HEY FANS, COME ON OUT TO SURGICAL MASK DAY AT CITI FIELD…………

 

 

Mets docs say Carlos Beltran and John are NOT suffering from the Swine Flu. Are these the same doctors that OK’d Ryan Church to play with a bruised brain last year?

Just the same I’ll be wearing a mask and sprying Lysol while watching tonight’s game on SNY

Can’t get all bent out of shape over last night’s loss in fact Mets fans are in a tough tspot as the team’s roster get depleted everyday so it’s hard to get on guys but J-Man has sent a message to D-Wright in a round about way that it’s time for him to step up and put this team on his shoulders.

This kills me to write this but I commend what Mark Texieria did last night breaking up that double play and if you were honest with your Mets fan self you’d say the same thing.

Maybe Fernando Martinez not running out that pop up last week was a good thing? Seems he knows now not to take anything at this level for granted. Also good to see the vets take him under there wing as Fernando Tatis and Alex Cora has. The more F-Mart plays the more comfortable he looks at the plate and in the outfield.

Bradley Holt is on a very fast track to Flushing as he has been promtoed to Bingo and will start for the B-Mets on Friday.

 

Over at ROOTZOO TV they have up a great video interview with Darryl Strawberry where he talks about his book and answers questions sent in by viewers it’s well worth watching.

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DISREGARD THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN

Only the New York Mets could finish an 8 game home stand with 6 wins and have the fan base up in arms. Bad base running , lack of late inning hitting, and pitching failures have made our puss’s sour. Now we have a 10 game roadie that makes stop in San Francisco and a meeting with the  Great Lincicum, Brooklyn West (LA) and Boston, home of a team that I root for proudly and has the heart and soul of the many championships and champion players that have worn the shamrock, the Celtics (maybe someday D-Wright and Jose Reyes can grow up to be like Rajon Rondo and Big Baby Davis) that could be the difference between a great summer and a shitty summer on 126th and Roosevelt Ave.

 

Oh where oh where to start on my bitch and moan session on this team. First I’m ready to give Jose Reyes the nickname of Scarecrow (if he only had a brain) because he knows his base running is fucked up and he knows that he needs to use his head better but he still makes the most mind boggling blunders. At some point we have to drop the “he’s young and still learning” bullshit and admit that he is baseball retarded.

 

Same with Wright maybe it’s enough with the face of the franchise stuff and put a foot in his ass as well. I’m sorry for attacking the children like this but as I mention above I’m a fan of the Boston Celtics and watching two kids like Rajon Rondo and Big Baby step up like men when their team has been hit by injury after injury and they have stepped up and taken charge in this playoff series against the Magic. Of course it helps that Paul Pierce and Ray Allen are their to lead (Carlos Beltran is our Ray Allen) but Rondo and Big Baby (is there a better nickname in sports than a 6’7” 280 lbs man who is called Baby by teammates and fans?) have not once blinked when the game was on the line. Rondo has turned into Bob Cousy and Baby has not only hit big shots but he has played a physical game that has pussified the Magic. I want Reyes to be our Rondo and Wright to be our Paul Pierce unfortunately we don’t have a Big Baby (maybe Frankie Rodriguez) 

 

In the time honored tradition of being clueless about how to treat their injured players the Mets put Carlos Delgado and his bad hip on a cross country flight to then decided if he should go on the DL  Yeah I love this team!!!!!!!!!

 

Hey J J Putz why not draw a big “L” on your forehead as well. Putz claims he can’t get his adrenalin up when he comes into to pitch as a set up guy and not a save situation. The guy saved 15 games last year for a team that lost over 100 games. Really tough pressure situation there JJ how much adrenalin was oozing out you then?  Just shut up and pitch

 

 

Pro Baseball Central will be on tomorrow night  Friday May 15th at 9PM EDST as Joe McDonald and I will preview Mets-Giants and talk about the big 10 games road trip and other news and notes from around MLB

 

Sunday night at 7PM I will be join the guys at Seven Train to Shea as their guest.

 

I’ve been fired up like this since Dave Singer sent me this clip of Wally Backman addressing his team. I’m thinking of using this on Saturday before our Babe Ruth League game. Our game Saturday is at 8:30 AM and my son has warned all of his teammates not to even mention the early start to me as he did and got the whole “I walked though 10 miles of broken glass with snipers on the roof through the streets of Brooklyn in the dark to play ball you little candy ass” rant.

