THESE R.A. THE GOOD OLD DAYS

My late mother was sitting with a few old biddie friends of hers, who were lamenting about how they missed the “good old days”.  After they were done with their trip down memory lane, my mother laced into them telling them how stupid they sounded, “don’t you realize that you’re living in the greatest time ever”? She marveled in the fact that back in the “good old days” whenever she wanted to call one of her sisters in Ireland, she had to call the operator, who in turn called an overseas operator, who them needed to know the number you were calling and what number you were calling from, then there was about a 20-30 minute staring contest at the phone, willing it to ring so you could have a 5-10 min conversation (it was expensive to call Europe, how much? I couldn’t tell you, but I know it was a lot because when my father opened the phone bill he’d scream out “JESUS CHRIST, CAN’T YOU JUST WRITE A LETTER”???? ) before she passed away, in her late 90’s she spoke to relatives via Skype and followed family activities via Facebook.  She proved the old biddies wrong again.

I bring all this up because we have this great new phenomenon of social media bringing more and more people together. Politian’s, actors, writers, and athletes have taken to Twitter to give their views on any and all subjects and to interact with fans. Don’t like what someone wrote about your favorite team? Find their Twitter account and let them know about it. Watching a game and a player comes out the game and you don’t know why? Go on Twitter,  as a beat writer will fill you in.  Articles get linked, opinions are expressed and then you have without a doubt the REAL, most interesting man in the world (not the old broken down drunk in the Dos Equis ads), Robert Allen Dickey, of the NY Mets holding a daily Q and A session with fans.

Dickey opened a Twitter account this past week and already has knocked out over 1, 000 Tweets plus he has over 7,000 followers (Disciples of Dickey)who check their timeline waiting for the tweet alerting them that R.A. is here and will be taking any and all questions. The questions run from what it’s like playing baseball in NYC, to Star Wars trivia, to whether Justin Turner (he too a great Twitter-er under the handle of @redturn2) is a natural redhead (the tweeter asked if Turners “carpet matched the drapes” to which Dickey tweeted back to keep it clean and Turner replied “hahaha” I’m telling you this is great stuff) to how Nick Evans cares for his hair.

We’ve come a long way from the days of sending your favorite player fan mail and having some clubhouse guy send you back a letter thanking you for writing with an autographed picture, always signed by the clubbie.

Got to go, you never know when the curtain will rise on The Dickey Show!

http://twitter.com/#!/redturn2/status/104023940548145152

http://twitter.com/#!/RADickey43

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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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DEAR JEFFEY SKILL SETS, NO. I DON’T WANT TO BE YOUR PEN PAL

Ok Jeffey, we get it you got some mad computer “skillz” and after years of being neglected it is nice of you to shoot off a message every other day but your missives of non-substance are coming as frequent as this guy from Africa, who claims if I send him my bank account number, Jesus Christ himself will show up at my front door and cook my Thanksgiving Day dinner. Just open a Twitter account like the rest of us will ya. I swear I’ll give you a #FF shout out.

Maybe I’m a little impatient but as much as I am enjoying the AL and NL Championship Series, at this point we all know that Sandy Alderson is getting the GM job so stop with the charade of second interviews name the man to the job and go use your skillz on the keyboard for more important activities like surfing for porn.

I don’t know when it will happen but it will happen sooner than later, Mike Francesa is going to have a Howard Beale moment on the air and will have to be shot with a tranquilizer gun to contain him. Today, a caller who identified himself as a Mets fan, (could have been AJ Burnett too) ranted on how bad Jorge Posada is behind the plate and has slipped at bat. Francesa was incensed that anyone, and a Mets fan no less, question he Jorgies offensive credential and became so flustered that he blurted out “Whozz da ketcher on da Mets who eveah got a big hit” The caller responded “Uhhhh Mike Piazza for one” Game, Set and Match Caller.

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