SLOW RIDE, TAKE IT EASY

 

I’m having some major computer issues today so that’s why this post is sooooooo late. I’m internet (as I posted on Twitter) was as slow as Ramon Castro going first to third and has surpassed Mo Vaughn after lunch slow to Bengi Molina slow so that’s why I’m shutting everything down and going out to hang out with James Gandolfini and Steve Shrippa out here in TriBeca. 

Before I write about the Mets today a word or two on Lawrence Taylor. What happened yesterday with  LT is a major kick in the nuts to all NY Giants fans of my generation. Taylor was not just the greatest Giants player of all time but arguably one of if not the greatest football player to ever approach the line of scrimmage. I don’t know if he was set up by the girls pimp or what the whole story is with this girl who was portrayed as a runaway and now from reading the news stories this morning, had a falling out with her family and removed from her home to live with an uncle, it’s such a sordid affair and a story that will just grow as more information comes out. But with all that the fact that the girl was 16 will be what sends LT to the slammer and if he did have sex with this girl, who allegedly was sent to LT against her will and was beat up by the pimp before hooking up with Taylor, then LT should go to prison for a long time.

I’m not throwing my 56 jersey in the trash just yet. I’m holding out hope that this was a frame job and that may be naive of me but LT is in my pantheon of New York sports legends so he gets the benefit of the doubt right now.

The Hall Of The Very Good has a Q & A with ex-Met and Hall of Famer, Gary Carter. An interesting exchange in this post is Carter’ take on Tim Raines making the Hall of Fame:

HOVG: This July, you’ll be on that stage in Cooperstown when “The Hawk” finally makes his way to Cooperstown. How long until Raines gets his call?

 

CARTER: It may be a long time or maybe never. He has good numbers but that is a tough call.

Interesting to say the least

The Mets Police has a couple of interesting items today one is a photo of $iti Field with the walls painted Mets blue and the old skyline that was above the (bow heads) Shea Stadium scoreboard and is now above the Shake Shack and Blue Smoke incorporated into the new scoreboard. This looks fabulous, absolutely fabulous. Then Mets Police Chief Shannon Shark brings up an interesting argument, should the Mets wear either their Los Mets or a roadie made up with Nueva York when the go to Puerto Rico to play the Fish and then wear them to Phoenix when they play the Snakes ? As Shannon says I don’t want to start a political shit storm here, but I’m sure long time readers can figure out where I stand on the law passed in Arizona, I would definitely vote to wear Nueva York jersey’s as they make more sense than Los Mets.

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TONY B METS MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER

 

 

Gotta love Tony Bernazard the man has a way with words, especially when it come to the Mets catching situation and bringing in Pudge Rodriguez:

Some of us wished we could have him (Rodriguez) with us, but the truth is that we have two catchers under contract,” Bernazard told El Nuevo Dia. “It’s not so easy to make a move right now to make it possible to have him with us.”

This goes more to Ramon Castro than to Brain Schneider as the word is the Mets feel that Castro is an underachieving lump of shit who finds excuse after excuse to not step up when he’s needed.

The Mets look to have taken a more tough love approach this spring to see how the players in the cross hairs would react. Gimp Castillo was the first as he was shopped around more than a ‘ho on the Hunts Point stroll. He has responded so far this spring with a better work ethic and attitude. Ryan Church was next to given a shove by Warlord Jerry and he has taken it and used it to his advantage.  Duaner Sanchez was the first casualty of the tough love and was given severance pay and a well deserved kick to the curb.

Now come the catchers who if they have been paying attention realize the front office isn’t joking about making players accountable and have been told bluntly that the only reason your two sorry ass’s are here is no one else wants you and we wish we could dump you off and sign a has been, performance enhancing broken down catcher who even in that state of decline is better than you two.

Now let’s see how Shrek/Schienderhandled this diss down.

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JUST CALL ME ROSTER-FARIAN

(Twenty)Five to one, baby, one in (twenty) five,
No one here gets out alive now.
You’ll get yours, baby, I’ll get mine,
Gonna make it, baby, if we try.

Ken Davidoff is going to compile his 25 man Mets roster as if opening day was today so I thought I’d post mine here and the caveat is “if today was opening day” so of course this list is subject to change.

