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Monday, April 02, 2007

Must Read

If you haven't read Terence's Moore's masterpiece, you really need to set aside a few minutes to read one of the biggest exhibitions of homerism in the history of the universe.

Consider, too, that the Mets have fossils Tom Glavine and El Duque leading a ghastly collection of starting pitchers. Many of those nice freshmen from last year’s Florida Marlins bunch are likely to become duds as sophomores. The Washington Nationals are the worst team in baseball. That leaves the Phillies, who haven’t won anything in 14 years, and the Braves, who are flashing signs with a rejuvenated bullpen of becoming the Braves again.

So there we have it! A perfectly laid out case for why the Braves are the team to beat! Hudson? No worries! Chipper? Forget about it. Smoltz a year older? Only he is immune to aging and Glavine is a fossil...not him. Hampton? Pencil him in for twenty wins. Losing a 30 homer bat at first? Who needs that shit? Francoeur? We all know David Wright is a poor man's Francoeur.

This is the Braves returning as winners. That’s because they have fewer “ifs” throughout their overall pitching staff than anybody else in the NL East, and because Bobby Cox is baseball’s best manager, and because everybody in the division is still chasing them.

Craptastic. Really sound reasoning there. Though, if you asked Braves fans, even they might say Mr. Moore is crazy. In fact, quite a few did already.

Actually, this article is so uncharacteristically positive (except for the choke job snipe) for Terence Moore that it almost seems like an April Fool’s joke.

It is crazy enough to be just that.

Mr. Moore, put down the crack pipe.

Last year the Mets didn't have the pitching & Phillies were suppose to finish just ahead of the last place Marlins.

Good luck with that…

Why is everyone so confused and under the impression the Mets had some bulletproof staff that was the strength of the team in 2006. Out of the rotation, bullpen, fielding, and hitting, it was the weakest component and stands to be better this year.

The 5th paragraph was a hilarious bit of unrealistic homerism, but optimism is always nice.

Hilarious it was.

Fun article. OF course, it really ignores the 800 pound gorilla in the room — the NY Mets. While I admire what the Braves did the offseason and continue to marvel at their ability to plug holes on a shoestring budget, the fact is that the Mets are just better. Money can cure a lot of ills. Go down that lineup, position for position, and compare it to the Braves. Scary. Sure, the Mets could be beaten. Front of the rotation is old, back of the rotation is a bit suspect. Regardless, this is the same team that blew away the entire National League until they stumbled in the postseason. While the Braves have addressed bullpen issues, their lineup was sacrificed to do it.

This just proves some Braves fans actually do watch baseball. You wouldn't know it by being able to walk up to the ticket window on game day during the playoffs and find yourself some primo tickets, but they are out there.

I don’t know much about the AJC, but that had got to be the biggest homer column I’ve ever read in a major publication, it seems as if this article was written because the author didn’t have anything to write about, so he figured he’d just appeal to those die-hard fans and get a cheap pop

That pretty much encapsulates it.

Glavine who just turned 41 is a fossil but Smoltz who will be 40 next month is in his prime? It’s good to have hope. That’s why they play the games. Glad there are more than one closer in this bullpen because “Big Bob Wickman” can’t last much longer and Braves are going to need them against all those Mets bats. Saw you in the rearview last year, see you there again in September.

I'd like to believe some Braves fan pointed out the painfully obvious, but it was a Met fan. And I would also like to note the irony of the article as Glavine just picked apart the Cardinals and looked tremendous the night of this lunatic's rants.

But we'll end this discussion with the ever brilliant Ruben Silva's comment.


SMELL YA!!! too Ruben...Who needs sound reasoning with facts and thoughts that pertain to reality?

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  • In a shocking turn of events, Gary Silvers from PhillyBurbs.com picks the Phillies to win the NL East! Is it so hard to ask for a little objectivity? I know I'm not alone. Peter Gammons had a raging boner talking about the Mets on Sunday and how they are light years ahead of other NL teams. Let us just look at the lineup the Phillies ran out on opening day:

    J Rollins SS
    S Victorino RF
    R Howard 1B
    C Utley 2B
    P Burrell LF
    W Helms 3B
    A Rowand CF
    R Barajas C

    Wow...you look at that lineup and tremble with fear. Their bullpen is not even worth getting into. Ten of eighteen ESPN 'experts' picked the Mets to win the NL East. When you throw out Steve Phillips' vote for obvious reasons, that is ten out of seventeen votes. Out of all of those 'experts', only three said the Mets miss the playoffs all together and one of those guys was not so surprisingly Steve Phillips. Even Keith Law, who has been one of the biggest detractors of the Mets rotation, picked them to make the playoffs via the wildcard. Of course all of this means nothing, but it I think it says a little something about who appears to be the best team around.

    BP picks the Mets to take the NL East, but not many people think their rotation is good enough to take them deep into the playoffs. Jose Reyes and David Wright are picked to finish 2nd and 3rd in the MVP voting with Carlos Beltran in the top ten. The Mets have some serious talent in case you didn't know.

