“CATCH ME NOW I’M FALLING, I’M IN YOUR HANDS IT’S UP TO YOU, CATCH ME NOW I’M FALLING”

 

 

 

 

The one bright spot in Daniel Murphy’s error yesterday was it verified my rant to every Little Leaguer I’ve ever coached “CATCH THE BALL WITH TWO HANDS”!!!!!!!

 

Murphy the outfielder is a work in progress and if you just read the headline you’d think Johan Santana was looking to jack up Murphy for costing him and the Mets a win but after you read the quotes, Santana came off showing leadership qualities instead of being a finger pointer:

 

 “It’s one mistake that he made. It cost us the whole ballgame, but its part of the game,” Santana said of Murphy’s gaffe. “I know he’s in a learning process. This is not going to be the first time. I don’t think it’s going to be the last one, either. The only thing is we learn from our mistakes. That’s all I can say. I’m pretty sure he’ll be back and try to do better.”

 

“We cannot afford to make a lot of mistakes,” he continued. “We were out by one game last year. Every game is very important. We have to do the routine plays, and I’m pretty sure (Murphy) was trying his best there and it didn’t work out.”

 

I have no problem with want Santana said as it’s true. Its basic baseball, don’t give the opposition more than 3 outs. When you do, you lose and Murphy’s error was negligence. I still love you Danny Boy but next time “TWO HANDS”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Do you get the feeling that if J-Man could have one wish it would be to have someone other than Gimp Castillo playing 2nd base?

 

How about this, on this day in 1962 the New York Mets had their inaugural home opener at the Polo Grounds losing to the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3. The “crowd” that day was 12, 447 which will be the same amount standing in the cue at the Shake Shack concession stand tonight at the Grand Opening of $iti Field.

 

Wouldn’t have been a nice idea to incorporate the first ever home game for the Mets with the first game at the Shea and $iti? You could introduce the starting lineups from each Mets team (or a surviving member of the players family) and how about this, Shea opened on April 17th 1964 also against the Pirates and the Pirates won that one 4-3 as well. If MLB had used their heads and made the Pirates the Mets opponent in this first series then maybe Opening Day at $iti would have been in the day time?

 

Check out Adam Rubin’s Mets-Padres preview and to all you are headed to $ti tonight, ENJOY!!!!!!!  

  

 

 

 

 

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TONY B METS MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER

 

 

Gotta love Tony Bernazard the man has a way with words, especially when it come to the Mets catching situation and bringing in Pudge Rodriguez:

Some of us wished we could have him (Rodriguez) with us, but the truth is that we have two catchers under contract,” Bernazard told El Nuevo Dia. “It’s not so easy to make a move right now to make it possible to have him with us.”

This goes more to Ramon Castro than to Brain Schneider as the word is the Mets feel that Castro is an underachieving lump of shit who finds excuse after excuse to not step up when he’s needed.

The Mets look to have taken a more tough love approach this spring to see how the players in the cross hairs would react. Gimp Castillo was the first as he was shopped around more than a ‘ho on the Hunts Point stroll. He has responded so far this spring with a better work ethic and attitude. Ryan Church was next to given a shove by Warlord Jerry and he has taken it and used it to his advantage.  Duaner Sanchez was the first casualty of the tough love and was given severance pay and a well deserved kick to the curb.

Now come the catchers who if they have been paying attention realize the front office isn’t joking about making players accountable and have been told bluntly that the only reason your two sorry ass’s are here is no one else wants you and we wish we could dump you off and sign a has been, performance enhancing broken down catcher who even in that state of decline is better than you two.

Now let’s see how Shrek/Schienderhandled this diss down.

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IT HAPPENS EVERY SPRING

Before I get into this post I have to remind you that it’s Thursday and of course that means Pro Baseball Central so join me tonight at 9PM EST for Mets talk and a look around MLB. To join in on the show you can call in at (646) 595-4462.

 

I have to agree with Joel Sherman as he points out that we shouldn’t get too wrapped up in spring training results. I know how tough it is though as just seeing the images on line and on TV shows plus the calendar ready to turn to March just makes us giddy knowing that the witch’s tit weather is almost behind us.

