Thursday, February 28, 2008

You Have Some 'Splainin To Do, Port St. Lucie...

So this weekend some of the not-exactly-ready-for-prime-time-players are heading down to catch some sun, a bit of summer, some beers...and oh yeah a little bit of SPRING TRAINING BABY!!!!

By "not-exactly-ready-for-prime-time-players," I mean the likes of...
Moi
SNK and one of her pals
Zoe
Dykstraw (& his lady)
CrazyMetGirl (a blog "groupie" LOL) and her son
plus Blog legend Matt Cerrone from Metsblog

So on our agenda includes: three baseball games -- including two at Tradition Field and one at Dodgertown; going to the bowling lanes where David Wright was featured on last year in Mets Weekly; hopefully, me catching some rays by the pool; and this little shindig Saturday night. For those of you who are down there and can make it, drop by. We'll probably be the crew wearing lots of Mets gear. Plus, Zoe has this notion that we are going to get on television...well if we are, I'll probably be the crazy lady stalking Oliver Perez!!

Anyway, I'll be back sometime Monday, with pics and hopefully some good stories. In the meantime, I am Florida Dreaming, on such a cold winter's day. Yes, I know it's a horrible Mamas & Papas reference, but deal with it.

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Did anyone hear this one? Scott "Shit Lip" Spiezio was released by the Cardinals today, apparently in reference to a warrant that is out for his arrest, regarding a DWI.

Hmm, it would have been nice if they did something about this guy though, for the same damn thing. Is Willie Randolph running things over there? I keed, I keed.

Guess they wouldn't get rid of him, though, since they had rings to distribute.

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And on a side note, I got a note from Metsgrrl last night, putting in her pre-season order for Coop box tickets. She and her TBF are buying a game the first week against the Phils, since I will not be in town. Plus she and I have already taken dibs on the foam finger day...I think that Mr. E might fight her on it though...

I will also probably miss Johan's first home start which is a bummer, but I'll be seeing him tomorrow in PSL, so I guess that's good.

So the word is...ask The Coop about games...and I will see if they are free.

I discount if you buy more than one game.

Email me and let me know.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Ollie Gets Paid, Bitchez

So I'm sure everyone knows by now that Oliver Perez won his arbitration case and is getting paid to the tune of $6.5 million.

Now, everyone knows that I am probably the biggest Oh Pea fan there is...well, except for maybe *this* person...but I have to say...are people on crack?

Seriously. OK I know that pitching, especially that of a starting nature, is at a premium these days. Save the Johan trade, which I feel the Mets made off like bandits, Danny Haren, a decent starter, netted like 100 prospects in the Arizona system, to the liking of prospect-lover Billy Beane. Jon Garland was traded to Anaheim straight up for a starting SS in Orlando Cabrera.

And Lastings Milledge got us two scrubs. But I digress. This is about pitching.

My point is, I get that Ollie deserved a raise this year. No question, given that he was a semi-legit ace (OK, i know that was kinda oxymoron-ish, but if you know Oh Pea, you get it).

But I have to take the Mets side here. Given that we have no idea which Pea will show up - Dr. Oliver Jekyll or Mr. Ollie Hyde (like in 2006)?

Plus...it makes SO MUCH SENSE why he and the Satan Boras won't negotiate prior to the offseason.

If Jekyll shows up, he makes a mint. If Hyde shows up, the Mets will be like - told ya so. But what's the worst that can happen to Pea then? He gets paid Gil Meche money? Oh, cry me a river.

Look, Pea, you know I love you. I do. But let's get real here. Give credit where it is due. You would be floundering in the Pirates system or worse, somewhere like where Gil Meche is playing, and be a sub-.500 pitcher. Rick Peterson, the METS made you who you are. An ace in the making. A dude who won't have the heat on you because you have a legit ace covering your butt.

So you better, like Carlos Beltran, put your money where your dick is. And step it up.

I love you.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Who YOU Callin' Big Pussy?

The Coop has officially taken Carlos Beltran off the Big Pussy Posse list. Not sure who is taking his place, but I'll tell you what. Beltran has about the quote of the year -- and the regular season hasn't even started yet! -- from an interview with Kevin Bukhardt (Hat tip to the boys at Metsblog for this one).

"So, this year, tell Jimmy Rollins we are the team to beat." - Carlos Beltran

OK...who are you and what have you done with Carlos Beltran??? Has he been possessed by the balls of Jimmy Rollins?

I mean, we have to admit, that is a BOLD statement, especially coming from Carlos Beltran, who in all respects is very quiet, subdued...until, you know, he comes out and starts describing in percentages how his health is.

The difference between Jimmy Rollins' statement in 2007 and Beltran's statement now is...of course, 2007 is in the past now, and Rollins backed his shit up with an MVP year and got his team into the playoffs. Beltran now has to do his part.