  • Joe Smith got tested early and though he didn't get the job done, you have to wonder if that was even possible. The kid must have been going nuts...

  • DG....you definitely have to hate Eckstein. Plain and simple.

    Blogger metsfanincincy said...

    The games have started! It's time for for these idiots to stop talking out of their asses and let it play out on the field. I think the lack of homerism from Mets fans and media reeks of quiet confidence and bodes well.

    Oh, and that "shoestring" Atlanta budget? $90M isn't exactly a shoestring now, is it?

    6:58 AM

    Blogger Kenny said...

    I've been up since 1:30 this morning puking my guts out. I finally start to feel a little better and then I hear about Peter Gammons' raging boner. Back to the toilet. Thanks Mike.

    9:13 AM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    The NY media certainly cannot be accused of homerism. They certainly take their liberties when it comes to ripping the Mets.

    Kenny, after much deliberation of whether to paint that picture in people's minds, I chose to run with it. Obviously, I chose wrong. Please accept my apology.

    10:23 AM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    As a Met fan living in Atlanta, I have to put up with this type of crap all the time. The sportswriters at the AJC have a tendency to overrate the local teams no matter the sport. Terrence Moore could be the worse among them although Mark Bradley gives him a run for his money in regards to Georgia Tech basketball. This is the same guy who wrote a column late last May when the Braves got within 4 games of the Mets that the Mets were getting scared because they could see the Braves closing in on them in their rearview mirror. One month later, the Mets has a double digit lead.

    12:11 PM

    Anonymous benny blanco from da bronx but in Florence, Italy said...

    Fuck the Braves.
    Terrence Moore didnt respond to any of the comments?

    12:20 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    No. Mr. Moore didn't...

    Actually, it must be very entertaining to read that stuff on a daily basis. Really, hard to make that kind of stuff up. The creativity is off the charts there.

    1:06 PM

    Anonymous jake said...

    looks like i'm atop the fantasy standings. get used to it. nice pickups mike. you could trade with me if you need pitchers. i still haven't familiarized myself with espn but it seems to work halfway and i can't even see my own team.

    2:05 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    ESPN is crap. It's been two days in the season and I've already not been able to log in and not see my team. That's out of FOUR TIMES logging in. So, it works 50% of the time which is nice if you are half full type of person.

    Please Jake. I don't need pitching. In fact, Oswalt and Glavine are setting the tone for what should be a spectacular year for Team Oliver. And you just watch the breakout years to be had by Hensley (yeah I said it) and Robertson. Cliff Lee as insurance? Swellicous indeed my good man.

    2:12 PM

    Blogger Steve said...

    "Todd Hudson is better than all your starters. you only have 1 pitcher that could play on our club. the mets are headed toward mediocre.(good hitting weak pitching) You can’t just fill in your starting rotation with minor leaugers. If the mets had anybody in the minors that could pitch at the major league level they would be here."

    Love that post...couldn't even get his beloved pitcher's name right...

    6:55 PM

    Blogger Coop said...

    I would like to point out that Hell Yeah Bitches is in 2nd place, thanks to a stellar outing by my man zito. HELL YEAH !!!!

    OK I had a bunch of stuff to say about these homery articles, but you know what. let them think what they want. We may be old, but we're well-rounded. 2007 mets - 40 is the new 30.

    Visit My Summer Family if you would like to join the MSF/BMF Tattoo Pledge for 2007. Later

    8:54 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Coop....I did read, but I didn't want to be the negative Ned over there. I am against the Met tattoo! Tattoos are swellicious, but band tattoos and team tattoos are off limits!

    9:14 PM

    Blogger Itsmetsforme said...

    "The sportswriters at the AJC have a tendency to overrate the local teams no matter the sport."

    Just a factual question: is it even possible to have had overrated the atlanta falcons?

    Haha.Coop, i've hatched some crazy schemes, but never tried to get web surfers to pledge to get themselves body art. I can't even get them to leave comments. Well if anyone could do it, you could probably do it. What's next, vascectomies if OP wins the Cy Young? (I'm too virile to know how to spell vascectomy).

    RE: Zito
    Ha. Just. ha.

    Todd Hudson sucks.

    Gotta go. Valentin is regressing to the mean before my eyes and I don't want to miss a second.

    9:26 PM

    Blogger Coop said...

    Yeah, Itsmetsforme, just my very poor attempt at a little satire.

    10:35 PM

    Anonymous Will said...

    Mike...I'd settle for 4 series wins the next 5 years. Seems to me that would best the Braves 14 in a row...how many chanpionships did they have???

    12:09 AM

    Anonymous Will said...

    As long as our aging starters don't die on the mound and give decent starts over the year...I don't fuckin care.

    12:11 AM

    Anonymous two-by-four said...

    Mr. Met perhaps you can contact Terrence Moore and place a friendly wager. If the Mets beat out the Braves you shave Mr. Moore’s hair off and if the Braves beat out the Mets he shaves yours off. If they tie you both get your hair shaved off.

    2:25 PM

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