As Keith Hernandez Would Say, “Bring On The Dancing Bears”

 

 

 

Did you feel that jolt of cool air this morning? How invigorating. It’s what I like to call World Series weather.  Nothing beats World Series weather, 70 degrees in the day and 50 by night. As baseball fans we live to spend a few glorious nights rooting for our team wearing  our team colors on jackets, caps and even a blanket if needed. You are never cold or uncomfortable in World Series weather because the thought of a championship is all you need to give you a warm feeling.

The last five seasons as a Mets fan, we haven’t come close to experiencing World Series weather at Citi Field.  No, as a Mets fan, that first autumn chill is just a reminder to call the boiler company to do a clean out of the furnace, to go to Home Depot and get some bags to collect the soon to be falling leaves and to take inventory of the rock salt supply. I’d much rather be getting my Mets jacket ready for use, along with my Mr. Mets cap and maybe just maybe my blue and orange gloves with the Mets logo on them.

While I will still wear those articles of Mets clothing throughout the fall and winter in what will be a non-combative situation.  It’s been seven seasons since we’ve worn the post season war paint as Mets fans, we have become just a bunch of post season spectators, like Iceland at the United Nations, we’re a member of the league but have no real influence in the serious stuff going on.

I’m not happy about the situation in fact I’m totally pissed off.  I guess 49 years of being a Mets fan, you remember the best and the worst of times. You revel in the high moments and fall into despair over the low moments and you know your heart is still into being a Mets fan because things that shouldn’t bother you eat at your soul. Tonight is one of those nights that looks like it going to be noshing on my blue and orange soul.

Jerry Seinfeld will be a part of the Mets broadcast tonight on SNY. I’m am a very big Seinfeld fan, his work is so outstanding that whenever I come by a re-run of SEINFELD I stop and watch no matter that I’ve seen the episode about 100 times. Seinfeld will be on the pre-game show with Chris Carllin and Bobby Ojeda as Seinfeld has a huge man crush on Bobby O and from there, he will join Gary, Keith and Ron (I guess) in the TV booth at Citi Field. I have a big time problem with this because this is not what September baseball is about.

Instead of Jerry Seinfeld doing Mets-Giants tonight, I should be hearing Gary Cohen updating me on the Mets Magic Number to clinch the NL East. I should be hearing Keith and Ron going over the hypothetical pitching matchup for the Mets in the post season and busting our buttons with pride as Ronnie says, “No one wants to be the first team to face the Mets with Harvey, Niese and Wheeler starting a series”  I should be hearing that David Wright is the odds on choice to be the NL MVP and Harvey the NL Cy Young. I should be getting my post season groove ready. But I’m not.

The Mets are playing out the string for the fifth season in a row. It’s so bad the team has to resort to a side show of adding a standup comic to the best TV booth not just in baseball but all of sports.  Excuse me for not laughing at the jokes because I don’t see anything funny in losing.

When I made my feelings known on Twitter last late on how I’m not happy with Seinfeld in the booth, I was treated like an Asian-American who just won the Miss America pageant.  Most folks called me cranky and old and someone who needs to get over themselves.  Some said it’s no big deal; some it seems are ok with all the losing as for they look at Mets games and Mets Twitter as more a social event. I’ve thought about those people.

Most of them weren’t even born when on August 20th 1985, the day Dwight Gooden struck out 16 San Francisco Giants in a game the Mets won 3-0 and had them in first place by a game and a half, at which point Mets fans were drooling over themselves and our reemergence as a World Series contender.  They have only seen on a You Tube what I watched live when Eric Davis of the Reds slid hard into third base and into Ray Knight and Knight taking exception and flatting Davis with a serious right hook. This was also the game that Davey Johnson used Jesse Orosco and Roger McDowell in the same inning by shuttling both pitchers from the mound to the outfield, switching each pitcher for right or lefty batters.  These same people never met Homer the Dog or have had their head patted by Joan Payson. They have never heard Jane Jarvis play live at Shea Stadium. They didn’t cry tears of sorrow on June 15, 1977. They never heard Lindsay Nelson, Bob Murphy and Ralph Kiner do a Mets game.  They’ve never drank an R.C. Cola.

With all the losing seasons and ineptness of the present ownership, it would be so easy to walk away and say who cares. I will never do that. Like the lyrics say in our Alma matter “Meet the Mets” (by the way who besides me has this song on their iPod?)”The fans are true to the orange and blue” , I’ll be here reacting to the situation with this team as I see fit, hoping those who don’t care start caring and those who wear their Mets heart on their sleeve get rewarded for the undying support they have given an organization that doesn’t know how to love them back.

