Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
Yes ladies and gentlemen, it is that time of year where Fred Wilpon addressed the media, which has become a seminar of BS.
A few years ago it was about Madoff, and that it wouldn't affect the Mets baseball operation(s). Well, we all know how that turned out.
There have also been some years where he has said things about his own players (see David Wright, Jose Reyes, and Jason Bay).
Then there was that spring when he said the manager (Willie Randolph) was safe, only to have him fired in July.
Fred has a propensity for saying things that aren't true. I believe he thinks he can "hoodwink" the media and fans, which he cannot.
A small snippet of Right Said Fred 2012 shows that Mets ownership had nothing to do with Jose not being with the team. Sure, OK. Here is how he answered a few questions about the
Is it fair to say the contract Reyes got from Miami was more or less a baseball decision as opposed to having anything to do with team finances?
How much has the payroll been affected by Madoff? Would Jose Reyes still be here?
Come on - according to Reyes, his agent, and Elvis himself, there was no official offer made to Reyes. Elvis chose to "wait to see what the market would bear."
I still contend that if the Mets had offered Jose 5 years $100M, that would have been enough to keep him #7 (not Geren) and on the team. FRED, THERE WAS NO OFFICIAL OFFER FROM THE METS TO REYES.
Another thing I found rather disturbing is how Fred doesn't address his players by their names. When speaking of the talent on the Mets, Fred said that Sandy had many calls for "our right fielder" and a number of calls on "the injured first baseman." He is the owner of this team, as he loves to state, can't he at least address Lucas Duda and Ike Davis by name? Many might not see it as a big deal, but to me, it's disrespectful.
The annual Mets spin-doctoring has begun. My one question is when Fred Speaks, why must we be subjected to this every spring?
Thanks to Adam Rubin for taking the time to transcribe the interview. Click on link to read the State Of The Mets Address in its entirety.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Here are some Met Quotes..no names of course.
Fox Sports, nydailynews
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Yesterday the Mets continued with their purging of their past. The Mets disrespectfully and foolishly have assigned new bench coach Bob Geren Jose Reyes’ #7.
We all know how badly the Mets handled the Reyes situation. The Wilpon’s might not have had the money to sign Jose, but they didn’t even offer courtesy call or offer to re-sign the NL batting champion and All Star.
As David Lennon tweeted yesterday, that newly hired bench coach Bob Geren has been assigned Jose’s #7. I am not saying that #7 should be emblazoned on the outfield wall at Gil Hodges Memorial Park (GHMP), er Citi Field, but couldn’t this embarrassment of an organization have waited a year or two before reassigning #7?
For an ownership that is so enamored of the Brooklyn Dodgers, so much that in the Mets new park they have an entire rotunda paying homage to Jackie Robinson, who never played nor worked for the Mets. It took another year before any Mets history or memorabilia showed up at the stadium.
How is this related? Quite easily; this ownership has absolutely no sense of history for the organization they own. They don’t understand how important former and present players are to the fans and their sense of history. Whether it be Choo-Choo Coleman, Sammy Drake, Marv Throneberry, Hot Rod Kanehl, Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Tug McGraw, Keith Hernandez, Gary Carter, Edgardo Alfonzo, Mike Piazza, David Wright, and yes, Jose Reyes – this organization doesn’t get it.
It took years out fan out crying to return Banner Day to the Mets schedule. Why is it important? Because it is important to the fans. When fans are happy and participating, they are spending money. When they are spending money, the owners make profits.
Back to Jose, he was fans most favorite player, especially after an MVP type season last year. It’s bad enough the Mets weren’t able to/didn’t sign him, but to allow him to walk without so much as a phone call is reprehensible. To follow that up, after Jose signed with the Marlins, who indicated he was hurt because the Mets didn’t “show the love.” To that, Elvis callously retorted, “maybe I should have sent him a box of chocolate.” - Asinine comment.
Two months later, the Mets take the number of the fans favorite player, one who played with the team for 9 seasons, and always was the spark to the Mets engine, and assign it to a first year bench coach. Would it have hurt this brain damaged ownership to wait a year or two before re-assigning #7?
Now I’m sure the Wilpon’s and Elvis will say uniform numbers are assigned by the equipment manager or some other clubhouse personnel, but as Fred Wilpon said years ago, he is the owner, and the buck stops here.
This is a terrible job by the Mets organization. Sad part is, they won’t learn from this screw-up either.
