A picture is worth…
Just as much fun 19 hours after it happened as it was when it happened live.
“If your team is out of it, and you’re a New Yorker (or, I suppose a Tri-State Area-e-r?) then you should get behind the Mets and root them on!”
You hear this, or something like it, a lot these days.
If I had a dime every time (over the last 15 years or so) someone in “our area” told me they were a Red Sox fan, and, after I said “WTF?” they clarified it by saying “Well, my team is the Mets. But, in the American league, I root for the Red Sox” then I would have a whole lotta dimes, for sure.
The majority of Mets fans don’t “get behind” the Yankees. At least not the ones that I always run into and know.
So, don’t ask me to root for the Mets.
If the Mets win a ring this year, they’ve earned it and deserve it. But, it will be without my “getting behind” them. I’m a Yankees fan and I just can’t do it.
Oh, the Mets caps and jerseys are coming out of the closets.
Why is it when the Yankees win, this town yawns; but, when the Mets win, it’s like man landed on the moon for the first time?
Personally, this puts me in a bad spot.
Last time the Yankees won a ring was 2009. At the time, my daughter was 7 and my son was 5 years old. Needless to say, neither of them really remember it.
Today, my daughter is 13 and my son is 11.
The girl? She really doesn’t care. Baseball is boring, according to her. And, while I took her to countless games between the age of one and eleven, back in 2013 she told me “I really don’t want to go to any more baseball games.”
My son, on the other hand, is a baseball guy. He works out for baseball, inside, from January through March. And, he’s on a baseball field 5 or 6 days a week between April and June. He also plays baseball in the fall. Basically, the only months he’s not doing much baseball related is November and December. Further, on the rare days where he’s not practicing or playing baseball, we go watch baseball games.
He’s been raised a Yankees fan. And, he’s really feeling it now. They have practically painted his school blue and orange this month. Worse, they actually play the Mets theme song over the school P.A. every morning. (Like I said, MAN ON THE MOON!)
The thing that really worries me is that these are different times – thanks to cable TV, the internet, and all the full-blown media coverage baseball gets today.
When I was a kid, it was just the local teams. I watched and/or listened to every Yankees game and I lived and died with each win and loss. For him, it’s different. He’s more of a global connoisseur of the game. If you asked him to name his five favorite players in the game today, I would bet that at least four, and maybe five, of them would not be Yankees.
If the Yankees continue to be O.K. but not great (or worse!) and the Mets continue to light the town on fire, how long will it be before he pulls a Harriet Bird and switches his gaze from the Whammer to Roy Hobbs? After all, he is just eleven. (For the record, I didn’t start following the Yankees closely until 1973…when I was 11!)
Remind me again, how long until Cashman’s contract is up?
The bigger question for me is “Will the Yankees score more than 5 runs in any of these games at CitiField?” (I don’t believe that they will do it.)
I suspect that no one will sweep this series. And, Saturday will be the swing game – meaning whomever wins on Saturday will win the series. But, that’s just my gut talking.
One quarter left to the 2015 season and it appears to be a three team race in the A.L. East: Yankees, Blue Jays and Orioles.
Baltimore closes out the season with 7 games against Toronto and New York. That could be interesting.
And, the Yankees and Blue Jays still have to play each other 7 more times this year. Those should be fun games.
Of course, having two wildcards sort of takes the sense of urgency away from the whole thing, a little bit.
The other time was 1978.
Let’s see what happens from this point out.
Man, since winning the 2013 World Series, the Red Sox really stink.
The Yankees have won 6 of their last 7 games. The Mets have won their last 11 games in a row. Neither team can claim that they’re presently riding a bad wave. And, they face each other now on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
No truth to the rumor that the Yankees are going to invite Luis Castillo to throw out the first pitch on Friday. But, I suspect that the 7-Line gang is going to invade Yankee Stadium like never before…
The whole thing should make for some interesting sports talk radio in NYC on Monday morning.
As much as I still, now, have nightmares about the 2004 ALCS, this was pretty funny last night.
Via Newsday –
Fired Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens hinted that team ownership was the driving force behind his ouster, then fired back at the club’s own television broadcasters, who have long criticized the hitting approach espoused by general manager Sandy Alderson as too passive.
Did Hudgens believe he got a fair shake?
“It depends on who you’re talking about, from who,” Hudgens told Newsday Monday night in a phone interview, just a few hours after his dismissal. “From Sandy, from the front office, from the players, from Terry [Collins], from the other coaches, yeah, absolutely.”
He omitted team ownership. Hudgens and Alderson have ties dating to their time with the Athletics organization. Hudgens, who joined the Mets in 2011, defended the team’s patient hitting approach, which has been bashed by broadcaster Keith Hernandez.
