Wednesday, April 29, 2009

We Are Our Own Worst Enemy

OK, I'm not one to panic so early in the season.

But I'm starting to believe the hype.

Where do I begin?

Today's game alone is enough.

David Wright LOB = FIVE

Lindstrom comes in with a 9+ ERA and we STILL cannot buy a hit.

J.J. Putz is officially on my shit list.

I thought the bullpen was where we IMPROVED. Meanwhile, back at camp, we are on our way to blowing way more saves this season than last.

To add insult to injury, the team leaves the bases freaking LOADED in the bottom of the ninth, with two men on with NO outs. And still cannot at the very least tie the game.

And Jerry Manuel is doing his BEST Willie Randolph impression. I would agree with taking out Johan when he did in the game (We don't want our ace straining himself this early in the season), but pinch hitting Santos for Castro who was doing well? That sounds like a Patented BIC Willie (BIC = Baseball Intellectually Challenged) move.

For the rest of the time - Oliver Perez is reminding that Victor Zambrano DOES indeed live.

This team is 2-4 against the Marlins already this season. And lost TWO games to a Ramirez-less Marlins. And they are 2-1 against the Nats.

And we lose games by ONE run.

I think I've figured it out. This team has NO killer instinct.

The discussion today was how David Wright is the face of the franchise but he represents the franchise - nice guys, afraid of raising a fuss. And being GIGANTIC pussies when the chips are down. It sucks that DW is getting booed now, and I am not one who boos her own team. But it's starting to get justified with DW.

I promised myself not to get too worried till May 1. But that's Friday. And they have the day off tomorrow. And this team totally SUCKS.

And once again, Johan Santana is denied a well-deserved win.

Monday, April 27, 2009

What, Me Worry?

It's funny how a win will make you forget the pain of a loss the day before.

From the rooms in BMF screaming about Oh Pea, to people on Metsblog wondering whether to skip Oh Pea's next start or to demote him to AAA, many of us wondered if the Marlins would win tonight.  Although they were on a four-game losing streak, we all know losing streaks come to die in Flushing.  

Would John Maine would once again be our savior against the Marlins?

Of course, that happened.  John Maine OWNS the Marlins.  We needed him to come through for us the last Saturday in September 2007.  He came through when we needed him to ease the pain of the "morning after" an Oh Pea start.  

John Maine also apparently owns Hanley Ramirez, who is day-to-day after being hit by a pitch tonight.  I missed the play unfortunately.  Does anyone think it was intentional?

Carlos Delgado may be out with an injury, but replacement player Gary Sheffield (in for Daniel Murphy!), more than made up for it with an RBI.  Delgado hurt himself sliding into third on his triple yesterday...yet Daniel Murphy AND David Wright both hit triples with him being out.

And Omir Santos MORE than made us forget about forgettable Brian Schneider (although I still think he has a nice tushy).  

So now tomorrow...we have Livan "He shall be a good man" Hernandez starting.  The Rangers are also in a forced Game Seven (I am NOT liking my teams dive when it counts).  

Will I worry?  Nah.  It's not May 1st yet.  Until then, I'm enjoying my post-Traumatic Mets Disorder.  I don't go through the ups-and-downs of the season yet.  

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Why anyone is surprised that Oh Pea is starting off the way he is?  He did this shit last season, he did it in 2007, and people are all up in arms about his admittedly maddening start.  Unfortunately, Mets fans are a tad justified in being upset about it because we are paying $12 million per year for him.

All I can say is...he's ours, he'll come around, we have to deal with it.  By May, he'll be fine.

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Now earlier I said  John Maine owns the Marlins.  Judging from his short stats from 2008, he didn't exactly do that well (lost one start to them prior to being injured - not sure how many starts he had against them), but in 2007 - did you know he won five games against the Fish?  

I have to believe John Maine will come around.  He will be simply because he has to be!

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Very interested to see Johnson vs Johan on Wednesday...

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Heeee-ere's BMF! (And Others...)

I'm not talking about this series.  Please don't mention Swiffers, m'k?  

Today, we are going to talk about some good things!!  