Picture Courtesy David Lennon Twitter
Monday, February 20, 2012
Mets pitchers and catchers report today. No official workout until tomorrow but I am sure there will be alot of chatter in PSL especially bout the pitcher named Johan. He threw all pitches on Friday when he threw off the mound. 27 in all and the media around is crazy. He will pitch again on Tuesday and what Warthen and Santana would like to see is that he was able to rebound and not feel anything outside the norm in his arm. Projections are wildy all over the place on how much he will pitch in 2012 17 months removed from surgery. TC mentioned that 150 innings would be nice. Th key is getting him tracked to pitch every 5 days. All spring they can work on that and lets hope for no set backs.
Itching to watch a game and listen to Cohen,Darling and Mex? The first game will on SNY will be on March 5th at 6pm. The Mets will televise 11 games on SNY and 4 on PIX this spring. The schedule is below courtesy of SNY
March 5 Washington Nationals 6:10 p.m. SNY , March 6 St. Louis Cardinals 1:10 p.m. SNY
March 8 Miami Marlins 1:10 p.m. SNY , March 11 Miami Marlins 1:10 p.m. PIX11
March 13 St. Louis Cardinals 1:10 p.m. SNY , March 16 Detroit Tigers 1:10 p.m. SNY
March 17 Atlanta Braves 1:10 p.m. PIX11 , March 20 Washington Nationals 6:10 p.m. SNY
March 22 Houston Astros 1:10 p.m. SNY , March 24 St. Louis Cardinals 1:10 p.m. PIX11
March 27 Atlanta Braves 1:10 p.m. SNY , March 28 Washington Nationals 1:10 p.m. SNY
March 29 Houston Astros 6:10 p.m. SNY , April 1 Detroit Tigers 1:10 p.m. PIX11
April 3 New York Yankees 2:10 p.m. SNY
Sunday, February 19, 2012
With deepest respect and admiration for Gary Carter, we have created the following. Rest In Peace Kid:
Saturday, February 18, 2012
What is so nice about the outpouring of love Carter's former teammates have shared is that Carter was often mocked for his "mugging" for the camera, and although some players got on Carter for his exuberance, their respect and love for the man they called "Kid" is apparent.
Friday, February 17, 2012
Here are some of the quotes from former Mets as well as other baseball greats.
“The one thing I remember about Gary was his smile. He loved life and loved to play the game of baseball.”
Darryl Strawberry “He was a baseball player with character who always did things the right way,” Strawberry said. “I wish I could have lived my life like Gary Carter. He was a true man.”
For met Manager Davey Johnson said. Gary was a one-man scouting system,” “What people didn’t know was that he kept an individual book on every batter in the National League. He was the ideal catcher for our young pitching staff.”
“The one thing Gary stressed to us was team. He said individual goals were meaningless. He said the name on the front of the uniform was more important than the name on the back. That’s what I’ll take from my two years with him.”
Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese, who played under Carter for two years in the minors
We had a lot in common, from family to our profession. He endured a lot as a catcher, as did I. And making it to the Hall of Fame was over the top for Gary, as it has been for me. We knew each other for more than 30 years, he meant a lot to me. I’m crushed by his passing.”
Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk
Can't call it a day w/o saying Gary was a great person, a family man a 'life coach';will be missed...Dave Winfield
the 7 line
NY Daily News
Thursday, February 16, 2012
It is with great sadness that Kimmy Bloemers reports the passing of Mets Hall Of Fame Catcher - Gary Carter.
Carter who was diagnosed in May (2011) with brain cancer has deteriorated over the last four weeks.
His Daughter writes:
"It has been exactly 4 weeks since the last journal and that decision was made as a family. I am deeply saddened to tell you all that my precious dad went to be with Jesus today at 4:10 pm. This is the most difficult thing I have ever had to write in my entire life but I wanted you all to know. "
Kimmy thanks all the people for praying for her father and family.
This is a sad day for those who followed The Kid throughout the years, but as his daughter stated:
"He is in heaven and has reunited with his mom and dad. I believe with all my heart that dad had a STANDING OVATION as he walked through the gates of heaven to be with Jesus. "
...can't argue with that.
Rest in peace Gary.
Information obtained from CaringBridge
Monday, February 13, 2012
Look out Elvis: don't get too comfortable in your current position. There is competition on the horizon, and it isn't Howard Megdal.
