MAYBE GARY, KEITH AND RON SHOULD JUST TAKE PHONE CALLS THE WHOLE GAME LONG

 

 

The less said about last night’s game the better. However it is a testimony to Gary Gohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling that I kept the game on just to hear what the trio had to say. When they took phone calls and a caller asked “why is it the first baseman is left out when the ball is thrown around the horn” and Gary and Ron tried to find a good answer for that, Hernandez gave a classic Keith Hernandez answer saying he didn’t know but he was glad he didn’t to be bothered being involved in the ritual when he played. It’s Keith world and we are all lucky to be living in it.

 

For all the bitching and moaning I do about the team and its management, there are certain events that make me smile and appreciate being a Mets fan. Two things I read this morning showed me what being a Met and being a Mets fan is all about:

 

On this date in 1963 a rookie pitcher for the Mets by the name of Grover Powell, beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-0 in his first major league start. In Powell’s next start he went up against the Pittsburgh Pirates and was struck in the face by a line drive off the bat of future Mets 1969 hero, Donn Clendenon. Powell never won another game in the big leagues again. But he did find fame and fortune as a childrens television performer.

Dave Singer of NY Sportsdog wrote a post today on why the Mets should honor the 30th anniversary of the 1979 team. This is why Mets fans are the greatest and funniest people on earth.

 

The Mets were 63-99 that year under the ownership of Madame` Lorinda de Roulet and the managerial leadership of one Joseph Torre . If you think this season is bad, I got news for you kids, if didn‘t live through that 1979 season you don’t know what suffering is. No one and  I mean no one went to Mets games in 1979 except for a bunch of 20 something’s who received plenty of free tickets and would go to games just hang out and drink beer and smoke a little herb (back then you sat in the Upper Deck with a bottle of booze and some smoke and just laughed your ass off, awwwwwwww good times kids, good times) It was back in ’79 when I nearly got my ass kicked by Crazy Horse (Tim Foli) as we walked down to seats behind the Mets dugout to break balls. Foli was on deck to pinch hit and I guess he got tired of me telling him how much he sucked, that he came up to the rail screaming at me to shut the fuck up or he’d kick my ass, in which I laughed at him some more and told him “if you feel froggy then leap asshole”, pissing him off even more. As the rent-a-cops came running toward us to see what the commotion was, my buddies and I thought that would be a good time to make a run for the exit and head back to Brooklyn.  

 

Funny thing was right after that incident, Foli was dealt to the Pirates for Frankie Taveras.  

 

Two Non-Mets, baseball items:

 

Only 23 days until the New York Rangers go to camp. Unlike the Mets, the Rangers are stocked with young talented players and The Prospect Park gives you the low down on the Baby Blushirts.   

Newly promoted Brunley beat the Red Devils of Man U for the first time in 40 yrs.

 

Tonight at 9PM EDST on Blog Talk Radio it’s Pro Baseball Central with yours truly and Joe McDonald and our guest for the evening Rich Mancuso. Check us out live or later on the podcast which you can listen to right here at the Kranepool Society site or at our Pro Baseball Central site.

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LOWE AND BEHOLD, METS AND SANTANA FOILED AGAIN

 

 

 

 

Omar Minaya’s Best Week Ever came to an abrupt end last night as his team ended it’s winning streak, his Ace pitcher again received no run support and this time the defense betrayed him as well, the best free agent pitcher on the market last winter who camethisclose to being the second banana to Santana that the Omar will be looking for before July came to $iti and showed the Mets what could have been, his rejuvenated first baseman is headed for a DL stint and his manager made some head scratching moves before and during the game last night.

 

Big thank you to Dave Singer at NY Sportsdog and James K at Amazin Avenue for doing the heavy lifting on dissecting J-Man’s brain farts last night. Let’s hope he learns a lesson from last night.

 

Carlos Delgado’ tragically hurting hip could send him to the DL. He already had cortisone shot this spring in the hip and is a little leery of taking another one so soon because as we all know cortisone is a steroid. That’s why I don’t get all in a huff over players using PED’s  as cortisone injections are given out to athletes like flu shots at a nursing home.

 

It’s no secret that J- Man doesn’t think Ryan Church is Gangsta’ enough for him but the truth is Jeremy Reed is the same player as Church but with better and more versatile outfield play. Even more bad news for Church is if Delgado goes on the 15 day DL you could see Murphy and Tatis spilt the first base duties with Reed going to RF and Gary Sheffield going to left and Church going to sunflower seed distributor.

 

 

 

 

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THAT’S ONE SLY WARLORD

If you’re a fan of the show Survivor you know a big part of the game’s strategy is the blindside move, taking out a tribe member when they least expect it, yesterday in Pt. St Lonesome, J-Man came up with his second blind side move of the spring this one more stunning than the Castillo to lead off one when he anointed Daniel Murphy as Every Day Danny and put Ryan Church on notice that right field won’t be all his. Who saw this coming?

 

The one thing I worry about with Manuel’ bombshells that sooner or later he has to stick with one of them or they become hallow threats. If Gimp Castillo can show he’s capable of leading off while Jose Reyes plays Dominican Patriot in the WBC, then stick with it. Last year J-Man was ready to use a starter as a closer when none of the relievers stepped up to take Billy Wags spot and it seems like he would have used John Maine in that role until Maine had to be shut down with injury.

 

Of the two I think the Every Day Danny is the one that will stick, in fact I’d be shocked if Church is not out there everyday as well and Tatis becomes more of a ‘swingman” playing maybe two or three games a week in either outfield corner or an infield corner. Trying to read between the lines I think the Mets want both D-Wright and Jose Reyes to get more time off during the July-August heat to keep them fresh for September. 

 

ESPN is running a nightly Mt Rushmore of sports of all 50 states thru fan voting. David Singer at NY Sportsdog has put a voting poll for Mets fans to vote for their Mt Rushmore. I think the voting ends in a day or two so click over and cast your ballot. My votes went to Gil Hodges, Tom Seaver, Keith Hernandez and of course Ed Kranepool.

 

I’m still bummed out that Mickey Rourke didn’t win Best Actor.

 

 

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