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Messina / Mets and Everything Poetry!

SNY to air special on Messina's 'Baseball Poetry'

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Frank Messina performing (photo by Jeremy Hogan)

(August 16, 2006) What do Jerry Seinfeld, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and poet Frank Messina have in common? They're all 'Mutts'. While Jerry sports his favorite crumpled Mets hat to celebrity shindigs, Hizzoner Bloomberg never fails to remind his predecessor and pal, Rudy Giuliani, that the 'Kings of Queens' now rule New York. However, Messina turns his love for America's favorite past time into quick-witted verse, much of which is devoted to the long-tortured Mets fan.

While Messina has enjoyed varying degrees of success over the years as a popular jazz-influenced poet, his baseball poems have steadily piqued the interests of New York City's top sports broadcasting networks. Starting this week, SNY-TV's Mets Weekly will be taping segments of Messina's poetic Mets-mania during the series against the Colorado Rockies at Shea Stadium. On September 4, the crew follows him to one of his most favorite haunts, the Cornelia Street Cafe` in Greenwich Village, where Messina will perform his home-run verse to a live audience. Legendary composer, pianist and walking encyclopedia, David Amram will host Frank on the Labor Day special event with his David Amram Trio at 8:30PM. The trio features John DeWitt, bass and Kevin Twigg on drums. The bill also features Amram's talented youngsters, Alana, Adira and Adam Amram and actor John Ventimiglia from the HBO hit series, The Sopranos. SNY-TV's Mets Weekly will broadcast the segment through the months of September and October. Cornelia Street Cafe` is located at 29 Cornelia Street, between West 4th and Bleecker, New York City, Reservations suggested. 212-989-9319.

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The first place Mets celebrate a recent victory (MLB, copyright 2006)