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Watch your Dodgers and SportsNet LA at these SoCal bars and restaurants

While 70% of Dodgers fans wait (and wait… and wait) for the new Dodgers channel SportsNet LA to be carried on Dish, Charter, Uverse, DirecTV, Charter, and other carriers, why not check out the Boys in Blue at your local SoCal bars and restaurants?

CityCynic.com has been monitoring the web for bars and restaurants who get SportsNet LA. (This post will continually be updated.)

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Here’s what we’ve found:

The Arena Sports Bar & Grill 6131 Telegraph Rd. Commerce. (323)721-2100 commercecasino.com

Tattle Tale Room 5401 Sepulveda Blvd. Culver City. (310) 390-2489 tattletaleroom.com

The Short Stop 1455 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles. (213) 482-4942

Frank ‘n Hank 518 S Western Ave. Los Angeles. (213) 383-2087

Slater’s 50/50 61 North Raymond Ave. Pasadena. (626)765-9700 slaters5050.com

Busby’s West 3110 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica. (310) 828-4567 busbysla.com

Barney’s Beanery 8447 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood. (323) 654-2287 barneysbeanery.com

Dirty Bull Tavern 21797 Ventura Blvd. Woodland Hills. (818) 610-8308 dirtybulltavern.com

BRÜ HAUS, 11831 Wilshire Blvd. Brentwood, (310) 473-2337

Mohawk Bend, 2141 Sunset Blvd. Echo Park, (213) 483-2337

Mok Maru Jon Sul Jip, 222 N. Western, Koreatown, (323) 465-6803

The Short Stop, 1455 W Sunset Blvd. Echo Park, (213) 482-4942

Rusty’s Bar & Grill, 1368 Madera Road, Simi Valley, (805) 955-0081

North End Bar & Grill, 2626 Hermosa Ave. Hermosa Beach, 310-379-5379

Buffalo Wild Wings, 7060 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, 323-466-1721

Jameson’s Irish Pub, 6681 Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles, 323-798-5360

Riordan Tavern, 875 S. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, 213-627-6879

Sportsnet-LA-billboardSharks Cove Sports Bar, 309 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Manhattan Beach, 310-545-2683

Cantina Cabo, 30 Washington Blvd. Marina Del Rey, 310-306-2500

33 Taps, 6263 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, 323-962-1400

901 Bar and Grill 2902 Figueroa St. Los Angeles 213-745-7900

Artisan House 600 S Main St. Los Angeles 213-622-6333

Charlie’s Trio 5769 Huntington Drive Los Angeles 323-223-3871

Mohawk Bend 2141 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles 213-483-2337

Short Stop 1455 W Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles 213-482-4942

Palomino’s Restaurant and Bar 10877 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles 310-208-1960

Busby’s West 3110 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica 310-828-4567

Busby’s East 5364 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles 323-525-2615

Baja Sharkeez 3600 Highland Ave. Manhattan Beach 310-545-8811

Grunions Sports Bar & Grill 1501 N Sepulveda Blvd Manhattan Beach 310-545-9910

Bandits Grill and Bar 1980 Ventura Blvd Camarillo 805-445-4742

Barney’s Beanery 8447 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood 323-654-2287

Connie & Ted’s 8171 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood 323-848-2722

Chaparral Lanes 400 West Bonita Ave. San Dimas 909-592-2772

Matt Denny’s Ale House Restaurant 145 East Huntington Dr. Arcadia 626-462-0250

Oak Tree Lanes 980 North Diamond Bar Blvd. Diamond Bar 909-860-3558

Red Car Brewery and Restaurant 1266 Sartori Avenue Torrance 310-782-0222

Paragon Bar and Grill 8319 Louise Ave. Northridge 818-996-3353

Lamppost Pizza 4368 Peck Road El Monte 626-444-2631

Red West Pizza 2119 Pacific Coast Hwy Lomita 310-325-4333

Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill 24201 Valencia Blvd #109 Valencia 661-255-6400

Redondo Beach Cafe 1511 S. Pacific Coast Hwy Redondo Beach 310-316-1047

San Pedro Brewing Company 331 W 6th St San Pedro 310-831-5663

Lulu’s Restaurant 16900 Roscoe Blvd Van Nuys 818-988-0707

Pep’s Sub & Pizza Shack 151 N. Grand Ave Covina 626-332-8475

Samurai Sal’s 1602 Hawthorne Blvd. Hawthorne 323-375-6416

Shakey’s Pizza Parlor 1880 N Hacienda Blvd La Puente 626-918-7471  

SportsWatch Bar and Grill 27961 Highland Ave. Highland 909-280-3250

Giovanni’s Pizza 1150 Brookside Ave. Redlands 909-793-0014

Marie Callender’s 5455 Philadelphia Street Chino 909-613-0434

Beer Hunter Sports Pub & Grill 78483 Hwy 111 La Quinta 760-564-7442

Oak Tree Sports Bar 980 N Diamond Bar Blvd. Diamond Bar 909-860-3668 

Cronies Sports Grill 2855 Johnson Drive Ventura 805-650-6026

Sabroso! Mexican Grill 13129 Harbor Blvd. Garden Grove 714-537-7080

La Habra 300 Bowl 370 E. Whittier Blvd. La Habra 714-526-2058

Mario’s A Taste of Italy 4507 West Coast Hwy. Newport Beach 949-722-7151

OC Sports Grill 450 North State College Blvd. Orange 714-935-0300

The Ranch Restaurant 1025 E Ball Road Anaheim 714-817-4200

Lengthwise Brewing Co 2900 Calloway Dr, Bakersfield 661-589-7394

 

If you find any others, drop us a comment and we’ll add them to the list! And hopefully we’ll all be able to watch the Dodgers on SportsNetLA sometime soon!

