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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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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