Tuesday, August 02, 2005

 

Oakie & Out

As the NHL storms into free-agent frenzy, the Isles take a HUGE smack in the face losing Adrian Aucoin to the Chicago Blackhawks. "Oakie" is the ONE player on this roster that i'd say we could NOT afford to lose.

Here are the other free agent Isles circling in the tank:

N.Y. ISLANDERS
Arron Asham, Shawn Bates, Rob Collins, Eric Godard, Trent Hunter, Kenny Jonsson, Oleg Kvasha, Justin Mapletoft, Radek Martinek, Justin Papineau, Mark Parrish, Tomi Pettinen, Mattias Weinhandl

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

 

GAME REPORT: Mets vs. Padres 7.19.05

Wow. Couldn't have been friggin hotter at Shea last night. Went with my brother in-law, father in-law, and I guess Uncle in-law?? The flags hung limp as could be, it was hot, humid with NO air coming thru the stadium. I'd like to note that the Padres ballboys were two major PRICKS and did not give ONE ball to a kid the entire game. We were in the 'good' seats in rows 1 and 2 next to the Padres on-deck circle. Finally the home plate ump [Tim Timmons] was good enough to give a kid with down syndrome a ball. Even ex-Met dave magadan (now bench coach with Pods) did not even flinch his head to look towards the stands to give a kid a ball.

-Benson started and pitched great but to no decision.
-Floyd hit his 23rd home run
-piazza actually threw a runner out
-CHRIS WOODWARD won the the game in the 11th with a walk-off 2-run HR!!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

 

Not Up, Not Down, Not Nowhere Really

As MLB takes its All-Star break and we ponder what we've done in the first half and what we are to look ahead to (or not) in the 2nd half, here is my take on some thangs...

- 44 and 44 just doesn't cut it. Sick of the win 2 of 3 lose 2 of 3 see-saw season so far.
- it's obvious some roster moves need to be made, but where? Replace Ishii with Heilman seems to be a no-brainer, but after that, they have some serious decision-making to do. And, like last year, do they mortage the farm for a run's sake short term and then go and watch their season crash and burn??? I'd rather not see that.
- i'd like to see them continue to develop a young, fast exciting team and bring Anderson Hernandez up and let him play 2nd for the rest of the year to see what they really have in him and if he can be their future pivot.

After that, adding a bat at first?? you're guess is as good as Omar's...

Thursday, July 07, 2005

 

AJ'S Prospect Watch: Mike Jacobs, Anderson Hernandez

Jacobs is the dude that used to catch, missed an entire season i think, and is now tearing it up as a 1B in Binghamton. Hitting .309 with 17HR's.

Also, Peter Gammons said on Baseball Tonite that the Mets new plan may be to bring up Anderson Hernandez to play 2nd and Victor Diaz to eventually play first going with an all young/rookie-type infield with Wright, Reyes... He thinks the Mets should then go spend on serious starting pitching.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

 

We Get It...Pitch Counts Are Important!!

Honestly, the amount of time Gary Cohen spends talking about pitch counts during his horrific radiocasts are getting to be ridiculous. I counted at least 7 pitch count mentions in the span of 3 innings last week during a Mets/Marlins game. You can't convince me that there isn't enough going on to talk about and that pitch counts should become as discussed as they are. It's really friggin' annoying. The Mets could be losing by 8 and Jose Reyes could have just struck out in the 5th inning, but Gary Cohen would be like, "Reyes really worked the pitcher hard in that 9-pitch at bat". Scintillating stuff Gary.

 

Cliff's All-Star Invite M.I.A

It's a shame that Carlos Beltran and Mike Piazza are going to the All-Star Game and Cliff Floyd will be sitting home. I know that the fan vote is what it is, but come on... The most glaring issue here is that each team needs to be repped... that is a joke and why it just doesn't make sense to put a value on the game, being that there is little control of who goes and who doesn't.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

 

GAME REPORT: Mets vs. Marlins 7.1.05

Holy Shit, I'm never going to Shea on fireworks night again. We had to park at the old World's Fair structures, a good 20 minute+ walk to Shea after circiling the stadium about 3 times. Problem one is that they shut half the main parking lot off for the fireworks so they don't blow up cars. Problem 2 is that Shea is just notoriously one of the most disastrously run parking outfits in professional sports stadium history.

-Mets won a back-and-forth battle with the fish 7-6 on a Chris Woodward RBI single in the 8th.

