I’m just back from Citi Field where the Mets held Citi Kids Day for some 5th and 6th grade public school children of NYC. The attraction besides getting to sit in the Mets Clubhouse, we meeting Mets players Dillon Gee, Josh Thole, Bobby Parnell, R.A. Dickey, Jose Reyes and 2011 Opening Day starter Mike Pelfrey along with manager Terry Collins.

I haven’t had time to transcribe what I have from the interviews with the players (I hope to have some of it up tomorrow as I came home and now I’m off to MSG for Rangers-Maple Leafs) but the main theme I picked up from the players is, they feel this team is no also ran and 2011 is not just a bridge to the future. The word you heard the most today was “preparation” as in lack of it last year and lot’s of emphasis on it this year.

Mike Pelfrey, beaming from the announcement that he will be on the mound April 1 in Florida, told us of Terry Collins sitting with the players at lunch today going over relay throws and defensive alignments. The whole time Big Pelf had a big grin conveying his liking of this new direction.

More tomorrow ……………………..

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  1. Krane, stop please, I am begging you. The last thing I want to do is get excited for a season, that I fully expect to go the way that most Mets’ seasons go. I do not want to go into 2011 thinking that this team has a shot to win 88-90 games and take a shot at a wild card. I want to see it first. I am all for the idea of preparation and a set lineup (as long as certain people are no where near the roster).

    I am glad that Pelphrey is happy about being named the Opening Day starter, but I say Mike, time to become a man, in baseball terms, and win 17-20 games, and average 6 2/3 to 7 innings a start. Make the closer and the other guys in the bullpen irrelevant.

    At the end of the day, I want to see one thing from the Mets in 2011, I want to see this team play like they have testes and not like they need products that help with preventing unused cells and blood and tissue from staining the crotch of pants. If that happens, I will consider 2011 a success.

  2. Everybody should be excited for the Mets this year. The lack of wins might be the same, but there’s a new management running things towards the future and not into the ground.

  3. Besides being insanely jealous you got to meet
    players in the clubhouse I’m airing on the side
    of hopefulness! New management has brought
    this already, I don’t expect us to be frightening
    the lives outta the Phils in the east this year but
    I do think we’ll give them certain pause for
    thought. I’m loving the enthusiasm from big Pelf
    and it sounds genuine. Looking forward to
    reading more about your day at Citi!

  4. Apologies, typing on an iPod not the best, it reads horribly once posted!

  5. kranepool says:


    Your post reads beautifully. The sense I get is there is a confidence on this team than the mgr and GM have instilled this off season I’m trying not to get over excited for this season

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