 

Sherman also touches a subject that if you say you didn’t think about, you’re full of shit.

 

And with all that what did I do yesterday afternoon? I watched the Giants-Indians on TV. I saw on the channel guide that the game was going to be on MLB Network at 3PM. So I turn to channel 213 on my DirecTV and instead of seeing Tim Linceum and Grady Sizemore I get a tape of guys in flannel uniforms running the bases. Now even though I’m not getting excited about the results of spring training doesn’t mean I won’t watch the games so now I’m in a fit screaming “Ah what the fuck” about 10 times until through the magic of DirecTV Sports Package I go to Sports Time Ohio and there it is, Cactus League baseball. Now remember what I said, don’t get to involved with spring training games<must go to lunch at 1:30 at Mudville 9 on Chambers St to watch Mets-Marlins today on TV> Oh and check out that link to Awful Announcing as they have a list of all the spring training games the MLB Network will show, which is like a game every day just about, but yeah don’t get wrap up in …………………..

 

Yes it’s great that Gimp was hitting and the President of Big Apple Tours (Ryan Church) has as well but let’s not stake out a spot on Broadway for the parade just yet. I will say this though, there were a lot of hits that were to the opposite field which vindicates J-Man’s 80 pitches in 5 minute drill to the point Billy Mays will be pimping the video soon on an infomercial near you.    

 

Mets Geek has a great post on Nick Evans with all the facts and figures you need to say “why no love for Nicky E”

 

Just when I was coming to grips that Manny won’t be a Met and sipping on a large glass of “we have enough offense” Kool Aid, I’m getting palpitations just reading how Manny and Scott Boras are begging the Dodgers to sign him and if he does sign for 1yr or 1 yr with an option it may take me few days to calm down. I’m talking sitting in a closet with no contact with human life kind of sulking. Yeah I agree I got to get out more.

 

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SCHOOL IS IN SESSION

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve been consumed by all the Rangers news this morning that I haven’t scratched the surface on the news out of St Lonesome but I am starting to think that Warlord Jerry spent the off season studying psychology  books as early in this camp of ’09 it seems it’s all about the mental prep work as much as the physical.

 

Just from the early dispatches, it looks as though J-Man feels since I have the same cast of characters that ended the season save for the two studs at the back end of the pen, there has to be a different way to motivate this group by going after their weak points (in case you haven’t heard, the Mets choked the last two years, just ask Cole Hamels he’ll tell you)

 

With the bullpen fortified with Putz and Rodriguez, the other big reason for the two season collapse has been the lack of situational hitting and not scoring runs late in the game. The Mets biggest scoring inning last year was the first and the lowest was the ninth, so Manuel has put an emphasis on hitting behind the runner and giving oneself up for the team. It’s clear that J-Man felt the team he took over was a selfish bunch and he wants that mind set erased and he came right out a pointed the finger at the guys he felt fit that category.

 

The player Manuel went after first was Jose Reyes, who it seems was more worried about stealing bases just to pad his stats and was the least grown up of the Big Three of Wright-Beltran-Reyes so saying it was time for Jose to take a little more responsibility around the team really meant time to grow up . So to see what Reyes was made of J-Man declares the Reyes could be the #3 hitter and we all waited for the fallout. Well, we’re still waiting as Reyes came in and said all the right things just like a grown up.

 

Manuel then went on to Gimp Castillo but took a different tact, as everyone associated with the team from the fans, front office, ushers, $iti Field construction workers all felt Castillo needed to shipped out. So Manuel went the opposite praising the second baseman for coming into camp 10 lbs lighter and with a better attitude that moved Manuel to say that Castillo looked like his old Marlins self and would be used in the top spot of the order and so far everyday Manuel finds a way to get a positive quote about Castillo into the Mets news of the day. That makes Gimp a happy camper

 

I guess after watching the baseball version of a gym rat in Daniel Murphy, Manuel knew that even with ordaining Murph as the left fielder the kid would still continue to work his ass off and Murphy’ response of I have to keep working like my job is on the line, proved that Manuel made the right read.

