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Tuesday, December 30, 2003


One of the great guys on the internet is Will Carroll. Most of you know Will from Baseball Prospectus and his blog Will Carroll.com. Will has a posting on his blog that is very interesting involving Boss George and the Highlanders making a major move. Lots of scuttlebutt on this. Big buzz is Giambino and Lil' Sori going to Texas for A-Rod. With the move Jeter moves to 3rd and Boone goes to 2nd. Interesting, very interesting. <


Alex Bleth of Bronx Banter fame has posted his great interviews from the past year. Do yourself a really big favor and click on the link and read them. All are fantastic, but my favorites are Buck O'Neil, Marvin Miller and Pat Jordan. Enjoy. <


A TIP FOR ARTIE FROM FLUSHING: RENT DON'T BUY! Sr. Skill Sets had lunch with former Mets mgr Bobby Valentine last week to discuss establishing a working agreement with Valentine's club Chiba Lotte. Freddy also pitched the idea that Valentine be brought back into the Mets flock as an "Advisor of Japanese baseball". OK, here's the part where I go Oliver Stone on y'all. Artie has 3 years left on his deal with the Amazins. How many out there think good ol' Artie is going to complete that contract? Not many. I believe that Valentine signed a 2 yr deal with Lotte but there is an "out clause" if a MLB team comes a calling. Let's face whether you love him or hate him, be honest, the way The Duke is building the team with youth and second tier vets, it's right up Valentine's alley. He thrives in that environment. The fly in the ointment, so to speak is Jr. Skill Sets, who against the working agreement. He feels it locks the Mets in with one club in Japan and narrows their options with other players. Little Jeff is becoming a pain in the ass. I have a great conspiracy theory going here and he comes in a throws the cold water on it. So Artie remember what Satchel Page always said "Don't look back, something(one) could be gaining on you" <

Monday, December 29, 2003


RECAP OF WEEK 17 NFL PICKS PATRIOTS -8 over Bills Patriots 31 Bills 0 The Pats with the win get home field throughout the playoffs. According to Tom Brady "it will be hard for any team to gome here and play on this shitty field". It seems Gilliette Stadium has more pot holes than the Bklyn-Queens Expway. Just one more weapon for NE HC BB. Rams -10 over LIONS LIONS 30 Rams 20 All the Lambs had to do was beat the dregs of NFC North Lions to clinch home field in the playoffs and easy road to Houston for "the Big Game". So what do the Midwest Martz's do? They play their worst game of the season. Then after the game Mad Man Martz says the team was not prepared for the game and it's his fault. If that's all true Mike and you could not get your team ready to play a team that has been out of contention since October and you need the game for home field where your team is just about unbeatable, well YOU SHOULD BE FIRED! RAVENS -7 1/2 over Steelers Ravens 13 Steelers 10 (OT) Ravens get a win. They get a playoff game at home. Jamal Lewis gets 2000 rushing yards. Me, I get "stu gotz" Week 17 1-2-0 Ytd 27-21-3 <

Sunday, December 28, 2003


The Mets still have this hole in RF to fill and since there is no sign of the "People's Cherce" Vlady Guerrero sigining here any time soon, two more names can be scratched off the OF list, Brian Jordan & David Dellucci. Both players will sign with the Texas Rangers. I wish I knew what was going through the minds of GM John Hart and mgr. Buck Showalter. What the hell do they need OF'ers when it's some decent pitching they need, but hey I can only worry about the Mets. I bring this up because it seems the odd man out in the OF picture is Kevin Mench. It seems that Mench has gotten into Buck's dog house because of a broken wrist that has kept him from playing winter ball. I like Buck and he's a terrific baseball man, but some times he can be a bit pyscotic. If the guy is mending form a broken wrist and he is getting it checked in January to be sure he's ready for spring, what's the problem. I bring up Mench because he might be the guy for RF for the Mets. He just 26 years old and in 491 ML AB's he has 51 xbh 17 HR's 71 RBI .275/.341/.452. Not only that he's a hustler in the Ty Wigginton mode and won't embarass the Mets in the OF. If the Mets are not going to use Jeremy Griffiths and Pat Strange, it would behoove The Duke to call John Hart and make the deal. <


HUMPTY DUMPTY HAS A GREAT FALL I guess old Georgie had just written out the check to the Alan H. Selig slush fund, when he went over to the memorial service for former Browns QB Otto Graham. After writing out the check for close to $60 mil-it has been rummored that Selig had told George "it's ok to make it out to Cash"-it seems Georgie's blood pressure was at about 190/180 thus the fainting spell. Doctors were a little conderened when Gerogie woke up as he was yelling "COSTANZA!!!!!!!!!!!!!" <


There is a Q & A article in the Newark Star Ledger with the "new" radio voice of the Mets, Howie Rose. As I've mentioned before Rose and Gary Cohen should make for one of the best radio combos doing baseball in NYC in a long long time. Rose and Cohen are born and raised Mets fans and their New York Guys so it should be fun listing to them. I like this Q & A about the Mets signing Guerreo. Rose is trying be both a fan and a diplomat in his answer. Should the Mets make an honest effort to sign Vladimir Guerrerro? As a fan, I'd love to make a pitch for him. But the Mets don't want to blow their budget to bits. Fred Wilpon tried to widen the budget before, and they've been burned with some bad decisions. If Vladimir Guerrero checks out physically, there are going to be a lot of teams kicking themselves for not making a play for this guy. This guy is an impact player to the level of few players in the game today. But I can understand that the Mets feel squeamish with some of their recent failures like Mo Vaughn. I think (management) is in a lot less of a gambling mood from a budgetary standpoint. But there are few guys in baseball you adjust the budget for. He's the whole package. <

Saturday, December 27, 2003


Rich Lederer over at Rich's Weekend Baseball Beat, has been posting some outstanding stuff recently. Click the link and read his last two entries are our own Prince Mikey and on Bert Blyleven's case to be a Hall of Famer. <


All is quiet on the Eastern Front, as there is no Mets news to talk about. So how about a comment or two on the following subjects: Time Warner and Cablevision call a truce on the Fox Sports-MSG Network-Metro Channel battle. It seems someone smacked some sense into little Jimmy Dolan's head, and made him realize that most of Manhattan and Brooklyn and all of Staten Island are serviced by Time Warner. I don't care about missing the Knicks and Rangers but please don't take away my Full Frontal Fashion on the riveting Metro channel. And speaking of Little Jimmy, Spree goes postal on Dolan. Now I don't like that Latrell Spreewell cursed and carried on in front of Little Jimmy's wife and kid, but I think Spree spoke for all of us who either roots for the NY Knicks or The NY Rangers when he went on his profanity laced tirade at MSG. Little Jimmy has brought "The Worlds Most Famous Arena" to Teaneck Arena status. There is a slight buzz now that Isaiah Thomas has taken over the Knicks, but the Rangers are off the sports fans radar in this town. Plus what other venue charges a "facility fee" when you buy tickets like MSG does? Little Jimmy having accomplished nothing positive in his life has single handedly brought down a NYC landmark (MSG) and two of our most beloved franchise's (Knicks and Rangers). I know Sonny ( As in Money) Werblin is doing 360's in his grave. Georgie Porgie and the Evil Empire have a bill to pay. The invoice has come to E 161 St and River Ave in the Bronx for $11.8 mil in "Luxury Tax" due. So by being the only team in baseball to go over the MLB Salary Cap The Evil Empire will help out teams like the World Champion Florida Marlins with a little Christmas cheer. When you add in revenue sharing as well the Evil One's have made a nice contribution to the Alan H. Selig slush fund of close to $60 mil dollars. <

Friday, December 26, 2003


NFL PICKS WEEK 17 Home team in CAPS PATRIOTS -8 over Bills Home field for the playoffs and payback for a 31-0 whuppin' on opening day will help fuel the P-Men to victory. Rams -10 over LIONS "The Greatest Show on Turf" knows how important home field is for a return trip to the Super Bowl and what better opponent to have but the Lions. Hopefully, the Midwest Martz' will give the Motor City Pussy Cats a ass kickin' good enough to have that buffoon of a team president Matt Millen fired. RAVENS -71/2 over Steelers It's a very simple formula for the Ravens "win and your in" And what would make it sweeter is beating the Black and Gold from the Iron City. Just like the Patriots, this one is a payback game for Baltimore as the Steelers beat them 35-14 in Week 1. <

Wednesday, December 24, 2003


When I started writing this blog I had hoped that a few of my friends and family would read it. Little did I know that folks from all over would not only read what I had to say, but enjoy it as well. I love doing this because I love baseball and the Mets. I also love the fact that I have met so many intersting and inteligent people thru this venue, especially those on the links section on the left of this page. Some of the best and brightest people are out here in the bloging universe. I want to see the Mets have so much success that it kills me when they don't. This blog has given me a forum to sound off and be a smart ass in assessing this organization from the front office to the ushers to the players themselves. When I look at the site meter on the bottom of the page and see it over 17,000, well it makes me appreciate all of you who come by here and read what's on my mind and those of you who e mail me with your thoughts. You don't know the the great feeling I get when I see that there is an audience for what I'm doing. I hope everyone has a happy holiday and has good health and happiness for the New Year. After we get through January it will be pitchers and catcher before we know it. <

