Foley’s NY To Host a Fundraiser on Nov 15th For Victims of Huricane Sandy w/David Cone as guest bartender

 

On Thursday November 15th Foley’s NY Pub and Restaurant will host a fund raiser to assist the victims of Hurricane Sandy. From 6PM to 9PM former Mets and Yankees pitcher David Cone will be behind the bar serving up drinks to all.

From 6PM to midnight on the 15th, Foleys will donate 100 % of all its sales and Cone will donate all of his “tips” to the victims whose lives were turned upside down by Hurricane Sandy   

A big tip of my Mets cap to Foley’s and owner Shaun Clancy and his dad John for holding this event and for the generosity.

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Hey Sandy Alderson Go Get Your Friend Harvey

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So our All Star break was thrown into chaos yesterday and we can’t even blame this one on Tony LaRussa. When the news broke about Dillon Gee going to the hospital with a shoulder problem, I knew that it wasn’t a structural injury because we saw no sign of anything of that nature in his start on Sunday plus he would not have gone to the ER for that.  What popped into my head first was David Cone and his suffering of an aneurysm in his arm back in 1996. It seems Gee’s blood clot is not as severe as what Cone suffered but because they had to perform a cauterization to break up the clot and not just give him blood thinners gives me the idea that this is still very serious and could be a season ending event for Gee.

Forget the baseball part of this for a moment, how scary it must have been for Gee and his wife that not only did he have to head to the ER to get checked out but to have it happen at the All Star break with most of the Mets brassi n KC and teammates off on their own.  Hopefully Gee will be ok and between the procedure and medication this will be a onetime freak occurrence.

So what do the Mets do if Gee is out for longer than 1 or 2 starts? The first out cry from the fan base was to scream for Sandy Alderson to bring up Matt Harvey and while Harvey has shown some improvement with his command of pitches and has improved his strikeout rate, his walks per 9 innings is still close to 4 and the Mets would love to see him get more experience in Buffalo.

If Gee misses a start or three the team can survive with Jeremy Heftner and a few strategic off days but if this is a situation where Gee needs further surgery, the Mets may not have a choice but to bring up Matt Harvey to take Gee’s spot.

I don’t worry about Harvey handling the pressure of joining the big league club as it fights for a post season spot. From what we saw and heard of Harvey in spring training, he seems to be a real confident guy and a young guy who asks a lot of questions and absorbs information like a sponge.

When you look at Harvey and compare him to Dillon Gee, I think Harvey can pitch as well as Gee, if not better right now, so if this is going to be a sustained absence by Gee, the Mets best and maybe only option is Matt Harvey.

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Hot Time in the Citi

 

Another game, another great pitching performance by out starting pitcher and as of last night the Mets, Nats and Fish are tied for first place in the NL East. Let that sink in while you drink your morning coffee.  

Last night Jon Niese kept the line moving with a 10K performance that was cut short due to Niese experiencing   a rapid heartbeat.  Niese suffered a bout of this last year and was checked to be fine and doesn’t seem to concerned about this time either. Maybe Niese should start taking a baby aspirin every morning, it works for me.

I was at Citi Field last night as it was that annual extravaganza called Gary, Keith and Ron Day Night in support for the charity Pitch In For a Good Cause. As always it was a wonderful event with all the raffles and auctions and getting to hang out and kibitz with Gary Cohen and Ron Darling. After discussing the Johan No hitter with Gary I was able to spend time talking to Darling who is a resident of Brooklyn NY (Keith Hernandez never attends this event as much as Mets fans love Keith it’s a one way street) about the good old days of growing up in the Boro of Churches in the 1970’s when it was far from the hipster paradise it is now.  If that wasn’t enough of a treat, the real star of the event were the Shake Shack cheeseburgers served buffet style and NO LINE!!!!!!