-Went with Pete and Mike, sat in Loge Box 351, Sec. 9 next to Greg Wolcoff from Lynbrook and his girlfriend

Thursday, June 30, 2005

 

Sheff: No Soup For Mets

Gary Sheffield quieted any notion of a trade to the Mets. "I will still play, but i won't be happy...If i'm not happy, you don't want me on your team. That's the way it goes," Sheffield told the NY Post.

 

Quote of the Day: "I thought he threw the ball pretty well,"

....said Willie Radolph, about Kaz Ishii after his 3.1 inning, 5 earned Run, 5 Hit, 4 walk performance against the Phillies dropping his record to 2-7 with an ERA of 5.68.

Need I say more?

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

 

Hoosier School Drop-Out

Hoosier drop-out Bracey Wright was drafted 47th in last night's NBA draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He should have stayed for his Senior Year. With Vaden and DJ White, and Killingsworth coming off his transfer year sit-out, they have a shot to win the Big Ten - with or without him!

 

Vintage Mike, Amazing in the Non-Clutch

Mike Piazza summed up his Mets career last night against the Phils with his prototypical non-clutch home run / RBI's (or Ribeye's as Keith Hernandez cornily puts it). Up 6-2 in the 7th inning Piazza blasted a 2 run homer. Already batting a horrendously disgusting .209 with RISP, here is an example of the type of hitting that is making up that .209, which makes that stat even scarier.

 

RUMORAGE: Sheffield to the Mets Part XXXVII

In the latest in a string of Sheffield-to-the-Mets rumors that have now spanned a good 15 years, ESPN Radio reported this morning that that Yanks and Mets are discussing a swap of Doc's Nephew for Mike Cameron.

from ESPN insder:

Cameron and Cairo for Sheff?
According to The Bergen Record's Bob Klapisch, During last weekend's Subway Series, the Yankees and Mets had a tentative deal that would've sent Gary Sheffield to the Mets in exchange for Cameron and Miguel Cairo, the newspaper reports.

Monday, June 27, 2005

 

I'm Working On My Resume As We Speak

You have to check this one out, The NY Islanders are in full hiring-mode MAJOR LEAGUE TEAM SEEKS MAJOR LEAGUE TALENT . The Isles are seeking 'talent' in SALES · MARKETING · CREATIVE · ADMINISTRATION · CUSTOMER SERVICE · COMMUNITY RELATIONS · RECRUITING....

I think they are missing these: Forwards, Goalies, Defensemen, Zamboni Drivers, Hot Dog Vendors, Security Guards, Organists...

Noticably absent are Ticket Sales People.... Oh, and the NHL

Sunday, June 26, 2005

 

Robin, Wright, Henn?

Musing from the Mets' last 2 days in the Bronx where they've taken the first 2 out of 3 from the Yanks...

- Derek Jeter looks very gay when he enters the batters box, and digs in with his right tip-toe, very gay.

- Michael Kay on the YES network saying, "Kenny, How can the Mets be beating the Yankees like this when the Yankees are clearly a better team?" huh.....??

- Who the HELL are the two radio people on WFAN Saturday night?? Roberto and Amy something?? Is it a joke or are they really hosting a regular show? Whoever they are and whatever their doing is NOT GOOD.

- David Wright looked like Robin Ventura bare-handing the Womack bunt in the 9th inning yesterday. That was amazing.

- Reye's range at SS is ridiculous!!

- Yanks rookie pitcher Sean Henn doesn't look very good.

Friday, June 24, 2005

 

No Cristal For You Rasheed!!

Rasheed Wallace's guarantee that the cristal would be on ice for the Pistons Thursday night, came to a sad and crashing end with a Spurs Game 7 Victory last night. While i absotely LOVE Chauncey Billups, I'm overjoyed to see a Loser Like Rashee Wallace Lose.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

 

2nd Base Now Officially Disaster Central

In what is normally a typical scenario for the NY Mets, as soon as his chance came w/Cairo out and Matsui going to the DL, Jeff Keppinger breaks his fucking knee at Norfolk. AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Kaz Ishii Starting Another Game: World Coming To End

i'm speechless.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

 

Gary Cohen Makes Me Want To Throw Shit

Honestly, I never thought i'd see the day where i'd be longing for Bob Murphy's voice (rest his soul). Gary Cohen consistently makes me want to hurt someone. He is just atrocious. His knee-jerk reaction to fly balls (as potential 550 ft homers) is like a fan who is attending his/her first ball game and jumps out of the seat at a pop-up to the infield. It's unfortunate because i really do still enjoy the process of listening to the game on the radio in the backyard or in the car on the way home from work. Howie Rose is fine, but Gary Cohen is absolutly intolerable to listen to. It really all started with his pronunciation of Edgardo Alfonzo's last name as though he had a peach pit stuck in the back of his mouth. Tonite, he seriously (not sarcastically) said, " Doug Minckewicz has now hit in 4 straight games and has his average up to .211".

