I Hope I Wasn’t The Reason Daniel Murphy Hurt His Shoulder

Last night on the Sport Media Watchdog Podcast, we discussed Joe Posnanski’s book PATERNO, Roger Clemens comeback with the Sugar Land Skeeters and the blockbuster deal between the Boston Red Sox and the LA Dodgers

Saturday I was in New Jersey for most of the day in Colt’s Neck to be precise and at the Collingwood Flea Market. As I walked around the market I came across a booth that was selling baseball jersey’s. I found a beautiful Mets Daniel Murphy roadie that I just could not pass up. After I bought it, I said to my son, “I hope this isn’t the kiss of death for Murph as a Met by me buying this jersey” So what happens, yesterday Murph hurts his shoulder and will spend his off day in an MRI tube. Sorry 28!

Sandy Alderson wants to sign David Wright and R.A. Dickey to long term deals. David Wright and R.A. Dickey would love to sign long term deals with the Mets. David Wright and R.A. Dickey however, will not sign long term deals with the Mets until they hear what the Alderson Plan is going forward. I don’t blame them at all.  Both players know that the money is out there for their services and this stage of both players careers it seems from what they are saying winning or just a commitment to building a winner is paramount if they will both stay Mets or not.

In Wright’s case he sees that the lineup he’s in now offers no protection what so ever, put him on team like the Reds or Cardinals and his offensive game would flourish. Wright is also starting to look at his legacy in baseball and his chances of making it to Cooperstown. So far in his career Wright has 1393 hits, leaving him 1607 base knocks away from the holy grail of 3,000. That would average out to about 178.5 hits a season for the next eight seasons to hit that mark. Even if Wright was short of the 3K hits, joining a team that was a contender and committed to winning (don’t lie, it’s crossed your mind as you woke up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat  picturing Wright as a Highlander. If George Steinbrenner were still alive I’d just about guarantee he’d have made Wright an offer so good he couldn’t say no) as a World Series ring or two along with the offensive output Wright should be able to produce for the next eight years would make him just about a lock for the Hall of Fame. Can he achieve that as a Met? I’m not optimistic that he can.

Looks like Terry Collins will be back as manager of the Mets in 2013. I have no problem with that although I’d think there will be a major shakeup of the coaching staff. What interests me is the job status of Wally Backman. Would the Mets bring Backman on board as a coach with Collins starting the season in lame duck status? That would make for an uncomfortable coexistence for sure. What would Sandy Alderson do if Backman is offered a big league managers job or a coaching position. Couldn’t you see Davey Johnson convincing Nationals ownership to bring Backman on as his right hand man to groom as the next Nats field boss?

Chris Jaffe at The Hardball Times writes about this date back in 1992 when the Mets traded David Cone to the Toronto Blue Jays for Jeff Kent.

 

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SELL SKILL SETS, SELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How would you like to be Frank McCourt today? The owner of the LA Dodgers has a shit load of money problems due to his nasty divorce and he is trying hard to hold on to his share of the team.  FOX has offered to loan him $200 mil to help keep that Dodgers going until his divorce is final and a judge rules who owns the team Frank or his soon to be ex -wife Jamie but Bud Selig put the kibosh on the deal.

Now today we learn that the Skill Sets were fronted between $20-$25 million bucks to pay the bills at Citi Field from Bud Selig. Hummmmmm if I were say David Glass of the KC Royals, Bob Nutting of the Pirates or Mets fan/Tampa Bay Rays owner Stu Sternberg, I’d be pretty pissed off knowing I’m part of the funding of a team in the largest market of the country. But then again, Freddy and Uncle Saul are Bud’s BFF’s, so Selig has put aside his job as Commissioner and has turned a blind eye to the “best interest of baseball” commandment that gets played in time of crisis, and right now Mets fans the Skill Sets are on the brink of crisis.

Freddy and Jeffey were chirping on the opening of camp about being victims and being duped and proclaiming vindication when the dust settles on the Madoff trustee lawsuit, but they forgot one other important item, they will have to sell the team when it’s all said and done.

You have to believe that the Skill Sets will not be the owners of the New York Mets by this time next year, or even sooner. With all the stories that come out ever few days on the financial status of the team especially today’s revelation of money floated to pay the Mets bills, I cast my vote of No Confidence in the Skill Sets to running this team. If this were any other owner, Selig would have had him in a headlock screaming “SELL GOD DAMN IT SELL” but because it’s Freddy and Uncle Saul he will do by any means necessary to help them keep ownership of this team. Best interest of baseball, my ass.

This story would have been bad enough, but when you add the bluster by Freddy and Jeffy in their St Lonesome presser’s, it’s an absolute insult to you and me. I’d love to grab Freddy, Jeffy and Uncle Saul by the collective scruff of their necks and scream at them to be truthful with us.

They want our money, they want our support and we are willing to give it to them and all we ask is to be truthful and stop taking us for assholes. We didn’t sink our fortune with a thieving scumbag, like you did.

Freddy always sings the siren song of loving the Mets and wants the team to stay in his family for generations, well here is a smack in the face of reality for you Freddy, that ship has sailed, when you got fucked over by your “pal” Bernie Madoff and he’s the one you will cost you of your dream.

SELL THE TEAM SKILL SETS, SELL THE TEAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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