New York City
The Mets are going to some serious lengths to create some offense—or maybe, more modest lengths? In any case, right field fence is being moved in anywhere from 3 to 11 feet for next season. And General Manager Sandy Alderson thinks it’ll help the hitters psychologically as they swing for the fences. The Post reports that the new dimensions would mean 17 more Mets home runs last year, based on where balls landed.
By Disney lore, today’s Mickey Mouse’s 86th birthday, having debuted in the cartoon short Steamboat Willie on this day in 1928. Anybody who’s walked through Times Square recently knows Mickey is still alive and well—there is almost always one or more costumed Mickeys looking for tips. Those characters have been all over the news this year as the City Council weighs a bill that would require the characters to carry licenses. If some advocates have their way, Mickey will spend his 86th year speaking out against it on the steps of City Hall.