Monday, December 22, 2003


Bob Klapisch has the story on The Duke pleading with Sr. Skill Sets to give Roger Cedeno his uncondtional release. This would entail eating $10 mil in salary for '04 and '05. I advocated this a month ago to eat the contract and move on. Check out this quote from someone in the Mets front office: "Roger is a nice guy and everyone likes him personally, but he cannot be on this team," the source said. "There's nothing [the Mets] can do with him. He can't even bunt." That will be on Cedeno's headstone "He can't even bunt" they could also add "He sucks in the field as well" <


RECAP OF NFL PICKS WEEK 16 Patriots -3 over JETS Patriots 21 Jets 16 The Pats make it 11 in a row with Willie McGinst and the defense leading the way. Jet QB Chad Pennington with 5 picks and J-E-T-S (very) offensive coordinator Paul Hackett with just awful play calling helped do in the Jets. As I’ve posted before, the highlight of this game was Broadway Joe Namath telling ESPN sideline reporter Suzy Kolber that he wanted to kiss her. Joe was feeling no pain on those arthritic knees on Saturday night. The Boston Belichicks now need a win on Sunday to have home field throughout the playoffs, as the road to the Super Bowl will go thru Foxboro. Oh I almost forgot, memo to Messers Mara and Tisch: Please hire Romeo Crennel as Head Coach of the New York Football Giants. Thank you. COWBOYS -10 ½ over Giants Cowboys 19 Giants 3 Team Tuna is headed for the tournament for the first time since 1999. Parcells is now the first coach in NFL history to lead 4 teams to 10 wins in a season. I hope all the schmucks who did not vote for Parcells for the football Hall of Fame are choking on their eggnog. This team, with just about the same personnel, went 5-11 last year and had the look of a loser. When Parcels took over this team he told them that making the playoffs is not good enough but the Super Bowl was the goal. As all of Parcells team do, they bought into the program and now they can hold their heads up high. On the other side of the field the New York Heartless Bastards have the heads up their butts. Their lamest of lame duck coache Jim Fassel said, the team played hard and he was proud of the effort. As a great football coach once said “There are no medals for trying”. EAGLES -7 ½ over 49ers 49ers 31 Eagles 28 (OT) Unbelievable turn of events at the end of this game. The Iggles were down 28-21 with 1:02 left in the 4th quarter when Donavan McNabb hit Todd Pinkston in the end zone for a 19-yard TD. With the extra point, the Iggles had tied the score plus they had momentum on their side heading to overtime. After winning the coin toss and receiving the ball, the Iggles looked like they would have a big time win and a clinch of the NFC East. But, McNabb threw a pass from his own 21 and it was picked off by Tony Parrish (his 2nd pick of the day) who returned the ball to the Iggle 4 yard line. After a couple of plays, Niners kicker Todd Peterson kicked a 22-yard FG and San Francisco had a rare road win. Week 17 Record 2-1 YTD Record 26-19-3 <

Sunday, December 21, 2003


Added to the Links section is MLB Center. This site is chock full of info and they have a fabulous fourm. Click and see for yourself <


The Florida Marlins have signed Armondo Benitez to be their closer for 2004. The Fish have given him a one year deal at $3.5 mil as they were afraid the Braden Looper would command a bigger salary if they went thru the arbitration process with him. So it would be no surprise if Looper ends up with the Mets as their closer. The Marlins have stated that they are out of the Vladimir Gurerreo race as the do not have the cash to make an offer. So I think that just leaves the Birds of Baltimore as the only suitor for Vlady's services. Hummm.... How much will it take to get his name on the dotted line? I wonder if the Duke and the Skill Sets are happy or pissed as all hell that Vlady is not been courted by any other team ? <


Required Reading. Andrew Zimbilist has a great piece in the TImes on the con job the Used Car Salesman has pulled on the people of Wisconsin with the building of Miller Field. Oh how I would love to see The Used Car Salesman led off in handcuffs some day. <


Tyler Kepner in today's NY Times has a story on Alex Rodriquez that shows it was all about the money when he went to Texas. He found an easy mark in Tom Hicks and now Hicks and A-Rod want a divorce. As in most divorces, the splitting of the money is a touchy situation. The first paragraph that has A-Rod pouring his heart out to a Blockbuster Video clerk is bizzare <


So the long awaited "Non-Tenders" are here. In the immortal words of Derek Coleman, "WHOOP-DEE-DAMN-DO". Who is on that list that would even make a difference to the Mets? Jay Payton? Even the Rocks know his numbers were Coors enhanced. Ruben Mateo and Reggie Taylor? We all ready have them in Timo Perez and Joe McEwing. Here's how bad this RF situation is, They should have signed Jeromy Burnitz. Burnitz went to the Rocks for $1.5 mil with a $3mil mutual option for '05. Burnie is good for 40 jacks this coming season playing a mile above sea level. The are no prize packages in the pitching department either. RHP Jason Johnson and LHP Mark Redman are possibilities. Braden Looper is out there for a closer, but he's not a strikeout guy and he has a high walk average. So when you look at it there is no one out there that improves the Mets. Except for a certain RF who use to play North of the Border. <


Roger Cedeno was arrested for speeding on Route 75: In the latest incident, Cedeño was arrested on Dec. 4 in Broward County, Fla., and charged with "reckless driving." He was clocked at 111 mph on Route 75, the stretch of highway known as Alligator Alley linking the east and west coasts of South Florida. This plus last years arrest for DUI and the $10 mil owed him on the final two years of his contract, have made it near impossible for The Duke to trade him. Although, Cedeno would have been shipped off to the Pacific Northwest, except that Mariners rookie GM Bill Bavasi needs to go to Sylvan Learning Centers to brush up on his reading comprehension, since he did not know that Jeff Cirillo had a no trade clause to NY in his contract. <

Saturday, December 20, 2003


I am watching the Jets-Patriots game and Suzy Kolber was interviewing Joe Namath on the side lines. Namath is soooooooooo drunk I can smell the booze on his breath through the TV. He keeps telling Kolber, "IIII wannna give ya a kiss" WOW good to see Joe Willie hasn't lost a step off the field. <


Jeff Cirillo-ALL TIME LOSER What Onions on this guy! He turns down a trade from the Mariners to the Mets, because he'd rather sit on the bench in Seattle than ride the pine in NY. He never says "Hey send me to the Mets and will fight like hell to be the starting 3rd baseman". The Mariners want no part of this guy and apparently Mariner rookie GM Bill Bavasi never read Cirillo's contract, which includes a no trade clause that has the Mets and Yankees on it. So, the Mariners may have to eat his contract and Cirillo can spend all summer with his wife and kids, all expenses paid. <

Friday, December 19, 2003


NFL PICKS WEEK 16 Home Team in CAPS Patriots -3 over JETS The Jets are having another of their classic "the heat's off so we're playing good" runs as they have won 3 of their last 4 games. That means we will be subject to more looking at next season through green and white glasses, as Jet fans will be talking about their Super Bowl chances. YAWN! The Boston Belichicks will be armed and ready for this one as they want the road to the Super Bowl to go thru cold and snowy Foxboro. COWBOYS -10 1/2 over Giants Giants Head Coach Jim Fassel did the noble thing this week when he fell on his sword and made the Big Blue Brass tell him he was kaput. This was a class move for the simple fact it allows his assistant coaches to get their resumes together to find new employment. The Giants have ben doomed since last years Wild Card playoff game against the Niners. The run with this heartless bunch is over, time to cut ties with some of them. Like the overexposed Tiki Barber. Too bad the eye doctor who did the Lasik surgurey that your mug apppears in every newspaper add can't find a cure for bad hands. Team Tuna will be primed and ready. Tuna's the man because he'd rather be feared than loved. EAGLES -7 1/2 over 49ers I bet Andy Reid plays a mean game of poker. He never get flustered or rattled. Donovan McNabb is the same way and that's why the Iggles are rolling along. With the Birds looking for home field throuhout the playoffs, I can't see them taking thier foot of the gas peddell in this one. <


Attention Red Sox fans, I have been sent the following message and have been asked to pass it along to you. It is concerning the A-Rod to Red Sox trade. Dear Red Sox Fans, I'm dead. Yours Truly, The Horse <


HEY MERRY CHRISTMAS METS FANS! Wilpon Ward Super Joe McEwing was given not one, BUT A TWO YEAR CONTRACT guaranteed for $2mil dollars. Who needs Vlady, we have Super Joe. I hope someone hides my belt and neck ties. <


