R.A. Dickey Profile In Courage

Of all the things that have happened to me since I started blogging about my beloved NY Mets, the club reaching out to myself and fellow bloggers, granting us access to the team and front office folks has to be the best and most rewarding part of covering the team. If you’ve read my posts from the times I’ve been out to Citi or to any other baseball event where I’ve had the honor of speaking to R.A. Dickey, you know my respect and awe for the man, well if the excerpts of his new book “Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball are any indication how the rest of the book will read, my admiration for Dickey will be off the charts.

It takes a certain kind of courage to come out and bare your soul to the masses as Dickey has done in the excerpts he read yesterday.  If a positive comes out of Dickey’s revelation of sexual abuse as a child and thoughts of suicide as an adult, is the Mets follow through with the promise they made last year of coming out with a PSA on bullying and teen aged suicides. No team in sports has a better spokesperson than R.A. Dickey, the organization shouldn’t pass up this great opportunity to educate the masses.

The blogger-ratzi was invited to Citi Field this past Monday night for a noshing on the newest food offerings at the ball park this season ( I was invited but had to decline the invite since this nasty head cold I have has now made its way to my chest making me more miserable than a normal day, a trip to the doctor is on tap for this afternoon) you can read the reviews from Faith and Fear in Flushing, Mets Police, On The Black, Optimistic Mets Fan  and top Mets foodie Ted Berg .

Great news by the Mets that the family of Gary Carter will be throwing out the first pitch next Thursday at opening day. Shannon of Mets Police has an interesting thought on a surprise that could happen on Thursday.

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Positively Mets

Is that a light I see at the end of the Mets spring training tunnel? This has been one of the most uninspiring Mets camps in a while, sure Johan Santana’ comeback (He is pitching today vs. the Cards) has been the best news and watching Matt Harvey (discount yesterday’s appearance) Jureys Familia and Zack Wheeler give Mets hope along with the stellar relief work by neophyte pitcher Josh Edgin, that future of the team isn’t as bleak as many think.

In fact there is (are you sitting down) POSSITIVE news out of St. Lonesome that David Wright will play today and bat 3rd. Also, Scott Hairston and Andres Torres seem to be ready to roll once again, which makes me wonder if hearing Terry Collins talk glowingly about Matt Den Dekker and Kirk Nieuwenhuis, help speed up the healing process for the two veteran outfielders. That’s something that has been missing for a few years with the Mets; the vets seem complacent knowing there is no one in the high minors to take their place. That’s changed and that’s good.

That’s it for me today, I have a head cold that is now settling in my sinus so I’m going back to lay down  but I will make sure I’m in front  my TV at noon for the Tim Tebow presser because I’m sure if I put my hands on the TV while Tebow is speaking, he’ll cure me.

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1963 NY Mets Promotional Film

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I was looking around You Tube as I don’t have much energy to write as I’m suffering with a nasty head cold but I came across this 1963 Mets promotional film I’ve never seen before and was surprised that it aired on MSG some years back.

 

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NOT MUCH METS NEWS BUT………………………

If you’re looking for Mets news looks like you’ll have to wait until after the New Year, and quite frankly, Greg Prince hit it right on the head, we’ve been overdosing on  Mets news this month, there isn’t much more to dissect.  Starting pitching, relievers, a fourth outfielder and a open tryout for second base has be talked about and talked about and talked about……………………you get my drift (by the way like Greg, I am still battling an awful head cold that has made me more cranky and ornery as usual so the slightest little thing can set me off, you’ve been warned!) but of course there are still a few topics that can be discussed and Adam Rubin did a nice chat over at ESPNNY yesterday and a couple of Q’s & A’s got my interest.

