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