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

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Thursday Is Offically Fun Facts Day

Yesterday I asked if anyone knew how A-Rod wearing silly white shoes during the All-Star game was a tribute to the mid-80's Mets. You all flooded me with emails to answer to my question and I do appreciate it....ok I'm lying, it was one email. Thanks you ingrates.

Don was nice enough to fill me in so I'm filling you in.

your question about a-fraud's tribute to the mid-80s mets...gooden and
strawberry in the 86 all-star game worse white Nike cleats with a mets' blue

i guess a-fraud figures the yank-off fans hate him enough already, so why
not tell them he's a mets fan at heart....what's another nail in the coffin?

Way to endear yourself a little more to the Yankee fans who are already booing you.

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  • More fun facts...

    The dot over the lower case 'i' is called a tittle.

    Mike (me) is dead sexy.

    Tibetans drink tea made of salt and rancid yak butter....mmmmm, rancid yak butter....

    The oldest pig in the world lived until 68....my ex-girlfriend should be beating that record in about 40 years.

    Supposedly worms taste like bacon. Can anyone confirm this? I have a hard time believing that one.

    Mark Wahlberg has a superfluous nipple.

    The silhouette on the Major League Baseball logo is Harmon Killebrew.

    Enough of that...

  • The Giants should have a fire sale. Sell, sell, sell. If the White Sox are offering Brian Anderson and Brandon McCarthy for Jason Schmidt, make it happen and see what you can get for your other soon to be free agents. The West is tight, but the Giants have lots of problems and not a great farm system. Sabean has been put in a bad place to try and win with Bonds for so long and Bonds is no longer the same player that he was building around. It's time to pull the plug on the Bonds-era.

  • Willie fights back.

    He grew up in New York, played in New York and coached under the spotlight in the Bronx for a decade. So surely he knows the drill. Surely he turned on his radio as a child and second-guessed Gil Hodges, right?

    "No," he said, animatedly. "I never did that. Even when I go to a Broadway play, if I see a bad play, I don't criticize because they're having a bad day. That person is trying to pour their heart and soul out. What I do is from my heart and soul. It's passionate. I try to respect people and not disrespect anyone that I don't know. It's almost like, is it personal? How can it be personal? You don't know me."

    Then go manage somewhere else. New York is not a town that applauds for effort. Sometimes New Yorkers will, but they like results more.

  • Matt Simpson predicts a White Sox/Mets World Series and says the White Sox will eventually repeat as champs.

  • America, meet David Wright. In case you missed it (I did, I forgot to DVR it) or didn't hear about it, Wright was on the David Letterman Show.

    Letterman showed photos of Wright's tongue hanging out while playing. The host jokingly asked about biting part of it.

    "It's something that I'm very concerned about," Wright said. "Obviously, your tongue is important to you."

    To which Letterman replied, "Especially on the road."

    He is already the top selling shirt/jersey in New York and unseated Jeter as the face of New York baseball and Wright should be the face of baseball soon enough.

  • Kevin Kernan has a nice piece on Michel Abreu.

    After the problems with Abreu's age came to light, the contract was voided. The Mets signed Abreu to a deal worth $217,000 this past winter. They essentially have nothing to lose. Besides, does age really matter if your backup first baseman is Julio Franco?

    There is one reason why Abreu is worth taking a shot at.

    "He can hit," says a scout, shortly before Abreu singles in his first at-bat. "And he can hit with power."

  • Pete Botte has five questions about the Mets and I have answers to all of them.

    1. Is Pedro healthy?

    No, but he can get the job done this year because he is that good. Even at his worst, Pedro is still an elite pitcher. However, this is the last season he can be relied on to be the ace and the Mets are in dire need of bringing in Barry Zito in the off-season.

    2. Can Pelfrey answer the call?

    Yes. Pelfrey will be one of the answers to the starting rotation if the Mets let him work out his stuff on the MLB level. He is good enough to dominate in the minors without his secondary pitches being up to snuff and needs more a challenge. Luckily the Mets have enough of a lead to let him work it out on the big stage.

    3. Can Aaron Heilman get back on track?

    As a reliever? Maybe. But he should get his shot as a starter. It may take him five starts to get up to throwing 100 pitches, but it's worth a shot. The Mets bullpen is deep enough and there are not enough slots for MLB ready relievers as it is.

