Win A Copy of KNUCKLEBALL The Movie on DVD !

The outstanding documentary “Knuckleball” will be released on DVD on April 2nd and the good folks at MPI/Film buff have offered me the chance to give away 3 DVD’s of this great documentary that follows Tim Wakefield, Charlie Hough, Phil Neikro and of course R.A. Dickey as they talk about how the most baffling pitch in baseball, the Knuckleball.

This DVD is a MUST HAVE for all baseball fans and having seen the movie I cannot recommend this film enough.   So when I was asked by the people at MPI/Film to participate in the giveaway of the Knuckleball DVD, I jumped at the chance.

So what we’ll do is starting on Friday March 15th during the day on my Twitter account @kranepool I will ask a trivia question and the person with the  first correct answer that is Tweeted back to me will win a copy of the Knuckleball DVD.

So brush up on your knuckleball trivia and follow my twitter account. One DVD per person and this contest is open to residents of the Continental USA only. Good luck.

 

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Win A Copy of The New York Mets 50 Greatest Players DVD from A & E Home Entertainment/ MLB Productions

 

Today we are giving away two (2) copies of the New York Mets 50 Greatest Players DVD courtesy of A & E Home Entertainment/MLB Productions. The DVD is set in a documentary style highlighting the 50 best players in the history of the NY Mets.

As I said I have two copies of the DVD to give away so, the first two people to tweet me at @kranepool with the correct answer to this question will be declared today’s winners:

How many games did Mike Piazza play as a member of the New York Mets ?

First two correct answers win the New York Mets 50 Greatest Players DVD courtesy of A & E Home entertainment/MLB Productions.

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BRAVO TERRY COLLINS AT LEAST SOMEONE HAS A EDGE TO HIM ON THE METS

I have to say I am more than a little surprised that some Mets fans have made Terry Collins the bad guy for being totally, and in my mind justifiably, pissed off over the rash of injuries that have hit the Mets this spring. Two of Collins “Must Do’s” on his list of things to work on this spring were improve the defense and work on baseball fundamentals, two of the biggest deficiency of the 2011 Mets. It’s very hard to do when the players you are counting on for the season are sitting in the trainer’s room.

I don’t understand why some folks feel that Collins tirade yesterday meant he wanted players to spit on the injury or rub some dirt on it, no it’s more frustration as to why are these players are suffering  pulled muscles and how does the training staff help prevent these nagging hurts.

Collins is a realist he knows his team is projected by many to be awful this season add in that the same people feel Citi Field will be a ghost town as well, so he knows it’s his job to get this team off to a fast start. That’s why he gets giddy talking about Johan Santana’s performance so far this spring.

Sitting Ruben Tejada yesterday was the right thing to do, but put yourself in the managers shoes. He makes out his lineup and is set to go but then he finds out his shortstop can’t go, what is he supposed to do laugh and make jokes like Jerry Manuel? You all detested Manuel for his clown act and now you’re all pissed that Collins is intense. Your all are sick of being the laughing stock of baseball but you don’t want the players challenged?

David Wright is starting to annoy me as well, not because he’s hurt but he’s supposed to be the leader here but when he makes statements like this I shake my head a bit:

As for the frustration Terry Collins expressed the previous day about the litany of Mets injuries, Wright said: “It’s OK to be frustrated. But at the end of the day it’s spring training. You have to err on the side of caution. We spoke to Terry about it. Terry will be the first one to tell you that if you feel something, come right in. It’s frustrating, obviously, because you want all of your guys out there. But if you look around the league, every team is going to be banged up and every team is going to be more cautious than trying to push guys out there in spring training.

 

“I think sometimes a guy gets a day off or two and things get a little overblown. Spring training, it’s not about trying to go out there and push yourself. We’ll do that during the season. We’ll go out there and play banged up. Everybody has done it. But spring training you have to be a little more smart about it.”

First I don’t care what other teams are doing I care about that the Mets season not being done by Memorial Day. I care that this team is nowhere near good enough to flip a switch on April 4th and play good baseball. The margin of error for this team is slimmer than the Olsen Twins standing sideways.