BMF Adam had an exclusive with the Doc himself, Dwight Gooden (in case, you know, you needed clarification), on the way to sitting at the Mo's Zone.  I gotta get me some seats in there.  Anyway, please click on the videos and watch away.  You get to see in the second link questions the likes of Always Amazin Artus, Zoe, Metstradamus and moi asked.  'Cause that's how we roll.

Enjoy - and just so you aware, I might be taking a Mets Sabbatical and rooting for the RANGERS instead.  Not baseball Rangers, hockey for you folk who still have a late-winter/early-spring family.  I will try to Monday-morning GM soon.  Maybe on...Monday?



Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Oh Pees The Bed

As a fan remarked to me in Blondie's tonight, the Cardinals will be an over-.500 team. Since Oh Pea was dominating them earlier in the game, it seemed almost true. 'Cause you know Oh Pea only kills teams that are good - it's the really pitiful poor teams that dominate Ollie.

I wonder where the Mets would fit in, if Pea were to start against them. 'Cause I gotz to tell ya, it's not looking good. Just like last season, it was hard to get bent over losses in April but I had a revelation last night. Wins count in April just as much as they do in August or September. Will last night's game be one of "dag, we shoulda won that one when we had the chance?"

Unfortunately, we cannot predict the future, which could also include a 20-game winning streak, including a perfect game and a no-hitter. Heh. I can dream, right?

Anyway, I am turning this post into an early-season WWCD (or "What Would Coop Do?") tirade. It would be so so so so SO easy for me to pick Oh Pea. However, he's Pea. We knew what we would get, and of course you knew as soon as he gave up two runs, Bad Ollie or Ollie Hyde returned. So be it. We have him for three years. We gotta deal.

But we also "gotta deal" someone that I think we all know has to go. And that's Daniel Murphy. And if I were Omar Minaya, I would be on the horn with every AL General Manager RIGHT NOW to see if they need a very disciplined DH who can play the infield (sort of) and can be a late-inning defensive (ok, that's a stretch) replacement.

Daniel Murphy has singlehandedly cost this team two losses already. OK, last night's game was a bit of a clusterfuck in that Carlos Beltran forgot Baseball Fundamentals 101 in forgetting to fucking slide and being called out thus killing a potential rally and Ollie Hyde taking the place of Dr. Oliver Jekyll Perez. Not to mention, in the first game a Daniel Murphy play cost the team, the rest of the offense just did not show up, leaving Johan pitching a game he deserved to win (and we would never talk of a Daniel Murphy muff again).

But if we hold onto him any longer, he's going to continue to muff up plays in the OF AND it will start to show up in other parts of his game, such as his money-maker of his fantastic bat.

I know my opinion won't be liked. But hey, I don't care. I also suggested that Aaron Heilman should start, but who the hell am I?

I like Murph. But we gotta nip this Daniel Murphy bug in the bud and get someone who plays the OF as pro. Should we promote F-Mart? Or trade for Holliday in Oakland? Yeah, yeah, I know. *JUST* Murphy won't do it. But should we throw F-Mart in that mix too?

Like many of you, I'd like to hold onto the kids and love the one we're with (Like IrishMike said last night). Unfortunately, that's just not gonna fly with the rest of Queens. We have to make a change, cause Barack Obama's ideology isn't translating well with the Mets.

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In the meantime, Andrew over at The 'Ropolitans has a Twitter poll up over "Who's to Blame?" A jokester suggested Molina (who continued to be a Met killer even after the 2006 NLCS). But it's great.

By the way, if you want to see some crazy tweets from the Coop, fret not, as I now have a Twitter feed. Follow my tweets as Coopz22.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Cawfee Talk

I'm sitting here, wishing I had a coffee maker and that Dunkin Donuts was a bit closer to where I live.  Cause I use a cup o' joe, but I could also use this craptastic weather to go bye-bye, much like the Bad Version of Oh Pea.  Oh well.  Anyway, I can pretend to a drink a cup of coffee, and you can pretend to share one with me and listen - cause hell, no one wants to listen to ANOTHER opinionated Mets fan and her views on life, or more aptly her views on the team.

So pull up a chair, dear Mets fans, and pour yourself a faux cup of...something and listen, whether you like it or not!  

