The Eddie Kranepool Society

Tuesday, September 30, 2003


2003 NEW YORK METS FINAL REPORT CARD What an awful season. It was a season reminiscent of those of the late �70�s early �80�s. Mo Vaughn, Robbie Alomar, Tom Glavine were the second coming of Bobby Bonnila, Vince Coleman and Brett Saberhagen, minus the Bronx, M-80�s and bleach. The manager walks around with a stupid grin on his face as loss after loss piled up. All of the �young talent� we heard and read about, with the exception of Jose Reyes didn�t show didley squat. Mike Piazza showed just a little too much drama as he goes off like Faye Dunnaway in �Mommy Dearest�(NO MORE FIRST BASEMAN MITTS!!!!!!!). It all went to show how dysfunctional this organization is. Sr. Skill Sets brags that the Mets are a family run business. Yea right. The Duke has to ask Sr. Skill Sets, who has to consult with Jr. Skill Sets who has to talk to Dave the Lawyer before any decision can be made. All the while Artie from Flushing nods and grins. Very very corporate. Until the Skill Sets keep their beaks out of the baseball end of the operation, there will be no change around 126 St & Roosevelt Ave. On to the grades. Everyday Line Up 1st Base Jason Phillips .298/.373/.442 Grade: A What a surprise! Playing never looked like a chore to him like it does to the rest of his teammates. As the season went on and the AB�s added up he became a very selective hitter. He seemed to tire down the stretch. Never embarrassed himself at 1st base. Needs to pick up the power numbers. He�s a keeper. 2nd Base Roberto Alomar .262/.336/.357 Grade: F Rey Sanchez .207/.240/.236 Grade: F Joe McEwing .241/.309/.291 Grade: D Marco Scutaro .213/.333/.347 Grade: INC Danny Garcia .214/.274/.357 Grade: INC Anyone see a problem here? Alomar and Sanchez were dogs! The Wipon Ward played wwwwaaayyy to much. Scutaro played wwwwaaayyy to little. Garcia played his way back to Norfolk. Luis Castillo or former Met Fernando Vina could be the answer here. SS Jose Reyes .307/.334/.434 Grade: A All that and a bag of chips. The Crown Jewel of the farm system was starting to play himself into a Rookie of the Year award, when he injured his ankle. That injury sucked the life out of the team. Has great attitude. Mistakes do not get him down. JUST STAY HEALTHY!!!!! 3rd Base Ty Wiggington .255/.318/.396 Grade: C Was tossed to the curb by Swarmy Steve Phillips, he showed that hard work and perseverance pay off. Took ground ball after ground ball in spring training and turned into a more than adequate 3rd baseman. You have to root for guys likes Ty. He did get fatigued down the stretch and his power numbers dropped like the Dow Jones. Ty needs to cut down on the K�s (124) and be more patient at the plate. He did nail 36 doubles and drive in 71 runs and scored 74 runs. Remember, his natural position is 2nd base so he could move back there. C Mike Piazza .286/.377/.483 Grade: C Are we seeing the decline of Mikey P.? Last two years, his numbers have gone down and it�s still a mystery how he tore his groin so severely. The Piazza to 1st base soap opera has gotten extremely annoying. MIKE, JUST PLAY FIRST DAMIT!!!!. It is possible he could be moved over the winter. Pete the Shyster in Baltimore could be interested. C Vance Wilson .243/.293/.373 Grade: C Very good catcher but his bat turned anemic with all the work he received. Has a great take charge attitude and like most catchers we could make a very good manager some day. His no nonsense attitude is desperately needed on this team. I hope he�s still a Met next year. LF Cliff Floyd .290/.376/.518 Grade: A One free agent signing that worked out, yes he has been plagued by the injury bug but hopefully that�s behind him and next year he comes back strong. WE NEED HIM!!! LF Raul Gonzalez .230/.317/.332 Grade: F As a career minor leaguer who finally got a chance, Gonzalez was a major disappointment. Raul was the MVP of the International League last year, so you would think he would like to prove he�s not one of those �AAAA� players. He never took the bull by the horns to grab an everyday job in the outfield. His lack of hustle vs. the Pirates was the last straw. Enjoy the Atlantic League Raul. CF Timo Perez .269/.301/.364 Grade: D Please I�m Begging; I�ve seen enough of this guy. No more. Perez has not one once of baseball sense. One of the all time worst base runners. Perez and Gonzalez are perfect for the Newark Bears. CF Jeff Duncan .194/.291/.245 Grade: D I could have gone incomplete for Duncan but he played well when he was called up. He could�ve been a contender! But his bat sucks. Mets should ask Lenny Dykstra to work with him. It�s a shame because he plays a flawless CF. The clock is ticking on Duncan, he�s no kid. RF Roger Cedeno .267/.320/.378 Grade: D Give him credit, he gets booed every at bat but he hung in and had a pretty good 2nd half. But, he can not play the OF. If he were awful that would be an improvement. Cedeno has added too much bulk to his frame, so it has taken away from