Well, well, well it seems like someone other than a paying customer, has finally had enough of the slackers that makeup the 2010 Mets:
The day after Jerry Manuel called the Mets’ offense “pathetic,” hitting coach Howard Johnson convened a meeting before Friday’s game and harshly criticized his hitters for their recent performances and pregame card-playing, team sources told the Daily News.
“It was really in your face, and some guys didn’t like that, but it needed to be said,” one player said.
Wait, when did Rickey Henderson get back to town? CARD PLAYING!!!!! So I guess this team is looking toward making the World Series of Poker instead of baseball’s Fall Classic.
The first thought that popped in my head was, someone (Jeffey) whispered in HoJo’s ear that he will be back next year as part of Wally Backman’ staff so we need you to fire the first salvo of the soon to be Under New Manager Mets. Then I saw that HoJo was not too happy that Manuel called the offense “pathetic” and in turn threw HoJo under the bus, so The HoJo strikes back by calling out the players and in turn showing up Manuel by doing the mangers works by shaking up his players.
Look if the clubhouse is going to blow like a powder keg it might as well happen in Pittsburgh where the Mets are on the verge of an almost impossible three game road series sweep today.
After the Hojo Blow-Blow, I think it’s a foregone conclusion that Jerry Manuel Mets Era is in the home stretch and that thought will be cemented when Backman and his Brooklyn Cyclones show up at Citi Field for Celebrate the 2010 NY-Penn League Championship Day next month and Backman joining the Skill Sets, Uncle Saul and Dave the Shyster in the Skill Sets Suite.
Saturday ramblings in no specific order:
While I applaud Jerry Manuel for yanking John Maine the other night and showing that if you don’t perform you’re gone, Manuel went a bit too much and it show how much he really can’t stand Maine when it was reported to Manuel that Maine said “he wanted to pitch so badly he’d go out and throw left handed” to which Manuel said with his Gangsta’ laugh “That’s not out of the question , he might have more stuff lefty” funny line but said at the wrong time. There’s nothing to joke about here with this team. The only fans buying tickets to Mets games at $iti Field are the opposing teams fans. If you’re a Mets fan why would you want to sit in $iti Field and get ridiculed for three hours. Mets fans have been on an island the last few years, the players and management couldn’t care less that everyone who knows us as Mets fans repeatedly asks us the questions about the team failure and get the badgering for the failure of this team and organization. I don’t mind it from friends and family but it’s the front running douchebag Highlander fan who’s knowledge of the team goes as far as wearing a 2 JETER t-shirt and that the organization has won 27 World Series and if you’re a true Highlander fan that person should embarrass you as well.
David Wright has argued more third strikes this past month than he has his whole career combined. At some point the home plate umpire needs to tell Wright, “it’s not me, it’s you” The “hasn’t been good since the beaning” theory is starting too look spot on after each Wright at bat. Maybe it’s not Hojo’s fault but I just wonder if a different voice would help Wright at this point ? It’s just too easy to pitch to David right now. Start him off with an inside pitch and work your way outside, he won’t stride toward the outside at all. The ground out he hit against Rivera to finish the game was the pitch he used to go to right center with, now with this too long swing of his you get a little fart of a ground ball.
Benny Agbayani left the Chiba Lotte Marines because of the way the treated Bobby Valentine. Mike Hampton on WFAN yesterday said Valentine was the best manager he ever played for. John Franco and Mike Piazza have said the same about Bobby V. You think any of the current Mets will have such loyalty to Jerry Manuel when he’s given his walking papers?
Let Bob Melvin or Terry Collins finish the season and then bring back Bobby V in 2011.
Kevin Russo ? Who the fuck is Kevin Russo? Now every year when this played out Mayor’s Trophy series is played we’ll have to read a Where Are They Now feature on Kevin Russo as he works as a valet parker at the Tropicana in Atlantic City.
Welcome back Uncle Elmer.
