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Psssst….check it out, check it out Black Mets jersey’s and caps……check it out, check it out…..I got PIAZZA, REYES, RODRIGUEZ, WRIGHT……check it out…………………OH SHIT THE COPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

Its almost getting to the point where I’m sympathetic of the plight of the Skill Sets.  It’s bad enough that Bernie Madoff fucked them over but how about their beloved pasty face clubbie Charlie Samuels and the way he took the owners trust and as in turned robbed the team blind?

With all the stories during the off season into spring training about the Madoff scandal and the fall out of the words of the Trustees of the victims of the scandal the Samuels’ saga has gone unnoticed until the last couple of days as the NYPD and Queens DA’s office have descended on St. Lonesome to get some answers and to build a case against Samuels.

The cops are talking to players especially Frankie Rodriguez who was so close to Samuels, he slept on his sofa during when he was bounced out of his home after his assault charge, and to Mike Piazza who also confided  with Samuels.

While the cops are in Florida getting statements, cops here in NYC are trying to match the stolen property from the Mets clubhouse to memorabilia dealers in the area to solidify their case against Samuels  .

This will be just one more bullshit distraction that seems to follow this organization.  If the Skill Sets can save their ownership of the team I hope they learn a lesson from all this and stop being so naïve and start running the Mets like a business instead of some mom and pop candy store

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THE REVOLUTION WILL BE TELEVISED ON YOU TUBE OF COURSE

I love the internet. I love that I can read about any subject I want just by going to a search engine and type it in a little box and have a screen tell me there are 1,345, 756 results of my search. As a kid whenever I went into Manhattan my favorite destination was the out of town newsstand on 42 St. My father went there to get “news from home” in the form of the Sligo Champion and all I wanted was the Boston Globe especially the Sunday Globe which was better than any sports related publication on the planet back in the day.

 

My summer nights centered around waiting the delivery of the Night Owl edition of the NY Daily News that got to the candy store we hung out in around 8PM and everyone lined up to get the “Brooklyn number “-the last three digits of the Aqueduct or Belmont Park handle-and to sip a Manhattan Special and read the sports news of the day.

 

My source for breaking news was the afternoon NY Post. Yes, the Post used to be an afternoon paper and I loved it because it had West Coast boxscores which were like the holy grail of baseball stories. “How did Seaver do last night in LA”? “How many hits did Milner get “? “ Torre hit into two DP’s again, he sucks” all this went on 12 hours or so after the action took place.

 

Where am I going with this? The big media news today is The Rocky Mountain will fold today as soon as it gets its editions on the street and I’m sad that the paper is folding and people are losing their jobs but still I’m awed by the technological revolution that is progressing before our eyes. Now most of this astonishment is due to my age (Fitty going on Fitty One ) and also that my soon to be 96 year old mother shops online and checks out my Facebook page (she doesn’t like my profile pic of me and Madonna’ Madam Tuesaue wax figure) and chats with relatives in Ireland (she has checked out this blog put doesn’t care much for my colorful language and has made it known I’m not so grown that she can’t discipline me to which I told here we could make a big splash on the 6 O’clock News as 50 year old reports mom to Child Services)

 

I love this post by Joe Posanaski who conveys my sentiments of newspapers much better than I ever could. I still buy the Daily News and Post at the ferry terminal while on the way to work out of habit and I get the NY Times and Staten Island Advance delivered to my house which seems now like getting an ice or coal delivery, but I barely read the hard copy papers. As soon as I get to work I sign on my computer and go to my Google Reader for my news of the day and my Daily News becomes a placemat for my cereal bowl and coffee cup.

 

Sure it’s sad when a paper goes under because it’s another part of life’s little pleasures that’s gone but then again when I can sit on my patio on a beautiful summer morning and through the technology of my FiOS router read baseball boxscores from the West Coast on my laptop without my fingers getting news print on them, then that’s what I call progress.          

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AH, THIS LOOKS LIKE A GOOD PLACE TO LAY DOWN

I’m cold, tired and very cranky (I know so what’s so different today from any other right?) and I have to leave work early so my wife can work at our kid’s school’s Chinese Auction. From what I gather at this auction you buy tickets and put them in buckets and there are different tables with prizes and if you hold a winning ticket you get to pick a prize off the table in play. Last year she won Rangers tickets and a free pizza every month for a year at a local pizzeria. That free pizza cost me about $50 bucks a month because not once did we go and just eat pizza. So with all that let’s look at the Mets news of the day and some other minutia:

 

Mike Carp has been added to the 40 man roster so he will not be exposed to the Rule V draft. I’ll go on after the applause dies down……………………………….Thank you.

