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Thursday, October 26, 2006

If a World Series is played and no one watches, does it really happen?

Deep, I know.

Open season is almost upon us and the only thing between us and weeks of insane rumors is a World Series that is too painful to watch for us to actually care about. Get it over with already so Omar can start shaping this team and arming them for a run in 2007 that will be a tremendous disappointment without a trip to the World Series. The Hot Stove is a time that I know most of us love. It is the time for people to write up crazy ass lineups that include Alfonso Soriano and Carlos Lee with Barry Zito and Dontrelle Willis in the rotation and Sandy Koufax brought in as lefty specialist. You know what? I love all of it. There is a certain rabidness to this time of year that I love.

The future is bright and Omar is paving the road ahead with golden bricks my friends. Omar has thrown the idea of 'baby steps' out the window and has completely revamped public opinion of this team in in two off-seasons. He had the best off-season in Met history in '04/'05 and managed to have another stellar one in '05/'06. If Omar has shown us anything so far, he has shown us he is a tireless worker that is not afraid to chase someone because the Yankees might be chasing them. He is not afraid of chasing someone because their agent is Scott Boras. I am ready go so let's get this World Series over with so the real fun can start.

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  • Phil Humber is ok.

    The Mets decided to pull former top pick Phil Humber from the Arizona Fall League this weekend because the right-hander is dealing with what he called "a little tendinitis" in his shoulder.

    "Everything is cool," Humber told MiLB.com. "It's just a little tendonitis, a tired arm, so they decided to send me home. I don't think it's going to be a big deal. They're just making sure nothing bad happens out of season. I wanted to stay and compete, but it's best to be safe so I came home and now I'll get ready for spring."

    Keep moving...there is nothing to see here. I know teams sometimes play down bad situations, but the kid is coming of Tommy John surgery and has not been pitching that long. I was personally surprised he did not get the winter off and was put to work. We all know he needs to build arm strength, but I'm sure he also needs to be eased into things. Get him ready for Spring Training and let him report to AAA when the season starts so he can work on things and get ready for a mid-season call up if needed.

  • All you Apple Computer owning nerds (you know who you are) will get a nice laugh out of this one. Steve Ballmer, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer, sells Windows 1.0. I thought it was a joke at first too, but it's not. 'Tis real as the mole on the side of Carlos Beltran's head.

  • Mike Carp is doing OK in the Hawaii Winter League. He has a .263/.417/.421 line with five hits, one double, and one triple. However, he is 5 for 14 against righties for a .357 average and is 0 for 5 against lefties. While his stats for St. Lucie showed him to be much more adept against righties with an above .300 batting average, he was not invisible lefties, but it does warrant some watching in the 2007 season.

  • It is a long shot for the Braves to bring back Tom Glavine at this point, but did Tom forget how he could not bring his kids to the ballpark when he first was a Met visiting Atlanta to play them? I understand the memories and all the good things that happened, but you are Met now man. Live with it and enjoy the $14 million they will give you in 2007.

  • The kid should be on the block, but only for premium value in the neighborhood of a 27 year old and arbitration eligible stud. I still thought he showed flashes of game breaking ability like Jose Reyes has and will be a very good ballplayer, but I am in the Omar camp of everyone being available for the right price.

  • Braden, you are making a lot of enemies.

    Braden Looper was among the players in the visitors' clubhouse at Shea Stadium last Thursday after the Cardinals had won the pennant, mimicking the "Ole, ole, ole!" chant Mets fans do to support Jose Reyes.

    "The what?" Looper asked, pretending to be dumbfounded.

    "We always do that," the ex-Met continued, tongue in cheek. "We do that in the bullpen. We do it every time we score. We do it in the clubhouse. It's just having fun, you know?"

    You might win the World Series and get a nice ring and all, but you will still be ugly.

  • Floyd had surgery and it is hard for me to envision him back as a Met with so much uncertainty surrounding him. He has a long recovery process and the Mets need to have their outfield plan in place long before that.

    Anonymous rick m said...

    Did anyone happen to catch the "Baseball in New York" segment that John Sterling does on newsradio88? It's some kind of sponsored thing after the sports report, but today it was 45 seconds of nonstop praise for the New York Metropolitan Baseball Club. He sounded like he was chewing on a turd sandwich... it was very gratifying.

