Two more days left of my vacation and another day at the Magic Kingdom, where I swear our family are the only Americans visiting Orlando this summer. The Brits seem to be the leading European visitors here with “Name Any Spanish Speaking Country Here” as the runner up.

I guess it’s good news that Johan Santana has “only” a fatigued shoulder and will be shut down for a while to build up strength. The question it seems is “what’s the rush”? Does it matter at this point if Santana pitches a game for the Mets this season? Hopefully, this latest set back shows that it’s better to look forward to February 2012 for Johan.

Speaking of pitching, Howard Megdal has a great piece today on Jon Niese and his strong season.

The Mets are having a luncheon today at Citi Field to honor Military vets of the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars. The Mets Alumni will be there including Tom Seaver, Ralph Kiner Ed Kranepool, Bud Harrelson, Ed Charles and Joe Pignatano. The Mets organization has really stepped up big time when it comes to honoring our military heroes and also involving the Mets Alumni this season. Great job.

That’s it for now, the next post will be from the Kranepool Society headquarters in Staten Island

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  1. It doesn’t make a bit of difference to the Mets if Santana pitches this year.

    It might make a difference to Johan, though – maybe he needs a way to gauge how his rehab is progressing.

    I figure that maybe he’s going to be the Mets’ 5th starter next year, or maybe he’ll spend most of the season in Port St. Lucie again. Either way, he shouldn’t be a big part of the team’s plans.

  2. I agree. The only way Santana should pitch this year is if he’s healthy and he needs to get some work in so that he can be ready for next year. If there’s a chance he’ll hurt himself rushing to get back this year then that’s a major mistake.

    By the way, I heard during last night’s game that the Mets honored Pete Flynn last night. Can’t find anything online about it. I think Howie said Seaver presented Flynn with some vintage bottles of something, but didn’t hear exactly what. Assume wine, but when it comes to “grape juice” Irishmen usually prefer brandy.

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