 

STARTING PITHCERS (5)

 

Johan Santana

Mike Pelfrey

Oliver Perez

John Maine

Tim Redding

 

The first four spots are locks the fifth spot I give to Redding not on merit but on the fact that he has a $2mil contract and that Freddy Garcia can be left in extended spring training. Livan Hernandez is an option which would shift Redding to the bullpen which is something I would be against doing but it would be the option the Mets would make if they had to finalize the roster today. Don’t forget the Jeri-Curl shadow of Petey lurking in the background and Joh Niese becomes the Bison Ace

 

RELIVERS (6)

 

Frankie Rodriguez

J.J. Putz

Sean Green

Pedro Feliciano

Ron Villone

Brian Stokes

 

The last spot goes to Stokes but I hope the Mets can work out something with the Angels to keep Darren O’Day and let him go to Buffalo. Mat DeSalvo has looked good this early spring but he’s a NRI so he’s have to be real charming to take at spot off the 40 man roster.

 

CATCHER (2)

 

Brian Schneider

Ramon Castro

 

The Pudge to Mets talk is still strong as Rodriguez has looked good in the WBC and has made it no secret he’d love to be a Met. Two things could either happen here. The Mets find someone to take Castro and his $2 mil salary and in turn they sign Pudge or this is the swift kick in his fat lazy ass that Shriek needs desperately

 

INFIELD (6)

 

Carlos Delgado

Luis Castillo

Jose Reyes

David Wright

Alex Cora

Fernando Tatis

 

Tatis is valuable not just for his righty bat but for his swingman status from infield to outfield. Cora will spell both Reyes and Castillo and could become a major payer for the team this season as I get the feeling that J-Man will being giving both Reyes and Wright more days off during July and August.

 

OUTFIELD (6)

 

Daniel Murphy

Carlos Beltran

Ryan Church

Jeremy Reed

Bobby Kielty

 

This will be interesting to watch. J-Man has taken a shine to Kielty and I’ve been a fan of his as well he has that “somethin’ somethin’ that you like in a ball player. The problem here is Marlon Anderson and his contract. Anderson is guaranteed  $1.5 mil for 2009 and pre-Madoff that would be chump change now that Omar is on a strict budget this salary will be tough to swallow as Anderson at that price (or any price to be honest) is untradable

 

   

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RANDOM ACT OF BLOGGING THE MONDAY AFTERNOON EDTION

It’s good to see D-Wright is mad, I mean really, really mad:

 

{“I don’t like those guys,” Wright said. “I know they don’t like us. There are guys that I respect on that team. I respect them, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m going to be friends with them. My whole career, I’ve tried to stay away from that. I’ll shake somebody’s hand and say hello, but I’m not going to be buddy-buddy with anyone before the game.

 

“I’m not a big fan of the teams in our division just because we play them so much. I would hope as a competitor that you would have that edge, that you would have a genuine interest to go out there and beat them by as much as you can}

 

Okay, it’s a start. I don’t figure Wright to take on my Braveheart mentality when it comes to our division rivals although I’d love it if he did but what I found interesting was the “I’ll shake somebody’s hand and say hello but I’m not going to be buddy-buddy with anyone before the game” quote. If you watch the Mets during warm ups it seems the players love to hug and kibitz with some players on the opposing team, and with the risk of being called a racist, it’s mostly the Latin players who do this. I don’t ever see D-Wright calling them out for doing that. In fact it was one of the pet peeves that Willie Randolph had when Omar and Tony B would be on the field before a game against the Nats and showing Manny Acta much love.

 

Saw this on Metsblog, seems Omar and Co. are not too crazy about the Brian Schneider/Ramon Castro catching tandem and an upgrade behind the plate is on the off season to do list.

 

New York Magazine is celebrating its 40th Anniversary and the editors asked some sportswriters who they thought were the Top 10 NY Athletes of the last 40 years. Each writer gave some excellent choices (check out Selena Roberts who went off on a whole different tangent) I made my own list and it was very tough to limit it to 10 but here are my Top 10 NYC Athletes from 1968-2008:

 

 

1.      Tom Seaver-He is the reason why we care about the Mets

 

2.      Joe Namath- Even though I’m not a Jets fan I was and still am a huge Joe Willie fan. 

 

3.      Lawrence Taylor-The greatest defensive football player ever and second only to Jim Brown as the greatest football player ever.

 

4.      Willis Reed-Game 7 1970 NBA Finals I still get goose bumps when I see videos of Reed limping on to the court

 

5.      Walt Clyde Frazier-Always the coolest guy in the room and what gets lost in the Reed scenario is Clyde lighting up the Lakers for 36 pts and 19 dimes.

 

6.      Mark Messier-The Captain Always The Captain

 

7.      Reggie Jackson-If there was a guy born to play in NYC it was Reggie

 

8.      Mariano Rivera-Yes it kills me but what’s fair is fair he is the greatest reliever in history

 

9.      Dwight Gooden-Every home start was an event must see baseball

 

10.  Pele-If you weren’t around during the days of the New York Cosmos this choice may not make sense to you but think of Pele like you would of Babe Ruth.

 

 

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