BBA ANNOUNCE THEIR 2011 ALL STAR SELECTIONS

Here is the press release from the Baseball Bloggers Alliance announcing the BBA’s selections for the NL an AL starters for the 2011 All Star Game:


BASEBALL BLOGGERS ALLIANCE NAMES 2011 ALL-STARS

 

Outfielders Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays and Matt Kemp from the Los Angeles Dodgers led their respective leagues in balloting for Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game as conducted by members of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance and announced today.

Bautista, who has an American League-leading 1.133 OPS to go along with his 24 home runs, was named on 50 ballots, not including one ballot that placed him at third base.  Bautista was joined in the outfield by Curtis Granderson of the New York Yankees, who received 48 votes, and Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox, who tallied 23 votes.

There were few close races in the AL voting by the BBA.  The tightest was at third base, where Yankee Alex Rodriguez outpolled Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers 30-16.  All other races were decided by at least twenty votes save the nod for starting pitcher.  Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander won that 16-6 over Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels, but many bloggers did not designate a specific starter so fewer votes were cast in that category.

Other American League nods were to Tigers catcher Alex Avila, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez of the Boston Red Sox, Yankee second baseman Robinson Cano, and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera of the Cleveland Indians.  Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was selected at that position.

Over in the National League, Kemp’s stellar first half–he sits second in batting average, first in home runs, second in RBI and has 21 stolen bases to boot–earned him mention on 54 ballots.  Accompanying him in the outfield was Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers and Lance Berkman of the St. Louis Cardinals.

As in the junior circuit, the closest race in the NL was at the hot corner.  Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco edged out Chase Headley of the San Diego Padres 21-14, with Atlanta Brave Chipper Jones receiving 10 votes.

The other races were not a contest, as Braves catcher Brian McCann, Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder and second baseman Rickie Weeks, and New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes all won their slots by at least 25 votes.

Starting the contest for the NL was Roy Halladay, who easily outpolled his Philadelphia teammate Cole Hamels for the honor.

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was formed in 2009 with the purpose of encouraging collaboration and communication among bloggers from across baseball.  As a secondary goal, they vote on various awards throughout the year.  In January, they recommended Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven for the Baseball Hall of Fame and in March, they created a new award to honor the top internet writer and then named it after the first recipient, Sports Illustrated’s Joe Posnanski.  You can find the BBA at their website or on Facebook.  You can follow the Alliance at @baseballblogs on Twitter or via the hashtag #BBBA.

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METS TEAM WITH THE NFCA AND R.O.C.K. LONG ISLAND TO HOST CELIAC DISEASE AWARENESS NIGHT THIS FRIDAY AT CITI FIELD

I recived this press release from the Mets and I’m very happy to pass it on to you guys:

 

FLUSHING, N.Y., May 25, 2011 – The New York Mets,
the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) and Raising Our Celiac Kids
(R.O.C.K.) Long Island have teamed to host Celiac Disease Awareness Night this Friday,
May 27 at Citi Field when the Mets take on the Philadelphia Phillies at 7:10 p.m.

Fans will be treated
to pre-game activities in the Left Field Landing designed to raise awareness of
celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder triggered by the protein gluten found in
wheat, barley and rye.  Along with a
visit by Mr. Met and a menu of gluten-free food and beverages, SNY Field
Reporter Kevin Burkhardt, who suffers from celiac disease, will be on hand to
host a silent auction of sports memorabilia and special packages, including an
opportunity to shadow Burkhardt pre-game at a Mets home game and a chance to
watch the Mets take batting practice from the field.

The Mets have gluten
free options available at every game at the Kozy Shack Gluten Free Stand,
located in the Taste of the City on Field Level in Right Field, which offers a
variety of Kozy Shack puddings and gels, sausage and peppers, hot dogs,
hamburgers, buns and Redbridge beer. These options will also be available in
the Left Field Landing on this special night.

