Not Much In The Mood For Baseball Today

With the tragedy that happened in a movie theater in Aurora CO, I’m finding it hard to get worked up about the Mets bullpen and whether the team can make a deal or much of anything that pertains to sports.

There is no way you can make sense of what happened in Aurora but the saddest part of this tragedy is it’s not the first time this has happened and unfortunately  it won’t be the last.  The first reactions I saw about this tragic event when I opened Twitter was the predicable attack of guns and the NRA. I agree a million percent that the gun laws in parts of this country are a god damn joke, the country could take a cue from NYC where getting a license to carry a gun is almost impossible. Then you have the states in the South where you can go into your local Wal-Mart and buy an assault rifle, I am all for the 2nd amendment of the U.S. Constitution because I believe that every American has the right to protect his family and property as he sees fit, but there has to be a rigorous screening process in order to own a firearm.

What also has to be addressed in the aftermath of this senseless attack is what made this killer do this? Why would someone make this kind of premeditated attack on these people who he never knew? There is a huge stigma in this country to people who suffer from mental illness and I’m sure in the days and weeks to come we will hear all about the shooters life and what warning signs that could have been telling that he needed help.

The police should be commended for bringing the gunman into custody and not executing him on the spot which I’m sure many would have celebrated but by bringing him in alive I would hope that the authorities bring in the best in the field in the study and treatment of mental disorders to study him and find out what it is that makes someone fall in such despair or hate that they could perpetrate this kind of carnage.

My sincere condolence to the families of the murder victims who are left to grieve and try to make sense of this attack on their love ones, I hope you somehow find the strength to carry on.

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THE METS MANAGERS LIST IS TRIMING ITSELF

Before we get on to anything here today, I must convey my most heartfelt condolence to Sandy Alderson and his family on the passing of his father John, who was killed by a car Saturday night in St. Petersburg while crossing a street. From all the stories I’ve read John Alderson was a ‘young” 87 years old and to be taken from his family like this is a tragedy.  

I guess Clint Hurdle went for the sure thing instead of playing the longshot by taking the Pirates job. Or maybe Hurdle knows something we don’t on who the next Mets manager will be. By the way, if Wally Backman was such a slam dunk as a major league manager how come no other major league team looking for a manager requested Backman come in for an interview? I’m just asking?

(UPDATE: Now I see why Hurdle took the Bucs job and I think you’ll agree with me I hope he’s a success in the Steel City)

So it looks like a two man race between Terry Collins and Bob Melvin and I agree neither guy stirs my passions but I’m willing to let this play out and see if it works. It also looks as if Chip Hale and Tim Teufel  could get coaching spots with the Mets with Backman taking over the helm at Bingo or Buffalo.

Can we just trade F-Mart for a bunch of bats, uniforms and helmets that seem to have gone missing the last few years in Flushing? The one time phenom  was to start yesterday in a Dominican League game but missed his start due to car troubles. No bullshit. CAR TROUBLES!!!! After the news got out about this the team and F-Mart tried to cover his ass by saying there was a miscommunication about his reporting date. Yeah right. I guess Omar Minaya has found a job in the DR running a team as this kind of cover up stinks of the Omar regime.

Speaking of Charlie Samuels, as bad as it is for him to get fired by the Mets and to be looking at criminal charges being filed against him, the worst part could be if convicted and sentenced to do time, Charlie would have to wear orange every day. Maybe Samuels could share a cell with Bernie Madoff in the Crimes Against The Skill Sets wing of prison

Adam Rubin has a long Q & A with David Wright getting his take on the past and present of the club.

I wish the Mets had a guy like Amare Stoudemire the last few years who would call out his underachieving teammates like Amare did last night. Could be Stoudemire is pissed that LeBron and D-Wade picked Chris Bosh over him to a BFF?

NON-METS: I see where the Fishsticks have fired coach Scott Gordon as the team is doing a swirlie of their season with a 10 game losing streak. Gordon should be relieved to be relieved of his coaching duties. Isn’t it time Gary Betmann and the hierarchy of the NHL seriously think about contracting the Icelanders and a few other teams from the league? The Icelanders play in a dump of an arena (the place is filthy and many of the seats are broken and ripped) and only sell tickets when the regal Rangers come to Uniondale. Take the Isles, Blue Jackets, Panthers, Coyotes, Lighting, Predators and Thrashers and either contract them or merge them a la the Minnesota North Stars/Cleveland Barrons in 1978 and make two teams and put one in Winnipeg and the other in Quebec City.

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HARRY KALAS 1936-2009

 

Long time Phillies announcer Harry Kalas died this afternoon in Washington  D.C as he was preparing for tonight’s Phillies-Nats game.

Condolence to the Kalas family and to the Phillies organization

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