HOW ABOUT OLLIE PEREZ TO THE CARDINALS?

Adam Wainwright looks to be headed for Tommy John surgery so now would be the time for Sandy Alderson to put the hard sell on Cardinals GM John Mozeliak taking Oliver Perez off the Mets hands. Think about it, Alderson just has gush about having the Genius and the greatest pitching coach in the history of baseball take on the biggest bust in baseball. Who but the great Dave Duncan could rehabilitate the wayward Ollie and turn him in a serviceable ML arm.

Say the Mets eat half of Perez’ $12 million ransom you would think with Wainwright (before you folks kill me more in no way am I saying Perez is a replacement of Wainwright as the only thing they have in common is they are both dues paying members of the MLBPA) out and Alderson having a past relationship with The Genius and the world’s greatest pitching coach, he could pursued  them to talk Mozeliak into taking OP on as a their greatest reclamation project ever, their very own Billy Ray Valentine.

If Alderson pulls this off I will forever refer to him as Jesus Alderson

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DAVID WRIGHT HAS MOURNING SICKNESS

Sorry for the late post but I was conferring with my attorneys, to see is we Mets fans can file a grievance against the MLBPA for filing a grievance against the Mets in the Mets v. K-Rod case.

I did not watch any of the Mets-Astros game last night and I’m glad I didn’t as it seems the play of the field made people wretch.

Rod Barajas will be activated some time today and word is Josh Thole’s spot is safe. So the Mets will go with 3 players out of 25 who play catcher. Then they have a pitcher who may as well sit in the bullpen in a Snuggie with a bowl of pop corn as he never gets to see the light of the pitchers mound. Now you know why the Mets organization is baseball’s equivalent of the person coming out of the bathroom with toilet paper sticking out the back of their pants.

I  have my doubts about people like Tony Dungy, who is one of  these holier

 than thou types, than I do about a guy like Rex Ryan. In fact, I would trust Rex Ryan more than I would Dungy. 

Matthew Cerrone thinks Bobby Parnell should be the Mets closer now and next year in the event that Francisco Rodriguez is gone from the team. Hard to argue that point in fact I’ve been saying for awhile the most overrated position in sports is the closer, with the exception of Mariano Rivera.

If you haven’t heard my THIS CALL TO THE BULLPEN show with Howard Megdal, it’s well worth your while, also don’t forget to vote of Howard for Mets GM right here.

Alex Belth has touched on a great subject at his Bronx Banter site, film crews in NYC. Where my office is located downtown we have crews for the now off the air Ugly Betty, Law and Order, and Rescue Me. There is nothing funnier than a crew trying to shoot a scene and telling pedestrians to please wait before crossing a street and having New Yorkers telling to go fuck themselves and keep walking.    

Now that the Mets are done for the year, are you following any other team that’s on the march to the post season? I always have a soft spot for the Giants so I like to watch their run (even though they’ve dropped 4 of 5 to the Padres and Phillies, two teams that if they needed to beat) for the NL West or Wild Card and the watching the White Sox-Twins series has been a thrill. So tell me is their a team your following or are you just waiting for football season?

Don’t forget to check out my NO PSL REQUIRED Fantasy Football League as there are some spots remaining.

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AIN’T THAT THUMPING, K-ROD OUT FOR SEASON

Think about this for a minute, the Mets have lost their closer for the remainder of the season and maybe part of next season and instead of panic and angst, Mets fan are celebrating like the team just won the NL Pennant. Francisco Rodriguez has torn ligaments in his right thumb, HOOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Any other season the scramble would be on to find someone to pitch the 9th inning, instead Mets fans are full of optimism that the team will void Rodriguez contract. Fans don’t even care if they can legally do this it’s more like the want to see Rodriguez suffer and maybe that the great legal mind of David Howard can take on the MLBPA and win, what could be the most important contest the Mets have been involved in two years. 

