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The Mets World Series hurts the Mets among the biggest what-ifs



The Mets World Series hurts the Mets among the biggest what-ifs

In the week-long series, The Post is looking for alternative realities in New York sports. Today’s edition discusses what would have happened had the Mets landed Alex Rodriguez in 2000. Here are some great what-if Mets from the past 30 years:

What if Juan Lagares starts in midfield in Game 1 of the 2015 World Series?

The vast field of the Kauffman Stadium was a concern for the Mets front office, but manager Terry Collins went with Yoenis Cespedes in the middle of the superior Lagares to keep the Mets bats better in line against the Royals. Cespedes misplaced Alcides Escobar’s shot into the middle of the match leading to a homer in the park. The Royals tied the game in ninth with homer Alex Gordon of Jeurys Familia and won in the 14th inning. If Lagares starts, he might catch Escobar’s ball and the game might not reach the extra round. Will the series – won by the Royals in five games – turn out differently if the Mets take the opening act?

What if the referee Adrian Johnson had decided “fair ball” in Carlos Beltran’s shot against Johan Santana on June 1, 2012?

The replays are conclusive: The Beltran ball cuts the foul line behind the third base in the sixth inning, meaning Johan Santana should let the blow. Johnson called it rotten, and Santana went on to throw the first no-hitter in Mets history. It comes with a fee. Santana, who had missed the previous season undergoing rehabilitation from shoulder surgery, remained in the game to throw 134 throws. Fighting weeks later, he was on the injured list and never returned to the major leagues. If Johnson gets the right call, does Santana throw fewer and does his career continue until 2013 and beyond?

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What if Duaner Sanchez isn’t that hungry?

The dominant Mets reliever, out for dinner, was seriously injured in an accident in South Florida in 2006, when a drunk driver collided with a taxi where Sanchez drove. Sanchez’s shoulder injury leaves the Mets short in the bullpen, which injured them in the NLCS against the Cardinals. Did the healthy Sanchez translate World Series titles for the Mets and postseason in 2007 and ’08?

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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