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How great is this picture!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

 

Before I give my views on the All Star Game and the four day extravaganza  of the events, I’d like for you to check out the Quaz Q & A I did with Jeff Pearlman and I’d like to thank Jeff for  including me in The Quaz.

The best part of the All Star Game and the baseball festival that comes with it is it put the NY Mets back on the baseball map. No longer do Mets fan have to hide their allegiance to the Orange and Blue (why would you?) nope, time to show your colors as the organization, the City of New York and Mets fans put on a great display for baseball fans all over the world to envy.

Matt Harvey was real and spectacular last night. Sure he was amped up in the first inning and his HBP of Robbie Cano was of course an accident, don’t ya know. I’m sure NY Highlander fans are sweating profusely today, not due to the heat wave or Cano’s bruised quad but because they have seen the future of NY Baseball  in Matt Harvey and the NY Mets .

I cannot believe the poor taste displayed by FOX last night by not showing the Canadian National Anthem cutting to a commercial, really classless.

I have no idea who Candice Glover is but I know no one bought a ticket to last night’s game to hear her sing the Star Spangled Banner. That is a fact lost on many folks who sing the anthem like they are auditioning for American Idol or X Factor.   This man should have been tabbed to sing both Oh Canada and The Star Spangled Banner because no one does it better:

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For the life of me I don’t understand how directors of sporting events on TV think the viewer at home wants to see crowd shots of people clapping. When the starting lineups were announced we got a glimpse of David Wright emerging from the dugout then we got to look at the Schmohawks in the stands clapping. It wasn’t until Wright got to the last of the players lined up did we see the handshakes. Awful!

I know it’s all the rage to rag on Tim McCarver and at times it’s deserved especially when he’s reading the lyrics to Enter Sandman, YOWZAA! But it’s his last season as a FOX analyst and I’d agree with those who say not a moment too soon but for those of us who watched him as a player know he was a terrific catcher who was the preferred receiver by two hall of fame pitchers in Bob Gibson and Steve Carlton. He was also a top of his game analyst for the Mets telecasts from 1983 to 1998 where he and Ralph Kiner had great rapport on the air. Sure he should have packed it in years ago but I’m just glad he (or a FOX Sports suit) realized times up.

Can someone explain to me why Erin Andrews   has a job as a sideline reporter?  Shouldn’t she should be teaching cheerleading in a middle school somewhere?

How great was it to see Tom Seaver come out on the Citi Field mound to throw out the first pitch. Seaver has had some health problems of late so I was very happy to see him at the game and looking great and throwing the first pitch to David Wright. Yeah I was teary eyed.

Mike Piazza was also part of the festivities the last few days here in NY and with the news that Piazza will be inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame I hope this means he and the Mets have straighten out any difference they had and he will be a part of the organization and around the team more often . I’m not his biggest fan but I like when former players especially of his caliber are around the club.

Can we get a law passed that Neil Diamond and Sweet Caroline be banned from anymore MLB games. The song is all your Red Sox fans.  I know it was a salute to Boston but they really should have played Lazy Mary that’s OUR song!

I hope David Wright is staying in bed with the A/C on and just crashing for the day. Wright has been out in front of everything this All Star break and no one in the history of the New York Mets has represented the team as he has. With all the sanctimony and false idol worship the NY sports media heaps on Derek Jeter, he doesn’t do half for the Highlanders that Wright does for the Mets.  

How could anyone, that includes you Mets fans, have a problem with the Mariano Rivera moment last night? That was one of the great baseball, sports and New York moments we will ever see. If you criticize Jim Leyland for bringing Rivera in the game in the 8th inning then there is no use in explaining to you as you’re too dense to get it anyway.

By the way, instead of having an All Star MVP why not just make it the All Star Player of the Game Award. I don’t have a problem with Rivera getting the award and in this game it would be tough to give a true MVP but Chris Sale and our Matt Harvey stood out more than any other players in the game.

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YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO TAKE A STAND

If it weren’t for the idiocy of Major League Baseball, all the talk last night and this morning would have been about the emotional and beautifully choreographed pre-game ceremony at Citi Field to honor the memory of the attack of September 11th and the first responders that gave their lives and the others who risked theirs to help others.

I was brought to tears seeing Mike Piazza lead a parade of heroes from the right field side of Citi Field and John Franco doing the same on the left field side.  Then having the ball park lights dim for a moment of silence followed by a spine tingling rendition of the Star Spangled Banner by Marc Anthony. Franco and Piazza then took center stage in their snow white Mets uni tops with the words “9-11-01 we will never forget” embroidered on the sleeve just like it was 10 years ago, to deliver the first pitch of the game. In an eerie silence, Franco, a “Noo Yawk” guy through and through tossed a perfect strike to Piazza, the man who made the Mets relevant again. In fact  what struck me about last night was how sad it was for two reasons, the first was what the commemoration of the evening was for of course, the other, it reminded me when the last time the Mets were a big deal in this town, that choked me up as well.

