Thursday, December 27, 2007

Kevin Mulvey is a Major Hawtie

In case you didn't see it today, the Star Ledger's Don Burke had a great in-depth piece on Mets pitching prospect Kevin Mulvey. I didn't know he was a Jersey boy (Jersey boys rock!) and I also think he might be worth keeping around.

He seems to take his role seriously and he's easy on the eyes. That's enough for me to keep him around. Enjoy the article!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Met Divas Say - Merry New Year!

It may be approaching Christmas for many of you out there, but to the Coop, it is also her bday. While I turned 29 again, I was able to celebrate with old friends and new...new being the contingent of folks I was able to meet through the Mets.

So I may be laying low for the next few days, unless Omar decides to orchestrate a trade for Johan Santana or Erik Bedard without mortgaging the farm, but in the meantime, on behalf of the Met Divas/JWPs, we say Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy New Year...Peace be with you!!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Some Funny Shit Right Here

So I am up pretty late on a Friday night -- oops, it's Saturday morning. Just a little keyed up from hanging out tonight. Anyway, I needed to make a few statements about the Mitchell Report.

One is that -- honestly, I really don't care. I don't. It's a witch hunt, it means nothing and as long as idiots like me go and spend gazillions of dollars to have the privilege of watching my team tank in September (with or without PEDs), then PEDs will still be ingested, injected, whatever.

Two is that -- I am going to call out a family member. I have a cousin who is a BIG Yankees fan. Of course, he rubs it in my face that they make the playoffs every year, they get like every good player, they step into golden piles every time blah blah blah (I also have a blackmail photo of him somewhere in 1989 wearing a Ron Darling Mets t-shirt...gotta find it, give it to him for Xmas).

This was also the same cousin who called out Barry Bonds and the HR race this year every time he could. When the HR record was broken, he put an asterisk in every posting he had about it. He said that if he were the guy who caught the ball, he'd hold a public ceremony where he'd put the ball in a wood chipper, because that is all it is worth.

But now...NOW that some prominent Yankees in the "dynasty" years are being called out (like guys by the name of Clemens, Pettitte, and other shits...I mean Yanks), his tune is changed. All of a sudden *we* as fans are to blame and that Barry Bonds has never failed a drug test.

Oh COME ON. I love you cuz, but you are way off here.

I agree -- we fans need to look at ourselves and see - when we all got behind Sosa and McGwire in 1998, we were shunned by the strike earlier in the 90s, and desperately wanted a reason to get back. Now they get bigger and bulkier, hit more home runs as a result and we go - ooooh, aaaah, like a bored hooker, well guess what? As long as our dollars go to spending $8 for a warm and $5 for a Nathans knock-off hot dog well, players will still cheat.

But to let these guys off the hook for simply not failing a drug test...we all knew they took drugs...does that mean Roger Maris gets his HR record back?

Probably not.

But it could mean this:

2000 World Series*

Enjoy - buy often.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Early Buzz Roid Heads

Brady Anderson
Manny Alexander
Rick Ankiel
Jeff Bagwell
Barry Bonds
Aaron Boone
Rafeal Bettancourt
Bret Boone
Milton Bradley
David Bell
Dante Bichette
Albert Belle
Paul Byrd
Wil Cordero
Ken Caminiti
Mike Cameron
Ramon Castro
The Canseco Brothers
Roidger Clemens
Paxton Crawford
Wilson Delgado
Nailz Dykstra
Judas Damon
Carl Everett
Kyle Farnsworth
Ryan Franklin
Troy Glaus
Juan Gonzalez
Eric Gagne
Nomar
The Giambi Brothers
Jose Guillen
Jay Gibbons
Clay Hensley
Jerry Hairston
Felix Heredia
Darren Holmes
Wally Joyner
Darryl Kile
Matt Lawton
Raul Mondesi
McGwire
Guillermo Mota
Robert Machado
Damian Moss
Abraham Nunez
Trot Nixon
Jose Oferman
Andy Pettitte
Mark Prior
Neifi Perez
Rafael Palmiero
Pujols
Brian Roberts
Juan Rincon
John Rocker
Pudge Rodriguez
Sammy Sosa
Schoenweis
David Segui
Alex Sanchez
Sheffield
Tejada
Julian Tavarez
Fernando Tatis
Mo Vaughn
Varitek
Ismael Valdez
Matt Williams
Kerry Wood

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Wow! Mets Classics...

