Wednesday, May 14th, 2008
Mets Rumors & News

On December 1st 2007, Mets Nation was collectively left with its jaw hanging. After seeing the Mets trade away one of their “untouchable” young studs in Lastings Milledge, an uproar from fans could be heard as far as Washington D.C.

Enamored with his excited play and charisma, seeing Lastings leave created a dark cloud over lowly Shea Stadium. But alas, a silver lining! The Mets actually did get players back for Milledge. Ryan Church and Brian Schneider were shipped to the Mets from the Nationals for the exuberant young player. To say the least, fans were not expecting much from either of their 2 new players. But surprise, surprise!

Ryan Church has become the Mets best player in the early going. Leading the Mets in Homeruns (8) and second in RBI (30) and AVG (.324), Church has provided this Mets lineup with some much needed pop. Nothing has stopped Church from putting the bat on the ball. No matter where Church has been placed in the lineup he has …

Monday, April 28th, 2008
Mets Rumors & News

It was not too long ago when Carlos Beltran was the one hearing the ire of Mets fan. At one point during his struggle with the fans, Beltran was given a peace offering by Mets nation and they asked him for a “Curtain Call.” If it was up to Beltran, he would have stayed in the dugout to spite the fans. But a certain elder statesman in the Mets clubhouse, Julio Franco, put his arm around Beltran and convinced him that taking a bow for the fans would be beneficial to his stay in New York.

But during yesterday afternoons game against the Braves the other Carlos, Carlos Delgado, was called upon this time. Due to his early season slump, fans decided it was time to get on this Carlos’ back and let him hear their displeasure. That’s why yesterday was a sight for sore eyes for Mets fans. After hitting an opposite field homerun against John Smoltz and later a bomb of a homerun that smacked into the right field scoreboard, fans implored Delgado to rise to …

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Philly fans live up to reputation

Mets Rumors & News

To think that the fans of a city could not do much worse than throwing chunks of ice at Santa Claus, the fans of Philadelphia have stooped to a new low.

Friday night against the Phillies, Jose Reyes attempted to steal 2nd base. As he always does, Reyes slid head first and wound up ramming his head into the knee of Phillies 2nd baseman Chase Utley. Reyes immediately raised his hand calling for time and Utley bent down by Reyes making sure he was fine. But he was not and laid motionless on the ground for several seconds. When asked if he was knocked unconscious, Reyes said:

“I think so. I lost my mind for a couple of seconds. I went to space for a little bit.”

But as Reyes lay dazed on the ground, Phillies fans began an uproar of cheering and clapping as if Mike Schmidt had come back and hit a game winning homerun. But Schmidt had not made a triumphant comeback. The fans were cheering for Jose Reyes being injured. They were …

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Church Proving Worth

Mets Rumors & News

At the beginning of the season, not too many Mets fans were envisioning a lineup with Ryan Church batting in between Jose Reyes and David Wright. But, thats exactly what has transpired the last 2 games and the results are evident.

After taking the 1st game of a 3 game series against the Nationals, Church started off last night’s game with a bang.  Seeing his teammate John Maine give up a run in the top half of the 1st inning Church came up to the plate with one out. With one swing he brought the Mets faithful to their feet, tying up the game with a homerun to right field. For obvious reasons, this home run was a big deal but there were also underlying reasons. Church smacked last night’s long ball off of a left handed pitcher. The 2nd time he has done it this year.

The knock on Church coming into this season was that he could mash right handed pitchers but struggled mightily against lefties. There was a lot of offseason …

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008
Mets Rumors & News

Willie Randolph has taken more than his fair share of heat during his tenure as Mets manager. Whether it be for the  mis-management of the bullpen or for not being very adept at the fine art of the double switch. But for most fans, the biggest complaint about the Randolph era has been his lack of motivational skills. Inspiring players and building up their confidence. Giving his team that swagger that the ’86 Mets were so famous for.

During last years collapse, while speaking during post game interviews, the expression on Willie’s face and his speech never changed. He never gave any evidence that showed how he felt about his teams struggles or to let the fans know that what the Mets were doing was not alright. It seemed, from the outside looking in, that the team took on the lifeless demeanor of its manager.

 Even though it may be way overdue, Randolph finally openly criticized this team and made it seem like he would not just settle for the sloppy play the Mets have shown. …

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

Vargas to Fill Duque’s Shoes…..Well, His Boot?

Mets Rumors & News

update 3:14pm…It’s a done deal. The Mets have signed Claudio Vargas to a minor-league deal…

With the injury to Mets starter Orlando Hernandez looking worse and worse everyday, Metsblog.com is reporting that the Mets are on the brink of signing free agent pitcher Claudio Vargas. Vargas went 11-6 with a 5.09 ERA for the Brewers last season.