So Wilpon Ward Joe McEwing, Mentaly Baseball Challenged Timo Perez, and The Once Closer of the Future Scott Strickland are the Mets non tendered players. From this story it seems the Mets hope to if the have not already sign all three players to 2004 contracts. Of the three only Strickland is worth signing. The Wilpon Ward, according to Artie from Flushing, is a force in the clubhouse. Yep he sure is. The '03 Mets were a juggernaut down the strech last September weren't they? Super Joe lead the way to a 7-19 record for the month. YIPPEE IO KAI AY!!!!! <


I've added another New York Mets Blog to the left hand side LINKS section. It's called Mets Analyst and it is definitely worth your time to visit. So click and enjoy. <

Thursday, December 18, 2003


Little Jimmy Dolan, the CEO of Cablevison is at it again. The agreement that Cablevison has with Time Warner Cable to broadcast Fox Sports NY and MSG expires on December 31st. If TW and CV can not come to an agreement on the price of carrying both channels, CV has told TW it will sue them if they continue to show FSNY and MSG programming. This is all tied in with CV Metro channels, which show nothing but under nourished woman aka models wearing clothes that no one in there right mind would ever wear, taking up 3 slots on TW's cable systems. Little Jimmy Dolan has so far run Cablevison, the Knicks, and the Rangers into the ground. Little Jimmy is an A-hole who employs other A-holes like "Slats" Sather and Scott "wouldn't say shit if he had a mouthful" Layden. This better not turn into another YES situation. <


Now it seems the Mets are talking about re-obtaining Matt Lawton from the Indians for Roger Cedeno. First, it seems sooner or later Cedeno will be an ex-Mets for the second time in his career. Second, The Duke could care less what he gets back for him as long as he's breathing and doesn't cost him a dime more than what Cedeno makes. What doesn't makes sense here is, Lawton hated playing for the Mets and hated living in NYC. So I don't think this will happen. At least the Cedeno for Cirillo deal looks like it won't happen. Thank god for small favors. There is also talk of siginning David Dellucci. Dellucci would not be a bad 4th OF'er but why oh why can't we talk to Vlady. <

Wednesday, December 17, 2003


Let's raise a glass of Metamucil to John Franco, on the occasion of his new $1mil plus contract with the Amazin's. Bottoms up Johnny! <


The MLBPA has thrown a monkey wrench into the A-Rod Manny deal by rejecting the changes that Rodriquez and the red Sox wanted to make to his contract in order to seal this deal. Now I'm a union man-proud member of CWA local 1180-but who the F ais Gene Orza that he has this much control over a player. What about A-Rod? Show some onions wiil ya! You hate Texas. You hate Buck. You want to play in Boston. Tell Orza and Fehr to butt out. It's your money Alex. what happens if the John Henry and his Boys say "you know F it, let me make nice with "Nahmar" and sign him long term and tell Manny "my bad" and get ready for the season. If that happens, then A-Rod's up shits creek with out a paddle. Stay tuned! <


Forget Vlady, Let's bring back "The Stork" <


K D over at Flushing Local has sent me a link on a story on Scott Strickland and he road to recovery. Many thanks to K D. <


PUT IT IN THE BOOKS, HOWIE ROSE REPLACES MURPH. The Mets and WFAN announced today that Howie Rose will join Gary Cohen in the radio booth next season. This is an excellent hire. Both Rose and Cohen are not only "New York Guys" but they are also "Mets Guys" they speak our language. Thank God, Ed Coleman did not get this job. Long time readers of this site know my feelings on "Make mine vanilla" Coleman, who is the Jeff Cirillo of broadcasters. <


The New York Daily News is reporting that the Mets have agreed to ship Roger Cedeno to the Mariners for Jeff Cirillo. The Mariners will also send $5mil to the Mets to make up the difference in the money owed to Cirillo. I don't understand what The Duke is doing here. There has to be a rational for this manuver. As I stated yesterday, Cirillo is beyond suckdom, but if he stays on the roster I guess he will back up Wiggy and play a little (hopefully very little) 1st base. But if this is not bad enough, the article goes on to say that Timo Perez would be given a shot at the RF job. NO F'in WAY THIS HAPPENS! Are you thinking what I'm thinking......GOOD GOD.....IT'S........IT's.........VALDIMR GUERRERO MUSIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <

Tuesday, December 16, 2003


According to the boys over at Boston Dirt Dogs, it is just a matter of dotting the i's and crossing the t's and A-Rod will wear Red Sox and Manny will be a Ranger. Adavantage Red Sox. Your move Georgie! <


Let�s look at a few of the moves that the Mets are mulling around: THE MET WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO BE FILLING OUT A CHANGE OF ADDRESS FORM-ROGER CEDENO. The Duke seems hell bent in ridding the Mets of Cedeno and his contract. So far Roger the Former Dodger has been rumored to be going to Chicago, San Diego, and Seattle. The deal with the White Sox would be for closer RHP Billy Koch. Professor Rick and Artie from Flushing are urging The Duke to make this deal, as they feel they can get the best out of �Triple Digits� Koch. Koch did have his best season in Oakland under Peterson and Howe in 202. He was 1st in the AL in games (84), 2nd in saves (44) 1st in games finished (79). Last year with the Chi Sox he suffered from elbow problems and eventually lost his closer job to Tom Gordon. If Professor Rick thinks he knows the secret to Koch�s success, I would be willing to accept this trade. Another deal that has been mentioned is Cedeno to Seattle for 3rd baseman Jeff Cirillo. How the hell could The Duke even talk about this one with a straight face? He must have had a few Hurricanes in him when he was discussing this one. Cirillo is beyond suckdom. I mean it would take some great leap just to reach suckdom. Look at the digits: 2002 .249/. 284/. 271/. 629 26 xbh 6 HR 54 RBI 51 R 2003 .205/. 284/. 271/. 555 13 xbh 2 HR 23 RBI 24 R WOW. Even Rey Ordonez laughs at those stats. This move makes absolutely no sense at all. The Padres have been willing to take Cedeno off the Mets hands for T-Long and Kevin Jarvis. I�ve been over this one and I would take a Pasadena on it. JOSE GUILLEN: 5 TEAMS IN 7 YEARS, IS THAT A WORLD RECORD? Here�s a guy who in 2003 hit .311/.359/.569/.928 61 xbh 31 HR 86 RBI 77 R for the Reds and A�s. He�s 27 years old, productive and works cheap but his former teams treat him like he lives in a rat hole outside of Tikrit. He must be a real charm school drop out that only the Mets and Angels are the only teams courting him. The Mets have offered Guillen a one-year deal worth $3 mil. The Angels have countered with a 2 yr deal with a third year option total value of the deal, $7mil. The Mets hold an allure to Guillen for the simple fact his mother lives in the Bronx, so this has Guillen in a bind, two years of security or momma�s home cooking? PETE THE SHYSTER HAS LOOSENED THE PURSE STRINGS IN CHARM CITY With Miggy Tejada in the fold and I-Rod next in line, the Vlady watch in Baltimore is now on. I still think the Skill Sets have Vlady in the radar. The major hold up could be (this is just my speculation) the insurance factor. I don�t know if his back injury is one of those �pre-existing� conditions that would negate the Mets from insuring his contract. Vlady can ask for 6 years for $100 mil, he�ll never get it, due to the insurance restraints. So if his demands drop to say 4yrs for $65 mil, it could get very interesting around Flushing. And don�t discount Florida, as art dealer (Do you think he has one of those dogs playing cards paintings) Jeff Loria could find some extra cash to lure Vlady to South Beach. CHRISTMAS WILL COME 5 DAYS EARLY THIS YEAR. Saturday December 20th is the day the free agent floodgates are supposed to open with the non-tendered free agents. I would love to get Freddy Garcia for a Filenes�s Basement price. WHERE IN THE WORLD IS SCOTT STRICKLAND? All this talk about finding a closer, I have not heard or read a word on the status of Scott Strickland. Strickland had reconstructive elbow surgery, similar to John Franco�s surgery, but I can�t find any info on his progress. If anyone knows when he�ll be back and how he�s progressing, please drop me an e-mail. <

Monday, December 15, 2003


I knew all this Aubrey Huff being on the trading block was too good to be true. <


Mets have lost 4 players in the Rule 5 draft. Two of the players were pitchers RHP David Mattox and LHP Lenny DiNardo. Mattox went 8-7 with a 3.49 ERA for Binghamton, was claimed by the Reds and Di Nardo was claimed by the Red Sox. Di Nardo had a terrific short season in the Arizona Fall League. DiNardo is not a hard thrower but he does possesses a decent spiltty. <