The Mets wore the same snow whites that they had on 9-21-11, the first sports event in NYC since the demise of the Twin Towers, but on their heads that night were the caps of the FDNY, NYPD, and PAPD the three groups the club had become very close to due to their working side by side during the awful aftermath of the attack. At the time MLB said the Mets couldn’t wear those caps during a major league game and the Mets in turn led by Bobby Valentine told MLB to kiss their New York City ass, we’re wearing them.  What did MLB do? Nothing, just like every other bully that is stood up to. The Mets wore the first responder caps and celebrated in those caps when Mike Piazza, he of the NYPD batting helmet as well, hit his home run that put a smile on faces that thought they’d never smile again. It was not just a classic NY moment or one the best moments in Mets history it showed that baseball, just like during all of the countries dark times, came through once again, it always does, its what makes baseball the great pastime it is.

The Mets of 2011 asked MLB if they could have permission to wear the hats of the first responders again as they did 10 years ago. MLB said no, just like they did 10 years ago. This time though the Mets rolled over, scared to take a stand. There was no Valentine, or Franco, or Ventura, or Zeile on the team to tell MLB to take their no cap memo and shove it up their tight ass’s. The players thought about ignoring the order but claimed the organization would have been severely punished if they did. If the Mets banded together and wore the caps, what was MLB going to do? Absolutely nothing.  Again to beat the bully you need to stand up to the bully.

I don’t know if I’ve told this story here but if I did I apologize but I think it should be told here.  As I’ve mention on numerous occasions, I manage a 14-15 year old Babe Ruth Team on Staten Island.  During the heat wave of the summer, a day that was 97 degrees, I had scheduled a practice. We try to have at least one practice a week during the season to work on some deficiencies and to go over the pitching rotation for the upcoming games. We also take a round of infield/outfield drills and batting practice, in all it runs about two hours. The place we like to practice is Miller Field in the New Dorp section as it was a one time air base during WWII and has plenty of fields to choose from. Now because of the heat I was ready to cancel practice and let the boys enjoy their pools or whatever they were doing to stay cool. Every kid that I called said, “ah coach it ain’t that hot we can practice” my son told me he was getting texts from some players asking him to convince me to hold practice. What could I do? They want to play, fine let’s go practice. So with the equipment and a case of water, off to Miller Field we go. We were the only people in the park. Acres of land at our disposal. As we were half way through batting practice a federal parks department employee pulls up to the field asking “who is in charge here”? “ Well, that would be me”, “do you have a permit to play here” Ms. Fed asks. “A permit? For what? To play baseball”? “Yes” she said, “Ah no” I say “Well, she says then you will have to leave”.

After I stopped laughing I ask here to clear her cart from the pitcher’s mound so we could continue to play. Again she ask me if this was an organized team and where was our permit and on and on really annoying the living shit out of me. I told her the organization we played for and that we had permits to play games here but being a programed bureaucrat all she knew was I didn’t have permit for the field and I had to leave. At this point I asked her what her title was and she rattled off some administrative rank, I then told her to call someone with authority to make me leave, like the Federal Park Police, and while I wait for the police to come, we will continue to play baseball.

Well, instead of calling the police, she called her supervisor who in turn called the league president who had to come down to the park to make me leave the park.  So while I’m being screamed at with threats, I told my assistant coach, to continue with the practice this way I’ll go argue with these women long enough for all the players get their batting practice swings.   For a good half hour, we argued back in forth about the lack of common sense being applied here, which was enough time for the team to finish practice. When the coach told me practice was over, I thanked the ladies and said “yeah you know what, your right we don’t belong here, we’ll leave”.

I didn’t give a shit about the two Federal Flunkies but the woman who ran the league was so mad at me she stopped talking to me. It didn’t bother me in the least, you know why? She couldn’t do anything to me, what could she do, tell me I can’t manage the team anymore? No. Luckily I had all the parents of the kids behind me 100 %. That’s why I took the stand. I knew there was nothing anyone was going to do to me to make me regret my decision.

As I told the Feds, this will make a great story in the Staten Island Advance “Youth Coach and kids Thrown out of Park For Playing Ball” or maybe one of the local TV stations would love to expose the story, I had me some bullets in my gun.  Sometimes you have to take a stand.

That is what has me pissed off at the Mets, especially David Wright. If Wright led the way and wore the NYPD cap he wore in the dugout on the field what was MLB going to do? NOTHING! If the whole Mets team would have worn the caps on the field what was MLB going to do? NOTHING!

The bad publicity from this should be a huge embarrassment to MLB and I can’t believe no one in the P.R. department didn’t beg Bud Selig or Clueless Joe Torre, who by the way showed is true colors as a big time phony,  to let the Mets wear the caps.