When baseball season is over, I tend to spend a LOT of time in the office. I was in the office kinda late tonight, and when I came home all I wanted to do was chill out. I start flipping around the channels and lo and behold, I see the last half hour of "Mets Classics" was on SNY tonight. I was surprised to see that a game played against the Braves on June 30, 2000, was considered a "classic." Although, I knew exactly why it was a classic, having attended this game live back in 2000.

I went to this game with Mr. E, Uncle Gene and two of his kids, Funguy and KJ. Of course, now they are both taller than me but at the time, still little enough. Funguy was a Mets fan like his daddy but KJ...he was a little misguided. He became a Braves fan, and why wouldn't he be one? The Mets were horrible when he was old enough to understand baseball, so why not root for a winner?

We took the ferry up to the stadium that night and it was fireworks night. We had two strikes against us basically -- the ferry wouldn't leave till the game was over and most of the fans wanted to stay for fireworks. So when the Mets were losing 8-1 by what seemed to be the first inning, most Mets fans didn't just want to leave, they wanted to jump off the Upper Deck.

This was a big series and not just your ordinary Mets / Braves rivalry game. This was the first series the Braves had in New York in 2000, most notably after John Rocker made his infamous "7 train" statements to Jeff Pearlman.

So in the 8th inning, the Mets decide they had the Braves right where they wanted 'em. They score a run, then with two outs proceed to make one of the biggest comebacks in baseball (the second greatest comeback at the time in Mets history, according to the broadcast I just re-watched) by scoring an additional 9 runs. Capped off, of course, with a 3-run shot to break the tie by Mr. Mike Piazza.

Yes, Piazza. I had a conversation once about how Piazza was never truly a "clutch" hitter in the biblical sense, but this game (and the first game back after 9-11 of course) solidified his stature in Mets history as the greatest slugger ever. Watching him in his prime, I can't believe I actually ever wanted him traded after that. Of course, I look back at his tenure with rose-colored glasses now. But that night and looking at the broadcast again...I just sat and smiled and laughed. I might sound a little crazy (and you'd be right, ha ha), but it just made me think two things - one is that the game is never truly over till it is over...two is that no matter how bad the Mets made me feel in 2007, I can look back and think of the truly wonderful times I had as a fan. Like this night. I also know there will be many games I am at now, that the Mets could be losing, and losing BAD, and I remember this game and think -- who knows? They could score 8 runs in the 8th. You just don't know.

Another thing that was funny were all the faces on the team. Madon', I'd forgotten completely about some of them. A little Mets trivia for you: who got the win for the Mets this game? Answer: Eric Cammack. I had to seriously think for a minute who that was. Had no memory of him.

Benny Agbayani scored the 5th run of the inning -- Benny, who wore #50 like Mets great Sid Fernandez in honor of the 50th state Hawaii (but also looked like he was smuggling Bud Harrelson in his uniform, like El Sid). And Edgardo Alfonzo drove in the tying runs with 2-out. What a roller coaster. And Armando Benitez got 3-outs with practically no incident!!

But the story gets better...Finally, we make it back to the boats and Uncle Gene, who sat in a different section all night, had a few too many. Of course, Uncle Gene can't keep his mouth shut. He gets in a Yankee fan's face (don't ask me why a dude was in Yankees colors at a Mets / Braves game, but I digress) and starts yelling at him that: "Mike Piazza...is the BESSSSTTT PLAYYYYER IN NEW YAAAAWWWWWWWKKKKK!" And the guy at first was trying not to laugh at my uncle. But then as Gene-oh started egging him on some more, the guy started getting madder. I took Gene away, but I always wanted to tell Mike Piazza that my uncle almost got thrown off a ferry because of you. Good job!

And speaking of good job...my little cousin KJ...he's 18 now. But that night, he wouldn't talk to me, Uncle Foof (as he calls Mr. E, his godfather), his brother or his dad on the boat that night.

The next week, we all went to another Mets game together. Aunt Melissa had him in an Alfonzo t-shirt. Score another one for the good guys.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Oh I Am Soooooo Back

So my cousin -- I'll call her JD, as in Jersey Devil -- asks me a few weeks back if i was interested in seeing the Rangers / Devils game @ MSG.

