By Mike Steffanos
The game is close to starting, so I'll pass on a full posting this morning. Here are a few items you may find to be of interest.
NY Times: Endy
Ben Shpigel offers up another fine profile of Chavez. After more than 35 years as a fan, Chavez impresses me as one of the most fundamentally sound ballplayers who ever played for this team. Everything he does in the field is textbook, from positioning himself on throws to getting jumps on balls. His baserunning is practically flawless, also. If I had a child who I wanted to teach how to play the game right, I'd put together a highlight tape of Chavez.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Trouble in paradise
Jeff Schultz interviews John Smoltz, and the Braves' right-hander is none too happy with GM John Schuerholz, and isn't afraid to vocalize said unhappiness, including referring to Schuerholz as "homeboy upstairs." I thought we were supposed to be the team with dissention, and they were supposed to be about nothing but love.
Hat tip to Buster Olney's ESPN.com blog for the link.
Metsville.com: No Free Pics
Vinny exposes how getting a "free picture" taken at the game is not free.
Shea Faithful: Matt Meyers Interview
Pat interviews Baseball America's Matt Meyers on the Mets' top prospects.
Faith and Fear in Flushing: Beltran for MVP
Greg makes a case for the Mets' centerfielder as league Most Valuable Player. Prediction: the anti-New York bias will rear its ugly head again. At least someone more deserving than Kirk Gibson will win it this year, allowing the voters to not completely embarrass themselves.