As the Mets limp home after an awful 2-5 West Coast swing–including a four-game sweep by the lowly Padres–the calls for Willie Randolph’s managerial head will undoubtedly get much louder. Unfortunately, it’s really not his fault. Willie is no Miller Huggins, but he’s a solid game manager who relies heavily on his veterans. And as last September proved, these overpaid “clubhouse leaders” are not to be relied on. You would think that throwing the NL East into the toilet last season would teach them a lesson. It didn’t. Unless Willie Randolph and general manager Omar Minaya make some changes, this last season at Shea Stadium will go down as the worst in Mets history, which is really saying something. The main culprits in a bad group: Billy Wagner, Carlos Beltran, and Carlos Delgado.
Intervention; it’s my new favorite TV show on A&E. For those of you unfamiliar with the show, go to the website and watch an episode, but for the sake of today’s intervention and the spirit of saving time, here’s how they describe the show:
“The Intervention Television series profiles people whose dependence on drugs and alcohol or other compulsive behavior has brought them to a point of personal crisis and estranged them from their friends and loved ones. Each Intervention episode ends with a surprise intervention that is staged by the family and friends of the alcohol of drug addict, and which is conducted by one of four Intervention specialists.”
Each episode begins with the addict introducing him or herself in front of the camera, spelling his or her name, and telling the audience what his or her addiction is. So let’s roll the tape of today’s special episode…
“My name is Tim…T-I-M. And I’m addicted to crack-cocaine.”
This is Tim’s story.
“How did you go bankrupt?”
“Two ways: gradually, and then suddenly.”
-Ernest Hemmingway, The Sun Also Rises
Thank you, Queens.
Thank you for doing the impossible.
Thank you for flooding the headlines and monopolizing the morning news.
Thank you for securing your own special spot in history and diluting ours.
Thank for liberating us from the stigma that has been emblazoned on our psyches since October 21, 2004.
And mostly, thank you for finally disencumbering us from the toxic ownership of “the biggest collapse in Major League Baseball history.”
There were many off-season transactions during the past months. Soon, every team in the Major Leagues will go into Spring Training with the players they already have, since most free agents have been signed. That is why I feel that now is a good time to look at some of the most important transactions made this off-season by a team that was champions of the National League Eastern Divsion and made it to the 7th game of the National League Championship Series, the New York Mets. The transactions mentioned will help to strengthen the Mets, in reaching the first round of the post-season and beyond.
The New York Mets will enter the 2006-2007 season with many holes to fill. The main concern is the pitching staff because of the lack of depth. Can this Mets lineup carry their pitching staff into October?
The sports talk shows in New York have been alive with Mets fans debating whether or not the Mets should trade for Barry Zito. In my years as a New Yorker and a Mets fan, I’ve never heard so much talk about a move or not making a move that had fans so divided.
When I am driving my car I am always nervous that I will be looking in the rearview mirror so long that I will not be paying enough attention to the car in front of me and I will get into an accident. In the second half of this season the Mets should just focus on the road in front of them and not the Dodge Pinto (the Braves)in their rearview mirror.
There are two things I can’t stand in this world: 1.) Is working in a job that is both mind-numbing and debilitating to my social life and 2.) The Atlanta Braves being probably the best second half team ever. Now I am not sure if that is a fact, but it seems like every year they turn into a post All Star Break monster.
Jose Reyes has been one of baseball’s hottest hitters over the past few weeks, but it was a play that he made wihout his bat (or his glove) that shows me how far he has come…
The insecure Met fan is truly a mystifying connoisseur of the Great American pastime, a mixture of fundamentalist fanatical passion and unrelenting insecurity.
In my time, I’ve encountered many Metropolitan fans that take unique pride in their distinctly sane outlook on all things Orange and Blue.
by Matt Wells
What should Devil Rays fans be doing right now? They should be meeting the Mets, greeting the Mets, stepping right up and thanking the Mets. Once every five days, the Rays fans should be bringing the kiddies and their wives to the games because they will be having the times of their lives.
Yes, the Devil Rays are 21-31 through their first 52 games. Yes, they play in perhaps the worst stadium in the majors right now. So, why should they be coming out to the ballpark then?
Two words: Scott Kazmir.