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Jeff Francoeur Traded to Rangers

Jeff Francoeur Traded to Rangers

Well, I don’t have to worry about spelling Jeff Francoeur’s name anymore — he’s headed to Texas. The Mets have dealt the slick-fielding right fielder who never swung at a pitch he didn’t like to the Rangers for some guy named Joaquin Arias. Arias is a utility infielder whose claim to fame is that he […]

Oh, Ollie!

Oh, Ollie!

I didn’t realize how much I missed Oliver Perez. Perez got the call in the seventh inning of Monday night’s loss to the Braves — his first appearance since August 1st. Could it have really been nearly a month since Perez took the mound for the Mets? It seemed like yesterday he was getting shelled […]

Blow Up the Mets?

Blow Up the Mets?

There’s been a lot of talk lately about “blowing up” the Mets — just cleaning house and starting from scratch. The Mets do need changes, but unfortunately they are virtually unblowupable (if that’s even a word, which spellcheck tells me it’s not) because of the salaries of players they would like to unload. Some are […]

Why Do We Keep Watching?

Why Do We Keep Watching?

My last apartment was on the ground floor and people walking in the courtyard could see right into my place (hell, I’ve got nothing to hide!). My friend from down the hall rang my bell one day last year just to compliment me on being a “true Mets fan.” It seems he saw through the […]

Luis Castillo for President!

Luis Castillo for President!

How about that?! The Mets finally win a game they trailed after seven innings (I think that’s what Gary Cohen said), and it’s Luis Castillo, of all people, to lead them into that promised land. Everybody’s least favorite Met came through with a soft liner to right to score Ike Davis with the winning run in […]

Video: Bob Murphy Hawks Reingold

In addition to being a great time-waster, YouTube is also a treasure-trove of old Mets videos. I will be featuring the most interesting ones from time to time. This first one has the late Bob Murphy hawking a new offering from former Mets sponsor Reingold beer — seven ounce beers. Even the great Murphy couldn’t […]

Out of Town, Out of Luck

Out of Town, Out of Luck

One of the first things I did when I moved to Los Angeles was to look into the MLB Extra Innings package, to make sure I could watch my Mets games. The first two seasons, DIRECTV only offered one feed of each game, so sometimes I would get the Mets broadcasts, sometimes the out of […]

Inaccurate Clemens Info

Inaccurate Clemens Info

Since word broke of Roger Clemens’ indictment on perjury charges, we’ve been hearing how he brought this on himself — not by lying, but by insisting on testifying before Congress. We hear how Clemens was offered the chance not to appear, but he demanded it in an attempt to clear his name. This in not […]

Looking Ahead to 2011

Looking Ahead to 2011

Let’s face it — 2010 is over for the New York Mets. It’s time to start looking towards 2011, and what the Mets can do to make this a better club. By all accounts, with attendance down and the potential Madoff loses still a mystery, the Wilpons do not want to expand the payroll over […]

K-Rod's a Goner

K-Rod’s a Goner

It appears we’ve seen the last of Francisco Rodriguez in a Mets uniform. Following surgery Tuesday to repair the right thumb he injured while pummeling his girlfriend’s father (allegedly, cough cough), the Mets put him on the disqualified list rather than the disabled list. This move means the Mets won’t have to pay the rest of his […]

Is K-Rod Done With Mets?

Is K-Rod Done With Mets?

The Mets revealed Monday that embattled closer Francisco Rodriguez tore a ligament in his right thumb them while allegedly slugging his girlfriend’s father last week at Citi Field. If surgery is required, K-Rod is likely lost for the year. And he could be done for good — the Mets are reportedly looking into voiding his […]

Told You So!

Told You So!

So Pat Misch finally got the long-awaited start I’ve been pushing for all season. And he didn’t disappoint. Yes, he and the Mets lost the game, but that was hardly Misch’s fault. The Mets committed three errors (one by Misch himself, although that turned out to be harmless), leading to three of the four runs […]

No Closer? No Problem!

