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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Random Tidbits

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Each one of these mints tastes like a delicious slice of crispy bacon with just a hint of mint flavor to give it that extra punch! It may sound weird but once you taste it, you'll see that mint and bacon is a match made in China.

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  • Strippers/crime stoppers?

    Still, fake money in circulation is a fraction of 1 percent of genuine currency, Secret Service spokesman Eric Zahren told the paper.

    The paper reported that counterfeiters are getting more bold, with one person arrested after offering a counterfeiting how-to class. The report also said that one man was caught at a strip club after strippers realized he was passing out fake bills and called police while the bouncer held the man.


    God bless strippers.

  • You cannot make this stuff up.

    A tour bus of U.S. senior citizens defended themselves against a group of alleged muggers, sending two of them fleeing and killing a third in the Atlantic coast city of Limon, police said.

    One of the tourists -- a retired member of the U.S. military -- put assailant Warner Segura in a head lock and broke his clavicle after the 20-year-old and two other men armed with a knife and gun held up their tour bus Wednesday, said Luis Hernandez, the police chief of Limon, 80 miles east of San Jose.


    That dude was gangster.

  • Now to baseball...let's not have anyone get their panties all bundled up about today's game and Perez's shaky start. Most guys that dominate Spring Training are guys that are trying to make the team and giving it their best. However, pitchers who have their spot, pitch like Tom Glavine in spring of '06 when he put up a 5.06 ERA. Sure, results are nice. But if a pitcher is going to truly work on things, chances are he is going to get knocked around. It may sound counter intuitive to be happy about a bad performance, but if Perez was working on things like keeping his shoulder in and getting some consistency down rather than revert to bad habits just to be a bunch of minor leaguers, it was a great start.

    "I was happy with the way he threw today," Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca said. "I think a couple years ago he might have went out there and just tried to throw 100 miles per hour. Today he worked on throwing strikes."

    Bad numbers now will hopefully lead to a more comfortable Perez and better numbers later. So sit back and watch to see the progress and how things unfold. You can practice all you want, but until you try out your new stuff in live games, you really have not accomplished much. There is going to be a learning curve here.

  • In Peterson We Trust...

    "We've made some minor adjustments that have allowed him to be himself," said Peterson. "I'd compare it to driving a car. You pull out of the parking lot, something doesn't feel right, and you realize you've got the parking brake on. You take it off and away you go.

    "I think what we've done for him is take the parking brake off. It's a minor adjustment but it makes a huge impact. We want him to throw consistently at the bottom of the strike zone, because then, if hitters have to gear up for 94 (mph) down, how do you think they'll handle 98 up in the zone?"


    At this point, Ambiorix Burgos and Joe Smith seem to be generating some excitement in camp. It's early yes, but the returns have been good so far. Currently, the Mets have Jon Adkins, Ambiorix Burgos, Jorge Sosa, Billy Wagner, Aaron Heilman, Duaner Sanchez, Juan Padilla, Pedro Feliciano, and Scott Schoenweiss who could all be effective relievers in the big leagues this season. The problem is there is only room for seven. With Wagner, Heilman, Sanchez, Feliciano, and Schoenweiss locks with Adkins, Sosa, and Padilla the leading candidates for the last two spots for a myriad of reasons, it means Burgos and Smith may be the defacto cuts come time to break north because they can still go to the minors. All this does not even factor in the fact that Mota will be back at some point.

    I've spoken about Omar hedging the Mets suspect rotation with his bullpen. If you can effectively shorten the game, you need much less out of a starting rotation. When you have a lesser starting rotation, that tight bullpen is certainly good to have. That's not to say the Mets will be as bad as everyone predicts, but it gives some insurance. Hell, if the Mets want to get crazy, they can go with a four man rotation while carrying eight relievers and having them go four or even five innings a night if something tragic happens and a suitable replacement could not be found. While it would certainly be unlikely, it could work for a period of time and it certainly would not be that much of a stretch since there are still people who vehemently support the four man rotation. The point is there are options to control the damage if things go out of control and this bullpen is looking like it just might be the best in the best if the bigs for a second year in a row and might be good enough to mitigate any damage caused by the rotation.
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    29 Comments:

    Anonymous Zach said...

    "This ham gum is all bones."

    12:57 AM

     
    Anonymous zach said...

    Also: "I'd compare it to driving a car. You pull out of the parking lot, something doesn't feel right, and you realize you've got the parking brake on. You take it off and away you go."

