Archive for April 9th, 2008


Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Rangers Take Game 1 Against Devils

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The Rangers signed Scott Gomez to a rather large contract last July to help them win big games. On Wednesday he fulfilled that obligation in game 1 against the Devils as he was a key component in leading his team to a 4-1 victory.

Gomez racked up 3 assists, but the team owes a lot to goalie Henrik Lundqvist as well. King Hank made 26 spectacular sprawling saves and allowed only one goal to put the Rangers up 1-0 in the first round series.

Going into the third period tied at one, Ryan Callahan picked up a short handed goal. He was able to fool Martin Brodeur, who was playing the puck unaware the young winger was right behind him and Callahan was able to chip the puck in to put his team up 2-1.

Late in the third period the Rangers were able to put the Devils away as Sean Avery forced a turn over then continued to park himself in front …

Rick Astley Invades Shea Opener

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By now you may or may not have heard about the commotion surrounding Fark.com’s rickrolling of Shea Stadium’s sing-a-long vote.

Mets.com had asked its fans to vote for a new eighth-inning sing-a-long song to potentially replace Sweet Caroline, which was ripped off from Fenway Park and has caused much embarrassment to fans such as myself who are ashamed of our organization’s lack of originality. The team included a write-in option amongst its list of choices, opening the door for the shenanigans that ensued.

Fark.com, which logs more than 4 million unique visitors each month, urged its community to descend upon the Mets’ online vote en masse and vote for Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up as a write-in candidate. Well, it worked.

True to their word, Shea Stadium played the song during the 8th inning of Tuesday afternoon’s home opener. The song was booed instantly, and loudly. You can see for yourself via this video from MetsBlog’s Regis Courtemanche.

But fear not. …

Yankee Injury Update

Yankees Rumors & News

The Mets aren’t the only team in town facing injury woes. It looks like the Yanks will be without both Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada for at least the next few days.

According to the Daily News’ Mark Feinsand, Jeter will miss the entire series against the Kansas City Royals after injuring his quad Monday night.

Over on LoHud.com, Peter Abraham writes that shortstop Alberto Gonzalez was pulled out of AAA-Scranton’s game last night, and potentially could be recalled to fill in at short during Jeter’s absence.

Posada, meanwhile, described his shoulder as “dead” and is scheduled to undergo an MRI today. The veteran catcher has never been on the DL in his career, but he appears destined there now.

Needless to say, a DL-stint for either player would mean that they’d miss this weekend’s series against the rival Red Sox.

Mets Injury Update

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Prior to yesterday’s home opener, reliever Matt Wise was placed on the 15-day DL with a right forearm contusion. Carlos Muniz was called up to take Wise’s place in the bullpen.

Meanwhile, the bullpen was also without Pedro Feliciano, who was granted a leave of absence to tend to matters in Puerto Rico, but whom was supposed to return in time for the game and could face disciplinary action for his tardiness.

Turning our attention to the infield, Luis Castillo left yesterday’s game with “right knee soreness” and could return as soon as today, but will more likely be given a day or two off.

But perhaps most concerning of all, according to MetsBlog, El Duque has returned to New York for an MRI on the injured right foot that has bothered him since last season, and which forced him to briefly experiment with altering his delivery.

Flushing, we have a problem.

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Yesterday, the Mets opened Shea Stadium looking to put the past behind them. With a new season, a new ace, and a new found confidence, the collapse of 2007 was behind them. Unfortunately the results were the same as Phillies beat the Mets 5-2.  An errant throw and a struggling bullpen blew a strong outing for Oliver Perez, as the Mets lost their ninth consecutive game to the Phillies.

Going into the 7th inning with a 2-0 lead (a home run by Carlos Delgado, and Carlos Beltran scored on a Ryan Church groundout), reliever Scott Schoeneweis got in early trouble. After retiring the first batter (pinch hitter So Taguchi), he allowed back-to-back singles to Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino. Then he hit Chase Utley (the third time he was hit by a pitch in the game) to load the bases. Ryan Howard came up with the bases loaded and hit a ground ball to Delgado that should have been an inning ending double play. Unfortunately Utley took a wide path to second base, …

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