That's Gold, Jerry, Gold!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Been to Port St. Lucie lately? Neither have I. But what has been down there is a new batting drill that will, hopefully, pay dividends come season time. Picture it: Man on second, bottom of the tenth, tie game, Citi Field. Can't do it? Ok, think of Shea. It works all the same. Wouldn't it be just dandy if a certain Mr. Wright came to bat and poked an opposite field single over the 2nd baseman's head to bring in the winning run? Yup. I thought so too.

Please welcome Jerry Manuel's new (and exhausting) batting drill:

Each hitter sees 80 curveballs. He must swing at every one and must try to hit the ball to the opposite field. There are no breaks, just a second or two between pitches to set your feet and steady your bat. It is designed to be completed in six minutes, but Howard Johnson, who clocked every hitter’s time on a stopwatch, said everyone in his five-player rotation finished the drill somewhere between six and a half and seven minutes.

The drill’s objective is to lay a foundation for smart situational hitting. The exercise improves hand-to-eye coordination, strengthens the hands and increases stamina, conditioning players to develop a more natural opposite-field swing while fighting through mental and physical fatigue to make contact. Toward the end, coaches, such as Razor Shines and Johnson, occasionally shout out game situations — man on third, two outs, game on the line — so hitters can envision a positive outcome. Line drives are preferred, but grounders and fly balls work, too. Contact must be made.

How great is that? I wonder what Silly Willie had the guys doing last year. Situational media talking? Opposite-field bat throwing? Did he advocate late night taxi rides to go pick up "Mexican food?" Whatever it was - the Mets listened. Let us hope that Jerry's plan works the same way Willie's did, because after all, fool's gold can be just as shiny.



And due to popular demand, for all those who want to see the clip from Seinfeld...
Here it is... Enjoy!

69 comments:

Skeptic Al said...

Could we see the Gold Jerry Gold on the post?

wario said...

once again Jerry is proving his worth by renting out a batting cage! this is absolute genius!

wario said...

are the mets renting out the batting cages because they lost all that money?

Eli From Brooklyn said...

It's better than taking a team to a pool hall for the day. (See "Yankees Activity Sheet from 2/23/09").

wario said...

LOLOL:) the Yanks Have to start from SCRATCH(pun intended)

wario said...

i took that one out of your own book eli

Eli From Brooklyn said...

LOL. And recently, their 8 ball got a whole lot darker. Can't wait for the February 7th, 2010 headlines in the New York Post when they find out a certain Yankee shortstop was juicing...
Now batting...
The Captain...
Number 2...
Derek Cheat-er.

wario said...

do you think A-rod uses the magic 8 ball before he does a interview?

Eli From Brooklyn said...

You bet. Apparently, the only option it gives him is "LIE, LIE, LIE".

wario said...

a-rod: did i take steriods
shake shake shake.....
8 ball: ask again later

wario said...

LOL

Eli From Brooklyn said...

From Wikipedia:

"In most of Wario's adventure games, his actions are selfish and greedy, but he consequently does good deeds to get what he wants, the antagonizing force being an obstacle."

The obstacle is that other team on the other side of the city...isn't it, Wario? Hmmm...Hmmm...

wario said...

YEEEEES ELI YEEEEEEES MOOOOOOOOHAAAAHAHAHAH MOOOOOHAHAHAHAHA

DOVY said...

I agree lets hope they but i think this hole 80 piotch thing is nareshkeit.

Eli From Brooklyn said...

DOVY getting ethnic as a FAN. It might work though. I'm up for trying something different... Why not? :)

DOVY said...

always try to keep ethnticity in sports it kepps from the mushroom barley soup coming up, what aready!!! ah its not gonna worked we are cursed orginization

Eli From Brooklyn said...

Lol, you do sound like Steve. Kudos to you.

Skeptic Al said...

Unlike Eli Marrero, Eli from Brooklyn will not be sent for assignment and released....great read!

Skeptic Al said...

Just changed my default home page to this blog.

Eli From Brooklyn said...

Lol, Al. It's good to see you're being more humorous and less skeptical. (Amen to Eli Marrero...What a yak!)

Skeptic Al said...

Eli and Wario please take your private personal conversations to email or IM, this blog is for serious critical analysis.

Skeptic Al said...

Just changed my default home page back to what it was.

Skeptic Al said...

He was fetching Dominican Food not Mexican Food...where's the journalistic integrity ?

wario said...

Skeptic Al, or should i call you dick duck... i am a met fanatic (if You cant already tell) i use this blog for met use only (and a little yankee hating) dont act like this is a romimu alma-mata! relax..... you blog less then aaron heilman had wins!!!..... anyway onto other news, how do you feel about our outfield situation? i like church and murphy

Skeptic Al said...

