HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!!

Just would like to take the time to wish you all and Happy and Healthy New Year in 2012. I hope we can get back to some important Mets on the field news in the coming weeks but for now I’m watching Sunderland try to pull off a second stunner in the EPL this weekend (Man U’s loss to Blackburn Rovers a SHOCKER! but good for Blackburn’ under fire manager Steve Kean, us Steve Kean(e)’s got to stick together) trying to beat Man City while waiting for the big Giants-Cowgirls game tonight and then the Rangers-Flyers tomorrow in the Winter Classics. In between that we have a couple of invites from friends so I’ve told my wife to coordinate this as one sitting for the 1PM games and the other for the 4 PM games.

For the Giants-Cowgirls I have to be here at the Kranepool Society World Headquarters and not a neutral site.

I also informed  my family if they ever trot me out that way Dick Clark has been put on display the last few New Years Eve’s since his stroke, I will haunt then for eternity. I wish Clark’s family would stop ruining his legacy and his dignity like this every year.

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METS-CELLANEOUS

For some reason, I have centerfielders on my mind

All’s quiet in Flushing and according to Adam Rubin, it will stay quiet until the team meets in Port St. Lonsome. Seems the Mets are close to reaching their budget ceiling of $90Mil

The only thing that has me thinking the signing of Yu Darvish is a good move is that Nolan Ryan is running the Rangers  and if he didn’t think Darvish was worth it, the Rangers would never have bid over $50 mil to obtain his rights. Imagine having $50 mil to throw around just for a bid on a player? SIGH!  I miss those big market days    

Happy Birthday to David Wright who is 29 years old today and still a Met.  Rumor is he wanted a strawberry shortcake birthday cake but got a cherry filled cake instead #BlameBeltran

Mets Police has his released his Airing of Grievances today after giving out his awards for 2011 (The Mazzilli’s)

Frank Fransisco is officially a Mets after passing his physical two weeks after agreeing to a deal. The hold up was the club was trying to scrape together the co-pay.

The Arizona Diamondbacks signed Jason Kubel to a 2yr/$15 mil contract yesterday. This relegates Gerardo Parra, the 2011 Gold Glove winner, to fourth outfielder status. If I’m the GM of the Mets ( I just play a GM here on the internet) I am on the phone right now with Kevin Towers trying to find a way get Parra to the Mets to play center field.

Finally Happy Hanukkah to all those who celebrate the holiday

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WRIGHT TO ANGELS HAS MY INTEREST

I haven’t had time to post either yesterday or today so before I head out the door for a full day of football and the evening at MSG for Rangers-Jets, let me just make a quick comment on Joel Sherman’s story on the Mets talking about dealing David Wright to the Angels for Peter Bourjos and one or two pitching prospects.

If Sandy Alderson can pull that deal off it’s a steal for the Mets. Again, again, again this is NOT an anti-Wright sentiment it’s just the realization that Jose Reyes isn’t coming back and this organization is in need of a through rebuilding program and Alderson seems the feel that way as well.

Oh and don’t think that the quotes from a “Mets front office person” is a leak, it’s more of a well placed mole getting the front offices’ message out without getting dirty.

 

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METS FANS BE PREPARED

I’m just back from Citi Field where the Mets held Citi Kids Day for some 5th and 6th grade public school children of NYC. The attraction besides getting to sit in the Mets Clubhouse, we meeting Mets players Dillon Gee, Josh Thole, Bobby Parnell, R.A. Dickey, Jose Reyes and 2011 Opening Day starter Mike Pelfrey along with manager Terry Collins.

I haven’t had time to transcribe what I have from the interviews with the players (I hope to have some of it up tomorrow as I came home and now I’m off to MSG for Rangers-Maple Leafs) but the main theme I picked up from the players is, they feel this team is no also ran and 2011 is not just a bridge to the future. The word you heard the most today was “preparation” as in lack of it last year and lot’s of emphasis on it this year.

Mike Pelfrey, beaming from the announcement that he will be on the mound April 1 in Florida, told us of Terry Collins sitting with the players at lunch today going over relay throws and defensive alignments. The whole time Big Pelf had a big grin conveying his liking of this new direction.

More tomorrow ……………………..

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BETTER LATE THAN NEVER I GUESS

This post may be all over the place as I’m suffering from a lack of focus today. I went to Rangers-Caps last night at MSG and unfortunately the game was broadcast on Versus which meant the game started a half hour later than usual and there are more stoppages of play. There is nothing sillier than watching hockey players standing around with nothing to do while waiting for a TV timeout to end. So because of all that, the game ended late and I had to catch an 11PM boat to Staten Island so I didn’t get home until a quarter to 12. Then it doesn’t help that one of our cats doesn’t realize I’m off on Wednesday’s or I think he just doesn’t give a shit, and wants to eat at 5:30AM, and I just can’t feed him and go back to bed because (a) Once I wake up, I’m up and (b) my kids get up at 6:30 to get ready for school so it’s a moot point.

