Thursday, May 25, 2006

Try To Forget This...Try To Erase This

I was going to go to the game today...really I was. But the combination of general laziness, tending to a cat who's currently on the DL, and wondering what to get for Mom's birthday tomorrow hence keeping myself available for an emergency trip to the mall, kept me home.

Mom's going to get a nice present when I add in the $60 I would have blown on a ticket to today's debacle.

The Mets have done a great job coming back from early holes. Today was no exception as Jose Reyes erased an early 0-3 hole with a dinger to right field (all of a sudden Len Dykstra, and his extra 20 pounds of muscle going into spring training in 1988 pops into my head.)

But late inning bullpen help and late inning timely hitting has always saved the Mets during their latest winning streak. Today? Not so fast my friend. Pedro Feliciano was tagged in the seventh by Chase Utley (gee, not Pat Burrell?) and the Mets lineup couldn't generate anything off Arthur Rhodes and Flash Gordon in the late stages. So that's that, Mets lose 5-3...and they settle for a series win and not a series sweep going into the Romper Room of baseball, Florida.

Jeremi Gonzalez basically had the same numbers today against the Phillies as Alay Soler had last night. Three runs...six innings. And Jeremi was not the reason the Mets lost today. Jeremi, bad start and all...did exactly what teams need their fifth starter to do.

But thinking long haul, there wasn't going to be a place for Gonzalez on this team when Bannister returned, or when Hernandez debuted (which will be Sunday in Florida). If it was a choice between Gonzalez or Heath Bell to the minors, with the other remaining in the bullpen, it would have been nice to have Gonzalez as a long reliever...except that having a guy who's ERA is 3.billion in his first innings of work doesn't really spell effective long guy. And with "The Free Heath Bell Movement" hanging in there for 2.2 innings of long work today (length that I didn't think The Movement was capable of...maybe he's on "Baseball Cialis" or something), well that sealed poor Jeremi's fate, hence he was designated for assignment (which is the official term for "get out!") after the game today.

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Speaking of The Movement, how does this trade for journeyman starter Dave Williams affect Bell's status with the club? With Gonzalez's DFA, you would think Bell might actually be safe. But considering that The Movement hasn't been able to stick with the big club up to this point, I'm starting to figure that it's never going to happen.

Which is sad, because one of the first things I learned on the new Mets Channel was that Heath Bell had a dog named "Slider". And when players are promoted, demoted and traded, it's always the dogs that suffer. I fear that a trade is in The Movement's future, when poor Slider is going to have to be uprooted and forced to acclimate to a new environment. Whatever happens, I wish Heath luck. And for Slider, nothing but the best...woof woof.

(As for Williams, those hoping that the trade Omar Minaya all but promised was going to be a big one were sorely disappointed...not to mention surprised that it was a starter and not a reliever. But he does supply depth in addition to pushing Jose Lima En Vivo further down the depth chart. Williams is the guy that was traded to the Reds for Sean Casey. This time, he was traded for some guy named Robert Manuel. How the mighty have fallen...actually, was Dave Williams ever mighty? And if you're not mighty, how far can you really fall?)

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Speaking of dogs...

I admit I was curious as to the play by play stylings of Messrs Francesa and Russo today...so I did something that I almost never do: I had the radio on while watching the game on television. Not that I listened to them the whole way, as I still had the TV guys sound up most of the game. With the radio at least seven seconds ahead of the television, that's not something I can do for nine innings. So I'm not the guy who's going to give you a fair assessment of the job they did. But here's what I noticed:

  • Every ten seconds, The Diet Coke King and The Ritalin Billboard felt the need to remind their listeners...made up of 99% Met fans which is not what they're used to...that the Phillies needed this game. No! You don't say!!! I think Mike and Dog needed the Phillies to win this game more than anything.
  • Every once in a while, they would slip into afternoon drive time mode and forget that there was a game going on, going into their riffs about how great Chase Utley is, oh yeah, and about how the Phillies needed this game.
  • The best moment of their broadcast was Ron Darling's (I think it was Darling) impression of Francesa on SNY: "Hey dooooooooowg! Hey dooooooooowg!" Priceless.
  • The next to last pitch of the game was described as a "LINE DRIIIIIIVE...FOOOOOOUL, down the first base line!!!" by Dog. In fact, Beltran hit a screamer about 50 rows into the first base stands, which is nowhere near the first base line. A picture may be worth 1,000 words, but Dog's words are worth very little. By the way, did I mention that the Phillies needed this game?

But the absolute best part about having Mike and the Mad Dog calling the Mets game today was hearing the rant provided by a friend of mine during the game. Mario, a native New Yorker, now resides in Orange County...Angels country. So he got himself an XM radio so he can get his Mets fix. But when he turned on the satellite radio, he got Mike and the Dog. Believe it or not, it was the first that he heard about their Mets radio appearance.

So he called me. And for twenty minutes, I heard one of the better rants that I ever heard...even went so far as to tell me that not only is he going to write a nasty note to WFAN, but he might go so far as to create his own blog for the sole purpose of writing about his hatred for Francesa and Russo.

But that's not the best part. After twenty minutes of this rant, I get this from Mario:

"Oh by the way, I'm engaged."
TWENTY MINUTES INTO THE CONVERSATION!

Does hatred for Mike and Dog know no bounds? I think not. But they did raise $40,000 for various charities, so it only goes to show that hate can build bridges. Good job.

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Speaking of charities...shouldn't you help?

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You can tell Paul Lo Duca was a Met fan growing up.