NFL PICKS WEEK 15 RECAP Home team in CAPS Cowboys -1 over REDSKINS Cowboys 27 REDSKINS 0 WOW talk about your bounce back game. After losing to the Iggles on Thanksgiving (36-10) the Cowpokes decided it was time to regroup. So linebacker Al Singleton, arranged for the defense to go out for steaks, cigars and making fun of the Boss Tuna. It was a Parcells blueprint game. Solid defense, turnovers-Cowpokes caused 6 TO�s-and a hellacious running game. Troy Hambrick may have found his way out of the Chateau de Bow Wow with a career high 189 yards. Next up for Team Tuna is a home game against the New York Football Heartless Bastards-aka-The Giants. CHIEFS -14 over Lions CHIEFS 45 Lions 17 As I watched the score of this game throughout the afternoon, I was worried the Chiefs would get bored and let the Lions score some points so as to get the ball back on offense. But the Lions are so bad on offense; they never could get within 18 points of KC. The win helps Vermeil�s Town Criers win the AFC West and keep pace with the Boston Belichicks at 12-2 for the home field advantage in the playoffs. When will William Clay Ford put Matt Millen out of his misery and fire his fat ass. Ravens -6 � over RAIDERS RAIDERS 20 Ravens 12 Man, I thought this one would have been a lead pipe cinch. The dumbest team in America (The Raiders, as per their coach Bill Callahan) against the Stinkin� Genius (Brian Billick). Just when I think the Ravens are going to give teams hell come playoff time, they turn into the Seatltte Seahags and lose their 4th game in a row on the road. How the hell could they lose to the �Just Win Babies�? The Raiders are just god awful against the run and Jamal Lewis did scamper for 125 yards but he could not get a sniff of the goal line. The Ravens obviously took the Raiders for granted and with the Bengal winning, they now find themselves tied for the lead in the AFC Subsides Housing Division. Week 15 2-1-0 YTD 24-18-3 <

Sunday, December 14, 2003


MIGGY IS A BRID The Baltimore Orioles in a fit of fiscal irresponsibility have signed former Oakland A's shortstop Miguel Tejada to a 6 year/ $72 mil deal. Here is how the contract breaks down: Tejada receives a $12 million signing bonus, with $4 million payable in 2004 and $2 million each in 2005, 2006, 2010 and 2011. He receives yearly salaries of $3 million in 2004, $9 million in 2005, $10 million in 2006, $12 million in 2007, $13 million in 2008 and $13 million in 2009. Tejada made $5 million last season and $3.65 million in 2002. Somewhere Vlady is smiling! <


YOU TALKIN' TO ME?........YOU TALKIN' TO ME? According to San Diego GM Kevin Towers, the Mets are the toughest mutha's around. The Pods GM thought they were in the driver seat in landing Mike Cameron, when The Duke came in thru the swing doors. Here's a quote from Towers in today's San Diego Union: "He is an East Coast guy," said Towers. "I can understand that. I guess if it was anybody but the Mets, I'd feel pretty good about our offer. But when you get into a bidding war with the Mets, they're going to win." The Padres offer to Cameron was 4 yrs/$20 mil. The Duke came in with his cotract offer of 3 yrs./$21mil with team option for a 4th yr. The money and the allure of the City that Never Sleeps pulled in Cameron: "New York has its reasons for being a favorite, being on the East Coast," said Cameron, who's from the Atlanta area. "It's definitely a different challenge. New York is the challenge of everyone's life." So now all we need is for Pete the Shyster down in the Land of Crab Cakes to make his offer to Vlady and have The Duke and the Skill Sets top it. I love to dream. <


I have been bashing the Skill Sets most of this off season but today I've come to give them some praise. They stepped up to the plate and gave The Duke the ammo needed to close the deal on Mike Cameron. First, Jr. Skill Sets flew to New Orleans when The Duke told him that he was close to closing the deal with Cameron and his agent. It seems The Duke felt the same as I did when I heard that Keith Foulke signed with Boston, that Billy Beane would take his fixed income and sign Cameron. When I heard that the Mets came to an agreement with Cameron on a 3yr $19mil deal with an option for a 4th year, I was pleased and surprised. It shows we have a GM who has some bulldog in him and that the owner may be just blowing smoke about that $80mil "budget". The best story I've heard was on SportsCenter when ex-Reds GM Jim Bowden was explaining how the Mets courted Mike Cameron. Jr. Skill Sets went to pick up Mike Cameron and his agent in Atlanta to fly them to New Orleans. While in the air, Cameron watched a video of some famous New Yorkers, Jerry Seinfeld, Brooke Shields to name two, who were telling him the Mets were the team he should sign with. It seems Cameron was extremely flattered. I don't think that's why he signed though, I think it was that 4th year option that closed the deal. <

Saturday, December 13, 2003


The Mets have reached an agreement with CF Mike Cameron on a 3yr $19 mil contract. So far the Mets have corraled the two free agents they have zeroed in on in Kaz Matsui and Cameron. If they cut Timo Perez after this it's cause for celebration <


NFL PICKS WEEK 15 Home team in CAPS I am having an extremly busy Saturday morning so I don't have time to list my reason why I like the teams I do this week. So I'll just post the picks. Remeber Bet with your head not over it. Cowboys -1 over REDSKINS CHIEFS -14 over Lions Ravens -6 1/2 over RAIDERS <


It seems the Mets are waiting for the A's to make their move,either singing Keith Foulke or Mike Cameron. Billy Beane is under must more cost restraint than The Duke, so the A's will sign just one of those players. The most encouraging sign in the Mike Cameron sweepstakes is that playing on the East Coast is his top priority. The A's have offered it seems 4 yrs- $24mil. The Mets have offered 3 yrs-$18 mil and have indicated they will not go beyond 3 yrs. Neither would I. The Duke may have to play this one like a poker hand, since it looks like there are only two bidders-maybe three if the Padres enter in-for Camereon's services. Stay tuned. The Roger Cedeno to the Padres is heating up again with the Mets getting RF Terrence Long and RHP Kevin Jarvis. This is just a dump of bad contracts. With T-Long, who by the way was one of the Mets 1st round picks in the 1994 draft, along with Paul Wilson who was the first pick overall. With Long you get a better defensive player and more power than Cedeno. But Long also has declining numbers the last three years: 2001 .283/.335/.412 53xbh 12 HR 85 RBI 90 R 2002 .240/.298/.390 52xbh 16 HR 67 RBI 71 R 2003 .245/.293/.385 38 xbh 14 HR 61 RBI 64 R Check out those OBA's the last three years. YEECH! He's no Gold Glove in the OF either but his defense would be a major upgrade to Cedeno. Maybe this is could be one of those change of scenery moves that helps both payers. As far as Jarvis is concerned, hopefully he has an option or can just go through waivers and can pitch for Norfolk. Jack Curry has a story on Georgie Porgie going into late 80's mode by taking total control of the Evil Empire. He has shut out Pee-Wee Cashman, Stick Michael, and Joe Torre. The day is coming when NYC EMS will be carting Georgie Porgie out of Yankee Stadium in a straight jack. <

Friday, December 12, 2003


So the Duke has landed in Naw'lens with his $7mil dollars in spending dough and his clothes packed in those lovely pink CONWAY shopping bags. After crying poverty earlier this week, according to ESPN.com the Duke is hoping to get Mike Cameron to sign a deal that falls within the Mets fixed income. I can just see the Duke calling Freddy Skill Sets, asking him for a cash advance to sign Cameron. I bet he has one of those change purses like Grandma has, you know the one with the gold plated butterfly clip on the top. I can here him tell the Duke "OK, here is a Million more but I want you to cash in your 1st class plane ticket and take Greyhound back to NYC". Hey everyone has to suffer a little bit during this fiscal crisis. You know it would have been noble of Mayor Mike Money Bags to drop a half a billion dollars on Fredy Skill Sets as a tribute in helping the Mets match dollar for dollar with the Evil Empire. But Mayor Money Bags only knows how to make city workers give till it hurts. Just think Mayor Money Bags, if the Mets and Yankees can get back to the way they were in 2000, when over 6 million folks bought tickets to baseball games in NYC, that's more tax revenue. We all know how you love to tax people (both their money and their nerves) all it would take is $500K from you. Ah for the good all day's when former half owner Nelly D had that much cash in the cushions of his Diamond View suite couch. <

Thursday, December 11, 2003


As I was going through my album collection ( yes I LOVE vinyl) I came across one of my favs "The Kinks Live double album". I thought this great Ray Davies song sumed up the Mets off season so far: Low Budget Cheap is small and not too steep But best of all cheap is cheap Circumstance has forced my hand To be a cut price person in a low budget land Times are hard but we'll all survive I just got to learn to economize I'm on a low budget I'm on a low budget I'm not cheap, you understand I'm just a cut price person in a low budget land Excuse my shoes they don't quite fit They're a special offer and they hurt me a bit Even my trousers are giving me pain They were reduced in a sale so I shouldn't complain They squeeze me so tight so I can't take no more They're size 28 but I take 34 I'm on a low budget What did you say I'm on a low budget I thought you said that I'm on a low budget I'm a cut price person in a low budget land I'm shopping at Woolworth and low discount stores I'm dropping my standards so that I can buy more [Quality costs, but quality wastes, So I'm giving up all of my expensive tastes. Caviar and champagne are definite no's, I'm acquiring a taste for brown ale and cod roes ] Low budget sure keeps me on my toes I count every penny and I watch where it goes We're all on our uppers we're all going skint I used to smoke cigars but now I suck polo mints I'm on a low budget What did you say Yea I'm on a low budget I thought you said that I'm on a low budget I'm a cut price person in a low budget land I'm on a low budget Low budget Low budget Art takes time, time is money Money's scarce and that ain't funny Millionaires are things of the past We're in a low budget film where nothing can last Money's rare there's none to be found So don't think I'm tight if I don't buy a round I'm on a low budget What did you say Yes I'm on a low budget I thought you said that I'm on a low budget I'm a cut price person in a low budget land I'm on a low budget Say it again Low budget One more time Low budget [I look like a tramp, but don't write me off, I'll have you all know, I was once a tough At least my hair is all mine, my teeth are my own, But everything else is on permanent loan. Once all my clothes were made by hand, Now I'm a cut price person in a low budget land. I'm on a low budget I'll have you all know We're on a low budget I'm on a low budget] Just picture Freddy Skill Sets on stage at Radio City singing this one. <