The first thing I'd like to discuss is the whole runners-in-scoring-position business.  Yes, I know that 100 men have been L'd-O-B in 12 games.  Yes I know that Jerry Manuel has gone against his own philosophy to play the proverbial "hot hand" with players - why sit Luis Castillo yesterday?  I know, can you believe that I'M asking that question.  

But I can't get too bent.  This team is .500.  Jason over at Faith and Fear says that he would worry if at the end of the month, they were 5-13.  Sure, they are over the mathematical hump of the 5 wins.  The pitching has been good and the bullpen has certainly not given Mets fans a reason to refill their Tums supply in the medicine cabinet.   

But David Wright needs to have a self-imposed celibacy period soon.  Stop having sex = start hitting more.  Jose Reyes needs to stop swinging for the fences each time he's at the plate.Jerry, please make him do push-ups when that happens.  Delgado needs to stop hitting into crucial double plays.  But is this something we can change?  Is this something to work on?  Sure it is.  But it's something, I believe, that will get better in time, when all cylinders click.  This is a relatively small sample set of games.  If I got upset every time the Mets lost, I'm sure I'd have way more grey hairs right now.

The second is - what is this love-fest that I see for the Marlins?  Yes I recognize they have gotten off to a hot start.  Yes I know they have the best SS in the league (shock! horror! gasp!  But I gotta give credit where it's due) with Hanley Ramirez.  I know Josh Johnson is the real deal.  Jayson Stark over at ESPN says the same thing but also adds in his legit concerns about their questionable defense and bullpen, and strikeout issues.

But this man-crush that the MLB network has for the team or more succinctly the verbal ball-licking of Larry Beinfest (Marlins head of Baseball Operations) on the network is enough to make me go *hurl*.  

Yes, I know NOT to ignore the Marlins, particularly for their performance or rather the "let-me-at-'em-I'll-splat-'em" attitude towards the Mets.   But to call them legitimate contenders this early in the season?  They'll come back down to earth.  

Look at their schedule thus far.  They have had SIX GAMES against the one-win Nationals, for Pete's sakes.  The Nationals beat the Phils, for the record.  A team mostly everyone has anointed as NL East champs, with a 5-6 record as of now.  

Likewise, the Mets COULD HAVE easily taken two out of three or even swept the series against the Marlins but they're pussies and don't know any better.  Not to mention, with the exception of the Nationals, the Marlins are ahead of the pack in wins so far in the division.  But wait till they start playing the Mets and Phils more.  And realer teams like the west coast teams.  

And save the series against the Braves they have had, lots of ONE RUN difference games for the Fishies.  Sounds like another team LOSING lots of one-run games.  

For the record, Pittsburgh Pirates are also a .500 team.  Do you think they are a force to be reckon with?  They're young, they're green.  They aint going anywhere.  

Like Jason said earlier, I will start to worry about the Mets after the initial honeymoon period of the month of April.  Believe me, no one knows more than The Coop what crucial wins are at ANY point of the season (especially with this team).  But am I going to lose sleep over April?  Nah.  

Talk to me again in May.  

As for coffee, I hope you enjoyed yours, but I am upset that Dunkin Donuts is ending their 99 cent small latte promotion...but is having 50-cent Iced Coffee Day tomorrow.  w00t!

And Let's Go RANGERS!!!! Clap! Clap!  Clap-clap-clap! I just spoke with Mr. E that back when, I used to not even pay attention to the Mets till the Rangers hockey season was over.  Whenever that was.  So maybe I am getting into it...

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Home Walks, Mt. Rushmore and Two Weeks Later...

I'm sure you have all been waiting with baited breath over my feelings for the last week at CitiField and most importantly, the last two weeks of the Mets season.

Just a few observations I have made:

1.) I realized I have been suffering from "Post-Traumatic Mets Disorder" due to the finish of the last two seasons. Hence why I have not only been at a loss for words (who? really? me?), but also why I have been along with every other Mets fan just pretty hardened and not into cheering these last few days.  Except for when Johan shut down the Brew Crew on Saturday, and when Sheff hit the big five-oh-oh.  Oh and when Luis Castillo hit the walk-off single on Friday night.  Luis Castillo?

