When You Play Not To Lose, You’re A Loser

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Preach it Herm! Preach it!

I guess Terry Collins doesn’t believe that pitchers win/loss records are meaningless. Last night Collins pulled Jeremy Hefner from his start after 6 innings and 94 pitchers with a 3-2 lead because he wanted Hefner “to feel good about himself and not let HIM lose the game”. HIM, Hefner the individual not the TEAM but this one player on the TEAM the manager was worried about. Collins went on to say that Hefner has been down about not getting a win, seriously ?  Is this where we are now, worried about individual feelings of players?   

It’s not just Hefner but how about Ike Davis? On any other team Ike would have been sent to Triple A told to work out his hitting problems and then work on getting back to the big leagues.  Teams do this all the time.  Why Sandy Alderson has become so passive with Ike is baffling to me. But then again it seems the organization has taken a big step back when it comes to accountability.

We all knew this wasn’t a contending team but did we think it would be a non-competitive team? I didn’t but when I hear the manager worry about the psyche of a journeyman pitcher instead of challenging him to get out there and finish the job and then to keep running Ike Davis out there every day to embarrass himself, you have to wonder how lost Terry Collins is right now. What does it say about Hefner that he didn’t demand the ball for the 7th inning? Hefner should have put up a fight to where he would have to be restrained from ripping the bullpen phone out the wall. But like the bulk of this Mets team he lacks passion.  In fact the whole organization lacks passion.  

And talk about killing a players confidence, how do you think Juan Legares and Jordany Valdespin feel  sitting out of the lineup day after day? And  you wonder why JV1 has a piss poor attitude? I don’t blame him.  If I’m Legares and Valdespin I try to figure out whose arm I have to break to get them out the lineup so I can get in.

Its’ one thing to compete and lose but at least you can say I gave it all I have and played to win. The Mets play not to lose and when you have that mindset, you usually lose.

 

   

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R.A. Dickey at the DREAM Charter School in Harlem

Yesterday I was fortunate to be invited to the DREAM Charter School in Harlem where there was a school assembly to celebrate National Family Literacy Month. As part of the festivities, R.A. Dickey was there to speak to the kids and distribute over 1,200 new books to the school and to the students themselves to bring home and start their own personal library.  This was all done with the help of Capital One Bank and The Heart of America Foundation.

It was a thrill to watch Dickey interact with the children and how taken they were to him. I can see Dickey running a school like DREAM after his retirement as he not only has a gift on the pitcher’s mound with his extraordinary knuckleball l but he also exceptional way with kids as well. R.A. stressed to the children that they should strive to be whatever they aspire to do in life and not let the “dream busters” deter them from their goals.

Check out The Heart of America and Capital One’s Book by Book program for more information about the good deeds these two organizations are doing for kids and children’s literacy.

After Dickey finished speaking to the kindergarten class at DREAM, he was able to give myself and the media members a few minutes for a Q & A session, which you can listen to by clicking here.

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Maybe A Showtune Would Help The Mets ?

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Nothing has worked for Terry Collins to get his team off the second half schnide, somatbe he should do a little song and dance

 

Lucas Duda is back with the big club and JV1 goes back the Wallyworld. I’m sure Valdespin will be back in September but there are many in the Mets clubhouse who I’m sure wished Valdy a nice trip to Buffalo and don’t let the clubhouse door hit you on the ass on the way out.

Scott Hairston and Anders Torres have been placed on waivers.  I’m sure Hairston will be claimed and hopefully the Mets can deal Hairston for a prospect or two but I doubt anyone is going to claim Torres, you never know but I really doubt it.  If Torres is not claimed I’d rather see the Mets release him and let Matt Den Deker play CF in September.

Seems Ruben Tejada took a shot to the nuts (he wasn’t wearing a cup, I guess he has no thoughts of being a daddy) and that was the excuse explanation for not running out a ground ball yesterday. If he was hurting so much form the shot to the McNuggets than he should have been removed from the game, if you’re in the game you got play hard even if you have swollen scrotum.

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HEY KIDS, THE BAND IS GETTING BACK TOGETHER!!!!!!

SNY is announcing that Paul DePodesta (DePo) has joined the New York Mets front office as Vice President of Player Development and Amature Scouting .

Seriously Mets fans did you ever think we’d see the day when out beloved baseball team would enter (GULP!) the 21st Century. Yeah, Omar Minaya is going to stay on in the organization HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA!  

So what do we call this new SUPERGROUP of baseball minds running the Mets ? The Traveling Alderson’s ? Those Crooked Skill Sets? How about the JUSTICE LEAGUE of FLUSHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think Mike Francesa just shat his pants!

So does this mean Terry Collins will be the Mgr.

I ain’t bored anymore folks!

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GABBA GABBA HEY JEFFEY SIGN SANDY ALDERSON AND YOU WILL BE A PINHEAD NO MORE

All this great talk about Sandy Alderson has me very edgy as he would be my first choice to come in to run the Mets and it seems all signs are pointing to Alderson becoming the Mets Baseball Czar if Jeffey and Freddy Skill Sets give the A-OK.