 

  

 

  

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YOU CAN’T RETIRE 16 AND 18 BEFORE 7, 17, 8, 31 OR 36

 

I have had the pleasure of meeting both Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry and both are delightful guys. Even with all the troubles they have had in their personnel lives, they are still embraced by Mets fans and they have both found renewed love for the franchise and it’s fans. A Doc Gooden start at Shea was a happening, a festival a celebration of Mets baseball that has not been matched since. The sight of Darryl Strawberry whipping that bat and hitting tape measure home runs reminds us of when the Mets were the toast of the town and I am so happy that both guys have come home again and have nuzzled in the Mets family bosoms but with all that I’m not ready to retire their numbers.

 

I agree 100 % that management needs to embrace its past more and the one knock I’ve heard about $iti Field is the lack of a presence of Mets history. I’m still waiting to here what the plans are the 40th Anniversary of one of the most famous teams in baseball history winning the World Series (and why no patch on the uni top sleeve for this anniversary?) . Not just that, in this the first season of $iti why couldn’t management bring back the old fan favorites like Banner Day or an Old Timers Day (I still like my idea of brining back every player who ever played for the Mets for the opening day ceremony to start a new era in Mets history and passing of the torch if you will)

 

Maybe someday the Skill Sets will re-connect with its fan base a fan base that is true Orange and Blue and gives way more to the organization than it ever gets in return.

 

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WHAT’CH YOU TALKIN’ ABOUT COLE HAMELS?

 

 

You have a World Series ring, a multi-million dollar condo and hot blond wife what else could Cole Hamels want in life? Why a little African kid that’s what.  Not to be out done by Brad and Angelina or Alex Rodriguez’ stray piece of saggy ass,  Cole and Hedi Hamels want their own little Ethiopian orphan too.

At first Hedi wanted to adopt Shane Victorino but Victorino insisted on being breast feed. Then she thought about Ryan Howard but trying to find a diapers for him,  well com’on.  Cole Hamels felt a bit uncomfortable with Jimmy Rollins begging to be the baby to Hedi being the babby’s momma so it’s off the Africa to find a newborn.

Hey some guys use their World Series check to buy a Porsche some guys buy African babies.

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DAVID WRIGHT IS CAPTAIN AMERICAN

 

 

The legend of David Wright continues to grow. :

 

 

Team USA ballplayers want Felix Perez, the paralyzed Iraq War veteran who was their clubhouse postgame guest Tuesday, with them in Los Angeles as their guest for the World Baseball Classic semifinals. Third baseman David Wright offered to personally pay for Perez’s trip to L.A., including airfare, hotel and tickets for Perez and his family. When Wright broached the idea with teammates, they agreed to support Perez’s trip as a team.

 

“Twenty-eight guys would have offered to do the same thing,” Wright said of his gesture. “There’s nothing I was doing that anybody else wouldn’t do. I took the idea to a couple of the older guys on the team to see if it was a good idea, see if they gave it the thumbs up. They all loved it.”

 

Perez, 27, was a sargeant with the 82nd Airborne deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq when he suffered his injury. He attended the elimination game Tuesday in which the United States, down 5-3, scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to advance. As Perez waited in his motorized wheelchair at a gate outside Dolphin Stadium, hoping to acquire autographs on an American flag he carried with him during his tour of duty, a stadium security officer escorted him to the Team USA clubhouse, where players invited him in as they celebrated the victory.

 

Perez said Tuesday after meeting the players that he would like to watch the U.S. win the tournament at Dodger Stadium. “If we make it to the final, I will definitely go to L.A.,” he said.

 

Now, because of the gesture of Wright and his teammates, Perez could be on his way. Wright was in the process of obtaining Perez’s contact information Wednesday night before the U.S. team was to play a seeding game against Venezuela.

 

 

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NO MRI FOR JOHAN, METS TAKE A POLAROID INSTEAD

 

 

 

I can understand not wanting to spend over 45 mil for Manny Ramirez but you mean to tell me that with the first class facilities the Mets crow about down in St Lonesome, they couldn’t purchase or lease a state of the art MRI an fly down Dr. Altcheck for month in sunny FLA.  I still say the only reason that Johan Santana was not flown to NY is due to the 10 inches of snow that’s on the ground and still falling from the sky here in NYC

 

If you read the Daily News this morning you get the impression that Santana agrees with Old School Dan Warthen that he tried to accelerated his training so he could pitch in the WBC. If you read the NY Post they make it sound like Old School Dan Warthen made Santana throw to much and too soon. I think I‘ll stick with Adam Rubin’s reporting although I do think that it is not a coincidence that both Santana and Tim Redding, both coming off surgery, are both having arm trouble due to compensating from knee surgery in Johan’ case and foot surgery for Redding. Santana I mentioned wanted to make the WBC and Redding wants that number 5 spot in the rotation and sees the completion and looked to rush back a bit too soon. The organization has to tighten up it’s rehab policies here. They may have dodged a bullet here with Santana but hopefully they learned a lesson and look over their training regiment.