 

Joel Sherman reports on the very flush closers market and so does Jason Stark on ESPN. In fact Stark adds in his report that Pirates closer and the object of my reliever affection Matt Capps could be trade bait. Wait a minute did Stark read that somewhere? Nah , I’m just paranoid.

 

Jon Heyman and Joey DeMayo of NY Baseball Digest say the Mets are in full play for Orlando Hudson. Joel Sherman says Gimp Castillo had a sit down with Omar Minaya and Tony B to beg for forgiveness for being a fat lazy turd and for stealing money and wants to do the right thing by the Mets and show the fans that he is not a fat lazy turd and get back to his All Star level. And to that I say, is the turkey ready yet?

 

Lot of comments on the site from my post about having an old time candy store at Financial Institution Ready to Go Under Field (No I’m not tpying that out every time. I’ll go back to $iti Field next)  I was shocked SHOCKED (Eagle!) of someone not liking chocolate egg creams. How in the world could you not enjoy a chocolate egg cream? The reason they had wine at the Last Supper was because John the Baptist forgot to go to Waldbaums and buy the U-Bets syrup, otherwise there would be seltzer bottles on the alter of churches and gold  chocolate syrup dispensers.

 

Here’s all you need know about the misdirection of the NFL under Goody Goodell. He has no problem reinstating an out and out thug like Pacman Jones and then sits back and does nothing as NFL players show up on the Tuesday police blotters all over the country but if a TV announcer brings up point spreads and that botched touchdown at the end of last weeks Steelers-Chargers game that has bettors screaming FIX Goodell becomes a tough guy. Sure Commissioner, people tune in to watch the NFL because they love the beauty of three hours of  kick, run and tons of commercials for hard on pills it’s not that they wager tens of millions of dollars on the games. Most of it illegally and that money gets funneled down to keep the drugs, booze and prostitution that your players enjoy so much flourishing. I know what you mean Commissioner I enjoy going to Aqueduct in January because I love watch the cute little horseys run around the track.

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BANG BANG

I’m moving to a new desk today (a nice corner spot) so I wanted to post some items before I get busy with the heavy lifting so here we go:

 

No one is a bigger fanboy of Petey than me but no way, no how does Omar bring him back. Thank you Petey and good luck. See you in Cooperstown.

 

Okay all you commentators who told me I was out of my mind about bringing Jason Varitek to the Mets, after further review you guys are right I’m nuts. It just that I am not impressed with Brian Schneider both with the stick and especially behind the plate.

 

Anthony (or as we say in Brooklyn ANT-NEE) has a post on Hot Foot on the culinary treats awaiting us at $iti Field. If I were on the concession planning committee I would add an old time New York candy store at the ballpark as well. Have penny candies, Pretzels, Mets periodicals and of course EGG CREAMS!!!! If Freddy Skill Sets doesn’t have a spot for an Egg Cream concession then he’s not as Brooklyn as I think he is.

 

Speaking of $iti Field, Maury Brown of the Biz of Baseball posts on how the name $iti Field will still be atop the ballpark even with the firm throwing 50,000 workers out into the street a month before Christmas.

 

 

Do you get the feeling that Francisco Rodriguez’ agent Paul Kinzer is in a bit over his head in negotiating a contract for his client? How do you not have the medical records from the Angles to show the Mets or any other team interested in K-Rod?

 

Happy Birthday Jay Hook. Also the late Cal Koonce was born on this day.

 

Omar better keep an eye on Brain Sabean as he is looking to grab all the fringe relievers on the market. I’m not a big fan of Sabean as I feel he is very overrated as a GM but the signing of Jeremy Affeldt was solid and the word is he is looking to lock up Joe Beimel and Juan Cruz as he sees the NL West as weak enough for the Giants to make a run at the division in ‘09

 

In this post by Joe Posnanski he writes about listening to football on the radio and how football in person is much tougher to watch than on TV as you need to see replays from three or four angles to appreciate what happened on every play. The best part of the post though is that Posnanski is writing a book on the 1975 Cincinnati Reds. I will be all over that book when it’s released. Back in those days, as much as I was a Mets fan the Mets were pretty bad and I just found the Big Red Machine fascinating.

 

WCBS880 has pics of $iti Field (with its grass in place) and the demo of Shea Stadium. I wish Shea was demoed already as watching these pics is torture. I hate watching Shea just waste away Please give the place the dignity it deserves.

 

I know hockey does not have the pizzazz of baseball or football in this town but Henrik Lundquist should be a much bigger deal in NYC than he is. Hopefully he and the Rangers will enjoy a Stanley Cup during his Ranger career as his goaltending will lead to his 30 to hang from the Garden rafters. 

 

Legendary basketball coach Pete Newell has passed away at 93 and big men everywhere are sad.

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