 

Sources: LA WeeklyNBCLASCPR

 

Mets legendary catcher Gary Carter dies

RIP Gary Carter, Mets legend

Former Mets catcher and Hall-of-Famer Gary “The Kid” Carter died today from brain cancer at the age of 57.

As a lifelong Mets fan, Gary Carter was a legend. If he wasn’t the Mets catcher in 1986, it’s likely the Mets wouldn’t have won the World Series. Even in the years before and after the ’86 World Series, he brought great contributions to the team and always seemed to respect the fans.

Mets fans have already been dealing with losing Gary Carter, ever since his diagnosis with cancer. Seeing how much Mets fans cared about how Carter was doing really showed me how important a player — and a person — he was to all of us.

His contributions to the Mets — and to the game of baseball — can never be fully repaid. I just wish that the Mets had retired his #8 way before this day. His importance to the team cannot be understated and it’s really shocking to me that the Mets haven’t retired Carter’s number yet.

I was so excited when Gary Carter resurfaced a few years ago as the manager of the Long Island Ducks. It was just so exciting having such a baseball presence back at the ballfield.

Thanks for everything, Kid. You will be missed. And you will never be forgotten.

An interview with three-brother rock band Council, playing Citi Field September 27th

Council, the three-brother rock band, will be appearing at Citi Field for a pre-game concert on September 27th, when the Mets take on the Cincinnati Reds.

I recently had a chance to sit down for an interview with Doug, Pat, and Andy Reeves to discuss the band, their plans, and how they got the opportunity to play at Citi Field.

ANTHONY CANTIELLO, METSTALK.COMTell us a little about yourselves… Who is Council? When and how did you guys get started and how would you describe your sound?

DOUG REEVES: Council is made up of myself, my twin brother Pat, and my year younger brother, Andy.

We are farmers on our family farm and just looking to find a way out. It is a fruit and vegetable farm. We have everything from strawberries, sweet corn, peppers, squash, tomatoes, to gourmet peppers, pumpkins, gords and blueberries.

PAT REEVES: Such a tragic life we lead [Joking and referring to Doug’s answer]

DOUG: Our band was formed in the same manner as the way we write music and do anything else together, arguing. Pat picked up Andy’s guitar that wasn’t being used and decided to learn to play some chords. Andy didn’t like Pat using his guitar, so he decided he was going to learn to play guitar.

ANDY REEVES: And we’re all lucky I did.

DOUG: Pat would have to settle for the bass. However, he was quick to claim lead singer after losing out for guitarist.

PAT: And we’re lucky I did.

DOUG: I was never interested in either, I always liked the drums, so I just bought sticks and played on pillows till I could afford a set. Even though we all decided to play instruments, it wouldn’t be for some time before we would all agree to be in a band together. We had no other options anyway, but no one wanted to give in too quickly.

Whenever answering the question, “How would you describe your sound”, your inevitably going to fall short in some aspect. The simple answer is driving bass and drums with big melodic guitars.

METSTALK.COMYou’ll be playing at Citi Field on September 27th before the Mets take on the Cincinnati Reds. How did the band get the chance to play there and at what other venues and with what other bands have you played?

PAT: Well it’s really Lori Martini that gave us this chance. We met her at our Sullivan Hall show in March and realized very quickly we were all huge New York Mets fans. She proposed the idea of our band making a rock version of her song, “Believe.” [--Editor's Note: Mets fans may recognize that song as one of Justin Turner's walk-up songs.]

We thought it was a great idea and that got the ball rolling for us to be playing at Citi Field.

ANDY: We have played most of the club staples in New York City like Kenny’s Castaway and Sullivan Hall among others.

DOUG: We also played Trash bar in Brooklyn and The Annex. And we played a lot of shows in Hawaii including, the Pipeline Café, with The All American Rejects, The Kooks, The Toadies and The Presidents Of The United States.

METSTALK.COM: Okay, before we go any further, are any of you guys actually Mets fans? Is so, who are your favorite Mets players of all-time? And God help you if you reveal yourselves to be Yankees fans or worse — Phillies fans — coming to play Citi Field!

PAT, DOUG, & ANDY: Absolutely, we are Mets fans! They’ve been our favorite team in any sport since we were kids.

DOUG: My favorite Mets player of all time…I would say it’s a tie between Nolan Ryan and the 1986 New York Mets team. I just loved the whole team and probably couldn’t narrow it down.

PAT: For me it would have to be Gary Carter. Number 8. I started out as a catcher in baseball because of him and really loved watching him and his Mets teammates.