2.) My season seats are up in the Promenade. All the good snack stands are down behind Centerfield, in the field area. Therefore, go for the gusto and get the ribs (if you eat meat, which I do not), the box frites (which I DEFINITELY do partake in) and beer. Because it's gonna burn more calories when you go all the way downstairs and back up for food.

3.) People who feel the need to complain about our nice new state-of-the-art stadium need to take a Valium. We wanted it - we got it - deal with it. You are much closer to the field that you were at Shea ever, and do you really need to see every foul ball hit into the stands? I think you can gather what happens if the batter goes back to the batter-box, okay?  Not to mention there are people who complain about the scoreboard.  You want the line-up available as soon as you walk into a stadium?  Go to Wrigley Field.

4.) Will from Smear the Queer makes me laugh my ass off, no matter what the situation on the field.  And European tourists eally need to learn baseball etiquette. Especially if they get up right before Carlos Delgado hits a home run. But, as Will asked, what if he feels like walking?  

Will also wore Daniel Murphy's shirt.  

5.) I attended the first Mets loss and first Mets win at CitiField ever.  I also attended Johan fest on Saturday, with his getting the win, and drawstring bag giveaway!

6.) Section 522 in the Promenade is going to be INSANE. I had to break up three fights in the third inning at Opening Night. No, seriously.

7.) Dwight "Doc" Gooden was probably my fondest and most romanticized Mets love since my childhood. Had a chance to meet him at Modell's Times Square promoting the Mo's Zone at CitiField.  








8.)  At Saturday's game, I got to meet with some of the Blogging All-Stars in the Jackie Robinson Rotunda.  Thanks to fanboy Charlie H,   we organized a meet-and-greet with the likes of Zoe, Greg from FAFIF and Steve from Kranepool Society.  We also had the good fortune to see Mike Silva by the #42 and Alex Belth from Bronx Banter.  


Kranepool Society coined us the "Mt. Rushmore of Bloggers," while Greg remarked not only on the irony of having a "club-only" separate entrance (which Dana Brand did as well - unfortunately, we did not see him Saturday!) in an area dedicated to Jackie Robinson, but the Rotunda's feel was more of a social studies class.  Sad, but true.  

9.)  Two weeks after the road opener and the kick-off of the 2009 season, we've won two series, lost two series, Johan has a sick ERA and a 2-1 record, and have had more 1-run difference games than I care to remember.  The Mets are a .500 team as of today.  The reasons for this have to do with situational hitting.  During a Tweet feed today, someone said that the population of the LOBs on the Mets is equivalent to that of a small country.  True, so I have to believe that this is a phase and they will get out of it.  Soon, I hope.  

10.)  I think that the whole Putz/K-Rod set-up is a good thing, but I think that Omar Minaya had in mind to be more runs scored in those games.  Not 1-0 games where Johan gets the win.   The theme here?  SCORE MORE RUNS!!!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Promotions R' Us

Hey kids, Coop here.  I know I have been late to the party with opening week at CitiField, and I'm sure y'all are DYING to hear some of my observations.  Well, fret not folks, as I will have something later tonight, pics, funny sayings, etc.  See, today will be my last game till next week, and then that will be it for the month of April for the Coop.  

In the meantime, please make some time to visit the following sites and promotions, and tell 'em the Coop sent ya!  Or not...whatever.

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Enjoy and visit often.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Little Things That Kill

Perhaps the Mets need to go back to the basics. Forget the 80-pitch drills to Carlos Delgado. Forget the extra batting practice for Luis Castillo. Forget David Wright doing the Jedi-mind trick to forget that there are 2 outs and men on base (which he did with a ginormous JACK to momentarily tie the game up when it looked out of reach).

Like yesterday, Daniel Murphy learned the hard way that he should be using TWO hands to grab a fly ball out. And he did so tonight - twice.

But once again, the Mets get bit in the ass by an error that changed the way of the game. Mr. E didn't even really notice that Ryan Church's fumble in right field was considered an error. Then the balk came and then...whomp, there it is.

I have to believe they will come around. But these last two losses, which were at points incredibly WINNABLE, are tough to swallow, even this early in the season.

