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My name is Adam and from 1997 to 2001 I was a videographer for Bobby Valentine's New York Mets. On these pages you will be able to go behind-the-scenes with The New York Mets and find out more about me and what I was able to do with my 5 years with the club. So, take a look around and enjoy the tour!
The American pastime! It is woven into the fabric of our society. Our own experiences with baseball have left an individual stamp on each of us, whether it's the unpleasant memory of being the last chosen in a pickup game or the warm glow you felt the first time you walked through the dark tunnel of a ball park and emerged into the bright sunlight reflecting off an emerald green field. From 1997 to 2001, I had some amazin' experiences that I am able to share with you! It goes something like this...
As I just mentioned, from 1997 to 2001, I worked as a videographer for the New York Mets baseball club. I often get asked what exactly a videographer is and what one does. Basically, I helped to gather video information of the major league teams that the Mets played. We then broke down (edited) the video for the players and coaches to view before they played a team. In addition to plain-old written scouting reports that the team gets, the players and coaches can now "see" a team (or a specific player) before they play them. This helps to prepare the Mets before they even step on the field; especially if The Mets have never faced a particular player before. In addition, the Mets now use a new computer system from Pinnacle Sports Systems which allows them to chart every pitch from every game for scouting purposes.
The "video guys" edited videos constantly because the Mets needed the most recent information about other teams. The video room is in operation 20+ hours a day! The video work starts at the beginning of spring training and doesn't stop until the last out is recorded at the end of the year. The video motto had been, "It's gotta be the tapes!" and looking back, it seemed as though the success I had along with the Mets success on the field had been a direct result of our tapes (at least I try to believe that it was the reason)! So the next time you're watching a Mets broadcast and the commentators start talking about the use of video and scouting, you'll know exactly what -- and who -- they're talking about! Yes, that was me for 5 seasons.
In the 2000 season, my favorite season, the Mets finished the year as National League Champions and came close to a World Series Championship. From the opener in Japan to the fantastic showdown in The Bronx and Shea, 2000 was a memorable ride that none of us will ever forget.
Recently, I began writing a book detailing my 5-year stint with the Mets. I'm hoping to finish it by the summer, 2004. The book, still without any definitive title, explains how I got the job, stories and events that I witnessed, as well as more behind-the-scenes tales. I'm also looking for a publisher who would be interested in publishing the story of what happened when an ordinary fan, like myself, got to walk in the shoes of a major leaguer.
2000 Championship Champagne Party Photos 2000 Division Series Champagne Party Photos 2000 Wild Card Champagne Party Photos 1999 Division Series Champagne Party Photos Clubhouse Tour Adam's Mets Photo Album About Adam Links Uniforms 2000 Backpage Slideshow Live Game-Time Weather Mets Record WITHOUT Adam Foxsports.com Mets Team Report
Benny Agbayani Visits Adam's 5th Grade Class 6/19/01
Turk Wendell Visits Adam's 5th Grade Class 5/17/00
2000 WILD CARD CHAMPAGNE PARTY PICTURES 9/27/00
2000 DIVISION SERIES CHAMPAGNE PARTY PICTURES 10/8/00
2000 N.L. CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES PICTURES 10/16/00
WHY ADAM LEFT THE METS
FLUSHING, NY - The New York Mets offered videographer Adam a surprising and disgraceful raise of 0.0175%. Translation? Twenty-five cents more per hour. "For an organization who spends millions of dollars every year on players, they sure don't treat their employees who don't play the game on the field very well. Insulting is the word that comes to mind, just insulting." Adam said. "I've worked with the Mets for five seasons; working until 2 in the morning many times and I've also been here at 6 in the morning before a day game. I put in my time, energy, and heart into the Mets. I wanted to come back for my sixth season but the money for my time just wasn't there. It's ridiculous and nothing short of a let down," Adam continued.