The View’s ElisabethHasselbeck, who also suffers from the disease, will be honored before the game
for her contributions in the Celiac community. Hasselbeck has written a best-selling
book “The G Free Diet” about the disease and started her own line of gluten
free protein bars called nogii.

Celiac disease affectsone in every 100 Americans.  Cases of
celiac disease have increased fourfold since the 1950’s, yet 90% of those
affected by the ailment live undiagnosed.
Left untreated, celiac disease can lead to further complications such as
autoimmune diseases, osteoporosis, thyroid disease and some cancers.  Currently, the only known treatment for
celiac disease is a complete gluten-free diet.
Citi Field offers several gluten-free concessions stands for fans all
season long.

Tickets for Celiac
Disease Awareness Night can be purchased through Mets.com/celiac or by calling (718)
507-TIXX.  Net proceeds from the night
will go towards celiac education and awareness programs through the NFCA and
R.O.C.K. Long Island.  Fans purchasing tickets through this offer will receive a Mets ticket holder and a
lanyard.

About the National
Foundation for Celiac Awareness:

The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of celiac disease in order to gain prompt and accurate diagnoses for those suffering, supporting the health and wellbeing of those with the disease, and facilitating research that will better understand the disorder and find a cure. For more information, visit www.celiaccentral.org.

About Raising Our
Celiac Kids Long Island:

Raising Our Celiac
Kids (R.O.C.K.) Long Island is a free support group for parents, families and
friends of kids on a gluten-free diet. R.O.C.K.
Long Island is raising funds to benefit the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia
University which is the premier Center in the United States that provides
comprehensive medical care, including nutrition, for adult and pediatric
patients with celiac disease.  The Center is diagnosing and treating more
than 2,800 patients annually from around the world.  For more information, visit www.rockli.com.

 

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MAY 28TH IS BRAIN TUMOR AWARENESS NIGHT AT CITI FIELD

On May 28th the Mets will host the Philadelphia Phillies at 7:10 PM it will also be Brain Tumor Awareness Night that will be sponsored by the National Brain Tumor Society which is leading the fight in brain tumor research and paitent support.

The Mets have made a block of tickets in the Pepsi Porch available to the NBTS for this game. to order tickets please use this link as a portion of the ticket sales goes to the NBTS

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IT’S OFFICAL: 2 YEARS AND AN OPTION ON A 3RD FOR R.A. DICKEY

 

From the New York Mets via press release:

FLUSHING, N.Y., January 31, 2011 – The New York Mets today announced that they have signed righthanded pitcher R.A. Dickey to a two-year contract with a club option for 2013.

Dickey compiled a 11-9 record in 2010 and finished seventh in the National League with a 2.84 ERA.   He became the first pitcher in team history to go 6-0 in his first seven starts and tossed the 35th one-hitter in franchise history on August 13 at Citi Field to beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 1-0. The only hit he allowed was a sixth-inning single by pitcher Cole Hamels.

 “R.A. had a breakthrough season for our organization last year, meriting this new contract,” said Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson.  “We expect R.A. to be a major part of our success going forward.”

 Dickey, 36, had his contract selected from Buffalo (AAA) of the International League on May 19. The Nashville, TN native set career highs in wins, starts (26), innings (174.1) strikeouts (104) and complete games (two).

 The 6-2, 216-pounder finished with 11 victories even though he didn’t pick up his first until May 25.  It was only the fifth time in club history that a pitcher reached double figures in wins in a season after not recording a victory in any of the team’s first 45 games (Bob Shaw, 1966; Rick Aguilera 1985 and 1986 and Dwight Gooden, 1987).

 Last season with Buffalo, Dickey he threw a near perfect game and set a Buffalo modern-day record when he retired 27 straight hitters on April 29 vs. Durham.  Fernando Perez singled on an 0-2 pitch to start the game before Dickey set down the next 27 hitters in order.

 The Mets have now reached agreements with two of the three players who were eligible for salary arbitration. The team signed Mike Pelfrey to a one-year contract on January 18, while outfielder Angel Pagan has yet to reach an agreement.

