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March 7, 2012

Those Small Market Mets

I wanted to do a quick follow up to yesterday's post. I understand that Scot Boras is a controversial guy, and that he very much had ulterior motives in suggesting that large market clubs have a responsibility to spend at a reasonable level to put a decent product on the...

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March 6, 2012

The Elephant in the Room

It's been months since I've been able to post regularly to this blog for reasons I talked about in yesterday's post. Back in the spring and early summer of 2011 the big story that dominated all Mets conversation was the financial situation of Mets ownership. Fast forward almost a year...

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September 26, 2011

Our Town

[This post is dedicated to my neighbor Jim -- not just for being a fellow Met fan in a sea of Yankee and Red Sox worshipers, but also for prodding me this week to get off my a** and write something new for this blog.] I have some thoughts on...

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August 12, 2011

In Search of Grit

Despite the reality of rapidly dwindling playoff hopes, key injuries and the trade of Carlos Beltran, many of us Mets fans are still tuning in to watch our team play. The local media has reacted to this in various ways, ranging from ridicule to actual attempts to analyze why we...

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August 4, 2011

Playing the Long Game

I haven't been able to post for a while, so I'd like to belatedly chime in on the Carlos Beltran trade. I've always been a fan of Carlos, and I was sorry to see him go last week. Not only will I miss watching him play, but I can't believe...

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July 7, 2011

A Reasonable Plan, Part 1

Joel Sherman had a column in Monday's New York Post citing two unnamed sources that Sandy Alderson is now "leaning strongly toward authorizing a substantial offer after the season to try to retain [Jose] Reyes". We started the season with most of the local writers, including Sherman, predicting that Reyes...

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June 17, 2011

The Reyes Dilemma (Archive Copy)

Note: This is not new content. This article in its entirety has already been published on the Mets Today web site earlier this week. It is reposted here for archive purposes. While Sandy Alderson had to know the job he was taking on with the Mets would not be easy,...

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June 3, 2011

Make Up Your Minds, Please

All spring and into the early part of the season I've been reading over and over again about how the Mets needed to sell off their veteran assets to stock up their farm system. The Post's Joel Sherman has been hitting that theme quite hard. As the Mets continue to...

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May 24, 2011

Just When You Think It Can't Get Any Worse

I received an email last night from The New Yorker magazine plugging an article about Fred Wilpon that would be coming out today. To be honest with you, I expected a fairly boring read with the standard denials of foreknowledge regarding Madoff's Ponzi scheme. As I'm sure you know by...

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May 18, 2011

The Land Where Rational Thought Does Not Prevail

I have felt for a long time that the Mets needed to place much more of a priority on developing their own young talent. Back in 2005, the first year of this blog's existence, I wrote a long piece about all of the Milledge for Manny Ramirez rumors where I...

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April 22, 2011

A Punchers Chance (Archive Copy)

Note: This article in its entirety has already been published on the Mets Today web site earlier this week. It is published here for archive purposes. Since coming up a whisker short of making it to the World Series in 2006, the Mets have had a way of failing to...

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April 21, 2011

Zen and the Art of Self-Delusion

The Post's Joel Sherman has written several times this spring advocating for the Mets to go into full fire sale mode. I don't agree with this point of view, of course, but I do understand the logic behind it. In his Hardball Blog yesterday, however, Sherman made the following point...

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April 20, 2011

Fire Sale Blues

Remember back a few winters ago when you were constantly reading that a trade that would bring Manny Ramirez to the Mets was inevitable? This year's "inevitable" seems to be a fire sale this summer in Flushing. Particularly with Jose Reyes, the question of a trade doesn't seem to be...

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April 15, 2011

It's All Your Fault, Terry Collins

The Mets and their new manager weren't promising fans a championship in 2011, but they did assure us that we would be watching a better brand of baseball this season. After falling to the Rockies in both games of Thursday's doubleheader, the Mets have lost five in a row and...

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April 11, 2011

Drinking the Kool-Aid

Since early on in the history of my blogging career I have received my share of nasty emails and comments. It comes with the territory -- if you're going to share your thoughts about a subject that people care about, you really shouldn't be surprised when a reader takes it...

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April 8, 2011

Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Lose, Sometimes It Rains...

I have a friend who's a Red Sox fan, so that allows me to put my disappointment over the last couple of games into some perspective. I can't even imagine what it would be like to be a prohibitive favorite to make the playoffs and still be winless six game...

