By Mike Steffanos
It's time for what is likely to be the last round of Mets-Yankees hoopla in 2006 to begin. I'll be thankful when it's over. I know there are some out there that eat this stuff up, and I don't begrudge you that, but I think this rivalry has lost something with familiarity, and too much energy is expended on what are really just 3 games out of 162. Whatever, it's not going away anytime soon.
A lot is being made as to whether Wright and Reyes have surpassed Jeter and A-Rod as a better left side of the infield. I'm not quite sure what "winning" this argument would accomplish, but I guess it's a good one to aggravate your Yankee friends and co-workers with. I notice that one Yankee blogger feels the need to respond negatively to just about everything positive that is written about a Met. The thought of their precious superiority slipping away from them drives them crazy, and pompously pointing to championships that they weren't even alive to see just doesn't do it for them anymore.
Unlike many of you out there, I lived through the last time the Mets took the city away from the Yankees and the horrible 7-year period that preceded it. It meant a lot more to me that time around than this, because it the first time, and because the place where I worked was filled with Yankee fans and Sox fans. What taking the city away from the Yankees mostly seems to entail is to find that the bandwagon has become suddenly very crowded with the type that 230 years ago Thomas Paine branded the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot. Those Yankee caps will go into mothballs as they sport their brand-new shiny Mets regalia. Of course, some of these folks might have at least temporarily jumped off the bandwagon after those 3 tough evenings in Boston.
The Mets are a banged up team right now, and could use that All-Star break that's coming up in just over a week. More importantly, they need to try to get a handle on their pitching situation. The trade deadline is coming up in a month, and that will go by quickly. The Mets have important decisions to make. We'll get into that more as the deadline approaches. However, I am starting to find myself coming around more and more to Mike from The Metropolitans' point of view, and see giving Aaron Heilman a shot in the rotation as a sensible alternative to taking on the bloated salary and diminishing talents of someone like Livan Hernandez. Heilman just hasn't been special as a reliever this year, so he wouldn't be as hard to replace in the bullpen. Food for thought.
Plans for the 4-day Holiday Weekend
I should be posting on a daily basis, although Lisa has something to say about that. Even though I am the man, and therefore in charge, Lisa foolishly refuses to acknowledge this. I find the most effective response to her delusions is to say "yes, dear" a lot and do whatever she wants. Poor girl, she just doesn't understand.
Gotham Baseball Re-launch
Just a reminder that Gotham Baseball has re-launched both the magazine and the website. They are offering a free 1-year subscription to the magazine through July 3, details can be found here.
GB's Mark Healey will be appearing on the newest installment of SNY's Mets Weekly program that will air for the first time tomorrow.
Speaking of Re-launching
Don't forget to check out my friend John Strubel's re-launched Metsdaily.com web site.
Speaking of Mets Weekly
Matt Cerrone from MetsBlog, getting married today, will be profiled on next week's show along with his new bride. Details can be found here. Good luck to both the bride and groom.
Have a happy and safe holiday weekend, everyone.
Mets Geek: State of the Mets
Matt Gelb makes some good points on various aspects of the team, including this eye-opener on Duaner Sanchez:
Dunaer Sanchez, even before the nerve injury, has looked terrible. Ever since he gave up his first run of the year on May 9, Sanchez has pitched 22.2 innings and allowed 37 batters to reach base. He's still getting his groundballs (1.67 G/F since 5/9), but the control is missing. With the recent struggles of Heilman, an effective Sanchez is an important need for the Mets at this juncture. His 1.22 WHIP is scary.
I knew Sanchez was struggling, but I didn't realize it was quite that bad.
New York Post: The walking wounded
Mark Hale updates on the status of Carlos Delgado, who is expected to see a doctor today to determine the severity of the rib cage injury that kept him out of the lineup yesterday. Hale also reports that Xavier Nady (wrist bruise) is unlikely to play against the Yankees tonight.