After five seasons with the club, videographer Adam decided to leave the Mets after the 2001 season as a result. "I've always been a baseball fan and I was blessed to have the chance to work for what I thought was a great organization. I learned a lot while I was here too. Nevertheless, I feel as though a twenty-five cent raise is a slap in the face; especially after five full seasons under my belt. I put my heart and soul into what I did for Bobby [Valentine] but right now there is nothing I can do about it," Adam said.
The Mets began to use video tape for scouting purposes back in 1997. In an August, 1997 New York Times article, The Philadelphia Phillies accused the Mets of stealing signs via video tape. When asked if this were the case, Adam stated, "It's the Mets, knowing what you know about them now, what do you think?".
Adam was there when it began; hired back in March of 1997. "It's sad to have to leave after all this time. They obviously wanted me back but to offer me a quarter more per hour is just disgraceful. I wanted to come back, but I'm not. Not for a slap-in-the-face raise. It's too bad that people (the fans) out there think that the New York Mets run a first-class and great organization. They don't and they're not, period. They use people and get whatever they can out of their employees to further the success of their team. It's a business and when I hear the word 'baseball' that's what I think - 'business'. It's a shame this is how I am ending my career with them," Adam continued. "When people think of the Mets, they think of the nine players on the field that day. They never think of the thousands of people behind the scenes who help run this organization - and many time help them get to the top. I just wish the fans were able to see this and understand this. Maybe they'll get it when they see their team in last place for a long time to come because apparently I knew what I was doing there. I loved what I did."
Videographer Adam video-scouted for the Mets from 1997 to 2001. He met now-former President Bill Clinton on Jackie Robinson Night in April of 1997, made it to the NLCS against the Atlanta Braves in 1999, and watched as the cross-town rival New York Yankees beat the Mets in the 2000 World Series from the Mets clubhouse at Shea Stadium. "It's been a great ride. I'm just sad that it ends like this. I guess this means that I will be moving on to bigger and better things," Adam said.
Currently, Adam is writing a book entitled, 'Fair & Foul', chronicling his five seasons with the Mets. In the book he plans to share the story of how he became a videographer/scout and many of his behind-the-scene stories of the clubhouse that he was able to experience.
2002 METS RECORD WITHOUT ADAM:
26.5 GAMES BACK, NL EAST - LAST PLACE
LONGEST LOSING STREAK OF 2002 SEASON - 12....LONGEST SINCE 13-GAME STREAK IN 1980
LOST ALL OF THEIR AUGUST HOME GAMES (0-13); ONLY THE 3RD TEAM IN MLB HISTORY TO LOSE ALL HOME GAMES IN ANY GIVEN MONTH AND THE FIRST NL TEAM TO DO IT (HAVE LOST 15 STRAIGHT AT HOME OVERALL - NEW NL RECORD!)
METS CLINCH LAST PLACE FOR 2002 SEASON - HAVE FIRST LOSING SEASON SINCE ADAM ARRIVED IN 1997END RESULT: METS FIRE BOBBY VALENTINE, hire Art Howe...and the Mets end up in last place anyway.Mets Record WITHOUT Adam
END RESULT: METS FIRE BOBBY VALENTINE, hire Art Howe...and the Mets end up in last place anyway.
Mets Record WITHOUT Adam
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LAUGHING OUT LOUD:
Adam gets last laugh as Mets suffer embarassing and lost season. Never in Adam's 5-year stint with the Mets was he ever a part of a losing season. Without Adam in 2002, the Mets unraveled in ever facet possible. The losing continued in 2003 as the Mets ended up in last place for the second consecutive year. Although 2004 and 2005 were better, it's still not like when Adam was there. Sweet revenge, sweet revenge.
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Stats last updated on 3/7/02 at 7:05pm
MLB Complete & Expanded 2002 Standings Complete Mets Schedule/Past Results
New York Mets Official Website
1997: 88 - 74 (3rd Place, NL East)
1998: 88 - 74 (2nd Place, NL East)
1999: 97 - 66 (NL Wild Card Winner)
2000: 94 - 68 (NL CHAMPIONS!)
2001: 82 - 80 (3rd Place, NL East)
June 20 2001:
Final Lifetime Regular Season Record:
POSTSEASON RECORD: 13-11
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