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Pitching a one hitter against the Mets right now is like going bass fishing and catching a minnow. Sure you caught a fish but how much skill did it take to reel in that little fellow? Same with pitching to the Mets just donâ€™t pitch to David Wright and throw fastballs down the middle to the est of the lineup and you should be fine. End of scouting report.
No problem here with Mark DeRosa going to the Cardinals for pitcher Chris Perez and a PTBNL. Then Mets equivalent to Perez is Bobby Parnell and I wouldnâ€™t trade Parnell for a 34 year old rental player. The Mets problems are beyond adding DeRosa.
With all due respect to some of my Highlander buddies (Ben Kabak, Alex Bleth, Rebecca Glass) just observing Highlander fans most of the young ones are clueless when it comes to not only the rules of baseball or the strategy of the game but have no idea at all about their teams history. The older ones have a Pavlovian way about them as soon as you mention the name of the team they all bark out “26 Championships” I guess what Iâ€™m saying theyâ€™re a sad bunch. Our team may not win much but weâ€™re a better class of fan.
A little bit of Tim Redding is good a lot of Tim Redding…..ahh…not so good. If there is one pitcher on the Mets that is the picture of a mop up guy in the pen, itâ€™s Tim Redding.
Olâ€™ Cholly Manuel laced into his team after a another loss on Friday night and his club responded with a 10-0 win over the Blue Jays. After losing two straight to the Highlanders, Jerry Manuel took his team to the Lemon Ice King of Corona and told them itâ€™s not their fault we have a lot of injuries and “Youâ€™re all winners YEAH!!!!!” Maybe thatâ€™s why Olâ€™Cholly has a ring and J-Man doesnâ€™t. Iâ€™d love to see J-Man lace into his team and remind them this is the big leagues and they need to compte like big leaguers even if he doesnâ€™t believe half of his roster belongs here.
I hate to bring up this Michael Jackson is dead thing again but there are a few things bothering about this whole Jacko worship thatâ€™s on going. As I stated the other day I was not a big fan of Jackson the man or the music. Pop music is not what I listen to Iâ€™m a Garage/Punk kinda of guy plus all the folks who think that Jackson was the greatest showman alive obviously had never seen a Stones concert,Â a Queen concert or a Plasmatics concert but that is neither here nor there
My biggest trouble with Jackson is the fact he slept with little boys, and that is fucking sick. My feeling for this does not just lie with Jackson but with the Catholic church as well and itâ€™s the reason why I have no respect for the clergy any more.
Now if you bring up this part of Jacksonâ€™s life to a fan of his you get called al kind of names from a racist (which is funny as the guy went above and beyond to be white) or a heartless fuck. And that is because the truth hurts. But his fans and the media have given him a pass on his past crimes and have treated him like an American hero in his passing.
Michael Vick didnâ€™t sleep with little boys (as far as we know) but he did maim, torture and kill animals which is still despicable and I would love to see Vick tortured the same way he did to those dogs. Iâ€™m not some crazy PETA zealot but I do own pets and Iâ€™ve been around dogs and just the thought that this scumbag gained the trust of the dogs then made them fight and the ones who werenâ€™t fighters he killed makes my blood boil. Again if you are anti Vick youâ€™re a racist, and a heartless reactionary and the man severed his time and deserves another chance. Not to me as Michael Vick is nothing but a fucking coward and also he wasnâ€™t a very good QB either but he will get a chance some place and his past history of cruelty and murder of dogs will be replaced with cheering fans and enablers
What Iâ€™m getting to in my long winded way is Alex Rodriguez, Roger Clemens, Manny Ramirez, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds are just some of the biggest stars in baseball who have been found to use performance drugs to enhance their play on the field and to recover from injury to stay on the field. Of course their actions were wrong as taking PEDâ€™s they way they did were unlawful but for the most part not against the laws of baseball well not until the jig was up and the Used Car Salesman acted with shock and horror that players were using PEDâ€™s, a performance worthy of an Oscar.
In no way do I condone the actions of the players involved in what is now the Steroid Scandal Era (especially since Iâ€™m reading American Icon which will become the essential reading when people look back on this time in baseball) but what I donâ€™t get is how these players are treated worse than a guy who slept with little boys and a guy who killed dogs?
I just wish there was the outcry for the actions of Michael Jackson and Roger Vick like there is for Manny Ramirez who of the three committed the lesser crime.
I am on my way to $iti FieldÂ to root on our Mets to take three of four fromÂ CardsÂ and tonight on PRO BASEBALL CENTRAL I’ll have wrap up of the game plus our guest will be Ben Kabak of River Ave Blues and we will discuss the state of the Highlanders and look at this weekends match up with the Mets at $iti Field Join us live on Blog Talk Radio or listen later to the podcast right here at Kranepool Society or at our Pro Baseball Central site.
I’m starting to senseÂ among Â Mets fans thatÂ thereÂ is a loving embrace for lack of something better with this team of B-listers.Â It has becomeÂ the type of team that suits it fan base better one in which the media and other outside forces mock and belittle and the team picking up on this is developing and us against the world mentality. I mean seriously how could you call yourself a true orange and blue MetsÂ fan and boo this bunch?
Mets fansÂ have alwaysÂ declared “bring up the kids” well the best of the kids are here, F-Mart, Murphy, Evans, Parnell I’ll even throw Santos in the mix Â even if he’s not technically “a kid” so now we have to back them up to booing no yellingÂ remember they’re our kids
Instead of ranting here on the Bad Ollie Experience of yesterday just listen to my rant on Pro Baseball Central from last night. I think I set a record for the most times using the phrase â€œconsistency in the mechanicsâ€ Also Ben Kabak of River Ave Blues was on to talk Highlanders.
Of all people The Old Grumpy Man has a positive piece on Gary Sheffield joining the Mets.
Darren Oâ€™Day had a very tough day dealing with the death of Nick Adenhart. The LA Times also chronicles the long list of tragedies that have struck the Angels franchise.
Thanks a lot David Lennon for now setting of a wide spread panic through out Mets Fandom.
Join us tonight for Pro Baseball Central at 9PM Eastern on Blog Talk Radio We will talk Mets Yankees and all the news and views around MLB Our guest tonight will be Ben Kabak of the Yankee blog River Ave Blues
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