Video of Sarah courtesy of Vimeo:
Friday, February 10, 2012
Twitter is a crazy new way of having everyone chime in to what you have to say. Even stars on it like Mets R A Dickey @RADickey43 and Justin Turner @redturn2. Dickey talks about his kids and star wars and will answer your tweets on occasion . Turner who lives in California in the off season chats about what he does as a signle guy. Nothing earth shattering. Well that changed for the tweet world yesterday with MR Alderson.
Sandy had a account created and starts right in that he is taking the car to PSL. His first tweet Getting ready for Spring Training-Driving to FL but haven’t left yet. Big fundraiser tonight for gas money. Also exploring PAC contribution.
Give it too Alderson for having a sense of humor. Of course everyone now thinks its a huge dig on the Wilpons. Even Pr guy Jay had to get involved calling WFAN since people found it was a direct hit on his bosses. Jay said he was just joking. I thought it was hysterical . 2 tweets in and Alderson is a riot. Nice to see someone that actually can be worth following but of course I am sure he will be muted from now on which is a shame.
Not much going on Mets lands but hey at least Sandy doing his best to keep us entertained!
His twitter link @MetsGM
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Former Met Endy Chavez turns 34 today. I was told that Endy at one time made a catch that some call the best catch in post season history. Of course I would agree since I was at the game. The roar of that crowd when he pulled that ball back was deafening. Remember who pitched that game for us Mutts on short rest?
Endy could have been a Met again in 2012 but since he will not play for the major league minimum we have Mr high Octane Mike Baxter coming off the bench as a lefty right now.
Check out the play over at MLB.com at least until they retire the link .
Sunday, February 5, 2012
To tell you the truth besides the lackluster off season for our team the drama that surrounds it with the cash strapped Wilpons has grown very tiring. To watch Reyes smile wearing another jersey..... How as a owner can you think thats acceptable. These guys would rather set there excitement around a new CF that some talent evaluators say is a 5 th outfield at best. Groan. It reminds me of when this team was run by some guy names Grant a president named Roulet... Yes I know a 100M payroll is nothing to sneeze at but when most say this team will be hard pressed to win 70 games in this division. Did anyone notice the Nats rotation now after picking up journeyman Ed Win Jackson. There trying to dump Lannan now which is a good thing since he has some good games against us. The Mets could use a innings eater like him but unless the Nats are giving him away for free the Mets will of course turn the other way.
Maybe we can have a miracle year in 2012. Miracles do happen in NY . Even the Knicks won last night so we have proof!
1 More day of football in NY and then its all baseball. We are excited right?
Saturday, February 4, 2012
As anyone with a pulse knows, I have been sick to my stomach since it was obvious the Mets had absolutely zero interest in re-signing Reyes, let alone his eventual signing with the dreaded Marlins. I also firmly believe Reyes will not complete his multi-year deal in South Florida, but that he won't be donning his #7 this season is inexcusable. Having his hair shaved with an orange Florida apron wrapped around him...the orange should have said New York.
Then last night Reyes sheds his locks for charity. But why as a Marlin? Did it really have to come to this? I have thought, and still think, that if David Einhorn had been approved as a minority investor with the Mets, there might have been some way Jose could have been re-signed. If that had happened, there would have been a little more energy surrounding this team other than when will David Wright be traded, and we can expect great things from Mike Pelfrey and Andres Torres. Gripping theater I know, but not what any of us want.
It's a shame...Jose: hair today, gone tomorrow.
Picture Source: ESPN
Friday, February 3, 2012
Mets Hall of Fame Catcher Gary Carter, who has been quite ill since it was discovered more tumors have emerged in his brain, showed the heart of a champion when he visited his team, the Palm Beach Atlantic College baseball team.
Carter made a rare appearance when he shook the hands of his teams' players, and offering a rallying cry, "Lets get a win tonight."
This appearance was rare for Carter since being diagnosed with brain cancer back in May 2011, but there is no place he would rather be than watching his team play.
In recent weeks, Carter has ceased taking radiation and chemotherapy which had made him feel ill.
As his daughter Kimmy said when she accepted the Ya Gotta Have Heart award for her father back on January 21st, 'just pray for dad.'
The Kid will always have a place in the hearts of Mets fans for his energetic play and for his key two out hit in game 6 of the 1986 World Series, but now it's time for him to be in our thoughts and prayers as he continues to fight the most important battle.
Special thanks to NY Daily News for information and photo.