 

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GOBBLE GOBBLE

 

I thought I’d look at some of the Mets news of the day before I start reading more into the new CBA that seems to have those who follow amateur baseball and player development up in arms with how many restrictions there will be on clubs when it comes to drafting players from the June entry draft and players from the International player pool.

It figures when the Mets have made it their mission statement to invest in the draft and in cultivating home grown talent that these new restrictive rules go into effect.

If we see Adam Lowden roaming the outfield of Citi Field in 2012, it won’t be a good sign.

Jose Reyes finished 11th in MVP voting, to me that does not translate into a 6yr/$120 mil player

Jerry Seinfeld just got a dog and he named him Jose after Jose Reyes, he’s a cute little dog but he’s no Shamsky. By the way why can’t celebrity Mets fans like Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Matthew Broderick, Ray Romano, Kevin James, Chris Rock to name a few form a syndicate and buy out the Skill Sets?

That’s it for today and until Friday unless Bernie Madoff sends Freddy Skill Sets a note from the big house on where he buried the missing millions he pilfered (I have a vision of the boardwalk at Brighton Beach as a starting point) and the Mets announce the signing of Reyes,  Albert Pujols , Mark Buehrle and C.J. Wilson if not enjoy your Thanksgiving, put your worrying about the Mets on the back burner and look around the table at dinner and give thanks for those who are with you and remember those who aren’t.

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CHEAP GIVEAWAY, CLUELESS HIGHLANDER FANS,AND A LINE UP SHAKE UP

A tip of the BLUE Mets cap to The Mets Police for this pic of the offensive Seinfled cap

Observations from a busy weekend, and a happy belated Mother’s Day to all the mommies out there:

I went to the Mets-Dodgers games Saturday night as we live a in a time where you can go on your computer in the afternoon and buy and download tickets to a ball game that night in the comfort of your own home. I wish the atmosphere at the ball park could be as blissful as purchasing the tickets.

The Mets gave out caps on Saturday sponsored by Seinfeld, now I am a great fan of Jerry Seinfeld, but those caps that were given out were an embarrassment.  My wife told to stop complaining as what were you expecting for free, a New Era cap? No, not at all but they could have spent an extra dollar to make the cap something I’d wear instead of a one that felt and looked like it was made from scrap paper. Then to top it off it was BLACK. Maybe if they went with blue I wouldn’t have been this upset but really that cap was a piece of shit.

We sat in the Pepsi Porch which is my favorite spot of Citi Field but on Saturday, I felt like I was watching the game on the corner of 42 St and Broadway, people getting up during play and then trying to get to seat 17 by going through the first 16 seats of the row in the middle of an inning. I wouldn’t bitch so much if it was once or twice but this went on all game long.  The Mets need to do what the Garden and Prudential Center enforce, keep ushers near the section entrances and hold people up until an at bat is done then let them get back to their seats. And another thing, is it so hard to know where you’re sitting? How many times do you see some clueless asshole holding four beers standing on the steps of the section with a stupid look on his or her face not knowing where they sit? All you have to do is remember three things Section, Row, and seat.  How do these people function in everyday life?

I tried the Keith Burger on Saturday night and I wasn’t impressed at all, in fact in my opinion the only food that’s any good at Citi Field is Mama’s of Corona, Blue Smoke, or Sausage and Peppers hero, the rest of the food, even the highly vaunted Shake Shack, is overrated.

If there is anyone of the Highlander persuasion reading this site (Michael maybe you can explain this phenomenon that I’m about to address and please remember you are excluded from the group I’m about to call out) can you explain why Highlander fans come to Citi Field dressed like they are going to a Highlanders game and root for the Mets opponent of the day? Do you know what kind of dick heads you people are? I can’t even get angry at these morons; I’m just stunned by their stupidity. I go to Highlander Stadium but I never wear my “colors” when I go (unless it’s Mets-Highlanders) I always wear my “civvies” and I just sit and enjoy the game and the company as I couldn’t give two shits if the Highlanders win or lose the game. It’s not like it just of few of these simpletons that come to Mets games, there’s so many that we Mets fans look at each other with that puzzled “what the fuck”? look when they stroll around our park.

Just to closeout my Highlander fan rant, last week Highlander fans were ready to run Derek Jeter out of town. If it were up to Highlander fans, “El Capitan” would be lucky to get a paving stone in Monument Park forget a deserving tribute to his career.  Fans felt that Jeter was done, finished, a detriment to the team. Fuck those 3,000 hits and 5 World Series rings and that first ballot Hall of Fame sitting with his name on it, Jeter has to go. But wait, yesterday he went 4 for 6 with 2 HR’s and 3 RBI, so now he’s back in the pantheon of Highlanders, that is until he goes 0 for his next 15 at bats, then he’s back to a bum.

