Monday, October 22, 2007

Rock Out With Your Sox Out

She's baaaa-ackkk...

Though not for long -- if I get some more material to write about this week, I will definitely be back on.

I might though...it's something called the World Series.

Anyway, a few quick hits before I give my shameless plug of the week for my weekly piece over at F.U.

Yes, I know that I swore off baseball till 2008. But I'm like a heroin addict. And I need my one last fix before I can't get it at all. And then I'll be jonesing all winter long. So be prepared to listen to that one too.

Plus, this is such a unique time to be a baseball fan. The Red Sox have made the World Series for the second time in three years. Of course, we all know what happened the last time. But also, in a stroke of irony, they didn't have to beat the Yankees to get there (although technically they did, since they won the division, and not the Spanks).

In case you've been living under a Rock (like say in...COLORADO?? HAHAHA I slay me!!!), it's a "Rox and Sox" World Series. I'm sure Fox (hey, that fits the rhyme scheme too!) likes that match-up a lot better than say, a Cleveland / Colorado series. At least, I hope someone has thought of the rhyme scheme. Although it kind of sounds like a porn video that Carrie and the girls watched on Sex and the City. I digress. Another special reason to watch the Series this year is that not only is it the Rockies first franchise visit to the show, they got there on a most dramatic fashion.

Predictions? This is tough one. The Rox have had a nice little break, but the Sox hardly seemed drained after this series with the Indians, although it did go 7 games. That being said, the Sox still have a nice three day hiatus before starting the next part of the season: The Fall Classic.

Remember last year, when the Tigers clinched the AL like a month before the Cardinals did (or so it seemed), they clearly lost a lot of steam and let a decidedly lesser team run away with the championship.

Now, say what you want -- at least it was an NL team, at least we could say the Mets were beat by the future World Series champs, etc etc. I say, phooey. Of course, the Cards should have not have been in there anyway, and they were and that's besides the point.

My point is (is there one?), that a long break could kinda make the Rockies forget that they, you know, won 20 of their last 21. Or 21 of their last 22. Or something like that. You get the idea. I'm too lazy to look it up now.

So anyway my point, the Sox are also rolling in their own way. So I will say that both teams will make it interesting, but I go with the Sox in six. Plus, they have Josh Beckett.

Josh Beckett. Boy-yoy-yoing. I don't want...anybody else...when I think about Josh Beckett, I...um....wanna break out the Rabbit...or something...

So that's the story, and I'm sticking to it!!! Sox in 6. Hell yeah bitches!

You heard it here, Folks!! THE COOP SAYS SO!!!!!

OK, so for the piece de resistance, I'm sure you are all waiting for The Coop's gospel on the firing of (what Kranepool Society calls him -- thanks for this!) St Joseph of Torre.

I just have one word for that.

OY.

On one hand, we have St. Torre declining a deal that makes him the best paid manager in baseball. On the other, Torre turned it down because of certain incentives (like a cool mil for each round the Yankees make in postseason). Says he doesn't need "motivation." Which I agree with. I mean, his 800 bajillion dollar payroll sure isn't motivated enough. Torre is overrated, that's for sure, but let's get real here. He's not out there playing.

In the Steinbrenners corner, we have Hank and Hal, the new de facto owners of the Yankees. I guess we thought that when George eventually stepped, there would be less drama. WRONG!! In fact, they both talked smack about Torre turning down their "fair" offer. Whatever.

Let's look at the facts here. Since Torre has been manager, the Yankees have made it to the postseason. Every. Damned. Year.

Most teams (see: Rockies, see also: Indians) only hope they can make the postseason and make the best they can of it (see: Rockies, see also: Red Sox). The Yankees and their ownership and management think differently. It is a birthright. Whatever.

My point is - with the biggest payroll in baseball and the best player in baseball being A-Rod on said team, along with the most dominant closer in all of baseball in Mariano Rivera, PLUS Mr. Intangibles Jeter, this team should theoretically not only win the World Series but go 162-0 each year. Why aren't Steinbrenners Jr and Jr saying anything about that? I guess the idea is -- Joe Torre can do all the motivating he wants. If the players aren't motivated to, you know, win World Series championships, maybe they ought to rethink their career choices.

