Archive for September 2008

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Hot Stove Shea Stadium Quiz Answers

Mets Rumors & News

Here are the answers to yesterday’s quiz.
1. The full name of the Queens stadium is William A. Shea Municipal Stadium.
2. Shea opened in 1964.
3. The first game the Mets played at Shea was against the Pirates on April 17, 1964. They lost to Pittsburgh 4-3. Willie Stargell hit the first-ever home run there in that game.
4. The Beatles played at Shea twice, on August 15th, 1965, and August 23rd, 1966.
5. The Jets played at Shea from 1964 to ’83.
6. Johnny Callison of the Phillies hit a home run in the bottom of the ninth to win the 1964 All-Star game, the only one played at Shea.
7. The Apple …

NL Dogfight – September 24th

Mets Rumors & News

The race got a little tighter last night after the Brewers and Mets found victory, while the Phillies were never able to get the offense going.

Recap of Monday’s Action:

The Phillies offense finally took the night off, but some credit had to be given to Braves starter, Mike Hampton. Hampton allowed two runs on six hits, over six innings. Cole Hamels allowed three runs (two earned), and eight hits, over seven innings, but his box score doesn’t really reflect how he pitched. Hamels struggled through the first four innings, and his third inning throw into left field on an errant pickoff attempt allowed Kelly Johnson to score, giving the Braves a 2-1 lead.

The Mets bounced back against the Cubs in a big way. After finding themselves in an early 2-0 hole, the Mets scored two runs in the fifth and another four in the sixth, to beat the Cubs 6-2. Johan Santana was dominant, going eight innings, allowing two runs on …

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

I’d Rather Get Beat Up In an Alley: Monday not My Funday

Jets Rumors & News

Once again, being a Jets fan this week was an excruciatingly painful experience.

Growing pains were to be expected when the Jets went and got Brett Favre.  They were on display for the entire country to see last night.  It looked like in the aftermath of last week’s goal line debacle the Jets opened up the playbook.  Problem is, they all opened it up to different pages.  Favre was throwing balls to empty patches of field turf or to the Charger’s defense instead of to our wide receivers.  There were three turnovers in the first half.  There was also that undeniably stupid onsides kick attempt. Ugly.  Painful to watch. Had we recovered the onside attempt it would have been a great call.  But we didn’t.  So it must be looked upon as a bonehead call.

Despite the turnovers and the questionable calls, it’s the play of our defense that has me worried.  David Barrett made a great interception that he turned into a touchdown.  For a minute I …

Week 3 pickups


The New York Giants, Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks, Detroit Lions, New England Patriotsand and  Indianapolis Colts all have a bye week in Week 4.


Brian Griese (Bucs)-Threw for 407 yards against his former team in an overtime victory. With the running game struggling Griese threw the ball 67 times. Has an attractive matchup against the Broncos in Week 5. Later in the season has games against the Saints, Falcons and Lions who each have weak pass defenses. Also has another weapon to throw to with tight end Jerramy Stevens back from a two-game suspension.

Gus Frerotte (Vikings) – Finished 16/28 for 204 yards and a TD replacing Tarvaris Jackson as the starter. His interception was due to receiver Bernard Berrian bobbling the ball. With a strong offensive line and running game could be a serviceable starter in a …

Hot Stove Shea Stadium Quiz

Mets Rumors & News

This is the last year for Shea Stadium. It may be a dump that smells like a sewer, but it’s our dump that smells like a sewer. Take the quiz and see how much you know about the Queens stadium. The answers will be posted tomorrow.
1. What is the full name of Shea Stadium?
2. What year did Shea open?
3. What team did the Mets play in their first-ever game at Shea?
4. How many times did the Beatles play there?
5. How many years did the Jets play in Queens?
6. Who hit the game-winning home run in the only All-Star game played at Shea in 1964?
7. What year was the Apple installed?…

NL Dogfight – September 23rd

Mets Rumors & News

As the end of the season approaches, one team is rising above the remaining two. The Phillie’s September surge hasn’t let up as they’ve won 10 or their last 11 and are 14-6 in the month of September. The Mets have cooled, dropping their third straight game, while the Brewers gained ground, by not playing.

Recap of Monday’s Action:

The Phillies continued their hot play, as the Phillies beat the Braves 6-2. In the eighth inning, with the game knotted at two, Greg Dobbs (pinch hitting for Scott Eyre), singled up the middle. Dobbs was replaced by the speedy Greg Golson. Within two pitches Golson found himself on third base after Jeff Bennett’s pick off attempt sailed into foul territory. After Jimmy Rollins grounded out to second, Chase Utley was intentionally walked to set up a double play. The next batter, Jayson Werth, hit a hard ground ball down the third base line. Golson broke on contact, and beat Martin …

