Who’s Afraid Of Who ?

 

 

I wrote this yesterday but caught up with a ton of work so I couldn’t post it so what the hell, let it fly today

There is no more reactionary fan base of any team in this town like Mets fans. This fan base goes from euphoria to despair in a Manhattan minute. Take yesterday’s game for instance.

After winning the last two series against the Pirates and Padres (yes we know Keith the Padres are bottom feeders) the fan base was sky high but then a look at the upcoming schedule made some apprehensive of what will happen to the Mets by the end of the month. A look at the records of the Mets upcoming opponents should really rattle the Mets faithful:

Dodgers  32-16

Nationals 29-19

Orioles 29-20

Rays 29-20

Reds 27-21

Cardinals 27-22

Mets 27-22

Highlanders 26-22

Phillies 26-24

Cubs 16-32

The teams I worry about in this stretch are the Dodgers, Nats and the Rays as they have outstanding pitching and could very easily shutdown the Mets offense. What makes this a mine field for the Mets is these teams come at them one after the other. So if the Mets tread water for the next 31 games and go 16-15 that would leave the club at 43-37 heading into July and the half way mark of the season. I’d be happy with that.

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HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY PT. 2

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Johnson’s Motor Car by The Clancy Brothers has some of greatest lyrics ever written:

‘Twas down by Brannigan’s Corner, one morning I did stray
I met a fellow rebel, and to me he did say
“We’ve orders from the captain to assemble at Dunbar
But how are we to get there, without a motor car?”

“Oh, Barney dear, be of good cheer, I’ll tell you what we’ll do
The specials they are plentiful, the I.R.A. are few
We’ll send a wire to Johnson to meet us at Stranlar
And we’ll give the boys a bloody good ride in Johnson’s Motor Car

When doctor Johnson heard the news he soon put on his shoes
He says this is an urgent case, there is no time to lose
He then put on his castor hat and on his breast a star
You could hear the din all through Glenfin of Johnson’s Motor Car

But when he got to the railway bridge, some rebels he saw there
Old Johnson knew the game was up, for at him they did stare
He said “I have a permit, to travel near and far”
“To hell with your English permit, we want your motor car”

“What will my local brethren think, when they hear the news
My car it has been commandeered, by the rebels at Dunluce”
“We’ll give you a receipt for it, all signed by Captain Barr
And when Ireland gets her freedom, boy, you’ll get your motor car”

Well we put that car in motion and filled it to the brim
With guns and bayonets shining which made old Johnson grim
And Barney hoisted a Sínn Fein flag, and it fluttered like a star
And we gave three cheers for the I.R.A. and Johnson’s Motor Car

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WHO’S THE CAT WHO WON’T COP OUT WHEN THERE’S DANGER ALL ABOUT…..

ALDERSON!!!!!!

RIGHT ON!!!!!!

How did he do it? How the hell did Sandy Alderson pull off this deal with the Brewers? Did the though tof crossing Sandy Alderson make Doug Melvin panic (you know that Alderson is a bad mother………shut your mouth I’m talkin’ about Alderson)

All it cost the Mets was about $6 mil to get rid of a suffocating contract and 2 PTBNL . I don’t care if Alderson got a case of Gorman Thomas rookie cards and 100 Don Money Bobbleheads plus a few cases of Pabst Blue Ribbon (for the hipster Mets fans) this is not just a great deal but a swift and accurate one as well.

Be proud Mets fans we’re back in business. Carlos Beltran is on the clock

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WOW I NEVER SAW THAT COMING, AND NEITHER DID BRAD EMAUS

Jesus H. Christ, you go out for a little lunch around here and all hell breaks loose. Just after I link up Eric Seidman’ post on Fangraphs on Brad Emaus getting some PA’s to show whether he belongs or not on the big league roster, Stone Cold Sandy DFA’s Emaus and calls up Ginger Turner.

I definitely feel Alderson was quick on the trigger here, even though this means more time for Daniel Murphy and his Magic Bat at 2nd base.

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RUN CARLOS RUN!!!!!!

I can’t believe there are some media types out there taking Chip Hale to task for sending Carlos Beltran yesterday with 2 outs in the bottom of the 2nd inning, on a Daniel Murphy single to right. This past December, Beltran told a group of Mets bloggers that he feels great, that his knee felt good and that he has been doing a lot of running.

Beltran made his spring debut yesterday, as a DH not a right fielder, on his first at bat got a base hit to right showing a beautiful hitting stroke. With two outs, Daniel Murphy hit a single and Hale never hesitated in sending Beltran, who was rumbling and stumbling around third and headed home, slid under the catcher tag to score a run. Now the debate has started should Hale have sent Beltran? Yeah why not?

For what we know, Beltran is not injured nor is he coming off any post season surgeries. His last surgery was over a year ago and he returned back to action in July, playing the last 64 games of the season, the last 20 of them like the Carlos Beltran of old. Now you can make the argument that he hasn’t played a full season in two years but if we are going to hold our breath every time Beltran goes from 1st to 3rd or 2nd to home hoping he doesn’t blow out a knee, then the Mets are in a lot of trouble.