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April 5, 2011

Silence Is Golden

When I was a kid I was raised primarily by my grandmother, who I wrote about at some length in this piece. No one on earth loved me more than this great woman, but on occasions when I got on her nerves she wasn't afraid to let me know that...

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March 22, 2011

What If

The news of Ollie Perez' release by the Mets didn't catch any of us by surprise. The lefty came to camp armed with a fastball had all of the giddy up of an AMC Gremlin with even less chance of actually reaching a desired destination. With both Perez and Luis...

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March 18, 2011

Duh! Vindicated!

When I was a teenager I had an itch to travel, despite the fact that I never had any money. I spent a lot of time hitchhiking around the country, and I met a wide variety of people in this manner. Most of were pretty nice, and fortunately none of...

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March 8, 2010

We Have Seen the Future and His Name Is Hisanori Takahashi

Despite the fact that he has made only one spring training start we here at Mike's Mets are ready to completely give up on Oliver Perez. Sure, at first we actually were impressed that Perez was pitching with better balance and throwing strikes. We were also happy that he was...

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February 24, 2010

Job Insecurity

In his Daily Scoop column today at SI.com, Jon Heyman doesn't travel very far out on a limb when he pronounces Mets manager Jerry Manuel as "on the hot seat." I'm going to preface what I say next by noting that I am not a "quick trigger" guy when it...

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February 14, 2010

About a Bay

I received an email earlier this week from a blogger from StalkingStevePhillips.com who thought I might be interested in his take on Jayson Bay and Johnny Damon. Actually, most of the piece was on Damon, with the following on Bay towards the end: Mr. Bay, at your press conference,...

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February 12, 2010

35 Subscribers Just Can't Be Wrong

In November I wrote a piece about the Dolan's decision to charge $5 per week to access Newsday's website for anyone who wasn't a print subscriber or a customer of the Cablevision's Optimum Online cable internet (also owned by the Dolans). I knew I wasn't going to be paying $260...

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February 10, 2010

The Benefit of the Doubt

Sorry it took so long to get this first one posted. I haven't written much for the past few months and the words still aren't quite flowing freely. I promise we'll get to some talk about the Mets off-season soon, but for my first official baseball posting since my return...

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September 1, 2009

Cruel September

I started writing this blog in August of 2005. The Mets under rookie manager Willie Randolph had treaded water around the .500 mark for most of the season, and then put a little run together in late August to force themselves into the pennant race. The highlight was the end...

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May 12, 2009

A Question of Trust

As I was watching last night's game against the Braves slip away from the Mets, I can't say I was all that surprised. Despite the 7-game winning streak I never had the feeling that the team had put it all together. I should clarify, though, and say that I wasn't...

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April 14, 2009

Overcoming the Home Field Disadvantage

In 2006 the Mets won 50 games at Shea Stadium and 47 on the road en route to a 97 win season. The following year, the Mets road record was 47-34 -- identical to the previous season. The difference between going to the playoffs and watching them at home was...

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April 10, 2009

Mets Media Coverage Has Become Monotonously Predictable

Before I get into today's rant, I'd like to take a moment to pass along news from Lynn Cohen that GaryKeithandRon.com has just come out with a cool new Ralph Kiner t-shirt. According to Lynn: Just in at GaryKeithandRon.com comes their first t-shirt honoring baseball legend--and Mets broadcasting hero--Ralph Kiner....

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March 26, 2009

The WBC Strikes Again

Three years ago I wrote several items critical of the World Baseball Classic for this blog. No matter what spin Selig and the pro-WBC crowd try to put on it, the timing of this in spring is just terrible. No other sport (or Commissioner, for that matter) would risk its...

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March 14, 2009

Irrational Thought Rules

It's becoming increasingly clear that rational baseball analysis in the local papers has joined the endangered species list. There was once a time when explaining the nuances of the game to the fans was an important part of what a columnist did. Now it seems proclaiming outrageous statements at the...

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March 7, 2009

The Commissioner of Selig

Sure, Bud Selig's official title is the Commissioner of Baseball, but his only real concern nowadays seems to be doing creative rewriting of baseball's history in regards to steroids in the hopes of removing the stain from his own legacy. Frankly, he has as much chance of doing that as...

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March 5, 2009

The Burden of Proof

In our legal system you are considered innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. In Murray Chass' world, zits are all the proof needed to brand you as a cheater. Chass was reacting to a column Joel Sherman wrote about the rumors of steroid use by former Met Mike...

