Archive for August 2008

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Mets Back in First

Mets Rumors & News

What doesn’t kill them will only make them stronger. Devastating loss? Who cares? The Mets turned the tables on the Phillies, scoring four runs with two outs in the eighth inning, winning by a score of 6-3. The Mets are disappointing people everywhere by refusing to collapse. They’re now on top of the NL East again by a half game.

Carlos Delgado was a monster in this game. He warmed up with an RBI single in the first inning. I was almost hoping the Mets wouldn’t score in the first. It might jinx them. In the sixth, Delgado drove one into the right field stands. And with two outs in the eight, he smashed an opposite field homer to tie the game. Is it crazy to think he might be creeping up in the MVP race? He’s now hit 30 home runs 11 times in his career After the first baseman knotted the score at three, Carlos Beltran (three hits) singled and stole second. The Phillies then …

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Hot Stove 2000 New York Mets Quiz

Mets Rumors & News

The 2000 Mets were a lovable bunch led by Bobby Valentine. And they made it all the way to the World Series with Benny Agbayani, Jay Payton and Timo Perez in the outfield. It was a miracle. See how much you remember about this team. The answers will be posted tomorrow.
1. How many games did the Mets win in 2000?
2. How many players hit more than 20 home runs for the Mets that year?
3. How many players drove in over 100 runs?
4. Which pitcher led the team in victories in 2000?
5. On March 18, 2000, what player did the Mets trade to St. Louis for Joe McEwing?
6. Which pitcher did Benny Agbayani hit his home run …

You can’t blame Strahan for staying retired

Giants Rumors & News

At least Michael Strahan didn’t drag this thing out, making Giants fans sit on pins and needles.

In the aftermath of the season-ending injury to Pro Bowler Osi Umenyiora, many believed Strahan, the recently retired 36-year-old defensive end, would make his return and once again strap on the pads for Big Blue. Strahan seriously considered the deal for a good 24-hour period, before ultimately deciding he had nothing left to give to the franchise for which he played 15 seasons.

“I have gone back and forth on this because as a player you’ll always want to play,” Strahan told “You’ll never lose that urge to be out there. But I could only do this if I could commit 100 percent, physically, mentally, emotionally and I can’t do that. I’ve tried to convince myself and my body to give it one more year, but in the end I just don’t think I could turn it on like I need to again.”

Strahan’s decision shouldn’t come as surprise. The guy helped lead …

Just Another Mets-Phillies Game

Mets Rumors & News

It was another crazy, typical Mets-Phillies game. Where have we seen this before? As always, the Mets scored early and often. And as always, the Phillies scored late and often. When the Mets were winning 7-0 in the fourth inning, I was going to turn the TV off thinking there’s no way the Mets can win this game. And, unfortunately, they didn’t, losing 8-7. You’d normally say a loss like this would be devastating, but the Mets lose games like this pretty much every week. And almost every time they’ve lost to the Phillies this year, it’s been of the dramatic, come-from-behind variety. It’s almost expected. Couldn’t they just once lose 5-0? But the Mets have always bounced right back. We’ll see if they can do it once again.

There were a combined 1,091 games, 454 wins and 81+ years on the mound between last night’s starting pitchers. But they just looked old in this game. Jamie Moyer got rocked for six runs on nine hits in only three …

Jets introduce PSLs

Jets Rumors & News

The New York Jets announced yesterday that 27,000 upper deck seats in the new stadium will be exempt from personal seat license charges. Jets owner Woody Johnson said he listened to the fans when the plan was being devised. The Jets are moving into their new 82,000 seat home in 2010. However, the lower bowl seats will have PSLs ranging from $4,000 to $20,000. Club seats will also have PSLs ranging from $5,000 to $25,000.  Beginning in a few months, Jets fans will be able to select seats based on season ticket length seniority.
The “Coaches Club” section will be the most exclusive section in the new arena. Licenses will be auctioned to the highest bidders with tickets going for $700 a game. The plan also includes parking, food and soft drinks. About 12,000 season ticket holders and fans on the season ticket waiting list will …

A-Rod Fails In Must-Win For Yankees

Yankees Rumors & News

I like Alex Rodriguez. I really do. I think that he’s the best and most exciting player in baseball today. I also feel bad for those Yankee fans who truly dislike him because they are missing out on one of the best ball players in the history of the game.
But then there are nights like last night where it is almost impossible to defend him.
In the biggest game of the season, a must-win to get into the playoffs, A-Rod came up short. He came up so short that you could debate whether or not he actually showed up at all.
Going into last night’s game the Yankees had 32 games left to play and were five games out of control of the Wild Card. Coming back would be nearly impossible, but they had six head-to-head games remaining against the Red Sox. If they could win all six they could easily take the Wild Card. If not, it would still be a monumental task …