And why is that two suck-as-hell relievers leave the Mets and then DOMINATE against them?

It's like what Gavin Rossdale once sang - it's always the little things that kill.

Guess we'll have to get them Wednesday.

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We interrupt this very important My Summer Family posting to bring you the following...

The Modell's Times Square (42nd St and 7th Ave) store is hosting an event on Wednesday, April 15, from 3:30 - 4:45 pm, for the launch of Mo's Zone.

Join ultra-super-special guests Modell's president Seth Horowitz, CEO Mitchell Modell and Doc Gooden, whom I won't insult your intelligence telling you who HE is!

Here is some information I received on Mo's Zone. Drop by if you are in the area!

**The Mo's Zone area of Citi Field is an exciting area in the brand new ball park that will quickly become a fan-favorite destination for passionate fans to cheer on their NY Mets.

* This area will be the new home for the best Mets fans in New York!

* In right/right-center field at Citi Field, there are two field-level sections of seating that together make up an area which will quickly become known as The Mo's Zone.

* The Mo's Zone area is led-off by a 72 foot span across the outfield warning track where the traditional padded outfield wall is replaced by a chain link fence.

* Directly above this span of fence is the Mo's Zone fan section (specifically seating sections #101 & #102). Within this area will sit nearly 400 of the most passionate Mets fans known to mankind. The area will be full of energy and is uniquely tucked beneath the porch overhead which hangs 18 feet out and over the playing field.

* Beneath the Mo's Zone lives The Modell's Clubhouse. The Modell's Clubhouse is set behind the chain link fence and will consist of dugout-style benches backed by five full sized garage-style overhead doors. Those doors open up to a private fan hospitality area which can accommodate up to 70 fans. The only thing that will separate fans in the Modell's
Clubhouse from the playing field is the chain link fence. Fans attending a game inside the Modell's Clubhouse will be as close to the playing field during the game as you can get without being one of the players!

MAKING THE MO'S ZONES. THE MO'S ZONE
The Mo's Zone and Modell's Clubhouse will surely become areas in high demand for those fans looking to experience the game in a truly memorable way.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Are You Ready For Some BASEBALL!?!!??!?

Yesterday may have been the traditional calendar religious holiday...but TODAY.  Today is the start of the new year.  The truly religious, holiest of the holy days.

It's the Mets Home Opener 2009.

Certainly, this is not the first day of the Mets year, being 6 games into the season.  However, that was a warm-up, the "Christmas" of those days before the New Year.  But this is the true start of the season for the devout ones, the day they start going to the park for the next few months to drink the sweet nectar of the baseball gods (um, beer) and eat the traditional meals of our forefathers (hot dogs, popcorn and peanuts).  

It also wipes the slate clean of road trips, spring training, last year's performance and brings the hope of a new year.

So bring it on!!!  Game time is 7:10 pm...different having an Opening Day being "Opening Night" in Flushing.  A first for me, anyway.  

PLAY BALL!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

2008: The Sequel

Here are a few of my observations from this short season.

a.) The Mets can't hit with runners in scoring position.
2.) Pitching is NOT the problem this season, despite what others may say.
D.) The Mets STILL can't hit with runners in scoring position.

What else can I say?  Though Josh Johnson, contrary to popular does not suck, pitched his ass off, there were several opportunities for the Mets to score and did not.  Which by the way would have given Johan is very deserved win.  

One was where Jose Reyes swung at the very first pitch when it looked like there was a bit of a rally going on.  I hope Jerry had him doing pushups in between innings after that pathetic display of attempting to hit.  I know Johnson was dealing, but that just REEKS of desperation.

The other was basically Friday's game.  John Maine brought it.  He looked shaky at times - given that he gave up two mondo-bombs, but all in all he did what he needed to do and didn't get the loss...The Mets unfortunately, DID take a loss.  I was encouraged that Maine looked good, but discouraged that the team could be so pitiful.  All in all, it's April...but still the wins still count contrary to popular belief.

