The Ghosts of Coogan’s Bluff Are Smiling

The Marco Scutaro Fairy Tale continues as he is not only headed to the World Series with his NL Pennant winning SF Giants teammates but he’s bringing the NLCS MVP Trophy along with him. WOW!! Simply WOW!!

As I said yesterday I’ll be rooting for the Giants to beat the Tigers who as Greg Prince eloquently posted on Faith and Fear in Flushing will be meeting for the first time ever in a World Series which is astonishing since both teams have been around for well over 100 years.  I could not help but sit and stare at the TV watching 45,000+ sing and dance in a monsoon of a rain storm with a smile on my face as I dreamed about the day when I can feel that exaltation again about the NY Mets.  For those too young to have experienced the mid 80’s Mets and that championship season of 1986, that crowd at ATT Park was us back in the day but ramped up more than 1,000 decibels or more.  We made enough of a racket and disruption to make Shea Stadium literally rock and roll and then add in the anarchist behavior of the 80’s as we ran rough shod on Pete Flynn’s landscaped lawn to grab a souvenir slice of sod hoping that the rent a cops didn’t yank me by my pony tail.

When I watched the scene in San Francisco last night it just reinforced why I love baseball and of course the Mets, I’ve been in the middle of the celebratory scrum and I’d love to be in the middle of another one al least I won’t have to worry about getting pulled by the pony tail.

I have no problem what so ever about the club bring back Mike Pelfrey on an incentive laden contract for 2013. I know many Mets fans have jump off the Big Pelf bandwagon but I think he can be a contributor out of the pen if not the 5th starter on the team next season.

As for Andres Torres, what’s the decision he has got to go. If Torres is retained for 2013 I will be highly pissed off. Even if a deal can’t made for a center fielder, either Kirk Nieuwenhuis or Matt den Dekker would be a solid upgrade over Torres. I can’t believe this even a discussion amongst the Mets decision makers.

 

This is a picture of the NY Giants of 1888 who defeated the St. Louis Browns of the American Association in the exhibiton known as the World Series. The man in the middle is Giants manager Big Jim Murrite. When you’re named Big Jim odds are you don’t tolorate too much bullshit!   

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RE-MARCO-ABLE !

With a big workload staring back at me today I thought I’d just drop a short post and get to work. I took Friday off to head to the mountains of Pennsylvania, Resica Falls Scout camp to be precise, for a weekend camping trip (kids complained of a 7AM wakeup call on Sunday, “Why do we have to get up so early”? “Because the Giants-Redskins kick off at 1PM that’s why”)so of course there is a ton of work to be processed on my desk that I have to tackle this morning but I have a couple of points to put out there:

After seeing how the NY Highlanders are now kicking themselves in their pinstriped ass over the 5 years $117M+ owed to the fading fast Alex Rodriguez, has that changed your view on the Mets signing David Wright to a long term deal? Obliviously Wright is a more important part of the Mets organization than Rodriguez is to the Highlanders as an on field leader and off field wonderful spokesman for the team but he is hitting that magic baseball age of 30 that is the fork in the road of a baseball career. The majority of Mets fans want Wright to retire a Met and the organization feels the same way but anything more than 5 years for Wright could change that whole dynamic.  A deal of 5/$110M with team option on 6th year should be more than enough to keep Wright in orange and blue.

When I first started doing this blogger thingy over ten years ago, Marco Scutaro was a favorite of the small group of Mets fans on the internet who were blogging or commenting on message boards. Many fans started a FREE MARCO movement back in the 2002 season exalting to Art (Lights Up A Room) Howe to give Scutaro more playing time and sit the fading superstar Roberto Alomar. Seems like eons ago that Scutaro was a Met. Now here he is 9 years later as one of the most valuable cogs in the SF Giants great comeback to be one win away from a NL Pennant and a trip to the World Series. RE-MARCO-ABLE!

Speaking of flashbacks, did you see Jeffery “Penitentiary Face” Leonard throw out the first pitch last night?

Who doesn’t love a Game 7? No matter the sport, Game 7 is always a must see and be. It would be even better if it was at Citi Field tonight. I’m rooting for the Giants tonight to win and go on to win the World Series since I am the off spring of a John McGraw NY Giants fanatic. I always think about what would’ve have been if the Giants and Dodgers never left town and the Mets would never have been, you would most likely be reading the Sid Gordon Society right now.

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SEPARATING FACT FROM FICTION

Talk about your information over load, It’s tough to keep up with every rumor and innuendo coming out of Orlando , it’s like when my kids came back from trick or treating on Halloween. They dump their bag of candy on the table and separate all the good stuff (Kit Kats, Peanut M & M, and Butterfingers) from the crap (some dolt gave my kids Trail Mix and Granola Bars who eats that shit?) that’s how I look at the communiqués coming from the meetings.