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IT HAPPENS EVERY SPRING

Before I get into this post I have to remind you that it’s Thursday and of course that means Pro Baseball Central so join me tonight at 9PM EST for Mets talk and a look around MLB. To join in on the show you can call in at (646) 595-4462.

 

I have to agree with Joel Sherman as he points out that we shouldn’t get too wrapped up in spring training results. I know how tough it is though as just seeing the images on line and on TV shows plus the calendar ready to turn to March just makes us giddy knowing that the witch’s tit weather is almost behind us.

 

Sherman also touches a subject that if you say you didn’t think about, you’re full of shit.

 

And with all that what did I do yesterday afternoon? I watched the Giants-Indians on TV. I saw on the channel guide that the game was going to be on MLB Network at 3PM. So I turn to channel 213 on my DirecTV and instead of seeing Tim Linceum and Grady Sizemore I get a tape of guys in flannel uniforms running the bases. Now even though I’m not getting excited about the results of spring training doesn’t mean I won’t watch the games so now I’m in a fit screaming “Ah what the fuck” about 10 times until through the magic of DirecTV Sports Package I go to Sports Time Ohio and there it is, Cactus League baseball. Now remember what I said, don’t get to involved with spring training games<must go to lunch at 1:30 at Mudville 9 on Chambers St to watch Mets-Marlins today on TV> Oh and check out that link to Awful Announcing as they have a list of all the spring training games the MLB Network will show, which is like a game every day just about, but yeah don’t get wrap up in …………………..

 

Yes it’s great that Gimp was hitting and the President of Big Apple Tours (Ryan Church) has as well but let’s not stake out a spot on Broadway for the parade just yet. I will say this though, there were a lot of hits that were to the opposite field which vindicates J-Man’s 80 pitches in 5 minute drill to the point Billy Mays will be pimping the video soon on an infomercial near you.    

 

Mets Geek has a great post on Nick Evans with all the facts and figures you need to say “why no love for Nicky E”

 

Just when I was coming to grips that Manny won’t be a Met and sipping on a large glass of “we have enough offense” Kool Aid, I’m getting palpitations just reading how Manny and Scott Boras are begging the Dodgers to sign him and if he does sign for 1yr or 1 yr with an option it may take me few days to calm down. I’m talking sitting in a closet with no contact with human life kind of sulking. Yeah I agree I got to get out more.

 

Don’t forget PRO BASEBALL CENTRAL tonight 9PM EST tune in and call in (646) 595-4462.

 

  

 

 

 

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STEROID MADNESS

 

 

Its 48 hours since the Alex Rodriguez was juiced story and I’m officially bored with the whole thing but when it comes to my anger, Rodriguez ridin’ dirty, pisses me off the least in fact here are my anger issues with this whole sordid affair:

 

The Leak

 

 To me this should upset you more than the crime of using PED’s. Look at it like this, say you when you were a teenager you broke the law but at your sentencing the judge says that the charges and verdict will be sealed with the contents never seeing the light of day. Now you’re an adult and you have walk the straight and narrow and have become a pillar of the community but one day someone who maybe you picked last for punch ball or stole his prom date finds a way to get that sealed envelope and made it’s contents public, Well that’s what happened to Rodriguez and Bonds and the reason the public doesn’t give a shit is because they are two of the most polarizing players in baseball. Let’s hope Sully didn’t steal some Bazooka down at the General Store as a kid but Sully is beloved by the nation and would be given immunity.

 

MLBPA

 

 For years the union has been stealing the owner’s lunch money and kicking them in the nuts so it gave them a false bravado that they were tough guys. So Gene Orza’ mind was so clouded he thought he’d act like Moe Green with the Feds came a calling. “You want names”? “I’ll give you names, Gene Orza, I was making my bones when you guys were junior G-Men” You want the names of the BALCO 10? Well kiss my ass”. Well they didn’t kiss Orza’ ass the kicked all over the data center and then took ALL THE NAMES, of the players on the confidential list. Orza and Fehr should do the honorable thing and resign from their positions as they have failed the rank and file terribly. It’s not to often I agree when the Sock Puppet, Curt Schilling but he’s right it’s time for everyone to come clean and fess up to taking PED’s  because every major league player has been pricked with dirty syringe whether they are innocent or not. The one issue never addressed by the union is the health of its members as pertains to the side effects of taking PED’s and what treatment will be needed for the players down the line when they feel the side effects of taking these drugs. No Orza and Fehr are to busy being play-play gangsta’s and doing a poor job of that as well. 