I know that situational and RISP is a tough "stat" to quantify, but if we can quantify on-base percentage, plus runs scored not to mention runs-batted-in, there is no reason why we cannot quantify RISP.  And if we could, the Mets would be DEAD LAST in that category.  Starring: David Wright and Carlos Beltran (who ironically is MSF's prediction for MVP).

The only time I saw signs of life was when they already had the lead.  Saturday night the hits flowed like good beer at a fraternity party.  And that's because...the pressure was in a sense off. And you KNOW it's not a good thing when Luis Castillo is your offensive might.    

So my philosophy is this.  The Mets will score lots of runs when the pressure is off.  

They will not when there are ducks on the pond and they are losing 1-0.  

And today was not Daniel Murphy's fault.  

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Today is not the only religious holiday.  We have another one tomorrow, Mets Home Opener at CitiField.  Mr. E is all excited, he hasn't been there yet, he's gonna go up a few hours before the game to do his "tour."

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Anytime after that, tell them The Coop sent ya...and get charged double.  I KEED!  I KEED!  But seriously folks, check out the website for other merch.  You won't be disappointed.

And on the front page is the Shea Goodbye ceremony from the last Saturday home game...watch to see The Coop be blathering idiot (I tend to get that way after a long baseball season).

Friday, April 10, 2009

Back to the Old Drawing Board

We are already three games into the season, yet I am frustrated beyond all compare.

The first game, the team leaves a bajillion guys on base, and only win 2-1.  But hey, the bullpen pitched three-plus scoreless innings.  That's a bonus, right?

And then the next game - aye carumba.  Big Pelf gets his dancing shoes back on, has a few shaky innings then comes back to rock.  Only this time the new-and-improved bullpen decides to make it interesting.

But the third game...defies any logic, reason or explanation to me.  How many times have we said, "If only Oliver Perez could..." fill-in-the-blank.  If only Oliver Perez didn't get a huge payday.  If only Oliver Perez went somewhere else and we had Derek Lowe.  If only Oliver Perez wasn't Victor Zambrano on a bad day.  Or on a good day.  If only Oh Pea didn't implode. 

The offense comes together, but even the bullpen lets some inherited runners score.  What else can we do?  I guess, we win some, we lose some.  

See, I have a philosophy about musicians who get married.  They get pussy-ified.  Now, it's happening to my baseball players.  

I guess the good news is...it's only the third game of the season and Oh Pea can theoretically get his shit together.  Another thing is the weather.  I typically notice in his first road game of the season, he tends to get shelled.  But I'd like to see the 15-win Oh Pea come back now.  K-thx-bye.

But it's just so frustrating still - no matter when it is in the season - to lose imminently winnable games.  I guess that is my point.  

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Like most of the baseball world, I was shocked to hear about the rookie Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart tragic accident yesterday.  My condolences to the Angels and Adenhart's family.  Just a day after a fan died in a brawl in the stands there.  What an odd start to the season.

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The Rangers in hockey officially clinched a playoff berth yesterday.  Let's go RAN-GERS!!!  

But of course I decided at the last minute to go to the game.  And am promptly hungover.  Why did I think this was a good idea?

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

New Season, Same Ol' Assholes

The game is still going on, so I'm going to wait to weigh in on my thoughts on the team, at least till after the Reds series.  Anyway I found three articles relating to baseball and idiots, and I thought you might get as big a kick as I did out of them.  Well, almost all of them.

Today was the World Series ring ceremony at Citizens Bank Park, and Philadelphia fans are keeping it classy as per usual.  Adam Eaton, now a pitcher on the Orioles, got a dispensation to be with the team today to get his well-deserved ring.  So what do Phillies fan?  

They boo.

Are you fucking kidding me?  The article even made mention of Jimmy Rollins calling their fans front-runners, but I mean, what the hell?  Derek Lowe made a trip from his then-new team L.A. Dodgers to Boston to get his ring, and at least Sox fans had the goodwill to cheer a dude who helped them win their first ring in forever.  This just proves that Phillies fans are nothing but frontrunning assholes.

Next is Joba Chamberlain and his DUI arrest last year.  As Bugs Bunny would say, what a maroon.  Like Mel Gibson did back at his DUI, Joba further proves the adage of...um...well, instant asshole = just add alcohol.  Seriously, he gets pulled over and manages to rip on a Yankee legend AND their fans?  Tell us how you really feel Joba.