his base stealing talents. One of the worst signings of the Phillips regime. Would take a miracle to move him. Most likely back next year as a very expensive spare part. Bench Tony Clark .232/.300/.472 Grade: B You would think one of the contending teams would have jumped for this guy. 16 HR and 43 RBI as a pinch hitter. Wants to come back to Mets if he cannot find a full time gig. Why not? He has a real future in the TV booth. Jay Bell .181/.319/.190 Grade: INC. A waste of a roster space. He should have retired 2 years ago. Artie claims he was more of a coach than a player. Pitchers SP Al Leiter 15-9 3.99 ERA Grade: A Not my favorite guy but give the senator his due. When he got over his infatuation with Tom Glavine�s style of pitching, then laid off the Krispy Kreames he became one of the top pitchers in the NL. He finally discovered if you lose weight your knees feel better. Got back to his bread and butter pitch: the cutter. He stopped trying to be cute and trying to hit corners. The big question is can he do it again? SP Steve Trachsel 16-10 3.78 ERA Grade: A In his interviews he seems as dull as dishwater. But, give him loads of credit. Ever since he went down t Norfolk last year he has found his game. Big time. Doesn�t do one thing great, but gives a great effort in every start. SP Tom Glavine 9-14 3.82 ERA Grade: F Another Drama Queen. Blames Ques Tech. Still feels jilted by the Braves. He has to go a long way to get my respect back. He�s only with the Mets for the money. Now with all that said, I hope this guy takes stock of himself and comeback next year with a better attitude. I won�t say he�s finished. Not yet. But if he has the same type of season next year. LOOK OUT! SP Jae Weong Seo 9-12 3.82 ERA Grade: B What Seo showed in the last month and a half is what the Mets were hopping to see from Aaron Heilman. Seo was having an awful month and a half but he worked through it and finished up strong. That is an excellent sign. Remember, Seo is coming off shoulder surgery so when he hit the wall most people thought that was it. But Seo fought thru it and regained his fastball to go with his great breaking ball and was effective at the end of the year. Now that�s something to build on. SP Aaron Heilman 2-7 6.75 ERA Grade: F Major disappointment. Really needs to decide if he wants to be a big league pitcher. Shows zero emotion on the mound. 41 BB in 65 IP along with an almost 2 WHIP is not something to hang your hat on. Most scouts felt he was at best a 3 or 4 starter if he became that the Mets would be ecstatic. SP Jeremy Griffths 1-4 7.02 Grade: INC Trade bait. Mets have too many pitchers who do the same thing pitch to corners and throw breaking balls and off speed pitches. Where is the fireballer? (Scott Kazmir) Where is the guy you can come into the game with a 90-95+ fastball? RP John Franco 0-3 2.62 Grade : C Give the guy credit. He broke his ass and came back when most people doubted he could do it. Franco wants to pitch again next year, good for him. Just do it somewhere else. This bullpen needs a complete overhaul. With a ML worse 9-25 record you cannot bring these guys back next year but in some cases the Mets may have no choice. Good Luck John. RP David Weathers 1-6, 7 saves, 3.08 ERA Grade: D Artie used him so much early in the season; I thought he was a twin. Over work may have led to some of his trouble, but oh those base on balls were the bigger part of his downfall. He�s owed 3 mil for next season. Hey you never know, there may be a taker out there. RP Dan Wheeler 0-1, 3.71 ERA, 2 saves Grade : B Where did he come from? Pitched every situation a reliever can do. Whether it was as a long man, middle, or closer he did a decent job. Artie had loads of confidence in him and why not. In 51 IP he only gave up 17 BB Hard to believe he was a D-Ray. He�ll be back next year. If Weathers can be moved he be be a good set up man. RP Grant Roberts 0-3, 1 save, 3.79 ERA Grade: INC Came back after arm trouble and off the field trouble. Looks like he�s in the Mets plans for �04 RP Jamie Cerda 1-1, 5.85 ERA Grade: F What the hell happened to him? Cerda was a tough lefty last year. This year he had more BB�s than K�s (20-19) and was just not effective. RP Pedro Feliciano 0-0 3.35 ERA Grade: C Who did he piss off? Went from August 27 to September 19 without getting into a game. Why? Mgr. Art Howe 66-95 Grade: F Wrong man for the job. He�s overmatched here in NYC. He gets rattled by the media to the point he does not give you any kind of information about the team. Always has a goofy grin and is way to happy a guy with all the losing and inept play that was going on around him. His handling of the Piazza to first base was atrocious. The BIG THREE, Franco, Leiter and Piazza do not seem to care for his way of doing things. The Wilpons should bite the bullet and either let him go or reassign him in the organization. It�s inevitable he will be fired, so do it sooner rather than later. Hey just blame it on Swarmy Steve. <