 

Now it’s on to Ryan Church who has the carrot out in front of him by J-Man who stated that Murph was a better hitter than Church and of course that pissed off Church big time. Exactly what Manuel wanted to do, Sometime guys get a bit complacent and need a little nudge but instead of a nudge Manuel gave Church a shove.

 

What coaching comes down to his knowing the personalities of your players as fans we get a bit to wrapped up in the in game strategy when in reality when the game starts there is only so much a coach or manager can do as you can’t hit, pitch or field for your guys. I like what Manuel is trying to do here as he is looking to motivate each player individually to get them to come together collectively as a total team. This game plan might just work.

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HURRY, I’M DOUBLED PARKED

I’ve got a lot of real work to do today (since I actually get paid real money for doing this work it has to take precedent over blogging) and of course I am looking forward to the A-Rod and pony show from Tampa this afternoon so this will a quickie post (hey, who doesn’t like a quickie once in a while right?)

 

Mets Geek has a fascinating column on lineups, with different scenarios from different sabermetric sources. The only one missing was the one used by that great mixoligist Billy Martin, where he puts 9 names in a hat and pulls them out 1-9.

 

If Gimp Castillo was trying win over Mets fans he’s not exactly going about it the right way. He is due in camp this evening and he is within all his rights as laid out in the Basic Agreement as it pertains to reporting date but you would think he would be a man on a mission and be one of the first guys in camp to prove Mets fans wrong that he doesn’t suck and is a thief just below Bernie Madoff stealing the Skill Sets money. J-Man says he will “work with” Gimp this spring sort of like a pet project. Can’t wait to see this.

 

I’ve been trying to get this post up for an hour with no luck due to my real work. Later y’all

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ME-ET THE ME-TS

Before you jump down J-Man’ throat about moving Jose Reyes down in the order and putting the overpaid, over weight and overdue  in camp, Gimp Castillo into the lineup spot 1, just sit back take a deep breath and look outside the box.

From reading the stories on J-Man’ first address of the spring, it’s clear that unlike Willie Randolph he will not let his team forget the end of the last two seasons. I also like that  Manuel has stated it wasn’t just the bullpen that sucked down the stretch that putting the failure of the ’07 and’08 collapse solely at the feet of the relievers is selfish and easy to pin the failure on. That’s not to say the bullpen didn’t suck last year or the year before of course they did but also the inability of the offense to get key hits and the fact that if the Mets were hockey players there would be a lot of Lady Bing candidates, so Manuel throwing out a grenade like he did yesterday is welcomed as this team needs to have its cage rattled.

The thing to watch here is will be the reaction by Jose Reyes when he bops into camp. If Reyes comes in and says” Whatever Jerry thinks we to do to win I’m all for it” then the message has gotten through. If Reyes comes in and acts like a baby then puts a face on and complains then he validates Manuel’s mindset that the Mets are a selfish bunch and Jose is clueless to what it takes to win. 

This is also a challenge to Castillo who is the most hated Mets player since Bobby Bonila wore ear plugs and acted like a first class dick. Now in Gimp’s defense he has never been as much of a prick as Bobby Bo and the biggest blame on having Gimp around is solely on Omar Minaya from the ridiculous contract he gave him but J-Man is throwing down the gauntlet to Castillo by telling him show what you got old man.  This will be a huge spring for Castillo as Reyes goes off to be a Dominican Dandy, Gimp can show J-Man that not only does he deserve to be the starting 2nd baseman but he can thrive in leadoff spot of the batting order.

It may not be so crazy to look at Reyes in the 3 hole. Maybe as Reyes approaches 26 years of age he can continue with adding power to this offense and driving in runs more than worrying about stealing bases so much.

In the end though I think this is something Manuel is tossing out there as a test to see if Reyes has added some maturity and if Castillo has any pride left in him.     

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WHY LIVAN?