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March 4, 2009

A Lot of Noise

I stopped listening to Mike and the Mad Dog in early 2006 after spending years listening to hours of the duo. I work at home spending hours a day on my computer, and for many years that show would keep me company, droning on in the background. What finally got...

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March 3, 2009

Eating Innings

The battle for the fifth starter's job includes a couple of veteran pitchers who have shouldered a heavy workload in the past, Freddy Garcia and Livan Hernandez. By even the most exacting definition, Garcia was an absolute horse in his time with Seattle and the White Sox. He pitched over...

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February 17, 2009

It Still Hurts to Say Goodbye

On Metsblog I found a link to WCBS880.com's pictures of what is virtually the last piece of Shea Stadium that will be coming down in the next day or so. Far better writers than me have expressed their sentiments about losing an old friend that's been a part of our...

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February 15, 2009

I Don't Hate Luis Castillo

Whether I talk Mets with Mets fans or non Mets fans this winter, Luis Castillo's name inevitably comes up in the conversation. Over the last few seasons it seems like there are always one or two players designated to be the whipping boy for the most disgruntled elements of the...

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February 14, 2009

Chemistry Revisited

I had an "interesting" experience yesterday. Over the past couple of years Lisa and I have purchased a number of pieces of furniture that had to be assembled. You're probably familiar with the type -- they use cam-type fasteners to go together. It's a pain in the a** to do...

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February 12, 2009

Fire Bud

Sorry for being a little sporadic in the posting, I've been fighting a pretty serious cold. I have a Mets piece that I'm working on and promise to have posted later today. I had not intended to write any more on steroids for now, but the Commissioner's idiotic statements to...

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February 10, 2009

'Roid Ramblings

I was impressed by the comments left on yesterday's piece on A-Roid. While we don't all agree on the subject, I appreciated the mature level of discourse in the comments section. Of course, that didn't stop the usual handful of crank e-mails I get whenever I write on anything even...

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February 8, 2009

A New Scapegoat

With Barry Bonds out of the game, baseball badly needed someone to step up and be the face of performance enhancing drugs. Thanks to someone in the government who illegally leaked evidence obtained in the Balco investigation, the comically self-absorbed Alex Rodriguez has replaced Barry Bonds as baseball's new official...

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January 30, 2009

It's Survival in the Citi

More congressional grandstanding over the naming rights contract: Reps. Dennis Kucinich and Ted Poe sent a letter to new Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Thursday, urging the government to demand that the company drop its $400 million, 20-year agreement for naming rights to the New York Mets' ballpark. The stadium...

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Failure to Spend Is Not the Problem, Part 4

The 2003 Mets began the season with the second-largest payroll in baseball, $117 million. While this figure was significantly less than the $152 million the Yankees spent, it was also $11 million more than the third place Braves. The 2003 Mets won 66 games. A housecleaning ensued, rightfully, as the...

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January 29, 2009

Failure to Spend Is Not the Problem, Part 3

Before I get into this, a reader named Cliff pointed me to a couple of User Journals he contributed to the MetsGeek.com web site: Dead Dollars and Dollars and Sense on the subject of payroll. Check them out. The New York Mets franchise was at a crossroad in the off-season...

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January 27, 2009

Failure to Spend Is Not the Problem, Part 2

Read Part 1 Despite signing the checks of a payroll that has increased substantially over the past four seasons, Mets owner Fred Wilpon is being accused of being a cheapskate again. I have my problems with the Wilpons. I think they're often guilty of thinking smaller than their team's market....

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January 26, 2009

Failure to Spend Is Not the Problem

I'm going to start this off with a brief confession, so please indulge me. When I started this blog in 2005, I was just starting to deal with a serious bout of Lyme disease. Although I was in pretty bad shape for a year or so, I also had a...

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January 22, 2009

Cap Thoughts

I'm exhausted tonight after a punishing day of work, so I'm not going to try to be too profound here. With all of the talk lately about a salary cap in baseball, I thought this article on SI.com Unconventional Wisdom: Busting the myth of the salary cap was right on...

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January 19, 2009

Pitch Counts

When I linked to the Rick Peterson article on FullCountPitch.com a couple of days ago, I found it interesting that what sparked the most comments and debates was Peterson's belief in and defense of pitch counts. Pitch counts have seemed to be one of baseball's hot-button issues of the past...