    The other day when it was really snowy I did that, but I left the brake on for a long ass time and almost ruined my Transmission...I hope that doesn't happen to the pitchers.

    12:59 AM

     
    Anonymous jake said...

    my panties aren't bunched, but this quote reminds me of pirategate:

    "I think a couple years ago he might have went out there and just tried to throw 100 miles per hour. Today he worked on throwing strikes."

    i thought we were trying to get back to a couple years ago when he was throwing 100.

    8:44 AM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Zach, that is all we hope for.

    Well, Ollie's his defense, he used to throw 96+ and now he throws 92-94. I'd have to see what he was actually throwing, but Lo Duca could have been using the literary device called hyperbole. I think he was just referring to how I used to throw back in the day which was go out and try and throw everything through the backstop. Throwing strikes and being a finesse pitcher are two different things and the Pirates tried to make him a finesse pitcher. Perez has definitely taken a bit off his fastball in an attempt to become a better pitcher. He's a work in progress...have faith!

    9:19 AM

     
    Anonymous benny said...

    Crime Stopping Strippers? Sounds like the storyline in a porn movie. Oh wait it is!

    WOW, Do'nt fuck with old people. What a horrible way to die. HIs boys have an amazing story to tell now.
    "There were like 80 of them man, you don't understand, and they like... they killed Warner, those bastards. These people were heartless man, no fear"

    "I'd compare it to"--- GODDAMNIT RICK, you always compare something to something else. STOP IT! Just try to do it for one time. Do not compare something to something else.

    You mentioned Mota, and I forgot about Mota. This season is going to be a amazing. If we get the Mets 2006 version of Mota then jeeze... this bullpen is just going to be unfair.

    9:47 AM

     
    Blogger AE said...

    i watched ollie throw yesterday, his fastball was clocked 84-86 most of the time and topped out at 88 on one pitch. the arm strength isn't there yet and to be effective, ollie needs to be in that 92-95 mph range. otherwise, he's gonna get destroyed by righty batters. anyway, he was just throwing strike after strike right down the heart of the plate. for what's it's worth, it was better to watch that than to have him struggle with his control. i hope that he gets a good amount of work on location because that's what he needs...

    i was some what impressed with alay soler. the dude looks like he worked hard this offseason to get into better shape. he looked a lot fitter and looks 20 pounds lighter. last yr he was throwing fastballs around 85-88 and he was throwing that yesterday in the first game of the preseason. hopefully he can add some mph to that because that will definitely help. he was kind of erratic with his breaking pitches but they broke sharply. there was one pitch yesterday that buckled one of the tigers knees but it was slightly out of the strike zone so it was called a ball. he definitely looks like he's committed to the challenge of making the team....

    12:16 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    They broke a Cardinal rule...don't mess with a stripper and her money. Give it to a cashier working for a big chain that could care less if it's real or not. Lesson learned for him.

    The bullpen is going to be sick even if a bunch of guys don't pan out. They are extremely deep it's scary. It's also a relatively cheap. The return on the aggregate money invested into the bullpen should be far pretty impressive.

    12:18 PM

     
    Blogger Itsmetsforme said...

    ladies and gentleman, i have a feeling the mlb directv deal will be announced soon, and i just want to share my profound sadness. I know everyone here isn't affected, but. It just sucks.

    Yes, i will keep posting this until someone gives me a hug.

    And just like everyone knows Tom Cruise is gay, everyone knows MLBtv.com sucks.

    Hearing what's going on with Gary "$50 mil." Matthews Jr. makes me hope Mota doesn't have internet access while he is on the shelf.
    Online shopping can be so addictive.

    1:46 PM

     
    Anonymous benny said...

    Speaking of that Gary Mathews thing, can you ever in your life imagine Jose Canseco or even wierder Evander Holyfield shopping online? I can't.
    Maybe Holyfield is just an old man and needs that stuff to survive?
    And if I was as sucky as Gary Mathews Jr. I'd try steroids, HGH, anything...

    2:25 PM

     
    Anonymous sidd finch said...

    itsmetsforme, what are you doing with a picture of me on your post?

    I gave up, I got DirecTv last week. I had to give up cable broadband, and DSL sucks compared to cable broadband. I'll have to change my name from Finch to Slowsky.

    Those 80 year olds on the bus, it's not exactly Flight 92, but it's pretty cool, anyways.

    Hearing what's going on with Gary "$50 mil." Matthews Jr. makes me hope Mota doesn't have internet access while he is on the shelf.
    Online shopping can be so addictive.