So Roy Oswalt has agreed to be traded, good for him, would he be a fit on the Mets? Hummm tough to say. At first glance you’d say of course but he’s 32 yrs old with a history of back trouble and his contract runs through 2012 with $15 mil for this year and $32 mil the next two years but there is a $2mil buyout in 2012. It’s not the money that would scare me off but the back issue would and the fact that Oswalt is a countryboy and played in a city that watches baseball until football training camp opens so that would be a concern as well but what would it take personnel wise to bag Oswalt ? Would the ‘Stros take a big bag of junk like Ollie Perez and Luis Castillo ? Or Perez and Fernando Martinez (can we all agree it just isn’t going to happen for this kid?) and a low level busher? Like I say the point is moot the Skill Sets won’t pay the money.
It may be ridiculous that the Highlanders have this ban on iPad’s and laptops by fans coming into The Mall on River Avenue and they are ridiculous with their law and order policies on what you can and can not bring into the park (I want to know how much of a kickback security gets from the bowling alley across the street for holding bags? What’s the number for NYC Consumer Affairs ?) but really why do you need to use a laptop or iPad as a fan during a game ? Sit back and watch the game don’t make a job out of it.
Time to finish things off on the parquet floor starting tonight, as pissed as I am over the Mets who cower under the bed when things get tough, I have to make a 180 degree move as a Celtics fan. The C’s are so confident they border on cocky but when Paul Pierce looks in the camera and tells Celtics fans that “we’re coming home to finish this off” and ends it with a wink , I believe him, I mean he is The Truth right? But what I love is the way the team leaders are not afraid to call out anyone on the team, I still laugh at Big Baby Davis after fouling in a bad spot in the game and getting called out from the bench by Kevin Garnett yelling “ I know , I know I fucked up, I fucked up” Can I get David Wright to do that just once?
Over at the Bleacher Report there is an interesting post on who is the more tortured fan, Mets fans or Cubs fans? At first I thought how could these two states of fandom have much in common but the writer Paul Seivers puts in a pretty good context.
In my opinion the fact that the Mets have won two World Series in my lifetime makes the Cub fan more tortured but if you are a 25-30 year old Mets fan you may beg to differ.
You have a World Series ring, a multi-million dollar condo and hot blond wife whatÂ else could Cole Hamels want in life? Why a little African kid that’s what.Â Not to be out done by Brad and Angelina or Alex Rodriguez’ stray piece of saggy ass, Â Cole and Hedi Hamels want their own little Ethiopian orphan too.
At first Hedi wanted to adopt Shane Victorino but VictorinoÂ insisted on being breast feed. Then she thought about Ryan Howard but trying to find a diapers for him, Â well com’on.Â Cole Hamels felt a bit uncomfortable with Jimmy Rollins begging to be the baby to Hedi being the babby’s momma so it’s off the Africa to find a newborn.
Hey some guys use their World Series check to buy aÂ Porsche some guys buy African babies.
I’ve been running tons of errands this morning (got to get to Shop Rite before them blue haired ladies clog the aisles) and I’m running baseball practice this afternoon so I’m putting my plan together but I just wanted to remind everyone that tomorrow night is Pro Baseball Central on Blog Talk Radio and Joe Mc Donald and I will preview the upcoming 2009 season with a look at the divisions and pennant and World Series predictions and as always your call are encouraged so join in the conversation at (646) 595-4462
If I were a teammate of Cole Hamels, my hands would be around his neck and Iâ€™d be shouting SHUT THE FUCK UP ALLREADYÂ The moreÂ Hamels opens his pie hole the more he makes it sound that he canâ€™t believe the Phillies won the World Series and that he canâ€™t believe the more talented Mets lost out to his Phillies.
Letâ€™s hope this is the last day of the Ryan Church as a platoon player stories because Iâ€™m bored of it all ready. If it keeps up Iâ€™ll start up my sign Manny posts again.
Thank you Joel Sherman for giving us a Freddie Garcia update even though I donâ€™t like what Iâ€™m hearing.
Yes Tom Renny is a nice man and a good coach but his firing today is not a shock but a move that is maybe two weeks overdue. Â Not only are the Rangers losing at a disturbing pace but they are close to unwatchable. When they get down by two or more goals you might as well turn the dial because there is no fight in these Blueshirts to comeback. So now John Tortorella comes back to the organ-I-zation with a Stanley Cup and a Jack Adams Award on his resume and a 180 degree difference in personality from Renny. I hope Torts makes the Rangers to gassers until they puke in their first practice together.
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