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Monday, June 23, 2008

Tony B...Champion of the People

As the Mets Turn: Chapter 12
Who gives a crap and move on.

"There's nothing to that, honestly," Manuel told The Post. "I've always gotten along real well with guys like [Mets assistant GM] John Ricco, guys like Tony Bernazard, Omar [Minaya]. The conversations are always about baseball: What are we doing, where are we going, are we trying different things. I never had any of these meetings secretly. Everyone could always see us talking."

The paranoia has a firm grip on Willie and sensationalism is running rampant in the media. It was clear this was a mistake from the start and the Wilpons had a wiff of that.

Fred Wilpon was enamored of the idea of the Mets becoming racial groundbreakers by being the first New York team to hire a black manager - Randolph, like Wilpon, is also a Brooklyn native - and was mollified by Minaya's contention that he'd picked a manager who would be an asset in working with minority communities in the offseason.

Ooooooh that was problem #1. You hire coaches and baseball people as well as players for baseball reasons and not PR reasons. Perhaps the biggest flaw with the Mets is that they do things for the wrong reasons and for all this negative press on Bernazard, he seemed to be right.

Minaya's assistant, Tony Bernazard, was never a Randolph fan and had pushed for Montreal Expos third base/infield coach Manny Acta for the job. Acta was instead hired as one of Randolph's coaches.

Also, let us say he did lobby for Randolph's firing, a firing I thought should have happened a long time ago. Doesn't that make people feel better that he is fighting for what is right? Why should he champion a guy he believes is the wrong guy. Who cares how it happened, it had to happen and people have lost sight of that. Willie was lucky to even be the manager for any portion of 2008 and that is glazed over as the man was on borrowed time.

Tony is being painted as a bad guy and maybe he is. However, it would not be for lobbying for Randolph's dismissal. That was a solid baseball decision and something that is good for the team. They surely have other holes, but that was an easy one to plug up and a manager may not create a ton of value, but he certainly should not be adding negative value and I truly felt Randolph did that.

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  • This is a tasty link.

    “When a guy talks about coming to our place where he has a chance to win and compete against the Yankees and the Red Sox, and then he goes to a place like Kansas City, that’s an eye-opener,“ he was quoted saying in USA Today. ”We may have dodged a bullet with that one.”

    Yep, whew, they dodged that bullet. Almost got stuck with Gil Meche and his 128 ERA+ last year. Of course, Ricciardi knew what few others could have understood — Meche would not have HAD that 128 ERA+ in Toronto because he did not have the heart and guts and competitive fire necessary to take on the Red Sox and the Yankees and all that. Yes, J.P. knows more than stats and tools. He can see into the hearts of men.

  • Moises might be done. I assume he will attempt to come back and the Mets will let him being they owe him a lot of money, but really, nothing is to be expected of him anymore. It is a shame though as he was a borderline Hall of Fame talent when healthy. He has career 128 OPS+ and was remarkably consistent. Here are his breakdowns of his career monthly stats:
    March/April .331/.394/.587
    May .295/.364/.449
    June .291/.349/.497
    July .300/.370/.531
    August .296/.365/.523
    Sept/Oct .316/.382/.529

    He could have been a remarkable run producer if he had been able to stay on the field and it is too bad he will remembered as a fragile player who could not stay healthy and often pissed on his hands.

  • The SNY team has done a great job of being unbiased.

  • Me likely. It seems stupid and small, but I think it is a nice little gesture.

  • Oh....please. Enough with this backstabbing crap. And is everyone collectively tired of hearing Gossage speak about anything?

  • Luis should be a full time platoon guy. Hopefully Manuel puts that into practive soon.

  • Jerry calls Mets fans a pile of crap.

  • Mike Pelfrey is turning into a Major League pitcher. He has been looking good and controling games with his fastball that he seems to be getting more swing and missess on.

  • The Mets are only 3.5 games out, but I am tempering any excitement until they prove they can be consistent. The issue is not getting hot while someone else is cold. That is too be expected, but staying consistent for a month will be the thing that lets me sleep at night.
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    Anonymous Department of self serving references said...