Speaking for myself, I don’t care if the Mets have to pay K-Rod the rest of this year and next, although I’d think if the Mets could win a case against Rodriguez a ticker tape parade down Roosevelt Ave would be appropriate, I just want to see the front office show some fight and send a message that they actually give a shit about the team and are tired of being portrayed as bungling douche bags.

Maybe the tide is turning in Flushing, as the Mets not only signed their number one pick RHP Matt Harvey but they went over slot price as well.

As another Mets season goes down the shitter, what better time to worry about next years contract right? That’s what’s on the mind of Pedro Feliciano. Daily Pedro will be a free agent after this season and is looking to re-up with the Mets and raise up his salary from this years $2.9 mil. I’m sure Feliciano will be looking for a healthy bump in pay and years but at what point do the Mets say farewell as the price in both cash and time becomes prohibited? A LOOGY on a mediocre team is a luxury you don’t really need so it’s more the Mets missed the boat at the trading deadline by not dealing Feliciano. I’m pretty sure you can find a Quadruple A or league average player to play the LOOGY role for a fraction of the price of Daily Pedro.

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THE YANKEE YEARS

 

 

I know we all bleed Orange and Blue around here and you’re probably saying to yourself “why should I read “The Yankee Years” (Doubleday) by Joe Torre and TomVerduuci? Well if you’re a baseball fan and if you really want to feel better about being a Mets fan you’ll read this book.

Verducci does the writing here and that’s what makes this a first rate book. St Joseph of Torre adds in lots of inside the Highlander clubhouse stuff and the book does come off a bit like a tell all jilted lover story but the real big contributors to this book are bullpen catcher Mike Borzello, who is not afraid to let his feelings known like when he tells how the Derek Jeter-Alex Rodriguez War of the Roses spilt the team, David Cone and Mike Mussina who come off as straight shooters.

The book reveals how the Steinbren-ian way of just buying talent bothered Brian Cashman as the more he dealt with Billy Beane, Theo Epstein and Mark Shapiro, he wanted to run the Highlanders in the same new school manor.

Verducci also delves in the PED Revolution with Rick Helling comeing off as the voice in the forest pertaining to steroids and how they were rampant through baseball and needed to be controlled and both ownership and the MLBPA told him to “Sit down and shut up”

The book is a great read and just shows that The Yankee Way is really a myth as Verducci and Torre let us know that once his core guys (Bernie Williams, Chuck Knoblauch, Tino Martinez, Paul O’Neil and David Cone) left the team, they were replaced by guys who had no idea what it took to win and it’s a problem that the Highlanders still have today.

After reading this book I realized the New York Highlanders are not as regal or as highfalutin as my Highlander fan relatives, co-worker or next door neighbor will lead me to believe.

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LET’S MOVE ON TO I DON’T KNOW BASEBALL MAYBE?

 

 

 

 

 

The whole steroid stigma won’t be lifted until there is some kind of amnesty for the “Roid Ragers. Kind of like the cities do for illegal guns have the players hand in all their syringes and unused PED’s with no questions asked.  Then the rank and file of the Players Association must take back there union. I know most of the members of the MLBPA have never worked a day in their lives so as someone who is a union member let explain to you fellows that even the cleanest of the clean are all painted with broad brush of taint. A large segment of the baseball fans feel you are all a bunch of dirty cheaters and I know if I were cleaner than the Board of Health I would be on my union reps ass to uphold my reputation. Remember the union works for you not the other way around.

 

Enough with Chemical Alex lets talk Mets.

