Archive for August 2009

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
Mets Rumors & News

There’s rampant speculation all over town that Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel may be on their way out the door. Omar’s BFF, Adam Rubin, is reporting that John Ricco may be replacing Minaya when the season’s over (though Omar would probably move on to another position in the organization), while Newsday’s David Lennon ruminates on the possibility that the continuous sloppy play by the Mets could signal the demise of Manuel. So cue up the last five minutes of “Layla,” Goodfellas-style – will we see a frozen Omar dangling in a meat truck? Jerry “Roast Beef” slumped over in a pink Coup de Ville? We’ve already seen Tony “Funny like a clown, I amuse you?” Bernazard get it in the back of the head.

Minaya and Manuel got a “vote of confidence” earlier this season, but that’s due to expire as soon as the last pitch is thrown on October 4th. And with all that’s gone on since that declaration, it doesn’t mean anything anymore anyway. …

Monday, August 10th, 2009
Mets Rumors & News

The .500-or-bust beards are being shaved off one by one. They’ve gone 2-6 since the “easy” part of their schedule commenced, which was going to springboard them into the wild card race. And their relievers are giving up grand slams left and right to lose games. This is the first time in five years that the Mets won’t be in contention the last two months of the season. So why bother watching? Well, here are 10 reasons to stay glued to the TV when the New York Mets are playing.

1. Daniel Murphy: The Mets are going to need a first baseman next season, and Murphy’s finally found a position that he can play and play well. And it happens to be first base. If he’s going to be the first baseman of the future, the team will need to find a power-hitting left fielder (Matt Holliday?) because even though he’s hitting cleanup right now, he’s no cleanup hitter. He’s been struggling at the plate this season after his …

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Hot Stove Player of the Week: Johnny Damon

Yankees Rumors & News

The Yankees-Red Sox war resumed last night in the Bronx. Of course, one of the great players in this rivalry was Thurman Munson, who tragically died 30 years ago Sunday, and Jorge Posada paid tribute to the former Yankee captain by wearing a #15 decal on his mask. Besides winning the Rookie of the Year, an MVP award, three Gold Gloves and two World Series, Munson absolutely hated the Red Sox and Carlton Fisk. In a game in 1973, he barreled into Fisk at home plate, and a 10-minute bench-clearing brawl ensued. That’s what Yankees-Red Sox baseball is all about. Even though Munson is dead, he’s still healthier than the Mets, though. Jon Niese, Luis Castillo and Gary Sheffield threw themselves on the Mets’ injury pile this week. A Met official stated: “All our injured players should be back by December, so if we can stay within 20 games of the lead, we should be able to make a run.” Meanwhile, David Ortiz has recently been in …

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Have a Mets Summer (Without the 2009 Mets)

Mets Rumors & News

Now that Mets fans have pretty much gone through the stages of grief for this season – anger, rage, denial, anger again, sniffing glue, laughter (well, that might have been from watching an episode of Coach), more rage, more denial and, finally, acceptance that this team can’t even walk down the dugout steps without injuring themselves – here are 10 Mets related things to do the rest of the summer without actually watching this putrid team.

1. Read the box scores from 1986 on every morning instead of this season’s. You’ll like what you see a lot better.

2. Brush up on your Mets history by reading Peter Golenbock’s Amazin’: The Miraculous History of New York’s Most Beloved Baseball Team. It may get a few dates wrong and have some inaccuracies, but you’ll learn everything there is to know about your favorite team.

3. Bone up on obscure Mets like Joe Christopher, Hawk Taylor, Dave Marshall, Dave Schneck, Bill Sudakis, Pepe Mangual, Rick Sweet, Lou Thornton and Andy Tomberlin. Dazzle …

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Knicks release 2008-2009 schedule

Knicks Rumors & News


-Season opener vs. Miami on October 28th

-Home opener vs. Charlotte on October 30th

-Five Games on ESPN all at home(November 6th vs. Cavs, December 18th vs. Clippers, December 25th vs. Heat, January 15th vs. Raptors, January 22nd vs. Lakers)

Knicks working out JWill

Knicks Rumors & News

Jason Williams is scheduled to work out for the Knicks today at the Westchester practice facility.  The 33 year-old retired last August citing personal reasons with his wife’s pregnancy. Flirting with Williams could be be a negotiating tool in signing G Nate Robinson for a year. The Knicks also plan to sign 23 year-old Ramon Sessions to an offer sheet.

The Knicks could offer Williams the veteran’s minimum ($1.9 million) or biannual exception ($2.9 million). “JWill” has had a productive 10-year NBA career in which he has averaged 11.7 points, 6.3 assists and 1.7 three pointer’s per game. New York has until Thursday to negotiate a deal with him since they claimed him off waivers from the Clippers. A rumor has been swirling that if Donnie Walsh comes to an agreement with “White Chocolate” they would deal his rights to another team.

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Looking For a Sign

Mets Rumors & News

While watching the Mets this past weekend, I spent every game looking for a sign from God – well, maybe not God, but at least from Tug McGraw. I was looking for anything – no matter how little – to show me that there may be a miracle coming the last two months of the season for the Metsies. I looked on the field, in the batter’s box, on the pitcher’s mound, in the dugout, under my TV – everywhere and anywhere.

And on Friday, I thought I had it. After Angel Berroa grounded out on the first pitch he saw pinch-hitting with the bases loaded (I think the ball actually bounced in the dirt – it was a good pitch to hit if he were playing cricket) and Sean Green’s wild pitch cancelled out Daniel Murphy’s slick double play, Arizona third baseman Mark Reynolds dropped an easy pop-up with one out in the bottom of the ninth. That was it! The Mets are going to …

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