I think I’ve given up on trying to figure out the ways and means of Omar Minaya. I see where he has signed Livan Hernandez and even though it’s a minor league deal and in order to cash in he has to make the team, I still don’t get it. Wouldn’t that money be spent on something the Mets need like a lefty reliever? I don’t know how much Will Ohman is looking for but it can’t more than the $1 mil they Mets set aside for Hernandez, by the way if Ohman is looking for more than that he needs to wake up and smell the disinterest from the other 29 teams in baseball for his services.

 

The Warlord is in camp and dropped a bombshell that he is thinking of using Gimp Castillo in the 1 hole and dropping Jose Reyes to the 3 hole, in order to get Gimp’s bat going. I got to think Jose, Jose, Jose will be not be pleased with this.

 

Freddy Garcia had some bold words about gaining a spot in the starting rotation. If he’s as healthy as he says and can walk the walk his signing could be a huge coup for Omar and the Mets as a healthy and effective Chief is ace material.

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OMAR MINAYA CHARGED WITH GMDUI, GENERAL MANAGING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

 

 

 

 

Omar Minaya should heed the advice as to not overindulge in alcohol during the holiday’s as that has to be the reason for him to even contemplate trading for Andruw Jones. Sure it would have rid the Mets of Gimp Castillo, who the Mets couldn’t rid themselves of even with the promise of delivering him with a suitcase full of Mets Money, but as bad as Castillo is at least he has a position unlike the chubby Curacaoian who plays centerfield one of three position where the Mets need no upgrade. As for Jones playing right field,  didn’t we try that before playing two centerfielders with Beltran and Mike Cameron? How did that work out (OUCH!)

 

The Skill Sets need to cut the bullshit and give Omar the go ahead to sign Manny and Derek Lowe. Or better yet make the Andruw Jones deal this way I know that the Mets don’t give a shit about winning and I go on and enjoy my summer doing something else.

 

Did you hear the one about the two Cuban baseball players that defected?

 

Happy 73rd Birthday to the greatest left-handed pitcher in the history of baseball.

 

According to reports today, over 47 million tourists visited NYC this past year and every one of those fuckers rode the Staten Island Ferry every night at rush hour.

 

 

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SOME DAYS YOUR THE PEACOCK, SOMEDAYS YOUR THE FEATHER DUSTER

Tough to get too upset over last nights loss as Big Pelf was again stellar but The Wife Beater was a bit better. The Mets hitters were baffled by the Wife Beaters curve ball that was filthy and again the one area that has crept into this hot second half, the inability of the offense to get a big hit in a big spot (that means you D-Wright) was on display last night.

 

As I write this post it’s 10:27 AM and every reoprt on TV says that Hurricane Hannah will hit the area by 2 PM so why haven’t the Mets called off today’s game and announced a day/nighter for tomorrow? Why make the fans risk a trip to Shea espically on a Staurday when a lot of LI and Connecticut fans go to the game? For one once close the ledger book and do right by your supporters Skill Sets.

I can’t get too mad at Michael Jack Schmidt for sending an e mail to his former team as a little pick me up in fact I’m jealous that no former Met would do the same. No team treats it’s former players in this town like shit the way the Mets do. No wonder I’m not asked to go on Mets Weekly anymore LOL

Warlord Jerry has laid the law down to Billy Wags welcome back but prove you can still do the job before you get it back. When you look over the numbers and the performances and listen to J-Man the team really didn’t miss Wags all that much.

 

J-Man, Gimp Castillo in the 7 hole? What were you thinking?

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QUICK HITS

Tonights lineup

Pig Pen ss

Gimp 2b

Golden Boy 3b

Del God o 1b

Bel-TRAN cf

Flushing House of Worship RF

Dropkick LF

Lead Glove C

Savior P

 

Nelly Figs and Robby Cancel are up and Ricardo Rincon is on the way as the Mets will go with a 25 man pitching staff on September 1

 

I just saw this commercial on ESPN so I searched You Tube and found it. It’s Marvin Gaye singing the National Anthem at the 1983 NBA All Star game (A classic performance) with a montage of TEAM USA Basketball Gold Medalists. If I owned a team I would play Marvin Gaye’ version of the Star Spangled Banner before every week day game. On Sunday I’d play the Jimi Hendrix version.

Make em pay Johan Make em pay

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