Bloomy Dodges Baseball, Balks at Recession

Bloomberg nearly hit by pitch at Mets opener

Mayor Bloomberg didn't flinch when a ball went through the netting at Monday's Mets game.

"When a ball is coming at you at 100 miles per hour, you don't have time to duck," he said Tuesday.

The ball hit a nearby seat, and he handed it to a kid as a gift.

Smiling, the Mayor called himself generous but "no hero."

The comments came after he threw a curveball at the recession.

It was a spectacular quarter for NYC Workforce1 job placement.

Mayor Mike announced more than 5,000 New Yorkers found new jobs so far this year through the city program.

How is that possible?

The career centers extended their hours, more money went into training and researchers identified certain growth industries.

Discount retail was one of those industries, which explains why the Mayor made the announcement from a Jimmy Jazz clothing store in the Bronx.

What of the thousands of layoffs citywide?

"No matter how tough things get, we have to make choices," Bloomberg said.

He acknowledged in those choices there would be controversy, but also insisted that it's the city's place to help where it can.

As part of the Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan, the city is on track to reach the goal of 20,000 new jobs by year's end. While he didn't deny that the city's in a recession, he didn't necessarily acknowledge the root of the new-jobs totals, which we all know is the very deep pool of unemployed folks from which to choose.

By the way, the Mets PR people haven't responded to's repeated inquiries about the faulty netting. The team just happened to be lucky no one was sitting in that seat. On another non-baseball matter from the baseball game, have you seen the video of the cat running around at Citi Field during the game?

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