Monday, September 29, 2003


NFL Week 4 picks TEXANS +3 over Jaguars Texans 24 Jaguars 20 ``You go on instincts,'' Capers said. ``If we don't make that, you guys are asking me about it for the next year. I had a gut feeling.'' So says Texans Head Coach Dom Capers about going for the win instead of the tie and overtime yesterday in Houston. I still think Capers made a mistake. In that situation you go for the tie and get ready for O.T. Sure he looks like he has onions as big as the state of Texas but he took three shot into the end zone and did not make it. So he call a QB keeper and David Carr makes it by a hair. Capers must have a horseshoe up his butt. Whatever, it�s a win for me. Colts -2 over SAINTS Colts 55 Saints 21 Jim Hasslet should be out of work shortly. The Saints were embarrassed by Peyton Manning and his 6, 6! TD�s WOW! Another one in the win column for me. PANTHERS -6 over Falcons Panthers 23 Falcons 3 Stephen Davis went for 153 on the Falcons as the Panthers gave them pay back big time yesterday. Panthers are now 3-0 with the Aints on deck for next week. There is still a few seats left on the Panther bandwagon but the should go fast. This gave me a 3-0 week. My season to date record is 7-4-1 <


It 's too bad the Tigers did not play with the kind of vim and vigor throughout the season as the did this past week as they tried to avooid the 120 loss mark. To watch he Tiger players celebrate was strange. What are you guys so happy about? What is the big deal! You guys lost 119 games! So fine you don't have the modern day record for losses. Hey there is always next year. So that's fine with me that the 1962 Amazin' Mets still hold the record fro losses. The names Hodges, Ashburn, Craig, Choo-Choo, Frank Thomas, Little Al Jackson and of course my man Ed Kranepool will always be remembered in baseball hsitory. No one will ever give a rat's ass about Carlos Pena, Shane Halter, Mike Maroth, Dimitir Young. <


