A blog dedicated to the New York Mets with some other baseball thrown in.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

We're Going streaking up through the quad and into the gymnasium! Come on everybody, come on! Snoop, Snoop-a-loop! No, it's cool, it's cool, I'm cool.

As of now, there is not one thing to complain about. However, if at the beginning of the year you told me that Jose Valentin would be starting at second base, Cliff Floyd would be down with Endy Chavez starting, Xavier Nady would down, Gary Cohen would down, and two starting pitchers would be on the 60-day DL, I would of told you this team would be in trouble. I'm not talking last place kind of trouble, but they certainly would be struggling.

The fact the Mets have taken over the best mark in the league and sit 8 1/2 games in front of the second place Phillies while fighting through some adversity is amazing. A bench that looked really, really weak through the first month of the season has proved to be anything but weak. Every single person on this team is contributing with the exception of Heath Bell and Ramon Castro. I still think Bell will contribute, but has not done much during this hot streak, and Castro is just stuck behind LoDuca to no fault of his own.

"I would have to say we're playing as well as we can right now," Willie Randolph said after all nine starters had a hit and scored. "Our offense can be really awesome if we do certain things."

23 of 25 guys have looked spectacular in the roles they were given and this team has done so much without Nady and Floyd in the lineup. The Mets have clinched at worst an 8-2 road trip and will go for their eighth win a row and their second series sweep in row when Steve Trachsel takes the mound today against the very hittable Cory Liddle. Even if the Mets fail to pull off their second sweep, they put themselves in a great position with the struggling Orioles coming into town with Glavine, Martinez, and Soler toeing the rubber.

After this weekend series, they face the beasts of the AL East on their turf in the Yankees (5th best home record in the AL), Red Sox (3rd best home record in the AL), and Blue Jays (4th best home record in the AL) and that is after they face the second place Reds (3rd best road record in the Major Leagues) next week at Shea. Those teams combine for a 146-111 record which is good for a .568 winning percentage and will be a terrific gauge for this team.

The Mets have the fourth best home record in the majors and the 2nd best road record in the majors. If this team can perform well against three of the top five teams in the American League on their turf, all the good things everyone is thinking about this team will be validated even more. I was a bit young for the '86 World Series and '88 was the first time I was really into watching the Mets. I have never seen such a good and well rounded Met team since then. Not only do they compare favorably with that Met team, they may in fact be better. Yes, this Met team is hot right now and will not remain this hot, but I have never seen such a dominant offensive display from any Met team in history and probably have not seen such a good Met team since I have been following them.


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  • The quote of the day goes to Willie Randolph:

    "Am I surprised?" Randolph asked rhetorically, responding to an inquiry about Philadelphia's sloppy play. "I don't care about that. If they want to kick the ball around, that's fine."

  • If Reyes can continue to walk at the same rate he is and hit .290 to .300, he can undoubtedly win an MVP award.

    "He's the key to our offense," suggested Paul Lo Duca, who bats directly behind him and closely observes the havoc Reyes can cause on the basepaths. "He's dynamic. He changes everything, even the pitcher's motion."

    I have never seen a player that can change the game as much as Reyes.

    "I'm learning," he said. "I talked a lot with Rickey [Henderson] in spring training. I look for my pitch now. With two strikes, I used to swing at pitches in the dirt. Now if I'm looking for a fastball, I'm going to wait for a fastball."

    The kid's average is not where we want it to be, but it's there because he is learning and wants to learn.

  • Nady should be in Norfolk today and might be back this weekend.

    It took just two games of extended spring training for the Mets to see enough from Xavier Nady to promote him – just not to the majors. After undergoing an appendectomy May 30, Nady returned to action Monday. Then he went from Port St. Lucie, where he was 4-for-6 Wednesday with a home run and two doubles, to Norfolk, where he will be with the team tonight.

    I'm feeling a hot streak like we saw at the beginning of the season for the rested and fully healthy Xavier Nady when he returns to action.

  • Lastings made a mental error, though not a bad one or a costly one. If you are going to learn, these are the games to learn in.

    Even in victory, there was a lesson learned by Lastings Milledge. After the rookie was cut down at the plate on Julio Franco's two-out double in the seventh inning, manager Willie Randolph spoke to Milledge in the dugout and the message was simple: he should have scored.

    Milledge sheepishly admitted his wrongdoing when asked if he thought he should have scored on the play. "Could have, should have," Milledge said. "We won the game. It doesn't matter."