The more I watch Dillon Gee pitch, the more impressed I am with him.  Gee was called on in an emergency as Chris Young is on the DL with shoulder trouble and what made his start impressive in my eyes was the way he worked out of tough situations. Gee looks on the mound like a guy who knows exactly what he wants to do and tries to translate what’s in his head to his arm and more times than not he succeeds. He may not be an Ace but Gee will be around the big leagues a long time as long as he stays healthy.

Give Sandy Alderson credit for honesty when he says, “After Dillon Gee, there isn’t much left” as far as pitchers to called up to step into the rotation if need be. Just the fact that Pat Misch was recalled made that statement real. Really Pat Misch ? I’m sick of seeing him and Willie Harris as well and while I’m at it throw in Chin-lu Hu too. How in good conscious can Terry Collins send Hu up to pinch hit? I’d use R.A. Dickey or Big Pelf as a PH’er before Hu.

Keith Hernandez shocked me a bit yesterday when he said during David Wright’s at bat in the 9th inning against Vicente Padillia that Wright’s bat speed looked like a guy late in his career who can’t get around on a fastball. Hernandez was shocked that Wright could not get around on Padilia’s fastball as he was the tying run at the plate. Wright has been bad at the plate so far this season but with RISP he’s been horrendous. It’s time for Terry Collins to drop Wright in the batting order and I guess the only thing stopping that move is Jason Bay not hitting. I’d like to see Collins us a lineup of:

Reyes

Murph

Beltran

Ike/Bay (depending on if it’s a LHP or RHP

Ike/Bay

Wright

Pridie

Thole

Pitcher

On days that Paulino catchers place him 7th and Pridie 8th. Hey it’s couldn’t hurt this lineup needs a shakeup.

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NAME YOUR TOP 50 METS PLAYERS OF ALL TIME

A couple of quick hits before I settle in to watch the Jets-Colts game. I’ve got no dog in this fight but I guess I’ll root for the Jets since their name ends in “ets”

Great post by Amazin’ Avenue showing pics of celebs in Mets attire. The first pic though is of Adam Sandler who is a Highlander fan. Kevin James, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Baba Booey, Tim Robbins and Jon Stewart I know are die hard Mets fans. I met Stewart at of all places the Bronx Zoo a few years ago when the zoo had a Holiday Lights Festival. He was waiting like me to put his kids on the Merry-Go-Round. I recognized him right away and before I could say hi to him, he approached me and commented about my Mets jacket and cap. As our kids rode the Merry Go Round we talked Mets baseball. Yes that was a cool, very cool.

Jason Robotham of Metszila found a great article about Chris Young that was written in Men’s Journal. I know there has been talk that Alderson will not go past $1.5 mil for another starting pitcher so it would be nice to sign a pitcher like Young to an incentive laden deal for one year with an option kicking in as one of those incentives .

Ed Marcus (a/k/a Rusty Jr.) of The Real Dirt Mets blog wants to know who you feel are the Top 50 Mets players of all time. I’m going to file my top 50 in the comments section of Ed’s post and I have to warn you there is no big research or statistical analysis with my list.

(as I write this post, Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks just jaunted 60 yds for a TD to put the Seahawks up 41-30 over the defending champs New Orleans Saints. The Seahawks are a 10 pt underdog and have an 11 pt lead with 3 mins left in the game. Lynch broke six tackles during his run. Incredible)

Somewhere on my Top 50 list of Mets players I will put the name R.A. Dickey. In just one year Dickey has won the respect and admiration of Mets fans like I’ve not seen in a long time

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THE OTHER JERRY

How did you feel about Jerry Seinfeld in the booth with Gary and Keith? The best part about Seinfeld in the booth is he’s an honest to goodness Mets fan. He wasn’t there to plug a movie (looking at you Kevin James) or a TV show, he was there as a Mets fan.

I thought his line to Keith when Jose Reyes hit his home run was classic:

  ”Yes! Jose Reyes cruising around third. Keith Hernandez is not liking this. Always whining about the Reyes homers. I love ‘em! Always love a homer no matter who hits it … Boom! You have got to love this.”

Seinfeld may have gone a bit overboard gushing over Gary Cohen, to the point where it seemed Cohen was getting a bit embarrassed but he was correct when he said that Gary, Keith and Ron (and don’t forget the Great Kevin Burkhardt as well) form the best announcing team in sports.

Too me the line of the night is when he talked about Lady GaGa and how they cleaned up his suite after she soiled it with her presences:

 “Everything’s fine. We brought the bedbug dog in. What’s his name? Rusty, the beagle? Now everything’s clean.”

That made me laugh out loud.

Too bad they didn’t  take calls in the booth as I’m sure Uncle Leo would have dialed

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