The Mets season has mercifully come to an end. Either tomorrow or Wednesday I hope to post my final grades for the team and who stays and who goes. But today I want to look at the playoffs and give my post season picks. First let me go over my pre-season predictions. In the NL I picked the Phillies to win the East, The Cubs to win the Central, and the Giants to win the West. I picked the Astros to be the Wild Card team. Who ever thought the Marlins would be the Wild Card? The Phillies were never a factor in the NL East as the Braves pulled ahead and went wire to wire for the 12th straight year. The Cubs held their own against the Astros and Cards, as both those teams spit the bit down the stretch. The Giants were never challenge in the West and won the divison comfortably. In the AL I picked the Red Sox to win the East, mostly because I hate the Yankees. In the Central I picked the Twins, who took the ChiSox to the wood shed late in the season. I went with the A�s in the West due to fact I knew the Mariners would hold to form and not add a player down the stretch. So I missed on the Yankees, but the Red Sox made it as a wild card. I picked the Giants to win the NL Pennant and the A�s To win the AL with the A�s being crowned World Champion. So here are my picks for the post season. I like the Cubs over the Braves. For the first time that I can remember the Braves do not have the better pitching than their post season opppnent. Kerry Wood, Mark Prior, and Carlos Zambrano have and edge over Russ Ortiz, Gregg Maddux, and Mike Hampton. The big edge for the Cubs may be in the bullpen as John Smoltz will be under the micro scope if he has to pitch in back to back games. I like the Cubs in 4 The Giants are so confident about the post season that they blew off playing the Mets in a make up game that could have given them home field throughout the NL playoffs. I don�t think this series will be close, I like the Giants in 3 I make no effort to hide my hatred for the Yankees so this pick is more with my heart than with my head. I like the Twins in 4. I can see Johan Santana beating the Yankees tomorrow and the Twins winning 2 at the MetroDome. The Yankees and their fans are just a little too cocky right now. The Yankees just played one of the softest month on a schedule in the history of MLB. Hopefully they will take the Twins lightly and the Twins will slay the beast. Oh and by the way Yankee fans, stop whining about the Yankees playing in the daytime. Your team is not the story this post season, the Cubbies are! I will stick with the A�s even though I would like to see a Cubs-Red Sox World Series. But the Red Sox bullpen will bite the Sox in the butt as the A�s will win in 4 <

Sunday, September 28, 2003


"CAN'T ANYBODY HERE PLAY THIS GAME" PENNANT RACE '62 Mets 40-119 .252 '03 Tigers 42-119 .261 Tigers 9 Twins 8 ``We're not the worst team in baseball, no matter what,'' Carlos Pena said. ``We're going to have a better winning percentage than the Mets, and we won't beat their record. You've got to compare apples with apples, not apples with oranges, OK? They played 160 games and we'll play 162.'' WOW what come back! down 8 runs the Tigs comeback to beat a team that has bigger fish to fry. It's amazing what a comeback like this will do to a guy. Carlos Pena felt his onions with his quote. First of all Mr. Pena, you sir are an underachiver. Second, the Mets were made of of guys who were for all intented purpose were done with their careers. You and your teammates can't be has-beens because your a bunch of never-were.Third they were loveable losers. The '03 Tigers are just another example of an oraganization that is poorly run. Mets 2 Cubs 1 The Mets win there last game of the season at Wrigley. Bob Miller was the winner and Dick Elsworth took the L for the Cubbies <


