Quick post before off to Epcot

First time I’m putting up a post using my iPad so there may be more mistakes than usual, which I know is hard to believe

I had no problem with the Mets not making any deals at the trade deadline. Seems some fans mistake Marlon Byrd for Carlos Beltran, no one was giving the Mets an A prospect for Byrd and to deal Byrd  just for the sake of making a deal really made no sense

I idea of using Zack Wheeler in the bullpen as a way to cut down his innings is ridiculous . Put an innings limit on him, that’s fine but don’t take him out of the starting rotation.

The more Bud Selig and MLB string out this Biogenisis mess and the A-Rod fiasco the worse Selig and baseball look and for Bill Madden to compare Rodriguez to a killer like Whitey Bulger is beyond. Ignorant

off to Epcot and more nasty European tourists

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Time Now For Double Standard Baseball Coverage, Brought To You By The Pro-Yankee NY Media

A few quick hits on a busy Friday:

I see where Joba Chamberlain had an awful dislocation of his ankle while jumping on a trampoline with his son. This was one of those gruesome injuries where the bone comes through the skin and with Chamberlain rehabbing from Tommy John surgery not only is this a season ending injury but his baseball career is in doubt now as well.

Since I was away from any social media all day I wondered how this news went over on Twitter and it seems it didn’t cause too much of a stir, in fact it seems Ruben Tejada’s tight groin was bigger news as was Scott Hairston’s oblique strain. See when a Highlander gets hurt the biased Pro-Bronx Bastard sports writers in this town go underground.

I want to hear and read Michael Kay, Filip Bondy, Mike Francessa, Ian O’Connor, Joel Sherman, John Sterling, Suzyn Waldman and Bill Madden call Chamberlain out for be a selfish and stupid asshole for sustaining this injury.  I’m sure you won’t hear one negative word about Joba being a dumb ass for getting hurt in this manner.

I bring this up because, the hacks I mentioned would have had a field day with this is it were a Met.  They all would be good for 1,000 words of ridicule and stupidity if this were a Mets player. Instead they will all find a way to blame the trampoline. Get well soon Joba.

The Bitter Bill had an interesting post today about maybe the tide is turning for the Mets. The Jets seem to be ready to take claim to the most dysfunctional pro sports team in town. The terminally injured on the Mets are coming back day by day and the Ace of the Mets pitching staff looks to be ready, willing and quite able to regain his post shoulder surgery pitching prowess.  Yeah, Ya Gotta Believe!!!

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TUESDAY METS MINUTIA

BRING BACK BANNER DAY!!!!!!!!

Even with a day off yesterday, there is still no shortage of negative Mets stories in the daily fish wraps.

The NY Times just discovered that no one is buying Mets tickets and the fans that are, are going through the secondary ticket market at huge discounts instead of buying directly from the team. I guess the next investigative report will be that the LIRR and Metro North rarely run on time. Duh!

I really hope the team is not rushing Jason Bay back into action as that oblique rib thingy he has could be tricky. The plan was to have J-Bay play in Buffalo but with the snow (yes, SNOW) and cold, the brain trust felt it’s better to go back to St. Lonesome for two more games. What I don’t get is, why fly him up from Florida, evaluate him to the point where he is just about ready to play but fly him back down to Florida for two days and then fly back to NYC to play on Thursday. Unless Bay is getting those frequent flyer miles, I can’t see him be too happy with the back and forth back and forth plane rides. If the doctors feel Bay is A-OK  and it’s just a matter for getting at bats and rounding into baseball shape, why not just leave him here and take batting practice on the field and then in the cage and shag fly balls all in the vast valley of Citi Field? Two games in St Lonesome is going to make that much difference?      

Out of ideas, Bill Madden decides to write about the Mets farm system, saved for a couple of pitchers, is barren of talent. Either Madden thinks the Minor League system consists of only Buffalo and Binghamton or he failed to renew his subscription to Baseball America.

