OMAR MAKING HIS LIST AND CHECKING IT TWICE

Still trying to get the cobwebs out of my head from a hectic weekend. I spent all of Saturday and most of Sunday morning on the USS Massachusetts in Fall River MA. We left Staten Island at 6:00AM Saturday. The Massachusetts has quite a history and we spent most of the day going through out the ship from the boiler room to the area where the guns were loaded to the hospital on board and it was very interesting. Then we set up our quarters for the night as we slept on the ship along with 200 other people mostly Boy Scouts (our party had 30 boys/fathers in it)  Our “beds” were four cots hung in bunk like fashion on a big chain down a row. We made sure some of our “bigger” members didn’t take a top bunk. I was in a second from the bottom bunk and one of the scouts who took the top was tossing and turning all night. It was like sleeping on the Wonder Wheel. Not that I slept much as when lights out was given at 11pm the boys all went back to their bunks the adults went upstairs to a room where we played a game called “Pigs” it’s two little pigs that you toss like dice and how the pigs land determine the amount of points you receive or loses. Of course we made up different rules as we went along as the night got later and later the rules got even more ridiculous such as expulsion from the game if your pigs landed in an “inappropriate pig touching manner”. The game broke up a 1:30 AM as some people trying to sleep below us begged us to keep quiet and with 6:30AM revelry we deiced to call it a night. Only one father in our group severed in the armed service and he was in for 15 years. As we were going to our bunks he said to the group that he was thankful none of us served with him as he was sure we all would have wound up in the brig at one time or another.

 

Happy Birthday to The Franchise who turns 64 today.

 

The more info I get on the Mets obtaining a closer the more my head hurts but one thing is for sure they are in the driver seat and they will get THE closer they want. The way it looks is they are torn between Franscio Rodriguez and Brain Fuentes and who ever takes the 3 years plus option on a fourth year will be the man. The one consistent in the reports you read is the most important feature in making a deal for the Mets is length of contract and not money.  As much as I started the Bobby Jenks bandwagon if the price is F-Mart and Bobby Parnell that’s to much to give, unless Jermiane Dye is in the mix and Ryan Church could replace the Teen Age Hitting Machine in the deal, but the Mets Brain Trust is as high on Parnell as a player as they are on F-Mart so unless the price were to drop significantly on Jenks that deal will die.

 

The more you read about Kerry Woods the more intriguing a candidate he becomes and I’m a little surprised that the Mets are not mentioned more when it comes to Wood. After reading this post from ChicagoCubs online my interest in Wood piqued even more.

 

It looks as though the bullpen for the 2009 Mets could look as follows:

 

K-Rod/Fuentes

Juan Cruz

Joe Biemel

Joe Smith

Pedro Feliciano

Kunz/Parnell/Brad Holt?

 

Throw Chad Cordero in the mix on a spring training contract and I would bring Brandon Knight in camp as well. Also we still have to see all the non-tenders (Jason Issringhausen?) Rule 5’ers minor league free agents and international free agents as well but if Omar can get the closer he wants and adds Cruz and Biemel I’ll be impressed.

 

Is “$iti” Field on life support? Not the ball park but the name as it seems CitiGroup is some tough financial shape an looking to layoff personnel. If that happens how does the company continue to pay the Mets for the naming rights of their play pen? Can you say Shea II? Or Gil Hodges Field?

 

 

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Comments

  1. How ’bout Shea-Hodges?

  2. & Tom Terrific is 64:

    I wonder if he can replace Schowenweis?

  3. Fall River=Birthplace of RemDawg, who was raised in Somerset.

  4. Steve,

    You keep saying Brandon Knight for the pen, but something tells me you mean Brian Stokes. Knight hardly pitched in the pen, in fact, he was hardly heard from after that bad start and his journey to the Olympics. Stokes had great flashes out of the pen, and I’d give him a shot.

  5. Rich, I mean Brandon Knight!!!! I’d like to see him grab the Long Man/Spot Starter spot I would also bring in Stokes to camp on a minor league deal.

  6. Steve,

    OK, cool, but I have to say I don’t see it with that guy. Knight seems very average, with average stuff. Plus, he has retired once and almost retired a second time. But, to each his own. I’d bring Stokes back and give him a shot. The concern with him is even though he’s at 95+, the ball falttens out and he does not seem to have a consistent second pitch.

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