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Mike SteffanosMonday, October 1, 2007
By Mike Steffanos

This was a difficult year for me to blog the Mets. First, Lisa and I bought our first house back in the early spring. I spent two months working there every night after my day job was finished. This coincided with the time the Mets were playing well. Even then, I had my misgivings about them, as they had a tendency to virtually give up in games they fell behind.

Later on in the summer, I got very busy with my paying job, as is still the case. I had very little time to put into this. I also had little to say about a team that I never quite was able to embrace. Still, I like doing this blog very much, and it was frustrating not doing it "right".

Frankly, that I found the time and energy to do it at all these past two months is due to those of you who have made this thing worthwhile for me. The 2007 Mets may have left me flat, but you guys were great. You were the "good guys" this season, as were all loyal Mets fans.

Reverend Al Speaking of good guys, the one at the right is Reverend Al. As most of the regulars know by now, Al suffered first a heart attack and then a stroke. Al's wife Selma left this comment on the site last Tuesday:

(Handwritten by the Rev Al from hospital bed and typed by wife, Selma) "Hi Gang. Recovering from a massive heart attack, open heart, quad bypass surgery and a stroke may be easier for me than recovering from this year's Mets season. This team has done something to me that I am not sure I can recover from. I have that same gut feeling I had when the Brooklyn Dodgers left and went to L.A.I couldn't root for them anymore and still can't. I don't know if I can trust this team with my heart anymore. They just seemed to give up. I can see myself getting involved with the minor leagues; Brooklyn Cyclones and the Binghamton Mets. They play to win every game...exciting baseball...can easily will two in a row. I am turned off by this team. I watched the Cubs from the hospital and it was fun. A young nephew of mine just became a Yankee fan and I asked him why and he said, "Because they win." I had no further comment. This is going to be a long hard road for all of us....Looking on the bright side: Maybe we ALL can get together and go to a Cyclone game or a Binghamton game. We will buy out a whole section and root for the "future stars". I think that would be therapeutic for us. What do you think? We will let Mike buy us a hotdog! It's going to be a very interesting season and a "Hot Stove" league! Is anybody making new lineups yet? Or starting rotations? For me there are NO "untouchables". "We crashed with you, so we can crash without you." As bad as I feel, I am still wearing my Mets hat and using my Mets fleece blanket in the hospital bed. This is "Yankee" territory and I get sympathy from them. Some say, "There's a Mets fan in room 218." They come in and say to me, "I feel your pain." Then I say under my breath, "Thank you, but no, you don't know this kind of pain." Not even the 4 straight choke losses in the U.S. This is very different. It will always be there......like a Boston curse.... until they win a W. S...And one may not be enough!" (Rev Al is now in Allied Services Rehab Hospital on the Morgan Highway in Scranton, PA. I will bring him printouts of the website everyday I visit him..Please root him on guys and gals! He is playing to win this series everyday! Thanks, Selma)

When Selma emailed me the photo of Al she included the following note:

I have been delivering printouts of the website to Al every day...It is really good for him...He reads everything and immediately asks me for a pen to write something down..then, "When you get home, send this for me."

I wants to be a part of the website even though he is in rehab...He's going thru lots of physical therapy and occupational therapy and along the road may be long, we will finish it..

So, yesterday I printed out the photos that have the bloggers and you. So, he asked me to send a photo of him so that since he has a point of reference for the bloggers, he'd like them to also have a point of reference for him too...

Al has a tough road ahead of him, but I know you all join me in keeping him in our prayers. I look forward to Al passing his thoughts on through Selma when we get the energy back here to talk Mets hot stove during the off-season. I value his friendship and support very much -- as I do all of you die-hards.

Give me a chance to catch my breath and we'll talk Mets again soon.

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 fellow writers here, I have no plans of stepping back into strictly an editorial role. I started this thing in the first place because I love to write and I love the Mets, and blogging here keeps me somewhat sane. If you haven't had enough already, more bio info can be found here.

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Comments (10)

First move in the off-season is to get the Rev back on all cylinders. Your in my thoughts and prayers Rev and I expect a full recovery for you. Take Care...

Ditto the above comments Rev. Al; the absolute first thing all of us want is for you to have a complete and full recovery. We Met fans need every one of us at full strength to weather what will be a long winter ahead. Godspeed Al; we're all thinking of you and wishing you a speedy recovery.

rev al - you are always in my thoughts and prayers...i know you will make a complete and full recovery...anytime you want to talk baseball, have selma email me (she can get the email address from mike) and i will be more than happy to talk away with you and keep you distracted while you rehab...just keep working and get well soon!! we need you back at full strength by the time pitchers and catchers report...with all my love - joyce

It never ceases to amaze me, how life, that final denominator, intrudes on these petty concerns of ours. I don't know about you folks but it makes me feel small, fretting over Jose Reyes, who makes so much more money than I. Today at least, let HIM worry over his career; today I want to think about the greater canvas.

Please get well, Rev Al. This community needs your input.

Glad to hear from Al!

THEY said Imay be home for Thanksgiving in about 5 weeks, Well thankyouforall your prayers I made it home in 5DAYS, this is going to be a special Thanksgiving this year as it gets closer and closer I just have more and more to be thankful for. I know my typing and spelling are not to good but my brain is not to sharp yet but it to will get better. Yeah the Mets lostreal bad this year but I am having dinner with my wife at home tonightand the trees are changing color and a new season is begun, lets enjoy the new season of changes that will unfold. Anew pitching staff and bullpen is right around the corner. One season has ended and another has just started. For me I fell the worst is over and the best is yet to come, in life and with our Mets. would you like Santanna in the rotation?who would you let gofor him I said a week ago or so as for me there are no untouchables on this team, we have to get younger and become solid every day players and a strong pitching staff that can gomore than 5or 6 inningsthat does'nt sound to out of reachwe have speed we should use it and solid bseball every day every inning infield andoutfield solid play

Welcome back, Al.

I'd love Santana, but it depends on what they would have to give up to get him.

Rev Al,

Good luck and God's speed friend. I was one of those lost souls who sat still without making a sound at Shea long after the season ended, filled with a shock and sadness I haven't felt since 1988. And the one thing that has helped get through the pain of how things went with this team is being able to discuss it with great fellow fans like yourself.

Get yourself healthy and out to Flushing to see a miracle at Shea!

Hi gang, still sitting around with so many if's about this Met team this year and do you think if we had a sweet lou as manager that kind of manager he would have put a fire under this team. something we all saw was missing.If we had that fire from the manager, maybe it could have been a spark to light this team up?I think Willey is to mild, he does'ntdo anything to me even when he is talking to the presss after a game it's zzzzzzzzzzz time. I was hopeing for a change ina manager, someone with fire in them.with no change in the manager I don't see any change in the team.I would knock on Walley Backmans door again.

do you think A-rod would fit in with the mets? one time I think Wright said he would be willing to play the outfield(or 1st base,my thought)if A-rod became a met. good idea or bad? Iam not sure if I would welcome A-rod on to the mets, looking at his stats in the lineuplooks great but I just don't know if I would do it.Thanks Mike this is real good for my rehab.

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