ONE MORE FOOTBALL GAME MEANS BASEBALL RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER

Let me offer my condolences to you NY Jets fans out there and I know the Mets/Jets connection runs deep (most people when they hear I’m a Mets/Giants fans seem very surprised. What surprises me are the number of people I know who are Highlander/Jets fans those are really rare birds) and team just could not overcome that brutal first half.  

Meanwhile, just 22 days until pitchers and catchers so while you long time Jets fans but those Richard Caster jersey’s in moth balls and the bandwagon jumpers run to Models to get their money back on their SANCHEZ 6 shirts they wore yesterday, let’s turn our attention to our favorite baseball team, besides it’s 7 degrees in NYC today so thoughts of warm breezes and palm trees are in order:

Ed Ryan writes about how keeping Ollie Perez around is bad karma and in a way I agree. If I had my way both Perez and Castillo would be bad memories and the fact is neither one of these slugs will make the team, the question is can the Mets get even a low level minor leaguer for either player and that’s why they’re still around. The Mets have a better shot of getting something of low value for Castillo, especially if a team loses a second baseman during spring training. Perez looks unmovable as no fan base would ever accept their team taking on this lead weight.  The funny part is last week when Mike Pelfrey was asked about Perez, he was quite diplomatic saying the understood it’s been rough for him but Pelf claims Ollie would report every day and workout and go to the bullpen and not really make any waves. Pelf hinted it would have been nice if Perez took the assignment to Buffalo and if he just showed up and ate seeds in the dugout that would have been a problem. Still it’s a thorn in all Mets fans sides seeing both Castillo and Perez in blue and orange and none of us will be happy until we see DFA next to both their names.

The Mets Police asks the question ‘Would you want a Mets FanFest” Well, since I’ve be advocating this for a few years now I guess my answer is HELL YEAH!!!!! Mets PoPo also asks where should it be held and what players, current and former, would you like to see at this event. Most fans would say have it at Citi Field on a Saturday but I think the Javits Center would be better and make a weekend deal out it. You would love to have all the current players attend and as many former one’s as you can. The Mets could sell a lot of merchandise and season tickets at the event as well. You could have Gary Cohen and Howie Rose hold a Mets trivia contest too. I hope you’re reading this David Newman.      

Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times has a follow up to his 15 Worst Endings To A Regular Season Game with 10 Worst Endings to Postseason Games. Both posts are based on a column by Joe Posnanski on The Agony of Defeat but in his posts, Chris doesn’t use any of the items that Joe Pos had. The Mets made the list twice. Guess which games they are?

I got some exciting news from Bill Ivie of I-70 Baseball Radio:

 I-70 Baseball Radio will air tonight and announce to the world one of
the largest and most unique baseball sites to come about in a long
time.  The site will go live in a few weeks but tonight we will make
everyone aware that it is on it’s way.

In addition, we will feature a “I Miss Baseball” discussion and talk
to quite a few writers for the new site on the air about their passion
for this game.  We will also open the phone lines to anyone that wants
to call in and talk about why they love baseball.  Writers for the new
site are coming from all directions and backgrounds from people that
are new to the writing game to some of the most successful writers on
the internet today.

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YEAH, I KNOW THE METS STINK BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN YOU CAN’T ENJOY A DAY AT CITI FIELD ESPECIALLY WHEN IT’S FOR A PITCH IN FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Lynn Cohen works tirelessly for her Pitch In For A Good Cause foundation and as her last event of the season she has a deal for you  remember, there will come a day during the winter that you wish you were at a ball game even to watch this bunch of slugs :

Come celebrate with GKR and our loyal supporters! Food, free GKR tee, stand on the Citi Field warning track during anthem, raffles and fun, fun fun! Get 15% off tickets and all GKR merchandise for blog readers only now through August 15th. Use coupon code “blogger”

In April 2009, a bright-eyed woman named Lynn Cohen began exciting plans for the second annual fundraising event for her beloved foundation, Pitch in for a Good Cause (aka garykeithandron.com). Hope for the future couldn’t have been more rosy, and the inaugural event at Shea Stadium had sold out so fast that she’d had to add extra tickets. Surely the final weekend of Citi Field’s first season would be just as thrilling, if not more so. Hey, maybe our Mets would already be in the playoffs by then!