THE BRONX ZOO REDUX Andy Pettite........SEE YA!........... OH BABY, it's the 70's all over again. For you younger whippersnappers out there this move is vintage Steinbrenner. All you need now is the for Billy Martin (the ghost of Yankees past) to rise form the depths of hell to manage this team. So Andy Pettite is an ex-Yankeee. Who da' thunk it? So now the Yanks are going ahead with the deal with the Dodgers for Kevin Brown for Jeff Weaver. So add Brown with Sheffield, Kenny Lofton and David Wells to go along with Mike Mussina, you give the Yankees a new nick name, "A-Holes R Us". How long do you think it will be before Georgie Porgie relieves Joe Torre of his duties and replaces him with Bucky Dent or Jeff Torborg? <


I guess on Wedensday's The NY Daily News gives it's top sportswriter the day off. That could only explain why Yankee jock sniffer, Filip Bondy was covering the Kaz Matsui press conference. Just read his column today, it seems the sports editor at the News was punishing Bondy by making him write about the Mets. It seems the big boys, Mike Lupica and Bill Madden are on the Andy Pettite story ( more on that in a sec) so I guess that left the Mets story for Bondy to tackle. I guess things are slow on the Ladies Figure Skating and Womens Tennis circut since that's Bondy's beat. <


The signing of Kaz Matsui was so big, the Mets took this press conference into the big city. Yes Mets fans, the old Jets locker room was beneath this signing, this one was worthy of Times Square (well not exactly it was held in the Sheraton on 7th Ave just a few blocks shy of Forty-Duce) I hope you folks enjoyed all the pomp and circumstance because that's it on the big signings. According to reports in the papers to day, the Mets will operate on a $80mil budget. As of today, the Mets have allocated $73mil so far in 2004 payroll. So with $7mil to spend, The Duke must find a CF,RF, starting pitcher, and a closer. Boy have times have changed, $7mil used to be the catering bill at Shea for off season press conferences, now they have to turn that figure into 4 players. So get ready for another season of Timo and Cedeno in the outfield and hoping some young pitcher steps up in the spring to fill the 4th or 5th starter spot and the closer. Why do I get the feeling the phrase "Good seats still available" will be heard a lot around Shea this season. <

Tuesday, December 09, 2003


While Freddy Skill Sets sent The Duke to Waldbum's for a little nosh (the smoked salmon is to die for) for the Matsui press conference tomorrow, teams are signing free agents who would be upgrades for the Mets. Tim Worrell signs a 2 year deal for $5.5 mil, with division foe, the Phillies. Everyday Eddie Guardado signed with the Mariners for 1 year with a player and team options for 2005 and 2006 that could net Guardado $13 mil. Professional Hitter, Matt Stairs singed a 1 yr deal with the Royals for a little more that $1mil. Stairs is a LEFT HANDED hitting outfielder who has that "cowboy up" attitude that the Mets could sorely use. <


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The David Frost of bloggers, Alex Bleth has a fan-tas-tic interview with SI and former Newsday baseball writer Tom Verducci. on his award winning Bronx Banter site. Sit back, realx, click the link and enjoy. <


IS THERE SUCH A THING AS BASEBALL’S OFF SEASON? I guees with the New York football teams out of contention and the collective who gives a shit attitude about the pro basketball and hockey teams around here it’s all baseball all the time here in the city that never sleeps. There are so many baseball stories in today’s papers you would think its late March instead of early December. Let’s take a look at some of tails the NY media is telling. It’s not everyday that I pick up the NY Daily News and enjoy a column by either Bill Madden or Mike Lupica but to enjoy both their columns on the same day is unprecedented. But it happened today. Lifelong Yankee RAH-RAH boy and avowed Mets hater Bill Madden picks up on the Mets should get Guerrero groundswell. Madden uses the phrase that the Mets should “at least kick the tires” is exactly what I’ve been saying. As far as I know the Expos offered a 5-year deal for $70 mil that was back loaded to make $35 mil due in the last 2 years of the deal. Now that the Red Headed Step Children aka the Expos have cut ties with Vlady that’s one less team to worry about. The Orioles seem to be the only team that cares to dance, the Mets should tapped them on the shoulder and ask may I cut in. I then turned the page are started to read Mike Lupica’s column. Usually Lupey carries the water for his main man Sr. Skill Sets but today he actually made a case for our skeptism. In speaking of the signing of Lil’ Matsui Lupica states: “The people in charge of the Mets must regain the trust of their fans. And that’s no easy thing.” Look I want to be optimistic about Matsui but I’ve never seen him play. Most scouts that have say he’s the real deal. From all that I have gathered he is one helluva defensive shortstop he has blazing speed and is .300 hitter. He also strikes out a lot and he most likely won’t hit as many homers as he did in Japan. Lupica also touches on it’s been just 2 years since the Mets won the NL pennant and appeared in the World Series. Mets fans thought we were primed for another mid to late 1980’s run but it did not come to fruition. After such disaster signings from Mo Vaughn to Alomar to Cedeno to Glavine we as Mets fans are justified in holding our breath. ITEM: SHEFFIELD FEELS HIS POCKETS ARE NOT FULL ENOUGH I keep thinking this is some vast Evil Empire conspiracy. What could get Steinbrenner’s boxers in a knot more than having both the Mets and the Red Sox on the front burner of baseball news? With the market for his services limited to just the Yankees, why would Sheffield piss off Georgie Porgie for $3 mil dollars more? The deal he supposedly agreed to, is for 3yrs $39 mil and it seems Sheffield has gone to Georgie and said, “may I have some more, sir”? It makes no sense. Sheffield has no leverage and Georgie has the Vlady card he can play. Stay tuned. ITEM: NOMAR WANTS TO STAY IN BOSTON It took word that A-Rod was packing his bags for the Hub to get Nomar to speak to the Boston media. <

Monday, December 08, 2003


Kazuo Matsui is now a proud member of the New York Mets Matsui has signed a 3 year $20 mil contract to become the everyday short stop. Jose Reyes will now move over to 2nd base and the Mets infield for 2004 is now set. Folks, it is what it is. The debate on Lil� Matsui is over. Let�s all hope this guy is what we have been led to believe he is, a Gold Glove shortstop, with speed and power. I know as Mets fans we have grown to be skeptical, as we should, of any moves made when the Skill Sets take charge. We just have to wait and see. Just what exactly is John Franco looking for? Franco made $3.75 mil last year at the end of a 3-year deal. I know he doesn�t have the onions to ask for a raise or even the same salary as last year. I mean if the Duke is offering anything near $2mil for next season he should put a stocking over his head and take it. I wish he�d stop wasting the Mets time, as the Duke and the front office has bigger fish to fry and should not have to be courting a 43 year old short reliever coming off major arm surgery. The Mets bullpen is a shambles and if Franco comes back he will be joining two other underachievers in David Weathers and Mike Stanton. So how many spots are open? They need a closer and a long man and hearing the name Ugeth Urbina to close games is not very comforting. If I�m the Duke I give Franco a take it or leave it offer and tell get back to me fast because I have Arthur Rhodes on line 2. Just a little heads up to the Wilpon�s. The Expos have decline offering arbitration to Vladimir Guerrero. Feel free to call his agent. <


