THE 2012 NY METS SEASON WILL BE GOLDEN

It was quite the day at Citi Field today as the organization announced plans for the celebration of its 50th Anniversary.  I was fortunate to have been invited to the festivities of the day and as I left Citi Field I felt invigorated about being a Mets fan.

I’ve all but given up trying to explain to non-Mets fans why it is I love this team so much. It’s like looking at one of those pictures where if you stare at it a 3D figure pops off the page or when you look at a cloud formation and see a horse or George Washington’s face and the person with you says they don’t see a thing, when I see a Mets uniform or a collage of events like the video we saw at today’s press conference it’s makes you want to shout I SEE IT!  I SEE IT! I BELIEVE! I BELIEVE!

Hard to imagine it is 50 years since Joan Payson brought National League baseball back to NYC. What’s even harder for me to believe that I’ve been attending Mets games for the past 47 of those years.  When  I saw David Wright come out in the retro home uni,  ivory colored with blue pinstripes and Mets in blue with orange trim and WRIGHT 5 on his back and Lucas Duda standing tall in the classy road gray with NEW YORK in old English style letters  (Ike Davis wore the snow-white uni with the same blue and orange Mets and NO BLACK SHADOW!!!!!!) all I could think of was Jack Fisher handing me a peach between games of a double header in 1965, weekend series at Shea when the Dodgers and Giants would come to town with Koufax and Mays, listening to my father talk about “this Seaver kid” in 1967, relatives and family friends who were Brooklyn Dodger s fans happy in 1968 that Gil Hodges was coming back to the Mets to be their manager, being 10 years old and shocked to find out that Yogi Berra played for the Yankees???? WOW! Crying when Jimmy Quals broke up Tom Seaver’s perfect game and brought to tears again nine years later when Seaver was shipped out to Cincinnati, the euphoria of 1969 and 1986 and the heartbreak of the 2000 World Series and 2007 NLCS. The Mets are a microcosm of life, great times, tough times, and puzzling times.

As I said Mets bloggers were invited to the presser and I was pleased to sit with Ed Marcus, Greg Prince and Matt Cerrone but there was one blogger at event today who in the words of Yogi “made this day necessary” and that’s Shannon of The Mets Police. Shannon through his site pushed management to bring back Banner Day and to drop the black jerseys and caps (I am thrilled to report that the black cap with the blue bill is gone for good) and for that we Traditionalist Mets fans are forever grateful.

With so much gloom and doom coming from the fan base so far this offseason it was nice to be a part of a positive Mets day.

Now for the hold on to your Mets cap part of the post, I got to meet David Howard today and it was a very pleasant experience (no, I’m not going soft here I’m just being honest) we shook hands and spoke  and had a few laughs and we even talked about our kids, see on the kick off of the Mets Golden Anniversary it’s all good.

 

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WHAT HAVE THE HIGHLANDERS DONE TO PERPETUAL PEDRO?

There were a few interesting Mets news items so while I try to wake up and start to focus on the series with the Phuck Phaces let’s take a gander:

The Pedro Feliciano Highlander/Mets feud just won’t end. The Mets, particularly Old School Dan Warthen, seem to be the most level headed in this whole deal. Warthen told the truth, that the Mets felt giving Feliciano a multiyear deal was dumb since they worked the shit out him the last three years. Now Pedro has a broken heart and had decided to take his frustrations on, Ike Davis? What the hell did Ike do to you Perpetual Pedro? Very surprised by the way Feliciano has reacted. He always came off as muy macho. I guess when you don those Highlander pinstripes in turns you into a whinny bitch.

Speaking of Old School, it seems he’s like Felix the Cat as he unveils his bag of tricks, on wheels no less.

There are still plenty of tickets left for the Friday home opener and for Saturday’s game you could get a ticket for the less than the price of a Shake Shack burger. When I clicked on the Mets website I see they have now added a coupon for a $10 credit for food or merchandise to be used the day of the game you purchase tickets for. At least there is a sign of creativity coming out of Citi.

People ask me why I’m not a big Mike Piazza fan, well read this and click on the link to the radio interview of Piazza and Roger Clemens and that should explain why.