    Tempered yes, but there is a sense that a storm cloud has dissipated. Enough if it was just psychological (and it's not), the firing places a distance between last Sept and now. And then Manuel is not paranoid and wary of everyone. It's like the whole team took one large exhale!

    And I have to say I love the new pitcher hands the ball to the reliever bit. A rather heady way to bypass the manager and make it apparent that the players are responsible to each other.

    Personally, I think that Jerry was trying to light some fire in Mr. Moises, but the ineluctable truth is that the Mets cannot depend on a 41 year old injury prone player to make or break their season. I think that Endy is going to get more and more playing time, especially as he is beginning to hit. Willie seemed to be playing anyone but EC earlier this year. No surprises that he's coming around.

    And at least we can plug in Ruben Gotay at second now that Castillo is likely for the DL. Oh wait, we can't! No other move exemplifies where this team's priorities got screwed than the dumping of a guy who batted .320 (or thereabouts) last year. When AndyHernandy comes up to pinch run and field, we'll all have that in our craw.

    And one modification:

    "Luis should be a full time platoon guy." You forgot to add: "on another team!"

    1:01 PM

    Anonymous gbaked said...

    i will get excited at 10 games over 500. i dont think that is an unreasonable goal for this team to shoot for.

    I love the handing the ball over bit. I am buying into Jerry as our leader. I cant imagine how frustrating it must have been to sit on the bench with Willie, he must have been waiting for this for a while now. Motivation... something the mets have been lacking for a long time.

    Whenever Alou is healthy he should play. Having him to insert is not going to hurt us.

    2:19 PM

    Blogger Sidd Finch said...

    Hey Mike, you need a new label for your blog, now that Willie's gone. How about 'Jerry's kids'?

    2:47 PM

    Anonymous seattle steve said...

    Its been awhile since we have lossed a series so baby steps are good, King Felix goes to night and he is nasty...if we win tonight we should sweep the M's... then the Yanks and Phils are next... it seems that we should be grateful for interleague play it has given this team some life.

    2:58 PM

    Anonymous tc said...

    Couldn't agree any more regarding how bad a move it turned out hiring Willie for straight up PR moves. You never hire a manager with no prior experience, let alone one in New York, where the media devours and spits out managers at the first sign of dissension.

    Johan v. Felix tonight @ Shea. I'll be showing up in my suit from work for this one.

    Thanks, Jerry.

    I am a fan of handing the ball off to my bullpen. I did it the few times I ever pitched in high school just because I thought it was a good show of team unity / support.

    Big Pelf throwing nice lately!

    3:01 PM

    Blogger Anthony said...

    If Pelf steps up like it looks that he is, man, that changes the complexion of this ballclub. Very exciting to see what he's done over the last 5 games. That's not a small portion size in my opinion for a kid finding his way.

    I like Manuel and his attitude so far. Obviously, the team's 3-2 since he's taken the reigns, so all excitement should be tempered. But at the very least, it definitely looks like the team is a lot more relaxed on all fronts and comfortable.

    The Willie story is old. Really crazy how lame the NY media can be. So overblew that whole firing. Now they're jumping all over Bernazard. It's like a bandwagon that they all jump on. Ridiculous. Couldn't agree with you more Mike. He may or may not be a good guy, but from what I'm reading he sounds credible and on the money with baseball.

    Let's see them take a couple more series this week. Sure would be nice to actually have a bit of fun and enjoy our baseball team for a change. Sugar P still hasn't gotten hot (and he will), starting pitching is looking real good, Church will be back fresh, Beltran is playing up to par, Endy/Easley are coming around and Luis will hopefully be DL'd...things are looking up!

    3:29 PM

    Blogger Sidd Finch said...

    A couple of observations on the 3 games I attended in Denver this weekend.

    Winning 2 of 3 from the Rockies was good, because they have been playing good ball lately.

    That was one bitchin pink back pack that Joe Smith was wearing this weekend.

    Castillo needs to give Shinjo his orange wrist bands back.

    Matt Holliday is a very good hitter, but a butcher in the field.

    It's good to see Trot Nixon on the team. At least he has a pulse. I hope it rubs off.