"WE'VE FALLEN AND WE CAN'T GET UP" PENNANT RACE xPadres 64-97 .398 Mets 66-94 .413 The Pod's get the nod over the Amazin's in this pennant race of shame. I guarantee that the Padres will not be fightting for this title next season. I wish I could say the same about the Mets. I know the NY media is very much slanted toward the Yankees but the stuff I'm reading lately has me concerned. Joel Sherman posted a story on MSG website. When he asked Mike Piazza what the plan was for him to play 1st base, Piazza replied "I don't think there was a plan" That seems to be the motto for this organization. We all know the manager is a clueless twit and I know he has 3 years left on his contract but the Mets would show real onions if the let Artie go. Just say it was a mistake and move on from there. Whether you love him or hate him you know this is the kind of team Bobby V loves to manage. Lot's of young guys that he could work with. Earlier this year on Baseball Tonight, Karl Ravitch asked V why is it that infield drills, that were a staple during batting practice is no longer in vogue in the bigs. Valentine said "Well when you go into the clubhouse and announce time for infield, guys are either on their cell phones or reading the paper or laughing it up with the GM (shot to SP). What this team needs is a teacher and a motivator and that ain't Artie. What we have seen during this dismal season is, the young players we thought would be so good are either not ready for prime time or they are not as good as we thought. Aaron Heilman needs to visit a sports physiologist over the winter to straighten out his head. Dan Garcia needs to go apartment hunting in Norfolk because he needs another season in AAA. Maybe he can get Prentice Redman, Matt Watson, Jason Anderson, and Ober Moreno to chip in and get a big house, since all of them are destined for Norfolk. Then we have Bill Madden of the NY Daily News weighing in on the Piazza-Mets relationship. One caveat with Madden, he is also a Yankee butt boy, but he is a very good baseball writer but he has anti-Mets point of views. He writes today that the Mets should look to the Orioles to deal Piazza. This Piazza to 1st base fiasco just will not go away. I have never seen anything this mismanaged since David Dinkins was mayor of NY. There is more of enough blame to pass around. First Piazza should stop treating 1st base like there's land mines there. The guy can play there. Is he Wes Parker as a fielder? No. But he's not Mo Vaughn either. Now the question is if he does not want to play there, then it's time to go. Second, Artie of Flushing showed why he is not up for the job of manager of the Mets. Don't think other players are not watching this play out. Remember, Grady Little put a jump into the Red Sox season by benching Manny when he came back form his "illness". Artie should have put Piazza at 1st base a month ago and if Mike balked at the idea then tell him take a seat. Third, there are too many people that moves have to go thru before they're made. Duke has to go to Sr. Skill Sets who confers with Jr. Skill Sets who then turns to Dave the Lawyer to get feedback on ideas and moves. The problem with all this is of the four, only the Duke is a baseball man. This has got to stop. If not the organization will just be spinning it's wheels <

Friday, September 26, 2003


NFL PICKS WEEK 4 (Home team is in CAPS) TEXANS +3 over Jaguars Jags rookie Head Coach Jack Del Rio has made 9 personnel changes to his roster this week, so he is obviously not happy with his team. The one big change will be Byron Leftwich starting at QB over Mark Brunell, who is out with a bad elbow. The Jags rely on RB Fred Taylor for about 80 % of their offense, so look for Texans Head Coach Dom Capers and Def Coordinator Vic Fangio to stack the line of scrimmage and just key on Taylor and dare Leftwich to beat them. Colts -2 over SAINTS The Tao of Dungy is finally in vogue in Indy. The defense has gotten the gist of the �Cover-2� D and the Colts are 3-0 and rolling. The Saints are in trouble. Head Coach Jim Haslett will have his hands full as Aaron Brooks tries to make plays against the Colt D. The big blow for the Saints is the injury to their best CB Dale Carter. Peyton Manning to Marvin Harrison will be the highlight of this game. PANTHERS -6 over Falcons 41-0 and 30-0. Those are the scores the Falcons beat the Panthers last year. I�m sure Panthers Head Coach John Fox has that written on the blackboard in the locker room. The Falcons OL is having a rough go of it so far, so this is not a match up they are looking forward to. Best match-up in this game will be Falcons LT Bob Whitfield going against Panthers DE Julius Peppers. The Falcons have a tough time stopping the run and the Panthers average 146.5 yards rushing and give up a minuscule 67.5 on D <


