What's Left To (Not) Do

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Metstradamus brings us "Omar's To Do List" :

Flushing: Where Careers Go To Die.

Bored Game

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Our Season in Board Game Style:

Some nice moves, Omar, or lack thereof.

My Mets Horror-scope

There is a cute website called Sports-Wired.com which has some fun stuff to sift through. One of them includes the option to check any day of the year and see who has their birthday on perhaps, the same day as you.

I hit the jackpot.

I was born on January 30th, 1986, making me 23 years old.

So how did I hit the jackpot, you ask? Good question.

Who else was born on January 30th, you ask? Better question.

Jorge Cantu (1982, Marlins) and Jeremy Hermida (1984, Marlins) were some of the names I saw. Even Davey Johnson, Past Mets Manager, was born on January 30th, 1943.

But who was born the same day as me, as well as the same year?

Well, and I don't know what this even means, it's none other than future Hall of Famer:


Buffalo Bisons Hall of Fame, that is.


After much time and debate, the Mets finally traded Billy Wagner. In return the Mets asked for someone who could catch. Being the genius that Theo Epstien is, he offered the Mets Cris Carter. A 3 time All-Pro and having played in 8 straight Pro Bowls, Theo knew this was a offer that Omar could not refuse.

Beer Here! Uh, do you have Punch instead?

Monday, August 24, 2009

A Phillies website, The Fightins, shows us this video which took place in the 6th inning of the Phillies 4-1 victory over the Metropolitans last night in Queens. A couple ruffians decided to mix it up in the stands a little bit. One was a Phillies fan, the other a Mets fan:

Eli From Brooklyn: Very classy, Philadelphia.

Unassisted Miserable Play

The Unassisted Triple Play has happened 14 times in regular season history.

Until now.

Meet #15:

Mets 2009; continuing to make history - in a bad way.

Close Call. Not.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Mets showed some life on the field last night (Friday), as Jerry Manuel was ejected when he argued a caught stealing call on Jeff Francoeur.

All were visibly upset since J-Man was visibly correct.

Close play? We think not.

Convince MLB though.

MLB had this to write under the video frame here:

"A close play"?

Stop defending your umpires; it's been a sad year in Judge-ville. Face it.

The Mess Website

Friday, August 21, 2009

Mets.com writes on their front photo for their website, "Mets looking to turn the table on rival Phillies."

Uh, 2 things.

1) Turn the table? If the Mets were to sweep the Phils in this upcoming 4 game series - they'd still be 10.5 games behind Philadelphia.

If one were to look closer, it reads, "Watch...tonight, as the Mets, out for retribution after late-season troubles vs. the Phils the past two years, Philadelphia in the opener of a three-game series."

Do I really care if the Mets play well against the Phillies with 40 games left while their 15 games back? Not making the playoffs = Not making the playoffs.

2) "Rival Phillies"? Stop. Just stop. We'll deem ourselves "rivals" next year. Perhaps. For this year, let's just say that we're in the same division. Enough said.

The Billy Blog

MetsBlog writes:

Last night, Billy Wagner threw 14 pitches, nine for strikes, and set down the middle of the Braves lineup in order, while hitting 95 mph on the radar gun.

Following the game, Wagner told reporters:

“To know that I was pretty much written off, that I wasn’t going to be able to make it back, and to be able to get back quick, it was very enjoyable… I didn’t want to go out there and be wild. Once I got the first out that was a big relief.”

Eli From Brooklyn and Others: The entire stadium (or at least myself) got the chills when the beginning of Enter Sandman started to blare through the ballpark… it was bittersweet, reminding us of better days at Shea Stadium… the best part, though, is that they played it again when he walked off the field, knowing it could be the final time we see him in a Mets uniform…

…the buzz around Citi Field suggests it will be just a matter of time before wagner is traded… and good for him… last year at this time he was in tears, embarrassed, and worried he might never throw another pitch again…

…he’s worked hard to get back, he’s clearly healthy and some hope he can go someplace to get a ring… in fact, wherever he ends up is probably the team some will end up pulling for in the post season…

Jayson Stark of ESPN.com believes the Rays and Marlins have interest in acquiring Wagner. However, he says, if the Mets want to get a decent prospect in return, they will likely need to pay most of the $3.5 million left on his contract.

