GREATEST…………….GAME………..EEEVVVEEERRR….

 Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times has another great post today as he goes in depth on the Mets-Reds game that was played 25 years ago today. This game is famous for the Davey Johnson use of Jesse Orosco and Roger McDowell shuttle from pitcher’s mound to the outfield and for one of the best baseball fights ever when Ray Knight knocked out Eric Davis for sliding into him at 3rd base.

I don’t know if this game has been available to SNY for its Mets Classics but if not, they need to pay whatever amount need be to obtain it even if it’s the Cincinnati feed because this was one of the best games ever!

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NEVER FORGET, IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY

There is no reason for Mets fans to panic…….yet over the news that Scott Boras has been pitching woo to Jose Reyes. If and when it happens I’ll react but right now it’s just heresy.

Now that doesn’t mean it won’t happen and if it does don’t scream at the Mets, Reyes or Boras if it does and Jose goes elsewhere. Never forget this is a game to us but it’s a business to the team and a livelihood to the player. As great as Reyes is playing right now and that he is a homegrown Met that we all want to see stay and retire in orange and blue he is not getting more than 5 years contract from the Mets nor should they.  By the same token, Reyes should go out and get the best deal he can as he has paid his dues in baseball to reach the point where he calls the shots on where he’ll play the rest of his career and for how much money and never ever forget, it’s all about the money.

If the Mets go to Reyes in the weeks ahead and make him an offer of minimum 5/$100mil with all kinds of exotic clauses and options that could send that deal to 7/$140mil and he and whoever his representative  is turns it down, what would you like Sandy Alderson to do?  What Alderson would have to do is what he feels is best for the Mets organization. That’s his job. Same as it’s the player agent job to get the best deal for his client and it’s up to the player to do what’s best for him and his family. Unfortunately fans are the least of the equation in this process.  Just like at the ball park, we’re just spectators here.

Having had the pleasure of meeting Jose Reyes I can tell you first hand he is unbelievably charismatic and extremely likeable. I am sure it touches him dearly the fan support he has gotten to the point of obsession about him staying a Met 4 Life and I bet in his heart he would love for that to happen but he has a chance to not just set up his current family for life but his grand kids and even great grandkids as the money he can make on his next deal will help generations of Reyes for years to come. That is where Reyes’ loyalties lie.

As crushing as it would be to lose Jose Reyes, the Mets will survive. One thing about this franchise, it’s damn near indestructible from M.Donald Grant letting Whitey Herzog get away, to losing Gil Hodges to a heart attack, to trading Tom Seaver, to not drafting Reggie Jackson to the De Roulet daughters nearly killing the franchise to the current dunderhead owners, this franchise has survived all that, so even though it will suck to go on without him, the franchise will survive the absences of Jose Reyes as well

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TONIGHT AT 10PMet BBA BASEBALL TALK ON BLOG TALK RADIO

Tonight at 10PM ET on Blog Talk Radio, I will be hosting the Baseball Bloggers Alliance Baseball Talk Podcast. My guests will be Jeff Pearlman, author and contributor to Sports Illustrated and Zachary Ball of Pro Draft Central.

I will be discussing the news of Gary Carter’s fight with brain cancer, the lastest problems with the law and Lenny Dykstra and get Jeff’s take on the direction the Mets are headed in the near future

Zachary and I will discuss the MLB Entry Draft and look at some of the teams that made big news in the draft and a look at some of the picks made by the Mets

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THE LAST HONEST MAN IN FLUSHING, ROBERT ALLEN DICKEY

Finally, someone has stepped up and given the NY Mets the kick in the ass they need, not the pats on the back they have been getting from Father Flanagan Terry Collins, what R.A. Dickey said last night should have come from the manager or from Sandy Alderson but leave it to Dickey to put it eloquently that his teammates suck and need to realize the level of suck they have attained and until the team comes to the grips that the way they have played is an embarrassment and the reason they have been so bad so far this season is that they suck:

“It starts with me,” said R. A. Dickey, who generally pitched well but gave up three runs in the second inning and the decisive home run to Hunter Pence in the eighth. “We have to find a way to be honest with ourselves about what kind of team we are. We can’t keep telling ourselves, ‘Oh, we’re a better team than this.’ We may not be.

 

“We’ve got to be honest about that and identify what we’re doing wrong and do it better.”

In other words, you are what your record says you are. When you have the worst record in baseball, then you are the worst team in baseball. The problem the last few years in Flushing , the delusion in the clubhouse has clashed with the stark reality that the talent on 25 man roster is just not very good.

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PLAYING PEPPER WITH C70 AT THE BAT

Daniel Shoptaw is the President of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance and he is also a St. Louis Cardinals fan and runs a Cardinal site called C70 at the Bat. Daniel does a feature where he does a Q & A with bloggers of other team called Playing Pepper. His most recent PP is up at his site and it featured yours truly along with my fellow Mets bloggers Anthony of Long Live Shea, Paul of Paul’s Random Baseball Stuff , Kerel Cooper of On The Black, AC Wayne of Mets Public Record, M.W. Strout of Mets Fans For Life, Phil Hoops Jr. of Hoops Approved, and Dave Doyle of the Mets Report

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BBA BASEBALL TALK TONIGHT AT 10PM ET ON BLOG TALK RADIO

I will be hosting the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) Baseball Talk Podcast tonight at 10PM ET on Blog Talk Radio. My guests will be Kevin ‘Duk” Kaduk of Yahoo Sports Big League Stew blog and Mike Henderson of the Washington Nationals website Nationals Daily News.     

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Blogging live from Bloomberg Hdqts for the launch of Front Office 2011

I’ve been invited to Bloomberg Sports launch of their Front Office 2011 baseball analytical application. Former Mets pitching coach is here as well and will be one the featured speakers at the event.

I will be on Twititer throughout the event with updates of all the features Front Office 2011 has for you to win your fantasy league

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LISTEN TO ROB ABRUZZESE OF BRONX BASEBALL DAILY ON THIS CALL TO THE BULLPEN

Taking a little break from Mets related talk on THIS CALL TO THE BULLPEN, my guest today on the podcast was Rob Abruzzese of Bronx Baseball Daily. Rob and I discussed Brian Cashman’s winter of discontent, the Yankee starting rotation and the landscape of the AL East among other topics.

Check out the podcast right here at Kranepool Society or at the show page on Blog Talk Radio and on iTunes

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COM’ON JOSE LET’S GO CAMPING

While the Skill sets obsess over their falling financial empire, I’m obsessing over Jose Reyes. Maybe I’m wrong but I wish he were one of the players already working out in St. Lonesome. Sure D-Wright is there and a number of other players and Reyes doesn’t have to report until next week (technically he doesn’t have to report until March 1 as per the CBA) but the thought of him and Wright working out together and   doing some strength and conditioning work would lift my winter/my team is run by a bunch of brokesters blues.

This is the biggest year of Jose’s career and I would think he’d be breaking down the gates to get to camp and get ready to prove to Sandy Alderson that he’s of sound mind and baseball body for the 2011 season.

Or maybe it’s just that I would love to see a positive story that includes the words New York Mets

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GOBBLE!!! GOBBLE!!!!

No baseball talk today, just a Thanksgiving greeting and a thank you from me to all of you who come by this site and to those who listen to my THIS CALL TO THE BULLPEN RADIO SHOW .

I hope you are enjoying the day with family and friends and are apprecitive of what you have in life and not worry about what you don’t, becuase if you have family and friends, then what else do you really need?

And you know Thanksgiving is not complete without a trip to Alice’s Restaurant.

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