    As for where Milledge will be when Floyd and Nady come back, it will most likely be in Norfolk which is the right move.

    More to the point, Randolph said, "We've accomplished what we wanted with him. He's helped us get through some injuries, and he's played well. But what we wanted was to expose him to what it's like up here, so when he comes back, it's not all 'wow' for him."

    I've said it before and I'll say it again, having Milledge as a more of a known quantity in 2007 is so huge. Yes, he played well, but Nady was playing well all year for the Mets despite a bit of slump before he got surgery. Milledge will be back up in September and will be ready to come back up should any more injuries arise.

  • David Wright was lauded for his fielding and work ethic while in the minor leagues and Wright has had his share of problems on routine plays and especially routine ones late in games. However, Wright is now on a career high errorless streak of 26 games and has looked spectacular in the field. The kid has an approach at the plate that is rivaled by few already, has five tools, and leads the lead in 'aw schucks' quotes. The biggest problem he might have with winning the MVP award is this Met team is simply to deep. It's hard to win the MVP when you have another guy two spots in front of you who might be playing better right now and another guy in front of him on pace for 50 homers and 128 RBIs.

  • BP throws out some love to the Mets...

    You have to give the Mets this: they’re not boring.

    Last night, they blew a pair of early leads, allowed five home runs and seven runs total, but hung on for a 9-7 road win over the Phillies. It was the Mets’ 21st win by two or fewer runs and the seventh time they’d won while allowing at least seven runs.

    The first thing to consider is that the Mets’ 40-23 record--best in the National League, second-best in baseball--is an accurate reflection of their performance to date. Clay Davenport’s numbers have the Mets as a 38-25 squad in the Adjusted Standings, a mark that would still be the best in the parity-stricken NL. While the Mets are 17-7 in one-run games, their underlying performance nevertheless supports their lofty overall mark. That record in one-run games is, as you might expect, a bit lucky, but the Mets do feature a strong bullpen and a good bench, both traits that can help a team outperform the median in close contests.

    A bigger factor has been the team’s offense, which is third in the NL in runs and fourth in EqA with a .269 mark. Carlos Beltran and David Wright are having MVP-caliber seasons, while the team is getting credible production from seven lineup spots. Second base has been a well-documented hole, and Cliff Floyd took April off, but on the whole, this is a good offensive team. As mentioned above, the Mets have gotten a lot of production from their bench, where Jose Valentin, Ramon Castro, Endy Chavez and Julio Franco have all been above-average hitters. If Lastings Milledge sticks around after Xavier Nady returns, with one of the two coming off the bench, it just gets that much stronger.

    It’s not all sunshine and roses for the Mets’ lineup, of course. The top two lineup spots, generally Jose Reyes and Paul Lo Duca, don’t generate the kind of OBP you’d like to get up top. That means the MVP candidates, as well as Carlos Delgado, don’t get to leverage their slugging as much as they might with more runners on base. Reyes’ speed is going to keep him locked into the #1 spot, but the Mets would get a boost by bumping Beltran to #2 and Wright to #3, with Lo Duca slipping into the bottom half of the lineup. This will be particularly important in the second half, what with Lo Duca’s established tendency of falling off late in the season. Beltran has batted with just 151 runners on base this season, 128th of 214 players with at least 180 ABs. The Mets have to get more guys on in front of him.


    What is interesting about that is they are still on the batting order issue that a lot of have discussed throughout the season. While I wrote about it a few weeks ago, it is still a minor gripe and one that should still get looked at if LoDuca goes into his usual second half dive. His .302/.356/.426 line in the first half from 2003 to 2005 is light years better than his .249/.307/.345 in the second half. So while the lineup issue might not be on the front burner right now, it will most likely surface later on.

  • This is the last thing Rick Ankiel needed.

    Cardinals lefthander-turned-outfielder Rick Ankiel will miss the remainder of the season after having left knee surgery. Ankiel, 26, injured the patellar tendon in his knee during a spring training scrimmage at the Cardinals' spring training facility in Jupiter, Fla., on Feb. 27. Ankiel never played in a spring training or regular season game this season.

    Rarely have I been so interested in seeing anyone succeed from another organization, but it is hard not to root for this guy.
  • 48 Comments:

    Blogger Toasty Joe said...

    I love how you included Gary Cohen in your list of players who went down to injury. Priceless.

    Mike, how old are you? Funny, I always assumed you were in the "32" club along with me, Bookie, Sonny D and The Count (I think). We were all 12ish when the Mets last won the big one. Speaking for myself, I pretty much remember every inning of that postseason.