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January 15, 2009

Ah, Those Whacky Nutritional Supplements

Do you remember that "innocent" nutritional supplement that caused Phillies reliever J. C. Romero to spend the first 50 games of the season watching? From BP Unfiltered: Barely more than a week after Major League Baseball suspended Phillies reliever J.C. Romero for 50 games for using a banned substance, the...

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January 13, 2009

(No) Friends in Lowe Places

Before I get into this, I wanted to take a moment to thank you guys for all the great comments over the past few days. It's been fun for me to read them -- even when you don't agree with me. Thanks, guys. The news that Derek Lowe has signed...

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January 7, 2009

An Innocent Man?

This is going to be somewhat of a quickie tonight as I've had a pretty rough day. Perhaps you have been following the drama surrounding Phillies reliever J.C. Romero's 50-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance. There have been several articles written from Romero's point of view, including...

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November 27, 2008

Naming Rights Madness

Sorry. I know I promised to get back to regular posting now that the election is over, and I still intend to keep that promise. It's just that I have been really busy with a work project this month. Things are starting to loosen up a little, so I should...

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November 10, 2008

On Blowhards and Blowing Up the Team

I had an email this morning asking me if, after my extended layoff from blogging, I was going to weigh in on all of the blathering that WFAN's Mike Francesa has been doing about the Mets this off-season. I have to admit that I haven't listened to Francesa -- with...

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November 8, 2008

Baseball and Politics

I mentioned in my previous post that I had supported Obama in the election -- without actually mentioning him by name -- and was somewhat surprised to receive several emails from people who read my blog that obviously do not share my political beliefs. While it didn't really shock or...

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October 9, 2008

The Perception of Underachievement Trumps Reality

A couple of months into the 2007 season, I grew increasingly disillusioned with a New York Mets club that seemed to lose the sharpness and fundamental soundness that made the 2006 campaign a success. Even more irritating was a series of comments from players on the team that seemed to...

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October 1, 2008

Stop the Talk Radio-Driven Insanity

If WFAN's resident blowhard Mike Francesa ever decides to switch careers and go into marriage counseling, I predict an immediate increase in the Metropolitan area's divorce rate. Apparently, el hombre gordo feels the Mets must trade one or more of their core players or be doomed to perpetually missing out...

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September 12, 2008

Borne Back Ceaselessly

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. -- F. Scott Fitzgerald We had a Shakespeare quote here the other day, so I thought I would try to class things up again with a literary allusion. I read The Great Gatsby for the first...

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September 9, 2008

Don't Let the Terrorists Win

It seems lately that half of what I read or hear about the Mets from the mainstream media contains references to last season's collapse. When Jose Reyes has a bad six game start to September, the Post's Bart Hubbach "subtly" works it in to his notes column: Is Jose Reyes...

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July 21, 2008

The Team to Beat

With the Phillies rolling into town tomorrow for a three-game series, the question arises as to which team is the favorite to capture the NL East with 63 games to go. NJ.com links to a Jayson Stark chat on ESPN where Stark comes to the following conclusion: The fashionable choice...

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July 17, 2008

The Mighty Pelf

Interesting pair of articles on Mike Pelfrey yesterday. The first one (link purloined from Matthew Artus' Always Amazin' blog) was Beyond the Box Score's Peter Bendix' The Emergence of Mike Pelfrey? The question mark at the end of the title kind of tips the author's conclusion, which is basically that...

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Willie at the All-Star Game

I have received several e-mails on this topic, and no one was thrilled with Willie's decision to be Steinbrenner's guest at the All Star Game. They felt his presence was an intentional embarrassment to the Mets. My take, for what it's worth, is that Willie doesn't owe the Mets any...

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July 16, 2008

Jose

I thought I'd do something a little different before the games start again tomorrow. I'm going to knock off some short takes on some different topics. In yesterday's post I linked to a really egregious example of the sort of intellectually lazy, over-the-top provocative sportswriting that we're starting to see...

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July 15, 2008

The Mets: Old Pitchers and Lazy Shortstops

Sunday night while basking in the glow of the return of good baseball to Queens, I caught a comment about the Mets by ESPN's Buster Olney. I think it was on Sportscenter, but it may have been Baseball Tonight. Anyway, talking about the Mets, Olney made the point that the...

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June 27, 2008

It's Time for Someone to Be an Adult

Being a true leader demands the ability to make truly tough decisions. Often the right decision is not the popular one. Yankees GM Brian Cashman has taken a lot of heat in the local papers for electing to go with young players this season. At least until the season started,...

