WELCOME TO ST. LUCIE: THE 6TH BORO

Craig Calcaterra’ favorite past time is bashing the Mets (he’s a Braves fan so that explains that) which should piss me off, but the does it so well and is very witty that it doesn’t. This week he is at Port St. Lonesome and had two anecdotes that well, quite frankly made me laugh out loud.

  My doctor recommended that I take extra good care of myself while on assignment, so I stopped at a liquor store Saturday night to stock up on some Kentucky medicine. Behind the counter was the friendliest and least discreet clerk I’ve ever met. He asked me if I was in town for baseball and I said yes. He then told me that Mets pitcher John Maine had been in there a half hour earlier, came up to the counter with a bottle of Grey Goose and was getting ready to pay for it when a Mets coach walked in. Maine and the coach talked for a few minutes, and then Maine walked out, forgetting to buy his vodka.  I got this mental image of him getting back to whatever social gathering he was attending and someone asking him where the booze was, only to have Maine go “Ummm, oh. Man.”

Something tells me Dr. Ed Coleman was pissed that Maine came back empty handed.

I woke up yesterday morning to get my continental breakfast on, and in the lobby was a young woman in black spandex pants, Mets fleece and Mets cap yelling at one of the desk clerks.  Seems she left her car someplace the night before — obviously not at Maine’s party, as there was no booze there — and needed to get a cab to go and pick it up. When told it would be 45 minutes before a car could get out there, she yelled “I’m from New York and this sh– doesn’t fly!!  I live an HOUR outside of Manhattan, and I can get a car to my house faster than that!”  I suppose she has a point about 45 minutes being a long time to wait, but I’ve found that one generally doesn’t get what one wants in this world by telling people that you come from someplace better and more important than they do.

 

You what I find funny about this, whenever I go out of town; I usually like to avoid my fellow bridge and tunnel-ers. My problem is as soon as I open my mouth I reek of Brooklyn and in fact I’m proud of that since it seems the great Brooklyn dialect is a dying language but when one of my fellow outer boro “brudders of sistahs” act up at an airport, hotel or restaurant, someone will inevitably turn to me with a shake of the head, “Humph, those New Yorkers” at that time I break out my Irish brogue, cultivate from years of living with parents born in County Sligo. So if I were in that hotel lobby and asked about Lady Going Ga-Ga I’d have said “Ah tis sad, she’s actin’up” Hey, sometimes it’s best to go undercover.

I rarely ever listen to Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason on WFAN but from reading a post on Mets Merized Online I read that Carton who tries to be a Howard Stern type jock but falls woefully short in the gift to be offensive and very funny, made some irresponsible about Jose Reyes and his health. If these quotes are true and I have no reason to believe MMO is making them up, how could WFAN keeps this low rent shock jock wanna be employed? Then again WFAN has become a station that can only attracted advertisers for hair plugs, hard on medicine and scams to donate cars for children so what should I expect. I’m sure a big pussy like Carton would never go into the Mets clubhouse and say to Reyes’ face what he’d say in the microphone. 

Brian Costa via TWITTER says Frankie Rodriguez is back in camp.

Who is this Nick Evans of which you speak ?

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AHHHHHHHHHHHH THE SUMMER OF’69………….

 

 

I was one miserable little 11 year old back on the weekend of August 16th 1969. I watched all the 20 something’s from my neighborhood pack up and head upstate NY for a music festival and knowing that there wasn’t a shot in hell I could ever go, pissed me off.

 

It was right around that time I was getting an appreciation for rock music. Sure I saw The Beatles on Ed Sullivan when I was six but that didn’t stir me like Woodstock. Right around this time FM radio with it’s free form rock play lists were on the scene and the days of listening to MusicRadio 77 WABC and Cousin Brucie and Top 40 hits, were replaced with Scott Muni and the Night Bird Allison Steele on WNEW-FM  playing full albums by the Rolling Stones, The Kinks and The Doors.

 

After watching the footage from Max Yasgur’s farm I decided at 11 years old, no more hair cuts, no more listening to the man,  I was going to be the world’s youngest revolutionary. That lasted about three days when my father laid down the law and gave me a real good attitude adjustment.

 

So here it is 40 years later and I still listen to rock music, I still don’t take orders well and I always question authority. The biggest difference is I get what’s left of my hair buzzed every two weeks. Three out of four ain’t bad!

 

I wish Ed (Grey Goose) Coleman gave his Mets reports as well as he writes his blog on WFAN. This entry on Easy Ed going to Woodstock is a must read. 