You know what in the long run maybe MLB was right did it really matter if the Mets wore the first responder caps? No one was watching anyway, especially with the Jets-Cowboys game on NBC.

Enjoy those single digit post season ratings in the post season Bud, you douchebag.

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OH SAY CAN YOU SING? TRYOUT TO SING THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER AT CITI FIELD

The Mets will be holding audtions next Monday March 14th at 11 AM for singers to perfome the Star Spangled Banner at Mets home games this season. Here are the details:

FLUSHING, N.Y., March 7, 2011 – The New York Mets today announced they will hold their annual Anthem Search Monday, March 14 at 11:00 a.m. at Citi Field for the opportunity to sing the National Anthem prior to a 2011 Mets home game.

The first 100 to arrive are guaranteed an audition and an opportunity to perform a song of their choice – excluding the National Anthem – a cappella. 

Finalists from Monday’s event will advance to the final round of auditions at Citi Field in the weeks ahead where they will be judged on their performance of the National Anthem.  Each winner will perform the National Anthem before a game later this season.

2008 Mets Anthem Search winner Pia Toscano is currently competing on Season 10 of American Idol. The 2011 Anthem Search winners will join the ranks of previous Anthem singers for the Mets including Marc Anthony, June Carter and Johnny Cash, Kristin Chenoweth, Glenn Close, Sheryl Crow, Art Garfunkel, Wyclef Jean, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Aaron Neville, *NSYNC, Rihanna, Carly Simon, Matthew Morrison, the casts of West Side Story, Hair, Mamma Mia! and South Pacific, and many others.

The auditions are free and open to all ages.  Those under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  Parking is available in Official Lot G (entrance on 126th Street).  Attendees should enter Citi Field at Hodges VIP.  For more information on the Anthem Search, log on to Mets.com, LosMets.com or call (718) 559-3119.

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BEST THING ABOUT SUPER BOWL IS IT MEANS BASEBALL RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER

After a week of analysis by paralysis of the Super Bowl, the game came down to the same thing all football games come down to, mistakes. The Steelers turned the ball over three time and the Packers converted them into 21 points. If you protect the football and keep penalties to a minimum you’ll win football games. Some other notes on the Super Bowl:

If you’re going to sing the Star Spangled Banner, it’s wise to look over the words, right Christina Aguilera. I wish I saved the screen shot on Twitter that said “I’d rather hear Rick Aguilera sing the than Cristina Aguilera.  I never understood why the SSB had to a performance piece; it’s a very hard song to sing and always sounds better when a military band plays it as an instrumental.

I’m not one to care about the commercials but the kid dressed like Darth Vader with the Volkswagen was pretty good and the Snickers ad with Richard Lewis was a good one because I like Richard Lewis and Rosanne Barr gets hit with a log. I do appreciate all the ads for the upcoming summer movies, I wrote down all the titles and I’ll be submitting them to the Korean lady who supplies me with my bootleg DVD’s.

The halftime show is always lame at least this year I didn’t have to cringe like I did when The Who and U2 appeared (and like I do now when I see Steven Tyler on American Idol and the way Ozzy Osborne is displayed on TV) as I remember when they were hip and happenin’ and the Super Bowl halftime is the next step to appearing at Six Flags, but that show last night was awful. I hope Slash was able to pay his rent after that sell out performance, I have to think that’s the only reason he allowed Fergie to fuck up Sweet Child O Mine. I was hoping to see Axl Rose come out WWE style with a metal folding chair and crack Fergie and Slash over the head.

8 days until pitchers and catcher and it can’t come soon enough.

There is a lot of static about the status of Jose Reyes and if his days as a Met are numbered either due to Sandy Alderson not feeling he’s worth a long term deal or the money woes of the organization. My feeling is the former is about right.  When Jose is on, he is as dynamic as any player in baseball, but the reality is he is starting to breakdown and what his contract demands will be are not known. Reyes holds his future in his hamstrings and let’s hope he makes Sandy Alderson’ decisions a very difficult one.

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QUICK HITS

Tonights lineup

Pig Pen ss

Gimp 2b

Golden Boy 3b

Del God o 1b

Bel-TRAN cf

Flushing House of Worship RF

Dropkick LF

Lead Glove C

Savior P

 

Nelly Figs and Robby Cancel are up and Ricardo Rincon is on the way as the Mets will go with a 25 man pitching staff on September 1

 

I just saw this commercial on ESPN so I searched You Tube and found it. It’s Marvin Gaye singing the National Anthem at the 1983 NBA All Star game (A classic performance) with a montage of TEAM USA Basketball Gold Medalists. If I owned a team I would play Marvin Gaye’ version of the Star Spangled Banner before every week day game. On Sunday I’d play the Jimi Hendrix version.

Make em pay Johan Make em pay

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