So far Brad Emaus has been playing like, well……a Rule V player, but I side here with Eric Seidman about leaving Emaus in the lineup for at least 300 PA and if he still is as stagnant at bat and in the field then give him a seat cushion and a spot on the bench handing out bubble gum and sunflower seeds.  Not every Rule V pans out but after 42 PA I’m not ready to pull the plug either.

There are certain things that separate the Mets for other sports team in this town.  Even when the team was bad back in the day a day at Shea was always fun. Jane Jarvis and her Thomas Organ always entertained unlike the moronic shell game/ 3 card Monty ball under the Mets cap video between innings or pass the pizza box to win a pizza that contains no mozzarella (Cassarino’s is the absolute worst concession at Citi Field a slice of pizza the size of a” horses doovers” with no cheese for $6 bucks? Fuck that!) but the one event that was pure Mets was banner day and over at Faith and Fear in Flushing Greg Prince makes the point that a return to banner day  in 2012 as an old fashion double header should be brought back. I am on board with this 1,000 %. Back in the day a bed sheet s with rally cries for the Mets used to hang in the upper deck just about every home game. Those that weren’t hanging we’re paraded through the field level with regularity. When it came to imagination and humorous prose on a bed sheet, no one matched the Mets fans. It wasn’t just at the ballpark either.

When the Mets went to their first post season in 1969, I took a white bed sheet and with a can of blue and a can of orange spray paint went into the alley way of the apartment building we lived in and sprayed in alternate blue and orange LET’S GO METS KRANEPOOL  7 SEAVER 41. I left it to dry and then brought it upstairs and hung it across our fire escape. Mine was just one of the hundreds of banners draped on fire escapes in Boro Park Brooklyn. It was truly an AMAZIN’ sight.

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R.I.P. BRONX ROBBER BARON

There was no bigger enigma in the sports worldlike George Steinbrenner. As much as he treated people like dirt, he also was extremely charitable. For all the money and power he had, his childhood was kind of sad as his he could never seem to do anything that pleased his father whose love he craved but never seem to have gotten.   

From reading Bill Madden’ book he was in a loveless marriage and his daughters seemed to always find Mr. Wrong when it came to marriage.  But when it came to running a baseball team you can not denniy his success.

The Highlanders were a joke of a franchise under CBS ownership and Mike Burke’ stewardship but all that turned around when Steinbrenner took over. Give the man credit he took over NYC and the Highlanders became more important than any time in their history under Boss George.

So now what happens to the Highlanders? My guess is the Steinbrenner children sell the team. I bet James Dolan and his Cablevison bucks will come calling soon

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HOME COOKIN’

 

One the great mysteries of the 201 0season is the astonishing difference between the Mets playing at home and what happens to them away from Queens. At home the Mets are the best team in baseball winning 22 of 31 in the spacious confines on $iti Field but away from home they’re as homesick as a first time summer camper going 8-18. Just think, if the Mets went 12-14 on the road their record would be 34-23 and in first place in the NL East. If they went 14-12 on the road that would have put them at 36-21 and not only in first place in the NL East but the best record in the NL. Go figure?

Why is this? Well, last night I had the pleasure of joining Pat Nestor on NYB Blog Live on Blog Talk Radio and one of the subjects we discussed was why is it that the Mets are studs at home and duds on the road. Pat and I both felt that Mets batters when they go into places like Cincinnati or Philly see the smaller dimensions and feel they can get their swing on in those hitters ball parks, where as at home the batters have come to the realization that hitting to the gaps are the way to go so maybe it’s the radical change in hitting philosophy that hurts them on the road. Just a theory. 

While on the subject of radio, tomorrow night at 10PM ET on This Call To The Bullpen on Blog Talk Radio my guest will be Shannon Shark of The Mets Police. No black caps or jerseys allowed, proper Blue and Orange attire only.

You know worlds are colliding when I agree with Bill Madden who took Fredi Gonzalez to task for some curious in game managing yesterday and then pointing out that one time around the block with Hisanori Takahashi is good the second and third time not good at all, back to the pen with you Mr. T.