�WE�VE FALLEN AND WE CAN�T GET UP� PENNANT RACE Padres 63-96 .396 Mets 65-93 .411 Brewers 66-93 .415 Padres 6 Dodgers 1 Astros 6 Brewers 1 Pirates 3 Mets 1 With 3 games left in the season, the Mets and Sons of Selig still have a chance at the worst recoad in the NL. The Mets and Brewskis have meaningful games this weekend. The Mets will be in South Florida, where the Marlins magic number to clinch the Wild Card is 1. The Brewers will have a three game set with the Astros at White Collar Crime Stadium. The Pod�s with a tragic number of 1 will close down the Murph with three vs. the Rocks as they look ahead to playing in the Big Dog House next season. Last night�s pre game festivities for Bob Murphy were just fabulous. If you�re a part of my generation-over 40-you have to be sad, as another link to our childhood fades away. To me the most touching part of the night was after the game FSNY had a special Kiners Korner. You figure that Murph and Kiner would be friends but it seems their relationship was closer than that. When Kiner told Murph �he was the brother he never had� I �ve got to tell you, I swallowed pretty hard. NEWS ITEM-Mike Piazza plays 1st base. Do you ever wonder �What the hell goes thru Artie from Flushing�s head� ? What was the purpose of bringing in Piazza to play 1st in the 9th inning. Some people also think that Piazza to 1st took away some of the luster off Murph�s farewell night. In some respect it did. The back page of the NY Post and NY Daily News had Piazza on the back page when it should have been Bob Murphy there. Newsday had the Herm Edwards/Woody Johnson brouhaha. So in a way it may have. But why not let Piazza play a full game at 1st? How come he could not play 1st on Wednesday night? Everyone who has been reading this site for a while knows that I think Artie is an imbecile but from the looks of things Piazza may also think that way. Here�s a quote from Mike: �I�m going to keep working at it (playing 1st base) said Piazza We�ll see where it fits in. That�s my attitude, if they ask me to do it, I�ll do it� See this why Artie is such a bad fit around here. He can not even approached Piazza or any of the vets on this team (more on that in a minute) Mike makes it sound like if Artie said �Mike, your at 1st today� Piazza would say OK. I�ll have more on Artie in my final State of the Mets posting. NEWS ITEM-John Franco wants to pitch next year. �I�m going to play next year, Franco said It�s just a matter of where� John sees the handwriting on the wall; this team is going young and cheap. He fits neither category. It looks as though Franco has no regards for Artie either. �Art and his people, they might not think I fit into their plans,� said Franco. Artie and his people? What people? Vern Rhule is the pitching coach. I don�t think Gary Petis, Don Baylor, or Matt Galante have much say in the pitching staff. Call out the name John. There are only a few places I could see Franco going. The Bronx, Boston, Philadelphia, or Baltimore. Again some guys don�t like to be told it�s time to leave. If Franco goes anywhere what would be his role? Set-up? Middleman? Lefty specialist? Certainly not closer! John, take a queue for Murph it�s time to go. FOX is going to show the Mets-Marlins game in NY tomorrow. WHY? Why can�t we get the Astros-Brewers or Cubs-Pirates? Those are the meaningful games this weekend along with the Braves-Phillies and Giants-Dodgers. �CAN�T ANYBODY HERE PLAY THIS GAME� PENNANT RACE �62 Mets 39-118 .248 �03 Tigers 41-118 .258 Tigers 5 Twins 4 (11 innings) What�s wrong with the Tigers? Now you guys start winning? Let�s go, drop these next 3 against the Twins, will ya! <

Thursday, September 25, 2003


�WE�VE FALLEN AND WE CAN�T GET UP� PENNANT RACE Padres 62-96 .392 Mets 65-92 .416 Brewers 66-92 .418 Reds 67-91 .424 Dodgers 2 Padres 1 Cubs 8 Reds 0 Cardinals 8 Brewers 4 Mets 5 Pirates 3 It looks like the Padres will finish with the worst record in the NL. So this will be the end of �We�ve Fallen and We Can�t get Up� race. I pray that the Mets are not involved with this next season. However after reading Sr. Skill Sets with his State of the Organization statements today, I�m not so sure. Wilpon claims the Mets will be �playoff competitive� What the hell does that mean? Does he mean he thinks they should be in contention for the division title or the wild card? Or does he mean they will make the post season and compete for a World Series Championship? The guy talks in riddles. Here�s what clear. There will be no more big time contracts so it looks like Vlady Guerrero will not be wearing orange and blue next year. It seems that Wilpon has finally gotten it thru his noggin that playing in Shea Stadium; you must build your team around pitching and defense. So on the top of the shopping list will be a front line starter, a 2nd baseman, a CF, a RF and revamping the bullpen. The biggest problem this team has and has to be addressed, is the compliancy and lack of fire. It�s a strange mix with some young and untested players and vets who are past their prime. Wilpon also had praise for his manager, Artie from Flushing. Artie has 3 years left on his contract so he�ll be back. But the coaching staff needs a huge shake up. There are too many guys with the same easy going demeanor and that has to change. Don Baylor, Matt Galante, Vern Ruhle all are the same non-pulsed type of guys. Bring in guys like Dave Stewart, Mickey Hattcher, Wally Backman, Lenny Dykstra, and Ray Knight, guys who talk loud and a not afraid to tell a guy he�s playing like crap. It�s bad enough the manager walks around like a Stepford wife; we don�t need a coaching staff that does the same. I�m going to wait till this weekend to give my final report card for the club. I will also add a final who stays and who goes. I�ll probly post that on Sunday. Tonight is the end of an era not only in Mets history but also in all New York broadcasting history. Bob Murphy will announce his final Mets game tonight. Earlier this season I posted a spot that I thought Murph should call it a career and it damn near broke my heart writing it. It seems though, Murph agreed with me. He said the travel had become too much for him and also he knew he was making too many mistakes. I give the man tons of credit, he knew when it was time to leave. This is a sad night for me. I grew up listening to Murph, Ralph Kiner, and Lindsey Nelson. Murph and Kiner are the last links to the original Mets. Thru 42 years Mets fans have always waited to here those �Happy Recaps� Good Luck and God Bless Murph. Thank you for being there through the good times and the bad and may you have many many more Happy Recaps. <

