THE NY METS OFFENSE: ARE WE THERE YET?

I’ve never understood why people would drive to Florida from NYC. I did it once and vowed to never do it again, why waste so much time and aggravation sitting for hours at a time in a car and fighting traffic, when you can hop on a plane and in two and half hours be in the Sunshine state? Well some people like the ride down I-95 and stop at different area of interest like Washing D.C. and maybe Myrtle Beach or Atlanta. Some even enjoy the tourist trap/house of kitch South of the Border but for most it’s the only way to travel.

That’s how the Mets offense has been, single, doubles and a Reyes triple is how their batter’ travel. Home Runs? That’s for teams with big bruisers and short porches, nah; these Mets do it the old National League way, big time starting pitching, some defense and a string of base hits and the stolen base.  Sometime it’s a thing of beauty (a Reyes triple to the right/center field corner) sometimes it’s a surprisingly open road (Justin Turner with men on base) sometimes it’s like an inexpensive motel that’s clean and comfortable but not flashy (Dillion Gee) and then there is endless time on the road (Jason Bay at bat) or an awful accident (Daniel Murphy and his Amish farmer beard trying to steal a base) sometimes they win and sometimes they lose, that should be the slogan for the 2011 Mets. It fits perfect like the rubber meeting the road.

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FEW AND CHOSEN: DEFINING METS GREATNESS ACROSS THE ERAS

 

 

 

 

 

I’m sure you have seen all the Few and Chosen books in this series at your local book store and now there is a Mets volume added to this great series in Few and Chosen: Defining Mets Greatness Across the Eras written by Rusty Staub with Phil Pepe , foreword by Keith Hernandez (published by Triumph Books)

Amazing as it seems but we are heading toward the 50th Anniversary of the first game in Mets history (April 2012, those awful black uni tops better be a bad memory by then) so it is a great time for this book to come out.

Staub and Pepe go position by position to name who they feel are the five best players ever at each ion in Mets history. There are a few surprises like Bud Harrelson rated over Jose Reyes as the best Mets shortstop ever and Bobby Bonila as the second best right fielder in Mets history (Staub left himself off the list which is foolish as he contributed in more in a week than Bonila did in all the years he stole money from the Mets) and Lee Mazzilli the third best center fielder over Tommy Agee and Lenny Dykstra ? NO WAY IN HELL!  In fact Lance Johnson was better than Boardwalk Lee sections like this are what make this book a great conversation starter.

It’s not just the inside of this book that is mesmerizing the cover is a thing of beauty as well with the traditional blue cap on it.  

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