HEY METS FANS, IT IS TIME FOR YOU TO STOP ALL OF YOUR SOBBING

The best part of the early morning release of Oliver Perez is not just the fact that the ineffective pitcher is mercifully gone but what has to have the Mets fan base giddy on this rainy cold morning is Sandy Alderson is running the baseball operations of the NY Mets. He is the man calling the shots; he put Baby Jeffy in the corner.

For all the gloom and doom financial news about the Skill Sets, the head baseball man in charge went to them and said time to eat $18 mil in contract, and all the Skill Sets could do is stand at attention and say “Sir, yes sir” You can debate that this should have been done before spring training or earlier but the bottom line is the Faces of Failure of the Minaya regime are gone.

With the Phuck Phaces signing Luis Castillo to a minor league deal as insurance in case Chase Utley will not make it to opening day and beyond tells me the Phuck Phace’s may not be the lead pipe cinch to win the NL Pennant most thought they were this winter.

Adam Rubin has a great Ollie Perez retrospective. It wasn’t  always days of suckitude with OP but his Mets career did end badly for all sides.

The feel good story of spring, the return of Izzy, has his a bump as Isringhausen is taking anti-inflamitories  for his surgically repaired elbow

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LUUUUUUUUUUUUISSSSSSSS COME OUT TO PLAYYYYYYYYY!

I agree 100 % with Terry Collins that Luis Castillo should have gotten to camp early since his job is on the line. You would think a guy who the majority of Mets fans look at with distain and a big part of the failures of past management knowing that there are three guys lining up every morning in St Lonesome, auditioning for the manager to be the next Mets 2nd base Idol. No matter which side of the Castillo fence you fall on, every Mets fan has to agree that at this stage of his baseball career, Castillo cannot just waltz into camp with a cavalier attitude that was tolerated in years past in this organization.  Whereas Castillo would have been met with and hug and a laugh by management in the past he will now be greeted with a “Where the fuck have you been”? It’s about time.

My doubts about Terry Collins are starting to lessen. When I met him at the Mets Christmas Party the first questioned I had for him was about getting this team to be more aggressive and passionate and to stop being patsies for the division. I told Collins in my opinion, every team in the NL East thinks of the Mets as a bunch of chumps, how do you change that mind set? Collins assured me that was one of the first things he wanted to change. He tried not to disparage his predecessor but he said he agreed with me about the team allowing the opposition to intimate them and it will be a big part of his job to change that immediately.  From reading John Harper’s story today, it looks like Collins has started his one for all all for one campaign:

Indeed, the new manager of the Mets thinks it’s important to instill some toughness, some brothers-in-arms spirit, in his ballclub. Remember the famous Chase Utley take-out slide of Ruben Tejada last September? The one the Mets took without retaliation?

Collins wouldn’t have stood for such a passive response.

“In Philly there would have been a fight,” he said Friday, “no doubt about it.”

Collins made it clear he wasn’t looking to criticize Jerry Manuel when I asked him Friday how he would have handled such a situation. In fact, he said a manager always walks a fine line on such matters, as not all players respond well to being put in a position where retaliation is expected.

“But there’s still an unwritten code about how to protect your teammates,” Collins said. “So I do believe in situations like that, there’s a right way to handle it.

“And that’s something that starts right here in spring training. That’s going to be part of my message on Monday when I speak to the team. We’re going to bring a team together and we’re going to watch each other’s backs.”

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THINGS MAY NOT BE A BLEAK AS WE THINK

If anyone is going to $iti Field tomorrow night, I’d suggest that when Carlos Beltran comes up for his first at bat, you stand up and give him a hand. Beltran backed up the talk last night as he tried to 7-10 split Chase Utley and Wilson Valdez in the 7th inning. Beltran’s only regret is that “he didn’t hit anyone”. Too bad this didn’t happen in August as the incident has seemed to give the club a little spark. It’s also a shame that the manager wasn’t fired in August and another voice brought in to challenge the manhood of the players as Utley and the Phuck Phaces have, the second half of the season might have been much different.

