PEN-T UP FRUSTRATION

Only the New York Mets can go 6-1 on a road trip and have the fan base hold their chest and moan in agony, why? The bullpen of course. Ah yes the Mets bullpen the underachieving child in a family of successful children. Why can’t Aaron Heilman, Scott Schoenewies, Duaner Sanchez, Joe Smith and Pedro Feliciano be the pitching equivalent of Jose Reyes, David Wright, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado and Daniel Murphy? Now we have another adopted child from DC in Luis Ayala who could not believe is good fortune to go from a group home in the Nations Capital to the Buena Vista Social Club. Hopefully the new surrounding rejuvenates him and a couple of sessions with Dean of Old School Warthen get him straight as the call to the pen is literally all hands on deck.

 

What I’m about to write may get me flamed worse than any forest fire in Cali but I have to let it out. I have a hard time hating Larry Jones and the Atlanta Braves. In fact it’s so strange because all the teams I root for I have a deep despise for their arch rival. The Boston Celtics, I puke at the site of Purple and Gold. The NY Rangers, I would love to get the chant “BEAT YOUR WIFE POTVIN, BEAT YOU WIFE” as a ring tone. The NY Football Giants, “How about those Cowgirls”? but when it comes to the Braves a team I should have a deep seeded hatred for, I have admiration. Most of that is for the front office especially John Shuerholz who took a franchise that was nothing but TV programming on a little bullshit cable channel and turned into a model sports franchise. So it was interesting to read Ray Glider’ piece in the NY Times this morning about Larry Jones and his last trip to Shea Stadium. Jones was a guy who got what NY was all about and he played the heel role better than anyone who strode through Flushing. As a kid Mets fans were known for acknowledging great players from other teams. Of course when the Giants and Dodgers came to town Mets fans still had a glow in their heart for Willie Mays and Sandy Koufax but also when the Pirates came in Willie Stargell was revered as well. Times change and fans are more hostile than back then but I always felt that Mets fans respected Larry Jones and I know he appreciate the passion of Mets fans.

 

Ryan Church played 5 innings last night and went 0 for 2 but the best part is he felt great in the field no headaches or dizziness. Mojo Nixon also played last night and looked fit as well. The only problem is they both not pitchers.

 

But a pitcher who did a rehab last night was Ambiorix Burgos who may become a big player come September 1

 

Due to last nights heist of a Gold medal of America anorexic gymnast Nasta Linkum to undeveloped Chinese gymnast He (She?) Kexin, I will be boycotting the Wo Hop Chinese Restaurant for 2 weeks. I’d boycott something Australian as well but what has that Penal Colony given the world?

 

Joe West is a big fat tool for calling A. Reyes out at first base saying he made a baseball move toward second base, Argenis flinched his shoulder left in the direction to second base and yes according to the rules he could be called out but sometimes you have to use the pea size brain that God gave you for more than contemplating if you want a glazed or Boston cream dount.

 

I watched the last two innings of the Brewers-Astros game last night and the look on Brewski manger Ned Yosts face while watching C.C. (Carniverous Creature as that is one big fella) Sabathia as he closed in on the 130 pitch mark. Sabathia got Hunter Pence to fly out for the first out of the inning. C C then gave up a single and then J J (lots of initials on the M B’s) Hardy booted a ground ball that could have been a game ending double play but instead it left the ‘Stros with 1 st and 2nd 1 out. Darin Erstad reached base on an infield hit and now the Astros had the bags juiced with one out and Yost’s sphincter tightens by the second. Mike Maddux went out to talk to Sabathia and Yost paced the dugout floor as Mark Loretta came to bat. Loretta got a SAC Fly to left and now there were two outs. Miggy Tejada up and he walks. Now Yost is on the top step of the dugout like a guy on a roof top getting chased and has to make a decision jump to the next roof which is about 10 feet away or just stay and fight. Yost takes on the mob and let the leftie Sabathia face Lance Berkman from the right side. It pays off with Berkman grounding out 3rd to 1st but it was the 130th pitch of the night for C.C. The MRI will be on Thursday.

 

 

Happy Birthday RJ.!!!!

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  1. When Chad Bradford and Darren Oliver were let go, because they might be quality, which may get in the way of Jeffy buying a Sling Box, and JUNK appeared because it wouldn’t get in the way of Jeffy buying a Sling Box, I knew that there would be trouble. The Philosophy of Jeffy, is to go all out for the Building of $iti Field to increase Jeffy’s Trust Fund. That translated into BAD Baseball, last Season. Why give the Denizens of Shea Stadium a full championship, when it should be the Prize of The Fat Cats of $iti Field? The fat cats wouldn’t know Jose’ Reyes from Derek F. Jeter, anyway.

  2. kranepool says:

    Be careful Michael or the Wilpon Republic Army will hack your site but your right when it’s wniter the word out Flushing is we will spend but when it comes time during the year to take a big contract or give an extra year to a pitcher you mat actually need the purse strings are drawn in The Skill Set mission now is to get the fat cat corporate types as comfortable as they can

  3. King Ed Ra says:

    I have to agree with you about Larry and the Braves. While I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve boo’d the Braves quite lustily over the years, it was more out of a frustration rather than an authentic hatred of the Braves. It just seemed that whenever the Mets managed to scrape and claw their way into contention, there was this bland team that always seemed to everything right ahead of us. At least Larry was one of the few Braves who seemed to get into the spirit of the rivalry.

    Now, the Phillies, on the other hand…

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