I Can’t Wait For The Day When The Mets Are Better Than Competitive

The” Ol’ Perfeser” knew how to hold a presser 

 

I’m really starting to feel sorry for Terry Collins. No matter how he tries to construct a lineup, he can’t find a 1-8 that can provide any offensive punch.  He tries to match right vs. left and vice versa, he tries to move the parts around in different slots of the lineup and still nothing works.

If I have an issue with Collins it’s in his post-game press conference after losses which are coming at a rapid pace this second half, when he talks about competing, repeating the mantra “we have to compete”. Why settle for being competitive, why not say we need to find ways to win and find players who are winning ballplayers because right now the Mets are devoid of such animal.

Collins last night spoke of finding out who is willing to give his all to winning baseball games and who is here to just get a couple of hits, throw 6 innings and be happy with personal achievement.  This is the fourth straight season I’ve heard this late season lament. The problem is the Mets are a passive bunch. The one time a player shows any kind of fight, he’s ridiculed.

Last night Jordany Valdespin batted for Scott Hairston in the 8th inning with 2 on and 2 out and the Mets down 2-1. Valdespin hitting a little roller, runs down first base and seeing it’s going to be a foot race between him and Rockies first baseman Tyler Covin, decided to dive head first into the bag, something that is not encouraged, and was out by an eyelash. Valdespin jumped up and got in umpire Adrian Johnson’s grill even though  the replay proved Johnson’ call correct, it was good to see a Mets player upset enough to go nose to nose with a man in blue.

Sure, Valdespin head first slide into first base wasn’t the smartest move but if you listened to Gary Cohen, you’d have thought it was a pre-meditated plan by Vladespin. I’m a big Cohen fan, he’s one of the best play by play men around, but his treatment of Valdespin is over the top. I understand that Valdespin is not the most like player in the Mets organization, I’ve yet to meet anyone connected with the team that has a nice thing to say about JV1 but I’ve never heard Cohen go after players who have been under performers like Jason Bay. In fact, bring Bay’s name up to anyone in the organization and they start every conversation with “what a great guy…..”  in fact I would have like to have heard Cohen take Ike Davis to task for his lousy at bat in the 8th inning where he struck out and looked badly doing so.

There is nothing better than listening to Bobby Ojeda go off on the SNY post-game show. Ojeda pulls no punches and tells the truth is not afraid to hurt some feelings of either players or coaches. SNY is missing the boat by not giving Ojeda and Ray Lucas a show on the network.

Isn’t it time to just shut Johan Santana down for the season? Let him take this MRI and then put him on the 60 day DL so you free up a spot on the 40 man for Collin McHugh.

Let’s play guess the lineup, here is the lineup I’d use for tonight’s game:

Tejada

Murphy

Wright

Davis

Hairston

Baxter

Valdespin

Shoppach

Young

 

 

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Mets Drop A Duda But Gain A Coco

This is the lovely Coco Rocha modeling the latest in Mets apparel at Citi Field yesterday for more on Coco and the CFDA check out their website.

 

My day at Citi Field started out with listening to Terry Collins spin the latest in what is now becoming the Mets annual swirly into the irrelevant baseball teams in MLB. I like Collins but this “we’re a good team playing badly” mantra has got to stop as he is close to getting to the Rich Kottie/Art Howe territory of his Mets managerial reign where “we’re a good team playing badly” or “we battled out there” becomes manager speak for “we really suck but I can’t say we really suck”

Collins then spoke about demoting Lucas Duda. When asked how Duda took the news he was headed upstate New York, Collins answered the question with a question, another thing you shouldn’t do, but he expanded his explanation that Duda was upset, my question is “how can you tell”?

Collins then went on a bit of a rant on how when he was a minor league manager the way he handled guys getting sent down after they have had led a major league lifestyle was “you have 24 hours to pout” and but after that you got go out and play. The biggest surprise was when Collins said Duda will play left field and some first base in Buffalo as Collins, took responsibility for putting Duda in right field and made it seem like Duda is done as a right fielder

To listen to the whole pre game presser click here.

A definite required read to day is from The Bitter Bill who is 100 % spot on in his post.

While myself and my fellow Mets bloggers were watching batting practice and taking in the whole pre-game scene at Citi Field, there was a lot of commotion as folks from the Council of Fashion Designers of America were showing off their line of Mets apparel which was modeled by a lovely young model named Coco Rocha. Coco came over to the group of Mets bloggers and we were requested to ask some questions about the fashion line and any quires for madam Coco.  Now the extent of my fashion knowledge comes from shopping at Modells and Old Navy and I know every married man reading this knows anything that you look well in was picked out by your wife. I’m not ashamed to admit that any suit, sport coat or pair of dress shoes I have ever owned was either picked out by my wife or my mother.  So here I am standing next to this fashion metrosexual guy who is eying me up and down checking out my shirt from Khol’s , jeans and Converse All-Stars and we both kinda gave each other a look like “let’s just make the best of this” The Mets clothing line is available at the Mets Team store at Citi Field (check out these pics from Mets Police) and at on the web.

