Bye Bye Bay-by, Bay-by Good Bye !

So Mets fans are you happy now? We all wanted to be rid of Jason Bay and his unproductive bat and Debbie Downer body language and the Mets have granted us that request. The club sat down with Bay and worked out a deal where Bay gets the full $21 mil he’s owed on his contract. It looks like the club and Bay have structured a deal where some of the $21 mil is deferred, how much that helps the team this off season remains to be seen.

I think by now it’s clear that Sandy Alderson does not deal in emotions when it comes to this team.  We saw it last off season when after approaching  Jose Reyes’ agent during the season to talk contract extension and was told that Reyes would rather test the free agent waters. When the season was over Reyes’ handlers wanted the Mets to make an offer and were told by Alderson that he was not about to set the market price and it would be in Reyes’ best interest to get an offer and get back to him. They did with the only offer out there from the Marlins of 6 years and $106 mil, to which Alderson said, “enjoy South Beach”. It was the right move.

As we have seen with Luis Castillo, Oliver Perez and D.J. Carrasco, Alderson has no problem approaching the Skill Sets with the recommendation of eating salary. Even with all the red ink flooding Citi Field, the move was still made to eat Bay’s remaining contract however it is structured is a positive move.

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Sorry To Have Been Out Of The Loop

 

Well, instead of worrying about David Wright’s and R.A. Dickey’s contracts and how the Mets would put a contending team on the field for 2013, me and every other person in the NY Metro area’s lives has been side tracked by the devastation Hurricane Sandy brought upon us.

As you see in the picture up top, I lost the roof over the extension of my house. Underneath that roof is my living room that had rain coming through it on Monday night during the height of the storm. After grabbing some tarps from my basement and running to the yard to grab garbage cans, hoping the tree in my yard did snap while I was out there, we staved off a disaster.

Thankfully my contractor that I’ve used for renovations on my house, sent his guys over Tuesday to fix my roof and tear down the ceiling in my living room and as I type this they are re-sheet rocking the ceiling they just put in a year ago. But I am a very lucky guy.

The Atlantic Ocean is a mile and a half from my house. In the summer it’s a nice walk straight down from my door to the fishing pier and boardwalk on Father Capadano Blvd. My daughter plays soccer on a beautiful Field Turf pitch by the pier and I’ve used the baseball fields next to it for many baseball practices, from t-ball through high school. It’s one of the best spots in Staten Island. Today it is a Federal disaster area.

Never ever in my wildest imagination did I think the Atlantic Ocean would ever land on my doorstep. The ocean water came within two blocks of my house, just think, the ocean is a mile and half from my house and the surge just miss my front door.

Television doesn’t do justice to the devastation in the area of South Beach or the whole south coast of Staten Island. The death toll from this disaster has been under reported. Many cops and firemen have told us they are finding bodies under the ruins where homes used to stand. Yes, the area is in Zone A and yes folks were given ample warning to leave but you have to remember the folks who live down there are veterans of hurricanes and severe Nor’easters and have toughed out many a storm. But there has never been a storm that hit like Hurricane Sandy.

Like I say myself and my family were spared in fact I never lost electricity so friends and family who needed to charge phones, computers or needed a hot shower or a cup of coffee came over. In the wake of such a hearting breaking tragedy, it was amazing having friends over for pot luck dinners and hearing kids laughing in my basement as they played games or watched TV.

It’ll get better here on Staten Island and in Breezy Point where my aunt and uncle had a home  for years when as a kid my father would tell us we were headed to visit relations on the “Irish Rivera” to have lots of food, lots of drink and watch lots of Mets baseball. What is stunning is the two hardest hit areas of NYC, Staten Island and Breezy Point, are home to the largest concentration of the city’s first responders.

Give me a couple of more days and I’ll be back worrying about David Wright’s contract and whether it’s better to keep R.A. Dickey or trade him and which outfielders the Mets should be in hot pursuit of it’s just right now I got a few other things on  my mind.

and that’s the ceiling or what used to be the ceiling

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READY TO BURST WITH CELTIC PRIDE

Sorry for the fragmented posts but I’m tired. I did THIS CALL TO THE BULLPEN from 10Pm to 11PM then I co-hosted with Michael Jong of Marlins Maniac on BBA TALK also on BLOG TALK RADIO so I’m a bit tired and if you are reading my Tweets, I am one cranky bastard today.

So thankfully I’m off today from work and due to the rain and cold I canceled baseball practice for this afternoon, for the good of the kids because when I am in my cranky bastard mood and add in that we practice at a field next to South Beach on Staten Island and it’s cold and damp, that is a very explosive combination. Add in that my pitchers have been falling into the bad habit of pitching from behind on just about every hitter that last three games, nothing would good would come from being around people today.

So I will hit my Man Cave at 1PM to watch the Mets-Nats, close the door and activate the OLD MAN IS CRANKY alert to serve as a warning.

You’re surrounded LeBron,  come out with your hands up!

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FELICE NIEVE-DAD

Nice bounce bacDDk by the Mets with Fernando Nieve throwing another gem. I would have liked to see him come out for the 7th inning last night but apparently he was suffering form a stomach aliment that had him tossing his cookie or soup in this instance.

If I’m Ed Wade I’d make my self scares over at Minute Maid Park. How could let this guy Nieve get away for nothing? 

I think  Bobby Parnell could use a day or two off. Maybe join A-Rod in South Beach for some R & R

Brian Schneider had a big 3 run HR last night good for him but he stinks behind the plate More Santos please!!!

Keith Hernandez was talking about Daniel Murphy’s foot work at 1st base as he looked a little awkward on a 4-3 ground ball. Has anyone in the Mets front office asked Mex to work with Danny Boy before a game? I’m sure Keith could take time out from trimming his ‘stache to help the kid out?

We have a 12PM game and it is getting darker and darker my the minute and if we don’t get this one in today that will make 6 rain outs and looking at radar it doesn’ t look good. <sigh!>

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