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JOIN ME TONIGHT FOR BBA BASEBALL TALK ON BLOG TALK RADIO

Join me tonight at 11PM ET as I host Baseball Bloggers Alliance- Baseball Talk on Blog Talk Radio. My guest will be Bill Baer of Crashburn Alley. Bill and I will discuss the Philadelphia Phillies off season and look at who will be the Phillies chief competition in the NL East.

We will also discuss the upcoming results of the Hall of Fame voting as we talk about who we voted and did not vote for in the latest BBA Hall of Fame Election.

If you can’t join is live, then check out the podcast on our show page on Blog Talk Radio.

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HOW DID WE EVER SURVIVE THE MINAYA REIGN OF ERROR

 

On this date in Mets historyin 1974, the Mets traded Tug McGraw, Don Hahn and Dave Schneck to the Philadelphia Phillies for Del Unser, John Stearns and the immortal Mac Scarce.

Off season? What off season, there is more baseball news on this 32 degree morning in NYC than any other sports news.  Giants-Redskins? a murmur and some asshole comments. Jets-Pats? For such a big game the main topic is Tom Brady’s hair line. Knicks? Who gives a fuck.  Coach DiAntoni’s view of defense is when the opposition misses a shot.  NY Rangers, second only to the Mets in my fan affection but even with Gaborik’s hat trick and the fact the beat the lowly Fishsticks, not much buzz about the Blueshirts today. The big sports news in NYC, Baseball, Baseball and more Baseball:

The Mets non-tendered went as planned except for the curve ball Sandy Alderson tossed in by releasing Chris Carter.  As much as I like The Animal, and lobbied for more playing time for him last year, this is a very smart move by the Mets. According to Adam Rubin, Carter would have been given a minor league deal and would have been paid $200K but the real reason is Carter has no position on defense in fact you’d be better off signing Jack Cust than Carter.

Looks like the game plan on acquiring pitching will be of the low risk/high reward variety as reports are the Mets are looking to make a deal with injury prone LHP Jeff Francis and former Padre Chris Young. If both can stay healthy (a big IF) they are definitely worth t shot of signing to incentive laden deals.  Young would thrive in Citi Field as he is an extreme fly ball pitcher and to that fact I hope the Mets are looking at RHP Joel Peralta another fly ball pitcher for the bullpen and George Sherrill for the LOOGY spot if Perpetual Pedro proves to expensive.

WOW LMillz may be a LI Duck or a Lancaster Barnstormer  or an Orix Buffalo or maybe a KC Royal ?

Under the prior regime I’d say Joe Janish’s post aboutmoving Francisco Rodriguez to the White Sox would be a pipe dream. Under the Alderson reign, this post makes absolute sense and I could definitely see it happen.

Back in the day, I couldn’t stand Ron Santo especially back in 1969 when Santo would jump up and click his heels after a Cubs victory against the Mets. But I’m still sad to hear of his passing

So when will LeBron and the Heat go to Cleveland? Wait? What? It was last night? Shit. Who knew!

Looks like those cut throats running the Bronx Bastards will let El Capi-Tan save some face and juice up their contract offer today. No matter what happens, for now on Derek Jeter is Randy Levine’s bitch.

Good luck to Hisanori Takahashi on his signing with the Angels. A two-year deal for a 35 year old who can only pitch an inning of relief as the second time through the lineup he gets plastered may work in Anaheim but it sure doesn’t in Flushing .

Happy 62nd Birthday to the Prince of Darkeness. Hope you have bloody good fuckin’ birthday Ozzy!!!!!!!!!   

An Ike Davis Hanukkah, OH……MY…….GOD!!!!!!!

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OK, SO NOW WHAT?