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“THE STARS AT NIGHT ARE BIG AND BRIGHT (CLAP,CLAP,CLAP) DEEEEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS

This the look of a CHAMPION

This is the look of a DOUCHEBAG

If this Highlander fan were still alive, heds tell all his brothers in pinstripes to “hang in there”

“A-Rod blows”

Maybe “Dandy” might have made a difference. There are Highlanders fans asking themselves,”who the hell is Dandy” well you have all winter to  learn about the team history you’re a so-callled fan of

Season tickets for the 2011 NY Highlander season are now on sale,  your prompt payment is appreciated to we can go out and spend more to try to buy a championship

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TONIGHT AT 10PM ET THIS CALL TO THE BULLPEN ON BLOGTALK RADIO

Go to hit the road this morning for work as I have a training class to attended so I just want to send out a reminder that tonight at 10PM ET I’ll be hosting THIS CALL TO THE BULLPEN on BLOG TALK RADIO.

My guests will be Dave Payne and Aviv Blasbalg of Sox vs. Pinstripes. Dave is the Red Sox fan/writer and Aviv the Highlander fan/writer. We’ll look at the season so far for both teams and the race in the AL East and look ahead to the weekend series at Fenway Park between the two teams.

As always, if you can’t join us live you can listen later from our show page on BLOG TALK RADIO or right here at Kranepool Society (click on the widget on the lower left side bar)

Quick hits:

That was one tough game to watch last night between no one in the ball park (announced attendance was 14,350. They must have counted 350 in the seats and 14,000 driving by the ball park), Ollie with his walks and the offense stagnant, by 9PM I bailed not just because the game was dragging but it was time for 24. Just for one day, I want to be like Jack Bauer, I mean what could be better than to grab someone you can’t stand by the neck and say “Do you know who I am” and have them shit themselves.

Big Pelf went for an MRI because he felt tightness in his shoulder.   The MRI came out fine and Pelf said nothing to worry about. I guess when he books a flight to Birmingham, then I’ll panic.

First it was booing Santa Claus, then it was cheering as Michael Irvin was laid out unconscious on the field, then it was a jail at the Vet, then it was fans vomiting on children and now cops using stun guns on fans. Welcome to Philadelphia America’s Most Uncivilized City.

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“I’M JUST A SOUL WHOSE INTENTIONS ARE GOOD, OH LORD, PLEASE DON’T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD”

It looks like a foregone conclusion that the Mets and Aaron Heilman are headed for divorce court under the irreconcilable difference statue as Heilman is still fighting his starting pitcher persona and the Mets feel with just two pitches Heilman is more effective as a reliever. From last years results and the fact the Heilman did not step up and grab the closers role by the throat for his welfare and that of Mets fans it’s time for Aaron Heilman to back his bags and look for greener pastures.

 

The site We Should All Be GM’s has a very good Q & A with one time Met Eric Valent. Valent is now a minor league coach for the Phillies but rates his hitting for the cycle as a Met in 2004 as his big league highlight.

 

There will be a long dragged out debate about Mike Mussina and whether he is Cooperstown worthy. If he wasn’t a Highlander then guys like Mike Francesa would just hand wave it off as ridiculous his chances but as we all know every player who has worn the Highlander pinstripes is Hall of Fame worthy. It’s a shock to me the Joe Verbanic doesn’t have a plaque upstate.

 

If Mussina was to be granted a spot in Cooperstown I wouldn’t argue it as he hasn’t been dominant but he has been one of the best pitchers of his time and he was very good for 18 years, but is very good enough to make it to the hallowed halls of the HOF? Well that’s up for debate. I will leave this out there, who would you pick if you were in a must win situation, Mike Mussina or Jerry Koosman?

 

I’m not ready to panic after last nights Ranger ass kicking at the hands of the Canucks and although Tom (speaks in tongues) Renny claims he gave King Hank the high sign to flee the crease to the comfort of a corner spot on the bench, Hank was well within his rights to abdicate his spot as the Rangers left him in a gun fight with a pea shooter last night.

 

Daniel Murphy is back in NYC and after stopping off at the Mets offices at $iti Field to pick up the ten bucks for the co-pay, he will have an MRI on his ailing knee.

 

          

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