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Some Odds and Ends for a Friday Afternoon

Mike SteffanosFriday, April 21, 2006
By Mike Steffanos

It's hard to believe that we're just over two weeks into the season. For some reason it feels like a lot longer. At least there is no shortage of things to talk about. In fact, so much has been happening that I've neglected to mention a few things that I had intended to talk about. For the purpose of catching up, and in no particular order, here's a few thoughts on some random subjects.

Jorge Julio: It seemed asinine to me to keep Julio on the major-league roster and find him enough innings to have a prayer of sorting out this talented but troubled mess. I have to give Willie and Peterson credit, though, they're managing to do it. This project has a long way to go, but you can at least see the chance of success. (Props to regular reader and commenter "Ed", who has been supportive of the Julio project all along.)

When the Mets went up 7-1, I knew that Willie would get Julio into the game. I really hoped he wouldn't, flashing back to that 8-run lead Danny Graves squandered on Pedro last year. I knew it was the right thing to do, a perfect situation, but with the Mets coming off those two losses, and the heartening (and somewhat miraculous) way they came from behind in a game where they were down 2-1 and the Padres had the bases loaded against them with no outs in the seventh, I didn't want Willie to take the chance. He did, though, and my head knew it was the right move even as I felt my hands shake. Which brings me to another point.

Willie: Even fans like me, who genuinely like you as a manager, don't think much of your in-game skills. However, you managed like someone who knew what he was doing and actually wanted to win last night. The Mets probably don't win that game if you butcher handling the relievers, but you were right on the money every step of the way. Keep it up and everyone will be a lot happier.

Adam Rubin's Blog: A lot of traditional media sources are throwing up so-called blogs on their sites, but most of them aren't even worth the paper they're not written on. A happy exception to this is Adam Rubin's Surfing the Mets blog on the Daily News' web site. Rubin's blog supplements and enhances his already excellent work as the Mets' beat reporter for the Daily News, and almost excuses the paper for their Subway Squawkers [Your team sucks. No, your team sucks. No, your team sucks...].

RBI Baseball Recreation of Game 6: So many other bloggers have linked to this amazing video, I figure everyone has seen it already. If you haven't, check it out on Deadspin.

Petition for those that hate the Our Team, Our Time Song: Thanks to reading Ryan McConnell's Always Amazin' blog, I found out that a fan has started an on-line petition against the Mets' new song. Personally, I think the petition might be a little bit of overkill, and I have a more creative use in mind for that song, but I understand where he was coming from. The petition sponsor makes one point that hits home with me, and I'm sure many other Mets fans:

It's as out of touch as the idiots who bought time on SNY and chose to run Derek Jeter commercials every other inning on a Mets network.

You know, New York is usually a media-savvy place, but the ignoramuses that believe that Derek Jeter can sell something to Mets fans might as well be putting commercials on SNY featuring Mike Francesa and Chris Russo. The stupidity is almost shocking.

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