After Jose Reyes' home run today, Lo Duca dragged a bunt for a base hit...victimizing an unsuspecting deep infield. It's the second time that Lo Duca has followed up a home run with a drag bunt lately.

It's something that Gary Carter did on a regular basis...check the tape from the 1988 playoffs for proof. After Darryl Strawberry and Kevin McReynolds went deep against Dodger pitcher John Tudor (yes, Dodger pitcher John Tudor), Carter tried to catch the Dodgers napping at a wild ballpark with a bunt. (He popped it up). Carter did this quite frequently.

I wonder if this is where Duke got this from...

16 comments:

Kyle in Newport News said...

And Paul Lo Duca bit the plate umpire's chest? How could you forget...

Seriously, Metstra, humongous props on today's title. You are the agile intellect the headline writers at MLB.com wish they could be.

Metstradamus said...

You've unleashed the lion.

Shari said...

Hi Metsradamus-I just wanted to wish your kitty cat well-I hope he's doing OK. from one animal lover to another. Now my heart is breaking for Heath Bell's dog.......I know my dogs would hate that too.

Anonymous said...

Love that graphic of the cat...

here's to a speedy recovery for Petstradamus!

Metstradamus said...

Shari and anonymous, my cat thanks you both for your well wishes. She's doing very well...her eyes give her problems sometimes with conjunctivitis, and thankfully this was a minor case.

Oddly enough it flared up on Saturday...immediately following Saturday's implosion against the Yankees. All our eyes were burning after that one!

Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

I did not know about the kitty and I hope everything is ok with him (I did put mine down recently due to illness...)
Can I give $40,000 to NEVER hear those two idiots do play by play again? One is a Yankee homer who will never, ever criticize Joe Torre (sounds like Jeanne Zelasko and her neverending patronage to the life and times of Derek Jeter) and the other is a San Francisco Giants fan who I was way too happy to laugh at when the Los Angeles Angels of El Cajon (formerly the Anaheim Angels) won the World Series in 2002. They want to do charity, then do it like the Rangers (specifically MSG Network with Sam and JD). Have the people donate money and let them listen to an hour at the studios of WFAN...I think somewhere out there...Bob Murphy rolled over, lit up a cigarette and laughed his ass off...

Ed in Westchester said...

Metstra - regarding the hate list. OH MY GOD they stole Tug's slogan! Those bastards! Blasphemy! Heresy!

June 23 - 25 is payback time. Time to get medieval on their asses. I want a sweep, a blowout one at that.
Halladay - dead
Lilly - dead
Glaus - dead
Overbay - dead

Is it clear that I am pissed?

Could I have used more movie/TV metaphors?

Ed in Westchester said...

Metsra - as for the cat, hope all is well. I wounded one of mine Thanksgiving night. Dropped a glass bowl, he cut his paw. Spent a week with a bandage and a collar around his neck. I felt bad when he tried to fit through the kitty door to go in the basement to eat or take care of business.
Good news was the bandage was a lovely shade of Mets blue.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of cats, does anyone ever name their cats after their favourite Mets? We had a Mookie and a Darryl when I was little.. next cat I get is gonna be named Pedro.

jabair said...

Call the Blue Jays:
(416) 341-1000

hey metstra, can you please forward this to cerrone and get everyone to call up the bluejays about this....

this sh!t pisses me off...

Jaap said...

I respect the Metsradamus.

There are too many people making Mets blogs and once they get sniffing close to winning the NL East, well, there will probably be many more to add to it.

So I announce on your blog that I'm giving it up.

Admittedly. it's a hard drug to renounce, I'll just follow my Mets without comment but my studies and my book are asking more time than I can use to make a good blog and when I read yours, I realise, you are the stuff and when I want to read about the Mets, here is where I will come.

(either that or I'm drunk and high and melodramatic, days will tell...)

jabair said...

looks like the "S.U.C.K.M.E." factor is in full effect in florida tonight..

Metstradamus said...

Jaap,

I'm extremely sorry to hear that you are shutting it down. You are, in my humble estimation, extremely entertaining...and you put together a great blog.

Good luck in your studies. I for one hope that down the line you change your mind and make a triumphant return!

-'Damus

Metstradamus said...

We actually had a bird named Mookie.

Metstradamus said...

Ed, hope your kitty is better. I remember when mine had to wear the cone. I swear when the cone came off she groomed herself for six hours straight!

Anonymous said...

With the trades and acquisitions made going into the draft, plus the bulk of the team that is carried over from last season, and the trades and draft picks made during the draft, it sure seems like the Pats are going to be the team to beat in the AFC this season, and perhaps in all of the NFL.

Considering the Pats were almost in the Superbowl last season with a pathetic receiving corps and that they've added very talented players into said receiving corps this season, barring some nasty injury(ies), they look to be the team to take it all.I say injury(ies) because I think they could survive an injury or two to some positions, but if they lost Brady they'd probably have a hard time recovering.


I wish I could say that the Redskins did well in the draft and/or in free agency but so many holes still exist that I'm not sure they'll be significantly better than last season. I suppose on face they should be if they can keep their corners healthy. With Landry (argh, hard to type that name as a Redskin!!) back there with a healthy secondary they might be able to cheat up more and put more pressure on opposing QBs. Might.

They still have what should be a lot of talent in the receiving positions, and Campbell should be better, but they don't have the quality on either line (offense or defense) that I wish they'd have, so it could be yet another year of .500 at best, or worse.

Still, the NFC East looks to be the NFC Least again this season. None of the teams there look like they'll be that good, and none really look ready to step up and take the division.

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