    4. Who is the most valuable Met?

    Tough one...but I say Carlos Beltran by a nanometer over David Wright.

    5. Too much of a good thing?

    Too much of a good thing? Enough of that silly talk you bed wetting communist. America was built on a foundation of too much of a good thing.

  • The Mets dropped to #5 on Prospectus Hit List.

    Shea Hey! The Mets enter the break with the NL's best record by four games, and with a 12-game lead in the NL East, they're poised to end the Braves' decade-and-a-half dominance of the division. The resurgence of Carlos Beltran (.279/.388/.606) and the emergence of Jose Reyes (.300/.357/.481 with 39 steals) and David Wright (.316/.386/.575) as the game's best left side of the infield (8.4 combined WARP1, compared to Hanley Ramirez/Miguel Cabrera's 7.9, Jeter/Rodriguez's 7.5, and Tejada/Mora's 5.2) have helped the offense score 5.31 runs per game (2nd-best in the NL) via a .269 EqA (third best in the league). The staff, despite Omar Minaya's indefensible infatuation with Lima Time, is second in the NL in Runs Allowed (4.54 per game) and features a retooled bullpen with five pitchers among the NL's top 30 in WXRL, headed by offseason acquisitions Billy Wagner (third at 2.784) and Duaner Sanchez (sixth at 2.506). Is it too early to call them pennant favorites?

    It should be noted that they are one of two NL teams in the top twelve.

  • From Ossy in the comments from last night:

    the star ledger had a cover page story on young baseball stars. they were:

    C: mauer
    1b: pujols
    2b: utley
    3b: wright
    ss: reyes
    lf: Bay
    cf: sizemore
    rf: matt holliday
    SP: kazmir

    four of them were in our system at one point. for years we heard about the mets having a crappy farm system but that says alot considering the good secondary players we got up now and coming soon

    Impressive stuff. Of course you cannot go back in time, but it is fun to think about what could have been if the Mets held on to all four of them. Throw in Milledge, Pelfrey, Humber, and F-Mart and the Mets would have been naaaaaaasty for a long time. Now they will just have to settle for being nasty with one 'a' for a long time.


    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Unless I'm wrong I could have sworn they had J. Lopez of Seattle at 2nd.

    If you read that Star Ledger article they tried to predict the future and say where each player would be in 5 years.

    The Mets would sign Lopez to give them Wright-Reyes-Lopez left to right in the infield.

    Unfortunatly they also said Kazmir would be in the first year of his 5 year deal he signed with the Yankees ):

    - Nokes

    1:50 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    I didn't read the article so Lopez could have been at 2nd, but the Kazmir to the Yankees thing is something I see happening a few years. Deep down, he was to stick it to the Mets and he can stick it to them AND get paid. New regime or not, he has a little axe to grind for sure. You really cannot blame him.

    1:56 PM

    Anonymous benny said...

    A-Rod isn't the only one who wore white shoes.
    EVERY wears those white shoes during the all star game. I guess they're trying to take advantage of the fact they're not allowed to wear it in the regualr season. It's the cool thing to do...

    David Wright is getting so much poon...

    2:17 PM

    Blogger Kenny said...

    Fun fact day = good times.

    Kenny (me) made it cool to say swell.

    Squirels in Canada are black, as opposed to the brown ones here in the US.


    Kazmir is definetly going to sign with the Yankees. That's what hurts the most about the entire situation.

    The David Wright interview with Letterman is on youtube.

    Arod paying tribute to the Mets, eh? What a strange guy. It seems like he wants to be hated.

    2:21 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Mike -

    Where is the love? This was on the comments from yesterday's post. All of the Mets wore white spikes that game not just Gooden and Straw. I distinctively remember Sid Fernandez' fat ass and white shoes making quite an odd sight.

    Anonymous said...
    The mets in the '80's wore blue spikes. I do remember an All-Star game in the '80's played in the Astrodome in which the mets had like 5 guys and they all wore white spikes. Back then however, many times wore white spikes. Now its just the A's, a nod to Charlie Finley.


    5:11 PM


    3:03 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    David Wright is getting so much poon...

