Archive for April 8th, 2008

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

Castillo Out, Easley In

Mets Rumors & News

According to the Mets 2nd baseman Luis Castillo, has left the home opener with right knee soreness.

Utility fielder Damion Easley has replaced Castillo at 2nd for the time being. I’m not sure why the Mets wouldn’t put in Ruben Gotay. Oh wait, nevermind.

Not So Fast!

Knicks Rumors & News

When it was announced that former Indiana Pacers’ CEO Donnie Walsh had agreed to take over as the Knicks’ President of Basketball operations, there was dancing in the streets (I did a back flip followed by a cartwheel). The reign that was “Isiah the Terrible” is over! However, as ecstatic as we all are about the Garden’s latest coup, is the 67-year old Bronx native really the right man for the job?

Walsh has spent the last 24 years with the Indiana Pacers organization and comes to New York with the well deserved distinction as one of the league’s top personnel directors. His much ballyhooed decision to draft UCLA’s Reggie Miller over local hero, Indiana University’s Steve Alford, laid the foundation to the Pacers 15-plus years of title contention. In addition to Miller, Walsh also managed to bring in a seldom-used Jermaine O’Neal from the Portland Trailblazers to spearhead Indiana’s seamless transition from a rapidly aging group of vets to a hungry group of youngsters ready to contend in a wide open Eastern Conference.

Despite the impressive resume, it’s …

The Final Home Opener

Mets Rumors & News

With all the media hype surrounding the closing of Yankee Stadium, it’s been easy to overlook that New York’s other team is having a final season of their own. This afternoon, the Mets will take the field against the Philadelphia Phillies in what will be the Final home opener in Shea Stadium.

The Mets had their first home opener at Shea Stadium on April 17, 1964 when they took on the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Mets lost 4-3, but to a Mets fan it didn’t matter as they finally had a home of their own. They were no longer in the dilapidated Polo Grounds, but a state of the art sports arena.

In reading about Shea lately, I guess I sort of overlooked how old Shea really is. Wrigley Field, Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park, and Dodger Stadium are the only active stadiums older then Shea. What’s ironic about that is those stadiums are considered baseball shrines, and Shea Stadium is considered a dump.

Sure it’s not the prettiest place to watch a baseball game, but …

Mets Come Home, Welcome the Phillies

Mets Rumors & News

Even though the baseball season has been underway for a week, it officially begins today in Flushing as the Mets make their home debut against the Philadelphia Phillies.

September 30th was the last time the Mets played a game at Shea and visions of Tom Glavine walking toward the dugout midway through the first with the Mets in a 7-0 hole are still fresh in the mind of the Mets fan. The Mets wound up losing that game 8-1, while 90 miles south in Philadelphia, Brett Myers threw his glove high in the air as the Phillies were celebrating their first NL Championship since 1993.

Some might say revenge is on the mind of the Mets, and they have every reason to feel that way.

The Mets struggled against the Phillies last season going 6-12 capped by a Phillies eight game winning streak against the Amazin’s.  But this is a different year and the past is the past.

Or is it…

Some “experts” might blow this series off, and say because it’s in the second week of April …

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