    11:32 AM

     
    Blogger Kenny said...

    "I don't care about that. If they want to kick the ball around, that's fine."

    That quote almost makes me not dislike Willie...almost.


    Speaking of '86, I was too young also. Being born in '79 and 7 year-olds aren't too swell at staying up late for baseball games.

    Benny may have been conceived that season.

    11:53 AM

     
    Anonymous Cerrone said...

    Brilliant title for the post, Mike.

    ...Honey, you think KFC is still open?

    12:00 PM

     
    Blogger Toasty Joe said...

    I was also going to add, that even though I was two years OLDER, I remember little details from the 1988 LCS, presumably because I've blacked it out. I remember a Sciosca home run off Gooden, Dumbass Jeffries getting hit by a batted ball, and David Cone bashing the Dodgers in the Daily News. Bad times.

    12:06 PM

     
    Blogger Count Choculitis said...

    I remember '86 like it was yesterday, watching game 6 against the Astros on a tiny black and white TV in my kitchen, knowing if we faced Mike Scott again he would cheat his way to sure victory.....watching game 6 against the Red Sox, knowing it was over, feeling it was over, and then celebrating with my parents and their friends who were having a party at the house that night. (I'm reasonably certain Game 6 was a Saturday night, otherwise my memory is faulty and, despite my earlier attestation, I would not remember '86 like it was yesterday.)

    Which year was the Pendleton homerun off McDowell? 1985? What about the Strawberry bomb off Ken Dayley? 1985 as well? For some reason, I too remember very little about 1988, other than that Orel Hershiser was doing a better impression of Mike Scott than Mike Scott did in 1986. And that was no easy feat.

    12:14 PM

     
    Anonymous Rick M said...

    I was 15 in 1986, and was fixated on every pitch of the postseason. 1985 was the first year that I really started to follow baseball, so seeing the Mets just fall short to the Cards that year and win it all the next made me a Met fan for life. It must have been tough for younger fans to develop a real feeling for the team when they were so awful in 1991 - 1996.

    I'm ready to declare Beltran - Delgado - Wright at least as good as Hernandez - Carter - Strawberry or Olerud - Piazza - Ventura. They've been a pleasure to watch.

    12:18 PM

     
    Blogger Toasty Joe said...

    Count - the Pendleton shot off McDowell was 1987, and effectively ended our chances of repeating that year.

    And yes, Game 6 vs. the Sox was a Saturday night. Game 7 was supposed to be Sunday but got rained out, so it was actually Monday. I think. Oil Can was supposed to pitch but the Sox went with Hurst on the extra day of rest, which sucked because he'd been awesome in the series. Luckily we overcame it.

    12:21 PM

     
    Blogger Toasty Joe said...

    Oh, and the Strawberry shot off Daley was in 1985 - off the clock in dead center at Busch Stadium. Damn, I hated the Cards that year.

    12:25 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    I'm am 28 years old...

    Cohen is a big part of this team if only for my sanity. I like Rose as a #2 guy, but as the lead? Horrible. Simply irrating.

    In 86 I was still not that young. I was nine and I played baseball for a bit at that point, but it was the little kids league when the right fielder was picking flowers and thinking about gum drops. I like baseball, but didn't LOVE it yet. I just remember it being on TV and being a big deal, but really didn't follow players or teams until '88 really. From '88, I just remember thinking that this team was going to win it all and then Gibson hit one of the biggest homers of all time.

    That quote almost makes me not dislike Willie...almost.

    Funny thing you mention that, that is exactly what went through my mind.

    Matt, thanks...Old School never gets old.

    Count...Scott was a ball scuffer, right?

    Rick,

    It must have been tough for younger fans to develop a real feeling for the team when they were so awful in 1991 - 1996.

    Completely agree. How could anyone been a new Met fan in those times? I guess if you dad was, that's a reason, but otherwise? Ugly, ugly teams.

    I need to get that '86 WS DVDs so I can familiarize myself with the entire series in every single game instead of the Bucker ball through the legs play.

    12:32 PM

     
    Anonymous DG's Three Ringed Circus said...

    '86 made my wife a baseball fan. We were watching the game in my quiet house at my very eccentric New England university/college with my best bud, Patrick, and when Mookie's ball went through Buckner's legs, the three of us - like everyone else who has at least been remotely tortured by the Mets manic-depressive history (when you're high, you're really high; when you're low, you don't really want to know...) - screamed like patients liberating years of childhood abuse. Some very anal, studious and plumply pimpled girl came down to complain about the noise and we shouted that there was no way in hell we'd quiet down. She left quite meekly; we failed to sleep. For days!

