Thursday, December 27, 2012

You Know Our Existence As Fans Is Doomed When…

...The biggest news from Metsland, other than the Dickster trade, is that the Mets, as well as every other team in Major League Baseball, have a new batting practice cap.

If you’re like me, you’re so excited for the 2013 season to start, so much that you will go to the ballpark early to see the Mets wear their sharp new caps with…MR MET ON IT.

Are you kidding me? I know it’s been a long time since I’ve scribed, due to a frustrating off-season and a busy life, but when I read (and saw) the ESPN Uni Watch article where the Mets (and others) revealed a new BP cap, I was ready to scream.

I understand clubs, and especially the Mets, need to create a stir during a mundane off-season, but this is lunacy. Professional sports franchises are worse than a 16 year old girl going clothes shopping. The numerous times teams change logos, colors, uniforms, etc is enough to make me spew.

The beauty of sports, especially baseball, is tradition. Granted, in the grand scheme of things the Mets history is rather short (52 years), but their history is something special. As we all know after the NL lost both MLB franchises to the west coast in 1958, the Payson family along with William Shea developed the NY Mets, whose uniform colors were blue (Brooklyn Dodgers) and orange (NY Giants). It had meaning. There was history to it.

Then in the 1990’s, the Mets decided what was popular was what was important, not the history. So, some genius decided they should go to a black uniform with black caps. Not only was the idea stupid, but the uniforms were beyond ugly, and served no purpose except for bean counters and marketing folks.

It seems like the Mets have had as many uniforms as they have had third basemen. No need. Their colors are blue and orange, and for good and historical reasons. Don’t change that.

I know Elvis has no connection with Mets fans nor Mets history, but the franchise should. You want to make your uniform popular? Then put a winning product on the field; jersey’s, caps, and tee shirts will fly out of the store.

It’s simple really: home whites, road grays. The cap is blue, the brim is blue, and the squatchee is orange.

Note to Elvis and the Wilpon’s: leave the uniform(s) alone. Take that energy and work on putting a watchable product on the field. Then watch your team paraphernalia fly out of stores.

Friday, December 14, 2012

A Christmas Poem For Sandy

Twas the week before Christmas and all decorations are in place
Much was in order, except the extension of our ACE
Sandy exercised his option in quick fashion
But is delayed in realizing all of the fans passions
‘We want RA signed, we want it now

There must be some way, there must be somehow’

Dickey has earned our praise and respect
He deserves an extension, what did you expect?
In ’12 we were marveled, women and children would cry
He rewarded us by being the best and bringing home the Cy
Alderson should listen, he must hear our plea
We want RA extended, we want him under our tree
Elvis must be diligent in his duties and tasks
In the aura of Dickey all Mets fans want to bask
In this festive season of good will and good cheer
Time to sign Dickey, and let’s keep him here
Having him on the hill at Citi would be such a site
To let him leave NY, will cause Mets fans to finally say ‘Good Night.’

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Angel Pagan 40M ? Gary Matthews Jr incarnate!

Ok so its yesterday's winter meetings news. Been too busy to type anything but this has to be mentioned.  Pagan had a decent year for the Giants . Batted over .280 hit like 15 triples.  Did nothing in the World Series.  He has no arm and really is at best a boarderline starter .  He hated leading off for the Mets so you know how unselfish he is. 

So what does Sabean do?   He gives the putz a Gary Matthews Jr  type deal by signing him for 4 years and 40M!   Are you kidding me?  Of course what bothers me more is you will see guys use this as a benchmark for more $$   Ridiclous deal in terms of money and length of contract. 

Thankfully for once it wasnt us who was blinded by what he has done in the past. 

Of course the Mets will pick up in year 3 when he is released mid year!!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Fonzie Rides Off Into Sunset: Former Mets Player Edgardo Alfonzo Calls It A Career

Former Mets 2B/3B Edgardo Alfonzo has decided the time is right for him to retire. Alfonzo, who arguably is the best 2B the Mets ever had, played professional baseball for 20 years, 12 of which were in the Major Leagues.

The intelligent second sacker said:

"It's the right time to do it."

Alfonzo played his final  game for los Navegantes in Venezuela. 

Alfonzo always handled himself with class and respect, and truly loved his time as a Mets player from 1995 - 2002, when the Mets decided it was best not to offer Fonzie a contract due to lingering injuries and evaporating talent. Before leaving, Alfonzo took out ads on NYC taxi's saying:

"Fonzie (Heart) NY
Edgardo Thanks You"

As I have scribed before, it was a pleasure to have watched this unknown player come on the scene, and have a solid professional career, and honestly was one of the more intelligent players I have ever seen. I don't ever recall Fonzie make a foolish mistake,  and he was there for the young Latin players to show them the way, the correct way.

Edgardo Alfonzo, 39 and beginning the rest of his life. Wouldn't surprise me to see him wind up a coach somewhere...

Sources: The Wall Street Journal, Baseball Reference