Hey NY Mets, Someone Has To Care!

In the name of the Kranepool, The Seaver and the Holy Gil Hodges. Gil, this team, this organiztion is killing me. I’m so tired of not just the losing but the way this team has no fight in it. Remember when you came the manage the Mets in 1968 and you told your players the days of the loveable losers was over and that if you weren’t ready to dedicate yourself to being a winner then you couldn’t be a part of your team? What happened to that thinking Gil? It came back in the 80’s with Frank Cashen and Davey Johnson then it vanished again and made a bit of an appereance in the mid 2000’s. But Gil, we are back to the ways of old, players have given up, the manager once a bit of a spitfire has a beaten look to him, he has no answers and if he hasn’t lost his clubhouse he’s on the brink. My God Gil, how does this happen and why does it always happen to the Mets ? Please Gil you have to help us, send a message, you are still loved and revered by Mets fans that’s why I turn to you in our time of despair. In the name of the Kranepool, the Seaver and the Holy Gil Hodges Amen.

Out on the street 

Where I grew up

First thing they teach us

not to give a fuck

That kind of thinking can’t get you nowhere

Someone has to care.

-The Roots “How I got Over”

Leave it to the Mets to ruin a wonderful MLB debut by Collin McHugh and let Mike Francesa give them a thorough and well deserved ass reaming on his radio show after the game, although Francesa shitting on McHugh’s performance was uncalled for but everything else in his rant and rave was well deserved.

I’m at a loss for words with this latest collapse and I even more dazed and confused over Terry Collins proclamation that Daniel Murphy is “out of gas” and needs a couple of days off.  I’m stunned Colins would use the words “out of gas” and “fatigued” knowing that the fan base are like sharks off the coast of Cape Cod and are circling as they smell blood in the water. What did Collins and the Mets think the fan reaction to Murphy being out of gas would be, sure sit out a few games and rest up? Shit, not in this lifetime.

Am I pissed off about this??? You bet your dragging ass I am. I’m like everyone else, I drag my ass out of bed every morning to go to work and hope that (a) the assholes I work with won’t piss me off to the point I want to stab someone and (b) that there is some overtime to grab so I can provide a little more for my wife and kids. You want fatigue; try getting up at 5AM take a train, a boat and another train to get to work. Then work a twelve hour shift and repeat that commute to go home. Am I complaining?  Hell no! I will never complain about going to work and how I get there, you know why? Because my family depends on me, it keeps me motivated.

So when a baseball player, a baseball player I like very much, is sitting out games because he’s out of gas don’t expect me to accept that as an excuse.

As I said when I stated this rant and rave, I wish I know who went to who with this but either way it seems Terry Collins is getting to that “don’t give a fuck” stage with this team and that is very, very sad like the Roots song says in “How I Got Over” that type of thinking can’t get you nowhere, someone has to care and has to care right now.     

 

 

 

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NY Mets Need To Get A Bullpen Improvement Loan

 

 

Greetings again from Cape Cod and a Happy 4th of July to all. I didn’t see or hear any of today’s game but from reading around so far this evening a 2-0 Mets lead fell fast as Chris Young was done in by the dreaded “third time around the lineup” and  of course a bullpen meltdown which cost Jeremy Heftner his job and gives a big opportunity to Pedro Beato.

The Mets made a couple of head scratching moves, first it seems like Kirk Nieuwenhuis has a sore hand that’s not bad enough to land on the DL but just in case, Jordany Valdespin was recalled from Buffalo at the expense of Justin Hampson. I was quite surprised that Hampson was DFA (we all know where he’ll land right? Cleveland.) the only thing I see with this move is Sandy Alderson is ready to move on either Will Ohman or Brian Fuentes, both lefties who were DFA. I’ll bank on Alderson signing Fuentes if he clears as he has late inning closer experience.