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008
Knicks Rumors & News

Another rumor has surfaced that the Memphis Grizzlies are interested in New York Knicks power forward, Zach Randolph. The proposed trade would have the Knicks acquiring former first round pick Darko Milicic and Marko Jaric for Zebo. These players are being tossed in trade rumors because their roles look to be diminished next season. By acquiring O.J, Mayo, Darrell Arthur and Marc Gasol the Grizzles are looking to build a young up-tempo team full of athleticism and should pass both Serbian players on the depth chart
General Manager Chris Wallace would be unwilling to include any of its core players such as Rudy Gay, Mike Conley and Hakim Warrick. Memphis has concerns about Zebo’s attitude and poor defensive play. However, he possesses outside range, can score from the low-post and rebounds well. Last season, the Grizzlies ranked 18th in rebounds per game.
 Milicic has never lived up to his potential as the number two …

Mets-Phillies Series Preview

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets renew their rivalry with the Phillies in a two-game series at Citizens Bank Park. New York is 9-4 against Philadelphia this year, taking all four series so far, but their lead in the standings is slipping away. It’s been a back-and-forth season for both teams, with the Phillies in first, then the Mets, then Phillies and now the Mets again by the slimmest of margins. It’ll probably be like that for the rest of the season. In their last 10 games, the Phillies are 8-2, while the Mets are 7-3. Jose Reyes has been rehearsing a new celebration dance to entertain the thin-skinned Philadelphians just in time for the series, while Shane Victorino gets fitted for a new Little League helmet and works on his tried-and-true practice of taunting the Mets dugout. And Jimmy Rollins recently remarked that Phillies fans are front runners. He figured he wouldn’t get booed because nobody would be at the …

With Maine back on DL, Niese may get the call

Mets Rumors & News

Can Jon Niese join the Mets’ rotation and become what Daniel Murphy has been for the team’s outfield?

It appears the 21-year-old lefty will have that chance, as Niese will reportedly make his big-league debut on Sept. 2 against the Brewers. With John Maine returning to the DL to rest his sore pitching shoulder — a repreive that is expected to last for at least three weeks — the Mets will again look to their farm system for help as they try to hold off the Fightin’ Phils.

If recent history is any indication, with the emergence of Murphy (batting .339 with 12 RBIs in 22 games), Niese may thrive in the face of his new challenge. The pitcher is 5-1 with a 3.65 ERA in six starts with Triple-A New Orleans.

With a low-90s fastball and a major-league curve and splitter, the 6-foot-3 southpaw may be able to mix up hitters in the short-term, as they adjust to seeing a new pitcher for the first time. Of course, you never …

Pain in the Astro: Mets-Houston Series Recap

Mets Rumors & News

When the Mets welcomed the Astros to Shea for a four-game set they were two-and-a-half games ahead of Philadelphia. After splitting the series (and only going 2-5 against Houston this season), their lead has slipped to a half game. I like watching Ty Wigginton and Darin Erstad play, but I think I’m getting tired of seeing the Astros. It seemed like this series lasted two weeks. Here’s what happened.
Friday, Mets 3-0: Aces Duel in Queens
Roy Oswalt pitched an eight-inning complete game. After giving up three runs in the first two innings, he set down the last 20 batters he faced. The only problem for him was Johan Santana. The Mets lefty tossed seven shutout innings, striking out five and walking one. Santana threw a career-high 121 pitches and begged and pleaded to go back out in the seventh. “I’d pay to watch those two guys match …

Monday, August 25th, 2008

USA wins gold

Dream Team 4.0 redeemed themselves in the 2008 Olympics Games in Beijing by defeating Spain 118-107 for the gold medal. It marked the 13th gold medal for USA men’s basketball. The U.S has not won a gold medal or a major international title in the last eight years. They finished Olympic play with an 8-0 record and averaged 106.3 points per game. Their margin of victory in those games was over 28 points with 40% shooting beyond the arc.

Spain, the reigning World Champions, did not have starting point guard, Jose Calderon in the lineup due to injury. However, they played U.S tough staying within reach most of the game. Spain’s zone and man-to-man defense was much more aggressive in this game than their previous match against the U.S. in these Beijing Games, which they lost by 37 points.  Spain hit seven of their first nine shots and were leading throughout a majority of the first quarter. In their previous loss …

Yankees Rumors & News

Mariano Rivera is going to the Hall of Fame. There’s no doubt about that. And everybody everywhere says he’s the greatest closer of all-time. There’s only one problem with that, though. Closers haven’t existed for “all-time.” What we think of today as the closer has really only been around for about 20 years. This kind of specialist, only pitching one inning, really started with Dennis Eckersley when he was on the A’s. It was a Tony LaRussa invention.
Way back when, they were just relief pitchers, old washed-up starters thrown to the scrapheap of the bullpen. Sure, there was a Hoyt Wilhelm here and there, but they weren’t valued as specialists with any specific role. Then in the late ’60s and early ’70s, Rollie Fingers and Sparky Lyle created what was then called the fireman, followed by guys like Goose Gossage and Bruce Sutter. They would …

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