COME HAVE LUNCH WITH RON SWOBODA THIS TUESDAY AT GALLAGHER’S STEAK HOUSE

New York Mets 1969 World Series hero, Ron Swoboda will be hosting a charity luncheon at Gallagher’s Steak House in Manhattan this Tuesday at 12 Noon. The details are:

Swoboda At Gallagher’s Tuesday:  Legendary 1969 World Champion Mets outfielder Ron Swoboda will host the “Power Hitter Power Lunch” on Tuesday, June 28, at noon at Gallagher’s Steak House in Manhattan.  The event features a special luncheon menu as Swoboda takes a look at the New York Mets past and present.  The event is priced at $62 and includes: three-course “Power Lunch,” Q & A session with the World Series hero, and one autograph per customer.

Gallagher’s is located at 228 West 52nd Street in New York City. Reservations are recommended by calling 212.245.5336. Swoboda made the greatest catch in World Series annals when he robbed the Orioles’ Brooks Robinson in Game 4 of the ’69 Fall Classic.

Gallagher’s will donate a portion of the proceeds to the AHRC New York City Foundation to benefit people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  AHRC New York City Foundation presents the annual Thurman Munson Awards Dinner; the 32nd edition is scheduled for Jan. 31, 2012.

Swoboda will also host a meet and greet on the evening of June 28 at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Entertainment Lounge (free admission), where fans will have the chance to win a signed collectible of his famous world series catch, autographed by both Swoboda and Robinson

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WELL PLAYED MR. ALDERSON

Well hopefully the fan base as calmed a bit now that the new field boss is in place and the GM is telling you for the umpteenth time that the Mets will not be big players in the free agent game but I still think that Alderson & Co. will pull off a major trade this offseason.

I would not be shocked to see Jose Reyes playing elsewhere in 2011, with teams like the Giants, Red Sox, D-Backs (if they trade Stephen Drew) and the Rays looking for shortstop help, I’m sure the GM’s of those teams have Sandy Alderson on speed dial.  While Reyes did not have a great season in 2010, I’m sure the Giants or Red Sox would bet that he’ll bounce back and at one year and $11 mil it might be worth it for them to make an offer. If you could get a starting pitcher and some prospects for Reyes, you have to think about pulling the trigger on a deal.

Adam Rubin has the info on Ollie Perez start last night for Culiacan of the Mexican Winter League. Seems Ollie had a good night with four scoreless innings. His trade value has never been higher!

Can we forget about all this Jeter to the Mets or Jeter to the Red Sox (that would be a dream come true) or Jeter to anyplace else but the Bronx.   Jeter has two choices, sign with the Highlanders or retire. I doubt he’s ready to hang up his limited range as he nears 3,000 hits and it’s clear the message being sent is like a store saying we will beat any competitors  prices, Pee Wee Cashman has laid down the challenge if you can get better than 3yrs/$45 mil take it.  It is shocking though that a player like Jeter, who the Highlander hierarchy have built up over the years like a figure out of Greek mythology, now treat him like an aging beauty queen.

I had a great time last night talking to Doug Gladstone, author of Bitter Cup of Coffee and former Mets outfielder George Theodore , check out the show here at the show page or here at Kranepool Society on the lower right side bar.

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GEORGE THEODORE AND DOUG GLADSTONE JOIN ME ON THIS CALL TO THE BULLPEN ON BLOG TALK RADIO

Join me on Tuesday November 23rd at 10PM ET for THIS CALL TO THE BULLPEN on BLOG TALK RADIO. My guest will be Doug Gladstone, author of the book “A Bitter Cup of Coffee, How MLB and The Players Association Threw 874 Retirees a Curve and former Mets outfielder George “The Stork” Theodore.

We will discuss MLB and the MLB Players Association not vesting players who played in the big leagues prior to 1980 to pension and medical benefits given to players now who play just one game in the big leagues. George Theodore is just one of those players affected by this injustice.

