of life that surrounds “old friends” — players we loved as our own …

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June 2, 2022

Flying High

When the Mets packed for their ten-game West Coast road trip, they made sure to take along plenty of momentum. Following a perfect homestand, Greg and Jeff revel a little in the Mets’ enormous division lead; fret not too much...

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May 26, 2022

Thou Shalt Root Wisely

We dubbed them Commandments, but you can think of them as friendly suggestions — Greg and Jeff share a few time-tested guidelines intended to optimize your Mets fandom. Also, we withstand the loss of Max Scherzer; cross paths...

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May 19, 2022

A Few More of Our Favorite Things

Don’t ya love when you discover an unknown player five minutes before everybody else does? When you connect with a total stranger just because you’re each wearing a Mets cap? Experiencing one of those seasons nobody sees comi...

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May 12, 2022

A Week In Joyville

How confident are we in the 2022 Mets? Confident enough to spotlight the 1962 Mets, with National League Town’s first-ever guest, Dave Bagdade, author of A Year in Mudville , the definitive opus on the Original Mets, that ete...

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May 4, 2022

Team In Bloom

April showered Mets fans with wins. With May underway, Greg Prince and Jeff Hysen wonder whether we can stop and smell the roses of first place — or is it our nature to wait for the other shoe to drop? …

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April 30, 2022

Five Arms, No-Hitting

The first combined no-hitter in New York Mets history is cause for the first emergency...we mean celebratory podcast in the long and storied annals of National League Town. Greg Prince and Jeff Hysen get positively giddy over...

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April 28, 2022

As Starts Become Seasons

With the Mets having won the vast majority of their first few weeks’ worth of games, Greg Prince and Jeff Hysen contemplate whether a good start means a good season is in progress. National League Town also introduces Deep Be...

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April 20, 2022

Standing Tall

What’s that ten-foot high presence looming over the entrance to Citi Field? None other than the Tom Seaver statue, at last. National League Town celebrates the unveiling of the LONG overdue tribute to the Franchise and applau...

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April 14, 2022

Homeward Bound

Met-aphorically we sit at the Woodside station, with Mets-Willets Point as our destination. After a rousing road trip to start the season, the Mets are indeed coming home. Greg Prince and Jeff Hysen welcome them back to town ...

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April 5, 2022

Happy New Year?

One ace’s troublesome scapula notwithstanding, we brim with measured excitement for the season at hand. Take a trip around the diamond with Greg Prince and Jeff Hysen as they persuade one another every Met who wasn’t here las...

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March 30, 2022

A Few Of Our Favorite Things

We’re looking forward to Mets baseball because we love the Mets and we love baseball. What exactly do we love about our team and the game they play? In an episode conspicuously devoid of gripes, Greg Prince and Jeff Hysen …

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March 24, 2022

On The Town

The Mets were born in a National League Town. Does that place still exist? As a podcast, absolutely. As a state of mind, eternally. As an identity that speaks to our baseball DNA, evocatively. As an operative phrase describin...

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March 17, 2022

Spring At Last!

As Julie Andrews might put it, St. Lucie's alive with the sound of baseball, the game they have played for a thousand years...or 60 in the Mets' case. The sport and the team we missed are indeed back, and National …

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March 10, 2022

The Locked Out Shape of Our Lives

Greg Prince and Jeff Hysen were eager to be assaulted by the annual onslaught of reassuring Spring Training rituals, routines, and clichés. Rob Manfred had other ideas. St. Lucie stays eerily quiet, but our hosts make plenty ...

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March 3, 2022

Gil and Buck

Greg Prince and Jeff Hysen discuss Buck Showalter, the new Mets manager, and then celebrate the election of Gil Hodges to the Baseball Hall of Fame. (This episode was recorded prior to the cancellation of Spring Training and ...

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