The bullpen is in dire need of repair and Alderson is well cognizant of that, which is why we’re hearing of the Mets talking about a Frankie Rodriguez reunion. I’m a bit on the fence here bringing K-Rod back but he was able to handle the late inning pressure here (the family room at Citi Field was a different story) and it wouldn’t coast much in players to get him and it is a sign that the Mets have some dough to spend as they would have to take the remaining $4mil in his contract.

So if you add Fuentes, K-Rod and maybe Houston Street or Grant Balfour that is a major renovation of you bullpen. Hey it worked for the Cardinals last year didn’t it?

For your entertainment pleasure check out the Q & A I did with Justin Klugh of the Phillies blog That Ball’s Outta Here.

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On Vacation Which Means More Baseball To Watch

 

Greetings from Cape Cod where I will be vacationing for the next week. Before heading to the Cape last we went to the Brooklyn Cyclones Aberdeen Ironbirds game a Cyclones 6-2 win that was capped off by Brando Nimmo’s Grand Slam to break up a 2-2 tie.

When I got to the hotel I got a couple of text from friends altering me that David Wright had made the All Star team but will not start as he lost the vote to Pablo Sandoval. I can understand the outrage but for me I’ll save my ranting and raving for the end of the season when Wright gets robbed of the NL MVP.

I’m happy for Wright as it’s a well deserved berth to the All Star team but the two Mets I’m ecstatic over making the team are R.A. Dickey and Terry Collins both men have re-invented themselves and now get their just reward.

Time to unpack and hit the pool before dinner, Cape Cod speaks fluent baseball, so I know where ever we go for dinner there will be a TV with Mets-Dodgers  plus I have to chart the week to see what Cape Cod League games I want to see and how many baseball scouts I can talk to. Busy week ahead. Let’s Go Mets!

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WAKE UP FREDDY SKILL SETS WAKE UP!

Have you ever daydreamed during a cold winter day while at work about your plans for the summer? Say take a trip to Europe or pack up the family and head to Disney World? Well, yesterday Freddy Skill Sets gave you on place you may want to cross off next summer’s destination, Citi Field.

Freddy Skill Sets has turned into a real recluse without the unkempt look . Yesterday up at Storrs CT where he was announcing that UCONN will now be the home of Huskies basketball and football (which means for the first time since it’s inception I’ll watch SNY in the winter) and when reporters questions him about his floundering baseball team, Freddy turned into a real Mr. Cranky Pants.  He lets the world know that Omar is safe and that his son Jeffey is doing a great job running the organization. Something tells me Ol’ Freddy was of his medication yesterday.  But I have to thank him because now I can think about  that trip I’ve wanted to make to California to go from San Francisco to LA next summer since there won’t be any reason to go to Citi Field next year.

The Cape Cod League playoffs start today and I’ll be at Yarmouth-Dennis (Y-D) for their game against the Harwich Mariners.  It’s best to get down to the field early and plant your chair in a good spot as the game tonight could draw a good 3,000 to 5,000 fans.

If MLB doesn’t do something to straighten out their umpires one of them is going to get the living shit beat out of them by a player, coach, manager or a fan running on the field. No joke here, I’m fucking serious.

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YOU’RE ONLY AS HOT AS THE NEXT DAY’S STARTING PITCHER

So  much for the big boost that Frenchy’s home run was supposed to bring to the Mets, that was another smoke screen to hide the suck that is Jeff Francoeur. At least he’s well liked by his teammates. I’ve worked with guys like Frenchy, they are so personable and charismatic that you love being around them but when it comes to getting the actual work done they’re utter failures. I’ve worked with guys like Carlos Beltran as well, guys who have the personality of Elmers Glue, not only can’t you get a word out of them when they do speak, the words are nothing of substance. However when it comes to getting the job done they’re much more productive than the jovial good time Charley guy.  So if your job is on the line and a deadline to get your assignment done who do you want, the dull producer or the happy jack off? In this case dull wins.