Now for those who know me, I am first and foremost, a Mets fan and baseball fan, and hockey always came in second.

But there were times when the Rangers were more interesting to watch than the Mets, for many many many years. I don't want to say it questioned my love for baseball, but let's just say...many people still associate The Coop with being a big hockey fan and baseball fan secondary. Which was never the case, but people believe what they want to believe.

So I gave up on hockey for two big reasons. One was, the Rangers traded away "Mr. Lifer" Brian Leetch in 2004. That to me was inexcusable. Then they had the strike right afterwards. Never again, I said, would I give my all to two sports. It was baseball, my first love.

So I decided to cave and I get us tickets to Sunday's game. It was JD's first trip to the Garden. Since she is a partial plan holder at The Rock in Newark, she was far from impressed with the ancient MSG. Ha ha.

What we were hardly impressed with was the game. It was a big ol' snoozefest, not lots of hits, not lots of fights, heck it was a 0-0 tie till OT.

Then it happened.

Ranger (and former devil, whom I always loved) Brendan Shanahan scores the winning goal 30 seconds into OT and the place goes wild!!!!

My thought was....Oh I am sooooooo back.

Of course, JD wanted to leave and I said - honey, it's been a long time for me. I am celebrating!

Without further ado, I would like to send you over to Flushing University today for my piece on being a Mets and Ranger fan - we may share a similar color (blue shirts), but Mets and Ranger fans are a dying breed.

And, I have tickets queued up in another week to see the Rangers play the Penguins. I guess I am back.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Noids, Noids, Noids

Coop here, with a rare two posts in less than a week, um, week. I just had to comment on some craziness going on.

Basically, the long and short of it is...I have no real love for the offseason and any trade rumors that accompany it. And I mean, I take with a grain of salt most of the rumors that come around anyway.

But today's rumors...well it took the cake. Not to mention, they were even more outlandish than usual, Billy Beane AND Omar had to come out and basically say - yo, wasn't me.

My peeps over at Metsmerized Online (excellent job covering the winter meetings, y'all) had a pretty active dialogue today, due to these fine words here, which have since pretty much been retracted and laughed at by media, bloggers and fans alike:

"Minnesota has initiated talks for a three-way blockbuster with the Mets and A's. Here's how it would go down:

Mets send Jose Reyes, Kevin Mulvey, and Hector Pellot to A's.
A's send Bobby Crosby and Dan Johnson to Mets.
A's send Dan Haren to Twins. Twins send Johan Santana to Mets"

WHOA!! HELLO! My first thought was, if we give up Jose Reyes...we better not only get back Haren AND Santana...In addition to Cap Day, they should have Blow Job day instituted as promotional date.

And instead of Take HER Out to the Ballgame tote bag, give us females some battery operated tools (and a pic of Oh Pea with his shirt off). They can be Mets colors.

OK OK, I am getting way too ahead of myself. But you see, this is exactly why I hate not only Hot Stove season and Winter Meetings, it's something I really hate as being a Mets fan.

When Omar Minaya made some moves that seemingly solidified the team in the 2005 going into 2006 offseason, I thought -- what else is he going to do? And when he turned goat piss (Kris Benson) into gasoline (John Maine AND ultimately El Duque), I was hooked. Not to mention, he also walked on water for me when he got Oliver Perez. But that goes without saying (see: above).

I have been predicting something huge. Well, guess what folks...save Detroit getting better and Florida becoming de facto AAA team...

Blockbuster is just a video store chain nowadays. And Omar is physically restrained from making landscape changing deals. Why? Basically because they won't ask for Lastings Milledge anymore, but they'll ask for David Wright or Jose Reyes, our two stars.

So now what? Well, suffice to say that even if this Oakland/Minny/Mets three-way were even POSSIBLE or remotely close to ever happening in my lifetime, I might just have to re-reserve my spot on the 59th Street Bridge. Now, Johan is Johan...but Jose is JOSE! JOSE! JOSE! JOSE!!!!! What would we do without those chants?

More importantly...what would we do without him???

Save his slump and sulking in the last half, he is the sparkplug, the catalyst. David Wright is consistent, but Jose when he's on, he's not only on, he makes the team a lot better.