Ouch...that just set me back a good few months on my own blog ambitions.

Talking about songwriting I'm currently composing a lullabee for Daniel Murphy...have I answered your question ?

wario said...

lol.... reason?

wario said...

Murphy is the real deal... dont be so skeptical skeptic al

Skeptic Al said...

I aint skeptical...we love the Murphys

http://www.entertonement.com/clips/25174/1986-World-Series/_/Baseball/Final-Strike-of-1986-World-Series

wario said...

Eddie Murphy?

DOVY said...

dude i tild u im his biggest chasid i dont miss a night of him not one.

Eli From Brooklyn said...

Murphy is going to be good (and fun to watch). Settle down. Both of you. Now.

wario said...

DOVY are you in lakewood by any chance??

Eli From Brooklyn said...

For all those that are unfamiliar with the word "chassid," it means "I am the second to biggest fan of Steve Somers." Dovi says that he is a "chassid."

DOVY said...

no wario, why? you know who i am?

DOVY said...

and who is first

wario said...

no just deducing from the fact that you listen to steve everynight, and by the shproch you use... i thought it would be a good guess

Eli From Brooklyn said...

I AM NUMBER ONE DOVY!

DOVY said...

wario nope im not a big time caller ive called some times but not often.

Eli From Brooklyn said...

What name do you use when you call The Fan?

DOVY said...

um no not even close ive been a huge fan of his for like 10 yrs e. so not quite

DOVY said...

dave from brooklyn

Eli From Brooklyn said...

Who woulda thunk? Nice! Keep on keeping it real...

DOVY said...

and ur ely from bklyn thats original!!!

Eli From Brooklyn said...

I wasn't being sarcastic, Mr. Dovy.

DOVY said...

o ok

wario said...

i spend enough time dedicating myself to building up this blog that i dont have anytime to waste to speak with the slowest talker ever (steve)
p.s. he is on at night cuz his voice puts everyone to sleep!!!!!

Eli From Brooklyn said...

Oh don't you even go there. I'm warning you Wario...

wario said...

NO IM WARNING YOU EEEELI, WARIO WILL PULL A WARIO ON YOU AND STEVE!!

wario said...

just joking pleeeease dont throw me off the site yet

wario said...

im your biggest fan!!!!

wario said...

sorry dovy in case you thought you were but your still number 2!!! moooohahahaha

Eli From Brooklyn said...

You can stay Wario. For now.

DOVY said...

nope im number 1 and even ely agrees how do u not know who the hacker is!!!!!!!! wat aready me here you there on the fan......................... new york!!!!!!

wario said...

(COMMENTING ON THE POLL) since Fenway holds over 40,000 seats and the Garden about 20,000 , i think this question is not so fair..... lol

Eli From Brooklyn said...

I didn't know that Wario is a "Max Kellerman Number Lover Guy" so for him we will answer that we're dealing with percentages. How's that sound Maximus? or should I say Mathimus?

wario said...

I WILL ASK MY BUBBEE!

wario said...

It means grandmother in yiddish

Eli From Brooklyn said...

Max spoke about his Zaidy today ("who if you don't know means Grandfather in Yiddish"). Every time he explains it. Every time.

wario said...

it helps his ego, by convincing his fans he speaks another languge besides for stupity!! i used to be a gigantic max fan until there was not enough room for me and his ginormis ego! watch out miked up fresca, there isnt gonna be enough room in this city for the 2 of you! (and im not talking about mikes weight issue, which is getting to be a problem)

wario said...

Stupidity (sorry for the grammatical error I was just so frustrated by max I wrote it in a hurry)

Eli From Brooklyn said...

Great points Wario. It seems like the diet coke that Mike drinks from 1-630 just wont cut it anymore. Max and Mike should have their own show. They'd last 19 seconds with each other. Forget 19 years.

wario said...

you think they could run a D'antoni offese talk show?

wario said...

offense

wario said...

sorry for the grammatical error AGAIN

Eli From Brooklyn said...

I know one of them cannot run (the D'antoni offense). Paige can do it though. He'll put the Toni in D'antoni.

wario said...

lol gr8 one... you should have your own show!! all in favor? say i...i

Eli From Brooklyn said...

Speaking of I. You familiar with I-Max? Max did some interview/talk show in the past. He loves mentioning it. Is this all loshon hora? He is Jewish. If the case, we can discuss Mike. Lol

wario said...

mikes show is just like his can of diet coke.. he opens up the begining strong then fizzels out at the end.... it like he wants to take a nap and each caller is bothering him!

Eli From Brooklyn said...

Mike'd up? Mike'd out. New post coming up today. Gonna go work on it. TTYL WARIO MAN. :)