I posed the question on Twitter last night, other that Ton’s O Fun Sabathia, what starting pitcher on the Highlanders would you take over any of the Mets starters? The only pitcher who got any mention from the Bronx side was Phil Hughes but would you take Hughes over Big Pelf? Hell to the No! Someone mentioned Ivan Nova which tells you the state of the Highlander rotation when Burnett and Vasquez got nary a Tweet. By the way Mets fans, it may be time for us to get into full Tampa Bay Ray mode as the GP Stu Steinberg, of the Canarsie Steinberg’s,  grew up a full blooded  Mets fan and I believe is still a Mets season ticket holder. It won’t be a total loss for the Bronx Bastards if they go one and done in the post season, it will give the maintenance crew enough time to set the Jerry Kenny Memorial in Fossil Park for an April unveiling.

What makes this September easier to take over last September is the fact that, a new GM and manager will be hired, that Ike Davis and Josh Thole have certainly shown they belong in the big leagues, that the pitching staff has the potential to be good to solid next season as RA Dickey should be back, Big Pelf continues to mature mentally, Jon Niese continues his progression and the emergence of Dillon Gee as a solid 4 or 5 in the rotation. The team will miss Johan Santana for sure and hopefully they can add another vet arm in the winter (money permitting and a savy front office man to boot) so I’m getting a bit more optimistic about the future than I had been say a month ago. It all depends on who get the GM and managers spot if my optimism will bloom into down right excitement.

Steve Popper says it’s time for Mets ownership to go all out and hire Bobby Valentine as the next manager of the Mets. I have to say with all the young talent and the need for a much needed shot of enthusiasm both on the field and in the stands if the Mets don’t go full bore for BV it will be a big mistake. This team as it will be loaded with young players and veterans who need to be challenged and no one does that better than Valentine.  This whole Utley incident has shown a light on Jerry Manuel that proves he’s not fit to manage. Instead of saying in his post game presser that “ well that’s how we played back in the day” and “I would think the players would respond” He should have closed the clubhouse door after the game and told his players that the Phillies have played you guys for chumps for four years now and will keep playing you for chumps until you fight back. No one is saying to clear the benches (although that would be fun) but there comes a time when the manager had to challenge his player’s manhood, their pride to tell them it’s time they stopped squatting to pee and stand up like men. That’s not Jerry Mnauel’ style and that’s why we’re also rans again in 2010.

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WILL THE METS MAKE A STATEMENT TONIGHT IN PHILLY?

I saw none of last nights Mets-Phillies game as I had a much better evening enjoying a night at the theater taking in the play LOMBARDI. If you are a football fan this is a must see show. If you are a fan of the theater this is a must see show. Dan Lauria looks like a clone of the great coach and Judith Light is outstanding as Marie Lombardi. Both should be up for Tony Awards for their performance.

After the show, we strolled around 8th and 9th Avenue has it such a warm night and the bar’s and restaurants in Hell’s Kitchen were jam packed. Every joint has big screen TV’s and I swear every place we passed had the Highlanders-Red Sox game on. So the only word I had on the Mets-Philies game was that the Amazin’s bit the dust again for the sixth straight via a mobile phone alert, so it wasn’t until this morning that I found out there was a bit of controversy in the game concerning Chase Utley aggressive/dirty slid into Ruben Tejada to try to break up a double play. Of course the Mets did a lot od staring and yapping from the dugout and after the game David Wright talk very softly on how that slide just wasn’t cricket and maybe the Mets should re-think their approach when it comes to sliding into the bases. Gee David ya think?

The Phillies love picking on the Mets for a couple of reasons, they know that the Mets never retaliate and they know it drives the fan base nuts.

Was Utley’ slide dirty? It was late that’s for sure but there is always a thin line between hard aggressive base running and dirty base running, it’s all in the eyes of the team getting run at.

It should make for an interesting game tonight as Jerry Manuel has kind of put his team on notice that they have to take it into their own hands on how they want to respond to Utley (as he is a short timer here) and Wright has stated the team needs to send a message.

The Mets have the right pitcher on the mound if they wish to rumble with the Phuck Phaces as Dillon Gee has proven he has his teammates backs in Buffalo.