I don't care if G*d herself was pitching as a result of Jose being traded, NO WAY DO YOU EVER PULL THE TRIGGER ON A DEAL LIKE THAT OMAR!!!!! YOU HEAR ME!!!!!!

(Well, if you didn't, I'm sure most of the tri-state area has. )

I have an embryonic article in my head that will probably end up on F.U. soon about the next topic...But I dare say, pitching won championships 10-15 years ago. Who out there is an ace these days? Santana, Peavy, Webb? Everyone else are strong #2s and #3s. And if we really want to wax intellectual...we had two aces this year! In John Maine and Oh Pea.

So Johan? We don't need now stinkin' Johan! And besides...whoever gets him or if he is even traded this winter...will be screwed for mortgaging the farm. Because we all know, he's walkin' in 2008 to get his sweet moolah.

In closing, visit my family away from My Summer Family, Flushing University for my weekly article: Mets, Inc (the "inc" stands for "incompetence").

And yes, I'm still pissed about Lastings Milledge. DEAL WITH IT!!!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

You Have to Be Fucking Kidding Me, Omar

I know, I am a little late to the game here, but save emailing countless Mets fans, posting on blogs and forums, I had to truly think of the angle The Coop was going to take.

Last week, I was extolling the virtues of trading Guillermo Mota for a warm body, aka Johnny Estrada. Who was more than a warm body, but hey, at least a very serviceable catcher with some upside.

There was also some rumor that Estrada didn't have a contract in place and could be non-tendered if the Mets were to work out a deal with the O's to score Ramon Hernandez and Erik Bedard. But for who? Well, Lastings Milledge was always the centerpiece of any deal.

I mean let's think -- last year, we hear rumors of Stings for Zito straight up (or maybe Heilman thrown in, depending on who you heard from). Two years prior to that, Stings was the centerpiece for ANY deal involving Manny Ramirez. Even for the failed Roy Oswalt deal, Stings would have ended up...somewhere, potentially Baltimore.

Seemed to make sense that B-More might want some young flashy talent.

But yesterday...yesterday once again, has me saying not just "What the fuck are you doing to my team, Omar?" But...

FULL AUTONOMY MY BIG FAT ASS!!!!!!!!!!!

Now, Stings spent a good part of the season injured. Now, had he been well, I'm certain we would have seen a lot more of him. But save the "Bend Ya Knees"-gate at the beginning of the season, Stings seemed to be turning into a sort-of upstanding citizen. He shaves his trademark cornrows, cause he had to get his "grown man on." Jose Reyes had a special handshake with him and called him "Lasto." From the year prior, when we saw him going through the rigors of rookie initiation and felt scared that the prospect who had grown on Mets fans wouldn't make it, he comes back this year with a vengeance.

For a future-five-tool and impact player, he did serviceably well. In 184 ABs, he had a .272 average with 7 HRs and 29 RBIs. Pretty decent. Pretty sure we'd have no choice but to see him as our almost-everyday RFer next season.

Well, there goes that theory. And I quote:

"Convinced that they didn't undermine their chance to deal for a front-of-the-rotation pitcher when they traded Lastings Milledge on Friday, the Mets addressed two lesser but critical needs when they acquired catcher Brian Schneider and left-handed-hitting outfielder Ryan Church from the National."

What the fuck is that about???????????

OK we have a critical need at catcher? Ummmmm, no. Didn't we not trade for decent catcher Johnny Estrada last week, and I mean, if we want to wax intellectual, did we not WEAKEN the bullpen by doing so?

Now, here's what kills me. Ryan Church is listed as a LFer and CFer on his stats site on Yahoo!. Hmm, yes, too bad we aren't locked up in CF for like the next 900 years with Beltran and other OFers in the ranks, since they seem to grow on trees. But OK, so LF is ALSO taken care of by the exercise of Moises Alou's option. Unless we are expecting Alou to go down for the long stretch again (and let's not kid ourselves, that is exactly what we are doing), then OK Church fills that serviceable need.

But too bad Omar fucked it all up by getting a fucking bigot (because you know, there aren't enough rednecks in baseball) -- not exactly a bright thing in New York, my friend.

But here's the beauty part (note: sarcasm)....THIS DOES NOT FILL ANY SERVICEABLE NEED FOR THE METS AT THIS TIME!!!!!!!

Unbelievable.

