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Making a Great Game Even Better

Making a Great Game Even Better

To take our minds off of this horrible, horrible World Series, I thought I’d take a moment to write about the game we love, and how it can be even better. I am something of a baseball purist — I miss the old days when starters completed their games and threw inside. I hate the designated […]

And the Hits Just Keep on Coming!

And the Hits Just Keep on Coming!

The Mets season ended nearly a month ago, and somehow it keeps getting worse. Deep down, we knew it was coming, but now that it’s here, we don’t know what to do. I’m talking, of course, about the Phillies and Yankees meeting in the World Series. Our two most hated rivals, playing for the championship. It […]

When You Hate the Guy Who Leads Your Team

When You Hate the Guy Who Leads Your Team

“You lose a lot of time, hating people” – Marian Anderson I don’t know who Marian Anderson is, but she probably wasn’t (or isn’t?) a sports fan. Because aside from rooting for your favorite team or favorite player, the best part about sports is hating your teams’ rivals and hating their best players. Sometimes it […]

An Oldie But a Goodie -- Steve Phillips' Worst Moves

An Oldie But a Goodie — Steve Phillips’ Worst Moves

I wrote this article just before Steve Phillips got fired as Mets general manager in June 2003, in the hopes of getting it published somewhere. That never happened, and I don’t want to waste it, so here it is. The article is unchanged from the original, so some things might seem dated. Enjoy. So it […]

THE List: 10 Most Disappointing Mets

THE List: 10 Most Disappointing Mets

Elliott Maddox (1978-1980) The Mets sat out the first couple of years of free agency before taking the plunge with Maddox. A lot was expected of their first big signing, and all he delivered in three years was seven homers and a .255 batting average. Tim Leary (1981, 1983-1984) Leary was the number two pick […]

1969 -- A Turning Point in More Ways Than One

1969 — A Turning Point in More Ways Than One

Remember the old six team National League East?  You know, the one before the league realigned to three divisions? Did you ever wonder why the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals were in the East, when the more eastern cities of Cincinnati and Atlanta were represented in the West? It was all the Mets’ fault. […]

Mets Final 2009 Report Card

Mets Final 2009 Report Card

The Mets season has mercifully ended, and now the team can go home and (literally) lick their many, many, many wounds. An MLB record 227 Mets players landed on the disabled list, or did it just seem that way? This had to be one of the most disappointing years in recent Mets history. Even with […]

Retired Uniform Numbers -- Which Team Does it Right?

Retired Uniform Numbers — Which Team Does it Right?

When the Mets inexplicably named Ricky Henderson a coach during the 2007 season, the team called Willie Mays, to see if he’d mind if Ricky wore his old number 24. Willie said fine, go ahead. My first thought was mild surprise that the Mets never retired Mays’s 24. Mild, because as a lifelong Mets fan, […]

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THE List: 10 Best Mets Careers

Cleon Jones (1963-1975) 2nd all time in hits, 4th in triples, 7th in doubles & RBIs. Batted .340 in 1969.  An underrated Mets career. Tom Seaver (1967-1977, 1983) Leads team in every pitching category. Won Rookie of the Year & 3 Cy Young Awards, and even had a save. Jerry Koosman (1967-1978) A career of almosts […]