VETERAN’S DAY 2011

 

Today is not only 11-11-11 it is also Veteran’s Day. So take the time today to thank a military veteran and just think about who should be paid more, an infantry solider or a Major League shortstop?

What would also be a nice gesture today is if all those inhabitants of Zucotti Park made their way to 5th Ave for NYC’s Veteran’s Day Parade to thank the men and women who put their lives on the line so they can enjoy the freedom to assemble and protest. It’s a two-way street you know.

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BRING ON THE HIGHLANDERS!!!!!!!!!!!

A quick note before I get rolling here, posting will be sporadic the next four days as I head off to a mini family vacation in Pennsylvania, after an 8:30AM baseball game tomorrow I’ll be off to the Pocono’s where I may or may not have a lot of internet access. I will try to fit in some posts in the mornings if I do since I get up with the roosters even on days off if not here I may just throw some stuff out on Twitter (follow me there @ kranepool )

My heartfelt condolences go out to Willie Harris and his wife on the loss of their child. I cannot think of anything more heartbreaking than what the Harris’ are going through. My prayers and thoughts are with them.

I thought that gesture the Mets make when they reach base when the put their hand over there head was a way to say the spotlight is on you. I thought I read that or heard some place early this season but I guess it’s not. It seems it’s similar to what the Texas Rangers made famous last season as the Antler but the Mets call it the “Claw” which is quite ironic since the owners are involved in a claw back suit against them by the Madoff trustees. If Irv Picard wins this case and wipes out the skill sets I wonder if he will give the “Claw” in the courtroom.

Being that I’ll be away for the Subway Series, I doubt I’ll get to see any of the games live (my  wife decided tonight would be a good night to go see “Catch Me If You Can” on Broadway) unless of course I can get everyone to agree to a late lunch/early dinner at restaurant with a TV, a good possibility, but this should be one of the better Subway Series in a while. Both teams are playing winning baseball; the Highlanders are the hottest team in the game, closing in on the Phuck Phaces for the best record in MLB. They have gone 21-9 in their last 30 games. The Mets though are not that far behind them winning 18 of their last 30. As it is, this series is more important for the Mets as they try to continue to keep pace in the NL Wild Card Race. They come into the series on a high note (Yesterday’s loss the exception as Mike Pelfrey was bad again, more on Pelf in a minute) taking 4 of 6 on the road from the Rangers and Tigers and really needing to keep winning series. We have reached July 1 with the end of the month the trade deadline so if the Mets want to put the pressure on the front office and ownership to decide to buy and not sell at the end of the month they need to continue this string of winning. If the team is in striking distance of a Wild Card spot, no more than 5 games behind, Sandy Alderson will have to make an effort to upgrade the bullpen as it’s the bullpen that will decide if the Mets stay in the post season hunt. As well as the team has played the last two months, the bullpen is a problem and it doesn’t look like there are any candidates in Buffalo or Bingo to help out. Since Jeffey Skill Sets proclaimed that Alderson can add whatever he feels is necessary to make run. We’ll see. Talk is cheap.   

What to do with Big Pelf? Yesterday was his second straight bad start as he proclaimed after the game that just like Arlington, he could not command his fastball for strikes. So his fastball contributed to his walking 5 batters and falling behind in the count and coming in with pitches that were quite hittable, led to Pelf’s downfall. You wonder what the front office makes of Pelfrey? Terry Collins does what any good manager would do, he protects his player, although I don’t think he even believes the positive spin he has put on Pelfrey’s last two starts but I’m sure Alderson already feels like Mike Pelfrey will not be a Met in 2012. Pelfrey makes a shade under $4mil and is arbitration eligible I believe for the last time this off season so what kind of deal do you offer him?  A multi year deal? Hell no! A one year deal at $5mil+ ? Not with the tight budget the club is projecting for next season. So with that it looks like either Big Plef gets dealt or non-tendered. Kinda sad though but deserved.

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HERE! HERE! ON THE BLACK SAYS REITRE KRANEPOOL’ 7

Kerel Cooper of On The Black feels it’s time to retire Ed Kranepool’s #7 and of course, yours truly is on board on this crusade.

Kerel was kind enough to ask me about my feelings on retiring #7 in honor of Steady Eddie and he added my sentiments in his post.

