NOT EXACTLY A MAINE MAN

We are told not to take the stats from spring training too seriously especially early, but the quotes coming from John Maine after his cameo appearance yesterday left me a bit unsettled.

Because of the rain the last couple of days in Florida, the Mets have tried to rearrange the pitching assignments to make sure every one gets in their work. Maine came into yesterday’s game after Johan Santana pitched four superb innings, starting the fifth inning. He got two quick outs then the roof caved in as he gave up a couple of walks and a couple of doubles and next thing you know he had to be taken out of the game without completing the inning. Now if it were just that, I’d say he was working on different pitchers and looks like those pitches need some fine tuning, but it was Maine’ statements after the game that have me concerned.

 “I felt good,” Maine said. “It’s just one of those days. My shoulder and arm feel fine. Coming in like that – off my routine – I just wasn’t at all prepared. It was different. I didn’t get the job done. …I just wasn’t kind of that into it and just wasn’t that comfortable.”

 

So physically Maine claims to be fine but mentally he’s all fucked up for the lack of a better term, if there were ever a poor choice of words, “I just wasn’t kind of into it and just wasn’t comfortable” that quote would be it. If I’m the manager or GM, I would have left a call to Mr. Maine to be at the complex at 7AM this morning to explain that quote.

Maine’ biggest problem he said he’s used to starting a game and getting ready to make the game his, that’s fine but this is an exhibition game, a practice game, the one time during the year where the numbers on the scoreboard mean nothing plus it wasn’t like Maine was coming into the game with the bases loaded and no outs, he was starting the fifth inning. With all that Maine was still not fit for duty:

“I am a creature of habit,” Maine said. “I have a certain routine. I was out of sync, off my routine. I just wasn’t prepared. I didn’t get the job done. It’s the whole aspect of throwing before the game, sitting down and doing this.”

The players and management of this team have more excuses than Eric Massa, in fact I’m wondering if someone in the Mets clubhouse tickled Jose Reyes to the point his Thyroid nearly exploded.

Maine makes his next stat on Saturday and if he’s not into that start, maybe management would be into trading for Andy Sonnerstine who looks to be on the trade market. 

Management can spin their confidence about the starting rotation in public all they want but I’m sure behind closed door the brain trust feels their desperately need another solid starter and are working the phone lines to feel out the offers. Give it a day or two but rumors will be flowing like the weekends  rain off your gutters, that the Mets are looking for pitching, especially if Maine has another performances like yesterday .

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I WATCHED THIS BUT NOW I WISH I HADN’T

Let me warn you, this is a clip of the scoreboard at Shea being brought down via demoltion and if you’re like me watching this is painful.  If the demise of Shea is still a sore subject with you skip this clip but I just stared at the screen and I’m thankful no one is around as I needed to dry my eyes after this.

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TRADITION!!!!!!!!!!!

Last night was my first hockey night of the season as I made my way over to the rink at 33rd and 8th for Rangers-Maple Leafs an Original Six match-up ( I heart Original Six) as we sat around talking politics, baseball and how the three young ladies sitting two rows down made those RANGERS sweaters look as good as Dior dresses, the Garden PA announcer came on to greet the crowd and after telling us how the NHL was proud to present and Original Six match up, the lights went down and this video played on the scoreboard screen.

Me and Tevje have alot in common we both love TRADITION! What bug the shit out me the most about the Mets is the lack of TRADITION. All the teams I root for the Rangers, NY Football Giants, Boston Celtics, Fighting Irish of Notre Dame all embrace their past. When you play for any of those teams it’s like being a U.S. Marine- there is no such thing as an ex-Marine once a Marine always a Marine-same for those teams.

But for the Mets, it’s like management is embarrassed by the teams past. Just look at this past season. I ‘ve ranted over and over how the closing of Shea could have been handled better and just the fact that the new place looks like Ebbets Field tells you what the Skill Sets think of our TRADITION. You know where it says $iti Field arcoss the outside facade of the park, why couldn’t you put a Mr. Met on one side and maybe the hat with the Apple on the other? Something to show that the METS play here and not that the DODGERS moved back to NY.

As I watched that video last night at the Garden, I asked a the friends I was with if they could ever see the Mets doing a video like that? They looked at me and said, “You of all people are asking that”? I know wishful thinking that some day I would see Ed Kranepool on the HD Diamond Vision of $iti Field say to one and all “I Am A Met” <sigh!>

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