Then I have an episode of The Wire on DVR, DirecTV has been running The Wire every week from the first episode and I’m hooked all over again. There is no show in the history of television that can stand with The Wire. No argument, The Wire is TV’s greatest show ever.

I have the Sports Pope on Yes on in the background and a commercial comes on to hawk commemorative coins for the 10th anniversary of the attack of the September 11th on the World Trade Center. This has to be the most vile, disgusting thing I’ve seen in a long time. Is YES that desperate for revenue that they’d run this ad?  How can anyone with a conscience sell this coin and make money off it? And who is soulless fuck that would buy this coin? I bet the same person that is outraged that a Muslim community center is being built downtown.

Sandy Alderson will go down to Puerto Rico to meet with Carlos Beltran as Beltran opens his Academy. Nice gesture by Alderson to reach out to Beltran but I’m sure Alderson is more interested in the condition of Beltran’s knee and his ability to play centerfield and I’m sure he’ll reinforce to Beltran that he days of distrust with the front office are over.

The Charlie Samuels saga gets more sordid everyday.  A lot of things are coming into focus with the revelations that Samuels was not just stealing equipment and selling it (to the point that the market is saturated with Mets memorabilia supposedly keeping the prices down, I guess Charley didn’t get his grubby little hands on those minor league batting helmets the club has been selling at $iti Field ) he was the Skill Sets mole. The Skill Sets must have seen the shit flying in the air towards the fan and in turn decided it was time to call in the Marines. Again, this story will get worse before it’s over.

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APPEARING TONIGHT: GOD OLLIE (SO FAR)

Trying to watch both the Mets-Pads game and Rangers-Caps Game 1 sticking mostly with the Rangers (who are up 3-2 after 2 periods and without a doubt if Alexander Ovechkin played at the 53 rd St park in Brooklyn, he’d get his ass kicked every game.

Looks like Good Ollie has made his 2009 debut tonight so far it’s 2-1 Mets after 5 hopefully Good Ollie can last until the 7th so the firm of Putz & Rodriguez can close this one out.

Long day today as my kids are still home on Easter break so we had to hit the city for the day of theatre lunch and shopping so I’m beat and broke ( a bad combination ) so after reading my e-mails I’m ready for baseball and hockey for the evening.

Back in the A.M

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WORLD’S ARE COLLIDING HERE

 

 

 

As I was channel surfing last night I stumbled upon the US-PR WBC game on the MLB Network and I nearly passed out when I saw D-Wright sliding head first into home plate for Team America.  I figured Wright, the Mets and Mets fans had dodged a bullet when Wright taking in knee to the head was ok but now here comes the separated shoulder and 6 months on the DL but Wright jumped up clapping his hands and was in fine shape.  So relieved , I went back to Rangers-Canadians on MSG.

After a thrilling Rangers victory in a shootout of the Habs (and a jump to 6th place in the East, I so want the Devils in the first round just to kick Fat Marty’s ass) I flip back over to the classic which is now in the 9th inning just in time to see D-Wright take Fernando Cabrera’ slider that was down and away-a pretty good pitch-the other way (J-Man’s hitting drill comes thru again) for a well placed single to win the game for USA.

As happy as I was for Wright it was still a bit unnerving to see Derek Jeter and Jimmy Rollins grabbing Wright and hugging him during the celebration. I bet Jeter wishes his third baseman was hot like ours

  

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ALL THE BEST GRAVY!!!!

 

Tonight at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers will add GRAVES 9 to the rafers of the Worlds Most Famous Arena and every Ranger fan will cheer not just for the player that Adam Graves was but for the man Adams Graves is.

Thank you Gravy for all you’ve done on the ice for the Blushirts and thank you for all you’ve given off the ice as well.

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STRIKE A POSE AND WELCOME BACK THE INTERN FROM VOGUE

Former Ranger and antagonist of Fat Marty of Newark, Sean Avery returns to MSG tonight with his new team, the Big and Bright Stars from Dallas and from the missives out of 33rd St and 7 Ave there isn’t much love lost in the Blueshirt locker room over the departure of Avery. It will be intriguing to hear the Garden Faithful reaction to one of the biggest fan favorites not named Fotiu or Domi.

On MSG’s Hockey Night Live Saturday night Ken Danyko stated the he had heard from some Rangers that team was glad that Avery was not re-signed for as much as he added on the ice he was an irritant off it for the club. All I know is as a fan he was a top notch pain in the ass to the opposition especially to the Devils and Fat Marty and when he was out with an elbow injury he sat in the Blue Seats and bought Heinken’s for the fans.  How do you not cheer for a guy like that?

Maybe Avery was a clubhouse lawyer but I think a lot of this team unity is more of #68 being gone than losing Avery.

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