    You think?
    Kenny, you made it cool to say swell? I could have thought it was me. I could be dellusional, but maybe we'll have to check the records.

    Black squirrles are also in Colorado.

    Nice, I will check Youtube. Youtube contributes more to society than I do....but then again, so do ice makers.

    Adam, I read your comment after I did the post. Many apologies. I owe you one.

    3:10 PM

    Blogger Kenny said...

    On swell, I take all credit. Follow me on this one...

    On 11/18/05 you chastised Mike Lupica for using the word swell. On 11/21/05 you apologized before coining fucking swell on 11/23.
    All of this can be found on your 11/21 post.

    Now lets's move back and look at a post on my old blog and skip about halfway down my farewell post. What's that? Oh yes, that's me telling a girl she's swell. Oh yes.

    As you all can see, not a whole lot going on in the office today.

    4:09 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Kenny, you are obviously right. You did use it first, but it was purely coincidental and not done with malice. I was merely responding to Mike Lupica's use of that word.

    Not that you are lying, but you can just go back to any previous post and instert the word swell and we would all be none the wiser...again, not that you are lying.

    4:39 PM

    Blogger Paladin said...

    Mike (you) is vain, and full of shit.

    Mike (me) is smart, gorgeous, and filthy rich! OK... I made up the last part, but the other two are right on target, ladies... ooooohhhhh yeah.

    Mark Wahlberg has a superfluous nipple... you know this, why?!?

    BTW, Hot Foot's blog put the Letterman interview up on his site incase ya have yet to se it. Here's the link:


    5:18 PM

    Blogger Kenny said...

    We'll share swell.

    For what its worth though, I'd advise against telling a girl that she's swell. I have no clue why that worked out for me. Must have been my non-superfluous nipples.

    The last paragraph of the "trades" article on the Mets homepage talks about Smoltz as a potential longshot. Even if we could somehow get him, I don't want him. All of the Braves people around here would then say the Mets needed 2 Braves to finally win. I don't want to hear that shit.

    9:27 PM

    Blogger oSSyCoCoTaSo said...

    now that the 2nd half is here, i think its times to review something...

    i predicted floyd would give us nothing and miss mad games. props to me.

    i felt that reyes would be better if he just raised his avg.

    thank god zambrano is over. worst trade ever if you ask me. screw the liriano trade. this is bad. at least pierzynski made an allstar somewhere.

    11:34 PM

    Anonymous brian b said...

    man, did anybody see the nationals reds trade? As far as i can tell the reds got taken for a ride.

    2:04 AM

    Anonymous benny blanco said...

    All of the Braves people around here would then say the Mets needed 2 Braves to finally win. I don't want to hear that shit.

    If the Mets win the World Series, they can suck your nut.
    It only takes 2 Braves for the Mets to win the World Series but they can't do it with 25 of them...

    2:49 AM

    Blogger oSSyCoCoTaSo said...

    gotta give the reds new gm the benefit of the doubt. he's made some progress with that team. the trade looks bad but kearns is the reds cliff floyd. lopez you can gripe about but then again, his #'s were prolly inflated by the bandbox they play in. you can always replace offense in that stadium. however, getting pitching isnt easy.

    his guys up top prolly pushed for this trade too. they wanna win.

    at the same time, its hard trading two young everyday players for pen help. it hurts on top but most games are lost in the pen.

    4:08 AM

    Blogger Condor Schmitt said...

    Maybe A-Rod is sick of the Yankees and is secretly hinting that he wants to be part of a winner.

    There are black squirrels in Westchester and in the Bronx. Lehman College has a serious colony of them. They aren't as agressive as the grey ones though.

    If it takes 2 Braves to win a WS what can we do with 3? Should we sign Maddux and find out?

    Even if we dont win the WS the satisfaction of raising the NL east pennant next April will be priceless.

    7:50 AM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Mike, besides Wright, Reyes and Kazmir, who was the other young baseball star that went through the organization - Bay? Holliday?

    8:43 AM

    Blogger Condor Schmitt said...


    8:52 AM

    Anonymous bmc said...

    Here's a really fun piece about lopsided trades. They use that swell trade the Mets made in 2004 as a yardstick for measuring the disaster.


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