ANDY: Gary Carter and Nolan Ryan, yes… But without sounding too diplomatic, I think I can say truthfully all Mets players past, present, and future mean a lot to us.

METSTALK.COMAs a New York-based rock band, do you guys view being able to play at a major metropolitan area venue like the Mets’ Citi Field as a special opportunity?

PAT: Of course we do. We would be crazy not to. Not many bands get this kind of opportunity. Being from New York and lifelong Mets fans, this will be a very special night for us.

METSTALK.COMNot to put any pressure on you guys, but since Citi Field opened in 2009, the stadium has hosted concerts by both Paul McCartney and Dave Matthews Band. Are you up to the challenge of being the next band to play there? Which songs will you be playing?

DOUG: When someone says, “Not to put any pressure on you,” usually that means there is a decent amount of pressure already. I was not aware that only two bands have played Citi Field since 2009. Having said that, yes our band is up to the challenge!

We will be playing, “Welcome The Change,” and “Believe.” It should be a high energy show.

ANDY: I think in some respects we play better with more people. The songs seem to translate better and we feed off the crowd.

METSTALK.COMMost Mets fans are probably wondering this, so it might as well be asked… Why Citi Field and not Yankee Stadium? Have you been to both and which one do you prefer?

PAT: We chose Citi Field because if our relationship with Lori Martini and the New York Mets.

We wouldn’t be opposed to playing Yankee Stadium. It just worked out that we get to play our favorite teams stadium.

DOUG: We have been to Shea Stadium but because of our other occupation, farming, it makes it hard for us to take time off to go to either stadium. If I had to choose to play either one I would chose Citi Field everyday of the week and twice on Sunday.

METSTALK.COMBesides being home to the Mets, Citi Field has quite the collection of culinary delights. Have you guys ever eaten there and what’s you favorite food at the stadium? If you haven’t, please allow me to recommend the BBQ ribs at the Blue Smoke stand!

ANDY: We have not been to the stadium so therefore we have not been lucky enough to taste the extraordinary food that is there. However, I will take your recommendation for BBQ ribs at Blue Smoke and definitely make sure to stop by and try them.

PAT: I do love ribs so I can guarantee I’ll be stopping by Blue Smoke.

METSTALK.COMHow can Mets fans — or anyone else who enjoys your Citi Field performance — listen to your music and find out about your upcoming shows?

DOUG: You can find us online at CouncilBand.com, follow us on our Facebook page, and at ReverbNation.com.

METSTALK.COM: Thanks for taking the time out to talk to Mets Talk today. What’s on the horizon for Council that fans can look forward to? Anything else you’d like to add?

PAT: We remade the song “Lithium” for a 20 year anniversary tribute album coming out in late September. It will span 5 continents and we are the only American band on the album, which is very humbling.

ANDY: We also have new songs we are finishing up in preparation to record this fall.

PAT: Our next goal for our band is to obtain a major label recording contract.

DOUG: Major MAJOR recording contract!

PAT: Hopefully drop farmer from our resume, at least temporarily. Thank you for the interview, it’s been a pleasure.

DOUG, ANDY: Yes, thank you very much.

Come see Council perform in a pre-game concert on Tuesday, September 27th at Citi Field. Arrive early before the Mets take on the visiting Cincinnati Reds to catch the performance.

Interviewing Council about their September 27th Citi Field appearance

The rock band Council will be appearing at Citi Field for a pre-game concert on September 27th, when the Mets take on the Cincinnati Reds.

Rock band Council

I will be doing an interview with the band that will appear on MetsTalk.com and BicoastalBaseball.com (as well as re-posted here) that should be up within the next few days.

I’m excited to find out more about the three-brother band and how they view their upcoming appearance at the stadium. Look for it to be published very soon!

[If any other Mets-related blogs are interested in republishing the article (with proper credit) please contact me through the comments or email me.]

Mets pitchers battle serious heat at FDNY Fire Academy (VIDEO)

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon and pitchers Mike Pelfrey, R.A. Dickey, Bobby Parnell, and Dillon Gee trained as firefighters at the FDNY Fire Academy training center on Randall’s Island on January 20.

Talk about battling some serious heat! The Mets players and C.O.O. strapped on firefighter gear to climb up FDNY ladders, battle a blaze, and rappel down the side of a building. Check it out:

And now some screenshots of the Metsies in action:

FDNY commissioner Sal Cassano with Mets pitchers R.A. Dickey, Mike Pelfrey, Dillon Gee, Bobby Parnell, and Mets COO Jeff Wilpon, who took part in the Firefighter For A Day Challenge

R.A. Dickey climbs up a ladder

"Firefighters" Bobby Parnell and Mike Pelfrey

R.A. Dickey rappels down a wall

R.A. Dickey and Big Pelf fight a car fire

FDNY Commissioner Sal Cassano talks with Mike Pelfrey

Looks like a cool team-building event for several Mets players, or as my girlfriend calls it, “Really smart thing to do right before spring training!”

RELATED: FDNY training an eye-opener for Mets [mets.com]

[This post originally published at MetsTalk.com]