The injury to Wright has me worried because what happens if the injection he received doesn’t work, what if this becomes chronic like Ryan Zimmerman last season and he misses more than a month or two? What is Plan B if Wright can’t make opening day?

Wright seems to think he can just go over to the minor league camp to make up missing at bats which is fine but as much as his offensive game has slipped the last two seasons his play at 3rd base has deteriorated even more and I worry about that part of Wrights game than his offense.

When you’ve been as bad as the Mets have been the last few years and with all the negative off the field bullshit that surrounds the team, I would hope the so called face of the franchise would have more of an edge to him.

 

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THE NY METS OFFENSE: ARE WE THERE YET?

I’ve never understood why people would drive to Florida from NYC. I did it once and vowed to never do it again, why waste so much time and aggravation sitting for hours at a time in a car and fighting traffic, when you can hop on a plane and in two and half hours be in the Sunshine state? Well some people like the ride down I-95 and stop at different area of interest like Washing D.C. and maybe Myrtle Beach or Atlanta. Some even enjoy the tourist trap/house of kitch South of the Border but for most it’s the only way to travel.

That’s how the Mets offense has been, single, doubles and a Reyes triple is how their batter’ travel. Home Runs? That’s for teams with big bruisers and short porches, nah; these Mets do it the old National League way, big time starting pitching, some defense and a string of base hits and the stolen base.  Sometime it’s a thing of beauty (a Reyes triple to the right/center field corner) sometimes it’s a surprisingly open road (Justin Turner with men on base) sometimes it’s like an inexpensive motel that’s clean and comfortable but not flashy (Dillion Gee) and then there is endless time on the road (Jason Bay at bat) or an awful accident (Daniel Murphy and his Amish farmer beard trying to steal a base) sometimes they win and sometimes they lose, that should be the slogan for the 2011 Mets. It fits perfect like the rubber meeting the road.

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“I GOT A LOT OF PROBLEMS WITH YOU PEOPLE, AND NOW YOU’RE GOING TO HEAR ABOUT IT”

Good morning you ship jumping rat bastards. I wish you’d make up your minds, are you Mets fans or just a bunch of whinny bitches? I nearly lost my mind following some Mets fans on Twitter during the game last night (I got to stop Tweeting and watching the Mets and just concentrate on the watching the game and taking notes like I did way back  in the dial up pre iPhone internet days) I understand Mike Pelfrey was horrible last night but some of you took your venom to Big Pelf like you were auditioning for a job as beat writer at the NY Daily Lupica. Get a hold of yourself for Christ sake.

Pelf morphed back into his spaceman mode last night and it will be up to him, Old School Warthen, and neophyte receiver Josh Thole to get the Big Pelf locomotive back on track. I would think that the troika I just mentioned went over their pitching game plan for last night before the game. What was most puzzling for me was the fact that young Thole was dictating to Pelfrey what to throw. We all know that Pelf’s bread and butter is the splitter that induces a plethora of ground balls when he’s right. When he adds his two seam fastball and is effective with that pitch then you get vintage Big Pelf. Sure he’s big and strong but he’s not a strikeout pitcher. He doesn’t have an overpowering pitch to get that key K, in fact the guy Pelfrey should be attached to the hip with is Chris Young.

Back to my puzzlement on the short circuited battery. Pelf has taken it on his shoulders to let it be known that even though Thole was calling for him to throw his third and fourth pitches in his arsenal (curve and slider) he could have shaken him off until he saw the finger he liked the best. In a way it’s refreshing that Old School and Terry Collins let Thole call the pitchers instead of having them called for him by Warthen but perhaps with the lack of a veteran catcher (please don’t even mention Nickeas) on the roster, Old School should institute pitch selection from the bench in Big Pelfs next start or let Thole know next time he catches Pelfrey and calls for curves an sliders, there will be a plane ticket to Buffalo waiting for him in at his locker.

