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Friday, May 21st, 2010

The New York Week That Was (Mayor’s Trophy, Unlucky Shoe, Bada Bing & Pineapple Express)

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Love it or hate it, here comes interleague play, with the first Mets-Yankees series on tap to begin tonight. And I, being old, don’t like it. It’s a gimmick that’s run its course. Of course, I also don’t like the designated hitter, loud noises and teenagers, so you can take my opinion with a grain of salt (but don’t let Mayor Bloomberg catch you). One of the advantages of being long in the tooth, though, is I actually attended events from the old days, such as the Mayor’s Trophy game in 1970, at Yankee Stadium, when I was just a tyke. I still have the scorecard, and somebody kept score for five-and-a-half innings. It must have been my older brother because I had just finished a grueling year of kindergarten, which was an abrupt interruption of my easygoing life of not learning anything and taking naps, and I’m not sure if I even knew how to read back then let alone keep score. The Yanks won (as …

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Better Late Than Never for Mets

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Why do the Mets always seem to be the last ones to know? Why are they always a step behind? Omar Minaya and consequently Jerry Manuel should have been fired after last season, but inexplicably were given another shot (ok, not inexplicably – it was because of money). The organization always seems to have a “let’s throw things against the wall, kind of wait around to see what happens and then react” philosophy as opposed to having an actual well-thought-out plan. They’re finally getting around to making a few intelligent moves lately, but they seem to be the last ones to know that these moves should have already been made. It’s better late than never, though.

They got the whole Jenrry Mejia/Ike Davis thing backwards coming out of spring training. Davis had already had a college career in a top-notch program and a few seasons in the minors, so he was more major-league ready than Mejia. Once Daniel Murphy came up lame, with his bum knee, that was …

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Sunday Morning Coming Down for Mets

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“Well, I woke up Sunday morning with no way to hold my head that didn’t hurt. And the beer I had for breakfast wasn’t bad, so I had one more for dessert.” – Johnny Cash/Kris Kristofferson, ‘Sunday Morning Coming Down’

That’s how I felt when I woke up Sunday morning after watching John Maine throw 12 straight balls to start Saturday night’s disaster of a game. Which, of course, followed Oliver Perez pitching himself out of the rotation in Friday’s disaster of a game. And Jon Niese took over from there and tweaked his hamstring and had to leave Sunday’s disaster of a game in the third inning. Oh, that’s why the Mets’ starting rotation was seen as a weakness coming into the season. And it doesn’t help matters that the whole team is turning back the clock to 2009, with base-running mistakes, fielders dropping balls and Luis Castillo standing like a statue watching a ground ball bounce right by him while he took a quick little nap …

Friday, May 14th, 2010
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We’ll start off this week with a tribute to catchers. Francisco Cervelli, Rod Barajas and Henry Blanco all had a memorable couple of games last weekend. New York has had many legends behind the plate, such as Bill Dickey, Yogi Berra, Elston Howard, Thurman Munson, Jerry Grote, Gary Carter and Mike Piazza, and we’ve had our fare share of backups who did something special, too – Todd Pratt instantly comes to mind. But those three present-day local backstops are cut more from the cloth of the likes of Butch Wynegar, John Stearns or Jake Gibbs. Barajas’ and Blanco’s back-to-back game-winning home runs made major league history, as it was the first time catching teammates accomplished that feat. In fact, we haven’t seen offensive heroics like that from a catcher since Jake Taylor surprised the Yankees by beating out a bunt single, which allowed Willie Hayes Mays to score all the way from second to win the AL East title back in the late ’80s (little-known fact: Barajas’ …

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

The Dam Finally Breaks for the Mets

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The Mets easily put runners on base. But then, the bats don’t move. Dust forms on them. Cobwebs begin to appear. Tumbleweeds roll by the batter’s box. The home-plate area becomes a ghost town, complete with an old codger trying to bamboozle a tourist family that’s passing by. The runners stranded idly on base grow foot-long beards. They eventually die and become rotting corpses. Skeletons crumble onto the bases. Nothing but a lonely breeze is heard. Vultures swoop down to check out the pickin’s. That was the (somewhat overdramatic) scene for the Mets’ offense during Monday’s game and the first seven innings last night. One called third strike after another. One weak pop-up after another. One stranded base-runner after another.

But in the eighth inning, something exciting happened, something so unexpected and out of the blue I wouldn’t have believed it unless I saw it with my own eyes – the Mets hit with runners on base. And they couldn’t stop hitting. They banged out singles. They ripped …

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

The (Almost) Comeback Kings

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I thought that the Mets would storm back and win today’s game in the ninth inning. Again. And without a doubt. Of course, it turned out there was some doubt as they couldn’t quite pull off three last-at-bat wins in a row. But the fact that we’re even thinking that way – that the 2010 Mets won’t just roll over and die – says something. They’re forging an identity for themselves, one based on resilience and grit. Last year’s identity was based on buffoonery; they invented ways to lose games and treated the season as if it were a tribute to the lovable-loser 1962 Mets.

