ZZZzzzzzz WHAT? THE METS LOST? UHH THANKS! ZZZzzzzzz

With all the talk of canning Jerry Manuel, isn’t that just a smoke screen to cover up the inactivity of the Mets front office? I use the term “front office” instead of just signaling out Omar Minaya who in my opinion has been de-nutted by ownership. If Omar was axed today, it wouldn’t bother me in the least, same with the manager, but until someone on the inside tells us the story of who is actually making the personnel decisions around here, I have to put all the blame on the Skill Sets for the team not making moves to show the players and the fans they want to win.

Mets fans are in a much better position than the players, who have no choice but to show up every day, the fans, they can go spend their time and money someplace else. That’s the beauty of living in NYC, plenty of options here to spend those discretionary funds.

So fine you fire J-Man, who is coming in Bob Melvin? I have no clue what Bob Melvin can do to shake this up. If you make a change why not give Ken Oberkfell the job, and let him bring Ricky Bones with him to be the pitching coach. Obbie has been a loyal Skill Sets solider and Bones has plenty of knowledge of the younger arms in the system  as he like Obbie has been in the org for awhile, so that  would seem to be the move to make.

Look in a perfect world, I’d want the return of Bobby Valentine as my first choice. BV seems to like being on the tele but the allure of running a big league team and his return as a long lost hero would be just the thing to make BV say yes to the job but the Skill Sets are so stupid that they can not comprehend that by offering a sweet deal to Bobby V it would rejuvenate the team and the fan base. If the Mets announced today that BV will be the new manager I’d guarantee they phone and internet lines at the $iti Field ticket office would be overloaded. The only guy right now that can knock LeBron James watch over the back page is Bobby Valentine.

What about Kid Carter? Sure he went about things the wrong way when Willie Randolph was ready for the firing squard but I’m not mad at him. His personality and his stature as a former Met with a World Sereis ring and a plaque in the Hall of Fame gives him instant cred in the clubhouse and with the fan base.

Until the Skill Sets get it through their numb skulls that the fan base is now leaning toward apathy and have voiced their displeasure with the way this team operates by coming down with a chronic case of alligator arms when it comes to buying tickets, they need a big splash to reinvigorate things in Flushing, if not the only lines on 126th and Roosevelt will be for a tire change or a new car radiator.

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HOW COULD OLLIE PASS UP THESE INCENTIVES?

While we wait for the Mets to make a counter offer to Ollie Perez (3yr/$30mil, plus unlimited White Castle burgers after every home start,  20 free oil changes in one of the auto repair shops next to $iti Field, use of the Oscar Myer Weiner car from the 1964 World Fair on weekends, 10 free hair cuts at Hiram’s House of Hair Styling in Corona and the right to pick the in-flight movie on flights to Pittsburgh) and due to the fact that have to do some real work here a few links that are well worth your while..

 

A big Happy Birthday to Mike Silva of New York Baseball Digest, check out his great Q&A with Dr. Mike Marshall.

 

Mike Steffanos of Mike’s Mets has the first part of an interview with Joe Janish of Mets Today up on his site for your entertainment

 

This Joe Torre tell all is a bit over blown but in these tough times when it’s tough to spend $25 bucks on a book (There is no greater place on earth than the New York Public Library) you have to admire the publisher to get the word spreading like a five alarm fire through the media for this book.  I love Tom Verducci and I’m sure this book will be well worth the read so I may drop some of my limited discretionary funds on this tome.

 

I always wondered why Wes Westrum never wrote a book about what a pain in the ass Jack Hamilton was or the how Kevin Collins used to stalk Ken Boyer

 

 

 

 

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IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PITCHING

If you missed last night’s edition of Pro Baseball Central you missed a spirited discussion by Joe McDonald and I over the issued of re-signing Oliver Perez (Joe’s guy) over signing Derek Lowe (my guy) after going back and forth on the issued Joe played the Tom Glavine card that had me reassessing my opinion. We also looked at the Skill Sets finances and spoke about J J Putz. So check out the podcast for more entertaining baseball talk.

 

Greg Prince at Faith and Fear in Flushing has been checking out a sneak preview of the MLB Network which goes live Jan 1. From reading the site there looks to be some fine programming on the channel plus the WBC and there will be live games during the season and the lovely Hazel Mae in studio.

