Josh Billings once said there are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory. An instance of this occurred just recently with A-Rod and his horrible performance in Boston
Before approaching Torre, Giambi said he talked to Rodriguez while the Yankees were playing in Boston.
"[Mike] Mussina doesn't get hammered at all. He's making a boatload of money. Giambi's making [$20.4 million], which is fine and dandy, but it seems those guys get a pass. When people write [bad things] about me, I don't know if it's [because] I'm good-looking, I'm biracial, I make the most money, I play on the most popular team ..."
"We're all rooting for you and we're behind you 100 percent, but you've got to get the big hit," was his message to A-Rod, Giambi told SI.
"What do you mean?" was Rodriguez's response, Giambi told SI. "I've had five hits in Boston."
"You [expletive] call those hits?" Giambi said, according to SI. "You had two [expletive] dinkers to right field and a ball that bounced over the third baseman! Look at how many pitches you missed!
Torre even jumped in...
Torre acknowledged meeting with Rodriguez in Seattle in August and telling him to change his demeanor.
"The tone I took to Alex is basically being honest with himself. And what I meant by that was, he had a tough series in Boston ... and I like to watch body language, he was making it appear like it was OK," Torre said.
A-Rod is the guy pointing at everyone else saying, "I'm not crazy. You all are the ones who are crazy." Anyway, back to the real matter at hand and the reason for this post....what was not imagination was the game Pedro Martinez put up against the Yankees on September 10th, 1999. Pedro put up one of the best pitching performances in the history of the game. Why bring it up now? Consider it looking at some of the better times of the Future Hall Famer as the biggest reason he was brought here (leading the Mets through the playoffs) has been foiled by a torn tendon in his left calf muscle.
On September 10th, Pedro beat down the Yankees and gloriously. In 1999, Pedro was in the midst of one of the best seasons any pitcher has ever had in the history of the game. He finished the season up with a 23-4 record, 2.07 ERA, 8.46 k/bb, 13.2 k/9, 6.75 h/9, 0.92 WHIP, .205 BAA, .248 OBPA, and a .288 SLGA. During that ridiculous season, September 10th could have been his most dominating game of the year. Pedro recorded a game score of 98 for a game in which he allowed one hit and one run on a Chili Davis homerun and struck out seventeen Yankees, which as far as I can find, is still the most Yankees ever struck out in one game. After Pedro gave up that second inning homer, he cruised and did not allow a fair ball after the 4th inning. An amazing performance at Yankee Stadium between the biggest rivals in sports and was one for the ages.
Those were the days....if the Mets had half of that Pedro, things would be just peachy in the Mets rotation right now with much less to worry about. Enter reality....
Pohlad said he has no preference as to which team — the New York Yankees or Oakland A's — his Twins face in the first round of the playoffs next week. Then he paused.
"I'd rather play the Yankees," he said, "because I know we can beat them."
But they didn't lose PEDRO MARTINEZ.
Because the truth is, the Mets haven't had the italicized, capitalized version of that player in an awfully long time. The Mets don't lose the 1969 edition of Tom Seaver, or the 1986 version of Dwight Gooden, or even the 2000 versions of Al Leiter and Mike Hampton.
Q: Will the Mets be in the World Series?
A: I absolutely believe that the Mets will be in the World Series. There is no reason they can't beat the likes of St. Louis, San Diego, L.A., Philadelphia. There is no reason they shouldn't get through their own league. Now, getting through the American League, that's going to be a tougher journey.
The Mets' record book opened three times last night, as Carlos Beltran blasted a solo homer to lead off the sixth inning.
Beltran's homer was his 41st this year, tying Todd Hundley for the Mets' single-season record. Beltran also now has 80 extra-base hits this year (38 doubles, one triple, 41 homers), which matches Howard Johnson's single-season team mark. And Beltran is now even with Edgardo Alfonzo's club record for runs in a year with 123.
Even before the team announced Thursday that Martinez would not pitch in the postseason, one National League executive predicted that the team was a first-round knockout waiting to happen. If the executive was overstating the case, his forecast seems rather prescient in hindsight.
At this point, it will be an upset if the Mets win the NL title. Even with Martinez, their starting rotation featured too many soft tossers. Without him, it simply isn't good enough.
Next year, TBS will have all the divisional-round playoff games, and it is the favorite to pick up the rights to a League Championship Series beginning next season.
In 2008, it will drop its 70 Braves games in favor of a national Sunday Game of the Week package. By then, Ripken could be the face of TBS' coverage.