“Amazin’ But True” is the leading New York Mets podcast hosted by former Mets pitcher and Emmy-Award winning TV analyst Nelson Figueroa and rabid Mets fan, columnist and media personality Jake Brown.
The podcast will take you inside the clubhouse with beat writer Mike Puma, columnist Joel Sherman and the full team of NY Post baseball writers. The show will also feature special Mets guests, including current players, former players, broadcasters and celebrity fans. The show is released every Monday and Thursday throughout the entire season. “Amazin’ But True” is currently on hiatus during the suspended MLB season but earlier episodes of the podcast are available.
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EPISODE 6: REMEMBERING ANTHONY CAUSI FEAT. HOWIE ROSE, DWIGHT GOODEN
April 6, 2020
It was a tough episode this week as we cope with the loss of an incredible photographer and person, Anthony Causi, who died Sunday at 48 after a battle with the coronavirus. We open the show honoring Causi, a longtime Post photographer, and Figgie talks about his memories with Causi over the years and reads a text he received Monday from Causi’s sister, Maria.
NY Post baseball columnist Ken Davidoff then drops by to share his memories of Causi, including the time they spent together at various spring trainings and alongside Yoenis Cespedes at the Mets slugger’s ranch in Florida. Fellow photographer Gemini Keez join the show to share his memories of Causi and how Causi was a mentor to him in the photo industry.
Mets radio voice Howie Rose then joins the show, and he discusses Causi’s passing. Rose also talks about finally joining Twitter, if his daughter Alyssa got him to do it, him asking my (eventual) mom out in 1983, getting to call Mets games and having to pinch himself, his favorite Mets moment as a broadcaster and whether there will be baseball this year. Rose actually remembered the story I recounted of him meeting my mom in 1983 at a car dealership in Queens.
Dwight Gooden, the Mets legend and 1986 World Series champion, then joins the show. Doc talks about his days in New York, his ups and downs — on and off the field — and what he would have done differently, what happened during his relapse last year. Doc shares some fun memories from the Studio 54 days and where the spots were in the city and Queens to party in the 80’s and 90’s.
EPISODE 5: HOW STEVEN MATZ IS STAYING FRESH AND GIVING BACK
April 6, 2020
Jake Brown and Nelson Figueroa open the show talking about coronavirus and Figgie’s family being affected as he reads an email from his brother about testing positive. They then talk about simulated video games and if they would ever watch them. The guys then dive into the black Mets jersey debate and roast Andy Martino for his take on them being trash.
Mets pitcher Steven Matz then joins the show. Matz talks about his TRU32 Foundation and donation to first responders, his grandpa, the sandwich named after him, his first big-league start, coming back from Tommy John surgery, Phil Regan, new manager Luis Rojas, how he’s keeping his arm fresh and some nuggets about his life.
EPISODE 4: WHO REPLACES SYNDERGAARD? FEAT. JIM BREUER
March 30, 2020
Jake Brown and Nelson Figueroa open the show talking about Noah Syndergaard’s torn UCL, getting surgery and what it means for him and the team. They then share their favorite memories of Opening Day.
NY Post baseball columnist Ken Davidoff drops by to talk about Syndergaard’s injury, who will replace him, his Opening Day memory and how the shortened baseball season could work out.
Comedian and rabid Mets fan Jim Breuer then joins the pod. Breuer talks about what he’s up to now, his Opening Day memory, when he first became a Mets fan and what he thinks the team could do this year.
EPISODE 3: A SALUTE TO NO. 31 FEAT. MIKE PIAZZA
March 23, 2020
With the baseball season not beginning this week as it was originally scheduled, this isn’t our big Mets season preview. Instead, we got the greatest hitting catcher in baseball history, Hall of Famer and Mets legend Mike Piazza on Episode 3 of “Amazin’ But True” with Nelson Figueroa and I.
We open the show talking about the impact Piazza had on the Mets and my childhood. No. 31 was the reason I got into the Mets in 1999 and from there, there was no looking back. With Figgie also being a fellow New Yorker and Mets fan, we look at what Piazza meant to the franchise, the city and Major League Baseball’s history books.
Piazza opens the interview talking about how the coronavirus hits close to home, how he’s been living in Italy for the past few years and what it has meant for his family and the people he knows there. He discusses the special wine he’s breaking out during the quarantine and how he is more of a protein bar hoarder than that of toilet paper, during this crazy time.
EPISODE 2: THE BASEBALL WORLD STOPS FEAT. JOHN FRANCO
March 16, 2020
Jake Brown and Nelson Figueroa open the show talking about coronavirus, the impact on baseball and when the season could begin. They also look back to 9/11 and Figgie shares how it went for him as a pitcher for the Phillies at the time.
They give the results from last week’s poll question and give out a new question for this week.
Former Mets pitcher and one of the great closers ever John Franco then joins the show. Franco talks about the baseball delay, how he was able to pitch for 21 seasons, 9/11 and the Mike Piazza home run in the first game back, what it meant for the city and what he thinks of the current team and ownership.
EPISODE 1: WHERE’S CESPEDES AND WHO’S THE CLOSER? FEAT. EDGARDO ALFONZO
March 9, 2020
Jake Brown and Nelson Figueroa open the debut show talking about Noah Syndergaard throwing in his underwear and the meaningless stats of spring training. They also discuss Dellin Betances’ health, the Mets bullpen and what Figgie expects from new manager Luis Rojas this season. Figgie reacts to a clip from Doc Gooden saying Figgie only was throwing 65 mph.
NY Post Mets beat writer Mike Puma then drops by to talk about Yoenis Cespedes and when he may play, Jed Lowrie’s health, Michael Wacha’s role and the fifth starter spot and who might be the team’s closer.
Former Mets All-Star infielder Edgardo Alfonzo then joins the show. Fonzie talks about winning a title as manager of the Brooklyn Cyclones, his favorite memories with the Mets and getting into the franchise’s Hall of Fame, playing for the Giants and who were some of the toughest pitchers he faced.