    If it wasn't for bad defense, Pelfrey would have pitched into the 7th. He pitched much better than the numbers would indicate.

    The Rockies' bench (Podsednik, Spilbourghs, Quintanilla, etc) is better than the Mets'.

    4:49 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    i'm headed to the bar to watch santanna and felix -- if watching the mets actually becomes fun again, i might even re-subscribe to mlb.tv. it's been ages since i watched a game, they better not butcher this one.


    5:54 PM

    Anonymous ossy said...

    instead of waiting for that streak to prove their eliteness, the mets shouldve did what they did in 06 and are doing now, just win series

    6:22 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    DG...Gotay might actually play with Manuel as the coach...is he even in the bigs this year?

    Sidd...good point. The name won't change, the side bar needs to be updated. Unfortunately, I have no clean socks or underwear so you can see that I have plenty of other priorties before that!

    And the Mets bench is bad...I don't like them one bit..Too many guys that cannot hit their weight.

    6:31 PM

    Blogger Sidd Finch said...

    There is no truth to the rumor that Howard Lincoln is calling a press conference to say that the NL should grow up and not require pitchers to cover home on passed balls.

    10:55 PM

    Anonymous Will said...

    "I told him the next time he does that, I'm going to get my blade out and cut him right on the field," Manuel said. "I'm a gangster."

    I don't care what he calls us (the fans) as long as he keeps it relaxed with comments like that.

    I think the new blog should have the word fertilizer in it Mike.

    10:56 PM

    Anonymous benny said...

    Tony Bernazard had a point in disliking Willie, I mean again, the man had no previous experience managing a team!
    Maybe he's not as evil as everyone makes him out to be.

    This whole JP Ricciardi thing is wierd. I mean he's on the radio making comments on another team's player (Adam Dunn). I thought there was a rule called tampering? Whether its positive or negative comments, its still tampering, no?
    Or am I missing something.

    Fucking King Felix hitting a grand slam. Unbelieveable.

    11:41 PM

    Anonymous Gehoff said...

    Mets offense is just terrible. 3 good but not great hitters right now and nothing else. Tough to win games with this lineup. Hopefully Church and Alou make it back soon and stay back.

    11:49 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Church Alou and Poo

    12:38 AM

    Anonymous tc said...

    Delgado has to go. Azucar needs a night off (I think he's getting one tonight. Fans need to stop doing the wave before I gouge out my eyes.

    Thanks to the fine young lady who handed me a pair of box seats behind the dugout for free as I waited for my buddy to arrive. I had a close up view of how truly bad the bats are right now.

    Also, thanks to the retard who threw a Pedro jersey from the upper deck ramps on the walk out. It landed on me, is my size, and after a turn in my washing machine, will the best $90 I never spent.

    8:12 AM

    Anonymous Pedro said...

    You're welcome

    10:18 AM

    Anonymous department of self serving references said...

    Mike, Gotay is now on the Braves. (Yes, that stings!)

    At least I knew that I could go to bed after the granny last night. Is this the only team in the league that pays for every single error? They need to win the next two games.

    And I agree, they need a new first baseman to go with the new second baseman we're never going to get.

    12:02 PM

    Anonymous ossy said...

    gotay 315 sluggin is something i can do without...

    has delgado hit a big hr this year? i think i remember one.

    mike cameron has 12 jacks this year despite missing april bc of the greenies. nice

    delgado for pavano? id do it in a heart beat

    12:11 PM

    Anonymous Will said...

    Dump Delgado and have "Take a Piece of Shea Home with you Night"

    The Mets can offset his contract by weighing whatever piece of Shea you can unscrew and present upon exit.

    I'll leave the pricing portion for the Wilpons to calculate.

    3:11 PM

    Anonymous Will said...

    At the very least, fans would have something else to do when the games get ugly.

    Roberto Petagine where are you?

    3:13 PM

    Anonymous department of self serving references said...

    Ossy, I think it's hard to compare Gotay playing as a mostly pinch hitter and the results he had last summer when he got quite a lot of starts.