So let’s see if this is just the Mets clucking and waving their feathers or if there really are a pair of cojones in those athletic supporters

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MY 2010 ALL STAR GAME SELECTIONS

As a member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, I‘ve been asked to make my All-Star selections. The All-Star Game used to be a real big deal a long time ago but now unless it’s played in your city and you are involved in the FanFest and stuff like that, it’s a rather ho-hum three days with out Major League Baseball. I’ve always felt instead of an All Star Game, baseball should make it a 3 Day Festival of Baseball.

You could have a day of an Old Timers Day celebrations at all the ball parks, with each team honoring its history and players of the past by bringing as many former players in  for autograph and picture sessions with the fans. Another day could be a triple header of baseball where the organizations top three farm teams could compete in the big league ball parks. Here in NYC we could have Buffalo-Scranton/Wilkes Barre, Binghamton-Trenton, St. Lucie-Tampa play. Start the first game at 10AM and go from there. It would be a big baseball Block Party. On the third day bring the big league team for a Fan Appreciation Day to let the fans and players mingle together.

I’d much rather have a three day event like that than to see some superstar get one at bat, then climb in his limo for a ride to the airport to get out of town as fast as possible.

Oh well, here are my All-Star sections:

1st base

NL Albert Pujols

AL Kevin Youkilis

2nd base

NL Chase Utley

AL Robinson Cano

3rd base

NL David Wight

AL Evan Longoria

SS

NL Hanley Ramirez

AL Marco Scutaro

LF

NL Ryan Braun

AL Josh Hamilton

CF

NL Angel Pagan

AL Torri Hunter

RF

NL Andre Eithier

AL Jose Bautista

C

NL Miguel Olivo

AL Joe Mauer

P

NL Ubaldo Jimenez

AL David Price

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A BIG HANG WITH ‘EM

It had the makings of a wonderful evening. The Mets with a three run lead heading to the 7th inning which has become close to automatic as the bullpen has gone from a house of horrors to as confident as one can be and still call themselves a Mets fan.

 

First there was the kicking around of Cole Hamels and then Big Pelf getting his back up on Chase Utley demanding that he “get the fuck back in the box” this game had season changer written all over it but of course it turned as it can only turn for the NY Mets.

 

First Carlos Beltran, of all people, misplayed a fly where he should not have jumped up that cost the Mets a run and got Pelfrey relived of his pitching duties. Sean Green came in and he has quietly turned his season around but gave up a hit and a run. Then Carlos Ruiz hit a ball down to D-Wright who either got caught in between or tried to rush the throw home couldn’t find a handle and Ibanez scored to make it 4-3. Rollins then hit into a fielder choice and the game was now tied at 4. Green gave up one legit hit in the inning. Hang with ‘em Sean.

 

The Mets had tons of chances after that (and before that as well as the old left the runners hanging reared it’s ugly head again in this game) in the bot of 7th  Daniel Murphy left the bags loaded, D-Wright left two on in the 8th, Castillo left a couple on in the 9th , but the killer was in the 10th.

 

Fernando Martinez got a clutch 2 out base hit as a pinch hitter and then D-Wright came thisclose to making up for his error as he drove a ball to the opposite field and Jayson Werth  made a spectacular play that was a sink or swim catch, if Werth misses that ball, F-Mart scores the game winner and the headline today would be the gritty, gutsy Mets coming back after losing a three run lead and not giving up and closing to a game of first place but no instead we talking about RISP, did Big Pelf have another melt down, Wright’s error and the comeback by the Phillies. Talk about a game of inches.    

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THREE STRIKES AND I’M OUT

STRIKE 1-Chase Utley and Pedro Feliz are going under the knife. Utley with an injured hip and Feliz with  back trouble. Jimmy Rollins would have been on that list but I coudn’t catch him.

Strike 2-The Bronx Robber Barron has turned over the keys to his South Bronx Castle to his baby boy Hal (Michale) which means that Hank (Fredo) will run a casino instead. Shout out to Hank, if Hal wants to take you fishing, run for the hills.

Strike 3-Rob Neyer makes note that Mike Musisna and Sandy Koufax have something in common, both winning 20 games and then retiring. Let this be the last time Mike Mussina and Sandy Koufax are mentioned in the same sentence.

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