    12:06 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    I hate Sterling. The sound of his voice makes me want to do evil things.

    12:37 PM

    Anonymous Coop said...

    Did you read about Jeter butt boy talking smack about Carlos Delgado?

    Even though the Yankees (97-65) matched the crosstown New York Mets for the best regular-season record in baseball this year, Jeter doesn't take much satisfaction from the season. On Tuesday, Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado said he thought the Mets were the NL's best team.

    "They don't give a trophy saying: "Well, you know, you thought you had the best team, so you win,"' Jeter said. "It doesn't make a difference what you think about your team. The bottom line is who performs."

    Though he's right to an extent (if they were that good, they should be in the Series), but the fact remains a.) the skanks had the same record and got eliminated a round EARLIER by the freaking WILD CARD team and b.) the Mets were decimated in the last round and still made it to the 7th game. What a d-bag (can't go there with that word, after all, I am a chick LOL)

    1:10 PM

    Anonymous benny said...

    Dice-K is gonn get posted next week so the fun begins VERY early.

    Derek Jeter is a shithead. Hank Aaron award? please. Any other real deal, tangible awards you wanna give this guy to celebrate his career based on INtangibles?

    On rotoworld, they said that the owners gotta pay the Players Union about $50 million because of FA collusion during the 02 offseason, haha! That is BADASSED! I wonder which players they colluded against, lol.

    Like I said on MetsGeek, i fucking hate Brandon Looper. He is the most useless piece of shit ever.
    This guy single handedly fucked up the season last year and wants to be a big shot this year?
    FUCK HIM! HE SUCKS! I can't wait for the St. Louis game at Shea, throw batteries at that fucker.

    1:36 PM

    Blogger chris said...

    I would hope that the Mets go for a trade like Heilman, and Milledge for a guy like Peavy or Ervin Santana if Willis isn't available...young front of the rotation types but with some experience. If they do that maybe they bring the Cliff 'n Endy show for a relatively reasonable deal and spend their FA bucks on Soriano for 2b.

    2:06 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Jeter talking smack about Delgado? I don't think that is exactly horrible and I'm sure Delgado would agree with that statement. I'm sure Delgado said that with the caveat, but you need to win.

    Fuck intangibles. They are nice and LoDuca has a lot of them too, but that doesn't make you legendary player. That being said, he did have good season, but still...fuck him.

    That collusion shit is out of control. It pisses me off to no extent.

    Battery throwing? Are stealing ideas from Philly, or did NYC do that before?

    Peavy or Ervin? Sign me up man. Sign me up. I think Omar will explore getting the best arm out there. Zito will be around for a bit so he can always come back to him, but that's not good to have no leverage with Boras when courting Zito. There will be a big market out there for him anway, so I think the price will go up very, very fast.

    I'm all for giving Zito some contract with automatic options kicking in with certain accomplishments. I frankly wouldn't care if he can pitch himself into a seven year contract with four guarenteed. Like four years and two years kick in with a CY YOung or something.

    I'm not sold on Sori at 2nd base. I would listen to bringing him here of course, but strictly in left.

    3:02 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I think we've been throwing batteries at least since John Rocker made those homosexual subway comments back in or around 98/99.

    3:31 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Delgado for Bonderman.


    4:25 PM

    Anonymous sidd finch said...

    Y*nkees fans were throwing batteries at Yaz back in '78.

    Gary Sheffield, power hitter, team guy extraordinaire!

    "I don't know what they're (Yankees) going to do," Sheffield said. "Maybe they picked it up just to trade me. If they do that, if I just (go) to a team for one year, there's going to be a problem."

    Thanks for the warning, Gary! You know what happens when he says there's going to be a problem. I Guarantee there will be a problem! What a jerk. I don't want that guy, I don't care if the Mets get him for Crazy Eddie prices.

    4:54 PM

    Anonymous benny said...

    I can't wait for when the Yankees DO trade him. It will be fun for all.
    Lets see if this badass can back up all the shit he talks.

    I say Gary Sheffield to the Washington Nationals.

    6:36 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Sheffield will bitch and complain and significantly lower his trade value. The Yankees, then in turn, do not trade him because they are not going to be able to extract fair market value. Then, they will be stuck, again, with 10 all-stars for 9 positions. He'll be flopping between first and DH complaining the entire way bitching about a contract extension. Awesome stuff.

    8:47 PM


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