WEEK 14 NFL PICKS RECAP Home teams in CAPS EAGLES -5 � over Cowboys Eagles 36 Cowboys 10 The bitch is back. Payback that is. The Iggles gave the Cowpokes a good ol� fashion ass whuppin in the second half of this game to pull away from a 10-10 tie. Since the �Boys from Big D beat Iggles 23-21 on October 21st, the Brids have kicked 8 straight opponents by the wayside. Philly D coordinator Jim Johnson, read the riot act to his passive defenders at halftime, telling them be aggressive and go on the attack. They did causing Cowboy turnovers, the costliest one sacking Quincy Carter in his own end zone for a safety. Donovan McNabb was 19 of 35 passing for 248 yards and 3 TD�s (more medicine Mr. Limbaugh?) and have the best record in the NFC at 10-3. The Iggles will be rooting hard for the Browns tonight as they take on the Rams in Cleveland. The Martz�s are a half game back of Philly for best record in the NFC. PACKERS -7 over Bears Packers 34 Bears 21 YEA MON! Dreadlock draped Packer DB Mike McKenzie, intercepted a Kordell Stewart pass and took it to the house-90 yards-for a TD. This added to the Packs, 19-14 lead making it 26-14 and the Men of the Frozen Tundra never looked back. Da Bears had an unforgivable 5 turnovers in this game and Brett Farve up his record against the Bears to a gaudy 20-4. PATRIOTS -3 over Dolphins Partiots 12 Dolphins 0 28 degrees, wind chills in the low teens plus 2 1/2 feet of snow spelled disaster for the �Phins. The Pat�s now have beat the Dolphins 4 out of the last 5 times they�ve met and the road to the Super Bowl could run through Foxboro. With the Chiefs losing big to the Broncos, the Chiefs and Pat�s are tied at 11-2 for best record in the AFC. The story of this one was as it has been all season, the Patriot Defense stepped up again by scoring 9 of the 12 points scored by New England. The key play was LB Teddy Bruschi interception of a Jay Fiedler pass at the 5 yd line and ran it in for a TD. Week 14 Record 3-0-0 YTD Record 22-17-3 <

Sunday, December 07, 2003


Gordon Edes in his great Sunday notes column in the Boston Globe, claims that the Orioles have offered Vladimir Guerrero 6 years at $13-$14 mil a year. The Wilpons have that in one of Nelly D's old sport coats that he left at Shea. Also it seems inevitable that A-Rod will join the Olde Town Team by the end of the winter meetings. Wilpon house boy Mike Lupica had this little nugget in his Shooting from the Lip column today: "How come it's all right to talk about moving Alfonso Soriano, who has hit 75 home runs and stolen 75 bases the last couple of seasons, to the outfield, but it isn't all right to move Jose Reyes from shortstop to second base?" Maybe because Lil" Sori plays 2nd base like Dave Kingman played 3rd and Jose Reyes is off the charts good a short. More Wilpon propaganda from Lupey. I find that after reading a Lupica column, I keep scraping the bottom of shoes, like I stepped in s#$&. "But we're supposed to believe all the shouts that the Earth will suddenly stop spinning on its axis if Reyes moves to the other side of second base. Even if it gives the Mets a dazzling shortstop-second base combination, maybe the best in the big leagues, for the next few years. Right." Yup, just like Freddy and Jeffy told him to write it. On a more positve note. Adam has checked in with a brand spanking new Mets blog with one the great names I've seen in a long time Ducks on the Pond. As I told Adam, the more Mets blogs the merrier, so click and read, you'll be glad you did. Someday all us Mets bloggers will lead a palace coup to overthrow the Skill Sets and bring the franchise back to it's glory days. No Vlady, No Peace!!!!!!!! One last thing and this is non Mets and non sports. The last two days we here in the NYC area were hit with a snowstrom that dropped over a foot and a half of snow. Now I know all you folks you live in the Great Mid West that this type of snowfall is a walk in the park. Yesterday while watching the news on TV, a reporter was interviewing a woman from Minnesotta who thought we New Yorkers were whimps by reacting so to the snow. She said that when they get snow like this in Minnesotta, it's no problem at all. Well it would be no problem for us either, if we did not have over 7 million people living in such a small land mass. There are more people living here on Staten Island (450,000) than in the city of Minneapollis (383,000), plus you do have lots of unused space in Minnesotta to store your snow. See here in the big city, garages go for more than houses do in the mid west. Add in the fact that NYC goes 24/7/365 and on a normal day there is traffic and congestion, so yeah when it snows it's a royal pain in the ass to us. Oh and by the way, while you spent your hard earnred money to come to my city to do your Christmas shopping-because it's the great shopping city in the world-I would have to be in the wittness protection program to vist your town, house frow. Have a pleasant evening! <

Saturday, December 06, 2003


Looks like we can scratch Mike Cameron off the Mets shopping list. So we still have a hole in CF, RF and we possess the worst bullpen in baseball but we will have a $21mil shortstop and a 2nd baseman who never played the position before. I think I will now burry myself in a snowbank! <


According to the Toronto Globe and Mail today, the Expos have made a 5 year offer for more than $70 mil to Vladimr Guererro with the intersesting provison that backloads the deal with $35 mil in the last 2 years of the contract. So now the Mets need to offer 4 yrs for $75mil with the bulk of the money up front in the way of a sigining bounus. Please Freddy give me permission to make this deal. I'll make sure you get all the credit. <


Non-Mets News It takes a lot for me to post anything about the NY Islanders but Joe MacDonald the owner and operator of the fabulous MOFO Sports web site is running a contest on the Islander message board portion of his site. If you enter 100 posts on the Islander site you will be eligible to win an autographed Mariusz Czerkawski puck. So click the link and post away. A fire Milbury post is always encouraged. <

Friday, December 05, 2003


As I write this post, it is 26 degrees and snowing like a mutha' outside. But I am hunkering down with some besbol de Venezuela on Fox Sports World. Tonight FSW is showing Magallanes v. Cardenales de Lara. The best part of this game is on the Magallares roster are Mets farm hands Aaron Baldris, Endy Chavez and Ron Acuna. There is also a couple of familar faces on Lara, Luis Sojo and Kelvim Escobar. <


NFL PICKS WEEK 14 Home Team in CAPS EAGLES -5 � over Cowboys After the first two weeks of the season, Iggles fans and a certain pill popin� pundit were calling for Donovan Mc Nabb�s head. Lucky for the phine pholks of Philly that Head Coach Andy Reid pays no attention to them. The Iggles have gone 9-1 in their last 10 games (the one loss to Dallas in week 6) and are rounding into form just in time for the home stretch. Although the Texas Tuna�s have the #1 D in the league, they have not faired well recently losing 2 of their last 3, 12-0 vs. Pats, a 24-20 win against the Panthers and the Turkey day blow out to the Dolphins 40-21. The Iggles are led by their three headed RB�s of Buckwalter, Staley and Westbrook, the deepest set of backs in football. The Cowpokes are still looking for one of their RB�s to step up as Troy Hambrick has not answered the call and Richie Anderson is not an every down back. The Tuna had high hopes for Avieon Cason who has yet to assert himself. PACKERS -7 over Bears Here is the stat that swayed to the Pack. Brett Favre is 19 -4 all time vs. Da Bears and the Pack has won 6 straight games against the Monsters of the Midway. Ahman Green leads a rushing offense that is 40 yards shy of hitting the 2,000 mark but he has to start holding on to the ball and cut out the turnovers. The Pack has gone 3-2 in their last 5 including a Turkey Day loss to the Lions (it seems it�s the only time Detroit gets up for a game is on Thanksgiving). They have two very nice wins at Minny and at Tampa. A Green Bay win and a Vikings loss puts them in a tie for the lead in the NFC North. PATRIOTS -3 over Dolphins There is a lot riding on this game for Belichick�s Boy�s. They are trying to keep pace with the Chiefs for home field throughout the playoffs and they would love to throw dirt on the Fish for the 2nd year in a row. The Pat�s have played some very entertaining games the last 4 weeks. They beat Denver at Denver, shut out the Cowboys at Foxboro, pulled out a last minute win in Houston, and stopped Peyton Manning and the Colts at Indy on the 1 yard line. Unlike the New York Football Giants who are blaming their sucky season on injuries, Belichick has shown his strict Parcells upbringing by not letting the P-Men use injuries as an excuse for losing. The other big factor in this game is the weather. Right now there is snow up and down the East Coast and Sunday in the dark at Foxboro it should be colder that a witch�s tit. That spells trouble for the Aqua and Orange. <

