So let me get this straight, the Mets are still playing in October while the Yankees are sitting home? Yes indeed, strange things are happening.
The Modell's outside Grand Central Station was taking all the Yankees jerseys out of the main display window and replacing them with Met jerseys this morning, which was shocking to me. Also, this Saturday I went to Beer on the Pier 3 and there were a lot more people sporting Met paraphernalia than Yankee paraphernalia and it was not even close. This was all before the Yankees were officially ousted by Detroit.
I'll tell you what, I can get used to this and everything is falling into place for the Mets. If the Cardinals throw Chris Carpenter at the Mets for game one, he will be running out there on short rest. If the Cardinals would rather him get normal rest, the Mets will likely face Jeff Weaver. Is anyone else smiling? The Mets could easily be 2-0 after John Maine and Tom Glavine work their way through the Cardinals and while there will be countless articles about how the Yankees should tear apart their team apart in the next couple days, the Mets will be trying to win a championship.
I was hoping the Yankees would miss the playoffs, but now after they did make it and got demoralized? That was much better.
"His style is very similar to the power lefties, like a Randy Johnson and those type of guys. It appeared that he was trying to pitch more like a Tommy Glavine. That's not his style. Everybody has his own style. The ingredients were always there and he just wasn’t using those ingredients to make a gourmet recipe that's an Oliver Perez recipe. He was using other ingredients to make a different recipe."
--Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson, on starting pitcher Oliver Perez
"He came here with the same physical attributes that he had a couple years ago; his stuff is relatively the same. He came here with a different style of pitching. He's an Indy 500 car and he was driving a Toyota Camry. He was trying to pitch unlike his style."
Torri Hunter laid out this gem too...
"Everybody was saying he was washed up. Why? Why do you think we were trying to get him? He wasn't washed up. He had a foot problem. Now he's healthy and you see what he can do. It's scary. That's why they call him Big Hurt. He'll hurt you. And he's big, too."
--Twins CF Torii Hunter, on A's DH Frank Thomas (ESPN.com)
"Tommy was asking about my team and this and that," Minaya explained, making his point as he held a bottle of champagne in his right hand. "He said some words that stuck in my mind, words that are still there.
"Tommy said to me, 'Championships are won or lost in the bullpen.' I never forgot that."
"Why did they make fun of Grandpa Steve," asked his 6-year-old grandson while watching the game.
Yeah, Thom, why?
There is no other choice besides Lou Piniella to replace Joe Torre, no one else who could handle the pressure of replacing the most popular and accomplished Yankees manager since Casey Stengel. If the Yankees follow through and fire Torre, which appears the likely move and also is the right move, they need not speak with anyone else, even if that means violating Bud Selig's requirement for interviewing minorities.
The Yankees should look drastically different in '07 and maybe they will learn championships are not built on offense alone. They used to have a pretty good clue on how to build a team as evidenced by their dominance up through 2000, but things are have spiraled so far out of control since then.
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