Again Beltran has stated he’s fine, he must play with a knee brace on but if he proclaims himself fit to play then why hold him back? Terry Collins it seems was a bit upset that Hale sent Beltran and said he should have made it known before the game to go slow with Carlos, maybe this is the first misstep by the manager. Don’t blame Chip Hale he was just doing what he does best, coaching the hell out of 3rd base.

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“THE STARS AT NIGHT ARE BIG AND BRIGHT (CLAP,CLAP,CLAP) DEEEEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS

This the look of a CHAMPION

This is the look of a DOUCHEBAG

If this Highlander fan were still alive, heds tell all his brothers in pinstripes to “hang in there”

“A-Rod blows”

Maybe “Dandy” might have made a difference. There are Highlanders fans asking themselves,”who the hell is Dandy” well you have all winter to  learn about the team history you’re a so-callled fan of

Season tickets for the 2011 NY Highlander season are now on sale,  your prompt payment is appreciated to we can go out and spend more to try to buy a championship

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WALLY-BALL IS FANNNNNNNNNNTASTIC

I spent the night at Coney Island watching the Brooklyn Cyclones tear apart the Hudson Valley Renegades 16-5, check out Amazin’ Avenues recap of the game.

I’m loaded with work today so the post will be brief but this was the third game Cyclones game this season and Wally Ball is something else. The best part of watching the Cyclones is that Wally Backman coaches 3rd base and he has this team running the bases with aggression.

Backman got his first ejection from a game as a Cyclone in the top of the 9th inning as he questioned a called HR but that looked foul but the umps called it a fair. Now you say, the Cyclones were up 12 runs what the hell was Wally doing arguing? Well earlier in the game the base umpire (there are only 2 umps in NY-PENN games) called a Brooklyn runner out at first where he looked safe, by a lot that ended a Cyclone rally. I guess the umpire knowing Backman’s rep didn’t want to hear him, so he jogged out to the outfield grass after the call as Backman jogged across the field to the home dugout staring down the official. Wally wanted to go after him but the ump just kept jogging further out to the outfield. It was quite funny to watch.

But Wally filed that play away in his head until the 9th when he used the botched home run call as an excuse to let the young umpire know he can run but he can’t hide from him and it’s best to take your ass kicking from the manager like a man.

It was “Let’s Go Get A Beer Doc” moment for Wally.

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BREAKING NEWS: CARLOS BELTRAN HAS ARTHROSCOPIC KNEE SURGERY

All hell is breaking with the Mets as we have learned that Carlos Beltran has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to relieve osteoarthritis. From reports it looks like Beltran has been working out to be in shape for spring training and started to feel pain in his knee.

The biggest story is not just the surgery but it seems Beltran did this on his own going to his own doctor, Dr Richard Stedman in Colorado. It’s unacceptable for a player to not let the team know he’s going for surgery and to make it worse, he doesn’t use the team’s physician. This just cements the feeling that the Mets players have no faith in the Mets medical staff.

Now this is not end of the world news as Beltran will be out about 3 months so for the first month of the season Angel Pagan can handle centerfield, so there is no need for the organization to make a panic move for a centerfielder.

What this does though is make you question how the organization looks at Beltran in regard to not coming to the team about his knee and using an outside doctor to perform the surgery and how does this effect Beltran to getting an extension of his contract, something he has been hinting at.

Since this news is still breaking, I’ll have some more on it tomorrow

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COME HELL OR HEILMAN

Back to Mets stuff. It seems that Omar is looking toward Tampa for pitching help and the Rays supposedly are dangling Edwin Jackson and Andy Sonnanstine for Aaron Heilman. Heilman seems to be in play with the Rockies, Cubs,Cubs and Snakes who fancy him as a starter. Now of course if the Mets kept with the plan they devised two seasons ago when they sent Heilman to Winter Ball to stretch out his arm to begin 2006 as a starter instead Heilman got beaten out for the #5 spot by Brian Bannister, only because the Mets felt Heilman would adjust to long releif better than Bannister. Then with players like Lima Time, Victor Zambrano and other pitching rejects getting a shot at the rotation over him is one of the reasons Heilman looked beaten the last two season. That’s not to excuse him from being ineffective in relief and not stepping up when he was needed but anyone is the poster boy for a change of scenery it’s Aaron Heilman and if the Mets could land Andy Sonnastine for Heilman that would be a great trade.

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IF YOU’RE A LONG TIME HIGHLANDER FAN THIS STORY WILL MAKE YOU PUKE

I read this story by Harvey Aarton in today’s NY Times twice to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating. Now I have family and friends who root as hard and have long time association with the Bronx Bastards as I do with the Mets but this dickhead, Jeremy Flung is an embarrassment to not only the Highlander fans but to all fans who live through thick and thin with their allegiance to the teams they root for. How in the world can you call yourself a Highlander fan and not only go to Fenway but wear a Red Sox cap and ROOT for the Old Town Team? Can you picture yourself wearing a Phucking Phillies cap and going to CPB to root for the Phelatios? Hell to the god damn No you wouldn’t. The only thing I rooting for as it goes for the Phinks is they all eat in one of those greasy cheesesteak dumps and get food poisoning

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