…we have no idea what to expect from the Mets, and especially Omar Minaya, when it comes to making this sort of deal… i mean, when was the last time the Mets had a quality veteran to trade… seriously, when was the last time
they were in this situation… usually, they just wait it out
and let people leave as a free agent…

Bobby Bonilla on the Payroll?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Andrew Vazzano of The Ropolitans writes:

...DisgruntledMetsFan.com just tweeted something that I had completely forgotten about.

Here’s his tweet:

"Does anyone realize that starting in 2011, the New York Mets will pay Bobby Bonilla $1.2 mil / year for 25 years? What an organization!"

That’s right. Starting July 1, 2011, and on every July 1 until 2035, the Mets will send a check to Bobby Bonilla worth $1,193,248.20.

When the Mets released Bonilla in January of 2000, instead of picking up the $5.9 million owed to him for that year, they agreed to pay him nearly $1.2 million over the course of 25 years. That’s almost $30 million.


Might as well bring him back as a coach somewhere for that much money. Or have him cut the grass at Citi Field.

Or maybe he can play left field.

Eli From Brooklyn: So how true is this and what were the Mets thinking? Well, a fellow, Bernie, wrote this in the comment section on The Ropolitans:

Bernie: It is actually correct, and a horrible deal...for Bonilla. Ahh the power of compounded interest. The way it works, the Mets set aside $6 million in 2000 @ a rate of 12% per year. They are not allowed to withdraw any funds until year 11, in which they can withdraw $1,200,000 per year for 25 years. After the 25 years, and after paying off Bonilla, the Mets will have...drum roll please....$138 million. So they took the $6 million he was supposed to receive and invested it themselves and made $132 million for themselves on it. They also have a similar deal with Bret Saberhagen. Now here comes the problem with this deal and others. Madoff is the one that was guaranteeing them the 12%. So the Mets are now going to be paying the players out of their pockets, with new 2011 dollars, not 2000 compounded dollars, and on top of that, never receiving the $138 million lump sum. Much of the speculated $700 million the Mets lost was not what they lost out of pocket, but what was supposed to be there after this great compounded rate.

Eli From Brooklyn: Duh, I knew that.

Shines of Life

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Razor Shines is striking it rich!

Shines became a spokesman for Aquafina water during the 2009 season and was featured on its website as "The 3rd Base Coach of Life." Visitors to the site could ask yes or no questions and receive "life advice" from Shines.

Granted he's won many Major League rings and has over 500 minor league managerial wins but "life advice" from Shines?

Bob from Texas: Razor, I have a real issue with my family and I need your advice on the matter.

Shines: Run, run, run!

Crazy Eyes Vs. Freaky Eyes

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Remember this guy from Mr. Deeds (A.K.A "Crazy Eyes") ? Do you think you could hit off of him if he was pitching against you?

Of course the Mets couldn't hit last night! They were thrown off by Max Scherzer's freaky eyes!

Shout out to The Ropolitans for this pic.

It's 11:00 - Do u Know How Many Mets are on the DL?

Monday, August 10, 2009

This list was seen on The Ropolitans. It lists the date, the player, the injury and where it took place. It’s long and excruciating. Take a look.

•7/25 Gary Sheffield (Strained right hamstring) - 7/17 @ ATL
•7/20 Fernando Nieve (Torn right quadriceps - out 6-8 weeks) - 7/19 @ ATL
•7/9 Fernando Martinez (Right knee inflammation) - 7/1 @ MIL
•6/22 Carlos Beltran (Bone bruise, right knee) - bruise first mentioned between LA and BOS (5/21), finally out after OF slide 6/21 @ Citi
•6/12 John Maine (Right shoulder fatigue) - last pitched 6/7 @ WAS
•6/5 J.J. Putz (Right elbow surgery - out 8-10 weeks) - 6/3 @ PIT
•6/3 Ramon Martinez (Fractured left pinkie finger) - slide 6/2 @ PIT
•6/1 Angel Pagan (Strained right groin) - 5/31 @ Citi
•5/26 Ryan Church (Strained right hamstring) - 5/22 @ BOS
•5/26 Jose Reyes (Right calf tendinitis) - complained of stiff right calf after 5/13 game @ Citi, rested 6 days, re-aggravated @ LA on 5/20
•5/18 Alex Cora (Torn right thumb ligament) - slide @ SF on 5/17
•5/16 Carlos Delgado (Right hip impingement) - slide @ Citi on 4/26, rested for 5 games, played 7 games, then shut down.
•5/7 Oliver Perez (Right patellar tendinitis) - last start 5/2; was complaining about it since Spring Training
•4/17 Brian Schneider (Strained back muscle) - @ Citi
•4/5 Angel Pagan (Right elbow sugery - out 2-3 months) - bone spur, prolly from Winter ball
•4/5 Tim Redding (Right shoulder fatigue) - spring training.


