By Mike Steffanos
WFAN's Mike and the Mad Dog, who gave Mets fans last spring's opening day "gloating at your pain" party, have a new gift for Mets fans this year. After Chris Russo let all Mets fans know that the Flushing nine would have definitely lost the game if the umpire hadn't blown the Soriano call, the dubious duo jumped on Billy Wagner's use of Enter Sandman as his entry music. Despite the fact that Wagner has been using the song for 10 years since Jeff Bagwell picked it out for him in Houston, MATMD feel that Wagner is committing sacrilege by continuing to use the song in Mariano Rivera's town.
Of course, Francesa was generously willing to give Wagner the benefit of the doubt -- maybe he didn't know he was using Rivera's music. Wagner's quote in Ken Davidoff's column in Newsday is quite clear, however:
I know, Mariano's got it. Lord forbid. There she crumbles. Two people have it.
I play for the Mets, he plays for the Yankees. I never have to face him, and he never has to face me. There's really no big competition there.
There it is. This heresy will not go away. Somehow, (gasp!) Billy Wagner doesn't seem to care that he might be offending Yankee fans and radio personalities with this atrocious act. As for Rivera, my money is on him not caring, but that's irrelevant, isn't it?
I mentioned yesterday how I cracked and turned on MATMD after the game yesterday because I was hungry for some Mets talk. Between the Sandman crap and all of the other negative talk I turned the radio back off again. Once again this was proof that there is nothing on WFAN for Mets fans when MATMD are on the air. Pompous Mike Francesa and his obnoxious sidekick share one big thing in common with Yankee fans: they think everyone else should kiss their ass.
My take on this "controversy" is simple. Any time the Mets manage to offend both Yankee fans and those 2 radio icons, they've done something right. Time to stop apologizing and take this town back.
NY Sports Day: How dare he!
Joe McDonald has a great take on this "controversy", pointing out all of the things the Yankees have pilfered from the Mets and others.
New York Post: The X Factor
Michael Morrissey profiles Xavier Nady, tied for the lead in batting average after a 4 for 4 day. Nady attributes his struggles after the hot start in the spring to trying to eliminate a leg kick from the start of his swing.
New York Times: Is this any way to run a network?
Richard Sandomir recaps SNY's unfortunate opening day.