Last is sort of sad but also ties into the theme here.  A fight broke out at the Angels game (their fans really aren't known as particularly vicious, passionate or violent), and a fan died as a result of injuries sustained in the brawl.  What is this world coming to?  Last year, a fan died at Shea riding the "rails" of the escalators (allegedly, since this was never totally proven), and a fight breaks out at an Opening Day (a joyous occasion, mind you) game for the ANGELS and he suffers a fatal injury?

I don't know why I hope every year, the fans get brighter.  The fans will get better.  People will respect each other.  

But this is just ridonkulous.  My sympathies to the man's family.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Coop's Crystal Ball 2009

All right, all right, all right!  I'm trying to get my game face on because quite frankly, I am not prepared for this season at all!!!  So although I am in denial that tomorrow is supposed to be the road season opener for the Mets, it is that time of the year that Coop throws some shit to the wall and see if it sticks for 2009.

1.)  Much ado has been made of the JJ Putz and K-Rod additions to solidify the 'pen for '09.  But I predict that while we are going to get our money's worth out of those two, Sean Green -- the so-called "throw-in" in the Putz deal -- will do great things for us.  We're going to like him.

2.)  John Maine is the X-factor in the starting rotation this year.  Oh Pea will get his shit together eventually and Johan is, well, Johan.  Big Pelf will be fine and Livan Hernandez will be as well.  John Maine though - how the rotation performs is contingent on HIM getting his shit together.

3.)  All that said, Johan Santana will win the Cy Young this year.  Expect a strong first-half performance from the man.

4.)  Luis Castillo and Gary Sheffield will not be on the team by All-Star Break.  Expect a pulled-out-of-his-ass trade from Omar near the deadline.  Think a top-of-the-line catcher.  

5.)  By the way, Mets fans will warm up to Sheffield.  He'll keep his mouth shut and stick it to the rivals when it counts.

6.)  Jerry Manuel will be a candidate for Manager of the Year.   The winner will be a Manuel.

7.)  There will be a bench-clearing incident against one of the following teams: Marlins or Phillies.  This will happen in the dog days of summer.

8.) I would say that at periods in the season, Carlos Delgado will carry the team on his back.  However that is almost contrary to my predication that Carlos Beltran will win the MVP.  But I still think Delgado will be key in some notable wins.  

9.) This team will win 92 games this year.

10.) The Coop will get drunk at MANY games at CitiField this year due to the generosity of seatmates.

So what else is there to say?  Lets Go Mets - and let's hope that Mother Nature decides that it's April and it shouldn't be snowing!

Friday, April 03, 2009

YOU MUST CHILL! YOU MUST CHILL! I HAVE HIDDEN YOUR FIREBIRD KEYS!

So rumor has it that Gary Sheffield is thisclosetobeing a Met, potentially official sometime later today (see the nuclear fallout over at BMF here and Metsblog there). For a deal at the league minimum (a pro-rated $400K) --

Am I the only one who doesn't see this as the travesty it's played out to be in Mets fan forums?

Apparently Debmc over at GB&U is not claiming her place on the Queensboro Bridge right now either. Blondies Jake over at BMF was screaming that he would not root for the team because clearly this was a money issue. Well, give the man a cookie!! Anyone who doesn't believe this is not a money move should not be a baseball fan.

I see this deal as multi-faceted and could potentially help us out.

One is obviously money. For a management team that lost $350mm in a Ponzi scheme is going to start nickel-and-diming things where they can. Gary Sheffield at $400K over Manny for $20+mm per year? You do the math.

Two is - how would we feel seeing him come off the bench at a crucial point in a pennant race versus the Phils or worse on the Marlins or Braves in those close games down the stretch? Not just money here, this was clearly a move to keep him away from division rivals.

Three is - conversely, how do we feel sending Marlon Anderson up at critical junctures as opposed to Sheff? Sheff coming off the bench is brilliant. In instills fear in the other team -- although he is not as powerful a bat as a Manny (um, duh) or even what Sheff himself used to be, let's face it - he's better than what we have now.