Thursday, December 04, 2003


The one position where the Mets are solid and should be for the next 10 years, is shortstop with Jose Reyes. So what in their infinite wisdom are the Mets �brain trust� working on? Signing a shortstop. According to various news sources, the Mets have made a 3-year $21mil dollar offer to Japanese superstar Kaz Matsui. Matsui is considered a power hitter with lighting speed has shown a great interest in playing for either the Mets, Dodgers or Angels. So with the other teams in the hunt, the Mets wanted to strike first and have sent their offer to Matsui via his agent Arm Tellem. Meanwhile Vladimir Guerrero is still sitting in free agent limbo without even a morsel of an offer, but the Mets do not feel it�s prudent to reach out to his agent. The Mets have at least 5 positions that need to be filled, 2nd base, CF, RF, a starting pitcher and some reliable relievers since the Mets bullpen was a Major League worst 9-30. So of course they are chasing after a shortstop who even though he hit over 30 HR�s in the Japanese League, which would translate to about 15 HR�s playing 81 games at Shea Stadium, to fill a position of strength. This is why when the organization is ridiculed and mocked, Mets fans just have to grin and bear it. You see it in print and on TV and radio, this organization is not taken very seriously. Just about every move the Wilpon�s make has people scratching their heads, from firing Bobby Valentine and not Steve Phillips to hiring Art Howe to stringing along Jim Duquette to letting Al Leiter, John Franco and Tom Glavine dictated policy. The front office has no problem in telling the best prospect to come out their minor league system since Darryl Strawberry, Jose Reyes to go learn another position even after Reyes showed fantastic rang and a howitzer arm at shortstop. But at the same time Duke, Artie from Flushing and The Skill Sets wet their draws when asking, not telling, Mike Piazza to move to 1st base, which would be for the good of the team. The Yankees have acquired Javier Vasquez from the Expos for Nick Johnson, Juan Rivera and LHP Randy Choate. They Phillies also acquired more starting pitching by sending utility man Nick Pinto and RHP Carlo Silva to the Twins for LHP Eric Milton. Where were the Mets when these two pitchers were available? Especially Vasquez who throws hard and strike guys out, the exact type of pitcher they should be fighting tooth and nail for. No, the Duke and Jr. Skill Sets are out wining and dining Reggie Sanders and looking to make a deal with malcontent Jose Gullien. You better believe I have my onions twisted. The Skill Sets better be ready to pull a rabbit out their hat this off-season or Shea will be a ghost town in �04 <

Wednesday, December 03, 2003


The Mets have annouced that Bill Livesey has been named as Special Assistant to the GM. We can only hope he's not on a low-carb diet. <


My wife hates when I read the newspaper when we go to the diner for breakfast. Besides the fact I ignore her, it�s the muttering, cursing, and banging the table with my fist that annoys her the most. It scares the crap out of the waitress as well. Today was one of those mornings. When ever I read news articles about the Mets I have to keep repeating a mantra (usually I use Frank Constanza�s Serenity Now) �They have to fill space, They have to fill space� because what�s reported makes my blood boil. Some of the crap I�ve read today I hope is just reporters having to fulfill an obligation to their editors. Let me take them one at a time. Mets are courting Reggie Sanders and Jose Guillen. Sanders OK, but Jose Guillen? Please Duke say it an�it so. Guillen is not only a miserable teammate and a royal pain in the ass, he sucks as an outfielder as his 12 errors attest to. Add to that at the age of 27 he has played for the Pirates, Devil Rays, Diamondbacks, Reds and A�s. 7 years in the bigs and 5 teams. Hello? does anyone else see the red flags here? In 2001 he hit .274/.317/.378 with the D-Rays. 2002, Guillen played for D�Backs (131 AB�s) and the Reds (109 AB�s) and produced .229/.277/.385 in Arizona and .248/.299/.385 in Cincy plus he was the most hated man in the Reds clubhouse. In 2003 he did make a turnaround on the field with the Reds in 315 AB�s he produced .337/.385/.629 with 23 jacks and 63 RBI. Even though at age 27 Guillen looked like he was becoming the player that most scouts and front office folks thought he would be, he was such an a-hole the Reds could not take him anymore so the shipped him off to Oakland. His 170 AB�s with the A�s produced .265/.311/.459 with 8 HR and 23 RBI. Why even give this guy the courtesy of even a phone call? Now on to Reggie Sanders. Over the last 3 seasons Sanders has averaged .265/.335/.521 87 HR�s and 262 RBI�s. He�s a decent outfielder but the bug a boo with Sanders is two-fold, injuries and he�s bounced form team to team. From 1991 to 1998 he played exclusively for the Reds. Since 1999 he�s played for the Padres, Braves, D�Backs, Giants and Pirates. 5 teams in 5 years. Add in the fact that he�s 35 years old as well. The Mets are wining and dining Sanders, taking him to dinner and to a Knick game, like he�s an A-list free agent. The guy only plays well when he�s given a one year deal. He played for the Pirates for $1mil last year what the F are we courting him for? Just tell his agent, �Here�s the deal, 1 year for $1.5 mil. What? too low? No problem, have a nice day� This is what pisses me off, Vlady Guerrero is still without a contract. We hear the same old crap �he does not like NY, you have to be careful of his back, we won�t be able to get insurance on his contract, yada, yada, yada. Please Freddy show us fans your serious MAKE VLADY AN OFFER!!!. If your not going to be a �playa� and your going to go the close out store route then CUT THE TICKET PRICES IN HALF DAMN IT!!!!!. If your going to give me Reggie Sanders and Jose Guillen then you can�t charge me and other fans $50 bucks for a box seat, and by the way that tier pricing scam from last year, you need to fire the schmuck you came up that idea. The next item is Kaz Matsui. I pray that either the Dodgers or the Angels beat the Mets out of this signing. Leave Reyes alone. Leave him at shortstop let him grow in the position he has played his whole life and where he is most comfortable at. There is no reason what so ever to upset the apple cart for Lil� Matsui. The Duke believes this as well and has stated he does not want to move Reyes from short. But of course Freddy Skill Sets has fallen in love with Lil� Matsui and wants him playing at Shea through any means necessary. So again we have to watch this one to see if Sr. Skill Sets undermines his top baseball man for the second or third time this off season. <

Tuesday, December 02, 2003


Sorry about that but it seems Blogger has gone mashugga. <


NEWS ITEM: CASTILLO RE-SIGNS WITH FISH Luis Castillo got what he wanted, a 3 year deal plus an option on the 4th, that�s very attainable and he gets to stay with the organization he grew up in and won a World Series with. The Mets it seems offered more money than the Marlins but they did not want to give the slam-dunk option. The thing that has me perturbed with this signing is The Duke was wanted Castillo very badly but it seems Sr. Skill Sets was not as hot to trot. It seems the object of the Wilpon�s affection is Japanese import Kaz Matsui. Freddy Skill Sets has a son Bruce who lives with his wife in Japan. Bruce Skill Sets has cozied up to Lil� Matsui to try to sway him to make out a change of address card for 126th Street & Roosevelt Ave Flushing, NY 11368. Now from all the reports we have seen and read about Lil� Matsui, he�s all that and a bag of chips. Which is fine. But, his main occupation is shortstop and we have that spot filled, hopefully for the next 10 years with Jose Reyes. As we are seeing there may be another riff between the Skill Sets and the �baseball people�. The Duke does not want to move Reyes from shortstop (me either) Sr. Skill Sets feels if it takes moving Reyes to 2nd base to accommodate Matsui, then so be it. This situation bears watching as the Duke, Artie from Flushing and Professor Rick were turned down in their request to trade for Billy Koch for David Weathers, which would have cost the Mets about $200K, and now Freddy is sticking his nose (and his foreign agent son) in the Matsui negotiations. Why even bother hiring a GM? <


NEWS ITEM: CASTILLO RE-SIGNS WITH FISH Luis Castillo got what he wanted, a 3 year deal plus an option on the 4th, that�s very attainable and he gets to stay with the organization he grew up in and won a World Series with. The Mets it seems offered more money than the Marlins but they did not want to give the slam-dunk option. The thing that has me perturbed with this signing is The Duke was wanted Castillo very badly but it seems Sr. Skill Sets was not as hot to trot. It seems the object of the Wilpon�s affection is Japanese import Kaz Matsui. Freddy Skill Sets has a son Bruce who lives with his wife in Japan. Bruce Skill Sets has cozied up to Lil� Matsui to try to sway him to make out a change of address card for 126th Street & Roosevelt Ave Flushing, NY 11368. Now from all the reports we have seen and read about Lil� Matsui, he�s all that and a bag of chips. Which is fine. But, his main occupation is shortstop and we have that spot filled, hopefully for the next 10 years with Jose Reyes. As we are seeing there may be another riff between the Skill Sets and the �baseball people�. The Duke does not want to move Reyes from shortstop (me either) Sr. Skill Sets feels if it takes moving Reyes to 2nd base to accommodate Matsui, then so be it. This situation bears watching as the Duke, Artie from Flushing and Professor Rick were turned down in their request to trade for Billy Koch for David Weathers, which would have cost the Mets about $200K, and now Freddy is sticking his nose (and his foreign agent son) in the Matsui negotiations. Why even bother hiring a GM? <


NEWS ITEM: CASTILLO RE-SIGNS WITH FISH Luis Castillo got what he wanted, a 3 year deal plus an option on the 4th, that�s very attainable and he gets to stay with the organization he grew up in and won a World Series with. The Mets it seems offered more money than the Marlins but they did not want to give the slam-dunk option. The thing that has me perturbed with this signing is The Duke was wanted Castillo very badly but it seems Sr. Skill Sets was not as hot to trot. It seems the object of the Wilpon�s affection is Japanese import Kaz Matsui. Freddy Skill Sets has a son Bruce who lives with his wife in Japan. Bruce Skill Sets has cozied up to Lil� Matsui to try to sway him to make out a change of address card for 126th Street & Roosevelt Ave Flushing, NY 11368. Now from all the reports we have seen and read about Lil� Matsui, he�s all that and a bag of chips. Which is fine. But, his main occupation is shortstop and we have that spot filled, hopefully for the next 10 years with Jose Reyes. As we are seeing there may be another riff between the Skill Sets and the �baseball people�. The Duke does not want to move Reyes from shortstop (me either) Sr. Skill Sets feels if it takes moving Reyes to 2nd base to accommodate Matsui, then so be it. This situation bears watching as the Duke, Artie from Flushing and Professor Rick were turned down in their request to trade for Billy Koch for David Weathers, which would have cost the Mets about $200K, and now Freddy is sticking his nose (and his foreign agent son) in the Matsui negotiations. Why even bother hiring a GM? <


