To Tweet or Not To Tweet?

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Today, I had a conversation with a fellow Mets fan who also happens to tweet and blog about the Mets. I was wondering what others thought about this conversation and I asked him if I could put it up in a post and see what others think. He agreed. This conversation took place via direct message and I will not say who is who. Please add your thoughts in the comment box and I'll pay you handsomely in invisible coin.

The Conversation:

What is up with you following me every few weeks?

Nothing personal. I like to read my Twitter-feed with every tweet with thought going into it. Sometimes you send out tweets with a player's name during games & it doesn't really add much and if I'm spending time on this thing, I wanna see intelligence. So why do i refollow (you)? Because I see people retweeting your intelligent tweets. You would pick up a lot more followers than you are. :)

:-p - You're on the wrong platform, buddy.

Wrong platform? Explain.

Twitter is so brief. We're not writing War & Peace on this thing.

I agree, but there is an in-between. People send out really good thoughts and why should I read things which are pointless? I follow a good 100 people who send out really good thoughts and I've narrowed my following-base down to really good tweeps. Besides, I love the fact that people are forced to stuff their one thought into 140 characters so in an art-like way, I enjoy it. I want every type of fans outlook on things and MetsBlog, comment sections or what not is not offering it to me.

So have I (narrowed down tweeps). I just find it funny coming from you. If you don't like me, don't follow. Simple as that.

Since u want me to ask, I'll ask. Find it funny coming from me? Explain. I follow who I want when I want. What does it make a difference?

It's not like you're winning the Pulitzer on here. I don't care, just found it odd when you follow and unfollow once a month, it seems.

True, but people can think for more than a second or 2 before sending out a tweet. 100 pointless tweets read is a lot of time.

I'm just going to keep doing my thing. If you follow, fine. If not, also fine.

If I see a tweet I like, I'll follow that person. I don't see why it is an issue on how odd it may "seem." Puhlease. You are taking this a tad personal. No offense. If I follow, I follow. That's what I felt at the start. I just feel sometimes people can think a second or 2 before tweeting. That's all.

The Mets and Twitter

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

At about 7:45 PM, Monday night, I noticed a Twitter account by the name of NewYorkMets tweeting (as it was showing up in my "Search: Mets" box).

Now, I have checked in the past and this account was "hogged" by a fan who didn't do much with it. Either that or the Mets took it, but waited a long time to use it.

I quickly followed them - I was their 76th follower.

At that time, they were following 14 people. This number at the end of the night rose to 19. The next morning it dropped to 0.

Here's a shot of the account before it had even 100 followers:

The account now has over 2,000 followers.

Whether the account is run by a nerdy intern with braces and plastic glasses is beyond me, but what I do know is that someone somewhere had a change of mind. It's possible a higher-up told this "nerdy intern" that by following others (such as @MetsPolice and @TheRopolitans who ranked as the 18th and 19th followee, respectively) the Mets are unintentionally promoting the work of bloggers, but who is to know?

Matthew Cerrone of did mention in week's past that the Mets were a bit afraid to begin using Twitter for whatever reason, but we're approaching the idea slowly. Well, within 2 weeks the Mets we're involved in the Twitterverse.

@MLB is following over 10,000 people, but then again, MLB (although affiliated with the Mets, of course) does not have the same issues as the Mets. The Mets have the right to be afraid. Heck, guys ripping off their shirts and PR mistake after PR mistake would make me think the Mets would never want to voluntarily put themselves out there, but I guess, they felt the need (based on the fans' wants) to conform.

The Mets, who began their website in 1999, were the last Major League Baseball team to begin a website. I am unsure if they were the last team to create a Twitter account, but it's refreshing to see an official Mets account in the Twitterverse, while sharing interesting information and tidbits with its followers.

Now, if we can only get them to interact...

Nerdy Intern, I'm looking at you.

I Like... My Job?

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Mets' Ike Davis, who in Spring Training admitted his nickname was, "Rooster," now has a new nickname. He's being called, "The Stimulus."
Well, everyone but Daniel Murphy calls him that.

So, You Think You Can Lick Better Than Me?

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Yup, that's exactly what Mike Pelfrey was thinking yesterday in Citi Field during the Mets "Bark in the Park."

When I took this shot, I couldn't help but put this post up. Unfortunately, Pelfrey didn't appreciate when I asked him if he's enjoying, "Balk in the Park" Day.

I changed the subject by telling him that the Mets are bound to win, especially since they'd have last licks at home. I laughed so hard that my dog peed on him.

Victories for all, and no, I don't want to lick like Mike.

The 2010 Federal Census For The South

Friday, April 23, 2010 honor of the Mets playing the Atlanta Braves this weekend, I felt it was only necessary to run down south and grab an unopened letter out of a Braves' fan's mailbox...

...this is what I found...

