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September 30, 2007


This roller coaster ride of a season could have virtually ended for Mets fans yesterday. Going into the game, I didn't have any great feelings of optimism. Then again, I didn't have any real forebodings of gloom, either. These last couple of weeks have left me feeling like an old...

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September 28, 2007

The Fat Lady's Gargling in the Wings Right Now

My wife and I saw a preview of the new Farrelly brothers' movie "The Heartbreak Kid" Thursday night, starring Ben Stiller and some girl who looks like, but isn't, Cameron Diaz. No real spoilers here, although the film was mildly amusing at best. The premise is the 40 year old...

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September 27, 2007

Who'll Stop The Rain?

I'm still way behind on email, so if you emailed me recently and haven't heard back from me yet, please be patient. I expect to be caught up by tomorrow. As for this team that we root for -- well, they're just getting harder and harder to write about. I...

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September 26, 2007

Odds and Ends

Thanks for all of the positive feedback on yesterday's post. I tried to have a little fun with it, because I'm frankly tired of writing about the type of losses we have been witnessing. Even yesterday, as thrilling as the ninth inning was, I found myself wondering where was this...

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Groundhog Day

For those of you who are interested, I wanted to give you a feel for what it is like to be at Shea these days - its miserable. All the pregame chatter revolves around tiebreaker scenarios and wild card possibilities. Everyone is in disbelief over what has happened to our...

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September 25, 2007

That's My Boy

I never had any biological children. It wasn't so much a choice as a consequence of my inability to sustain a relationship when I still had the youth and patience to be a father. Still, like many fatherless middle-aged men, I have surrogates who satisfy my need to mentor and...

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Running on Empty

I am going to make this simple. For the next three days I am a huge Braves fan. As much as it disgusts me to even think or utter these words, its the truth. I, Joyce Mandelkern, diehard Mets fan, who bleeds orange and blue, has to root hard for...

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September 24, 2007

Sunday in New York

As busy as I've been with work lately, a chance to meet Dana Brand, the author of the terrific Mets Fan Book, and some fellow Mets bloggers was too good to pass up. Lisa and I took the train into the Big Apple yesterday to attend Dana's book launch party...

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September 23, 2007

Old Time Mets - Tim Foli and Bill Almon

Editor's Note: We will publish a post from Barry Duchan every Sunday covering some aspect of Mets history. - M.S. There are some interesting parallels in the careers of Tim Foli and Bill Almon. Both Foli and Almon had two separate stints with the Mets, each 7 years apart. Each...

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I was optimistic about Oliver Perez coming into the season, and every time he pitches badly it seems I hear from someone reminding me of that fact. On the flip side, I get to hear from a couple of Mets fans who feel the need to jump on it whenever...

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September 20, 2007

Those Aren't Robins Overhead

When my knees were much younger than they are now, I used to run about 30 miles a week to stay in shape. A lifetime of sports and a knee operation put an end to that about a decade ago. I've replaced that pursuit with hiking the hills around where...

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September 19, 2007

Slip Sliding Away

Wanna laugh? Our playoff tickets came today. The world series tickets are right on top!! How is that for bad karma? Any one who reads my posts regularly knows by now that I am extremely superstitious. You probably don't know the extent of it, and if you did, you have...

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September 18, 2007

Win or Go Home

I've always thought that September was the cruelest month in baseball. This year the way the Mets are treating their fans should meet the legal standard for abuse. I'm thinking of taking out a restraining order. I haven't been able to keep this blog up the way I want to...

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September 17, 2007

Swept Away

Okay, so here's the deal...I'm in sports hell. This has been one lousy baseball weekend...and it had so much promise. I will give the Mets credit for one thing. They keep finding new and creative ways of blowing games to the Phillies. Just when I think they have found every...

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I'm Back

After a really hectic week of work and a weekend trip (I was walking around with a lantern trying to find the heart of the 2007 Mets -- sorry, no luck there) I should be back to regular posting this week, either later today or tomorrow. I've got a lot...

