By Mike Steffanos
Sorry for the tardiness of this post, but it was tough to come up with anything to write about today. Yesterday I spoke of the difference between limping out of the gate at 0-5 and winning 3 of 4 to get things underway. Nobody is spending a lot of time nitpicking Willie Randolph's managerial moves yet, the starting pitching has been fine so far, and even the mild Carlos Beltran controversy has quieted down fairly quickly. You know it's been a decent week when the biggest brouhaha has been manufactured by talk radio over a song.
This won't last, of course. Baseball seasons are long, and ups and downs are many. The Mets will hit a bad stretch and there will be plenty of things to discuss between now and October. In the meantime, I received an e-mail from Jeremy, a Mets fan here in Connecticut who's cable company, Cox Communications, is opting not to carry SNY on their system. Here is what Jeremy has to say:
Contrary to what many in the Connecticut media (print, radio, and television) choose to believe, there are three baseball teams in the tri-state area. While we may be very much the minority, many Mets fans in this area are tired of being ignored and the final straw for us was Cox Communications choice to not carry SNY the new Mets television network. Because of this, we in the area covered by Cox in particular will get to see a total of *4* games on television this month.
I have started a website urging other local Mets fans to express their displeasure to Cox Communications and hope that you will visit it and perhaps even mention it in on your site.
The URL is: http://giveusourmets.fateback.com
I will also place a link to this web site on the navigation bar under the SNY and Cable heading. Good luck, Jeremy.
Newark Star-Ledger: The Mentor
Dan Graziano features Julio Franco, who has deftly assumed the type of leadership role on the Mets that GM Omar Minaya told us all he would. One of the players benefiting from Franco's experience is Jose Reyes:
When a guy like that talks, you're going to listen. He played with guys who are in the Hall of Fame. He's played a lot of games, a lot of years. So when he takes the time to talk to you, you pay attention.
Again, I poked some fun at this signing when it first happened. Franco has already proved his worth in the first week of the season. Omar gets criticized in a lot of places as not being good at "little moves" like this one. I'm not sure that criticism is justified at all, but he's certainly looked good on this one.
New York Times: Anderson Hernandez
Ben Shpigel profiles the Mets young second baseman, who looks great in the field and lost at the plate. Julio Franco is one of the veteran Mets trying to help the kid get comfortable at the plate:
This is not a physical thing, it's a mental one, and that's why we're here to help him. But if he wasn't mentally strong, he wouldn't be here in the first place.
Newsday: Teaching Jose
Bob Herzog pens a good story on the mentoring Jose Reyes has received from both Rickey Henderson this spring and Willie Randolph on an ongoing basis.
New York Post: Running Man
Joel Sherman also has a good piece on Jose Reyes.