“CASTILLO, HUH YEAH, WHAT IS HE GOOD FOR? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, SAY IT AGAIN NOW……”

It seems that the second base position for the Mets has become the black hole 3rd base had once been. None of the four competitors for the job have stepped up to make it clear he is worthy of the job. Brad Emaus has yet to hit this spring but has shown a pretty good glove. Justin Turner seems to be the odd man out due to his two minor league options in his pocket  (I don’t see Turner’s name on either travel list for today) and Daniel Murphy has hit and shown some decent footwork at 2nd base but turning the double play has been what Terry Collins wants to see before he anoints Murph the opening day Mets second sacker.  That leaves the incumbent at the spot, Luis Castillo and from reading John Harper’s piece in the Daily News today, I sure if it were up to Terry Collins he would love to rid himself of Slappy :

Furthermore, Castillo, the incumbent of sorts, has annoyed Terry Collins by moping around in apparent protest of being forced to compete for the job, to the point where the manager called him into his office a couple of days ago to tell him he better start working harder if he wanted any shot at all.

Castillo didn’t even take pregame ground balls one day last week when he was in the lineup as the DH, as Collins has had to juggle playing time to get looks at all four second-base candidates. And that didn’t sit well with the new manager, who is not going to tolerate the laissez-faire attitude that permeated the clubhouse in recent years.

Since meeting with Collins, who promised to try to get him more playing time, Castillo seems to have raised his energy level, and he had a solid game Wednesday with two walks, a bloop single to left, and a nice play going toward the hole on a ball that went off Ike Davis’ glove.

This is the Castillo M.O. when things don’t go his way or the way he wants it to, he mopes, in fact is there a bigger mope than Castillo? His attitude has sucked for a couple of years now and unless he is the starting 2nd baseman Luis will mope and be an all-out fucking malcontent.  Why keep him around? Like Oliver Perez, he’s more trouble than he’s worth.

Just by looking at the starting lineups for today’s spilt squad games you can see the manager wants no part of this slap hitting, diminished range, piss poor attitude has been. Castillo will start today in Viera against the Nats but as the DH. Murphy will start at 2nd base. Over in Jupiter, Brad Emaus will start against the Fish and with Luis Hernandez on the roster in Jupiter he will most likely spell Emaus at 2nd as Hernandez has made himself a dark horse candidate in the this position race.

Meanwhile over in the minor league backfields of St. Lonesome , Reese Havens works out and hopes he can stay healthy because if he does he will be the Mets 2nd baseman by Memorial Day.   

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YAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWANNNN

I don’t know about you but I’m bored to tears already by the search for the next Mets Manager. It’s starting to take on an American Idol feel to it.  Sandy Alderson playing the Randy Jackson role as he tells each managerial interviewee,” Yo dawg, I dun know man, when you walked in the door I was like WHOA! But then you got some pipes dude, and then that resume Dawg, you were killin’ it, good lookin’ out dawg.  Then J.P. Ricciardi doing his Simon Cowell “ so tell me, have you had any formal managerial experience ? No? I didn’t think so. This is a managerial interview and really if you know you have no bloody shot why waste our time and your time? Off you go? And then there is Jeffey Skill Sets the Paula Abdul of the trio “Ohhhhhhhhh Wally YOU COMPLETE ME<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

I’ll say this for Sandy Alderson every coach, ex-manager or minor league coordinator is getting a shot at the job, but when I think of it did Alderson miss the boat by not getting Ron Roenicke in for an interview before the Brewski’s hired him? Roenicke comes from the Mike Scioscia coach tree. The same tree that bore fruit like Joe Maddon, and Bud Black and now Roenicke.

So anyone interested in Dan Uggla ? If you look past his defensive shortcomings, his bat at the 2nd base position would look mighty purdy as a Met. Uggla turned down a contract extension of 4yr/$48mil but it might not be because of money. It seems that Uggla has not gotten over his BFF Cody Ross getting exiled to San Francisco and may be feed up with that the Lord of Douchenberry, David Samson.

The Oakland A’s have made the highest bid for the rights of Japanese RHP Hisashi Iwakuma. The 29 year old Iwakuma has some impressive numbers pitching for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. Iwakuma’ won-lost record doesn’t do justice to his overall numbers. A 10-9 record doesn’t measure up to 201 IP 2.82 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 8.52 K/9IP and 1.61 BB/9IP. Details of the amount of the bid have been reported. The A’s now have 30 days to get Iwakuma’ to sign on the dotted line.

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“HOW DO YOU FEEL JENRY” “OK, IT ONLY HURTS WHEN I PITCH”

I think the current state of events sums up the Mets season well. The team has won three straight (yes it’s the Pirates I know they are Division III but a win is a win is a win) seven of ten and eight of the fourteen games they’ve played in the month of September. There is a glimmering light of hope as this years team at least competes to win while last years dogs lied down most of the summer. So we should all be singing a happy song but of this is Metsville where good news dissipates like a fart in the wind as bad news pulls the blanket over our heads.

Jenry Mejia, he of the blazing fastball and youthful exuberance, felt something in his back that had Henry Blanco, Dan Werthen and Ray Ramirez doing the Flushing Two-Step to the mound. Meija was done for the night. As with the Johan Santana injury, we heard from everyone but a medical school graduate. Jerry Manuel was still going with the muscle pull diagnosis which he uses for every ailment his players report to him. So as of this morning ,all we know is a 20 year old neophyte pitcher who was rated as one of the top pitching prospects in the baseball, was jerked around by a clueless management team will now go for an MRI on his back and shoulder today and you know the news will not be good. Does JetBlue have flights to Birmingham AL?  

When the list to fill the second base position for the Mets in 2011, the guy I wanted to win that job was Reese Havens. Havens is a Dan Uggla type but with a better glove. I was hoping his oblique injury would heal fast so he could get back on the field and show the brass his stuff. Havens has not made it back and after a couple of months of inactivity it’s possible that Havens will need back surgery this winter. That sucks, that really really sucks.

Listen I like Jose Reyes and I hope he’s a Met next year (unless of course there is a blockbuster deal for a front line pitcher then adios Jo-Jo) and Reyes has a loyal fan base but for me after watching a week of Colorado Rockies games and seeing Troy Tulowitzki (TULO to his fans and admirers) if he played for the Mets, the best selling shirts at Citi Field would be Derek Who?

Just verifies what we’ve only known for years only thugs wear Highlander caps.

Why is it a shock that there are over 30,000 empty seats at Citi Field for this past weeks games ? The team is out of playoff contention, Mets fans have less than zero confidence in the front office as management for some reason has decided to wait until the Monday after the end of the regular season to tell us the inevitable that Omar will be reassigned and Jerry will be fired, kids are back to school which means homework, teams, clubs which take up as much of mommy and daddy’s time the kids, the of course there is the ticket prices. I gave away two tickets to Mets-Brewers for next Thursday night in the Caesars Club section. It’s just not worth taking two subway trains, a ferry and another train to get home by maybe midnight and then to get up at 5AM the next day to go to work for two teams playing out the string ? Nah!!!!

It’s not just the Mets it’s all sports. Every team is feeling the pinch of the economy. That $500 bucks who were spending on tickets now goes to the utility bill. The greed of ownership has ruined the experience of being at a game. The majority of the people at sporting events are more concerned with the wine and cheese than with the hit and run and hitting to the opposite field. If these prop fans are not inside the private club sipping and texting, they are sitting with in range of the centerfield camera on their cell phones waving like retards.

I like it better in my Man Cave with the remote in one hand and nacho in the other. Besides it’s nice to be the only retard in the house.

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