METS ON BOARD WITH ANTI-BULLYING CAUSE

As happy as last night’s win in the Mets House of Horrors made me I was even happier to read in today’s NY Daily News that Sandy Alderson , Jason Bay and R.A. Dickey were quoted as being interested in making a “It Gets Better” anti-bullying video like the one made by the SF Giants. The “It’s Gets Better” campaign focuses mostly on gay and lesbian teens that face awful discrimination and have a high suicide rate but it also includes all kids who are subjected to bully tactics by their peers. That part of it seems to be lost on the ownership of the Mets (shocking right?) as we see from a “team official”:

“We had already been looking around trying to find an organization to partner with on the bullying issue,” a team official said. “We are interested in inclusiveness. If you target one specific subset, what about the other groups that are bullied?”

Gee, I guess it’s a huge task to work with a group that is trying to help kids who are not only trying to come to grips with their sexuality and accept that’s who they are and not be ashamed and also work with kids who get bullied for no reason due to the inadequacies of the bully.

Thankfully there are stand up guys in the organization like Bay, Dickey and Alderson who have said they would lend their voices for this cause, Hopefully between them and  Mets fans there will be enough pressure put on the organization to get behind this cause.

Lisa Swan and Jon Levin over at Subway Squawkers are running a contest on their site, sponsored by Blimpies Sandwich Shops where you can win tickets to this Sunday’s Mets-Angels game at Citi Field.

Taryn Cooper gives her take on the future of Jose Reyes with the Mets by following the money.

Tim Smith would have been better off taking a sick day than writing this column. And you wonder why newspapers are going under.

It’s kind of refreshing to have a manager who plays his 8 best players on the field every night but I have to think the handling of Jason Bay and the fact that Bay sits more than he plays has to come to a head sooner or later. The biggest obstacle with Bay and his sudden inability to hit is that no one-Bay, Dave Hudgens, Terry Collins or  Sandy Alderson know how to get Bay back on the hitting track.

The Atlanta Braves have now gone to flooding the infield to slow down Jose Reyes and that didn’t work. What’s next kidnapping?

Matt Falkenberry has a great interview with The Immortal Chris “Maj” Majkowski the man who keeps the Mets on the air on WFAN

Ed “Rusty Jr.” Marcus has a great write up on today’s 34 Anniversary of the Midnight Massacre which I commemorate each year  by sitting in the dark all night in the fetal position crying like a baby. This day and the day Gil Hodges died are the worst days in the history of the NY Mets.

 

 

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  1. Fairfaxer says:

    I agree with you that Gil Hodges death was a disaster for the Mets, every bit as much as the Seaver Trade. However, I think the death of GM Johnny Murphy on January 14, 1970 is every bit as awful as occasion as those two. Murphy had taken over as GM in 1967, and brought Gil Hodges back to Flushing. His death led to the hiring of Bob Scheffing, architect of some of the worst trades in baseball history, and a lackey of M. Donald Grant. With Murphy and Hodges running things, Grant was too intimidated to interfere with the running of the team. Murphy’s demise led to a weakening of the Strong Baseball Men faction at the top (which also included Whitey Herzog), and Hodges death two years later was the final nail in the coffin. Berra got the manager’s job, and Herzog left for the Texas Rangers shortly thereafter. That last move would continue to hurt the Mets many years later, when Whitey was running the Cardinals.

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