    Of course '87 made her back into a baseball agnostic, but I really think it was that moment where she understood a certain part of me from the aspect of really feeling it. When I screamed on the verge of a major breakdown the night the Mets traded Kazmir (it continued for several days!), she somehow understood, and I'm not sure if she would not have ended the whole relationship right then if not for 1986.

    12:39 PM

     
    Blogger Toasty Joe said...

    Mike, here's a (very) quickie summary of game 1-5 of the 86 series - I presume you are already familiar with games 6 and 7- this is all from memory, so if I'm wrong on anything, feel free to correct me.

    Game 1: Darling/Hurst pitchers' duel. Sox win 1-0 on ball that goes through Teufel's legs. Jim Rice was involved somehow (either he hit it or he scored on it).

    Game 2: Much-anticipated Clemens/Gooden matchup falls flat when Doc is shelled. I was there (upper deck, LF, sitting next to obnoxious Sox fan).

    Game 3: Dykstra sets tone with huge leadoff HR over Pesky Pole, Mets shell Oil Can, Ojeda triumphant return to Boston.

    Game 4: Gary Carter hits 2 dingers as Mets tie it up.

    Game 5: Doc's WS struggles continue as he is knocked around Fenway. Boston crowd invents "Darr-yl" chant for Straw in RF. He tips cap.

    12:40 PM

     
    Anonymous DG said...

    On another note: Remember Royce Ring?

    "Ring, the Tides’ lefthanded closer, pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out the first two PawSox he faced before retiring Dustan Mohr on a weak fly ball to right.

    Ring has thrown 18 consecutive scoreless innings in his last 15 outings. The Tides’ record for scoreless innings is 24, set in 2003 by Orber Moreno.

    Much of his success has to do with a rediscovered confidence. Ring adopted a sidearm delivery at the beginning of last season at the urging of New York Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson.

    “Rick saw a future for Royce as a situational pitcher against lefthanded batters,” Tides pitching coach Randy Niemann said. “But he can handle lefties and righties and is making great strides right now. It’s all really starting to blossom.”

    Ring went on the disabled list earlier this season with a sore shoulder, but it wasn’t so much from employing a sidearm delivery.

    “I lifted the first 17 days we were here, trying to get bigger, and I ended up hurting myself a little,” Ring said. “But ever since then, I’ve felt great.”

    Now, he’s dropping his arm slot down because it works, and not just against the lefthanders."

    The not so invisible hand of Mr. Mullet strikes again!!!

    12:43 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Good stuff DG. Unfortunately I don't think my new girlfriend gets it. She wants the Mets to win, but only because she knows I'll be in a bad mood if they lose. This is what she told me last night.

    "I don't care about baseball, but my favorite team is the Yankees."

    That statement is just wrong on so many levels. She likes to watch games, but for the social factor. I don't think the normal person can comprehend how much a lot of us like baseball. How much time we spend obsessing about it and what it means to us. I love it because I used to play it and still do. I know I love it because few things feel better than tracking down a fly ball hit into the gap or ripping a double down the line. It is just a ridiculous feeling. When I go to a Met game and see the grass and the field, I could easiy sit there for hours with NO FUCKING GAME on. Me and my friend go to Mets games and we are one of the last to get up. We just hang out and talk about the game.

    Thanks Toasty...sadly enough, I was not familar with those games. I thought your descriptions would ring a bell, but nope. The DVDs should be awesome for the '86 series.

    Ring has been impressive. The Mets have some serious bullpen depth...serious....

    Ricky P. has been proving his worth. The first few years it did not look like it because his two biggest projects in Seo and Heilman really didn't blossum under him. Heilman was helped out by a roving coach and Seo was dissapointing until last year, but Rick has proved to be a big help with guys like Feliciano and Ring.

    12:55 PM

     
    Anonymous jake said...

    reading all these comments gave me a couple of rounds of goosebumps but the swellest rash came from this absolutely classic classic statement:

    "When I go to a Met game and see the grass and the field, I could easiy sit there for hours with NO FUCKING GAME on."

    Exactly.

    I was 10 when the Mets won so I was on the cusp -- I watched the games or at least parts of them but my memory is hazy. I was already rooting for the Mets bc of the Tides being in my hometown. But one thing I remember distinctly was reading Dykstra's book Nails the next summer -- i guess i was 11 then and a big reader and it was riveting.