“The naysayers, the guys who disapprove of us, the guys who I listen to on TV all the time, those guys that know everything about the game, I’m just amazed at it,” Hudgens said. “What’s wrong with getting a good pitch to hit? Somebody, please punch a hole in that for me. I just shake my head at the old-school guys that have it all figured out. Go up there and swing the bat. Well, what do you want to swing at? It just confounds me. It’s just hilarious, really.
“That’s one thing. I’m glad I don’t have to listen to those guys anymore.”
Hudgens said he was “a little bit surprised” by his firing since he believed the Mets had shown signs of improvement. “Every one of the players came in and gave me a hug and said how sorry they were,” he said. “I was really happy with my relationship with all the guys, with coaches, with Terry, Sandy, the front office. I’ve got nothing but positive things to say.”
Once again, he did not mention team ownership.
And, yet, Kevin Long remains employed…
Via USA Today –
Many believe New Jersey governor Chris Christie is eying a 2016 presidential campaign, but the lifelong Mets fan admitted Friday that he has another dream job in mind.
“I would love to be general manager of the Mets,” he told WFAN radio’s Boomer and Carton show. “If Sandy (Alderson) would put his crap in boxes and get out of there now, I’d be happy to go there now.”
The gig is tougher than it seems. Since Alderson took over, the club’s payroll has steadily shrunk amid questions about ownership’s financial stability. The Mets haven’t had a winning season since 2008, and their struggles have made them a constant punchline around baseball. But then, anyone from New Jersey knows a thing or two about being the butt of jokes.
The team is 21-25 on the season after losing six of their last eight games. Christie seems to take the losses pretty hard.
“I texted my son after they lost one of the games this week: It is impossible to watch,” he said. “It is impossible to watch. Just when you care about them as much as I do, it’s hard to watch sometimes.”
If Sandy would put his crap in boxes and get out of there…I would hope that Brian Cashman would take his place.
Via the Daily News -
The Yanks and Mets often seem to operate not in separate leagues, but unrelated universes. One payroll in excess of $200 million, another failing to crack $90 million. Established, celebrity ballplayers in the Bronx, random lineups and Kyle Farnsworth in Queens.
But while the Mets have spent too many years chopping payroll and selling fans on prospects who might or might not succeed (nothing to see here, folks, but look! We have a phenom in Triple-A!), this Subway Series has presented them with the chance to contrast what they are trying to build with a team that might be wilting into an aging, expensive disaster.
It takes less than one minute to walk from the home clubhouse to the visiting one on the lower level of Yankee Stadium, but the difference in mood was jarring, during the first half of this year’s series.
On the first base side on Tuesday afternoon, you had Carlos Beltran, 37, standing at his locker, explaining that he would need significant surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow, if a cortisone shot would not work. This news was bleak; if Beltran avoids the surgery, but still feels pain, his production could suffer greatly.
“That would be a tough injury,” another player explained. “If you can’t get full extension, and you’re swinging a little bit down here instead of up there, that could be the difference between a foul ball and a home run.”
You also had Ichiro Suzuki, 40, holding his own mini-news conference a few feet away, explaining that his sore back would probably prevent him from playing. And a few minutes after that, you had Girardi announcing that an important reliever, Shawn Kelley, was on the disabled list with his own back injury. Oh, and CC Sabathia was visiting the dreaded Dr. Andrews for a follow-up knee exam.
After the game, you had Kelley providing a perfect summary of his team’s crisis: “It’s almost like injuries are contagious right now.”
“When you become older, your body doesn’t necessarily bounce back as quick and heal as quick,” Girardi said, clearly knowing that his team had arrived at a tough moment, clearly unable to explain exactly what a manager might do about it.
It’s really hard to say that the Yankees first quarter of the 2014 season has been a success. Worse, it doesn’t seem that it will be getting better any time soon.
At this rate, 2013-2014 could be the Yankees worst back-to-back full seasons since 1991-1992. And, if you use pyth W-L%, then these two years are just as bad as 1991-92. Yet, no one in the organization will be held accountable – as always, in life after George.
Will he get a better reception than Robbie Cano? And, if he does, how much will YES talk about it?
The Mets have lost 12 of their last 21 games.
The Yankees have lost 11 of their last 20 games.
Now, the two face off against each other for four games.
Maybe they will split the games? But, more than likely, someone will take at least 3 of the 4 contests.
Who is your money on?
Via WFAN -
Ron Darling says he has nobody to blame but himself for putting his name on a widely panned letter from the New York Mets to “True New Yorkers.”
The SNY analyst was one of 10 former Mets players to sign the email asking fans to pledge their support head of this month’s Subway Series.