Last name:________________

First name: (Check appropriate box)
(_) Billy-Bob
(_) Billy-Joe
(_) Billy-Ray
(_) Billy-Sue
(_) Billy-Mae
(_) Billy-Jack

What does everyone call you?
(_) Booger
(_) Bubba
(_) Junior
(_) Sissy
(_) Other___________________

Age:____ (if unsure, guess)

Sex:____ M_____ F_____ Not sure

Shoe Size:____ Left____ Right

Occupation: (Check appropriate box)
(_) Farmer
(_) Mechanic
(_) Hair Dresser
(_) Unemployed
(_) Dirty Politician
(_) Preacher

Spouse’s Name:_________________________
2nd Spouse’s Name:______________________
3rd Spouse’s Name:______________________
Lover’s Name:___________________________

Relationship with spouse: (Check appropriate box)
(_) Sister
(_) Brother
(_) Aunt
(_) Uncle
(_) Cousin
(_) Mother
(_) Father
(_) Son
(_) Daughter
(_) Pet

Number of children living in household:_____
Number of children living in shed:______
Number that are yours:______

Mother’s Name:_______________________(If not sure, leave blank)
Father’s Name:_______________________ (If not sure, leave blank)
Education: 1 2 3 4 (Circle highest grade completed)

Do you (_) own or (_) rent your mobile home? (Check appropriate box)

Total number of vehicles you own:___
Number of vehicles that still crank:___
Number of vehicles in front yard:___
Number of vehicles in back yard:___
Number of vehicles on cement blocks:___

Firearms you own and where you keep them:
____ truck
____ bedroom
____ bathroom
____ kitchen
____ shed

Model and year of your pickup: 196_

Do you have a gun rack?
(_) Yes (_) No; If no, please explain:

Newspapers/magazines you subscribe to:
(_) The National Enquirer
(_) The Globe
(_) TV Guide
(_) Soap Opera Digest
(_) Rifle and Shotgun

Number of times you've seen a UFO:_____
Number of times in the last 5 years you've seen Elvis:_____
Number of times you've seen Elvis in a UFO:_____

How often do you bathe:
(_) Weekly
(_) Monthly
(_) Not Applicable

Color of eyes:
Left______ Right_____

Color of hair:
(_) Blond
(_) Black
(_) Red
(_) Brown
(_) White
(_) Clairol

Color of teeth:
(_) Yellow
(_) Brownish-Yellow
(_) Brown
(_) Black
(_) N/A

Brand of chewing tobacco you prefer:

How far is your home from a paved road?
(_) 1 mile
(_) 2 miles
(_) just a whoop-and-a-holler
(_) road?

...want me to keep going?...

Rain Delay? Who Cares? (Video)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Video of FAU & Western Kentucky baseball teams having fun during a rain delay:

Can the Mets just do this? Instead of playing, that is.

(Hat Tip to @NewYorkMetsNews for the find)

Superman Goes To Fordham (Video)

Brian Kownacki, a Fordham baseball player, makes a Superman leap over catcher and lands on home plate:

If only Raul Valdez was capable...

UPDATE: Apparently, it's been done before in a Montclair State vs Rowan game, but I still like the first clip better.

Did You Catch That?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Okay, I'm just gonna say it. I stunk at "Where's Waldo?" as a child. I'd spend hours at a time searching for Waldo on a single page, only to learn it was a Dr. Seuss book. Yeah, it was that bad.

But all that's about to change, because I found something. Something small, but something big.

I'll let you look for it.

Hint: Read the headline again.

Now, go:

Give up? Now, you got a glimpse of my childhood. Found it? I hate you.

Well, after much research and talks with the good folks from Eli's Sport Bureau, we have concluded that the player-icon on the Left Field sign is none other than Endy Chavez!

Granted, he was a little taller than 3", but you can bet a pair of ligaments and cartilage in your knee that that picture is of Endy Chavez in Left Field when he scooped ice-cream for the fans in Game 7.

If the Right Field picture was on the Left Field sign, then, yes, technically, it would be Daniel Murphy.

Edinson Volquez Suspended 50 Games

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Yup, it's true.

Volquez's agent just called me to confirm the news. Edinson will sit 50 games after taking a performance enhancing drug.

For more on this, follow @EliFromBrooklyn on Twitter.

Talk about Red in the face...

Astros vs Albert

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A big series by the Astros and maybe they can overtake Pujols in RBIs and home runs... Maybe.

If only the Mets would admit it, too...

Monday, April 12, 2010

Chan Ho Make-In-The-Parking-Lot. Yup, that's what I'm going to be calling him.

Simple Things

Simple things that Jerry Manuel can do now to improve.

-Written on Twitter by
@Koosman3669 and @Ceetar.

- Stolen by @EliFromBrooklyn.

1. Take advantage of a hot bat, put Frenchy in the 3, 4, or 5 slot until he cools off.

2. Give GMJ a nice seat cushion. He has no business playing CF in the majors. I'd rather see Angel Pagan or Fernando Martinez there or even @EliFromBrooklyn.

