FOCO Releasing New York Mets Mascot Opening Day Bobblehead

Opening Day has finally arrived, and FOCO has New York Mets fans covered once again with an Opening Day bobblehead. The new release features the legendary Mets mascot holding a bag of peanuts and a snack box as he gets ready for game one of the long season.

The bobblehead also plays the classic tune of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” with the press of a button. Collectors can pre-order the bobblehead today (4/1) for the price of $50. Fans should jump on this quickly as there are just over 2,000 models of the lovely bobbleheads. It will sit perfectly next to your Francisco Lindor or Carlos Carrasco bobbleheads, which were also brilliantly designed by FOCO.

Yankees: Disappointing Miguel Andujar injury news shouldn’t damper Opening Day

New York Yankees, Miguel Andujar

The New York Yankees are just a few hours away from Opening Day against the Toronto Blue Jays at 1:05 PM. While the weather report calls for rain, the Yankees are expected to walk out ace Gerrit Cole against Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Cole, who finished his first season with the Yankees in 2020, is coming off the campaign where he hosted a 3.17 ERA, striking out 239 batters and allowing 63 runs. While Cole did have a few issues during spring training, he normally utilizes that time to develop some of his weaknesses, relying on his strengths the second the regular season starts and games officially matter.

However, the Yankees did experience a few negatives ahead of their first game of the season on Thursday afternoon. Several players are hitting the injured list, including depth infielder Miguel Andujar, who will sit out for 10 days with right wrist carpal tunnel syndrome.

In addition, Zack Britton was placed on the 60-day injured list, Luke Voit on the 10-day injured list with a left knee medial meniscus injury, and Justin Wilson on the 10-day injured list for left shoulder information.

What will the Yankees do with Andujar now?

An unfortunate bout for Andujar, who only experienced 15 at-bats this spring, earning a .133 batting average with just two hits. Miguel is fighting for a spot on the active roster but hasn’t found his spot defensively on the team, despite being given multiple opportunities. The Yankees view him as a supplement in the outfield and at third base, even at second if DJ LeMahieu were to go down. He’s essentially a below-average utility player with solid offensive prowess but struggled in 2020 to get going.

Luckily for the Yankees, they are primarily healthy going into the regular season, and while they did have a scare with Aaron judge and an illness, he’s expected to be 100% and ready to go against Toronto.

One exciting piece of news is that relief pitcher Lucas Luetge officially signed a major league contract and joined the team after proving to be an asset this spring. Lucas earned a 1.74 ERA over 10.1 innings this off-season, striking out 18 batters and allowing two runs. Overall, he was stellar and will likely fill in, in the absence of Justin Wilson and Zack Britton.

Report: New York Giants and CB Jason McCourty have ‘mutual interest’

new york giants, jason mccourty

It is never a bad thing to bring on a former Super Bowl-winning player, as the New York Giants have several on their roster who have played at the biggest stage. This off-season, the Giants have been extremely active in free agency, acquiring names like Kenny Golladay and Adoree Jackson, but it doesn’t seem they are done just yet, as they continue to scour the market for cheap signings that can influence the team in 2021.

Recently, the Giants were connected with veteran defensive back Jason McCourty, a former Rutgers stand-out and sixth-round pick in 2009, as per Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post. McCourty spent the last few years in New England with his brother Devin, winning a Super Bowl and making an impact as a starter. Last year, he played in 16 games, starting in 11. He recorded three passes defended with 42 combined tackles.

At 33 years old, Jason doesn’t have much more time in the NFL but joining a team that values him and can offer him an impactful role is essential. The veteran corner simply wants to help the teammates around him, whether it be mentoring or serving as a back-up to a team that simply wants him. A good experience to end his career is essentially what he’s looking for, and the Giants can offer him an entirely changed culture led by a head coach Joe Judge, who has immediate relations with McCourty from his time in New England.

The question is, how are the Giants be able to sign him with minimal salary space left to spare?

Currently, the Giants have $4.18 million in cap space, but there is one avenue they can explore to acquire McCourty. The Giants are currently on the hook for $2.83 million due to Isaac Yiadom, who will serve as the back-up to Adora Jackson and James Bradberry next season. If the Giants feel as though Jason is a better fit and can offer more, they can cut Yiadom and save his entire contract, rolling it over to the veteran.

Personally, I think this would be an efficient move, considering Jason finished the 2020 season with a 79.6 overall coverage grade, allowing just 260 yards and zero scores. He was solid in coverage, and the Giants only really need him for one season to help the younger guys develop. If he’s willing to settle at a cheaper price point, this should be an easy decision for management.