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Off The Field

Can’t Criticize Murph

Daniel Murphy missed the first 2 games of the season to witness the birth of his first child and spend a couple of days on paternity leave. Yesterday he took a beating from Boomer Esiason, Craig Carton and Mike Francesa for doing it. All of them basically saying “you’re a professional so go do you […]



Good Night, Ralph

Ralph Kiner played a major role in my teen years. He and Tim McCarver were the signature television game calling partnership in the 1980s and, together with Bob Murphy on the radio, were a very big influence on my development as a baseball fan. Part of the fun of Kiner was waiting for him to […]



Valdespin’s Marlins Cap

Mets utility man Jordany Valdespin posted a few pics to hi Twitter feed today including this one of him wearing a Miami Marlins cap. Obviously the cap has no bearing on where his allegiance is as a player but it is uncool. The last thing fans want to see is one of their players wearing […]



Forever A Kid

All day yesterday I was thinking of new beginnings. Despite the doldrums the Mets are currently in I found myself looking forward to next week when pitchers and catchers report to Port St. Lucie to begin preparing for the 2012 season in earnest. Then the news came. I first saw it on Twitter as I […]



Well Wishes for Gary Carter (And His First Mets Home Run)

With Gary Carter’s recent health issues (bronchitis, walking pneumonia in addition to brain cancer) I’ve been more nostalgic for the powerhouse Mets of the mid 1980s. The recent hiring of Davey Johnson as Washington Nationals manager accentuates this nostalgia. I remember Carter’s Mets debut in 1985 like it was yesterday. This is the hit that […]



Wilpon Has Lost His Marbles

There was a time when I really liked Fred Wilpon. And in the last few years, as his popularity as Mets owner has waned, I still comforted myself with the fact that he was smart and had a passion for baseball and managing a baseball team despite what seemed like a dwindling sense of reality. […]



Charlie Samuels Should Have Learned From Charlie Hustle

In 1989 Pete Rose, the all time leader in hits and a sure thing first ballot Hall of Famer, was was banned from baseball (including induction to the Hall) for gambling. Six years earlier Charlie Samuels became the Mets clubhouse manager. Twenty one years after the Rose ban Samuels was suspended from his position with […]



RIP George Steinbrenner

Who would have thought I’d write two consecutive posts about Yankee related personalities passing away? I surely didn’t. Yesterday I wrote about world class public address announcer Bob Sheppard’s death. Today it’s owner George Steinbrenner. Steinbrenner succumbed to a massive heart attack this morning. After suffering the heart attack he was rushed to the hospital […]



RIP Bob Sheppard

By now everyone who reads this already knows that Bob Sheppard, long time public address announcer at Yankee Stadium passed away yesterday. Though this is not Mets news it’s not strictly Yankees news either. It’s baseball news. To most of us who grew up in the New York area hearing Sheppard’s voice for the first […]



Time To Fire Fighting Tony Bernazard

If ever there was a time to fire Tony Bernazard this is it. The guy rumored to have been pulling the strings behind the scenes of the ridiculous Willie Randolph firing (not that Willie shouldn’t have been fired but it obviously went down badly) has finally hit the point of no return. According to Adam […]