Been away for a couple a days so trying to get on track with some Mets news and other minutia:
NEWS: FREDDY SKILL SETS METS ARE NOT FOR SALE!
You know what, Â if this is true then Bernie Madoff did a real half assed job of stealing. If youâ€™re going to rip off rich people then damn it leave them fucking destitute. First Iâ€™m calling bullshit to all this â€œthe Skill Sets are in good shape financially and the Mets are not for saleâ€ Yeah right, thatâ€™s why they are selling off players and taking back cash like they were empty Budweiser cans. Thatâ€™s why they would rather trade off Billy Wagner as to not have him take arbitration and then get stuck with him for millions of dollars. Thatâ€™s why the payroll will go DOWN next season. Thatâ€™s why Omar Minaya is now a â€œcheaper to keep herâ€ rather than divorce her GM and the whole inept front office will be back for the same reason. Hire Bobby Valentine? Are you nuts? He would want to be paid in American currency not Mr. Mets bucks. So you will get another season of Jerry Manuelâ€™ stand up act and the Bingo Traveling All Stars in 2010. Oh yeah , please get your season ticket renewals in soon or Freddy Skill Sets will have to hitch hike home from Aspen.
NEWS: JOSE REYES MAY NEED SURGERY
The shocking part of this story is the Mets medical staff found out now and not the night before opening day 2010. Around here thatâ€™s called progress.
NEWS: HIGHLANDERS CLAIM CHRIS CARTER FROM RED SOX WHO WAS HEADED TO THE METS
Look, it was the right move for the Highlanders as it forces the Red Sox to keep Carter on the 40 man roster and not free up a space for another pitcher (Paul Byrd?) but itâ€™s still a scumbag move by the home office of scumbags, the Highlanders. It doesnâ€™t change the Billy Wagner deal but it does hurt the Mets as they wanted to see what they have in Carter as either a first baseman or an outfielder. Iâ€™m sure Daniel Murphy and Angel Pagan just became big Highlander fans.
NEWS: PAT MISCH IMPRESSIVE IN FIRST START AS A MET
Finally a bright light in this dismal season as Pat Misch pitched a beauty at Wrigley yesterday. Misch pounded the shit out the strike zone and got groundball out after groundball out. He only struck out two batters but he threw strikes and pitched to contact and let his fielders do the work, outstanding job. But of course this being the Mets of 2009 a good job gone bad is the norm but itâ€™s tough to get on Brain Stokes who has be terrific at the back end of the pen that last few weeks but I guess when youâ€™re used nearly everyday this will happen.
Iâ€™m starting to wonder why friends are offering me Mets ticket for free.
NEWS: SCOTT KAZMIR WEARS A HALO
So now what do I do with my RAYS KAZMIR 19 t-shirt? Iâ€™m thinking of having a week where I wear all the shirts and jerseys of players no longer on those teams. For the Mets I have ALOMAR 12, VAUGHN 42, ALPHONSO 13. Then I have Giants jersey SHOCKEY 80 Rangers JAGER 68 itâ€™s like my own little old timers day.
The trade of Kazmir is not a shock as the rumblings have been there that Kaz and pitching coach Jim Hickey did not see eye to eye and that was proven when Kaz went to Rick Peterson for help after his shoulder injury. No one claimed Kazmir as his contract and injury record make it a prohibited claim but that never stops Artie Moreno of the Angels, now there is an owner committed to winning.
NEWS: METS STILL IN THE BRYCE HAPER SWEEPSTAKES
Well, maybe. The Mets are 12 games behind the Nats for the worst record in baseball and 11 back of KC for the next spot. After that there are seven teams all jockeying for a spot in the 2010 First Year Player Draft Jamboree. I donâ€™t see either Washington or KC giving the big bucks to Harper. The one team that would worry me is Baltimore who if the standings finish like they are today, would pick 3rd and might meet the demands of Harper. So we have to root for more loses Mets fans so new owner Jay-Z can make his big splash at his new job of Mets CEO.