But I think also it might be a change in the ethos of the Yankee Corporation: they are realizing now that building a team with mercenaries (see: Juice-on Giambi -- thanks Yankee Despiser! -- see also: Roider Clemens) not only doesn't guarantee championships, but almost guarantees they have 25 guys on the team all with different individual goals.

I say, fuck that. Gimme the Mets, flaws and all.

But my take on this situation? I say - Way to go, Joe! I have never had more respect for you. And yes, I do agree, he is a classy guy. He took the high road. He's never blasted his boss in the press. He truly appreciates his players and his fans.

Just don't show up in Queens. We all know what happened the last time you were there.

Last but certainly not least, check out my column on Flushing University today --Moises, I Loooove Yoooou (but don't want you back in 2008). Be sure to drop by and say hello!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Entitlement? Flushing University

Hey all - how's everything? We are a few weeks removed from the Mets season, and a few weeks ahead of Hot Stove.

I may be posting semi-regularly next week with the Series and all. With the Roxx doing so well (they advanced last night, which I mean, if there is a feel-good story with the postseason this year, well, it's them -- and why wasn't Kaz Matsui MVP???), I feel this has the makings of an interesting series. I'm pulling for the Indians in the ALCS (I mean, who wasn't an Indians sympathizer after Major League?). That would be interesting, a Rox/Indians match-up, although Fox probably doesn't like the ideas ratings-wise, ha ha!

But I digress. It's Tuesday! Stop by Flushing University today and read my article, Entitlement. DISCUSS!!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

SNL - Weekend Update: The NY Mets

I'm sorry but this is some of the funniest shit I have ever seen. Enjoy - and stop by Flushing University for this:
http://www.flushinguniversity.com/moxie/columns/the-julio-franco-factor.shtml

Later

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Now's The Time To Say Goodbye...

Well, I did my Roll Call the other day and now it's time to relax.

Since today would have been the first game of the Mets/Rockies series, but instead the Phillies were playing them @ The Cit tonight, I'm officially in mourning.

But it also means that 2007 is over. Officially.

I think that's a good thing.

As we all know, Willie Randolph has been given the Omar Seal of Approval for 2008. Is it me, or does it seems like both their jobs are on the line if 2008 is nothing short of the World Series?

And it is only THREE DAYS after the Mets season ended. Let's not talk about crazy-ass trade proposals and get our blood pressure worked up over rumors in the media.

Right now, I'm going to relax. Take a sabbatical. For real, not just a weekend one either.

Don't worry - you can still catch the Coop weekly at Flushing University. Normally, Tuesdays...But right now, you can catch What Went Wrong -- still a front page feature! I may even post the links to my articles, but not blogging on crazy stuff.

I won't be back till Hot Stove has officially begun.

Feel free to leave comments until then. I'll be "lurking" but breaking from My Summer Family...Although now, it could be called - the Offseason Family. Whatcha think???

Monday, October 01, 2007

Roll Call

24 hours the day after "yesterday," where we buried our 2007 Mets, I came to a realization.
I did not feel a kinship with this team as much as I did the 2006 Mets.

I know, the core had not really changed. Something else did though. The spirit. The fire. it seemed as though we, the fans, were willing to move on from the 2006 NLCS. The team, however, felt entitled. As though they were waiting for a "do-over" all season. A do-over that would not just come to them, unfortunately. They would have to work for it. Now a team I feel is less deserving gets to go in their place. I hope they can sleep on that this long winter. Cause I know it's gonna be a long one for me.

And I hate being right. Right about stupid shit. Back in June, during the first "swoon," I warned Dingbat (fellow FU member) that Philly was the threat and not Atlanta. He told me not to worry, the Phils always find a way to lose.

Heck, even a Phillies fan told me that too. TODAY.