If all that purging of their souls on execusion day was real, then Sandy Alderson will be running the Mets by the end of the month. If it does happen I promise to start calling the Skill Sets by their proper names and I will buy a ticket plan for 2011 and I will wear a piece of Mets clothing everyday this off season. That’s how much I want to see a Sandy Alderson presser at Citi Field.

So Jeffey, Freddy and Uncle Saul this is your time to stop being pinheads and act like real baseball owners.

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VOTE NOW SHOULD HOWARD MEGDAL BE THE NEXT METS GM?

If there was ever a time that the NY Mets organization needed someone like Howard Megdal, it’s now. A Megdal Administration would be the antithesis of the current stumble bums now running our favorite baseball team into the ground. Howard is running on a platform of LOGIC, TRANSPARENCY, PASSION and oh how the Mets need an infusion of all three.

Please vote now for Howard Megdal for GM and join Howard and myself on THIS CALL TO THE BULLPEN on BLOG TALK RADIO tomorrow night at 10PM ET, as we discuss the present day Mets and Howard’s blueprint of fixing the total Mets organization

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TICK, TICK, TICK TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR JERRY MANUEL TICK, TICK , TICK

Even if the Mets take the next three from the Phuck Phaces as the series starts tonight at $iti Field, it looks like Jerry Manuel could still be out as manager of the Mets. There are some serious cracks in the foundation.

First there was the confrontation between Frankie Rodriguez and Randy Neimann the bullpen Sunday night. At first glance, I chalked this to shit happens in the heat of battle but upon closer inspection it seems Rodriguez is getting annoyed by the way Maunel is using him and made it known when the call came in to get up and get warm. It’s not really known what was said but I could guess that Rodriguez made it known that he’s getting tired of the way he’s being used, getting up, sitting down, being told you won’t be used then having to get ready and come in and get a 5 out save as it seems he’s not just saving games but saving the managers job.

The second incident has to do with a couple of “prominent Mets” upset that Darryl Strawberry has been in the clubhouse trying to help players relax and focus on winning. I mean we can speculate on who’s “wittle feelings” were hurt that big bad Straw. It’s not like Straw said anything critical of inflammatory:

  “He was saying you’re better than last place. He told them it was ‘rough’ watching them play, but you’re better than what you showed,” a Mets insider said. “Some of the guys who don’t know Darryl that well, don’t know he still bleeds Mets blue might have thought it (his advice) was too tough.”

 

“If they don’t know Darryl they might have wondered why he was coming on so strong,” the spy said. “He is sincere. He still cares. That’s why.”

 

 

WOW if they think that was too tough they’d cry like a baby reading what I write. I don’t think it’s Wright or Reyes doing the complaining as they’ve been around and know what Strawberry and all the 86’ers mean to the organization and the fan base but it would be leader-like for Wright and Reyes to step up and defend Darryl and his fellow World Champs and tell those who are complaining to shut the fuck up. If I ever find out who the players are who are crying about Strawberry in the clubhouse, I promise to expose these frauds for the fucking losers that they are.

It’s these little outbursts that show whether the manager is losing his team or not and add this in with the Maine blowout and the total misuse of his bullpen and the fact that David Wright was benched and Jeff Francoeur gets his name in the lineup every day and produces nothing but failure tells you it’s time to let Jerry Manuel go.

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GOOD TIDINGS TO YOU NO, NOT YOU JEFF

I’m running out the door to spread some Christmas cheer but before I do, a moment please:

What does your Dickey do? Mine throws a knuckleball

Hello? Where have you been hearing that the Mets should get David DeJesus and Gil Meche? Hello? Is this thing on?

Fork please! Carlos Delgado is as done as a Christmas goose.

When it comes to Assclowns nobody beats Highlander fans. Some of these geniuses have been calling WFAN or Twittering that they hate the deal that brought Javier Vasquez to the Highlanders for Melkey Cabrea and a couple of bush leaguers. Sometimes Highlander fans your stupidity is breath taking.

Thank you Mike Vaccaro, thank you for a wonderful column this morning.

Why do I get the sad feeling that we will see more Red Sox stories in the fish wraps this summer than Mets news?

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PRO BASEBALL CENTRAL THURSDAY MARCH 26 9PM EDST

I’ve been running tons of errands this morning (got to get to Shop Rite before them blue haired ladies clog the aisles) and I’m running baseball practice this afternoon so I’m putting my plan together but I just wanted to remind everyone that tomorrow night is Pro Baseball Central on Blog Talk Radio and Joe Mc Donald and I will preview the upcoming 2009 season with a look at the divisions and pennant and World Series predictions and as always your call are encouraged so join in the conversation at (646) 595-4462

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I WILL BE ON NY BASEBALL DIGEST TONIGHT

Just a quick post as I’ running  out the door, I will be a guest on Mike Silva’s NY Baseball Digest show tonight on Blog Talk Radio at 7PM EST I’m pretty sure we will a few topics to discuss.

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