HATERS GOT TO HATE I GUESS

It was just the first exhibition game of the spring but that won’t stop the negativity surrounding the Mets to permeate via the MSM and some in the fan base.

First up with anti-Mets propaganda is Joel Sherman, who feels that Mets fans are idiots and expect Sandy Alderson to turn around this clusterfuck in a season and a half. There are certain guys I usually avoid reading and Sherman is one along with Filip Bondy, Ian O’Connor and Andy Martino as they seem to have a real deep hatred for the Mets and zero objectivity.  The three hacks, Sherman, Bondy and O’Connor are just Highlander shills whereas Martino wishes he was anyplace else but the Mets beat.

It’s hard to get all work up over last night’s game. Sure as Mets fans we were excited just to see baseball on our flat screens but you have to remember one thing THE GAMES DO NOT COUNT!!!! That is why they are exhibition games, practice games, an exercise on working on different aspects of hitting pitching and defense to get ready for the season.     

But with all that some things did stand out:

The Mets may lead the majors in hair, lots of hair.

That is some outstanding chin hair that Dillon Gee possesses. I would grow one of myself but it would look like a big bundle of steel wool.

I’m pulling for Mike Baxter to make the 25 man but he’s got use his head better in the field. I believe it was in the top of the 5th with a runner on 1st, Lombardozi executed a hit and run with a single to left. Baxter rushed to the ball and tried to throw the runner out at 3rd   instead of looking at the batter/runner to hold him at 1st this allowed Lombardozi to take 2nd base.

Adam Loewen sure looks like a pitcher in the batter’s box. He’s big with a lot of hair so he fits the mold of the modern Met

What was up with all the bases the Mets were stealing? Did Terry Collins summon his inner Al Lopez ? Will the Mets be the Go-Go Mets of 2012?

Matt Harvey had some command issues  but nothing to get worked up over.

Josh Thole look pretty good behind the plate.

Bryce Harper is going to be a pain in our ass for the next 15 years.

I liked seeing Kirk Nieuwenhuis get into the game. He looks bigger than the listed 6’ 3” 215 lbs  and he made a nice diving catch in the 5th but then got a little cocky in the 8th trying to make a one hand catch that he dropped. Two hands Capt Kirk.

From today’s NY Times we get Scott Boras crying about the ownership of the Mets and Dodgers in a crock of shit lament that it’s bad for baseball that both major market teams are in bad financial straits. No Scott you mean not having both team especially the Skill Sets making dumb ass baseball business decisions and agreeing to bad contracts is bad for the business of Scott Boras.

Also in that story is word that Nails is headed to the big house for a 3 years stretch, a sad ending for sure.

Good to see Mike Steffanos is back to blogging about the Mets at his Mike’s Mets site, do yourself a favor and check out his site.

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…….HERE WE ARE, WAVING GOOD-BYE AT THE STATION, SUMMER VACATION IS TAKING US AWAY……….

 

 

 

Welcome to Meaningless September. For the first time since the days of Battling Art Howe the New York Mets will play exhibition games that count down the stretch of a MLB season. But, that doesn’t mean there isn’t Mets news, even during these days of suckitude we still have:

 

DAVE THE LAWYER SEZ “HELL NO, WE AIN’T BROKE”

 

I haven’t seen this clip and I can’t watch it at work as there are new filters on my internet connection but when I get home I’ll take a gander of Dave The Lawyer shilling for the Skill Sets by debating Erin Arvedlund who has a book coming out on the Madoff scandal and has said the Skill Sets will sell the team by next year. To be fair, this is Ms. Arvedlund’ opinion and with that, the Skill Sets Legal pit bull tears into her and to all of us skeptics to let us know the Mets are solvent:

 

   The figures she’s thrown out are inaccurate and substantially overstated,” Howard said during the interview. “We have said from the outset that the losses incurred from the Madoff fraud have not and will not affect the operation of the Mets. The team is not for sale — whole or in part. It is family owned and it will be family owned for the long term.

 

“It’s a passionate long-term investment. There’s no need to sell. There’s no reason to sell. There will be no sale and I can’t state it any more definitively than that. Her source is bogus and her claims are false and irresponsible.”

 

Talk is cheap Davey Boy the proof will be this winter.

 

THANK YOU BABY JESUS, CARLOS BELTRAN CAN WALK AGAIN

 

And that will be proven tomorrow night on the Poor Man’s Rivera as Beltran will man centerfield of KeySpan Park for the powerhouse Brooklyn Cyclones. Once Beltran proves he can run hit and field he will be promoted to the big club to finish out the season. Normally I’d say let him sit and come back strong in 2010 but this could prove to be a great opportunity for the Mets to show that Beltran is healthy and ready to make some team in baseball a fine centerfielder. Don’t take it the wrong way, Beltran is a great ballplayer but he will be 33 years old in 2010 and has been breaking down the last two years and the Mets have to get younger and can fill a lot of holes by dealing Beltran. It won’t be easy as he has $37 mil left for the last two years of his contract and he has a no trade clause but the Mets have to seriously think about moving Beltran this winter.