Another thing that should not be overlooked in this recent Pelfrey meltdown is the death of Harvey Dorfman, the sports psychologists and the shoulder that Pelfrey has cried on in recent years. With Dorfman gone all Pelfrey has left is the advice Drofman has given him through their late night conversations and a copy of Dorfman’s The Mental ABC’s of Pitching. Hopefully the lessons and the book and whatever magic Old School has in that tool box of his will right Big Pelf.

All this drivel written this morning in the fishwraps about trading Pelfrey is just another example of Mets bashing and lazy ass journalism that has permeated the NYC main stream media. Why write a column that looks into what is causing Pelfrey’s problems and see what is being done to correct them when you can just write that Pelfrey sucks and should be traded just to embrace yourself with the lunatic fringe of Mets fans. You know what you folks in the MSM are right; leave the heavy lifting to bloggers.

By the way here was my tweet when it was 7-0 Phillies and Mets fan tweeters were jumping ship. I then tweeted that the Mets would comeback. I then went after Evan Roberts of WFAN again as he proclaimed we would be ripping Mike Pelfrey on his show.

Now that I’ve cleared the air, will all of you GET THE FUCK OFF MY LAWN!

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OPEN AUDTIONS FOR PITCHERS AT CITI FIELD ASK FOR OMAR OR JEFFEY AT THE RIGHT FIELD GATE FOR DETAILS

The Mets have annouced Livan Herndez has been released and Billy Wagner has been activated for tonights game. No word on who replaces Hernandez in the rotation but here is a look at the people lined up at $iti Field for the pitching audition

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THE CHIEF RIDES OFF INTO THE SUNSET

Here is all you need to know about the state of pitching in the Mets organization. The Mets released Freddy Garcia today as his fastball couldn’t break a pane of glass. Taking his start tonight for the woeful Bisons will be The People’s Cherce ,Nelly Figs who stood in the corner holding his breath and shaking his fist at Mets management for releasing him but then realized he’s not not as sexy as he thinks and came back home for two hots and a cot in Buffalo.

It just plays to the Ollie to the bushes talk that is utter nonsense (same something funny Mike) as there is no one to replace him from the upper reached of New York State.

If Tim Redding can come in a be decent (is it too much to ask to be league average?) then OP could be sent to remedial pitching school if not then OP stays because there is nothing better to replace him and that’s scarier than a fly ball to left field.

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I’M SO THANKFUL I’M NOT A J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS FAN

Most people I meet assume that I am a JETS fan because I’m a METS fan so I guess they figure since my summers get ruined they assume I enjoy fucked up winters as well. No way as my pro football team of choice is of course The New York Football Giants and after watching the J-E-T-S pull a 2007 Mets like gag I wonder how long it would take me to suck the gas pipe if I were a Jets/Mets fan.

I know there a alot of you out there afflicted with Jets/Mets and I feel for you guys I really do but don’t worry come April the Mets will start a new season and from what I know of the J-E-T-S they thrive in April at the NFL Draft.    

Remember in the words of Felix Unger, never assume as you make an ass out of u and me.

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OH COM’ON THAT’S NOT THE REAL MR. MET

I heard all the hubbub over this “decapitation” of Mr. Met out at Hofstra during the night of the debate and after looking at the video I can’t believe how gullible some people are. How could that be “the” Mr. Met? Mr. Met is a real live being that was just a guy dressed up as Mr. Met. A fake, phony fraud. Boy the things some people think are real!

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NO JEFF KENT, IT’S YOU THAT NEEDS TO SHUT HIS PIE HOLE

I enjoy listening to Vin Scully more now on Dodger telecast than I did when he was the voice of The Game of the Week and when ol’ Vin goes away there will never be another like him, so leave it up to one of the biggest ass hats to ever grace 126 Street and Roosevelt Ave to take Scully to task for “talking too much” when Scully stated the obvious when he stated that Kent is hitting better since Manny Ramirez joined the Hollywood Phonies at was slotted in the clean up spot with JK in the 3 hole.  I’m sure there is a large Dominican fellow in Boston who would second Vin Scully’s observation.  

Kent has to know the consequences of taking on a icon like Scully. When Scully leaves this earth people will mourn, when Kent meets his demise people will wonder what took so long.

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