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June 23, 2008

A Regrettable Piece of Journalism

I know many other bloggers have already weighed in on this, but I'd like to add my two cents. I thought this piece by beat writer Bart Hubbuch in yesterday's New York Post was really borderline disgraceful. Some who have shared their opinion on this have been inclined to give...

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June 18, 2008

In Defense of the Hardwood Floor

Dana Brand, author of the book Mets Fan, had a post on his blog today about Rick Peterson's statement as he was walking out of the hotel yesterday. Here is Peterson's statement as transcribed by Newsday's David Lennon: "I don't really want to answer questions. I just want to say...

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A Post-Willie Reality

When I was a kid I had trouble fitting in. My parents were divorced at a time when divorce was still uncommon in my working-class neighborhood. My father chose not to be a part of my life, which left some scars. I was raised primarily by my grandparents, whose relationship...

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June 13, 2008

The Last Weekend?

From Ken Davidoff and David Lennon of Newsday: Willie Randolph doesn't have much longer to save his job as Mets manager. "He's got the weekend," a person familiar with the situation said. The Mets, having lost six of their last seven games -- all of them in heartbreaking, nerve-wracking fashion...

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June 6, 2008

Respect for the Past Shouldn't Be History

Dana Brand is the author of the terrific and highly recommended book Mets Fan. Dana is also a professor at Hofstra University. On his blog yesterday, in a post titled Honoring and Studying the History and Culture of the Mets, Dana talked about something near and dear to my heart:...

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May 9, 2008

There's More Wrong With the Mets than Willie

Add Newark Star-Ledger columnist Dan Graziano to those calling for the head of Mets manager Willie Randolph. After making the point that the Mets are 71-71 since last June 1, Graziano accuses the Mets of not playing up to their talent level, and places the blame squarely on Randolph's shoulders:...

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April 28, 2008

Curtains for Delgado?

Only the most optimistic of Mets fans are beyond any concern over Carlos Delgado based on one day of mashing like it was 1999. Still, it was awfully nice to see Carlos looking something like a $16 million slugger, even if only for a day. Of course, in Mets Land...

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April 15, 2008

Crazy Love

Years ago I worked the night shift in a large plant that employed hundreds of workers, both male and female. As often happens when you throw a lot of men and women together working odd hours, there were enough relationships and affairs going on to fuel the plot needs of...

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April 10, 2008

Asterisk*

Last night's win was not the type of crisply played game that would instantly erase all doubts about the 2008 New York Mets. There were certainly plenty of things not to like about the 8-2 victory over their division rival. One local columnist even suggests an asterisk needs to be...

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April 9, 2008

Reality Check - 156 Games to Go

I'm not happy about the Mets start, particularly with the similarities between how they lost the last 3 games and how they played last September. I'm not immune from worries that what we saw back then might be what this club really is. My makeup as a Mets fan does...

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April 3, 2008

It All Started With Pedro

Watching Pedro Martinez get hurt in his first start of the season was depressing on several levels for me. As with so many Mets fan, Pedro holds a special place in my heart because his decision to sign with the Mets immediately gave juice to a franchise that badly needed...

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March 18, 2008

Bob Costas Clarifies and Amplifies

In case you haven't seen it, Bob Costas did an interview with Deadspin regarding the controversy stirred up by his comments that were reported by the Miami Herald last week. I've already written twice on this, here and here. Costas didn't deny the accuracy of the quotes in the story,...

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February 8, 2008

Lessons from Another Sport, Part 2

[Part 1] The Giants Super Bowl victory over the Patriots this past Sunday reminded me of some basic truths that also applied to baseball and being a Mets fan. In Part 1, we talked a little about the dangers of buying into the myth of inevitability. I've come to the...

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February 5, 2008

Lessons from Another Sport, Part 1

Once upon a time I was a bigger fan of football than baseball. Unfortunately, the team I chose to root for was the Giants. Being a Giants fan and a Mets fans in the late 70s and early 80s was just ugly. Even mediocrity seemed to be an unobtainable goal....

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February 1, 2008

Omar's Job Is Just Beginning

Update 5:10 PM: Just found out on SNY that there is a 2 hour extension for this negotiation, pushing the deadline back to 7 PM tonight. Time to pop a couple of Rolaids and then re-cross all my fingers... Update: Multiple sources are reporting a done deal. I'm putting away...