After last night’s pitching performance by Mike Pelfrey against the hated Phillies, the Mets may feel a little more comfortable with the idea of having Pelfrey and Vargas as their 4th and 5th starters until Pedro Martinez returns. As the old adage says: You can never have enough pitching. The Mets are beginning to heed that message.

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

Castillo Out, Easley In

Mets Rumors & News

According to Metblog.com 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.

Monday, April 7th, 2008

Reyes Takes Off Dancing Shoes

Mets Rumors & News

Last year, Jose Reyes could have easily been confused with the late tap dancer Gregory Hines. Doing such intricate hand shakes and dance steps that the FBI would have a hard time figuring them out. After one of his teammates would send a homerun over the wall, Reyes would joyfully meet them at the top of the dugout stairs and would perform what looked like a ballet with cleats.

While Mets fans well, let me correct myself. While some Mets fans enjoyed seeing Reyes prance around, other teams did not take a liking to him showing up the opposing pitcher. Reyes’ antics became the catalyst for the growing hatred of the Mets in 2007.

But Reyes vows that he is done with his former dancing ways. During a previous Mets telecast, it was said that Reyes told reporters that he will no longer be doing his extravagant handshakes. He wants to focus more on baseball and not on the extracurriculars. But do not fret fans, he said he will still be that vibrant …

Friday, April 4th, 2008

Hillen Joins Cast of Youngsters

Islanders Rumors & News

Jack Hillen six days ago was playing in the NCAA West Regional representing Colorado College. Last night, Hillen jumped in with both feet into one of the most heated rivalries in the NHL: Islanders vs. Rangers.

Hillen will not be confused with a heavyweight anytime soon. Standing at 5-11 and weighing 200 pounds, Hillen is more of an offensive minded defensemen. While playing for Colorado, Hillen notched 37 points(31 on assists)which lead all Division-1 defensemen.

After last nights 3-0 loss to the Rangers, Newsdays Greg Logan caught up with Coach Ted Nolan and asked what he thought of Hillen’s debut:

“He handled himself fairly well, but he definitely needs some seasoning before he’s ready for prime time,” Nolan said. “But we’re not going to judge a kid too heavily throwing him from college hockey into a game against the Rangers. That’s too unfair. But he looks like he has a good upside to him.”

Logan also spoke to Captain Bill Guerin:

“Jack played as well as anybody I’ve ever seen in their first game, especially against your …

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

Pagan is Heaven Sent….So Far

Mets Rumors & News

Coming into opening day on Monday, the biggest question marks concerning the Mets were their corner outfield positions. With the injury to Leftfielder Moises Alou looming overhead, the Mets decided to give Angel Pagan a shot in Alou’s absence. Mets fans were wondering what to expect from Pagan and they had every right to suspect failure. But Pagan’s performance thus far has been anything other than unsuccessful.

Pagan has driven in an RBI every game thus far and has 4 total. He has come up with big hit after big hit. Last night, Carlos Beltran drilled a double off the wall and advanced to 3rd base on a relay throw. With one out already recorded in the inning Carlos Delgado struck out leaving Beltran stranded. It was left to Pagan to drive in Beltran and come up with a clutch 2 out RBI. Pagan did not disappoint and drove in Beltran to extend the rally.

I know it’s early in the season, but Mets fans cannot be too upset with what they have seen from …

Monday, March 31st, 2008
Mets Rumors & News

Willie Randolph was the Captain of the Mets sinking ship last year. Most Mets fans wanted him to walk the plank for his actions or lack there of. The Mets faithful were yearning for fire in the players eyes. But those flames never showed up and the Mets were left on the outside looking in. The majority of the blame was placed on Randolph. But Randolph recently released a statement letting the fans know of his mindset coming into the 2008 season:

Our team is ready to go. That’s the message I want to send to you Mets fans as we prepare for today’s opener in South Florida. The goal this year is to make our final season at Shea something special and I think we can…We all hated the way last year ended for us. For 98 percent of the season we were the best team in our division, but we let it slip away. When I spoke to the team this spring I didn’t look backwards that much, I …

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Nolan on His Way Out?

Islanders Rumors & News

4-12. No, that’s not a date; that’s the Islanders’ record in their last 16 games. After compiling enough wins to find themselves in 7th place before the All Star Break, the Islanders are currently in a downward spiral destined for a lottery pick (maybe not such a bad thing with Steven Stamkos in this years draft). Currently sitting in 13th place in the Eastern Conference and 26th out of the entire NHL, the Islanders have been looking more and more like a group just waiting for the season to end. But it seems as if only one person is taking the blame: coach Ted Nolan.

Nolan was unjustly exiled from the NHL for close to a decade for supposedly having “extracurricular activities” with a former player’s wife. But when the Islanders came knocking on his door 2 years ago, he was eager to get back behind the bench. Since that day, Nolan has held his own and shown why he was awarded the Jack Adams Trophy his 2nd year with the Sabres. Nolan is …

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