NEWS ITEM: CASTILLO RE-SIGNS WITH FISH Luis Castillo got what he wanted, a 3 year deal plus an option on the 4th, that�s very attainable and he gets to stay with the organization he grew up in and won a World Series with. The Mets it seems offered more money than the Marlins but they did not want to give the slam-dunk option. The thing that has me perturbed with this signing is The Duke was wanted Castillo very badly but it seems Sr. Skill Sets was not as hot to trot. It seems the object of the Wilpon�s affection is Japanese import Kaz Matsui. Freddy Skill Sets has a son Bruce who lives with his wife in Japan. Bruce Skill Sets has cozied up to Lil� Matsui to try to sway him to make out a change of address card for 126th Street & Roosevelt Ave Flushing, NY 11368. Now from all the reports we have seen and read about Lil� Matsui, he�s all that and a bag of chips. Which is fine. But, his main occupation is shortstop and we have that spot filled, hopefully for the next 10 years with Jose Reyes. As we are seeing there may be another riff between the Skill Sets and the �baseball people�. The Duke does not want to move Reyes from shortstop (me either) Sr. Skill Sets feels if it takes moving Reyes to 2nd base to accommodate Matsui, then so be it. This situation bears watching as the Duke, Artie from Flushing and Professor Rick were turned down in their request to trade for Billy Koch for David Weathers, which would have cost the Mets about $200K, and now Freddy is sticking his nose (and his foreign agent son) in the Matsui negotiations. Why even bother hiring a GM? <


NEWS ITEM: CASTILLO RE-SIGNS WITH FISH Luis Castillo got what he wanted, a 3 year deal plus an option on the 4th, that�s very attainable and he gets to stay with the organization he grew up in and won a World Series with. The Mets it seems offered more money than the Marlins but they did not want to give the slam-dunk option. The thing that has me perturbed with this signing is The Duke was wanted Castillo very badly but it seems Sr. Skill Sets was not as hot to trot. It seems the object of the Wilpon�s affection is Japanese import Kaz Matsui. Freddy Skill Sets has a son Bruce who lives with his wife in Japan. Bruce Skill Sets has cozied up to Lil� Matsui to try to sway him to make out a change of address card for 126th Street & Roosevelt Ave Flushing, NY 11368. Now from all the reports we have seen and read about Lil� Matsui, he�s all that and a bag of chips. Which is fine. But, his main occupation is shortstop and we have that spot filled, hopefully for the next 10 years with Jose Reyes. As we are seeing there may be another riff between the Skill Sets and the �baseball people�. The Duke does not want to move Reyes from shortstop (me either) Sr. Skill Sets feels if it takes moving Reyes to 2nd base to accommodate Matsui, then so be it. This situation bears watching as the Duke, Artie from Flushing and Professor Rick were turned down in their request to trade for Billy Koch for David Weathers, which would have cost the Mets about $200K, and now Freddy is sticking his nose (and his foreign agent son) in the Matsui negotiations. Why even bother hiring a GM? <


NEWS ITEM: CASTILLO RE-SIGNS WITH FISH Luis Castillo got what he wanted, a 3 year deal plus an option on the 4th, that�s very attainable and he gets to stay with the organization he grew up in and won a World Series with. The Mets it seems offered more money than the Marlins but they did not want to give the slam-dunk option. The thing that has me perturbed with this signing is The Duke wanted Castillo very badly but it seems Sr. Skill Sets was not as hot to trot. It seems the object of the Wilpon�s affection is Japanese import Kaz Matsui. Freddy Skill Sets has a son Bruce who lives with his wife in Japan. Bruce Skill Sets has cozied up to Lil� Matsui to try to sway him to make out a change of address card for 126th Street & Roosevelt Ave Flushing, NY 11368. Now from all the reports we have seen and read about Lil� Matsui, he�s all that and a bag of chips. Which is fine. But, his main occupation is shortstop and we have that spot filled, hopefully for the next 10 years with Jose Reyes. As we are seeing there may be another riff between the Skill Sets and the �baseball people�. The Duke does not want to move Reyes from shortstop (me either) Sr. Skill Sets feels if it takes moving Reyes to 2nd base to accommodate Matsui, then so be it. This situation bears watching as the Duke, Artie from Flushing and Professor Rick were turned down in their request to trade for Billy Koch for David Weathers, which would have cost the Mets about $200K, and now Freddy is sticking his nose (and his foreign agent son) in the Matsui negotiations. Why even bother hiring a GM? <

Monday, December 01, 2003


WEEK 13 NFL PICKS RE-CAP RAVENS -3 OVER 49ers RAVENS 44 49ers 6 (W) To me one of the most important stats in football is the takeaway/giveaway chart. Usually the team over a season that leads in this category is headed to a championship game. Yesterday the Ravens turned 5 Niner turnovers into 24 points. Ravens LB Ray Lewis had a game for the ages with an INT for a TD and 18 tackles (14 unassisted and 4 assists). On the other hand, 49ers QB Jeff Garcia had a return to forget by throwing 4 INTs and 0 TD�s. Coach Dennis Erickson called in back up Tim Ratty for mop up work. Can you imagine the Rave4ns will take on the Cincinnati Bengals next week in Charm City for first place in the AFC North? UN-F�in-BELIEVABLE. Patriots +4 over COLTS Patriots 38 Colts 34 (W) What a game! The Pats saw a 21 point lead go by the boards, as the Colts tied the score at 31-31 on a Manning to Walters TD pass. Then Bethel Johnson struck again. With a 92-yard punt return for a TD already in the game, Johnson returned the kick-off after the tying TD for 67 yards that set up the game winning Brady to Deion Branch TD pass. But the best was yet to come in this one. The Pats defense was sucking wind in the 4th quarter as Peyton Manning was looking like he had another comeback in his pocket. The Colts were driving for the winning TD with under a minute left in the game and the Pats out of time outs. LB Willie McGinest looked to be injured with 1:09 left in the game, so the officials called timeout for the injury. McGinst left for 2 plays but his �injury� gave a badly worn down defense a much needed blow. With Manning operating out of the no huddle offense, the Pats stopped Edgerin James for a 1yrd gain. Manning then threw incomplete into the end zone and that set up the last play of the game. With the Colts on the Pats 1 yard line McGinest was back in the game. He noticed that Manning, as he does quite often, was calling an audible at the line of scrimmage. When McGinest saw Manning pat the right side of his butt, he figured the play was changed form a pass to a run. McGinest guessed right and stopped Edgerin James cold for no gain as the clock ran out. What a game! Chiefs -7 over CHARGERS Chiefs 28 Chargers 24 (L) It�s been about 12 years since I have bet on a professional sporting event. It�s games like this one that have me thanking God I don�t wager on games anymore. I �m sure there were a lot of people who lost their mortgage or car payment on this one. This game was moseying along nicely as the Chiefs were proving that even though they have the best record in football they better start figuring out on defense how to stop the run. In the 4th quarter Trent Green hit Tony Gonzalez with a 3 yard TD pass and the Chiefs were up 11, 28-17 with 6:28 left in the game. Both teams traded possessions until the Chargers got the ball back with just over a minute left. The Chiefs go to the always useful �PREVENT DEFENSE�. I thought well OK, there�s under a minute left and the Chiefs are rushing 3 men with 8 back in pass coverage. That�s fine, just force everything to the middle of the field and we�re out of here. 57 year old Doug Flutie hits LaDaiman Tomlinson with a short out pass and he gets out of bounds to stop the clock. HUMMM! All right KC, no more of those, keep them in bounds and run down the clock. Now not only is KC in a prevent D, but upon the snap the NT is dropping back into pass coverage so now the Chiefs have 9 men playing the pass. So what happens? Fluite hits Osgood for a sideline pass and he gets out of bounds to stop the clock. A shot of Dick Vermeil on the side lines shows him happy and laughing with his players and coaches, meanwhile I�m screaming at the TV �YO, CRY BABY WTF? Next thing I know with 9 seconds left in the game, Flutie goes back to pass from the KC 19 yd with NO PASS RUSH AT ALL, the Chiefs let Flutie throw a TD pass to Gates that makes the score 28-23. Doug Christie kicks the extra point to make the final score Chiefs 28 Chargers 24. GEEEEERRRRAAANNNAAAMMMMMOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WEEK 13 2-1-0 YTD 19-17-3 <