I’ll be discussing this issue with Doug and George and also talk to Theodore about his days with the NY Mets.

If you can’t join us live, you can always here the show on our show page on Blog Talk Radio or right here on Kranepool Society (lower right side bar) or download the show on iTunes.

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HAS OMAR MINAYA SEEN THE LIGHT?

 

 

 

Looks like I didn’t miss much this weekend as it pertains to the Mets. I didn’t find out until Saturday morning that Big Pelf and Murph had big games to help the Mets beat the Phillies and with the help of another Scoutmasters Black Berry (one of the things about camping on a military installation is you get cell service in the woods) we followed the Mets, Ollie P collapse while cooking dinner that almost spoiled my appetite (but not quite as I hiked about 4 miles around Lake Fredrick so I was starving) but one thing we learned this weekend is if you want to know the state of the Mets, just ask a Mets fan.

 

What Mets fans have been crying in despair about since the called third strike that Carlos Beltan took in the 9th inning of  Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS has finally been realized by the teams architect Omar Minaya that his team is not exactly a group of manly men. Minaya has finally realized that his team is a bunch of Fluffer-Nuters” :

 

    “We have good guys, solid professionals,” Minaya says. “There is a smile on David Wright’s face, a smile on Jose Reyes’s face. But there is not an edge to them.

 

“Some people see edge as leadership. Sometimes, you need a little meanness to your game. Some people perceive leadership as meanness.

 

“I couldn’t tell you that we have that type of guy. We have leaders. But everyone’s perception of leadership is different.”

 

Minaya says that Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado possess a makeup similar to those of Wright and Reyes. He adds that two new Mets, outfielder Gary Sheffield and infielder Alex Cora, provide more of an edge.

 

The problem here is both Sheffield and Cora are bench players so their edge is kept on the pine most days. This the same problem the 90’s Mets had when their guy with the edge was John Franco you have to have an everyday guy that has the ball sack to get in guys faces and tell the oppositions to kiss his ass. David Wright, Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado are very proper gentlemen in fact the one ornery guy in that bunch (Reyes) gets reprimanded when he tries to fire up his team and is told “Tisk, tisk young man that dancing and prancing will not be tolerated here”

 

So there may be only one solution here and that means one or two of this core would have to go. Don’t look at it as Mike Francesa being right but more the Bill Simmons ‘Ewing Theory” coming true once again. If I had to make the call I’d be shopping Beltran and Delgado today. Nothing against them especially Beltran as I feel he is an outstanding player but by dealing him you would get back multiple players that just might ignite this team and get it back on track. Think the Red Sox, Giants or even the Highlanders would be buyers in a Beltran market ? Hell yeah! So go ahead and call me all the assholes you want to to think about trading Beltran and Delgado but someone has to go and both guys make the most sense to deal or hope the Mets sit pat and finish out of the money once again. It’s time for Omar to react and shake this team up and get this fan base talking about what’s on the field on at $iti Field instead what to eat at the food court.    

 

 

So after shiting the bed on Saturday in Philly, Ollie P said he was embarrassed by his performance and would go to the bushes if the Mets felt that was the best way to get his mojo back, Well I guess Scott Bora$ got wind of the comment and told OP you will do no such thing. So OP, with the silicon chip inside his head, says now he won’t go to Buffalo, Bingo or any other low level league to get himself right. So my feelings went from “Way to go, Olllie get your mechanics straight atta boy” to “You over paid douche bag, give back the money you thief” Great job doing what’s best for your client Scott.

 

Part of the Bora$ missive to OP was to make Perez wrap his knee in an ice pack and tell everyone that his knee has been bothering all year. That makes OP nothing but a fucking coward.

 

Mike Silva at NYBD calls out Omar and the Mets management as well in a great post at his site.

 

Dave Singer tells us to avert our eyes for a moment from the Ollie Perez / Sean Green pile up on the side of the road to look at the freak show that is Jose Reyes season so far.

 

 

 

 

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