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Friday, June 15th, 2007

Rocket Rivalry Has Cooled

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When the Mets and Yankees open the second half of their Subway Series in the Bronx tonight, Roger Clemens will toe the rubber for the Bombers and make his best attempt at befuddling and frustrating his Amazin’ opposition. But it was not very long ago that the Rocket inspired much stronger sentiments than frustration in the Mets and their fanbase, and all it took was one 92-mph fastball of the head of Mike Piazza to do it.

Amazingly, it’s been nearly seven years since that night of July 8, 2000 at Yankee Stadium. In today’s Newsday, David Lennon catches up with Piazza and former Mets teammate Todd Zeile in order to discuss the rivalry, seven years later.

“There was some animosity for a while because there was a lot of feeling that you couldn’t get to Roger,” said the retired Zeile, who now is working in movie production in Los Angeles. “And because the media kept swirling around Mike asking what he should or shouldn’t have done. That whole thing made …

Does Omar Really want Big Z?

Mets Rumors & News

Last week the New York Post reported that if Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano is put on the trading block that the Mets would be “heavily involved” in the bidding. Zambrano is one of the best pitchers in the National League and is a great hitting pitcher, but is this a guy the Mets really want?

Even as the Mets are amid a June slump, they remain a close unit. They don’t allow outside distractions and prefer to focus on the playing field. Since Spring Training, Carlos Zambano has been nothing but a distraction to the Chicago Cubs. In the spring it was ultimatums and demands of a contract extension by opening day, Cy Young and World Series predictions, and constantly referring to himself in the 3rd person. So far during the season it’s more contract extension comments, assaulting another player in the dugout, and making ridiculous comments – like Venezuelans don’t play well until June – to explain why he’s been sub par until this …

Brodeur Nabs Third Vezina in Four Seasons

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Via the Star-Ledger:

If fatigue played a part in Martin Brodeur’s uneven performance during the Stanley Cup playoffs this spring, at least the Devils’ 35-year-old goaltender has a third Vezina Trophy as a reward for his 48-win season.

Brodeur was named to the NHL’s first All-Star team and captured the Vezina for the third time in four seasons during the league’s annual awards ceremony last night in Toronto….Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist tied with Miikka Kiprusoff for third place. Brodeur, who broke Hall of Famer Bernie Parent’s 1973-74 record of 47 victories in a season by going 48-23-7 with a 2.18 goals-against average, a .922 save percentage and a league-leading 12 shutouts, was also a strong candidate for the Hart Memorial Trophy as Most Valuable Player. He finished third in the Hart voting behind Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and [Vezina runner-up Roberto] Luongo.

Mets Rumors & News

Billy Wagner has the right idea. In the middle of the Mets five game losing streak it’s really easy to get negative, but the Mets closer is focusing on the weekend series with the Yankees on the right note.

“We need to go out there and take two of three,” he said, “and get back to playing our kind of baseball.”

Said Wagner, who admitted he was embarrassed following Wednesday night’s 9-1 loss to the Dodgers, “I think it’s opposite ends of the spectrum. We’re not doing very much right and they’re doing everything right. For us, we can’t continue to play this way. But going into New York kind of with the bragging rights on the line, we have to change the way we’re thinking, the way we’re playing because the Yankees, they’re not the same team as when we played ’em weeks ago.”

The Mets have some young players who play a big role for the team. It’s easy for a younger player to get discouraged, and press too …

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