    Damn i got carried away and missed the start of the game and Reyes has already scored!

    Looks like Milledge got benched. I guess my research missed it but he does seem to have some attitude.

    Mike, you can watch all those old games on mlb.com (i think only if you're a subscriber).

    my girl certainly wishes i didn't have to watch all the games but when she does watch she can't help but get excited cause the team fuckin rocks.

    1:19 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Sugar Pants....3 run shot!!!!

    1:25 PM

     
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    DAVID FUCKING WRIGHT!!!!!!

    - Nokes

    1:25 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Jake, that's what a lot of people don't get. Anyone that comes to my site A) has too much time and B) loves baseball. The average fan does not have enough time or desire to read crappy blogs...you know?

    Can I? I am a subscriber....I kind of think I should own the DVDs too so I can fully assault my kids with Met propaganda when whatever lucky chick I knock up pushes some snot machines out.

    When I tell people I watch/listen to about 140 games, they think I'm nuts...I think they're nuts.

    1:27 PM

     
    Blogger Kenny said...

    I want the DVD too. I think I may ask my wife for that for my birthday. I'm sure she'll be pumped to know that she gets to watch baseball games from 20 years ago.

    As far as learning about that series and season though, I'd have to recommend the book The Bad Guys Won. It is fantastic reading. It goes balls deep into a world of banging chicks, drugs, and drinking - while still going into tons of detail about all of the games that season.

    All hail Sugar Pants, the man with the sweetest britches around.

    1:38 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    I'm sure she'll be pumped to know that she gets to watch baseball games from 20 years ago.

    Classic...that was dripping with sarcasm.

    Just by her some Sex in the City DVDs....all will be right in her world.

    Reading makes me want to poke my eyeballs out. I'll wait for the movie...

    1:42 PM

     
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    So far today:

    David Wright - 1-1, HR, 3 RBI

    Alex Rodriguez - 0-1

    - Nokes

    1:47 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Thanks for the A-Rod update...keep 'em coming.

    And just to think we get that for $25,000,000 less!!!

    ..and yes, I know the Rangers are kicking in about 9 or 10 mill, but you get what I'm saying.

    1:59 PM

     
    Blogger BookieD said...

    A little late to the party, but I'll add that I was AT Game 6 in '86. It was pretty much the greatest night a 12-year-old could ever have (of course, that all changed about a year and a half later). My father (not a fan--he brought a book to read) and I sat waaaaay up in the right field Mezz reserve (we couldn't see Darryl in the field because of the overhang). I was old enough to appreciate what was unfolding, but young enough that I genuinely believed that the Mets would come back down 2 runs with 2 out in the bottom of the 10th. Believe it or not, I also qualified as a long-suffering fan--I started watching games in '79 at 5 years old (Lee Mazilli was my favorite player), and had every Mets yearbook since '82. My Mom has since thrown them all away.

    Peterson loves dropping everyone's delivery. Has he ever helped someone by suggesting an overarm delivery?

    2:21 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Peterson loves dropping everyone's delivery. Has he ever helped someone by suggesting an overarm delivery?

    Fucking swell point. He drops everyone down an arm slot and tells them to keep the ball down in the zone...BAM! successful Major League pitcher.

    Anyway.....'79, huh? i was 1 1/2 and pooping in my pants (I think...not good with ages and control over fecal matters). I cannot wait to go playoffs game this year....I was at only one in my life back in 2000 and it was amazing. Really, really great fan base for playoff games because of the intensity.

    2:29 PM

     
    Blogger oSSyCoCoTaSo said...

    one of the biggest things that peterson preached when he came over was developing a plan to keep pitchers healthy.

    i think that the mets pitching staff has been pretty healthy aside from some weird injuries (traxx back, pedro's toe, banny's hammy) and padilla's tommy john surgery

    2:29 PM

     
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    So far today:

    David Wright - 1-2, HR, 3 RBI

    Alex Rodriguez - 0-2, K


    Thank GOD I traded $-Rod when I did.


    - Nokes

    2:44 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    True dat Ossy...He finds the flaws in people's delivery and erradicates them to keep them healthy.

    I never had a Yankee on my fantasy teams and I'm proud of that.

    3:15 PM

     
    Anonymous Dandy DG McGee said...

    Peterson dropped my wife's delivery between our first kid and our second. My son came out with plenty of movement and the nurse on the left had a hard time picking him up until he was in the doctor's arms. As for my wife, she was up and running the house next day with a slight bit of icing.