The letter wasn’t received well, with some calling it “dopey,” “beyond insulting” and “disgraceful.”
“I’ll tell you it this way, because if I explain completely how it went, I’m throwing someone else under the bus,” Darling said Wednesday on WFAN’s “Joe & Evan” show. “I was asked to put my likeness and name to something. I did not read what was going to be put out there. And I think for me to criticize it and to go after it, I’m going to put someone else in harm’s way. So I think I should just put myself in harm’s way.
“I didn’t do my due diligence to read what went out.”
Darling said he first found out about the letter while out to lunch in Philadelphia with SNY play-by-play man Gary Cohen, who received the email and read it aloud.
“It’s on me. It’s not on anyone else,” Darling said. “I put my name on it. I put my likeness on it. I have to live with it.”
The 53-year-old said things were different during the glory days of the mid-80s, when every move the franchise made was applauded. It feels like the polar opposite now, which Darling said should make the Mets re-think how they connect with fans.
“What is happened now — and I’m not saying it’s rightfully so — but it seems like everything that comes out from the Mets is looked at poorly” said Darling, who acknowledged that turning it around starts with spending and winning.
“When you’re looking at something where you feel like you’re Charlie Brown and Lucy keeps taking the ball out, and you keep kicking because you’re such die-hards, I just think that there has to be a re-evaluation of the disconnect and how to reconnect to how (fans) feel and what (the team) is trying to do,” Darling said. “And I think that’s an obvious thing.”
If Darling takes any hate from this, then I hope YES steps in and gives him a contact. He is the best at what he does and it would be a dream to hear him cover the Yankees.
I just saw this from Saturday -
Instead of a jubilant clubhouse with loud music and happy players after Friday’s walk-off win, the doors opened to silence, empty, spinning chairs and no Mets.
Apparently angry about an article in the New York Post on Friday about Bartolo Colon under the headline “LARDBALL,” the players would not talk to the media until Post writer Mike Puma left the clubhouse. Puma was asked to leave and did so without incident. Within a minute, several Mets appeared in the clubhouse. The team would not comment on the incident.
Can you imagine what would happen if the Yankees tried a stunt like this? Then again, Brian Cashman has never responded to my requests for an interview…
Mets fans are starting to wonder…
Raise the Jolly Roger.
Via ESPN -
Baltimore outfielder Adam Jones continued his outspoken ways during the Orioles’ just-completed series in New York.
One day after lashing out about two fans who ran onto the field at Yankee Stadium, Jones said he wasn’t buying into the hype surrounding $155 million Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka.
“Why don’t you ask Tanaka about me? I’m the one who’s been over here in the major leagues for a while,” the Baltimore Orioles’ center fielder said Tuesday, according to Newsday. “Congratulations, he did it over there. Don’t make it like he’s the dirtiest guy in the world. He was 24-0 — in Japan.
Jones, who struck out twice against Tanaka on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium, still wasn’t impressed after the Orioles’ 5-4 victory.
“Am I [supposed] to go home and say I faced Tanaka tonight? Just go throw a party that I faced Tanaka? It’s another pitcher,” Jones told Newsday. “Another pitcher in the rotation. Nothing special to me. It’s just another guy that we have to go through to get to where we want to be.”
Do I sense the O’s trying to get some bad blood brewing?
Man, he can pick it. Where did the Mets ever find him?
Let’s see if they get more in return than the Yankees do, when New York trades one of their surplus catchers this spring.
Via CBS –
New York Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen apologized Wednesday for using a slur during a locker-room conversation with Daisuke Matsuzaka’s interpreter.
The slur was overheard by Wall Street Journal reporter Stu Woo.
“I apologize for the thoughtless remarks that I made yesterday in the clubhouse,” Warthen said in a statement released by the team. “They were a poor attempt at humor but were wrong and inappropriate in any setting. I am very sorry.”
Woo wrote Wednesday that he was “startled” when the 61-year-old Warthen approached Matsuzaka’s Japanese-American interpreter, Jeff Cutler, earlier this week and said, “I’m sorry I called you a ‘Chinaman’ yesterday.”
After Cutler replied “It’s OK,” Warthen added, “I didn’t mean to insinuate –- I know you’re not Chinese. … I thought it was a pretty good joke, though.”
Cutler told Woo he wasn’t offended by the joke referred to by Warthen. But it was a different story for the Chinese-American reporter.
“I didn’t want to be complicit in tolerating the use of a slur that should have been retired long ago,” he wrote.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson also apologized for Warthen’s “insensitive remarks” — the slur was once commonly used to disparage Chinese immigrants, Woo wrote — on behalf of the franchise.
“The remarks were offensive and inappropriate and the organization is very sorry,” Alderson said.
The whole thing reminds me of a scene from a movie.