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January 9, 2008

Lies and the Lying Lard Butts Who Tell Them

(With apologies to Al Franken for the title) As someone who believes in the principle of innocent until proven guilty, I find myself in a dilemma. As a person who hates the way society is always looking for a scapegoat for a problem rather than a solution I am faced...

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October 17, 2007

Hypocrisy

From MetsBlog I found a link to a Lisa Olson column in the Daily News about Kaz Matsui with the inference that Mets fans are unhappy with Kaz' success in Denver. Olson is definitely not one of my favorite columnists, as she is emblematic of a growing trend in sports...

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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 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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August 31, 2007

It Ain't Easy Being Orange and Blue

Sorry I haven't written much this week. I picked up a third big project for work, and I just don't have much free time. I did watch the games, and frankly was grateful to have a lot of work to bury myself back into when they were over. One thing...

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August 7, 2007

Not Ashamed of the Old Girl

You could put down the frying pan, Lisa. This isn't about you... I grew up in a working-class neighborhood in Hamden, Connecticut. With its small single family homes and 2- and 3- family houses, we were a lot a closer to the bottom of the middle class than the top....

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July 16, 2007

Milledge

After a rough introduction to New York last season, Mets prospect Lastings Milledge came into spring training with a determination to change the perception about him. By all accounts, he worked very hard both on the field and with his teammates. For virtually the first time since he was signed...

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July 2, 2007

Confessions of an Amateur Dabbler

On Friday I wrote about the coverage in the Daily News of Paul Lo Duca's clubhouse blowup the night before. While the beat writers for most of the area papers seemed to go out their way to give Lo Duca a break in their stories of what happened, the News'...

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June 29, 2007

Trouble in Paradise?

Those of you who, like me, faithfully catch up on all the Mets news each morning are well aware that a Paul Lo Duca blowup has resurrected talk of a potential Latin/White rift on the New York Mets. Unlike a virtually unsubstantiated rumor of something similar from a blog a...

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June 26, 2007

Oliver, Carlos and John

I guess it's safe to say that not every surprise has been a pleasant one for Mets fans this year. Carlos Delgado's inability to keep his batting average above .230, lingering struggles for key members of the bullpen, and a prolonged June nose-dive have been some of the early low-lights...

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June 15, 2007

Disliking Bud (Again)

I've read quite a few things over the years that tell me that Bud Selig has been a lot better as the commissioner of MLB than he has been given credit for. Not being a hard-ass by nature, I'm willing from time to time to question my loathing for the...

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June 1, 2007

No Excuse for Sleazy Journalism

Alex Rodriguez has a way of finding negative publicity, whether on the field or off. The sordid photographs of A-Rod walking into a strip club with a large-breasted woman he wasn't married to that the New York Post deemed newsworthy are Alex's latest brush with infamy. Although it's hard not...

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May 11, 2007

There Is No Moral High Ground with Steroids

This was a topic that I planned to write about after Lisa and I complete our move into the new house and I have more time to develop my pieces. I reserve the right to touch on this again in more detail, but recent events have brought the steroid issue...

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April 3, 2007

The Times They Are A-Changin'

Last week I wrote something in response to a column that my colleague NostraDennis sent me. It was by a local Orlando, Florida sportswriter who recommended fan sites such as this blog only to those who "want to know what's going on in a dream world." His premise, of course,...

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March 29, 2007

The Unbearable Brightness of Being a Mets Fan

With reality a mere three days off, there is a division among the faithful between those who feel truly sanguine about the Mets' chances entering the season and those who look at our pitching staff with a deep sense of impending doom. I've made no secret of the fact that...

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March 15, 2007

Not Much of a Legacy for Duquette

It was somewhat of a surprise when the Mets released Alay Soler a couple of days ago. Not that Soler was pitching all that well, but given the numbers game the club was playing with the pitching staff I thought Soler would at least spend the year in New Orleans....

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March 12, 2007

Much Ado About Nothing

Since Mike Pelfrey signed with the Mets in January of 2006 there have been questions about how much his relatively raw secondary pitches will hold him back early in his career. With respect to those who specialize on ranking prospects, I've always felt this was overblown. FoxSports.com's Dayn Perry is...

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March 5, 2007

Selig Just Doesn't Get It

Last year when my cable company elected not to carry SNY, I signed up for DirecTV service and was able to watch the games. For that I'm grateful. Meanwhile, my old cable company was in the process of being sold to Comcast, and the deal took so long that cable...