Not only was it GKR Night but it was also the night that John Franco was to be inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame. It was a nice ceremony complete with the Department of Sanitation Pipe Band. Edgardo Alfonzo was in attendance for the night’s festivities and I still feel that this should have been his night but I don’t want piss in the punch as Franco gave a terrific speech and everyone in attendance got a bit misty as Franco talked about his mom and dad. I understood exactly were Franco was coming from. I guess the Mets gave Franco free reign on who could be invited to his special night as his co-GM Al Leiter and David Cone, who both looked like they would rather be someplace else than sitting in Citi Field and from the reaction of the fans in the stands the feeling was mutual, were given permission from the Highlanders to travel to Flushing.  The topper of the ceremony though was when Jeff Innis and Brett Saberhagen were introduced to the crowd, that was my “Ok wrap this shit up start the game, I got work tomorrow” moment. Brett Saberhagen? Are you fucking kidding me? Oh by the way, let that be the last we see of the black jersey’s PLEASE and why did the jersey have both the regular Mets skyline logo and the 50th Anniversary logo in the sleeves with the KID 8 patch moved to the front of the jersey?    

Saw this in the team store last night I had to buy it even though it’s over priced but I’m still caught up in NO-HAN Mania.

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PARDON ME BUT HU YOU?

We are so starved for Mets news that a deal for a backup shortstop for a 27 year old minor leaguer is being critiqued like the David Cone for Ed Hearn deal.

That’s not to say it’s not a deal to discuss. By acquiring shortstop Chin-lung Hu from the Dodgers for LHP Mike Antonini it solidifies Sandy Alderson’ statement that Ruben Tejada will be the everyday short stop in Buffalo in 2011 and that’s a good thing.  It also says there will be some competition for bench positions come spring in training camp.

Hu has shown a good bat in Triple A but his minor league offense has not translated well in the big leagues. If anything he’s known for his glove at short and the Mets have not had a true backup at shortstop so this is a positive as well.   

Hu has played some second base but if he makes the team it will be as Jose Reyes understudy.

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FORMER MET ED HEARN TO BE HONORED BEFORE TONIGHTS METS-PHILLIES GAME

Former Mets catcher Ed Hearn, a member of the 1986 World Championship Mets, will be honored this evening before the Mets-Phillies game at Citi Field for his work as an ambassador for kidney disease with the Neph Cure Foundation. Check out Hern’s story:

Ed Hearn, a member of the 1986 World Champion New York Mets, will

          be honored at Citi Field on Friday, Sept. 10, for his work as Ambassador for The

           NephCure Foundation. Hearn has undergone three kidney transplants in a

           continuing battle with the kidney disease FSGS, for which there is no effective

           treatment and no cure. Hearn, who backed up Gary Carter as catcher on that

            memorable team, and was later traded to the Kansas City Royals in the David

            Cone deal, has endured dramatic health complications since retiring from

            baseball in 1991.  He is now an Ambassador for the NephCure Foundation and a

            motivational speaker who travels across the country to hospitals and dialysis

            centers to bring hope to patients facing similar challenges. Hearn is an admitted

            steroid user – but not as a player. Steroids were part of his treatment for the

            kidney malfunction caused by FSGS, which attacked his new kidneys after each

            transplant. He will be recognized Friday as part of Ed Hearn/NephCure

            Foundation Night at Citi Field, before the Mets-Phillies game, a 7:05 start

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HOWARD MEGDAL FOR METS GM

Ladies and Gentlemen I am proud to announce that Howard Medal has accepted the call of duty and will run for General Manager of the New York Mets. The Eddie Kranepool Society whole hardheartedly supports Mr. Megdal’ candidacy for this very important office, please read this press release from Megdal Headquarters:

On Monday, June 14 at 11 AM, Howard Megdal, writer for SNY.tv, MLBTradeRumors.com, New York Baseball Digest, and Poet Laureate of Amazin’ Avenue, will reveal his decision concerning an electoral campaign to become the next General Manager of the New York Mets. Mr. Megdal will make a statement and take questions from the media.

The event will begin promptly at 11 AM on the fourth floor of the Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway (at 45th Street). At the conclusion of the event, lunch will not be served.