One more thing about Coco Rocha, she is a beautiful young lady but way to skinny for my taste. There were a couple of the Mets main stream press corps checking out Miss Rocha after myself and the bloggers were done talking to her. I had some fun with Coco as I racked my mind to figure out what can I ask her I mean can ask her how she trains for modeling “So Coco what do you tip the Toledo’s at 90-92 lbs how do you maintain that”? Or “how many hours a day to you work on your runway walk? Do you feel you’re stronger as left foot or right foot first model”? So I asked the only thing I could think of “So Coco (as you can see I am infatuated with the name Coco, it is quite a cool name) what about this Mets bullpen what do you think is needed to straighten it out” Everyone laughed and I think Coco gave me a little wink (or maybe some of the infield dirt got in her eye) that’s when the Metrosexual felt it was time to break this up. Best move all day.

Back to the writers, one writer who shall remain nameless was asking about Coco, wanting to know who she was, what’s her name etc. etc. I said to him, “why don’t you go over and talk to her”? He gave me a look like we were back at a high school dance. Look Miss Coco is not my type I mean if I took her out for dinner it would be so awkward me having a T-Bone steak with a baked potato and Coco with three peas and some bean sprouts. Talk about awkward. Again I chided the writer to go over and introduce yourself, hell, just make believe your writing something, don’t be intimidated Geez.  He never went to talk to Coco. So sad. Why are some guys intimidated by beautiful women?  What is the worst thing in the world that could happen, she tells you to get lost? Big deal. So the writer just stood there never getting a shot at sweeping Coco off her feet, all I could do was shake my head.

 

 

 

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BACK BURNER FOR METS BASEBALL

gotta love Hank and the Broadway Hat

Most under-rated athlete in NYC

I’m soooo happy Danny Ainge didn’t my favorite Celtic RAAAAAAJJJJOOOONNN RONDOOOOOOO    

It’s tough to spend time on Mets minutia today with trying to finish up loose ends at work and get ready for what should be one of the best nights Madison Square Garden has seen in quite a while as the Rangers and Flyers meet tonight and the Giants-Jets get together tomorrow and the Knicks-Celtics start the NBA season on Christmas, it’s hard to get worked up over Rob Johnson signing a minor league deal to fight for a backup catcher spot with the Mets .

I am pumped up for tonight’s Rangers-Flyers match up at MSG. Between the way the Rangers have been playing along with all the hype of HBO’s 24/7 (I need to tape Coach Tortorella’s between periods ass ripping of his team against the St Louis Blues last week  “Fucking screw it on straight, screw it on and let’s get ready to go each shift” has become my new mantra I’ve been using it at work all day the non-hockey fans think I’ve lost my mind but then again most of them don’t know what to make of me anyway)  and Winter Classic and first place (though very early in the season ) on the line, I can’t wait to get to the Garden tonight.

For as long as I can remember as a NY Football Giants fan, I have never given the NY Jets much thought. Sure I have friends who are Jets fans but there has never the animosity like I have with buddies and relatives who root for the Bronx Bastards. The Jets were…. Well just the Jets. They played in the other conference and since they played each other, except for every 4 years, only in the preseason there really hasn’t been any reason to have an opinion positive or negative on the Jets. Until now.

It really hurts me to write this but there are four teams in NYC that are sports royalty, The Highlanders, Giants, Knicks and Rangers. The Mets are the closest of the underling teams that could break into the big four, but not these days. For all the bluster that comes from Rex Ryan, the Jets are not close to being in the same stratosphere as the NY Football Giants. I don’t dislike Rex Ryan although he really, really needs to shut the fuck up, I do respect his coaching acumen but it’s too bad he has to take the personality of his dad Buddy because all this hot air he spews sooner or later has to be backed up with something. Sure he has had success as HC of the Jets but he needs to mind his coaching manners.

Head coaches, no matter what always show respect to one and other in public (look at the fall out from the Jim Schwatrz, Jim Haurbugh brew ha ha earlier this season) it’s great that Rex thinks that he is better that Bill Belichick or Tom Coughlin but when you disrespect these men who have accomplished more than you ever had in this game, you come off like a fucking buffoon.

Neither team in this contest has much to crow about this season. Both teams are huge disappointments with flaws a plenty and as much as Tom Coughlin has told his players to let the Jets do the talking and keep their mouths shut, when you have motor mouths like Antrell Rolle and Brandon Jacobs it’s a hard to rein them in.   

Like I say I never gave the Jets much thought but thanks to Rex’s big mouth not only do I want to see the Giants beat the living shit out them, if the Jets make the playoffs, I’ll be rooting hard against them. By the way, all Giants fan should be thanking Rex and his players for doing what Coach Coughlin has had trouble with so far this second half of the season, motivating the Giants players. Rex should have gone with the let sleeping dogs lay but after seeing how the Jets put a picture of a bleeding Eli Manning on the cover of their defensive play book, I hope JPP knocks Mark Sanchez out of the game on the first offensive play from scrimmage.   Oh and Fireman Ed is an asshole.