 

Story in NEWSDAY today about the unknown of the nation rescission and its effect on the Mets and Highlanders and are they rescission proof? Andrew Zimbalist the noted economist believes both teams are in a dangerous territory and I agree as what fuels both teams are the high rollers on Wall St who are either broke or ready to be indicated. The story also looks at the real baseball fans like us who work hard and like to spend our discretionary funds on our favorite baseball team but the Mets have to be very careful as not to price out the hard core workingman Mets fan as that and not the Madoff scam will be the ruinations of the franchise.

 

On this day in Mets history, remember 1986 World Series Game 6 parachutist Michael Sergio? He was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and fined $500 for his stunt. Try that today and I’m sure you’d get a stiffer sentence.

 

Metsblog has a breakdown on the stories of the pitchers who the Mets have interest in. From the looks of things Omar’s pitching wish list looks like this:

 

  1. Derek Lowe
  2. Ollie Perez
  3. Randy Wolf (who needs to get over his 3yr/$30mil asking price)
  4. Tim Redding
  5. An assortment of non-tender, rehabbing stumblebums.

 

I’m on the Derek Lowe bandwagon with his sinking fastball and slider that fits the Mets need perfectly. He is durable and consistency and even at 36 years old I’d offer him 3 yrs/$50 mil with an option on a 4th

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AN OPEN LETTER TO THE SKILL SETS

Dear Skill Sets,

 

 

What impeccable timing you fellows have as I received your e mail to let me know that I can bid on every piece of Shea Stadium from bricks that will be in the ruble of the excavation of the stadium to the outfield walls, and the letters that spell out S-H-E-A.  I have to say it is an impressive list of memorabilia you’re hawking and I’m sure the monies collected for the items will be going to good cause but that’s not why I’m writing to you. No, after reading this list of items and the prices you want for them all I’d like to know is when will you stop fucking with your fan base? Do you ever get tired of embarrassing Mets fans and treating us like shit? Or do you get some perverse enjoyment knowing that your fan base or “customers” as you like to call us, are so loyal to the laundry you put out on the field that we will put up with more annoying bullshit this side of 34 Street and 8th Avenue?

 

Who came up with the price of $869 bucks for the pair of seats? Wouldn’t it have been more appealing to your working class fans to make the seats $200 or $250 for the pair. Even at that big price I would take a chance of calling a family meeting to request the family discretionary funds for a couple of Shea seats. We could forgo heating oil for a month as we could all wear our quilted Mets jackets, with the Mets hoodie and our Mets wool caps as we drink hot coco from our Mr. Met coffee mug. Same with the signage and posters wouldn’t $75 to $150 dollars be a decent price to pay for section signs and even an exit sign?

 

I guess I just don’t get it. The disconnect that you, the people you employ especially the game day staff that treat your “customers” like inmates at Gitmo. I’d like to chalk it up to the what I call the “9-11 syndrome” where anyone with a sliver of authority thinks they are part of the Fighting 69th as your rent a cop security force acted like total assholes on the last day of Shea trying to get fans out of the ballpark as soon as the closing ceremony was over. What was the rush?  Why couldn’t the few of us that hung around stay and chat about the ball park that we have spent the better part of our springs and summers in?  Oh and by the way I hope at $iti Field you have better attire for this force as 300lb men in tight orange golf shirts are not just an eyesore but they look as sloppy as your team in a September pennant race.

 

I know Freddy and Jeffey I have taken a nasty tone with you guys here and in other letters I’ve sent you but you have to understand you guys a fucking with something that is near and dear to my heart, my baseball team.  How can I defend my team against the forces of evil from the Bronx and Quakertown when they say everything you guys touch turns to shit? I try to defend you but you do things like this auction or not allowing the fans to walk on the Shea field for the last game or letting a woman gather dirt from the pitchers mound as a remembrance of her dead father. I try very hard to defend this franchise but you keep doing stupid shit that makes me throw up my hands. Now I know how John McCain’s campaign manger feels.

 

So I hope you find some deep pocket suit to buy your scrap and hopefully the money you raise goes to the Rebuild The Bullpen Fund as that would be a worthwhile cause if it’s for Jeffey’s Beach House in Amagansett then there will be another nasty missive in your future

 

Sincerely,

Steve Keane

The Eddie Kranepool Society

 

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