Four is - Right now, there was to be a Murphy/Tatis platoon in LF, Church in RF. Can't Sheff play both those positions? I think we are fooling ourselves into thinking the Tatis we got last year will show up again this year.

Therefore, I don't think the Sheff thing is as bad as fans have made it out to be.

I'm not saying I approve the move...but as Chris Rock would say, I understand.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

REVIEW: Faith and Fear in Flushing: An Intense Personal History of the New York Mets

I was fortunate enough to get a copy of this wonderful new book by dear friend and blolleague Greg Prince, who you may know from Faith and Fear in Flushing (along with his coblogger Jason, who has written a foreword).  

If you haven't ordered this from Amazon or B&N yet, well, why haven't you?  

The Coop is calling this the official "must-read" Mets fan memoir of the year, for any Mets fan who happens to be part of what I am calling the "Shea Generation."  I haven't spoken to him yet about why the need was there for the book now (because Greg has had this material for years), but I feel it is apropos with the death of the Old Grey Lady (or purple-escent blue) and the ascent into the new generation of CitiFieldom.  

It seems almost as if Greg was destined to become a Mets fan.  Born the same year the Mets were, his memoir chronicles the ups-and-downs associated with being a Mets fan, and the parallels to his own life.  

At times, the narrative is deeply personal, interwoven with life's inexplicable feelings and tied to his personal attachment to baseball and especially the Mets.

Although I know Greg on a Mets-fan personal level, and as a fellow cat-lover, there were a few things I didn't know until I read this book.  His relationship with his parents is a centered-theme, but what struck me was that there were no attachments to baseball from his folks -- he became a Mets fan all on his own while following the Miracle Mets in '69 as a six-year old.  

I think it was Stephen King who once said that those with a lyrical mind could not be Yankees fans.  Greg was intrigued with their Cinderella story - so it seems almost natural with his birth year coinciding with the actual birth of the team.

Later on, he was able to share his fandom with his parents, who picked up certain idiosyncracies of watching games with him (notably, his father reading the paper and ignoring the television, almost willing the team to do well).  I have to say there were some tearjerkers in the book, especially regarding his mother.  Knowing Greg and his writing from FAFIF, it should come as no surprise that he would let us in on this deeply personal part of his life.

Not that it was all tears (though being a lifelong Mets fan provides you with ample opportunity of that, hee hee).  I have to say I laughed like a lunatic on his chapter of Yankee fans.  His characterization of the "types" (because there is not just one) left me thinking that yes, these are all the types of Yankees fans.  Good job on that one, Greg.

Some lines even hit close to home about my personal passion of the Mets.  During the late 1990s, and especially in 1999, Greg wrote to the effect that the Mets had their fate in their own hands, which was something you didn't necessarily want.  In the last two seasons, hasn't this been the case?  

And even the connections you form with the fans, simply because you are fans.  That is the theme of my own site here, because you find people who hope and believe as much as you do, for no other reason but TO hope and TO believe.   When people would ask me why I was a Mets fan during the down times, I knew that when they did win, it made going through the hard times worthwhile.  

When Greg talks about knowing he was on the precipice of witnessing something great in the late 90s, he was shocked at the amount (or lack thereof) of fans in the stadium -- thus giving credence to my philosophy that the best times to go to the ballpark is when the team is bad or simply "ok."  The true fans come out then.  

Greg lends his voice not just on FAFIF but in the memoir to be the voice of the Mets fan, and he seems completely comfortable in doing so.  To get sappy for a minute here, I just want to say that it's fans like Greg Prince that make me so happy and proud to be a Mets fan...and therefore, happy to be alive!!  He truly understands the need to form connections through fandom and does so deftly.  

So again I ask - if you haven't bought this book yet...why?  FAFIF: AIPHOTNYM is the perfect obituary of the Shea Generation, and ushers in a new generation of summer families at CitiField.

And I'm not saying that because I'm biased, or because he mentioned The Coop in his acknowledgements section.  Truly an honor, but I totally would have read it anyway, natch.

Thumbs up, Greg.  And thank you for writing this for us!!! 

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There will also be a reading at Varsity Letter on the Lower East Side.