Adam Rubin on ESPN NY has a fine column today that sums up the State of the  Mets organization and the non-moves at the trade deadline to a tee. Some excerpts that intrigued me are:

The reality is the Mets are not legitimately in a race right now. They entered Saturday trailing the division-leading Atlanta Braves by 7½ games and trailing the wild card-leading San Francisco Giants by 6½ games. Fifty-nine games remain on the schedule. Four teams, including the hard-charging Philadelphia Phillies, who acquired Roy Oswalt this week, are between the Mets and Giants.

Management can’t come out and say it but they know the Mets have no shot at the post season.  The Mets are what they are, a .500 team that plays like the best team in baseball at home but then plays like the Mets of 1962 on the road, hence the .500 record. Their play this season is a big improvement over last year’s crew who mailed in around this time last year at least this Mets team plays hard.

You can clumsily cite principal owner Fred Wilpon and his family supposedly being stingy for such a deal not materializing, but that would be misguided — even if ownership isn’t blameless. The bottom line is the payroll is still hovering around $130 million this season.

The better answer: If GM Omar Minaya had shown restraint in his other salary commitments — say, not giving Luis Castillo four years and $25 million or Oliver Perez three years and $36 million or guaranteeing seven years to Carlos Beltran — he likely would have had the flexibility to pull off an Oswalt-type trade now.

It’s far more about no discipline than no money.

That does not absolve the Wilpons.

Forget the Perez and Castillo contracts, the one deal Mets will be screaming about will be the Francisco Rodriguez deal, look it over if you dare but I must put a disclaimer that if you are pegnant suffer from high blood pressure or have a sleeping disorder, check with your doctor before viewing the details of K-Rod’s deal

Minaya’s stated plan when he took over as GM in September 2004 was to offset the draft picks forfeited for signing free agents by owning the international market. It sounded good, too. After all, how could a Dominican-born GM walk into any household in that country, throw around dollars and fail to persuade the teenager to sign with the Mets?

The problem? Ownership never threw around the money. After signing Martinez for $1.3 million in 2005, Minaya’s first full season as Mets GM, the organization did not have another seven-figure signing bonus for an international teenager until signing 16-year-old pitcher Juan Urbina, Ugueth’s son, last year.

The Mets knew Venezuelan Jesus Montero, who was coveted in trade proposals involving the Yankees in recent days, was a superior catching prospect to Francisco Peña, Tony’s son. Yet the Mets signed Peña in 2006 because he cost $750,000. The Yankees paid $2 million for Montero.

My question here is whose fault is it? Omar’s or the Skill Sets for the inability to not get any thing done in the International market? You would think having a Latino GM would place the Mets way ahead of other teams but as we learned when they were in pursuit of Carlos Delgado as a free agent, Scareface Bernazard was a little to “street” for Delgado so  I wonder how many more families were turnoff by the Mets resident hoodlum?

The Mets have not been blame-free in their draft conduct from an ownership perspective, either. With apologies to Chris Carter, the Mets essentially gave Billy Wagner  to the Red Sox last season for nothing, in essence to save $3.3 million (Wagner’s $2.3 million remaining salary and a $1 million buyout). As a result, when Wagner signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Braves last offseason, the Red Sox — not the Mets — got two first-round picks as compensation for losing Wagner, which they used on Ball State’s Kolbrin Vitek and Middle Tennessee State’s Bryce Brentz. (Remember those names a few years from now.

This is why Omar needs to be relived of his GM duties and the baseball ops needs a complete overhaul. Unlike any time in baseball, teams a coveting receiving draft picks for aging ball players. The new wave in baseball is to get younger and more athletic as the ban on PED’s is changing the game back to where pitching, defense and youth as the way to go. That’s not Omar’s bag, he’s still into old and ineffective which unfortunately describes Omar himself.

(Fred) Wilpon was sued Friday by the widow of a former employee of Wilpon-owned Sterling Equities. The federal suit alleges Wilpon bears fiduciary responsibility for investing his employees’ 401(k) funds in Bernard Madoff-operated funds. Sterling Equities called the suit baseless, but the potential liability — coupled with the Wilpon family’s own losses in the Ponzi scheme — has to create some hesitance to freely spend.

