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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Eighteen Years In the Making

We all knew it was just a matter of time before the Mets would clinch their division. It was inevitable that they would wrap it up pretty easily and cruise to their first divisional crown since 1988. However, what I didn't expect his how fucking swell it would feel. Everyone knew it was coming, but you just couldn't kick the dog this morning. This morning you refrained from giving the guy who cut you off the finger and waved hello instead this morning. You just had to help your mugger mug someone else so he could have a really good day.

The Mets are the NL East Champions and they have an 11.5 lead over the Cardinals for homefield advantage. Could life get any better in Queens? I'm almost disappointed we will not be treated to exciting baseball down the stretch, but there will be plenty of time in the playoffs for that. Right now, Pedro just needs to get in shape so he can reclaim his #2 starter status behind the incomparable Steve Trachsel, who is the clear ace of the staff after last night's tremendous pitching effort.

Some of my favorite pics from last night...

No caption necessary.


Wright smoking a stoagie.


I think I can see his nipples.


Jeez guys, get a fucking room and for god's sake, use protection.


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  • Here is the last out call by Howie Rose and a clip from just about everyone in the Met organization. My favorite one is Willie professing his love for Lastings on Milledge's interview.

  • Paul LoDuca dropped the f-bomb in during last night's celebration and it was fantastic....not as fantastic as Julie Donaldson getting drench in sweet tasty beer, but fantastic nonetheless.

  • Alfonso Soriano was hesitant to become a left fielder, but it has worked out great for him and has dramatically increased his value.

    After watching Soriano make several athletic plays against his team, one National League general manager says he now envisions Soriano becoming above-average in left.

    The Cubs view Soriano as an option in center. The Orioles envision him hitting 50 homers at Camden Yards. The Giants could sign him as an immediate or future replacement for Barry Bonds.


  • Scott Kazmir has been shut down for the season.

    Kazmir made 41 throws Monday in his first session of playing catch in 10 days.

    "He felt so good that he felt that he doesn't have to pitch to prove to himself he's going to be fine next spring," Maddon said.

    Kazmir hadn't thrown a ball since Sept. 8 when the All-Star left-hander felt discomfort in his ailing left shoulder. He stopped that session after nine throws.

    "Everything felt perfect," Kazmir said Monday. "I didn't feel one thing. Take a day off, play catch again and see how it feels."


    He should be back in action and in CY Young contention in 2007.

  • Michael (me) is to swell guy as Maurice Clarett is to dumb asshole. The next two guys are ones that we remember pretty well too, but the king of all goes to Mike Danton.

    The former NHL player is serving a 7 1/2-year sentence after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit murder. He tried to hire a hit man to kill his agent.

    Is that really surprising?
  • 13 Comments:

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Soaked + Julie Donaldson = used tissues

    One cool part about last night was Wright coming back out to the crowd, spotting a sign in the crowd, and trading the sign for his used champage/sweat soaked arm band. He could have just asked the guy for it, but instead said, 'Here, take this small piece of history, Brother.'

    Fucking, so fucking, swell.

    - Nokes

    12:33 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Yes, unfortunately she was not wearing a white wife beater, but I digress.

    Yeah, Wright is the man. He was soaking it up and enjoying it. Really cool to see him get out there and high five fans. It is kind of good they did it at home and not in Pittsburgh. It just feels better.

    12:38 PM

     
    Anonymous benny blanco from da bronx said...

    I wish i was off last night. I would have gone to the game and feel the energy.
    Unfortunately I had work and had to watch them clinch in my break room and could only enjoy about 10 -15 minutes of it before I had to go back.

    Something about Wright with a cigar that doesn't look right.

    Omar should DEFFINITLY wear under shirts. A white tee under his collar shirt shouldn't hurt.

    What I liked about the celebration was "Dirty" Sanchez being in the middle of it.
    Very good to see despite not being on the active roster.

    GUys like Lo Duca and Delgado are gonna be clutch in thier first ever post-season, I could feel it.

    Well wherever Soriano goes:
    1) He's going to make alot of money
    and 2) I still hope he doesn't end up on the Mets. Just not my kind of guy.

    Wow, what's the worst thing his agent did? GIve him a reebok endorsement deal rather than the Nike?

    1:25 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Maybe because Wright looks like he's 15.

    Yeah, it was hard to pick out Dirty from Reyes, but it's good to see him in the fray. Hopefully he gets a championship ring this year, but I don't think it could be the same as if you were playing.

    Delgado is going to be a monster as will Beltran. The only one I'm a bit worried about is Wright. Why? I have my reasons, but I am a bit concerned as to whether he'll just be OK or a beast.

    1:34 PM

     
    Blogger Kenny said...

    Glad to have you back Mike. Your voyage sounded pretty fucking swell.

    I too was surprised at how pumped I was this morning. It has been obvious since mid-April that the Mets would win the East, so I figured that it would be kind of anti-climatic.

    Seeing Dirty out there was nice.

    Glad nobody took a cork to the eye.

    So much for the promise of meaningful games in late-September. I can live with that though.

    1:36 PM

     
    Anonymous rick m said...

    Hooray Mets, a little anti-climactic but sweet nonetheless. I just hope that the endless parade of left handers that have been trotted out (and frustrated) against the Mets doesn't continue into the playoffs. It's like the Pirates and Fish loaded up on roster expansion southpaws just to throw our way.

    As for the Mike Danton thing, it's a terrible story. The guy who was his agent was a youth coach in Canada who took talented kids "under his wing" and sexually abused them for years and used his dominance over the best of them to force them into signing management contracts. There were a few players in the NHL that had him as an agent, but Danton was the most successful. The guy's name is David Frost and he's currently in jail in connection with sex abuse charges with seven boys and girls over a ten-year period.

    Sorry for the downer, let's get back to basking in the Julie Donaldson afterglow.

    1:49 PM

     
    Anonymous Coop said...

    Hey guys - when you have a chance, go visit my cousin's blog -
    http://goodluckmets.blogspot.com/

    Put your well-wishes to the Mets on their playoff voyage!

    1:49 PM

     
    Anonymous jake said...

    can we get a link to Julie porfavor?

    swell trip mike. my buddy went there this summer too, and also loved it, but he was surfing endless lefthand point breaks.

    anyone have any idea how much it would cost me to see a playoff game or (knock knock) world series? just the ticket i mean.

    2:06 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Yes Kenny. Swell indeed.

    A cork to the eye would have been bad. Good thing Jose had the goggles.

    Rick...for lefties, there aren't many as some article went through, the only team that has a significant amount of lefties is the Dodgers, but they'll be starting Lowe, Maddux, and Penny leaving one spot open for a lefy. Fear not. The NL is ours.

    Jake, unfortunately, there are no links that I can find. Did anyone see Wright and Reyes pouring Bud Light on their heads? What's the deal with the lack of champagne.

    As for playoff tix...I might have an extra pair since I don't plan to go to everygame, but I'm not sure. I'm going to play it by ear.

    3:09 PM

     
    Anonymous jake said...

    mike, let me know if you want to unload tixx. i'd prob need some notice to get up there.

    3:49 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    You'll have a bit of notice I would venture to guess, but like a week tops. We'll cross that bridge when we get there...I might end up going to every game, but I cannot see that happening.

    4:31 PM

     
    Blogger oSSyCoCoTaSo said...

    u see the lineup that willie put out tonite?

    im more suprised that he put milledge in the 3 hole more than anything.

    7:58 PM

     
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