    3:17 PM

    Anonymous tc said...

    Alvaro Espinoza > Roberto Petagine ... though Alvaro only played one single game at 1st for the Mets in '96.

    4:18 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I'd rather see minor leaguers in there for the time being. This shit is depressing.

    10:03 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey, how abou Willie Randolph at second. We still owe him a lot of money.

    10:04 PM

    Anonymous Danny said...

    We stink.

    At least the Phillies stink, too.

    12:49 AM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I'm thinking about the draft picks. It's easier to go for the worst record but hell...we're 8.5 behind Washington for that. We're too inconsistent to go for it.

    Perez is headed to Arizona to Texas.

    1:31 AM

    Blogger Sidd Finch said...

    Vargas was DFA'd. Strikes me as a panic move. He had 7 outings in June, two bad, four good, and one mediocre. Now they have no fall back plan in case OP continues to suck.

    12:53 PM

    Anonymous department of self serving references said...

    Sidd, Fallback if not Freddy Garcia, who's rehabbing, is Jon Niese.

    1:13 PM

    Anonymous tc said...

    Or Carlos Muniz, who has been getting Heath Bell one game up, then back to the farm treatment.

    1:24 PM

    Blogger Anthony said...

    Agreed TC, Carlos Muniz deserves a real shot. I'm hoping he stays up for good this time. He at least deserves a shot.

    Man, I was thinking of going last night. Thankfully, I didn't blow my money out on that pigfuck of a team. Omar is going to take the fall next if this continues thru the season. What a nightmare.

    They really need to just rehaul and do some major changes. And no, releasing Vargas isn't what I'm thinking is the thing to turn things around.

    This team is very unappealing. Yuk.

    2:18 PM

    Blogger Sidd Finch said...

    I agree with you guys that the young pitchers (Muniz, etc) deserve a shot. I wonder if they couldn't have gotten him a roster spot by deciding to go with 2 catchers instead.

    4:34 PM

    Anonymous tc said...

    If it wasn't for Wright, Maine, and Reyes, God knows how bad this team would be.

    Andy Phillips claimed off waivers! Salvation! What an amazing move by Omar that will surely turn our entire season around! Praise be to Minaya!

    /end sarcasm.

    8:33 AM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    at least he wasnt hispanic hahahhaha jk

    i dont get dfaing claudio. he wasnt that bad and couldve served nicely the doubleheader

    10:32 AM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    and not 43 years old...I'll take 31

    11:56 AM

    Blogger metsfanincincy said...

    A week or so ago I wrote a bit comparing Griffey's and Delgado's stats (which were almost identical) and noted how different each player was treated by his respective fans. You guys basically said that it was a good example of the difference between playing in Cincy and NY (I knew that, but I threw it out there anyway so we could write about something other than how bad the Mets suck - you know, just for a short break).

    Here's another good example: I was at the game that the Reds brought Andy Phillips up. The guys I was with (all diehard Reds fans) were excited about the Reds bringing another prospect up. "Prospect?" I said, "He's a suck ass journeyman scrub Yankees cast off." They refused to believe me and were pissed that I was raining on their parade. They had to learn the hard way, I guess.

    Mets fans? We know when we're bringing in a scrub! Maybe they're bringing him in to push Tatis.

    Now let's get back to discussing how bad the Mets suck this year.

    12:27 PM

    Anonymous tc said...

    Adam Rubin at the Daily News:

    Tony Armas Jr. could be called up from AAA New Orleans in order to spot start on Tuesday in St. Louis. After which, Armas could fill-in as a long reliever out of the bullpen ... Armas will most likely take Carlos Muniz’s new found spot on the roster.

    So much for that. We need a Free Muniz movement that rivals the old love we had for one Jeffrey Keppinger (who was doing well for the Reds until he got hurt this year, by the way). What the fuck is with Omar and his affinity for shitty, old, non-roster-worthy additions of Montreal cast-offs.

    1:38 PM

    Anonymous Will said...

    Let's start a contest. Who can pick the next time the Mets have a 4, uh 5 game winning streak.

    I'm going for September 3-7


    4:58 AM

    Blogger Sidd Finch said...

    will, you are an optimist.