 

Baseball Prospectus one of the best sites for baseball info has using their PECOTA system tabbed the Mets to win the NL East at a record of 93-69. PECOTA also has the Mets giving up 713 runs, the lowest in the NL and their offense scoring 833 runs (only the Cubs @ 865 and the Phillies @ 837 scoring more).  PECOTA projects big years for the BIG 3 but also a solid season for Carlos Delgado (.277/.355/.486 26 HR 96 RBI)

 

I’m happy to see Johan Santana turn down an invite to the WBC, a tournament baseball needs like more drug test leaks  

 

The usual suspects are in Mets camp already. I swear D-Wright has a key to the place and it looks like Dan Murphy is following in his foot steps. I’m falling in line with a vast majority of Mets fans as I feel if the Mets are not getting Manny then let Murphy have the everyday LF job. Say no to Bobby Abreu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

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STEROID MADNESS

 

 

Its 48 hours since the Alex Rodriguez was juiced story and I’m officially bored with the whole thing but when it comes to my anger, Rodriguez ridin’ dirty, pisses me off the least in fact here are my anger issues with this whole sordid affair:

 

The Leak

 

 To me this should upset you more than the crime of using PED’s. Look at it like this, say you when you were a teenager you broke the law but at your sentencing the judge says that the charges and verdict will be sealed with the contents never seeing the light of day. Now you’re an adult and you have walk the straight and narrow and have become a pillar of the community but one day someone who maybe you picked last for punch ball or stole his prom date finds a way to get that sealed envelope and made it’s contents public, Well that’s what happened to Rodriguez and Bonds and the reason the public doesn’t give a shit is because they are two of the most polarizing players in baseball. Let’s hope Sully didn’t steal some Bazooka down at the General Store as a kid but Sully is beloved by the nation and would be given immunity.

 

MLBPA

 

 For years the union has been stealing the owner’s lunch money and kicking them in the nuts so it gave them a false bravado that they were tough guys. So Gene Orza’ mind was so clouded he thought he’d act like Moe Green with the Feds came a calling. “You want names”? “I’ll give you names, Gene Orza, I was making my bones when you guys were junior G-Men” You want the names of the BALCO 10? Well kiss my ass”. Well they didn’t kiss Orza’ ass the kicked all over the data center and then took ALL THE NAMES, of the players on the confidential list. Orza and Fehr should do the honorable thing and resign from their positions as they have failed the rank and file terribly. It’s not to often I agree when the Sock Puppet, Curt Schilling but he’s right it’s time for everyone to come clean and fess up to taking PED’s  because every major league player has been pricked with dirty syringe whether they are innocent or not. The one issue never addressed by the union is the health of its members as pertains to the side effects of taking PED’s and what treatment will be needed for the players down the line when they feel the side effects of taking these drugs. No Orza and Fehr are to busy being play-play gangsta’s and doing a poor job of that as well. 

 

 

The Main Stream Media

 

At first I thought Jason Stark and Crazy Uncle Bill Madden were getting a head start on their April 1 columns but these two are actually serious about what they wrote. Stark, is crying about the tainted records that Rodriguez will establish and how he is not a Hall of Famer and how there will be more great players left out of the Hall because of this scandal. And Mad Man Madden wants the Highlanders to eat Rodriguez’ contract which is as nutty as those “70 Show “costumes Madden wears on TV common guys get a grip will you! I guess Madden and Stark miss the good old days when ballplayers abused alcohol and used the code word “belly ache” for gonorrhea.

 

Captain Craptastic

 

Here is your time to shine Jeets. You have to show up at Rodriguez presser with your arm around his shoulder grit your teeth and say “Alex’s teammates are behind him 100 %” if not the Highlander season is doomed. They way Cap Crap stood up for the Giambino and Reverend Pettite he has to step up with his Sergeant of (injured) Arms Jorgie Posada and embrace this dumb bastard in order to show that he is a leader. On second thought Jeets just be yourself so I can watch the Highlander season go down the drain.

 

This story is one big distraction to me as I try to find the Mets a lefty reliever and a right handed bat that will PAY the team to play for them.

 

Dave Singer at NY Sports Dog got his hands on some great video of a couple of Mets fans who infiltrated Shea security to get some great inside the wreckage video of the demise of Shea.

 

Also check out Michael Leggett’s Random Fandom Red Sox NYC site for his pics and video of Shea. 

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