Thursday, December 09, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
- is declared day to day
-after about 5 days of playing shorthanded, we're told he could be ready for action tomorrow.
-make that tomorrow.
-is seen warming up but does not enter the game
-the next day, Jerry Manuel says is ready to play. An hour later, he goes on the 15 day DL.
-After about two weeks, we hear he is due back by the weekend.
-he's due back by the next homestand.
-sometime this weekend.
-season ending surgery.
Friday, April 02, 2010
The Mets have historically had awesome offseasons, leading to ridiculously high-expectations, where everyone dons their rose-colored glasses going into the season. We fans have been let down time and time again. This time it's different and so one of two things will happen:
The Mets will exceed all of our expectations and 2010 will be a most magical year, indeed.
Everything will fall apart, and Minaya and Manuel will be fired and teh roster turned upside down, ushering in a new era of Mets greatness (?led by Bobby Valentine?)!!
That is all. See you at the ballpark!!
Friday, March 26, 2010
Q: Coming out of spring training with Carlos Beltran out and Jose Reyes questionable for Opening Day, do you think the first month of this season is about survival for the Mets?
A: You can't have that attitude. You heard that ad nauseum last year. "Let's hold on until so and so comes back." It drove me nuts. On any given team, you are going to have people injured. The attitude has to be that you are going to go out and stick it to people. We are going to remember what happened last year and teams are going to pay. "Just survive until Beltran and Reyes get healthy" is a loser attitude.
Exactly! That is a direct shot at Jerry Manuel, and it is completely deserved. We hear all the time from the Wilpons that the Mets performance has been 'unacceptable', but Jerry M sent a consistent message to the contrary all season long.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. (AP)—Former Major League Baseball star Dwight Gooden has been charged in New Jersey with driving under the influence of drugs and leaving the scene of an accident.
Franklin Lakes police Capt. Joseph Seltenrich says the 45-year-old former pitcher for the New York Mets and Yankees had a child in his vehicle at the time of the two-vehicle crash around 9 a.m. Tuesday. It wasn’t clear whose child it was.
If this isn't the saddest story you'll hear all day I feel bad for you.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
After three seasons of blogging, by the time late August hit, I just didn't have the heart to post on a regular basis any more. I had absolutely no motivation to write about the Mets, not even to vent. That's how disengaged I felt.
I could not have been less engaged, less enthused, or more disappointed in the Mets than I was in 2009. I went to fewer Mets games than I had in probably 20 years, which is saying a lot considering that for three of those seasons I lived in North Carolina!
It wasn't the injuries. The multitude of them was almost comical.
It wasn't the losses. I've seen seasons with far fewer wins and felt exponentially more joy in following the team.
The lack of enjoyment I had about the Mets was because of the manager, the players who played for him, the arena they played in, and the management that oversaw it all.
Yes, there were injuries that decimated the roster. But even the players who were left standing had more talent than the club Bobby Valentine inherited when he took over the Mets in the late 1990's. The difference was that he demanded excellence and heart from his players, while Jerry Manuel demanded that his players "tread water" until the stars came back. I'm still scratching my head why we were supposed to wait for Delgado and Beltran to come back from the DL and be saviors - these were the same guys who were healthy when the team fell short in the 2006 playoffs and then had September collapses in 2007 and 2008.
I wished the Mets could have backfilled the roster with some players with heart like we used to have - Turk Wendell, Benny Agbayani, Matt Franco, Joe McEwing, even Masato Yoshi for crying out loud, they may not have been blessed with superior talent but they sure had intensity. Al Leiter, John Franco, Cliff Floyd and Carlos Baerga won't get many Hall Of Fame votes but they sure etched a place in Mets fans hearts in a way that the current roster just hasn't and quite likely won't.
There was some great talent on the Mets roster last season, and Reyes and Santana are fun to watch, but they have been the exception to the rule of personality-devoid, essentially clutch-less robots collecting paychecks from the Wilpons. How can we argue with Cole Hamels assertion that the team is made up of choke artists? Was he wrong?
The Mets spent billions of dollars to build (and millions to hype) a stadium with obstructed views all over the place. Dave Howard can debate the semantics if he'd like, but when I am sitting in the second row of a section and one handrail is blocking the pitcher from my line of sight, and another blocks the batter, and I have to peer through plexiglass to see anything, I am not getting my money's worth.
Omar Minya, Jeff Wilpon, Tony Bernazard, Dave Howard, Jerry Manuel... they all embarrassed themselves to such a degree in 2009 that I will not even waste another typestroke describing it.
However, here I am, just weeks away from Opening Day and I suddenly find myself excited for the season.
I can't even remember the last time I missed an Opening Day, and last year was the hardest ticket to come by. The only way to get a seat to Opening Day last year was to buy a ticket plan of 15 games or more, or to pay a scalper. Fortunately, I had a guardian angel hook me up so I wouldn't miss the first game in the new stadium. That guardian angel would not be coming through in 2010. However, I wouldn't need him. The Mets announced that they were bringing back the Six Packs, which have been absent for at least five years, when the 6 pack became a 7 pack and then an eight pack, before last year the smallest package was 15 games, 14 of which were undesirable.
There is an Opening Day Six Pack for sale, and my two buddies and I were debating the investment. The available seats were not great, but the price was not wholly unreasonable. We were not sure whether to give more money to this club when they gave us so little in 2009. Coincidentally, the same day we were discussing the purchase, I got a call from the Mets about 2010 tickets. I'll leave this guy's name out of this post because I don't have his permission to print it, but I do want the record to show that my phone calls with this guy represented the best experience I have had with or related to the Mets since Carlos Beltran took a third strike looking. I told the guy I wasn't sure about the seats, and he volunteered to take a walk out into the cold, and send me a picture from his blackberry of the seats available so I could be sure my view would be satisfactory.
Yes, I won't be able balls hit to the left field wall, and we won't be able to see Jason Bay if he's playing deep, and there are still some plexiglass panels within my field of vision, but just the fact that there is a guy working for the Mets who is still committed to customer service gives me a glimmer of hope that this season will not be an unmitigated disaster.
But even if it is, I am excited for six days to share a beer with my buddies and share some laughs (probably at the team's expense).
OK, Mets, Bring on Opening Day!
And bring back Bobby Valentine while you're at it.