WILL THE METS MAKE A STATEMENT TONIGHT IN PHILLY?

I saw none of last nights Mets-Phillies game as I had a much better evening enjoying a night at the theater taking in the play LOMBARDI. If you are a football fan this is a must see show. If you are a fan of the theater this is a must see show. Dan Lauria looks like a clone of the great coach and Judith Light is outstanding as Marie Lombardi. Both should be up for Tony Awards for their performance.

After the show, we strolled around 8th and 9th Avenue has it such a warm night and the bar’s and restaurants in Hell’s Kitchen were jam packed. Every joint has big screen TV’s and I swear every place we passed had the Highlanders-Red Sox game on. So the only word I had on the Mets-Philies game was that the Amazin’s bit the dust again for the sixth straight via a mobile phone alert, so it wasn’t until this morning that I found out there was a bit of controversy in the game concerning Chase Utley aggressive/dirty slid into Ruben Tejada to try to break up a double play. Of course the Mets did a lot od staring and yapping from the dugout and after the game David Wright talk very softly on how that slide just wasn’t cricket and maybe the Mets should re-think their approach when it comes to sliding into the bases. Gee David ya think?

The Phillies love picking on the Mets for a couple of reasons, they know that the Mets never retaliate and they know it drives the fan base nuts.

Was Utley’ slide dirty? It was late that’s for sure but there is always a thin line between hard aggressive base running and dirty base running, it’s all in the eyes of the team getting run at.

It should make for an interesting game tonight as Jerry Manuel has kind of put his team on notice that they have to take it into their own hands on how they want to respond to Utley (as he is a short timer here) and Wright has stated the team needs to send a message.

The Mets have the right pitcher on the mound if they wish to rumble with the Phuck Phaces as Dillon Gee has proven he has his teammates backs in Buffalo.

So let’s see if this is just the Mets clucking and waving their feathers or if there really are a pair of cojones in those athletic supporters

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WE HAVEN’T HAD THIS DIS-SPRIT HERE SINCE 1979

I didn’t watch one pitch of yesterday’s Mets-Phillies game. With opening Sunday of the NFL in full swing and the New York Football Giants on Ch. 5 and Tom Brady and the Pats on Ch. 2, there was no reason to move the dial any further. Oh I didn’t blow off baseball altogether, by 4PM I was ready for the Giants-Padres game and the match up of Tim Lincecum and Matt Latos, in fact my baseball viewing from today on will include watching the Giants, Padres, Rockies, Rays, and the on the downward spiraling Highlanders.

It hit me around 7PM last night when I didn’t even know that the  Mets lost to the Phillies 3-0, that the NY Mets franchise has collectively climbed in the Mr. Peabody and Sherman’s Way Back machine and have arrived at 1979.

What year 1979 was. I was 21 years old with more hair than I knew what to do with (give me a moment please………………………..sniff! sniff!……………..ok back to the post) hanging out at Max’s Kansas City and CBGB. Going to the Palladium to see The Clash and Graham Parker and the Rumor (The Palladium was a great venue, first time I ever saw Bruce Springsteen ad the E Street Band was there in 1976, YES I SAID 1976!) I spent my winters and spring watching the NY Rangers from Section 432 in my Blue Seat all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals where they lost to Les Habitants but at least the Blueshirts beat the Icelanders as that was the year that no good scumbag Denis Potvin took out Ulf Nilson and the POTVIN SUCKS Chant was born.

More to the point of this post though, 1979 was the year the NY Mets drew 788,905 live bodies to Shea Stadium, less than 10,000 a game (9,621 to be precise) and I can not remember if I were a part of that 788,905-details are very hazy-but I’m sure I was because it was Richie Hebner’s one and only season as a Met and I remember him giving Mets fans the finger. I also remember it was Ed Kranepool’s last year. I remember Bob Murphy telling the tale of Ed Glynn a relief pitcher who also hawked hot dogs at Shea as a youth. The one bright spot of ’79 was that miserable, no good, saboteur of the franchise; M. Donald Grant was no longer around, dumped by Lorinda de Roulet after the 1978 season. But the team still sucked.

Right after the season, de Roulet thankfully sold the team as she had no clue on how to run it, she sold it to the dynamic duo of Nelson Doubleday and Fred Wilpon and the rest as they say is history.

Myself and many Mets fans lived through 1979 and not only was it not fun but it was painful. Painful because of what could have been. What if Tom Seaver was never traded ? What if Joan Payson wasn’t sick and then dying during the advent of free agency with that asshole Grant advising her ? Remember Mrs. Payson had no problem spending money on her team, in fact when the Mets were born in 1962 she told Horace Stoneham that she wanted to buy the contract of Willie Mays and money was no object. What would have happened if Whitey Herzog would have been named manager after the death of Hodges instead of the overmatched Yogi Berra?

As much as I would to re-live 1979 all over again I wouldn’t want to relive the Mets season of that year as the Mets were so bad no one cared. At least we still care, we still have passion for this team, though it’s mostly negative, it’s still passion. Let’s hope the right moves are made for a new GM and manager and that deadwood and players who don’t like it here are sent off, no matter the cost monetarily. It’s time to restore some pride in this organization but I’m not optimistic the people in charge are intelligent enough to pull it off. All Jeffey Skill Sets needs to do is start collect batting practice baseballs, clean them and use them again and he’d be Linda de Roulet all over again.

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FORMER MET ED HEARN TO BE HONORED BEFORE TONIGHTS METS-PHILLIES GAME

Former Mets catcher Ed Hearn, a member of the 1986 World Championship Mets, will be honored this evening before the Mets-Phillies game at Citi Field for his work as an ambassador for kidney disease with the Neph Cure Foundation. Check out Hern’s story:

Ed Hearn, a member of the 1986 World Champion New York Mets, will

          be honored at Citi Field on Friday, Sept. 10, for his work as Ambassador for The

           NephCure Foundation. Hearn has undergone three kidney transplants in a

           continuing battle with the kidney disease FSGS, for which there is no effective

           treatment and no cure. Hearn, who backed up Gary Carter as catcher on that

            memorable team, and was later traded to the Kansas City Royals in the David

            Cone deal, has endured dramatic health complications since retiring from

            baseball in 1991.  He is now an Ambassador for the NephCure Foundation and a

            motivational speaker who travels across the country to hospitals and dialysis

            centers to bring hope to patients facing similar challenges. Hearn is an admitted

            steroid user – but not as a player. Steroids were part of his treatment for the

            kidney malfunction caused by FSGS, which attacked his new kidneys after each

            transplant. He will be recognized Friday as part of Ed Hearn/NephCure

            Foundation Night at Citi Field, before the Mets-Phillies game, a 7:05 start

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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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