WALKIN’ IN A WINTER WONDERLAND

I hope you are all enjoying this St Stephen’s (my namesake) Day nice and warm as we here in NYC are looking at a foot-foot and half of snow with blizzards conditions tonight which should make the morning commute just a joy.

Of course there is no Mets news but I did read an interesting post today by my buddy Mike Silva, where he ranks his top ten Mets teams of all time. As I commented on Mike’s site, it’s hard not to just award the top two spots on this kind of list to the 1969 and 1986 Mets, as they are the only teams to bring home a championship trophy to Queens.

Silva mentions the 1997 team in his honorable emotions and when you look at that team, there are some much underrated players in Mets history on the roster. Todd Hundley doesn’t get the mentions he should as his spilt with the club was not amicable, as he lost his job for the fact that Mike Piazza was a catcher and when he was asked to move to the outfield he was offended and really didn’t help himself with his playing left like a kid given a plate of Brussels sprouts.   It wasn’t all Hundley’s fault as the front office didn’t handle the situation as they should, such as dealing Hundley.

That team could get on base led by John Olerud with a .400 OBA followed by Hundley at .394 (and a team leading OPS of .943 on the strength of 30 homers) Edgardo Alfonzo at  .391 and Lance Johnson at .385

The pitching was good too led by Bobby Jones and his 15 wins and Rick Reed who won 13 games was the ace of the staff. The bullpen led by John Franco closing out games and Greg McMichale taking care of the 8th inning moved this club to a +17 over the  ’96 team in the win column in Bobby Valentine’ first full season as Mets manager.

Besides the World Series winners, who do you think were the best teams in Mets history?

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FEW AND CHOSEN: DEFINING METS GREATNESS ACROSS THE ERAS

 

 

 

 

 

I’m sure you have seen all the Few and Chosen books in this series at your local book store and now there is a Mets volume added to this great series in Few and Chosen: Defining Mets Greatness Across the Eras written by Rusty Staub with Phil Pepe , foreword by Keith Hernandez (published by Triumph Books)

Amazing as it seems but we are heading toward the 50th Anniversary of the first game in Mets history (April 2012, those awful black uni tops better be a bad memory by then) so it is a great time for this book to come out.

Staub and Pepe go position by position to name who they feel are the five best players ever at each ion in Mets history. There are a few surprises like Bud Harrelson rated over Jose Reyes as the best Mets shortstop ever and Bobby Bonila as the second best right fielder in Mets history (Staub left himself off the list which is foolish as he contributed in more in a week than Bonila did in all the years he stole money from the Mets) and Lee Mazzilli the third best center fielder over Tommy Agee and Lenny Dykstra ? NO WAY IN HELL!  In fact Lance Johnson was better than Boardwalk Lee sections like this are what make this book a great conversation starter.

It’s not just the inside of this book that is mesmerizing the cover is a thing of beauty as well with the traditional blue cap on it.  

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METS-NATS BOT 6 12-0 METS

That’s it for John Maine. 5 IP 1 h 0 R 0 ER 4 BB 6K 90 pitches 53K Great night for Maine and I agree with Mex leave Maine in the rotation if I were to move a starter to the pen it would be Big Pelf as he throws hard and is nearing a point where you have to watch his innings pitched but hopefully with the new found sacks the Pen Men will overcome.

Stokes is in and promptly gives up a base hit to Zimmerman Thank you Austin Kern’s for that DP WHEW! Mets are out of the inning.

Gary and Mex will be taking calls (212) BUZZ-SNY is the number I’m tempted to call and ask Mex to reminisce about the nights he spent at Rusty’s Restaurant I don’t think the stuffed suits at SNY would appreciate it

Did they give the AFLAC answer yet? I still didn’t look it up so I’ll stick with Lance Johnson

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LIVE BLOG METS-NATS BOT 3

Hi all It took me awhile to get started but not the Amazin’s as they are giving Jason Bergman and the Nats a good old fashion ass kicking. So far it’s 10-nil Mets but we all know this game is no where near close to being over.

TV camera focused on Jason Bergman after that inning and looked like he was paralyzed. Manny Acta left Bergman out there to the point where it was embarrassing. Bergman walked 5 Mets that inning and gave up 8 runs. As much fun as it is to watch the Mets pound the ball, it does make you feel a little uneasy watching a guy get humiliated.

Someone needs to smack Charlie Samuel in the head with these black uni tops really enough all ready. The grey road uni is one of the best not only in baseball but in sports. Same with the home white pinstripe suit and  is the  solid Royal blue hat. Really enough with the fucking black why do the Mets have to look like that half pint weasel Giusepe Franco?

AFLAC trivia question What Mets player led the league in hits?

Without Googling it I’ll say Lance Johnson

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