By Mike Steffanos
I haven't been feeling that well again lately, and it's been somewhat of a struggle to write for the past week or so. I've been feeling a little extra dizzy, and that makes it awfully difficult to concentrate. I received this comment to my post on last night's game, And The 23-Year-Olds Shall Lead Them:
No offense, but you lifted the "Child shall lead them" premise from "The Musings and Prophecies of Metstradamus" Blog - he used it on 6/18.
I was really upset over this, because the word "lifted" implies that I purposely stole an idea from one of my colleagues. Anyone that reads my blog every day knows how much respect I have for the other people that do this. To question that I would ever think of stealing from another blogger offends me deeply. There were times when I read someone else's blog, and found something there that reminded me of something I recently wrote, and I never questioned the integrity of the writer. It's a small community, really, and there would be no point in doing that.
Yet the fact remains that I most probably did subconsciously get the idea for the title from Metstradamus' post, since I read and enjoy his blog, and the titles are so similar. I would apologize to him personally for this, but he had no email address on his blog. Perhaps if you are someone who knows him you will pass this along.
I find myself questioning lately, especially at times that my illness seems to be getting the better of me, whether I'm capable of continuing to output posts that are worthwhile. The fact that I made such a basic mistake as this one -- a mistake I don't think I would have made a couple of months ago -- troubles me a lot. I'm going to take the rest of the day off and just try to regroup myself a little. In the meantime, here are the links that I was working on today.
Baseball Prospectus ($): Pedro's Hip
This one is from earlier in the week. In his Under The Knife column for BP, Will Carroll offers the following on Pedro:
Martinez has been working with bullpen coach Guy Conti on changes to his delivery, trying to both take stress off the right (push) hip and make sure that he's not adding stress to his shoulder. Some might be surprised that Martinez is noted to be working with Conti rather than pitching coach Rick Peterson, but team sources tell me there's nothing unusual about this. Martinez is struggling a bit with his control lately, though it's unclear if the adjustments are a response to that or if the control is shaky while he's learning to integrate the adjustments. It's worth keeping an eye on, though things look positive for both Martinez and the Mets.
Mets Geek: Toronto Starting Pitchers
Andrew Hintz profiles the three starting pitchers the Mets will face in Toronto this weekend.
NY Sports Day: Mr. Smith
Linda Berardelli profiles the Mets third round draft pick, sidearming right-handed reliever Joe Smith.
Getting Paid To Watch: Chapter 3
Bon Sikes has part of Chapter 3 of his book posted to his blog.