 

“I’M GOING OFF THE RAILS ON A CRAZY TRAIN”

 

At first glance,  James Kannengieser’ post on Amazin’ Avenue about dealing for The Notorious M.I.L.T.O.N Bradley, sounds preposterous  but when you think it over it’s the kind of move that would benefit the Mets greatly not to mention bring hours of entertainment to Mets bloggers. I wouldn’t trade Frankie Rodriquez for Bradley though I like Kannengieser’ thinking about trading Luis Castillo. If I ran the Mets I’d dangle dealing Ollie Perez for Bradley. Maybe both the Mets and Cubs could get a tax break under the Americans With Disabilities Act. It’s not a no-brainer by any means as Bradley is so fucked up he makes Tony Bernazard look stable, but in order to be competitive next season it will take bold moves like this. But as we all know there isn’t a pair of balls in the whole Mets front office.

 

“FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS, IT TOLLS FOR OLD SCHOOL DAN WERTHEN”

 

I feel sorry for Old School Werthen, this pitching staff of his ain’t worth a shit and he looks to be the fall guy for that. The Mets are walking batters a record clip and we all know walks suck. My question is, doesn’t Old School or Jerry Manuel get mad enough to tear some new assholes other than Ollie Perez’? Perez is a easy guy to rip as he’s not a deep thinker but how about ripping into Big Pelf, K-Rod or Brian Stokes for the amount of walks they give up? Sure it’s one thing to rip the ball out of OP hands on a 3-0 count how about when Big Pelf fucks up tonight he gets the same treatment?

 

“BURRRRRRRRRRR IT’S COLD OUT, WISH I HAD A JACKET”

 

Dave Signer shows the effect of the loss of Rick Peterson and how the pitching staff has taken a hit since his departure. I was one of the brigade of bloggers who called for Peterson’ head and from what I’ve learned since his axing, while a great pitching mind and his tactics are proven successes (see Kazmir, Scott and Hudson, Tim ex-pupils who have sort him out since hurting their arms) but the problem it seems with Peterson is he doesn’t shut up. That was the reason he was let go by the Mets as the pitchers were sick and tired of his brow beating ways. Peterson it would seem, would be more of an asset as a Pitching Coordinator for an organization that being an in uniform employee and isn’t that what Freddy Skill Sets wanted from Peterson to begin with? This much is true, the Mets need an organization pitching guru desperately and maybe it’s not far fetched to bring The Jacket back in that capacity.

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DARLINING YOU GOT TO LET ME KNOW, SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO?

I love nothing better than going to a sporting event. I don’t just go to games; I always keep score at baseball games. I love to keep track of line changes at hockey games. I keep track of the time and score at basketball games when the starters come out and the bench guys come in.

 

When I go to any sporting event I get there hours before the start as I love watching warm ups. There is nothing better than watching batting practice. My family can’t understand this how I can sit in ballpark and watch guys hit a baseball and field fly balls. There are still the few die hards that line up at ball parks and arenas like me for the gates to open but I think these days it’s becoming a lost art.

 

My wife was stunned this past winter when I turned down tickets to see the New York Football Giants play the Iggles at the Medowlands. I turned it down because I weighed the pros and cons and the cons won. The pros were a day with friends, watching my favorite football team in person, getting a better idea of various formations on offense and defense and having a general good time. The cons, it’s cold, too much down time with game stoppage and TV timeouts, and sitting in insufferable traffic. Then when you add in at home you have your own HDTV, no lines for the bathroom, attendants (children) and a big comfy chair when you think about it you have be nuts to go to the game.

 

I bring this up because I saw to day that STUBHUB has a ton of tickets on it’s site for the exhibition games this weekend between the Mets and Red Sox. The strange thing is these games SOLD OUT in 45 minutes or so we were told. It looks like the bulk of the tickets went to the secondary market, you know the new business that used to be called scalpers.

 

It will be a trend to watch this season with both the Mets and Highlanders to see if fans after their first trip to the new ballparks get that “been there, done that feeling” and pass up paying big money to go to a game to spend big money.

 

When you think about it for what you pay for tickets to a game plus food, souviners and other incidentals (it’s always those damn incidentals that will get you) and gas and tolls is it worth it? With the state of the economy, if you are fortunate enough to have discretionary funds put aside do you spend it on a day at the old ball game or a weekend at the shore?        

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