By Mike Steffanos
I will be at the game tonight with Greg Prince. Hopefully the weather will cooperate, unlike last time. We'll be sitting in the Mezzanine, section 3, Row L, seats 13 and 14. I'll have an orange Mets cap on. Stop by and say "hello" if you get the chance.
I'm trying to talk Greg into an idea I have. I want us to pawn ourselves off as sports experts on radio. Greg will be pompous and arrogant; I will be fatuous and juvenile. I will laugh like a hyena whenever Greg makes a joke, whether it is funny or not. Instead of making my own points, I will just take whatever Greg says and agree with it, whether it makes sense or not. "You're exactly right, Greggie! Couldn't have said it better myself!" Greg is skeptical of my scheme, but I really believe this thing can work. Lisa tells me I have the perfect look for radio.
I have a lot of work to do before I take off, so just a couple of quick hits:
I couldn't agree more with my colleague at Hot Foot:
Can We Please Stop With The Yankees Sucks Chant?
Seriously. The idiots who chant "Yankees Suck" at Mets games where they are not even playing the Yankees is the height of stupidity. It makes you look like a moron not to mention shows you have a serious inferiority complex. What is the point? I swear I want to punch people who start this ridiculous chant because it is embarrasing, and makes other Mets fans and the Mets themselves look dumb.
Do you actually think Yankees fans are sitting in the stands at a Yankees / Red Sox game in the 5th inning chanting Mets Suck?
I'm watching my team clinch their first division in 18 years and I have to deal with this in Shea Stadium?
I understand the rationale behind this, and it is triggered by idiots wearing Yankee stuff to Mets games, but you are only telling the Yankee fans that they are getting to you when you do this. Do you really think someone wears a Yankees shirt to a Mets game because they hope to avoid attention? It's like when someone breaks up with you -- if you want to drive them crazy, don't talk about them at all. When your ex hears that you are badmouthing him/her, they know you care. The way to bother someone is to let them think you could care less. Nobody's ego enjoys that. Think of that Yankee fan at the Mets game as just a poor lost soul who desperately wants to see a real team play.
Finally, although I'm late on this thanks to the clinching, I was happy to see Mets catching prospect Jesus Flores get some more love from Baseball Prospectus' Kevin Goldstein Monday:
Ten Playoff Performances
Jesus Flores, C, High-A St. Lucie (Mets)
As St. Lucie went a perfect 5-0 to sweep their way to the Florida State League title, Flores reached base 13 times, going 8-for-17 with three walks and two HBPs. All this on the heels of a remarkable turnaround season in which the 21-year-old hit .266/.335/.487 and tied for the league lead with 21 home runs. His approach needs refinement, as does his work behind the plate, but catching prospects are hard to find, and Flores has clearly established himself as the Mets backstop of the future.
Despite the lack of depth in the farm system, the Mets have a few talented players down there, and Flores is one of the better ones. The FSL is a notorious pitcher's league, and the offensive numbers that Flores put up are very solid for that league. I would imagine the Mets would bump him up to AA-Binghamton next season, and I for one will follow his progress there with interest.
Back to work for this kid, boys and girls. Hope to run into you at the game.