    12:37 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Damion Easley, Marlon Anderson, Endy Chavez, Trot Nixon, Fernando Tatis, Moises Alou and Angel Pagan have all played left field for the Mets this season.

    Together, making one left fielder, they have hit .184 with two home runs and 30 RBI, good for worst in the National League.

    12:38 PM

    Anonymous ossy said...

    check out beltrans hitzone stats on an espn game cast. he hits nothing at the bottom part of the strike zone.

    its bad

    4:41 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Sell Delgado while he's hot

    8:44 PM

    Anonymous department of self serving references said...

    When did Jason Giambi grow the gay mustache?

    4:41 PM

    Anonymous benny blanco from da bronx said...

    Does anyone wanna go with me to the Mets-Yankees game tomorrow (Sunday)?
    I know its late notice but the people in my circle of friends are a bunch of fuckers.

    Yeah, Yeah, I know spammers are assholes and are going to take advantage but oh well, if your interested EMAIL ME @ eyedta@hotmail.com with subject METS-YANKEES GAME and I'll take it from there. And be sure to check your email around 10am or so for my contact details. I'll surely be at the stadium for the game.

    Laters, hopefully someone out there wants to go.
    And and tell me the name you post under here too just so I know. And btw I only have one ticket that is available so... YEAH!!!

    10:38 PM

    Anonymous Will said...

    The lack of momentum with this team is driving me crazy.

    3:05 AM

    Anonymous department of self serving references said...

    Figure Ollie out and win a cigar! Glad it was good Ollie today anyways...

    6:48 PM

    Anonymous Will said...

    Does anyone know where I can listen to Ollie's interviews in Spanish online? Sometimes he gives the questions back as answers in English.

    What does Ollie mean when he says he was always trying to be a different pitcher? Is it just that he tries to be too perfect and too fine and then when he misses, he unravels, unlike this last game when he just threw relaxed and had fun? Is it THAT simple with OP?

    I can imagine him going out there relaxed every game. Sometimes, they don't hit him like today. Other days he gets knocked around and also walks some. What does he do then? Can he recover? My impression is that he doesn't have much success after things start to go badly.

    10:48 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Lohse, 9-2 hahahaha

    3-0 vs Houston 18IP 14H 5ER 4W
    2-0 vs Was 12IP 8H 1ER 1W

    4-2 vs others 68IP 81H 37ER 19W
    (aside from W-L, about career avg for him)

    Of course he did pitch well against Philly and Boston (2-0) in his two previous starts before getting slammed by Detroit in his last start.

    Let's hope the hitting Mets show up for this game.

    11:02 PM

    Blogger Sidd Finch said...

    Ollie took his ritalin yesterday.

    9:24 AM

    Anonymous ossy said...

    joe torre is gonna turn matt kemp to a pt player so he can play jones and pierre.

    sounds like a willie move

    1:14 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...


    Berkman or Pujols but not Delgado for those out of the loop.

    9:44 AM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    If I were you Mike, I would just take off the rest of the season. I mean really... what's the point?

    First time this season they manage to come back after being down by more than 2 runs, and yet it doesn't count because Feliciano Turns into Heilman and Beltran still hasn't learned how to take the bat off his shoulders with two strikes.

    This team is bullshit. Fuck this. I got a 10 week old kid, and I'm not spending nearly enough time with him. Yet I watch this shit.

    No more. I'll check out a game every once in a while. Flip back and forth. check out the blogs at work. But I am not investing anymore time watching this suck-ass, overpaid bunch of cocksuckers for the remainder of this season.

    12:46 AM

    Anonymous tc said...

    This team is bullshit. Fuck this. I got a 10 week old kid, and I'm not spending nearly enough time with him. Yet I watch this shit.

    No more. I'll check out a game every once in a while. Flip back and forth. check out the blogs at work. But I am not investing anymore time watching this suck-ass, overpaid bunch of cocksuckers for the remainder of this season.

    Well said, sir.

    Though without child, I have a yorkshire terrier who does not appreciate me ignoring his small existence. He, too, will be happy that I don't give a shit anymore.