A must read for you today is Greg Prince’ piece on his Faith and Fear in Flushing site where he lays it all out about this season and about who we, as Mets fans are.   Remember Mets fans, “we’ve got no place else to go” Classic Greg, Classic!

I’m in the middle of Red Sox Nation here on Cape Cod as many Bostonians are here on vacation. They are all hopped up for the four game series this weekend with the Highlanders which as a Mets fan puts me at a big disadvantage. Just a about every  reastaurant here shows Red Sox games on tv and I mean from big formal places to the fish joints on the side of the road the “Sawx” are a way of life out here. I’ve been wearing my Mr. Cap and I get some looks, some head shakes and some “we’re sorry’s” as well. I’m thinking of sitting outside a store on Main St in Hyannis with a cardboard sign that says METS FAN PLEASE HELP with my Mr. Met cap on the ground and see how much money I can make.

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IT WAS NEVER ABOUT THE BABE-A BOOK BY JERRY GUTLON

 

As much as I love the Mets, I’ve always had a bit of a fascination with the Boston Red Sox. Part of that comes from Boston being the place my father settle in with his brothers and sister came to the U.S. from Ireland and that I have family there and I love spending summers on Cape Cod. As a kid whenever the Sox played on the Game of the Week or against the Highlanders I always made it my business to take in those games. In his new book It Was Never About The Babe,(published by Skyhorse Publishing) author Jerry M. Gutlon breaks the myths of curses and bad luck that have become folk law in Red Sox Nation.

Gutlon uncovers how misguided anti-Semitism by AL President Ban Johnson towards Harry Frazee (Frazee was not Jewish but Johnson believed he was) that forced Frazee to trade Babe Ruth to the Highlanders. The author also uncovers the racism and wild decisions made by Tom Yawkey under the influence of alcohol that were an embarrassment to the organization and set the franchise back decades.

Now under the guiding hands of Theo Epstein, Larry Luchino and John Henry the Red Sox have become the model franchise in baseball combing statistical work along with good old fashion bird dog scouting and using their vast revenues to build the team on the major league level and keep the farm system fertile.

Even if you are not a Red Sox fan, Gutlon’ book is a great read for any one interested in baseball history.

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WAY TO GO MLB PROPERTIES YOU NO GOOD BLOOD SUCKERS

The empty suits at MLB Properties really have too much time on their hands as they have given an ultimatum to the clubs of the Cape Cod League that if they continue to use the nicknames of major league teams, they have to get the approval of MLB Properties of all the merchandise they sell at their games and on-line.

If the clubs don’t change the names and not comply to MLB Prop approval then MLB will withhold the $100K they give to the league that helps out greatly in the CCBL maintain the ball fields. If you have never been to the Cape to see a Cape League game the ball fields are all high school fields that are beautifully kept up. The work is all done by volunteers who are lovers of baseball and of their community which doesn’t register with the empty suits on Park Avenue. (tip of the Mets Cap to Spitting Seeds for the link)

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I’m still trying to figure out how to post pictures so you will be seeing some stuff I took while at Fenway Park and in Cape Cod.

 

Here is a pic of my son and I with Jerry Remy in Hyanis. The Rem Dog is not a fan of Shea Stadium seems the visting team TV both leaves a lot to be desired

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Quick Hit

Quicknote as it is moving day from Cape Cod to Boston have to pack and get ready for Fenway Park. First it looks like Petey was rusty but healthy bottom line is if that fastball has no movement he will get lit up.

Maybe J-Man should have batted for Chavez with Castro as that looks to where the game was lost last night even though the blame goes to Heilman (doesn’t it always)

Welcome to the Mets Dan Murphy with Jon Neise and Eddie Kunz not far behind.

Red Soc fans gave Jason Bay a huge standing ovation last nigh in his first at bat. Bay looked both touched and embarrassed by the gesture as I guess it hit him that this ain’t Pittsburgh.

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