There was a lot to like in the weekend series with the Giants, and a few things that didn’t turn out so well. They took two out three after losing the last two series, so let’s see if they can use this series win to springboard their way to another hot streak. And hey, at least they’re exciting to watch. And exciting in …

Friday, May 7th, 2010

The New York Week That Was (The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports, the Team That Fell to Earth & iPod Gate)

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The Kentucky Derby was run on Saturday, with Super Saver winning the Run for the Roses, an amazing feat considering jockey Calvin Borel was all hopped up on mint juleps. The historic race is, of course, known as the “most exiting two minutes in sports.” But that’s just a marketing slogan. Here are the real “most exciting two minutes in sports” (well, unless you count Tasering a Phillies fan):

5. Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park: The White Sox were hoping 12,000 fans would show up to a promotional night in July of 1979, but approximately 90,000 unwashed long hairs made their way to the game. Chicago DJ Steve Dahl blew up a pile of disco records between games of the doubleheader, which unofficially ended disco’s stranglehold on America. The unruly rock fans – who were like aliens to the usual baseball crowd – stormed the field and the White Sox had to forfeit the second game to the Tigers. The White Sox finished in fifth place, …

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Mets Getting Nothing From Their Bench

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The Mets have had their ups and downs this year – with all aspects of the team having great days followed by or preceding some not-so-great days. But one part of the team that hasn’t performed well at all this season is the bench. The team has pretty much gotten nothing from this group, as we saw last night with Gary Matthews Jr. and Frank Catalanotto both weakly grounding out during their pinch-hit appearances. Henry Blanco is the only guy who’s doing his job. He may only be batting .227, but that’s par for the course for him. His defense and handling of the pitching staff is why he was brought here, and he hasn’t disappointed.

It’s the other four from this gang that have made the role players a big weakness of the team. Matthews was inexplicably given a number of starts at the beginning of the season and was awful. And he’s been terrible ever since (.132, no home runs or RBI’s), whether it’s pinch hitting …

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Character Building Time Has Arrived for the Mets

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Anybody can win eight games in a row. The real test of a team is what happens when that big hot streak ends. Was the brief spate of winning an aberration, or was it a harbinger of things to come for the rest of the season? The Mets’ winning streak came to a crashing halt this weekend. Well, it was more like a 10 car pileup than a crashing halt. The team sent their two best pitchers to the mound after crushing the Phillies on Friday night, 9-1, and they surrendered a combined 16 runs. Ouch. Jerry Manuel has recently been saying he wants to see how his team reacts when they face adversity. Well, adversity has arrived, in the form of a bloodbath in Philadelphia.

The Mets have been boasting about the great chemistry this year’s team has, and the good vibes in the clubhouse, so we’ll soon see if this translates to consistent success on the field. So here are a few questions we’ll quickly know …

Friday, April 30th, 2010

The New York Week That Was (Meet the Prez, the Amazin’ Amazin’s, a Cold Draft and So Long, Jacques)

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The Yankees went to the White House to mingle with the leader of the free world on Monday, which is one of the perks of winning the World Series. Mainly flying under the radar is the little-known fact that every team that makes the playoffs gets to meet a president (not the president, mind you). The World Series−losing Phillies will shake hands with the president from 24 next week. The AL Championship−losing Angels met with former fictional president Martin Sheen a few days ago. The NL Championship−losing Dodgers are going to visit the grave of Peter Sellers, who portrayed the president in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. And the other four 2009 playoff teams will all be taking a trip to Mount Rushmore. The teams that didn’t qualify for the postseason don’t get a meeting with a president, but instead they are introduced to a VIP of one stripe or another according to their place in the standings. Here’s …

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Wright Passes Kranepool, but Ed’s Still the Real Mr. Met

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David Wright had a monumental few days this week. On Tuesday he got his 1,000 hit, and yesterday he passed Ed Kranepool to become the all-time franchise leader in doubles with 226. Wright is recognized as the face of the franchise today (sorry, Gary Matthews Jr.), but Kranepool has been the real Mr. Met for as long as the team has existed. Where are all the Ed Kranepool retrospectives and celebrations this week? He may not have been the greatest player in baseball history or even on his own team or even on his own team at his own position, but there’s just something about the big lug that we all love. He has an indefinable quality – maybe he just epitomizes the Mets’ underdog history better than any other player. But what do we really know about him besides the fact that he’s a Met legend and holds many, many franchise records? For the kids out there (I’m always thinking of the kids), here are some …

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

The Red-Hot Mets Stay Red Hot

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“You know what the difference is this year. We have more baseball players. We’re more competitive as a team.” – anonymous Met

“We’re all motivated and we are counting on every single guy on our team. We are competing for sure. We’re competing against all the teams we’re doing all the little things and I think that’s the difference right now compared to last year. Everybody is motivated, everybody knows how important they are to this team.” – Johan Santana

“I think we have the right attitude. Maybe a part of it was the failure that we had has brought everybody a little bit closer. I think everybody realized we have to play as a unit to be successful. This city doesn’t want great individual performances, they want winners. Hopefully we can give them that.” – David Wright

“Holy crap!” – Frank Barone

The Mets have now swept their last two series, won seven in a row and went 9-1 on this home stand. Are they turning into …

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