 

 

The Main Stream Media

 

At first I thought Jason Stark and Crazy Uncle Bill Madden were getting a head start on their April 1 columns but these two are actually serious about what they wrote. Stark, is crying about the tainted records that Rodriguez will establish and how he is not a Hall of Famer and how there will be more great players left out of the Hall because of this scandal. And Mad Man Madden wants the Highlanders to eat Rodriguez’ contract which is as nutty as those “70 Show “costumes Madden wears on TV common guys get a grip will you! I guess Madden and Stark miss the good old days when ballplayers abused alcohol and used the code word “belly ache” for gonorrhea.

 

Captain Craptastic

 

Here is your time to shine Jeets. You have to show up at Rodriguez presser with your arm around his shoulder grit your teeth and say “Alex’s teammates are behind him 100 %” if not the Highlander season is doomed. They way Cap Crap stood up for the Giambino and Reverend Pettite he has to step up with his Sergeant of (injured) Arms Jorgie Posada and embrace this dumb bastard in order to show that he is a leader. On second thought Jeets just be yourself so I can watch the Highlander season go down the drain.

 

This story is one big distraction to me as I try to find the Mets a lefty reliever and a right handed bat that will PAY the team to play for them.

 

Dave Singer at NY Sports Dog got his hands on some great video of a couple of Mets fans who infiltrated Shea security to get some great inside the wreckage video of the demise of Shea.

 

Also check out Michael Leggett’s Random Fandom Red Sox NYC site for his pics and video of Shea. 

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FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELT, 3 MORE YEARS OF OLLIE!!!!

No fourth year but the money was sweetened so I guess Scott Boras saved some face but you have to wonder what took so long? How tough a negotiation was this? 3 years/$36 mil is a victory for Omar and the Mets in terms of years and money. So now what? Now that the pitching has been addressed will the need for an outfielder with some pop be added? Can the Mets be happy with a projected 7-8-9 in the lineup of Schneider-Castillo-Pitcher De Jour? Can Gimp handle the two hole anymore so that Ryan Church get take the 7 hole with Schneider moving to 8?  Still more questions than answers with 12 days to go before pitchers and catchers report to St Lonesome Time to stock up on the Pepto Bismal

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SO DOES THIS MEAN YOU WANT MANNY?

  

With 21 days until pitchers and catchers open the gates at St. Lonesome, FINALLY, there is some Mets news:

 

Last night on Pro Baseball Central Joe McDonald and I got into a spirited conversation that started out as a positions by position comparison of the Mets and Phillies and then morphed into a debate of whether Carlos Delgado is a Hall of Famer. Joe says “Yes of course” and I say “No way”

 

Am I the only one reading the words of Jeffey Skill Sets as a cryptic message that Manny could be a Met? I’ve seen where Omar has soured on Manny about how he acted in Boston last year but I have to think that Scott Boras is on the phone right now with Omar to talk Manny.  Am I just getting my hopes up? Am I just so delusional that I’m holding out hope? Maybe but unlike when Cliff Floyd played under the Art Howe reign of error I think I see a light at the end of the tunnel.

 

I’m happy with the Freddy Garcia signing and I hope he makes his $9mil which he would get if he meets all the incentives in his minor league deal.

 

Great story on D Wright in the NY Daily News and I like this statement by Wright:

 

Wright is ready to be more vocal in team meetings – he says he started to feel right about speaking up only last year – and active in uniting the factions of a diverse clubhouse.

 

“I try to reach out to the free agents we sign, and the players we trade for,” he says. “When young players come up, I will try to steer them toward doing things the proper way. . . . I grew up in a military town, where there is a ton of diversity, so I’m used to talking to different people. I’m getting more confident in that as the years go by.”

 

It’s time for Wright to take over the team, there is no need to name him Captain-it should be accepted already in the clubhouse- but J-Man should just let it known that Wright is THE MAN. This is why I’m still holding out hope on Manny as a Met because Wright has made it known he is on board with Manny.

 

Then there was this little nugget that needs some clarification:

 

While he worked, Wright was the subject of much scrutiny and criticism. He says that none of the post-collapse chatter affected him as much as his own disgust.

 

“Nobody enjoys hearing they should be traded,” he says, shrugging. “You never want to be disliked, but I understand that with the position I’m in, in the market I’m in, it’s not going to be happy-go-lucky all the time, like it was it ’06. You have to take the bad with the good.”

 

 

I know of no Mets fan that ever said D-Wright should be traded and I know some of the Shea disdidents have booed Wright which is ignorant but Wright has to know that the only person in this town that even utter the word trade with Wright’s name was the mid day blow hard in Astoria and no one gives a rats ass about his opinion when it comes to the Mets.

 

Are the Phillies serious about this?

 

The site Amazin’ Avenue has a great post of Mets on the cover of Sports Illustrated from 1962-1985. WOW brings back memories.

 

 

 

 

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