Now, we have to convince ourselves (or rather, the Mets FO has to convince themselves) that they could not get anything more for Stings.

What a bunch of fucking bullshit. That has to be the most absurd thing I have ever heard in my life.

You mean to tell me -- and I mean, I am not GM, so take this with a grain of salt -- that by weakening the bullpen by taking Mota out (and I use the term "weaken" lightly, so get off my back, you all know I hated him, but we did lose an arm...so there)...not to mention, I keep hearing the same grumblings from Mets fans all over that not having Glavine's 200+ innings are going to bite us in the ass...

We trade our flashiest and sexiest name (besides of course, Wright, Reyes and Beltran) for literally bags of balls and washed up scrubs who topped out years ago (if they did at all)???

You mean to tell me, you couldn't get anything more for Stings? Is his name THAT tarnished throughout MLB?

You have to fucking kidding me. You can't tell me we couldn't have gotten at least two scrubs for the bullpen for Stings.

I can tell you right now...when Omar traded Jae Seo for Duaner Dirty Sanchez, I thought...what is he doing? My thought was...we can't lose pitching arms for a freaking middle reliever. Of course, I ate my words all season and love Dirty. And where's Seo now?

Then when he traded Kris Benson for two guys we never heard of...one of those became our ace this year...the other turned into our warrior. Of course, I thought Omar was out of his gourd.

Then came the benny of the doubt for Omar. Trading fan favorite Mike Cameron for Xavier Nady...who turned into our other ace.

Omar did have a track record for turning goat piss into gasoline, I'll tell you that.

And the one thing I have always given Omar credit for was, hey...he wasn't the guy who traded Kazmir for Zambrano.

But let's go back to the Kris Benson trade. Shit, let's go back to the Kazmir trade. Let's even go back to when the Mets traded Kevin Mitchell in the 1986 going into 1987 offseason. And let's look at today's debacle with trading Lastings Milledge.

What is the common denominator with these moves?

The money men remain the same.

We all know one thing about our Freddo. HE HATES GUYS WHO QUESTION AUTHORITY. He hates guys who bring negative attention to themselves.

He hates non-yes men. He hates those who perceive to be a threat to the "family friendly" vibe of Mets baseball.

Meanwhile, you would think Fred to be such a prude, that he has never sat in the stands with his core fan base...that he never sat in the bleachers at Ebbets Field. Where I am certain that the talk was less than G-rated.

Now, I would have a ton more respect for Jim Duquette and for Omar Minaya if they stood up to Fred and were like -- let me do my job and if you want to deal with the fallout of dealing these prospects, be my guest. Fuckin fire me if you don't agree. But I run my team the way I want. I'd be like - right on, man! Fred's nothing but a pussy anyway. He'd back down, I'm sure.

Now of course, the most recent moves (Benson, Kazmir) have all turned out to be 20 / 20 hindsight positive moves.

Trading Stings to not only a contender we face almost 20 times per year...for two never have and never will-bes...this could be the disaster of unmitigated proportions.

Omar, I want to have your back. I really do. I even thanked you when I met you for doing such a great job with my team, hell, I even told you we had a lot in common! And unless you know something about someone having a hard-on (besides you, of course) for either Church or Schneider, then hats off if you can actually do something good for the team.

But in this Mets' fans view, you have significantly weakened the team. And Bart Giamatti-help you if Willie goes down for this mess you have created and not try to make better. I will turn my pro-Omar camp into a pro-Willie camp tomorrow if that's the case (and you all know how much I hate Willie).

I'm done -- visit some other great perspectives that have made me chuckle and alternatively quiver in fear at:

Brooklyn Met Fan (Damn you, Omar!)

Go Mets, Die Braves (not for the feint of heart)

Blastings Thrilledge (btw, this is truly a funny blog and I hope a name change does not occur)

You Can't Script Baseball's "we trusted you!" monologue (Ms. SNK refuses to come up to the 59th Street Bridge...YET...but will wait to see what Omar does next)

And our buddies at Metsmerized several unique takes on the situation.

From the organization that has given you Seaver to the Reds for a bunch of spare parts that don't amount to much, Kazmir for Zambrano, Bannister for Burgos, I give you...

Lastings Milledge for Ryan Church and Bryan Schneider.

Whatever. I'm fried. It's never easy being a Mets fan.