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February 19, 2007

What's the True Value of That Prospect?

Joel Sherman had an interesting piece on his spring training blog yesterday entitled Be Cautious About Prospects, where he threw a little cold water on the gaudy expectations local fans have for Mets prospects Mike Pelfrey and Philip Humber and Yankees wunderkind Philip Hughes: In 2002, the top pitching prospects...

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December 29, 2006

A Quiet Nod to Omar

Two years ago, Omar Minaya seemed to attract equal parts kudos and criticism in an offseason that brought Pedro Martinez and Carlos Beltran to Shea Stadium. While he received credit in some quarters for landing the two top free agents of the winter when none of the experts gave the...

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December 10, 2006

Maybe It's Time to Stop Grumbling Over the Price of Pitching

The hot topic of discussion this offseason is the out of control market for players, particularly pitching. Two years ago the Mets got a lot of heat for signing Kris Benson for just over $7 million per year for 3 years. Today, Vincente Padilla has officially signed his 3 year,...

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December 1, 2006

Of Mercenaries and Scapegoats

Mercenaries To some extent, the saga of where Tom Glavine plies his trade in 2006 has become somewhat of a farce. The Mets want Glavine back, but he seems to be hoping that Atlanta might offer him the contract that will enable him to chase 300 wins in the city...

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November 29, 2006

A Great Time to Be a Mets Fan

Editor's Note: This is Dave Mills' first submission to this blog. - M.S. To be a Mets fan is to experience true agony with some rare ecstasy. Two World Championships and four World Series appearances in 45 seasons is OK, but nothing to write home about. Beats being a Cubs...

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October 9, 2006

We Already Knew It Was Our Town

A lot has been made, given the respective fates of the Mets and the Yankees this past Saturday, over which team now owns New York. One side will tell you that the Mets have taken over by outlasting the Yankees in the post-season. The other side insists that the Yankees...

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October 7, 2006

Sorry, But You're Only Getting Half of the Story

It seems like almost everyone picked the Dodgers coming into this series, and some of the few who picked the Mets changed their minds when Orlando Hernandez went down with the infamous NLDS eve calf injury. Granted, the Mets were facing somewhat of an uphill battle going in, but much...

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September 29, 2006

The Sun Will Rise Tomorrow, Too

I woke up this morning. Nothing really special about that, I've done it over 17,000 times in my life. This one was different, however, and at first I couldn't quite put my finger on it. Then it hit me, the remarkable thing about this morning was that I woke up....

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September 15, 2006

Just Enjoy It

The last time the Mets were this close to clinching a National League east title was September of 1988. I was still a month away from my thirtieth birthday, no longer a kid but not yet ready for a mid-life crisis. The Mets were on the verge of clinching the...

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September 11, 2006

The True Lack of Class is Shown by Those Pointing Fingers

For the past decade, I have experienced the vicissitudes of owning a small business. Mostly, it was a positive experience. At the end of this year I will likely be moving on in my life, but I will never forget the lessons learned from the last ten years. Dealing with...

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September 7, 2006

The Predictable Collapse of a House of Cards

Late this past winter, the task fell to me write a preview of the Atlanta Braves for another web site. I took the job seriously, so I put aside my own personal antipathy towards the club and wrote the most honest preview that I could. Although I honestly felt the...

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September 1, 2006

Myths and Legends: The Pitcher's Duel

As we head into the Labor Day weekend, I realize that most of my readers and almost all of the other bloggers will be taking the weekend off. I know there are a few of you diehards out there that appreciate having something to read over the holiday weekend, so...

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August 30, 2006

How About Letting the Mets Name Their Stadium?

George Vecsey and Billie Jean King feel that they can tell the Mets what to name the new ballpark? Apparently, it would be "the right thing" and a "no-brainer" for the club to forgo an estimated $10 million in naming rights to honor pioneer and former Mets great Jackie Robinson....

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August 21, 2006

I'm Happy That the Mets Are Not the Yankees

In this week's Sunday Punch column on the New York Baseball Central web site, Mike McGann takes a tongue-in-cheek look at this past weekend's celebration of the 1986 championship team: I suppose it was inevitable that the Mets would go nuts over the 20th anniversary of winning the World Series....

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August 14, 2006

Of Stat Geeks and Train Wrecks

I'm a regular reader of The Hardball Times web site, which I'd recommend as one of the top free baseball sites on the web. I've been busy with the real paying job lately, though, so I missed this item in the THT Dartboard last Friday. Thanks to Ryan from Always...