It would be a great gesture by the organization to honor Kranepool by retiring his number with the 50th Anniversary of the franchise a year away

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BETTER LATE THAN NEVER I GUESS

This post may be all over the place as I’m suffering from a lack of focus today. I went to Rangers-Caps last night at MSG and unfortunately the game was broadcast on Versus which meant the game started a half hour later than usual and there are more stoppages of play. There is nothing sillier than watching hockey players standing around with nothing to do while waiting for a TV timeout to end. So because of all that, the game ended late and I had to catch an 11PM boat to Staten Island so I didn’t get home until a quarter to 12. Then it doesn’t help that one of our cats doesn’t realize I’m off on Wednesday’s or I think he just doesn’t give a shit, and wants to eat at 5:30AM, and I just can’t feed him and go back to bed because (a) Once I wake up, I’m up and (b) my kids get up at 6:30 to get ready for school so it’s a moot point.

Then I have an episode of The Wire on DVR, DirecTV has been running The Wire every week from the first episode and I’m hooked all over again. There is no show in the history of television that can stand with The Wire. No argument, The Wire is TV’s greatest show ever.

I have the Sports Pope on Yes on in the background and a commercial comes on to hawk commemorative coins for the 10th anniversary of the attack of the September 11th on the World Trade Center. This has to be the most vile, disgusting thing I’ve seen in a long time. Is YES that desperate for revenue that they’d run this ad?  How can anyone with a conscience sell this coin and make money off it? And who is soulless fuck that would buy this coin? I bet the same person that is outraged that a Muslim community center is being built downtown.

Sandy Alderson will go down to Puerto Rico to meet with Carlos Beltran as Beltran opens his Academy. Nice gesture by Alderson to reach out to Beltran but I’m sure Alderson is more interested in the condition of Beltran’s knee and his ability to play centerfield and I’m sure he’ll reinforce to Beltran that he days of distrust with the front office are over.

The Charlie Samuels saga gets more sordid everyday.  A lot of things are coming into focus with the revelations that Samuels was not just stealing equipment and selling it (to the point that the market is saturated with Mets memorabilia supposedly keeping the prices down, I guess Charley didn’t get his grubby little hands on those minor league batting helmets the club has been selling at $iti Field ) he was the Skill Sets mole. The Skill Sets must have seen the shit flying in the air towards the fan and in turn decided it was time to call in the Marines. Again, this story will get worse before it’s over.

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DAVID WRIGHT IS CAPTAIN AMERICAN

 

 

The legend of David Wright continues to grow. :

 

 

Team USA ballplayers want Felix Perez, the paralyzed Iraq War veteran who was their clubhouse postgame guest Tuesday, with them in Los Angeles as their guest for the World Baseball Classic semifinals. Third baseman David Wright offered to personally pay for Perez’s trip to L.A., including airfare, hotel and tickets for Perez and his family. When Wright broached the idea with teammates, they agreed to support Perez’s trip as a team.

 

“Twenty-eight guys would have offered to do the same thing,” Wright said of his gesture. “There’s nothing I was doing that anybody else wouldn’t do. I took the idea to a couple of the older guys on the team to see if it was a good idea, see if they gave it the thumbs up. They all loved it.”

 

Perez, 27, was a sargeant with the 82nd Airborne deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq when he suffered his injury. He attended the elimination game Tuesday in which the United States, down 5-3, scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to advance. As Perez waited in his motorized wheelchair at a gate outside Dolphin Stadium, hoping to acquire autographs on an American flag he carried with him during his tour of duty, a stadium security officer escorted him to the Team USA clubhouse, where players invited him in as they celebrated the victory.

 

Perez said Tuesday after meeting the players that he would like to watch the U.S. win the tournament at Dodger Stadium. “If we make it to the final, I will definitely go to L.A.,” he said.

 

Now, because of the gesture of Wright and his teammates, Perez could be on his way. Wright was in the process of obtaining Perez’s contact information Wednesday night before the U.S. team was to play a seeding game against Venezuela.

 

 

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Quick Hit

Quicknote as it is moving day from Cape Cod to Boston have to pack and get ready for Fenway Park. First it looks like Petey was rusty but healthy bottom line is if that fastball has no movement he will get lit up.

Maybe J-Man should have batted for Chavez with Castro as that looks to where the game was lost last night even though the blame goes to Heilman (doesn’t it always)

Welcome to the Mets Dan Murphy with Jon Neise and Eddie Kunz not far behind.

Red Soc fans gave Jason Bay a huge standing ovation last nigh in his first at bat. Bay looked both touched and embarrassed by the gesture as I guess it hit him that this ain’t Pittsburgh.

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