3. Don't use Nieve in a 4th game in a row when you're winning 7-2.

4. Let guys make the team that actually looked like they worked for it in the offseason instead of the guys with the higher contracts.

5. I'd keep Johan on schedule no matter what. He's the only one that deserves that consideration.

Any other SIMPLE ideas? Lay it on us.

Predictions, Predictions, Predictions

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Everyone's gotta, right?

Keeping it short and sweet, I'll pick my division winners, along with laying out some other little tidbits that happen to be channeling it's way through the crevices of my brain.

AL East: This one's easy... the Yanks. The Red Sox have gotten considerably older (besides for the fact that everyone has grown one year older) and the Rays will hinder the Sox success.

AL Central: How can you not like the Twins? Although look for a stellar year out of J.J. Putz being that he is healthy this year.

AL West: People have been selling the Angels short this year, as will I. I'm going with the Mariners, even with Cliff Lee starting the season hurt.

The AL Wildcard? Gimme the Sox. (White or Red? Red.)

NL East: The Braves will be considerably better, while the Marlins will continue to be that pesky little club. The Nationals begin their ascend from the bottom, while the Mets will look elsewhere for some starting pitching. The Phillies take the division, although their bullpen will be their biggest (and most obvious) weakness.

NL Central: St. Louis Cardinals. Big story this year? Pujols and HGH. Hey, a man can dream, right?

NL West: The weakest division in baseball has the Rockies on top when all is played and done. The Padres end with the worst record in the NL, while the Giants and Dodgers make a run for the Wild Card; a futile run.

The NL Wildcard? The Brewers, Braves, Marlins and Dodgers will be fighting for a spot. A one-game playoff between the Brewers and Dodgers will end with the Brewers snatching the final spot.

Some other random thoughts: Nick Evans is given his unconditional release. Jenrry Mejia legally changes his name so bloggers everywhere don't have to google it every time. Mike Pelfrey puts it together and wins 13+. Ruben Tejada shows some real promise this year, although he will start at 2B on Opening Day 2011. Fernando Tatis has an even worse year than last year. The Mets will not be good, but last year was last year. Look for the team to be a little better than .500, while Jerry Manuel is let go AFTER the season is over. Johan struggles in the first half of the season, but ends with 15 wins. K-Rod has a below-average year. David Wright ends with 23 homeruns. Dan Warthen is fired by the All-Star break. Mike Pelfrey leads the league in licks. Oliver Perez ends the season with 8 wins, but is just god-awful at times. John Maine actually pitches into the 6th inning. Once. Jonathan Niese also ends the season with 8 W's. Carlos Beltran returns from injury and has an MVP-caliber year. Jeff Francoeur? A lot of strikeout's, but has a gold-glove year and is in the running for a spot in the All-Star game. Castillo ends season with .276 BA, but has his season ended in August due to injury. Murphy plays AAA after the break. Pedro Feliciano gets smoked and often. Omar Minaya stays on-board throughout the entire season. The Wilpons still own the team after 2010. I remain a Mets fan.

The Mets New Center Fielder

Friday, April 2, 2010

I didn't think it would have to come down to this.

We, as Mets fans, endure much too much criticism, hardship and injury. Players go down like flies, and as fans, there isn't much we can really do about it. Until now.

After a lengthy talk with @FakeFredWilpon, I decided to put my talent on display at the first ever @JoeAndEvan Twitter Baseball Game this past Sunday.

FakeFred said, "I'll be watching, Eli. Look for the black limo in the parking lot. I'll be in the Jeep Wrangler behind it."

Inspired to do what I was born to do, I, along with some other hopeful Mets fans, represented the team from Queens, as we went up against the Yankee fans in a duel that most would describe as, "Seriously pathetic."

To make a long story longer, we lost 9-6, even with the leadoff hitter going 3-6 with 2 runs, 1RBI, and 2 outfield assists. Me.

Manager/Mascot/LHP Evan Roberts even declared, "Despite our loss I would like to name @EliFromBrooklyn as our team MVP...dude played strong defense in center and was a good lead off hitter." Stop, you're too kind.

I know I'm bragging, but I'm doing so for good reason.

Later that day, I received a call from @FakeFredWilpon telling me that he was quite impressed with my performance that day and I was getting the call up. I, Eli Quincy Sr. FromBrooklyn, will be replacing Angel Pagan on the Mets' Opening Day Roster.

As they did with Jason Bay and all the new big Mets players, I was asked to smile in Citi's Center Field today to help increase Mets Ticket Sales. Rumor has it the team has already sold 3 semi-brown level ticket packages after the word was released early this morning.

And you thought fans were helpless.


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Friday's news? The Mets have acquired a new center fielder. Check back at 1:00 PM for this shocking news which, frankly, wish they had a clue about...

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