    If I didn't have season tickets to 41 more home games that I already paid for, I'd just buy a Rays hat and watch them on MLB.tv all the time.

    11:23 AM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    This is a good team we're playing. If yesterday's loss had occurred while we were doing well, we wouldn't have thought as much of it. But hell, I'm fucking happy wih the play overall in this series. And I am certainly happy with today so far. They're starting to turn it around so have some patience please.

    9:42 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Anyone want Mota back? Classic performance


    10:28 PM

    Anonymous ossy said...

    the highlight of this season has been the evolution of mike pelfrey. he's growing up right before our eyes

    10:25 AM

    Anonymous tc said...

    They're starting to turn it around so have some patience please.

    If you're implying they "look" better, sure. But the bottom line is they're still .500 under Manuel, and under .500 on the season. And that's what I call under-performing and underwhelming.

    But the more important point is that they can't get over the hump. This series in Philly right before the All Star break is huge. If they win 3 of 4, then confidence is abound. But if they split or go 1-3, or God forbid get swept, it'll just be the same old shit out of this team.

    Also, anyone see the Post today? It appears Reyes and Keith had a little squabble on the team plane. The fact Hernandez is still ready to throw down is swell. Not so swell is the negative media attention for Reyes. He gets it bad lately.

    Good stuff Pelf! I'm liking his efforts, and he's holding his own over his like 4 or 5 starts (minus that one vs. the Angels).

    11:51 AM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    They're starting to turn it around so have some patience please

    What's that again?

    Wow am I glad I didn't watch this game. Tempted to, but I'm sticking to my guns. Independence Day, celebrate our birth, good food, good friends, and my 10 week old boy who had his first dip in the pool!

    What a fantastic day! If I had chosen to actually watch this game tonight, my entire evening would have been ruined, and that would have messed up my day. Because that's how hard I root for this team. That's how hard I've rooted for them for... well, way too long.

    Now I turn on the tube just to check out the score and I find out they lose 3-2. Then I go online to check out the box score, and big surprise! No offense, but even worse is the fact that while they only gave Santana 2 runs, at least he was leading 2-0!!!

    So what does our so-called Ace do? Gives it right back! Typical heart breaker courtesy of the Mets.

    Fuck them, fuck Santana, and fuck the Wilpons and their ticket price hike after that awful collapse, just to go and put this product on the field this season.

    Now if you'll all excuse me, I gotta go feed my boy! He's such a piggy!

    9:47 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...


    10:56 PM

    Blogger almar said...

    What's that sound? I think it is the sound of Omar's pink slip being shoved up his ass at 3:00 am EST.

    8:38 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Fuck Yeah Tatis!

    How about we see what we can get for Mr. Big Mouth All-Star before the trading deadline.

    8:45 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Why the hell do the Cubs get 7 All-Stars? If I wanted to watch Chicago play, I'd just tune into one of their games.

    9:02 PM

    Anonymous Scott from Peekskill said...

    I like the fact we have so few all stars. Let DW rest and let Reyes spend some time with his wife and Kid. Damn, it helps us not having all stars!

    12:19 PM

    Blogger Sidd Finch said...

    Mike, where the frig are you?



    10:56 AM

    Blogger Anthony said...

    Either Mike is off somewhere in the world for a couple weeks or he said f it and couldn't take blogging about this team anymore. Hopefully he's meeting beautiful women in Sri Lanka or someplace exotic and when he gets back this week the Mets will have officially taken over the lead in the division.

    11:16 AM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    More likely he's scouting potential relievers in Ghana

    11:51 AM

    Anonymous Pavan said...

    I think its more likely he's with a few hookers in Thailand. But yes, hopefully he comes back this week uninfected and ready to post more. I'm getting anxious.

    11:55 AM

    Anonymous Danny said...

    Maybe he got married and didn't tell us?

    Gosh, that would be the worst

    12:41 PM

    Anonymous tc said...

    Could be Amsterdam, smokin Ls and hanging out in the coffee shops with one of the Mets random international signings that hit .164 but bring them media attention (those guys from Australia, etc.)