I have no idea who the Mets will draft tonight in the First-Year Player Draft but I just hope with the 7th pick the club takes the best player available slotting, be damned. I’m just hoping the Skill Sets with the cozy friendship with the Used Car Salesman don’t have a deal in place where they do not go over slot in exchange for a sign off from the Commissioners Office on the Ollie Perez “injury” (ouch! Something in my eye) The consensus pick for the Mets by the way is Zack Cox a solid hitting infielder from Arkansas.

With all the talk about finding an 8th inning reliever how about calling the Astros to deal Matt Lindstrom to the Mets?  Lindstrom’s been closing for the ‘Stros which is waste of his talent and that fastball/slider would be a fine compliment to Frankie Rodriguez and his 1,001 variations of pitches.

I spent the day at Coney Island yesterday eating food I have no business eating but the strangest sight of the day (and on Coney Island it takes a super human effort to be strange) were four people sitting next to us at Nathan’s (I need to know if they serve Nathan’s fries with cheese and bacon in heaven or hell so I know to either clean up my act if they’re served in heaven or continue my evil ways if they’re served in hell) were four the ugliest looking family of white trash decked out in Philadelphia Flyers garb. I wanted to ask them what the fuck they were doing here in Coney Island but I didn’t want to ruin my appetite.

What is it about a baseball that makes people lose their mind? I’ve been going to baseball games since I’m 6 years old and I have never caught a foul ball at a game, and I couldn’t care less if I ever did. Same thing with the stupid t-shirt toss, I have more t-shirts than an adult middle aged man should own so why would I risk breaking an arm or a leg for a t-shirt that reads Pepsi Party Patrol on it but people do.

Oh yeah, I want this with my Nathan’s Fries with cheese and bacon. I hope that goes on in hell too

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JOSE REYES: TO THREE OR NOT TO THREE THAT IS THE QUESTION

The Mets get hammered in this town for a multitude of offenses and in most instances, the bludgeoning is warranted but when it comes to the decision by J-Man to work Jose Reyes into the 3 spot of the lineup, the criticism is not only unwarranted but it’s also senseless.

In today’s NY Post, avid Mets hater Joel Sherman (there are lot’s of Mets haters in MSM, Jon Heyman, Bill Madden, Tom Verducci and of course their Emperor Mike Francesa) has a full page column today take the Met to task for batting Reyes third, even though he admits it’s out of necessity and just something Manuel pulled out of his ass:

 The shift is a reaction to Carlos Beltran’s knee surgery, which will cost him at least a month of the season. Without Beltran to hit third, Manuel fears the lineup lacks length if he simply has David Wright bat third and Jason Bay fourth. The order would dip precipitously at No. 5, likely with Daniel Murphy. In addition, Manuel wants to preserve Reyes’ legs and feels batting him third will translate to fewer steal attempts to limit the risk of having runners thrown out in front of your best RBI men, Wright and Bay.

Sherman goes on in the article to give his hypothesis on why this is bad idea, but gives no solution, which of course there isn’t any. If Carlos Beltran were of sound mind and knee, this would not even be an issue but as we know the best laid plans of mice and Mets never go as planed and so they have this situation to make the best of the lineup until Beltran gets back.

Sherman lays out the answer to the why part of Reyes hitting third when he mentions Daniel Murphy hitting fifth. Murphy is not a #5 hitter. He’s a perfect #2 but the problem is Luis Castillo is also a perfect #2. And there is the problem; the Mets have two #2 and two #1 in Reyes and Angel Pagan.

From the rumbling’s from St. Lonesome, Beltran is progressing nicely and should just miss just the first month of the season (I know, I know you’ll believe it when you see it) so when he comes back Reyes moves back to the #1 spot and Beltran back to #3 and the team will live happily ever after. I hope.

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WELL, AT LEAST IT’S COOLER IN THE SUMMER DOWN THE BASEMENT

If what I’m reading in the local fish wraps is correct, it seems the Mets have been mathematically eliminated (Hey Kathy and Joe is it time for a sequel? ) for the 2010 season.

It doesn’t look like any big ticket items will be on Jeffey’s credit card this winter, so the question is why go half assed? Why not just blow the whole team up?