    Ok, someone pick me off the floor.

    zach, it's time you traded in that Yugo for something slick!

    I think everyone agrees that it doesn't matter if Opie throws 100mph or not, if he's effective, that's what matters.

    4:07 PM

     
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    ghi

    4:21 PM

     
    Anonymous Condor Schmitt said...

    -- a retired member of the U.S. military --

    Looks like Jack Bauer was on vacation in South America.

    4:22 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    condor...brilliant...brilliant.

    6:01 PM

     
    Blogger Coop said...

    Itsmetsforme, since no one gave you one, I will give you one -

    ((((((ITSMETSFORME))))))

    9:12 PM

     
    Blogger AE said...

    for metropolitans readers:

    my wife is an mtv production manager. she's going to port st. lucie because mtv wants to do a david wright story. they are going to do a bit with him on picking a song to come out to bat for the 2007 season.

    ok, here's what i'm telling you/asking you for:

    1. telling - my wife will relay to d wright, aka, sugarpants, that men on the internet call him sugarpants. she will relate his comments to me and i will share them with you. i think it's only fair that sugarpants knows he's sugarpants.

    2. asking - any suggestions for a sugarpants theme song? i came up with the song from "hustle and flow" - "it's hard out here for a pimp, when he tryin to get this money for the rent".

    so yeah, if you got a suggestion or want to ask sugarpants something let me know, asap....

    12:55 PM

     
    Blogger AE said...

    This comment has been removed by the author.

    12:55 PM

     
    Blogger Itsmetsforme said...

    coop thanks. that was one hell of a virtual hug.

    sidd, it took me 2 years to figure out how to post that picture on blogspot. So think of it as an homage.

    ae, ask sugarpants why he never responds to my posts on his blog. Is a coffee date too much to ask? i mean, i'll pay for the lattes.

    3:23 PM

     
    Blogger Itsmetsforme said...

    benny,
    evander has to shop online for earings because doing it at the mall is too embarrassing. duh!

    3:25 PM

     
    Blogger Coop said...

    Hey Benny!!! My cousin wanted to know if there was any room left in the Chuck Norris league. Can you email me (or just let me know here) and if so, I'll send you info?

    10:37 PM

     
    Anonymous benny bizzle in the Europizzle said...

    Although the league is technically not filled, I'm waiting on just one person to acept the invite but since I'm also an incredibly impatient person, send me his email and if the other guy doesn't respond I'll invite your primo.

    6:02 AM

     
    Blogger Coop said...

    Dammit! I had posted his email but it didn't post. Benny, his name is Jay, you can reach him at jason.sansone@gmail.com. I will let him know the deal but to look out for an email from you.

    Thanks B - Coop

    12:52 PM

     
    Blogger bmc said...

    If your boy Mike Carp never makes The Show, he'll still have a career as a butcher.

    Oof. I've seen better hands on a clock.

    6:27 PM

     
    Anonymous benny said...

    Sorry Coop, I've filled up the slot. :-(
    There is no more room...

    And just to let everyone know, I'd moved the draft day to Sunday March the 18th... 2 weeks from now. Be ready.

    5:42 AM

     
    Anonymous condor schmitt said...

    Wright says he will move to second base if A-Rod comes to the Mets next season. -This dude is one committed individual! He will be waring a big C on his chest very soon.

    I want Wrights father nominated for father of the year!

    12:01 PM

     
    Blogger Whitney said...

    You guys hear Buster Olney say that Cole Hamels predicted 20 wins for himself this year? Man, it's just getting warmed up between the Mets and Phils, and I'm feeling the venom.

    Jake, if you're stuck on cable, fee free to come over and enjoy what the evil DirecTV/MLB association hath wrought.

    2:37 PM

     
    Anonymous sidd finch said...

    an homage to sidd! cool! (blush)

    My buddies just called me from outside the ballpark, they are there to see Mets and the Tribe. They said it's 75 and sunny. It's 29 with snow squalls here.

    3:18 PM

     
    Anonymous jake said...

    good call whitney. i've got mlbtv but will accept the invite to catch a couple games at your pad. larchmont, right? let's post some more about how pissed we are about the tides...

    8:31 AM

     
    Blogger Whitney said...

    Jake, I'm in Lochhaven and oh so pissed about the Tides now belonging to Baltimore. How much of the go-getter in David Wright is attributable to his being a lifelong Mets fan because of the Tides? Oh, well -- I'll be in New Orleans in late April, maybe I'll catch a game then.

    4:08 PM

     
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