But hey if that means Mets baseball in October AND an MVP year for Beltran, I'm not gonna complain.

So he may be off the Big Pussy roster...but I still have permission to make fun of him when he pulls a "I'm-not-well-enough-to-play" bitch stunt.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Ollie = Trade Bait

With one day left to go for P's and C's down in Florida...and a few weeks before I trek off with Zoe and SNK to PSL, I started to think. 'Cause you know, I do that sometimes.

The Mets, for once, have a strong pitching staff and will be less taxing on their bullpen, somewhat. Possibly the most well-rounded team I've seen in my years as a fan.

But, who's the odd man out? I say its Oh Pea. I won't elaborate here though...you gotta get yourself to Flushing University, and read my column -- Odd Man Out. I hate saying it, but 'tis true.

Discuss!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Santana Sabor

Coincidentally, the same day as Johan's big presser, I had the day off. I stayed home, cleaned a little, then was able to watch the press conference, introducing our new man, Johan Santana!!!

After the unbelievable deal, we waited for the physical, and the subsequent dreaming of can-it-really-be-true...I almost wouldn't have believed that Santana would be a Met...until I saw him with this on (and sorry, Zoe, I shamelessly stole this idea from you, my love!!)How sexy is that, bitchez?!?!?!?!?!?!? Yeeeeeeaaaaaaahhhhh.

Now, I didn't know a lot about Johan personally - I know he is from Venezuela, I know he is probably the best pitcher in baseball (next to Peavy and Webb, and how interesting to see them pitching in the same league now), I also know that he is widely known as a good baseball guy and ambassador, clubhouse favorite, fan favorite, real team player. Well, he came across as all that in the presser. Some things I gathered from the show:

1.) He does volunteer work with local kids. He seems to feel that even though he is a star baseball player, he still can use this celebrity as a means to make the world a little bit better. He is also very articulate (in both languages!), smart and knows exactly what to say. He'll do fine with the NY media.

2.) He is very good friends with Luis Castillo. He also said, which struck me as interesting, that the first person who called him after the trade was Jose Reyes. Had no idea they were even buds. He apparently loves Luis and loves Jose. Score. Built-in buds. David Wright was also at the presser and it is obvious that, as far as psyched goes, he beats us fans any day of the week.

3.) We know he was beloved in Minnesota. But already we are seeing #57 jerseys out there. It is amazing (no pun intended) to have a bona fide Cy Young guy on the team. In my generation! The truly last time we had that was with Frank Viola (another Minny alum) and Dwight Gooden. But Viola played on a Mets team that sucked (well, they were okay...a little), and Dwight Gooden, well, we all know what happened to him.

4.) Finally, I was most impressed with his thoughts about the trade and his willingness to extend prior to playing any game as a Met. He was very diplomatic in saying that he wanted the best deal out there for the Twins, period. And he is excited about playing in New York! Think about how many players who come here (See: Mike Hampton, See: Robby Alomar) and hate the idea of playing here, only to get on the first train out of here the second they can.

Now, as a Mets fan, if you are not truly excited about the prospect of seeing this dude on the mound every 5th day, then you are so not a true Mets fan, I am sorry!! I know we gave up a lot for him, but with this one fell swoop, my Sweet Pea is now a 4th starter. How unbelievable. Oh Pea could be a #2-3 starter on any other team (seriously, given the pitching structure of baseball teams), he is slotted in a no-pressure spot. Amazing.

So now...it's up to the team to execute. Carlos Delgado, please find your bat. Carlos Beltran, stop being a pussy. Moises Alou, please be well for more than 2/3s of the season. Jose Reyes, get your head out of your ass. David Wright, keep doing what your doing. And let Pedro, Johan, Maine, Oh Pea and Duque do what they need to do every 5th day.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Santana...Smooth...

As we patiently await the presser, enjoy the stylings of Johan's theme song and namesake - Carlos Santana! W/ Rob Thomas...You're soooo smooth. Back with original content soon, I promise.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Tell Me Im Not Dreaming!

Another youtube clip, inspired by Johan. Well, he passed the Lets Get Physical test...now...I am having a tough time believing that Johan is OURS!!!!!! In the meantime, enjoy this montage of clips starring Jermaine and Michael Jackson...Too good to be true...

Let's Get Physical...

Pending Johan's physical, we are awaiting word from the Mets camp about the official presser. Fingers crossed! In the meantime, enjoy this oldie but goodie from Miss Olivia Newton John...

Friday, February 01, 2008

UNBELIEVABLE!!

Johan is a Met...it's official!! More later, until then, enjoy Sandy and Tom, the ulti-pimp!