    Could a law be passed banning Trachsell from pitching to Burrell? I think I'd rather see him pitch to Bonds. He should offer Burrell a free pass.

    3:28 PM

     
    Anonymous Joe said...

    Woodward, Marrero, Castro... that's a weak bottom of the order. probablly won't score 9 today!

    3:30 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    That is one for the ages DG..hysterical.

    Trachsel just does enough to keep the other team in the game....very, very annoying.

    I know...I get dissapointed when the Mets do not put up a 9 spot...I'm getting very spoiled.

    4:07 PM

     
    Anonymous benny said...

    Streaking is fun!

    Reyes makes me giddy, i mean the kid is OBVIOUSLY improving and learning so that's good. In 2-3 years it's a wrap, it really is.

    I <3 the Mets! This is fucking amazing...

    UI dont remember anything about baseball before '96. And even then it was just the World Series i remember...
    I played Triple Play Baseball like crazy. Learned all the player numbers and where they were born n' shit.
    I used to watch it with my dad and just point at certain guys like Richie Sexson and say "This guys gonna be nasty".
    I'll be honost, i don't really truely remember the 2000 season too well. And the World Series was a blur...
    I got REEEEEEEEAL hardcore into baseball in 2001.
    Not just the Mets or the Yankees but EVERY team.
    Now it's an obsession. It slowly but surely transformed into an obsession. I love it.
    I love debating about it. I love talking about it. I love the stadium.
    Nothing can match the excitement and the energy of being in a stadium. Fuck staying home.
    From tons of baseball jerseys to reading blogs, learning about minor leaguers, caring about the draft, to knowing about stats that make no sense, I am a loser with no life... and I'm loving it.
    My next goal is to become a GM.
    I'm serious...

    4:09 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    I used to be into every team too. When I was a lad I had a Royals hat, a White Sox hat, a Seibu Lions hat...etc.... I had banners for the A's, Giants, Royals, etc....

    The Mets were my favorite team, but my favorite players of the past included Mike Greenwell and Kevin Seitzer.

    Benny...If you ever become GM, don't forget the little people.

    4:12 PM

     
    Blogger Toasty Joe said...

    In other news, A-Rod hit a solo moon shot when the Yankees were down 6-1, but then whiffed with the tying runs on base and only 1 out. NOICE!

    4:16 PM

     
    Blogger Count Choculitis said...

    A-Rod is a douchebag.

    4:34 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Classic A-Rod...and he wonders why people say he's not clutch.

    4:47 PM

     
    Blogger Toasty Joe said...

    I'm looking forward to another Joe Torre interview where he says "Alex is pressing" another 15,000 times.

    4:52 PM

     
    Blogger Count Choculitis said...

    By the way, does anyone have any thoughts on Ozzie Guillen's outburst last night after his rookie pitcher pulled a Glendon Rusch and refused/could not hit the batter he was directed to hit? Personally, I feel bad for the kid, but plunking a guy is not like murdering a guy.....you should be able to do it, even moreso if you're a rookie and want to earn the respect of the big boys.

    5:04 PM

     
    Blogger Toasty Joe said...

    He didn't just pull him - he sent him down to the minors. Ozzie is a nutjob. By the way, I think you're referring to Shawn Estes, not Glendon Rusch. Estes is the one who somehow couldn't hit Clemens' giant, roided-out body in 2001.

    5:07 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Ozzie is nuts...

    I think it stinks and I feel bad for the kid, but Ozzie is old school. I wonder if he could file a greivance.

    5:31 PM

     
    Anonymous Brian B said...

    i dont think a normal person can possibly comprehend the feelings we have for the mets. I've refused to go to family functions because in order to watch an important mets game. We live and die by the mets. My girlfriend jokes that i have a stone heart and the only thing that can move it is a mets win.



    she might be right........





    either way, what a HUGE road trip.

    6:04 PM

     
    Blogger Condor Schmitt said...

    Love the Old School reference! Best scene-when he comes home from San Diego and finds the naked Couple in his bedroom! Damn that was funny!

    Mike we need one of your patented ".... is done!" calls on Traxx. This way he will turn around and win the Cy Young. Hey, it worked for Cliffy and Valentin and I'll bet you were starting to think it about Beltran. So lets see it in print. If not we might have to throw Traxx down the Zambrano track.

    7:43 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    brian, I feel you. Met wins and my happiness have a direct correlation.

    Condor, I will comply with your request. Next week though.

    9:17 PM

     
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