Yet even if the Madoff ordeal never occurred, it would be perfectly reasonable to expect the Mets to act conservatively from a financial perspective. Attendance is likely to plummet at Citi Field the rest of the season. A further erosion in the season-ticket base is expected heading into 2011.

You knew this was coming and the question is if Freddy Skill Sets loses this suit, which I believe is a class action suit among the Sterling Equities employees, and it cost him hundreds of million’s of dollars to pay, will he have to sell the Mets? I believe Freddy when he says he wants the Mets to be in his family for generations to come, but it may come to a head when he has to either sell or take on a partner. The Mara family owned the NY Football Giants on their own for years and years but when Tim Mara died his estate put his shares up for bid, that’s when the Tisch family got their half, so it’s possible the Skill Sets sell 49% of the team and keep the other 51 % controlling interest for as long as they can.

Yet even if the Madoff ordeal never occurred, it would be perfectly reasonable to expect the Mets to act conservatively from a financial perspective. Attendance is likely to plummet at Citi Field the rest of the season. A further erosion in the season-ticket base is expected heading into 2011.

The one MAJOR move the Skill Sets must make for next season is dropping the ridiculous pricing tiers that are an extreme point of contention with Mets fans. The whole Platinum, Gold, Silver, Value scale would work if the team was a contender every year and seats at Citi Field were in demand but the organization has none of these going for them. They tried going the corporate route and it hasn’t worked. Now they need to try and win back the fan base, the blue collar core who frequented Shea Stadium who stick by you through thick and thin. The Skill Sets have had their fling with the Metro area elite and must now realize it’s time to get the REAL Mets fan back to support the team.  The Mets fan has the upper hand here and now Freddy, Jeffey and Uncle Saul have to come to us with hat in hand, and ask for our hard earned dough. They have never gotten it though their thick skulls that Mets fans are not about the Championships (although we all want to win one or ten of them) but we’re all about playing hard and playing with pride. That’s the one saving grace with the 2010 Mets team they have that quality.

Next year the Skill Sets need to let fans pick their own ticket packages and also set aside seats in the promenade for 5 bucks a piece. They could also sell a “roaming ticket” no seat but you can walk around and stand in centerfield or down each base line sort of a standing room ticket, they need to be creative to win fans back in 2011, time to turn on the Skill Sets charm fella’s

Manager Jerry Manuel, asked if the inaction was a signal the front office was content with the team as presently constituted or if it was an indication the team is not really in the race, wisely did not want to touch the issue.

“That’s a tricky question,” Manuel said. “Trying to catch me, huh?”

Minaya did acknowledge the standings were a factor.

“That played something into it,” the GM said. “When you look at the standings, you just have to be careful.”

I can’t wait until October 4th for the press conference announcing Wally Backman as the Mets manager for 2011

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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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MAYBE WATCHING THAT PARADE WILL STOKE SOME PASSION IN OUR TEAM

In a way I understand the obsession the Philadelphia Phillies have with the Mets. As much as the can celebrate being the best team in baseball, they know in the back of their mind that the Mets have the resources to make their championship rein very brief. They know this Mets fan base is not only vocal but is not intimated of it’s management to call it out and force it’s hand.  I mean what other pro sports team can be readying the opening of a brand new ball park and have it’s fan not give a shit about food courts and roomy seating if the team is not going to go out and fight for 162 games? And it’s not even about winning championships as we’re not idiots (as management thinks we are) no we know that a season that concludes with a World Series trophy is special what Mets fans ask for from their team is passion and 100 % balls to the wall hustle and if we don’t get it you are going to here from us.

And for this some in the main stream media chastise us for booing and giving our team a tough time. Well I’m not a boo bird as a guy my age looks silly booing anyway and beside why boo when I have a keyboard to get my opinion out. That’s why I feel our division rivals hate for the team is more a fear of us Mets fans.