Optimistic Lynn purchased 800 tickets in the Big Apple seating area at Citi Field for the October 3, 2009 game. With those tickets, she happily added on 800 “meal plans,” including a tasty gourmet appetizer extravaganza and a $15 swipe card to be used anywhere in the ballpark–more than enough for Shake shack burger and shake! What a gorgeous day it will be, she thought. And the cheering, smiling GKR fans would send our Metsies off into October baseball…

Clearly Optimistic Lynn will not be working as a fortune teller anytime soon. Her powers of telling the future are alas way less potent than her ability to design a supercute t-shirt. Who could have foretold what our August 2009 lineup would look like? Where’s our slugging first baseman, our lightening fast short stop, our brand new 8th inning set-up pitcher, our multi-Gold Glove center fielder? Lynn could swear this team looked different when she bought those shiny new tickets…

On August 10th, Less Optimistic Lynn woke up and said “UH OH.” Obviously if the team is firmly in 5th place, the fundraiser is in danger! What to do with all of the tickets and swipe cards on the desk? Let’s make it a party, she thought. Not an end of the year party, but the beginning of a new one! A 2010 New Beginning party. Come to Citi Field with your GKR friends to purge the bad moments of 2009 and celebrate the good ones…and the even better ones that are sure to come next year.

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Come to our party and
Let’s start anew!

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METS NEWS AND SOME VIEWS

NEWS: LIVAN HERNANDEZ NAMED AS 5TH STARTER

 

VIEWS: Who’d a thunk it? Wasn’t this supposed to be a competition between Tim Redding and Jon Niese? Redding in my opinion is being held back more for conditioning reasons and I guess that Omar feels Niese needs more work. How much better is Livan over Niese? When the name Livan Hernandez is brought up the first words out of the Mets mouths is “he’s an innings eater” which is the equivalent as the blind date that has “a great personality” As long as Livan is the 5th starter and not the 4th or God forbid 3rd, the Mets will be okay.  What is not talked about enough is the lack of depth in starting pitching if the Mets lose two or more starters to injury. That’s why Dillon Gee got the start the other day as he has leaped over Nelson Figueroa, Brandon Knight and Tony Armas on the depth chart. Bradley Holt is above those slugs as well.

 

NEWS: GOOD OLLIE SHOWED UP LAST NIGHT IN ST. LONESOME

 

VIEWS: Get used to it. Some things can’t be explained. Trying to figure out which OP will show up at any time is like trying to understand how Keith Richards is still draws breaths.

 

NEWS: MURPHY WILL BAT IN THE 2 HOLE

 

VIEWS: The only guy I know who would disagree with this is Willie Randolph. (let that be the last Willie Randolph mention) Sure Gimp is a most suited for the either of the first two spots in the lineup but the fact is Murphy is too good to bat in the bottom third of the lineup so Gimp has to take a spot in the 8 hole. Does Castillo mind batting 8th? Who cares?

 

NEWS: METS SIGN KEN TAKAHASHI

 

VIEWS: The Mets were rumored early in the off season to have interest in Takahashi who signed with the Blue Jays but was released. Takahashi will join the LOGGY’s On Parade in Buffalo with Casey Fossum, Adam Bostick, Jon Switzer and Heribert Ruelas. You can be sure one of this group will be called up the first time the Mets and Phillies get together.

 

NEWS: JOHAN SANTANA DOES A MEAN JAY HOROWITZ IMPERSONATION

 

 

VIEWS: Great job by Zoe Rice to get this clip of Kevin Burkhardt interviewing Johan Santana and Santana doing his impression of Jay Horowitz. I think it’s safe to say that Santana is enjoying being a Met.

 

NEWS: TOM SEAVER AND MIKE PIAZZA TO THROW OUT THE FIRST PITCH AT $ITI FIELD

 

 

VIEWS: Seaver is The FRANCHISE and Piazza played a huge role in the revival of the  franchise but where is the love for Ed Kranepool? The man still holds or is in the top 10 in all of the Mets lifetime offensive records, he’s an original Met not only did he play at Shea but the Polo Grounds as well why isn’t he involved in this piece of history? I know this will piss off all you PIAZZA 31 Groupies out there but Ed Kranepool is much more a Met than Mike ever was. It should Steady Eddie on the mound with Seaver and for that matter Keith Hernandez and Jerry Koosman should be there as well before Piazza, oh and no way does number 31 get retired before 7 17 or 36.   

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