Later, I lambasted a comment section over at Mike's Mets, saying that the Mets didn't need to be dominant to keep me happy. All I wanted them to do was to win the games they were supposed to. Like against the Nationals. The Marlins. You know, like the games this week. But before then, if we had won the games we were supposed to over the summer, it left little margin of error for these games this week.

As my fellow road tripper Metsgrrl told me yesterday -- Coop, you've been calling this all season.

Well, in all fairness, it was only AFTER All-Star break that I called the dominance thing. But I still don't like being right. In fact, I waited all season, in vain, for this team to prove me wrong and they never did.

So I have not officially shed a tear yet. I got really sad at one point last night, and even one point tonight. Soon the tears will come. But I think it will be due to the fact that summer is certainly over and that winter would soon come knocking at our doors. I can always kind of fool myself that even though it's cold, even though I prefer hot cocoa to beer, if the Mets were still playing ball, it's certainly still summer.

Summer.

Family.

My Summer Family.

Although I have technically "sworn off" the postseason, I know I will sucked in one way or another. Because a day with bad baseball is better than a day with no baseball. And I need to take it any way I can now. I won't root for anyone though. Can't. Although the 2007 Mets never truly endeared themselves to my heart, I am willing to let them go and look forward to what my favorite team in the universe will bring for me in 2008.

So on behalf of SassDawg and myself, I would like to thank the new My Summer Family readership for a successful first season. Well, I know the Mets were not as successful as we had hoped, My Summer Family is contingent upon meeting new people and the social aspect of baseball. And all of the special people I have met over the years.

In addition to the crazies over in Mezzanine 22 back in the day, I now have the rowdies over in Mezzanine 14. Stop by the Coop box anytime there's a game. Even if I'm not there, someone will still say Hello.

In addition to Julie and Ben and Mark and Eddie, Sass and I met Seat5, whose name escapes me now, but I'm sure I'll hear from him soon.

And in addition to the bloggers I used to speak to offline, I'd like to give a shout-out to the new MSF contingent that have contributed to making my life and summer so special in 2007. In no particular order:

Metsgrrl (her TBF too). We'll always have Chicago, girl.

Zoe. I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE you!!!

SNK. We both may not love Willie, but our hearts belong to the Mets. You are my counterpoint.

Debmc. Your enthusiasm and brashness regarding the Mets is my inspiration. Not to mention GaryG, Uncle Johnny, Mike, Dingbat and all the other crazies at FU. You have grounded me in a time when I didn't think I could be. Anytime you guys want to go to a game next year, name it.

Dana Brand. Thank you for inviting me to your book signing. Can't wait to finish it!

Mike from Mike's Mets. Thanks for everything you do!

The Y2K guys. Although we have not met face to face, our time will come. Karaoke anybody?

Mike Met. Hell yeah bitches!!! Free Ken Oberkfell!

Will. Will you are so pretty!!!!! My neighbors in the Coop box asked how you were doing. They may have hated us that night, but we added a little cha-cha-cha to the game for them.

BMF, MtMF, Lippy, Dykstraw, USMF, LEHE...we'll have to get our tattoos next year I guess.

Toasty Joe, Bookie, Sonny, MICH...nice to meet you guys finally. And definitely cut me off at 3 beers next time. Thanksabunch.

Trey from Coppola (aka DMW) - nice to meet you - hopefully, we'll have more events next year!

Greg, from Faith and Fear - well, the Mets didn't always win when we saw each other at the games...but they were certainly memorable. We'll always have John Maine's clutch one-hitter. Please be a guest in the Coop box next year! And maybe i'll meet your co-hort next year too.

Ed from Westchester to Eddie Kranepool Society. Steve, next time I see Eddie K in the diamond club, I will ask him for his number, so you can call him!!!

Cerrone, Anthony, REEGE! and all the Metsblog dudes. Although I can't access you from work anymore, you're still my heroin for Mets news. Keep up the good work.

I'm gonna cry now! I can't believe this season is over. But like Mr. E said yesterday, before we know it, pitchers and catchers will be reporting.

And 2007 will still be raw, but we will move on from this heartache and root root root for the Metsies again. Like we always do.


Let's Go METS Forever and Ever!!!!!!