Monday, June 20, 2005

 

Kenny Jonsson: Back to the "NEUTRAL" zone

Not like there is an actual NHL to play in or anything like that, but, Kenny Jonsson has confirmed that he will be remaining in Sweden and not returning to the Isles or the NHL. Kenny was a solid 2-way for the Isles and fought thru a TON of injuries to stay out on the ice - he was also the longest tenured player on the current roster .

Saturday, June 18, 2005

 

Kill 2 Kaz's with One Stone

I think it's time that the Mets' Japenese experiment come to merciful end. After the latest disaster in a string of disasters for Kaz Ishii last night in Seattle, and Kaz Matsui's continuing nightmare of a season - let's cut the cord please.

-Aaron Heilman replaces Ishii in the starting rotation?

-Eventually, Miguel Cairo (when healthy) or Jeff Keppinger (who also got hurt at Norfolk last night getting taken out on a double play break-up slide) replace Matsui at 2nd?

Friday, June 17, 2005

 

Why Was Graves Released by the Reds????

Weird that Danny Graves was let go by the Reds.....er, or NOT... here was his inning yesterday in Oakland....

B Crosby struck out looking.
E Chavez singled to right.
S Hatteberg grounded out to first, E Chavez to third on throwing error by first baseman B Daubach.
B Kielty doubled to left, E Chavez scored.
K Ginter doubled to deep center, B Kielty scored.
N Swisher singled to center, K Ginter scored.
M Scutaro flied out to center.

3 Runs, 4 Hits

Nice work Dan....Glad you are 'comfortable with not closing'....

Thursday, June 16, 2005

 

Daubach bach up to the Bigz

Mets ended up (as Willie said) going with the best hitter to replace Cairo on roster and recalled Brian Daubach (former Met farmhand and Red Sox star) who is having an amazing season at Norfolk - In 55 games with Norfolk, he was hitting .356 with 11 homers and 42 RBIs to lead the Tides in all three Triple Crown categories. Hard to argue the move and maybe he replaces Minky at 1st for the rest of the year?????

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

 

Keppinger Koming?

Heard on WFAN that Miguel Cairo may go on the DL. If this is true, then I would LOVE to see Jeff Keppinger, who is still tearing it up at Norfolk , get the call. I'm sure they won't because that'd be the smart thing to do and they ARE the Mets after all.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

 

RUMORAGE: Minky on way out??

Word floating around is that the Mets have had enough of Doug Minky's .203 avg. and are on the prowl for a new First Basemen. Todd Helton (contract too restrictive), Sean Casey, and Angels Rookie Casey Kotchman... stay tuned.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

 

GAME REPORT: Mets vs. Astros 6.7.05

First time getting to see PEDRO in person! Went with Tiffany and Jeff from work and sat in great seats with great view of Pedros pitches (Row 14H, Seat 1 Box). This was one of the top pitching performances i've ever witnessed in my now 27 years of going to Shea. Complete Game, 12K, 1 Run, 2 Hitter (no-hitter into the 7th inning broken up by Chris Burke's first career homer of all things!). The sickest part was that he struck out the side in the 9th inning!!

GAME NOTES:

-Sat 4 rows behind that snarky doctor from the TV show scrubs

-Cliff Floyd ALMOST charged Roy Oswalt after he hit him square in the back. After the game, they said on the radio that Floyd hit a Grand Slam off Oswalt last year and then Oswalt hit him at Shea a few weeks later. Floyd said that he knew he was going to do it because he wanted to face a righty next with two outs and only one runner on first.

-All of our asses got soaked when we sat down as it rained the night before and the cushions must have absorbed the moisture

-Jeff's pretzel fell behind my seat, but he was more concerned with not eating it because it was stale rather than dirty.

-This was Tiffany's first NY Sports event! She is a big-time Astros Fan from Texas.

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