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September 16, 2007

Mets/Indians Trades - Losers All Around

Editor's Note: We will publish a post from Barry Duchan every Sunday covering some aspect of Mets history. - M.S. I found it interesting that over the years, the Mets and Indians have made several trades that were considered major at the time, but wound up being highly disappointing for...

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September 11, 2007

There IS Crying in Baseball

Mets 3 - Braves 2 Played Monday, September 10, 2007 Oliver Perez certainly earned a leg up for the fourth playoff starter's spot with this start. The biggest play of the game might well have been the pickoff of Tim Hudson at second base in the sixth inning. You might...

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September 10, 2007

September Sunday

I went to the ballgame on Sunday. What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon! I wanted to see Pedro pitch. I wanted to welcome him back, and so since we still have, for a season and a month, a nice big stadium that welcomes anyone who is interested, even...

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Sorry again that my work schedule is hindering my ability to keep this blog as up to date as I would like to. I will be posting a piece from Dana Brand, the author of Mets Fan Book, which has now been published. One of the all too many things...

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September 9, 2007

McCovey an Original Met? Gil Hodges as the Mets' FIRST manager?

Editor's Note: We will publish a post from Barry Duchan every Sunday covering some aspect of Mets history. - M.S. Using the online Sporting News archive that I wrote about in my last post, I accessed the issue of September 20, 1961 just before the Mets made their choices in...

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Update on Reverend Al

Al's wife Selma passes along the great news that Reverend Al is now home from the hospital and doing well. He even left a comment the other day (I assume via Selma). About Mike: I was the original writer on this web site, actually its only writer for the first...

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September 8, 2007

Young Pitchers

Coming into the season, I was very comfortable with the Mets electing to go with young starting pitching with promise rather than signing mediocre veteran pitching. Despite the bumps in the road encountered by John Maine, Oliver Perez and Mike Pelfrey, I believe that it proved to be the right...

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September 5, 2007

The Good Luck Charm

Apologies again for the infrequent posting. My workload has been crazy, and I haven't been able to put the time into a site that I wish. I caught up on the box score links from the Phillies and Brave series and also the pitching stats earlier today. My work isn't...

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Mets Stretch Winning Streak To 5

Mets bring their bats with them to Cincinnati and get a huge lift from Pedro's successful return. Here are the box score links and updated pitcher's stats from the first two games of the Reds series. Mets 10 - Reds 4 Played Monday, September 3, 2007 It was nice to...

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September 4, 2007

Reverend Al on the DL

Many of the regular commenters on this site are familiar with "rev al", a huge Mets fan who has a prison ministry in northeastern Pennsylvania. Al is in the hospital right now after suffering a heart attack the end of August. Although still in intensive care, Al is doing much...

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Pedro Martinez 2007 Season Pitching Stats

Updated Tuesday, January 1, 2008 Pedro Martinez (3-1) DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeam Result 9/3@CIN53254303.601.60W 9/9HOU50064100.001.40W 9/15PHI61179001.501.17L 9/21@FLA54387205.402.00W 9/27STL73278102.571.14L Season (5 Games)281183332702.571.433-2 About Mike: I was the original writer on this web site, actually its only writer for the first 15 months of existence. Although I am grateful for the excellent contributions of my...

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The Braves Series

Continuing to catch up on box score links. Mets 7 - Braves 1 Played Friday, August 31, 2007 For all of the numbers you can point to for John Maine, to me the most important is "14" -- the number of wins he has with a month to go in...

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The Phillies Series

My work schedule has not allowed me to keep up this blog in the manner I wish to. For archive purposes, here are the box score links to games that I have missed. I will also update the starting pitchers stats. Phillies 9 - Mets 2 Played Monday, August 27,...

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September 3, 2007

The Brighter Side of Disaster

After the Phillies debacle, I did what any heartbroken Mets fan would do - I left town. I fled to my happy place. Actually, it was a planned trip with the family to Arizona, but it couldn't have come at a better time for me. After the four games against...

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September 2, 2007

Greatest News Ever?

Editor's Note: We will publish a post from Barry Duchan every Sunday covering some aspect of Mets history. - M.S. Thanks to a note in Mets Geek, I discovered that every issue of The Sporting News going back to 1886 and through 2003 is now available in a searchable data...

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