Celtics-Knicks is a great way to start off Christmas Day and as a fan of the C’s, it’s good to see the Knickerbockers relevant again. I am my Celtics have one more run left in them and a good start would be by beating up the Knicks on Sunday.   

 

 

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HELLO MUDDA, HELLO FATTA HERE I AM AT CAMP AQUAHONGA

Greetings from the wilderness and from the looks of things I’m not missing much from our boys in Blue and Orange.

Reading the post on other sites (sorry I can’t link the sites as I’m not only pressed for time but the internet connection is so bad I’ve named it WILPON) and there looks like there will be a big fan revolt come September.

The bulls eye is squarley on Omar’s back and it everytime J-Man speaks after a loss he sticks another dagger in Minaya’ back.

Manuel’s mantra now is we will do this with pitching and defense and tells everyone this is all I’ve got and I’m making the best of it.

The more I see the more it looks like there may need to be an organizational cleansing on the horrizon.

go to go I have wood to chop (He’s a lumber Jack and he’s ok……….)

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“LET’S WELCOME THE HOST OF MAD MONEY, OMAR MINAYA”

Some days you have to fish for something to write about and then there are days like today where the stories come fast and furious. Before we get to the Mets news a little bit about the Jets-Pats game last night. You all know I’m a fan of the NY Football Giants but I was very happy the Jets won last night maybe it’s a kinder sprit that Mets fans have with Jets fans as we both live by the “what can go wrong, will go wrong” mantra so when I saw Randy Moss catch that 16 yard TD to tie the game all I could think of the Mets/Jets fan out there questioning what awful deed they had done in their life that sentenced them to this form of torture. One thing the Jets have over the Mets is Brett Farve; the Mets need a Brett Farve.

 

No way in hell am I getting my hopes up that the Mets will (a) Make a serious pitch for C C Sabathia and (b) go higher with a contract for Sabathia than that of Johan Santana. Now that’s not to say I wouldn’t want the Mets to pursue C C I’ve gone on record at the end of the season that I’d want the Mets to go balls out for the Hefty Lefty but it’s just not the Skill Set M.O. to go toe to toe with the Highlanders in a biding war. I still don’t understand the logic that the Highlanders have more dough than the Mets as what do the Highlanders have that the Mets don’t (besides the 26 World Series flags) Both teams have new homes, their own television network, and meddlesome kid owners so to me it’s not a question of topping the Highlander offer it’s more what effect would a bigger than his contract have on Santana. If Santana says to the Mets that he’s cool with his $22+ mil a year and gives his blessing to go get C C and make the Mets the most feared team on the planet then Omar should pull out all stops. If this is just a ploy to turn Pack A Day Hank into a chain smoking fool then back off because as much fun as that sounds to me I’m tired of getting all hot and bothered and then suffering with another case of Mets fan blue balls that this team has given us over the years. Either make a solid proposal to land the big Kahuna or stay the fuck out.

 

The Willets Point Project has been approved by the NYC Den of Thieves so now all the back room maneuvering can begin. I’m just wondering if this Sabathia talk is a coincidence now that Willets Point will go from a rat infested shit hole to a convention/entertainment area that you know will have Sterling Equities fingerprints all over it. That’s why I laugh at idiots like Mike Francesa who downplay the money the Mets have their disposal. King Mikey better watch his ample ass that the Skill Sets don’t purchase WFAN and make Manhasset Mikey the host of Mets Extra.

 

Boardwalk Lee Mazzilli will be looking for work as he was bounced from the analyst chair at SNY Mets Pre/Post Game.  Maybe Lee can get some work at Brennan and Car or at Randazzo’s Clam Bar. It looks like the suits at SNY are waking up and seeing the suckitude of the on air talent they foist on Mets fans. I’m not done with my investigation but I have a strong suspicion that Matt Yallof is either a cousin or nephew of the Skill Sets/Uncle Saul Katz family as how else would he keep his job.

 

None of it matters because starting Jan 1 2009 the Baseball Network will be on the air and I get to see Hazel Mae again in all her beautiful glory. As part of my bucket list I have Hazel Mae, Tila Tequila and me spending a weekend in a champagne glass hot tub at the Mount Airy Lodge in the Poconos.

 

For a thorough analysis of the Nick Swisher to the Highlanders deal (a good pick up by Pee Wee Cashman) check out Mike Silva’s NY Baseball Digest.

 

A post from Curt Schilling on his 38pitches site usually gives me a stomach ache but this one taking on the case for Jason Varitek was very good, so good in fact in the Red Sox don’t want Tek I’d love to see the Mets sign him as an upgrade over Brian Schneider. Hat tip to BBTF for the link 

 

No blogging this weekend as I’m going on a trip with my son and his Boy Scout troop to the USS Massachusetts up in Fall River MA. It’s an overnighter so by the time I get home Sunday evening after being surrounded by 20 kids in a confined area I’m going to need a sedative. All this to make sure my kids put me in the good nursing home.

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