What Happened to Our Mets?

Sunday, August 9, 2009

We had every player we needed in 2006 and we were a swing away from a trip to the World Series. We fell just short, both in 2007 and 2008, while 2009 will be remembered as "The Year Of Injury."

So promising.

Such failure.

Sports Illustrated had picked the Mets to win it all in 2009 and that may have been where it all started to decline. Gloves left out on the dugout steps, hamstrings ready to be pulled, and surgeries by the dozen.

What happened to our Mets?

The fans were eager, hungry and ready to see a championship come to New York.

Queens, that is.

The way it looks now, the Yanks will be playing competitive October baseball, Mets fans will be playing Fantasy Football come September (for most, even earlier than that) and Mets Bloggers will be looking forward to blog about the possible firings of Jerry Manuel and Omar Minaya.

Do we trade a player from "the core"? Do we sign a big name pitcher in the off-season? Do we start rooting for another team?

The first two questions might be answered with a yes. The last? I think not.

Although the Mets are playing below average baseball, producing below average numbers and rank high in baseball stinkiness right now, we must always remember that through this all - they are ...

... OUR Mets.

Ray Ramirez's Cousin

Friday, August 7, 2009

Welcome Back, Anderson

Thursday, August 6, 2009

No, not Marlon.

The Mets have traded minor-league infielder Greg Veloz to the Nationals to get back infielder Anderson Hernandez. Hernandez is expected to join the Mets tomorrow in San Diego. Looks like bad news for the the Mets, and us fans and the red hot Luis Castillo who twisted his ankle falling down the dugout steps the other day.

Hernandez, 26, hit .251 with 12 extra base hits and 23 RBI in 77 games with the Nationals.

The 21–year-old Veloz had been hitting .232 with 18 stolen bases in 91 games in Single-A.

...Good news for Mets fans for one simple reason - Anderson has already been on the disabled list this season, so at least he got that out of the way…... but I'll cross my fingers...

The Mets SPLIT The Series

Jonathan Niese injured himself covering first base during the second inning of yesterdays game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Minutes after an awkward stretch while covering first base, Jonathan Niese was removed from yesterdays’s ballgame with a severe ankle injury. Niese was immediately sent for an MRI, and during the postgame, manager Jerry Manuel said that “…we suspect it to be a tear”.

This is a huge set back for Jon, and the Mets, who were really banking on him to help bolster the rotation, this year and in the future.The Mets will now have difficulty slating Jon for next season, not fully knowing what his capability's are at this level. This was the perfect opportunity for him to get some good experience in this down trodden season. What time is better than the present for a Met top prospect to test out his tools, and show that he is ready for Major League work.

...Good luck, Jon, see you in the spring...

Ball Bag

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

...This pretty much sums it all up...

Nelson Figthereisareasonyourintheminorsueroa

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Here is the reason that Figs hadn’t made the team out of spring training:

Figueroa: 1.2 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 HR, 53 pitches

By the time I got my hot dog and sat down, the game was over!

He was drafted 833rd overall by the New York Mets in the 30th round of the 1995 Major League Baseball Draft and was subsequently traded along with outfielder Bernard Gilkey to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 1998 for Jorge Fábregas, Willie Blair and cash considerations.

...Maybe it’s a sign that he’s not meant to be on the Mets...
...But no!

Remembering the Great One!

Monday, August 3, 2009

On this day, 5 years ago, we lost our beloved announcer Bob Murphy, the flagship voice of the New York Mets, who passed at the age of 79.

No, he was not Daniel's grandfather.

Words of Wis-dumb

Sunday, August 2, 2009

How appropriate is this question?

When a friend, Wario, was recently playing some MLB on the Ninendo (or whatever people play it on these days) - this was asked to him as he attempted to bring in his new pitcher:

...Right on, 2K Sports...