As I watched the New York Mets drop Saturday's contest in Oakland, the more hopeless the game became, the more my mind drifted to other thoughts. Watching Jacob deGrom struggle brought me back to the early years of my baseball fandom. Specifically, I recalled how it felt watching the great Tom Seaver occasionally toss up a stinker. Actually, that was even tougher because I was a kid and truly worshipped Seaver as a hero. There's nothing tougher than a kid witnessing a hero unmasked as a mere mortal. Hell, I still felt some of that seeing deGrom battered around by a bunch of palookas, and I'm in my 60s now. But that's baseball.
Sunday, September 25, 2022
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Monday, September 12, 2022
Some Chicken Littles out there endlessly proclaim that the sky is falling, but this has already been a great season for Mets fans.
Monday, September 5, 2022
If you'll indulge me for a minute, I'd like to start this post by throwing some numbers at you: 1-6, 2-5, 2-4, 0-7, 3-4, 4-3, 2-4, 1-5, 3-4*. Those numbers represent the New York Mets' regular season record against the Los Angeles Dodgers for every season from 2021, going back to when the Dodgers were sold to their current ownership group early in the 2012 season. (They didn't play at all in the 2020 pandemic season.)
Sunday, August 28, 2022
The Texas Rangers fired their president, Jon Daniels, last Wednesday. That ended Daniels' run of almost 17 years at the helm of that club. When he was first promoted to replace John Hart as GM in October 2005, the then 28-year-old Queens, NY native was a true baseball wunderkind. He was the youngest team GM in MLB history. Interestingly, one of Daniels' deals in his first winter as GM was to trade pitcher Chris Young to the Padres. 17 years later, Young is taking over the top role with the Rangers.
Sunday, August 21, 2022
Sunday, August 14, 2022
Things have been fairly hectic for me lately. I haven't been able to post here as often as I would wish. More on that later, but first, let's catch up on some Mets thoughts. My last post was a week before the trade deadline. Although I did expect the Mets to make a stronger push for a left-handed reliever, I wasn't surprised that the Mets didn't make a huge splash in the deadline market. The brain trust had pretty well telegraphed their thinking ahead of time, and it was clear they weren't going to trade top prospects for rentals.
Saturday, July 23, 2022
When the year began, and Francisco Álvarez had an all-too-brief opportunity to participate in major league training camp, Francisco didn't hide his feelings that he was ready to play in the majors this season. Besides possessing a strong, mature body and an enviable work ethic, the young catcher also has a deep belief in his abilities that should stand him well. The physical and mental rigors and demands of being a major league catcher, along with the pressure cooker atmosphere of New York City, will provide plenty of tests of the young man's mettle.
My brother published a book about his 1983 thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. It's a really good story. The book has received excellent reviews. It's for sale on Amazon as a quality paperback for $18.95 or a Kindle e-book for $9.99. Your money helps out a fellow Mets fan who is enduring some tough physical times. In return, you get a great summer read in return along with sincere thanks.
Saturday, July 9, 2022
Please don't show up at someone else's party just to rain on their parade. If you'll indulge me for a minute, I'd like to st...
Some Chicken Littles out there endlessly proclaim that the sky is falling, but this has already been a great season for Mets fans. Some Mets...
Whether or not Jacob deGrom elects to return after this season, the Mets' future still looks great. As I watched the New York Mets drop ...