When our rivals say the Mets celebrate to much, Mets fans say “Good, more curtain calls please” When they complain about Joese Reyes dancing and handshakes Mets chant “Jose-Jose-Jose” louder and longer. The biggest fear Mets opponents have is that the team takes on the persona of it’s fans because they know if that happens it’s over for them.

So Philadelphia enjoy your parade and I’ll continue my tough love of the Mets and I’ll slap them around until they show me they will slap and when they do your ass is ours.

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THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES HAVE PROJECTED THE NEW YORK METS AS THE 2008 NL EAST CHAMPS

Hard to believe but the Phillies have conceded the NL East to the NY Mets. From reading the Philly papers (Funny papers?) and from watching last nights Phillies-Brewers game, I ‘ve come to the conclusion that the biggest fear in Philadelphia these days besides mad men with hammers on the subway,  is not making baseballs post season.

 

Watching a Phillies game on Comcast is very tough. First there is Gary Mathews Jr A/K/A Sarge. Now Sarge is very hard to understand as he speaks kind of like a stoke victim/drunk and my TV has nothing like that on my SAP menu. Closed captioning? You’re kidding right? Then you have old pal Tom McCarthy who looks to be enjoying big portions of scrapple and cheestakes as he taking on more of his before look than the after since dropping a ton of weight but the most compelling part of the broadcast is when Harry Kalas and Chris Wheeler get together and hate is in the air in HD no less. I’m so used to the love fest in the SNY booth between Gary. Keith and Ron that the tension convention between “Wheels” and Kalas makes for uncomfortable listing. There is no interaction at all between the two and you get the distinct impression that neither one would piss on the other if they were on fire. But I digress, all the talk on the telecast was how last night game with Jamie Moyer pitching on three days rest, was a must win as the Brewers and now the Astros (The Astros? When did they sneak in?) are the teams in the Phillies way of a post season slot.

 

Here in the Greatest City in the World, the mood is much more different. Mike Vaccaro lays out 17 reasons why this year is different than last year and even Lord Douchebag himself has a somewhat positive look at the Flushing Gangsta’s.  There is a different feel to this team, much more like it was in ’06 than last year. Most of is that the players who wilted last year are thriving and the manager is much more in control of the situation that  overwhelmed his predecessor and it has carried over to the fan base that has realized the Last Day At Shea is now listed as To Be Announced.

 

Tomorrow we get a treat as the Mets-Braves game is on FOX and Doofus Joe Buck and Tim McFullofshit will not be doing the broadcast, instead we get our own Howie Rose. The drawback is that Rose has to work with a retard. Also bad job out of the empty suits at SNY for not letting Kevin Burkhardt work some FOX games, I guess they know the dearth of talent at the station and are afraid of losing the one competent voice they have.

 

Jesus,  Billy get a grip will you, chill out and wait and see your rehab goes before you bid us farewell.

 

Skill Sets United?

 

This Date in Mets History Part I-September 12th 1969. The Mets swept a doubleheader from the Pittsburgh Pirates by identical 1-0 scores. In the first game Jerry Koosman pitched a complete game shutout and drove in the lone run.   In the second game Don Cardwell started and pitched eight innings of shutout ball and drove in the only run. It was the 8th and 9th win in a row for the Amazin’s as they opened up a 3 ½ game lead of the floundering Cubs.

 

This Date in Mets History Part II- September 12th 1984. Dwight Gooden strikeout 16 Pittsburgh Pirates to set a Major League record for K’s in a season by a rookie pitcher when he K’s 16 Bucs and leads the Mets to a 2-0 win at Shea.  The 1984 season is the most underrated seasons in Mets history. It’s the season when the turnaround of the franchise started and when the fan base started to comeback and get excited about the team. It was just three years removed from yet another work stoppage and it was year four of the transformation from the mess left by the de Roulet’ and the cleansing by the Wilpon/Doubleday ownership. Just a little over 12,000 fans showed up at Shea for this historic game but the foundation for the 86 Championships.

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