The Carlos Beltran trade rumors are the most fun.  It’s clear that Sandy Alderson would love to deal Beltran but he’s not going to give him away, not even for 50 cents on the dollar. I love this quote from Nick Cafaro of the Boston Globe (via Mets Blog) on the Red Sox interest in Beltran:

“?The Sox like the right side of Beltran’s switch-hitting bat and feel he could play left field … ?If the Mets can eat a little more than half of his salary and don’t ask for too much in return, it’s a deal that could get done.”


Does Sandy Alderson look wicked stupid to you?  Sure the Mets will send Beltran to the Sawx along with $12 mil for a case of Sam Adams Winter Lager and play date for Wally and Mr. Met. You hear the names Dice-K and Marco Scutaro thrown in the trade banter but that’s $31 mil in salary coming back to the Mets , where the plan is take on LESS money. Plus the fact that Dice-K sucks and is a prima donna and Scutaro, while once the Mets bloggers darling, would be regulated to utility infielder. The only way a deal like this makes sense is if the Sawx take our other two un-adoptable’s OP and Castillo. In that case, you can keep the beer.

Alderson said he’d bring back a couple of players from the meetings and he delivered as promised in the form of reliever D.J. Carrasco and catcher Rony Paulino. Not a big purchase but two serviceable pieces to fill two holes on the team. These signings are similar to going to an auto parts store and buying spark plugs and a fan belt for your car, not a big time purchase but two parts you need to keep the engine running.

By the way, Paulino will have to sit out the first eight games of the season due t o testing positive for banned substance. Paulino is using the defense that he ingested a diet supplement and didn’t know it contained something on MLB banned list. This defense has become the baseball version of “But you honor, she swore to me that she was 18”.

The Skill Sets are in a bit of a jam as they made some money off the Bernie Madoff scheme and now the retirees of Sterling Equities want part of the dough. From the looks of things, Freddy and Uncle Saul want this to go away and will try to settle out of court with the defendants. Smart move as who knows what could come out at a court hearing.

Tip of the Mets cap to Brooklyn Mets Fan for this under the radar news that strength coach Rick Slate has been fired. A long overdue firing at that.

While some are getting their Fruit of the Looms in a bunch over the lack of player movement by the Mets, the important parts of the plan are taking shape in form of hiring Chad MacDonald as amateur scouting director and Dick Scott as minor league field coordinator (Terry Collins old job) who will work with J.P. Riccardi in rebuilding the Mets famr system. This, my fellow Mets fans is the BIG picture.

No one in this town did more to hurt their reputation than Derek Jeter did yesterday at his ridiculous press conference. Jeter came off as whinny little over pampered brat.  There is no one on the Highlanders who misses St. Joseph of Torre more that Jeter as there is no one in the organization that will fawn over him and tell him his shit smells fresh cut grass, like St Joe did. The fact that Pee Wee Cashman told Jeter to take your flabby ass and saggy tities out on the street and see what you get was downright Gangsta’ . Oh yeah by way Jeets, A-Rod’s Better HA! HA!

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I’M TIRED SO HERE’S A QUCKIE

Now that the site is up and running again and that fact that I’m jonesing for a  posting, lets call this a late night lighting round:

Once upon a time, Marco Scutaro was Mets bloggers favorite player, mostly due to his success in Triple A. I wish I had the posts I wrote from back then as I was calling for Scutaro to be brought up from Norfolk to play 2B for the Mets and when was called up, I thought I had some juice. It was my Big Balls moment.

But Scutaro played sparingly for two not very good Mets teams and it was about that time we were fed up with Robbie Alomar and felt Scutaro had the tools to takeover at 2B. But the Mets but him on waivers after the 2003 season and Billy Beane claimed him for the A’s and it set off a bit of a bloggers firestorm around these parts. Ahhhhhhhh good times!

Now Scutaro has signed with the Red Sox, a move made by” cut from the same Billy Beane cloth”, Theo Epstein  to play shortstop for the Old Town Team.  It’s good to see both me and Scutaro are still kicking around.

In another move to kick Omar Minaya in the nuts, the Mets have signed former Reds GM Wayne Kivsky to be an Asst’ GM. If you listened to our PRO BASEBALL CENTRAL show last week, Joe McDonald said he had info that the Mets have a plan in place if (when?) the Mets get off to a bad start, to ax Omar and J-Man and put a new GM and Mgr. in there place. Looks like the GM part of Plan B is in place.

First, Placido Polanco goes back to the Phuck-Phaces and now Chone Figgins signs with the Mariners. And Rogers Castillo sighs in relief.

The news I’ve been waiting to hear, the KC Royals are looking to move RHP Gil Meche and LF David DeJesus and both would look great on the Mets. Then I’d go trade for Aaron Harang and sign either Joel Pinerio or Jason Marquis to give myself a fighting chance to be a contender in 2010.

That’ it for now but I will leave you with something I posted on Facebook:

“Why do I have a feeling that the NY Mets will start the 2010 season like the NJ Nets? If there was a stock called “The Mets will suck in 2010″ I’d empty my bank account to buy it”

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