    Hookers + Thailand - Infection?

    Something in that equation will never work out.

    Lincecum tonight. He has the ability to easily get 10-15 k's depending on what lineup Manuel throws out there.

    1:46 PM

    Blogger Anthony said...

    I'm going to the game tonight. The Mets are 1-7 so far this season at games I've attended. Up against Lincecum tonight...not feeling the chances of the teams winning record to improve for me. But Big Pelf is looking solid. Could be a fun night watching two talented young guys go at it. Plus beers on a Tue night at the park in summertime never sucks.

    2:30 PM

    Anonymous Will said...

    Well, if he got married, he needs to post a his pic with a stencil drawing of her.

    3:04 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I have to think the Mets could have made that Harden trade with similar players.

    8:45 PM

    Anonymous Will said...

    A little while ago, I predicted the Mets would win 5 in a row in September 2009. Somebody called me an optimist but there's a real chance this could happen tomorrow. Incredible.

    10:20 PM

    Blogger Rickey Henderson said...

    Huzzah, we're on the road to the highly prized title of "Least Shitty Team in the NL East"!

    8:17 AM

    Blogger metsfanincincy said...

    Help me! I'm on the verge of becoming hopeful! Delgado has risen from the dead (on pace now for a 29/90 season), Wright is Wright, Beltran is Beltran, Endy is showing that he gets better the more he plays, and Reyes is fucking red hot Reyes. They slammed arguably the best NL pitcher last night. Oh, and Mike should at least sign on to gloat about being right about Pelfrey. Let's see if they can feast on the bottom feeders for the next few series.

    Mike's way too wise to get married, right?

    8:39 AM

    Blogger metsfanincincy said...

    Oh, and in case anyone hasn't been paying attention...
    Tom Glavine’s ERA is 4.45
    Frenchy Franceur is a AA slugger
    Atlanta just signed Julian Tavaraz
    The Braves closer is????
    The Braves are 5 games under .500
    Mike Hampton is making $16M and can’t pitch because his booby hurts
    The Braves have NINE pitchers on the DL

    8:44 AM

    Anonymous Danny said...

    Maybe he doesn't want to jinx the Mets?

    11:54 PM

    Blogger Sidd Finch said...

    Julian Tavarez would have been a great fit on this team. He can start, and relieve. Plus, he's crazy. A lot better than Tony D.L. Armas.

    Mike won't marry anyone but the SUFI girl.

    9:20 AM

    Anonymous Bob said...

    Chris thinks I am kidding but I would like him to split from Mike Francesa.

    And, the point of the call was Johan Santana was struggling due to his TEAM, just like Chris does with Mike during this 'crossroads'

    Writer Chris Illuminati of Philly Blurbs said this after viewing the video, "video proof that the Dog won't bark about any particulars of the rough patch he and Mike are going through."

    Complete coverage at

    Neil Best, for Newsday, said after viewing the video, "I heard that live yesterday. Weird, but amusing! Thanks. Neil"

    Now appearing in Deadspin's report on the matter:

    Kevin Canessa has had the foresight of a Mike and the Mad Dog Split since this post.


    He deserves that credit!

    ps, Chris said a few days before, "And, you know, Neil Best thinks he has something and he's a good reporter and I like Neil. Again, I would never talk to him about anything like this because for whatever the reason, this is a guy who killed my book. That's sensitive to authors, and don't forget, I'm John Grisham. That's sensitive." and then added, "I've talked to him about it, but I don't forget that. He went out of his way to bury that book, same day I was on the Today show. C'mon. But listen, Neil thinks he has something, so he's going to track me down in the middle of a weekend and he's going to track Mike down in the middle of a weekend and he's going to write something."

    Call WFAN at 718.937.6666 with a 2 point question.

    Ask a sports question. Then follow up with a question directed at Dog - "So, Chris, did you really enjoy flying solo recently? Do you think the show was better solo as Bob from Cranbury pointed out last week to you?


    I'll be DVRing

    11:55 AM

    Blogger Sidd Finch said...

    Too bad Alou couldn't pee on his hamstring. He's out for the season.