No Closer? No Problem!

So this is the way to motivate starters to finish their games — eliminate the closer. In the two games Francisco Rodriguez has been suspended, both Johan Santana and R.A. Dickey threw complete game shutouts. Dickey was particularly masterful — a one-hitter against the Phillies on Friday, with opposing pitcher Cole Hamels getting the only hit off […]

SNY Handles K-Rod Brilliantly

SNY Handles K-Rod Brilliantly

SNY should be commended on the way it handled the Francisco Rodriguez arrest throughout Thursday afternoon’s matinee against the Rockies. Instead of giving it a brief mention early on, or ignoring it entirely, Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Ralph Kiner brought it up several times throughout the game. First, they talked about exactly what happened, with […]

K-Rod Arrested for Punching Father-in-Law

K-Rod Arrested for Punching Father-in-Law

Jerry Manuel’s stupid decision not to bring in Francisco Rodriguez with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth inning with the Mets clinging to a 2-1 lead cost more than just the game. It may have led to K-Rod being behind bars. The closer was arrested at Citi Field following Wednesday night’s loss […]

The Good Pelfrey is Back

The Good Pelfrey is Back

The good Mike Pelfrey made an appearance at Citi Field Tuesday night, throwing seven shutout innings as the Mets beat the Rockies 1-0. That terrible Pelfrey who was 0-4 with like a 9.00 ERA over his past seven starts nowhere to be seen. Perhaps he really was John Maine wearing a Mike Pelfrey mask, and […]

Turn Out the Lights...

Turn Out the Lights…

Those of you old enough to remember when Howard Cosell, Frank Gifford and Don Meredith (the best broadcast team ever, by the way) used to do “Monday Night Football,” you’ll recall that when the game was finally out of reach, “Dandy” Don would sing “Turn out the lights, the party’s over…” Well, that tune ran through my head […]

Mets Release Cora; F-Mart, Tejada Recalled

Mets Release Cora; F-Mart, Tejada Recalled

The Mets made a couple of moves Saturday morning, releasing Alex Cora and demoting Jesus Feliciano. In their places, the Mets called up two of their most promising prospects — Fernando Martinez and Ruben Tejada. These are excellent moves that could breath new life into the dormant club. Tejada hit just .212 in 35 games […]

8th Inning: The Final Nail?

8th Inning: The Final Nail?

Just two days ago, I nominated that horrible, error-laden 6th inning against the Braves as the worst inning of the year so far for the Mets. Well, now we have a new nominee and the likely winner — the 8th inning against the Phillies Friday night. This one was more significant, because it might be the final […]

Fred Wilpon: Drunk or Stupid?

Fred Wilpon: Drunk or Stupid?

Well, he’s got to be one of those (or both), based on comments he made Thursday. During an event announcing some SNY-UConn partnership that no one really cared about, reporters asked questions that really matter, about the Mets.  At first he smugly shrugged them off. “This is about the Huskies. This is about SNY and […]

Background Noise

Background Noise

So it has come down to this — my good friend who watches virtually every Mets game said the telecasts have become “background noise” while she does unimportant things like taking care of her two young children. Sure, her girls are getting more attention, but the Mets reduced to the equivalent of Muzak? — that’s […]

Do the Mets Still Have a Chance?

Do the Mets Still Have a Chance?

I was going to write a post about the Mets being done, how they have no chance to win the NL East or the Wild Card. But then I thought, “maybe they do.” And for the life of me, I just can’t decide. I won’t go into the reasons the Mets have no hope. Those are […]

Mets Hall of Fame Omissions

Mets Hall of Fame Omissions

The good folks at MLB Extra Innings or Time Warner Cable decided not to show me the Mets Hall of Fame induction ceremony before Sunday’s game. But while Gary, Keith and Ron were talking about it during the dreadful game that followed, I could only imagine that Darling was thinking, “What about me?” Because Darling […]