The Jim Callis chat yesterday was pretty fucking bad until this...
Jack Bauer (behind you): Will I ever die?
SportsNation Jim Callis: No.
That was hands down the question of the off-season. Back to the chat though, how many Phil Hughes questions can I possibly read before wanting to stick something in my eye? Three Hughes questions were coupled with six hundred Dellin Betances questions. These fans are so insecure that they continually need to be stroked and told their prospects are better than everyone else's. Not only is that annoying, but you see the same questions chat after chat. The lighting round is fun, but how about everyone tries to think of some good questions? Ones that might actually require more than a second of thought.
Questions I did like aside from the always entertaining Jack Bauer question:
Mike (nyc): where will matt bush finish the season?
SportsNation Jim Callis: High Class A. I'm guessing he'll move to the mound sometime in 2008.
You think the Padres regret this one?
Cole Hamels (Philadelphia, Pa): Two years ago I asked you who would turn out to be the better pitcher, me or Scott Kazmir, and you said Kazmir. Care to apologize yet?
SportsNation Jim Callis: No, I still like Kazmir. You finally figured out to stay healthy and avoid bar fights. And I tout you plenty.
This was another one of those insecure validation type questions, but since it was a Philly fan that was wrong, I enjoyed it.
brad (MD): More homers this year: Tejada or Markakis
SportsNation Jim Callis: Markakis.
Bold statement by Mr. Callis.
Patrick (atl): Alba and Martha Stewart or Jessica Beil and Scarlett???
SportsNation Jim Callis: Damn. I'll have to go with Beil and Scarlett on that one. Sorry, Jessica Alba, though it's not her fault her teammate drags her down here.
Patrick laid out a mean and torturous question and went after Jim's weak spot.
For some reason I was rehashing bad memories today and thinking back to the Mets playoff performance when it seemed they were one shut down reliever away. Would the Mets have made it further if they had Duaner?
"Everybody has the same shot," he said Wednesday. "The Yankees will not have an advantage."
Why he is making so much noise right now is beyond me.
Mets starting rotation: The skepticism among rival executives might prove unjustified, if lefty Oliver Perez and righty John Maine build on their strong post-seasons, if the upgraded bullpen is good enough to reduce games to six innings, if prospects such as Mike Pelfrey and Philip Humber and veterans such as Chan Ho Park and Aaron Sele contribute.
None of that is inconceivable, starting with Perez, who — in the opinion of one Mets' official — might return to where he was with the Pirates in 2004, when he appeared on the verge of becoming a No. 1 starter.
It stands to reason, though, that the Mets will continue trying to add a young starter such as the Marlins' Dontrelle Willis or A's Dan Haren, even if they must wait until the July 31 non-waiver deadline to get it done.
Perez bouncing back to '04 levels? Sweet Jesus. If it is going to happen, it will be in Queens with Professor Rick helping him.
He also lists some prospects he cannot wait to see.
Name: Chris Gomez and Fernando Martinez
The deal: Why shouldn't the Mets trade Lastings Milledge, 21? Gomez, 21, and Martinez, 18, might turn out to be better.
Chris...Carlos...what's the difference. We are picking up what you are laying down. However, Milledge is worth more for the Mets to keep since he is not exactly at the peak of his value right now.