As it stands now, only the Nationals stand in the way of the Mets of the Mets hitting rock bottom in the NL East (for the first Stephen Strasburg-Big Pelf match up, I will be going into solitary confinement) so unless Jeffey (Omar is GM emeritus by the way, as he is earning his million a year as being the Skill Sets “Spider”) decides to empty the more bountiful than they lead us to believe, Mets coffers, the only thing we’ll have to look forward to is Alex Cora  player/interim manager bobble head day.

I leave you with this from Bill Madden’ Daily News column:

Mets? Did somebody say the Mets? They won’t spend the money for Holliday, Bay or Lackey and apparently, they’re only interested in signing low-budget Latin players, having shown little or no interest in Byrd, Figgins, DeRosa, Wolf or even Staten Island’s Jason Marquis, while waiting for their markets to come to them. At the same time, the Phillies and Braves wasted no time in addressing their needs. Sad.

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WELL I CAN TELL BY YOUR GAME, YOU’RE GONNA START A FLAME, LOVE BABY LOVE I’M NOT GONNA CHOKE FROM THE SMOKE GOT ME TIGHTENIN’ UP MY STROKE DO YOU FEEL IT GIRL YEAH

Odds are that tonight will be the finale of the 2008  baseball season as Cole Hamels should make quick work  of the Famous Rays who were losers as soon the pulled in to Cheesesteak City wearing  those baseball caps for pussies as so there little ears wouldn’t get frost bit in the fridged 55 degrees temps. Just like their football cousins the Famous Rays can’t take the mild.

 

Seems the gas lines in the Philadelphia area and long from Camden NJ to Central City as Phillie fans fill up their empty beer bottles and concoct their celebratory Molotov Cocktails in preparation of burning down the city in honor of the Phillies World Series Championship. Let’s play a little guessing game, how many cars will be destroyed by fire in the CBP parking lot tonight? I’ll say 10. How many fans will suffer gunshot wounds? I’ll say 6. How many arrests altogether following the game will the Philly PD make? Put me down for 150. Or will the settle for just a good old fashion subway beat down?

 

Dan Graziano has a good “keep the core” column on the Mets and what they need to build around “the Core”

 

Bill Madden with the lowdown on Jake Peavey and the Florida Marlins closeout sale. You’d have to think that Kevin Gregg is on Omar’s winter shopping list.

 

Get your popcorn ready Icelander fans; the Broadway Blueshirts are coming to the Mausoleum tonight. I love seeing all those Ranger sweaters in the front row seats behind the Icelander bench.

 

Check out this video I found via the outstanding Uni Watch site, it’s a 1965 Mets highlight film and I use the word “highlight” very loosely as that 65 Mets added to the franchise start of futility by posting a 50-112 record, the fourth straight 100+ losing season. Also that season saw the end of the managerial reign of the Old Perfesser as a broken hip not only ended Casey Stengel’s Mets managerial career but his career in baseball period. Former Giants catcher Wes Westrum took over as manager (Westrum got the job over Yogi Berra who was on the coaching staff and had 9 AB’s that season ). Also on the 1965 roster was the immortal Warren Spahn and Tug McGraw and Ron Swoboda made their big league debuts. Again a tip of the blue and orange Mets cap to Uni Watch for the link. 

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BAD GUYS GO UP 1-0

Sure it sucked seeing Scott Kazmir on the mound for the Famous Rays last night but to be honest,  as much as I’m a Kazmir fanboy I thought he stunk last night. How the hell do you walk Pedro Feliz and Carlos Ruiz for God sake you have to let those two swing the bat CHALLENGE THEM DAMIT! Kaz was lucky that Upton made a strong throw to nail the little prick Victorino at the plate for an inning ending DP as that at least let the Rays stay in the game.

 

I though the 3rd inning was the turning point in the game as the Rays had a chance to make Cole Hamels life difficult with the bases juiced and 1 out with hot hitting BJ Upton at bat. Upton this past season hit a robust .353 in a bases loaded situation, so the odds looked good that even a fly ball would at least get the Rays on the board but Upton hit into an inning ending DP something he did only 13 times all season. 