Megdal, 30, would be making his first-ever run for General Manager of the New York Mets. His career-to-date has included a wealth of relevant experience, however, including writing about the team for the New York Observer, authoring a definitive profile of Cowbellman, and finding several different rhyme schemes for the phrase “Big Pelf”.

Megdal also understands the fan perspective. He is also a Mets partial season ticket holder, attended David Cone’s 19 strikeout game on October 6, 1991, and served one day as a political prisoner over his love for the New York Mets during Phillies Hat Day at Beck Middle School in Cherry Hill, NJ.

WHAT: Announcement/Media Availability by Howard Megdal

WHEN: MONDAY, JUNE 14, 11 AM

WHERE: New York Marriott Marquis, Fourth Floor


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IT’LL TAKE MORE THAN JASON BAY TO MAKE ME SMILE

Ok, now that Christmas and New Years are over, time to get back to work. That means you Omar Minaya. It’s nice that Jason Bay is going to turn his head and cough for the Mets quacks and the cold cut platter from King Kullen will be laid out at the Shotgun Shuba Room at $iti Field by tomorrow but until Omar and Co. sign or trade for at least two legitimate starting pitchers, well just call me under whelmed.

The Sports God’s must really hate me my guts. First, they torture me all summer with the Mets and then they tease me with the New York Football Giants going 5-0 and then amp me up with a game against the undefeated Nawlin’s Saints only to get the ass handed to them. From that game, the season went down the shitter. Now the Boston Celtics, the one team I root for that shows any heart and fight, are now bitten by the injury bug. Down goes Paul Pierce, KG, Marquis Daniels, and my man Rondo. The NY Rangers either win or lose games 2-1 depending on whether Marion Gaborik scores 1 or 2 goals. My only hope for a good run through the playoffs are the C’s as long as the PP, KG, and Rondo can stay on the court.

Let me add my voice to the “Bring David Cone to SNY” campaign. Talk about your no-brainers. Coney in studio and as a back up to Mex and Ron Darling is a perfect fit. In fact how about letting Gary Cohen get a day off or two and put Mex, Darling and Coney to do the play by play.  Com’on SNY this one is on a platter for you guys.

A must see today is this post from The Mets Police, with a exquisite collection of Mets Pennants. It makes me think back to when the vendors would be outside Shea with  souvenir boards filled with pennants, buttons with action shots of Mets players, and key chains with Mr. Met on them.

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THE YANKEE YEARS

 

 

I know we all bleed Orange and Blue around here and you’re probably saying to yourself “why should I read “The Yankee Years” (Doubleday) by Joe Torre and TomVerduuci? Well if you’re a baseball fan and if you really want to feel better about being a Mets fan you’ll read this book.

Verducci does the writing here and that’s what makes this a first rate book. St Joseph of Torre adds in lots of inside the Highlander clubhouse stuff and the book does come off a bit like a tell all jilted lover story but the real big contributors to this book are bullpen catcher Mike Borzello, who is not afraid to let his feelings known like when he tells how the Derek Jeter-Alex Rodriguez War of the Roses spilt the team, David Cone and Mike Mussina who come off as straight shooters.

The book reveals how the Steinbren-ian way of just buying talent bothered Brian Cashman as the more he dealt with Billy Beane, Theo Epstein and Mark Shapiro, he wanted to run the Highlanders in the same new school manor.

Verducci also delves in the PED Revolution with Rick Helling comeing off as the voice in the forest pertaining to steroids and how they were rampant through baseball and needed to be controlled and both ownership and the MLBPA told him to “Sit down and shut up”

The book is a great read and just shows that The Yankee Way is really a myth as Verducci and Torre let us know that once his core guys (Bernie Williams, Chuck Knoblauch, Tino Martinez, Paul O’Neil and David Cone) left the team, they were replaced by guys who had no idea what it took to win and it’s a problem that the Highlanders still have today.

After reading this book I realized the New York Highlanders are not as regal or as highfalutin as my Highlander fan relatives, co-worker or next door neighbor will lead me to believe.

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