As much as the, to deal or not to deal when it comes to Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes will be an ongoing saga this coming season, I feel the Frankie Rodriguez “55” will be blog fodder come the dog days of summer. Matt  Cerrone stated on Metsblog that the Mets tried to trade K-Rod and found out he’s radioactive.  Rubin in his chat answer feels the Mets will use Rodriguez as closer even if the team is just treading water. I strongly disagree with that. If anything I can see Terry Collins with the blessing of Sandy Alderson letting Rodriguez know that he might be seeing work in the 7th or 8th inning with Bobby Parnell getting the 9th inning job. In a perfect world the Mets would tell their relievers that they will be used when the situation call for their talents, games can be won or lost in the 7th or 8th inning as well as the 9th. As far as I can see, Rodriguez has no recourse but to toe the line. The team wishes he would go away. There are teammates who still hold a grudge about what Rodriguez did in front of their families, and the fans hate his guts.  If the GM takes a hard line stance with Rodriguez, he’d have the backing of the majority of the fan base. If the Mets are lucky, Rodriguez will have a melt down and become insubordinate, forcing the team to suspend him once again. Sure he could grieve this but I’m sure the Mets will put up a enough of a defense to show Rodriguez and his agent he’s not wanted and he’s better off starting over elsewhere, maybe at some betting sites like BetUS.

Another question that came up was the status of Lucas Duda. Rubin claims that Terry Collins (for now until he’s no longer manager, Terry Collins will be known here as TC) has stated that Duda will not be a bench player for the 2011 Mets. I agree 100% with TC. Reed Johnson or Fred Lewis and Nick Evans can be the perfect 4th outfielder, Duda should not look at going to Buffalo as a demotion but a way to play every day, so when one of the regular outfielder’s goes down with the inevitable injury, Duda can come up and go right into the starting lineup.

The fella’s at Amazin’ Avenue are prepping for the 2011 Amazin’ Avenue Annual. It will be hard to top last year’s Annual but I’m sure they will in fact I’d be my R.A. Dickey on it.

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WHO ME? I’M DAY TO DAY

I’m sitting today out and not because the NY Football Giants offered up one of the great choke jobs of all time, no it’s due to a head cold that has inflamed my sinus to the point I feel like I got cracked in the face with a Louisville Slugger.

I have never been a Tom Coughlin fan and even if the Giants win another Super Bowl with him as HC I still won’t be a fan, the guy just comes off as a hard ass jerk. That was evident after he berated punter Matt Dodge after Dodge didn’t follow orders and punt the ball out of bounds.  Look, I’d cut Dodge today as he’s very inconsistent and he suffers from the yips too many times to be a pro athlete and if Coughlin wants to rip him a new asshole that’s fine by me, but do it in the clubhouse and don’t show up at your post game presser and take all the blame and then throw your punter under the bus.  How about alerting your kick off team to the possibility of an on side kick? How about not dropping Justin Tuck into coverage? How about not abandoning the aggressive defensive style that had you dominating the game by going into a turtle defense (a/k/a Prevent D)

As bad as that loss was, it couldn’t ruin my evening as I had a great dinner and saw a tremendous show last night. My kids claim that from singing and dancing in the aisles is why I’m sick today, as I’ve heard all morning that “I’m not a kid anymore” Thanks but I know what my birth certificate says, but in my heart I’m still 17 years old.

I’m out time for sinus meds and a nap

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A QUICK HIT BEFORE I GO FOR A QUIK HIT

 

 

Busy day as I drafted my 13 year old Babe Ruth team this morning and I’m very happy that I got to pick my top three prospects and now I’m dealing with a nasty head cold that’s sucking the energy out me. I was going to stay away from the computer but after a looking at few stories a few items caught my eye:

John Maine had a very shaky first inning but then settled in to pitch three very strong ones (0 BB 5K) and it looks like it’s not a matter of Bobby Parnell making th team as a reliever but he figures to a major player in the back end of the pen so says Warlord Jerry

Jeopardy Contestant “I’ll take FREE FALL for 100 Alex”

Alex Trebeck: “The Stock Market, Republican Party, Team USA

Jeopardy Contestant: “What is American institutions that are not worth shit

Trebeck: “Correct”

I’ve got to do a little homework on RHP Fernando Nieve who was picked up by the Mets off waivers from the Astros. I know he was signed by the “Stros at 16 and is now 26 and is a year removed from Tommy John surgery. No risk- high reward pick up by the Mets at best he comes up mid season to bolster the pen worst case he’s filler for the Buffalo pen

I’m done. Time for a hit of Sudefed

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