 

Add that to Kazmir having runners on base every inning he pitched four of them via the base on balls and this game wasn’t as close as the score board showed. It’s up to James Shields to get the Pizza Guys even in the series. In my mind Game 2 is a must win for the Rays.

 

Who knew Wee Willie Randolph was such a catch? The Rockies and Nats want him to be a   bench coach and the Brewski’s are looking at him as a skipper. I still think Randolph best position is as an infield coach/instructor as a bench coach you’re involved in strategy which we know too well is not Willie’s strong suit.

 

With the economic climate in this country and newspapers facing extinction why in the world did the NY Daily News waste money by sending Bill Madden to the World Series to write about how all the team in the NL East hate the Mets. Not exactly ground breaking there Billy Pinstripes. You almost nailed a good column as you wrote about Pat Gillick turning around the Phillies and the Mariners but you missed the boat on the big story as Gillick was the Skill Sets choice to take over the Mets after the Steve Phillips disaster era but turned them down due to Jeffey Skill Sets meddling ways.

 

 

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NEVER FORGET

After last night Mets game I was tempted to fire up my laptop and spew about last nights ugly win but I was kind of tired and said “ah, wait until tomorrow” I figured I’d read the paper on the Ferry and then read all the online articles and then go off on Aaron Heilman, Elijah Dukes and  Doug Eddings.

 

I get my paper and get ready for my trip across the bay and I’m trying to dwell on what today’s date is. I try to avoid the realization that the 7AM ferry is much more crowed than usual and that the extra passengers are cops and firemen in dress uniforms and many people who lost love ones seven years ago today at the World Trade Center. I dive into the game story by Adam Rubin and then Bill Madden making a case for Carlos Del-GOD-o for NL MVP and find the distraction I needed.

 

As I get off the ferry I make my way on my usual route up walking up Broadway towards my office on Worth St. Most days the walk is uneventful as it usually involves me listening to my iPod while eyeing the beautiful women of NYC but today each block was tougher and tougher to walk.

 

First thing I noticed is the amount of police on the street and the area closed off to traffic. Both John McCain and Barrack Obama will be here today so downtown is a frozen zone. As I get to Wall St, all the news truck from all the city TV stations and all the National cable stations are here to cover the events of the day. I start smiling as I envision this scene in late October as the vision and the weather have a fall feel to it like it is when a team wins a championship and they hold a ticker tape parade. But as I walk a couple of blocks to Liberty St my mood changed drastically.

 

I see a bunch of little kids no more than 7 to 10 or 11 years old and they are being interviewed by someone from FOX 5 News. As I look at these children I see that around their necks are pictures of people. As I slow down to observe the scene it hits me and hits me very hard, those pictures are of the parents they lost seven years ago today.

 

I felt sick. I stop for a moment when I get across the street and I had to compose myself for a moment.  I still can’t get the image out of my mind of these little kids with the pictures of their dads or moms close to their hearts and how from their young ages  probably don’t remember their lost parents. I mean I remember that day vividly as I was in Queens when the attack took place and my son was in the first grade and 7 years old and my daughter was just a toddler of 2 and how my wife had a doctors appointment that morning in Brooklyn and was in the doctors office when all hell broke loose. Then we waited for orders from our commissioner to see if he we going to go from and administrative staff to a response unit. We were told to stay at the agency headquarters to man the radio and phone. I got home that night at about 11 PM and as I walked up from Hylan Blvd to my house all I saw was my wife and two kids sitting on the front steps and my wife in tears happy I was home. My kids were really two small to know what was going on and I was grateful for that. All that just came over me as I saw those kids and I could feel their heartache of losing the parents they never got to know.

 

I waited awhile to get to my office as I guess being a macho asshole I didn’t want the guys I work with see me with red eyes but when I got upstairs the office was eerily quiet. No yelling, no usual ball breaking that we do every morning, no name calling just 15 guys sitting and remembering what happen seven years ago with a lot of red eyes.

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