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August 6, 2006

Booing Utley

With a hat tip to Can't Stop The Bleeding for the link, I see that on Newsday's Mets blog, Bob Herzog takes the Mets fans to task who booed Chase Utley Friday night. Herzog can bemoan the "lack of class" from Mets fans all he wants, he himself is indulging...

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June 18, 2006

A Father's Day Mets Memory with a Twist

Being that today is Father's Day, many of you are thinking back to your experiences of watching baseball games with your Dad. For most of us, it's our fathers that have the greatest influence on the team we root for. Growing up without a father, my experience was somewhat different....

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May 31, 2006

Stop Confusing Major League Baseball with the NFL

In an article for Yahoo Sports, Jeff Passan makes a valid point on the draconian nature of MLB's blackout policy, but, as so many others have done, he allows himself to meander into fantastical nonsense: Jey Cho is 24 years old. He helps manage trusts. He enjoys watching the Oakland...

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May 17, 2006

Mike and the Mad Dog in the Mets Booth: Bad Idea

From the official press release on Mets.com: WFAN's afternoon hosts Mike and the Mad Dog, Mike Francesa and Chris Russo, respectively, for the first time in station history, will call the live play by play and provide color analysis when the New York Mets face the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday,...

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April 24, 2006

It Really is Okay to Say Something Stupid Occasionally

For the most part, I've always kept this blog about New York Mets baseball. I haven't tried to work my politics or my belief system into things, as they have nothing to do with the Mets. The whole todo over Keith Hernandez and the female San Diego massage therapist, however,...

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April 19, 2006

Find Me a Real Alternative to Zambrano and I'll Sign On

You'll forgive me if there are no news links in this post today. I started reading the New York papers this morning and just had to give it up. It wasn't that they didn't do their usual great job today, it's just that I learned long ago that my key...

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April 10, 2006

Beanballs and Sandmen

The first week of the season has passed, and it's been a heck of a ride already. It only took one series with the Nationals to develop a unhealthy animosity between the two teams over beanballs. And of course, the Mets have to venture down to RFK Tuesday, Wednesday and...

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April 4, 2006

Putting the Sandman to Bed

Let's be clear here. If Billy Wagner cared about the feelings of others, he'd pick a new song. It wouldn't matter that he has used Enter Sandman as long as that other guy in town has -- Wagner and the Mets have to acknowledge that they are both number two...

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April 2, 2006

Gotta Believe It's Getting Better

We're going to do something a little different today. After spending the morning reading through what seemed like dozens of features, previews and predictions, I'm not even going to try to point you to what I saw as the most interesting stories. As we sit here on a Sunday afternoon...

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March 13, 2006

Life After Mike and the Mad Dog

The Mets training camp is off to a fairly tranquil start, with one glaring exception being that Kaz Matsui is already being booed for any misstep he makes. I guess there is an element of Mets fans out there that believe they can put pressure on Mets management to trade...

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February 25, 2006

Define "fair"

Revenue sharing, which is supposed to make MLB more "fair", can actually be quite unfair to large market teams and their fans. I've written a series of related pieces, beginning with Major League Franchises Need to Be in Major League Cities, where I have discussed the whole large market vs....

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February 12, 2006

Sandlot

I wrote my post from earlier today while watching snow pile up outside of my window. The heavy snow outside combined with the knowledge that spring training gets under way this week made me a little nostalgic for the sights, sounds and smells of baseball -- the sport of summer....

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February 1, 2006

Let's trade Jose Reyes before it's too late

Before I get to the small amount of Mets news this morning, I'd like to once again offer my helpful assistance to GM Omar Minaya. Watching shortstop Jose Reyes finally make it in one piece through a full season last year, I began to feel pretty good about the chances...

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January 14, 2006

Major League Franchises Need to Be in Major League Cities

Due to a visit to celebrate my Aunt's 70th birthday, I will not be posting this weekend. I leave you with this somewhat long opinion piece. In Tough to stay competitive, an article on ESPN Insider, Peter Gammons makes some interesting points regarding the effect of expansion on the game...

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November 22, 2005

Should the Mets Trade Lastings Milledge for Manny Ramirez?

I thought I would address this topic once and for all, in response to the irresponsible campaign of ridicule waged against Mets fans who are not in favor of this trade by WFAN's Mike Francesa. This is a real pet peeve of mine. I had the misfortune of listening to...

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