 

The Mets did very well on this weekend back in ’69, sweeping the expansion San Diego Padres in back to back doubleheaders. Seaver, Koosman, Gary Gentry and Don Cardwell got the wins with Koos getting a complete game win and Ron Taylor collecting two saves and young Tug McGraw the other.

 

Last night on Pro Baseball Central we discussed whether Omar and Jerry Manuel will be back next year and the possibility of the Skill Sets selling a part of the team due to the Madoff fall out. Listen to podcast here by clicking out the icon on top or at our Pro Baseball Central site.

 

For more of the Skill Sets money woes, checkout the chat that Post beat man Bart Hubbuch conducted yesterday. Get ready for a payroll lower than $100 mil next season.

 

I can’t understand how Daniel Murphy went from a guy we all rooted for to someone folks are ready to kick to the curb. 

 

John Sickels has a late season update on the Mets top prospects. It seems any one who is worth anything in the system is Latin and 18 years old.

 

I still have a big problem with Michael Vick not just for the cruelty he committed on those dogs but also in my opinion before this I felt he was very overrated. I don’t get all the hoopla over where he will play and now that he is with the Iggels as a Giants fan am I supposed to be impressed? Well, I’m not.

 

I’m going to $iti Field tomorrow and I guess I’ll bring the camera to see the additions of Mets Memories that supposedly have been added and the Throwback’s the boys will be wearing. My question is, I’m guessing they will wear matching cream color pants but what about the caps? I will laugh my ass of if Charlie Samuels sends them out with the awful black/blue billed caps. If you’re going to Throwback, throwback all the way!

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

R.I.P. Les Paul

THE LEDGEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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“OMAR, GET OUT FROM UNDER THE BED. YOU HAVE SOME GENNERAL MANAGING TO DO”

 

 

Good move last night by the Mets to call the game and not let Johan take the hill, pitch 2 or 3 innings then go back to a delay and lose him for a start. So today we have a day/night affair with Santana starting the matinee and John Niese pitching after dark.

 

First time I can ever think off Ed (Grey Goose) Coleman actually had something of substance to report as he gave us this gold nugget from his blog on Omar’s state of mind before the meltdown of Monday:

  Here’s what happened and what triggered the outburst that stunned everyone. The press conference start time floated, as, it always seems, everything Met-related does – it was 3:00, then 3:30, then 3:45. The SNY Network – killing time – put Rubin on prior to Minaya’s appearance. Meanwhile, Minaya was watching, along with several players – some friendly with Bernazard – in the Mets clubhouse. Minaya obviously felt that Rubin was gloating over toppling Bernazard, the blood began to boil, some of the players expressed their displeasure, the anger rose and – voila – you had the perfect storm. Minaya carried it from there to the podium, and the rest is history.

 

So Omar got his Latin up and the sight of Rubin set him off. Again the biggest crime that Mnaya committed was he made it personal and not business. Bernazard is a close friend of Omar’s and was close to Jeffey and again this organization takes on a Nixon like persona that they cover up and cover up when they should just practice “the truth shall set you free approach”. Bernazard should have been reigned in a long time ago as this nasty way of his seems to be nothing new, the problem is if you’re going to be a prick you better be a very successful prick to survive.

 

Then Grey Goose tells how he would say hello to Bernazard and never get a reply so the only thing missing in Coleman’s last paragraph is this song playing in the background as he watched Tony B settle off into the sunset :

 One final time – Hi Tony, how’s it going? Don’t worry, he’ll be fine – people like that always make sure they are.

 

 

 

 

I forgot to post this link yesterday from the great Mike Vaccaro of the Post you says it’s time for Jeffey Skill Sets to man up:

 

    But this is 2009, and the cost of rooting for a baseball team is too great to embrace a mindless allegiance. Mets fans have learned to live with — even to embrace — the notion of being the underdog in a city that co-stars the Yankees. But they have been served by an ownership that opened a ballpark stripped of any semblance of the team’s history and operates a franchise that too often has the look and feel of an open mike night at the Comedy Store.

 

Maybe between the fan backlash on the lack of a Mets feel at $iti Field, and this latest Minaya/Bernazard fiasco, the light bulb has gone off in Jeffey’s head that something has to be done in Flushing. According to Wally Mathews, Jeffey said Omar was thisclose to getting fired for his embarrassing display and listening to Little Skill Sets it seems Omar went off the reservation his own and ownership is truly embarrassed  ( I wonder if a certain Used Car Salesman from Milwaukee called in some advice) It may take a big run by the Mets to save Minaya’ job or maybe he stays on but with someone over him in a capacity of President of Baseball Ops. Whatever, this whole week could turn out to be a blessing in disguise for the Mets.

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