    4:42 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I'm beginning to think Mike started a new blog somewhere.

    Let's hope the Phils get that Burnett contract and that he doesn't opt out at year's end. That will hopefully keep them from adding another high dollar pitcher and leave more for us.

    9:20 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Jessica Alba!


    10:25 AM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    When you just have to know:


    10:29 AM

    Anonymous Danny said...

    Did you guys know that Tony B is Champion of the People?

    11:53 AM

    Anonymous W said...


    I didn't know that.

    12:05 PM

    Anonymous chris said...

    I could have sworn he was Champion of the Peep Hole.

    1:40 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I could have sworn he was Champion of the Peep Hole.

    Fucking brilliant

    10:06 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Now, maintain that patience all the way till the end of the season and into the playoffs.

    9:47 PM

    Anonymous tc said...

    michael pelfrey has become a man in one month's time.

    9:26 AM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Yes, he has. Luckily Willie's not here anymore.

    12:27 PM

    Anonymous chris said...

    ... or Mike. We'd never hear the end of the "I told you so"s.

    Shit ... that's some weird punctuation there.

    2:35 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    21 days and counting.

    Hope big Mike (our big Mike, not Pelf) is OK.

    2:58 PM

    Anonymous Danny said...

    Is anybody else starting to get legitimately worried?

    5:02 PM

    Anonymous Pavan said...

    A little bit. I think Mike's fine, he will just refuse to post until the Mets lose a game. If we lose a game, and Mike does not have a post up, I will be supremely worried.

    6:53 PM

    Anonymous Pavan said...

    He is still making fantasy baseball moves in our league...although I'm not too sure thats him, considering he hasn't picked up Jason Marquis, and he's in 4th place.

    6:57 PM

    Anonymous whozgotnext said...

    Hope you're out there, Mike, and enjoying the winning streak.

    9:08 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Mike, if you are reading these posts and are ok, go to http://victor-the-great-zambrano.blogspot.com/

    Make a comment under Saturday, May 6, 2006 'Another Strong Outing'

    10:26 PM

    Anonymous tc said...

    I bought last minute HR Derby tickets yesterday for $140 a pop in the 3rd row of the upper deck.

    The show put on by Josh Hamilton was absolutely absurd. 518 foot homer. 13 in a row. 16 of 17. 20 of 22. And 22 of 25.

    Best $140 ever spent.

    Furthermore, how is it possible that Tejada is an all-star over Reyes?

    10:57 AM

    Blogger Anthony said...

    I went to the HR Derby as well. That was amazing. One of the coolest things I think I've ever witnessed. That guy is such a cool story. Seems like the crack loving heroin addicts are always the most talented folks. I'm going to the game tonight as well. I got totally hooked up both nights thru business connections. Good stuff. Lots of Mets representing everywhere which was good to see.

    Speaking of crack loving peeps. I am legit worried. Where the f is Mike??!!!

    4:57 PM

    Anonymous chris said...

    Mike? What is this "Mike" of which you speak?

    Also, I love getting gloaty text messages from my Yankee fan "friend" during the fucking ALL STAR GAME!

    Thanks, Billy.

    9:04 AM

    Anonymous ossy said...

    reyes not being there while tejada's juiced up ass is a joke.

    the #'s dont compare and the astros already had berkman as their rep.

    12:17 PM

    Blogger Anthony said...

    That was ridiculous that steroid has been Tejada was in the game and not Reyes who yet broke another historic record by having 10 HR's, 10 triples, 30 stolen bases and batting over .300 before the break. How the hell was this guy not in the game? Seriously. So lame.

    I went to the game last night. Got free tix thru business. I am blown away that people actually spend thousands of dollars on these games. Once you're there and watching the game, it's just a ballgame. Same $8.50 beers, hot dogs, ice cream, etc. Nothing free, no great food/booze, no red carpet. Just a ball game that nobody really gives that much of a shit about. Unreal that people actually drop that cash on it. Plus, the crowd is so ridiculously white bread, it's pretty boring in the stands. Still a good time though to experience (for free). Definitely cool seeing all the hall of famers.

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