RANDOM ACT OF BLOGGING THE MONDAY AFTERNOON EDTION

It’s good to see D-Wright is mad, I mean really, really mad:

 

{“I don’t like those guys,” Wright said. “I know they don’t like us. There are guys that I respect on that team. I respect them, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m going to be friends with them. My whole career, I’ve tried to stay away from that. I’ll shake somebody’s hand and say hello, but I’m not going to be buddy-buddy with anyone before the game.

 

“I’m not a big fan of the teams in our division just because we play them so much. I would hope as a competitor that you would have that edge, that you would have a genuine interest to go out there and beat them by as much as you can}

 

Okay, it’s a start. I don’t figure Wright to take on my Braveheart mentality when it comes to our division rivals although I’d love it if he did but what I found interesting was the “I’ll shake somebody’s hand and say hello but I’m not going to be buddy-buddy with anyone before the game” quote. If you watch the Mets during warm ups it seems the players love to hug and kibitz with some players on the opposing team, and with the risk of being called a racist, it’s mostly the Latin players who do this. I don’t ever see D-Wright calling them out for doing that. In fact it was one of the pet peeves that Willie Randolph had when Omar and Tony B would be on the field before a game against the Nats and showing Manny Acta much love.

 

Saw this on Metsblog, seems Omar and Co. are not too crazy about the Brian Schneider/Ramon Castro catching tandem and an upgrade behind the plate is on the off season to do list.

 

New York Magazine is celebrating its 40th Anniversary and the editors asked some sportswriters who they thought were the Top 10 NY Athletes of the last 40 years. Each writer gave some excellent choices (check out Selena Roberts who went off on a whole different tangent) I made my own list and it was very tough to limit it to 10 but here are my Top 10 NYC Athletes from 1968-2008:

 

 

1.      Tom Seaver-He is the reason why we care about the Mets

 

2.      Joe Namath- Even though I’m not a Jets fan I was and still am a huge Joe Willie fan. 

 

3.      Lawrence Taylor-The greatest defensive football player ever and second only to Jim Brown as the greatest football player ever.

 

4.      Willis Reed-Game 7 1970 NBA Finals I still get goose bumps when I see videos of Reed limping on to the court

 

5.      Walt Clyde Frazier-Always the coolest guy in the room and what gets lost in the Reed scenario is Clyde lighting up the Lakers for 36 pts and 19 dimes.

 

6.      Mark Messier-The Captain Always The Captain

 

7.      Reggie Jackson-If there was a guy born to play in NYC it was Reggie

 

8.      Mariano Rivera-Yes it kills me but what’s fair is fair he is the greatest reliever in history

 

9.      Dwight Gooden-Every home start was an event must see baseball

 

10.  Pele-If you weren’t around during the days of the New York Cosmos this choice may not make sense to you but think of Pele like you would of Babe Ruth.

 

 

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  1. Have you ever noticed that on Boston Legal, the law firm is called, Crane, Poole, and Schmidt? Must be a Mets’ fan in there somewhere.

    Were you also aware the there was a Law and Order episode where the various supportuing characters had names such as Beltrean, Delgado, and Reyes?
    I guess that we got in there too.

    I just discovered your site through Google Alerts today because I posted NY METS as a starting point. I like your site and will look forward to it next season. Thanks to Stub Hub, I’ve already purchased my tickets for three games at CitiField. I hated the way this year (as well as last year) ended. I will, however, forgive, but never forget.
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  2. That’s a great list, Steve.

    I always go back to 1977 being the worst year ever. In that 1 calendar year, New York sports LOST: Tom Seaver, Joe Namath, Walt Frazier, Dr. J & Rod Gilbert…

  3. In 1976, The Cosmos played before 25K at Shea Stadium:

    Not bad at all, as the Mets were drawing less than 30K per game;

    $5 to get into Shea that evening;

    Pele’ scored the 1st Goal on that pitch that evening, just a little past the pitchers mound, during the 1st Half.

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