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Mets-Cubs Series Preview

Mets Rumors & News

Seven games left. Fasten your seatbelts. The Mets are at a disadvantage in the playoff race, though, because they have two opponents every game: the other team and their own bullpen. Their relief situation is not getting any better. There’s no relief from their relievers. If the Mets had just an average bullpen, they’d have clinched the division by now. Jerry Manuel can only do so much with the hand he’s been dealt, but he needs to get Bobby Parnell in there more often. It can’t hurt. And can we please end the Aaron Heilman experiment?
The Cubs come into Shea for the penultimate series of the year. It’s the collapse vs. the jinx. The Cubs are looking to break a 100-year losing streak. They haven’t even been in the World Series since 1945. They have the Billy Goat Jinx, Leon Durham’s error in 1984, Steve Bartman (Mets trivia: Luis Castillo hit the ball, and …

With Stadium Gone Matsui’s Season Over

Yankees Rumors & News

Yankee Stadium is gone after last night’s final game and celebration and going with it is Hideki Matsui whose season will be ending prematurely as he has season ending knee surgery.

Matsui has been hobbled by his left knee for a while now and probably didn’t get surgery earlier just so he could take part in the final game at the stadium. He missed part of June and all of July as he tried to rest the knee instead of opting for surgery.

After he returned in August it was clear that he was not fully healed, but he tried to play through it anyways. Early in September it was clear he wasn’t pulling his weight and he was taken out of the lineup.

His numbers were pretty ugly after his mid-summer break to rest the knee. In 24 games he had a .209 average, a .594 OPS, 2 homers, 11 RBI’s, 7 walks, and 17 strike outs.

Matsui had a …

Yankees Close Out Stadium With Class

Yankees Rumors & News

Nobody does it better than the New York Yankees. No one puts on a show like the Yankees. No one closes out one of the greatest places in American history better than the Bronx Bombers. It was truly an amazing experience to witness history last night.
Before the game we saw legend after legend come out. Each one with their own share of Yankee Stadium magic and they all stood there for the world to see. If you were in the Bronx last night, you will never forget what you saw. If you watched on TV, you will never forget what you saw. If you are a Yankees fan, how could you miss last night’s events? It was surreal, it sent chills up and down your spine, it made you shed a tear or two in you eyes, it was the last call at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees won the game 7-3 over the Baltimore Orioles. Andy Pettitte got the start in the last game …

NL Dogfight – September 22nd

Mets Rumors & News

Baseball’s regular season is in its final week. On Sunday the Phillies began to look as if they were in the drivers seat, while the Mets had a slight setback and the Brewers decided they’re not ready for the fat lady to sing.

Recap of Sunday’s Action:

The Brewers avoided a sweep to the Reds on Sunday punishing Bronson Arroyo. Seth McClung and five relief pitchers held Cincinnati to 1 run on 5 hits. Prince Fielder led the charge for the Brew Crew going 2 for 4 with a home run, double, and 3 RBI’s.

The Mets entered the bottom of the eighth inning yesterday with a 4-3 lead. By innings end (4 runs and pitchers later), the Braves found themselves on top 7-4. Carlos Delgado tried to rally the Mets in the ninth with a two-run home run, but it wasn’t enough as the Braves took two of three from the Mets, winning 7-6. The bullpen spoiled another strong outing by Mike …

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Giants vs. Bengals

Giants Rumors & News

Coming in at 0-2, the Bengals weren’t the patsies that the Rams and Redskins were. The Giants had their hands full in this game, as Cincinnati came out determined and driven. It was a roller coster ride, with the teams trading scores all day, but the Jints finally prevailed in overtime by a score of 26-23. Their 3-0 record is the best start they’ve had since 2000.

The Good

Oldster John Carney booted four field goals, including the game winner, and is nine for nine for the season. He kicked 46, 26, 24 and 22 yarders. Not bad for someone picked up off the scrapheap. He’s the Giants’ version of Fernando Tatis (without the season-ending injury).

Kevin Boss not only made his first catch of the season, but snagged a touchdown pass as well. He had three receptions for 51 yards. At least we don’t have to hear about a tight end not having any catches for the season anymore. Eli Manning spread the ball around to eight different receivers. Plaxico Burress only had three catches (45 yards), but …

Mets Falter in Atlanta: Series Recap

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets headed into the home stretch of the season a half game behind Philly and one-and-a-half games ahead of the Brewers. After losing two out of three to the Braves, their wild card lead stays the same but they lost a game in the standings to the Phillies. Here’s what happened down at Turner Field over the weekend.

Friday, Mets 9-5: Back in First

With the game tied at five in the eighth inning, Daniel Murphy was sent up to pinch hit with runners on first and second and one out. Was there any doubt he would come through? He lofted a long shot to left-center for a double, driving in both runners. He’s patient. He’s clutch. He’s a student of hitting. Let’s just hope he’s not another Gregg Jefferies or Mike Vail. Jose Reyes led off the game with a home run (again), and racked up three hits, two RBIs, a stolen base and scored three runs. Nick Evans smashed a looong homer to center field. …

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