Wednesday, September 24, 2003


I have never hide my hatred for Filip Bondy of the NY Daily News. I've always felt that Bondy has had a vendetta against the Mets. Back in the late 80's he wrote a column calling Mets management racist for not having any African-American players on the team. This is the same guy who writes about his love for the NY Yankees. The same NY Yankees who would have been the last team in baseball to become interrogated if it were not for the Boston Red Sox. He also profess his love for and the socially challenge bleacherites of Yankee Stadium. In today's NY Daily News he wrote a column about a bleacherite who won a million dollar settlement after being hurt during the terroist attacks of 9/11/01. Here is a little sample of that article: He was heading up Liberty St. toward Broadway when the first plane hit. He was walking back to the stricken building with a coworker when the second plane slammed into the other tower, propelling Simpson into the air. "Suddenly, I'm on the ground, on top of this lady," Simpson said. "Somebody is yelling, 'Run, they're shooting into the building.'" Because he is always a Creature at heart, Simpson stumbled toward the South Seaport to Jeremy's Ale House, a hangout spot. He hooked up with some friends, drank away his shock and sorrow. He drank some more with a fellow Creature on the West Side. By the time he showed up at a hospital, Simpson was told to go home and get sober. That indiscretion nearly cost him any award, because the Victims' Fund has a rule that medical problems from 9/11 needed to be documented within 72 hours. So as the brave men and women of the NYPD, FDNY and PAPD ran to help people and in turn give their lives in this cause, Mr. Simpson ran to a gin mill and drank himself into a stupor. What a guy. And Bondy felt compelled to write about him. What a disgrace. Bondy and the NY Daily News owe an apology to everyone who lost a loved one in the attacks of 9/11/01. The News should then asign Bondy to what he's good at, writing about Women's soccer, and tennis and figure skating all the sports no one gives a shit about. <


"WE'VE FALLEN AND WE CAN'T GET UP" PENNANT RACE Padres 62-95 .395 Mets 64-92 .410 Brewers 66-91 .420 Reds 67-90 .427 Dodger 2 Padres 1 Jake Peavy made one bad pitch last night a fastball over the fat part of the plate to Adrian Beltre who deposited it over the wall for a HR. Peavy went 7 innings and gave up 5 hits and 1 run. Rod Beck took the loss by giving up a double to Alex Cora that plated Jeromy Burnitz. Cubs 6 Reds 0 First let me say what a disgrace it was that MLB,ESPN, and MLB Extra Innings did not give fans access to the Marlins-Phillies game last night. I came home from work all set to watch that game. I turn on the TV and look at the menu of games and was shocked to see that game was not available. A F'in disgrace. So I tooled around watched a little of the Red Sox-O's game and a little of the Astros -Giants, when I switched to see that Kerry wood was working on a no-no thru 6 innings. So now I'm hooked into this game. So what happens in the 7th inning? My screen goes black. Son of a bitch! Then a graphic comes on saying "We'll be right back" Bastards! Finally the games comes back on and I see WIlly Mo Pena standing on 1st base and Russ Branyan on 2nd. I missed the first hit, Pena's infield single UN-F'in-Believable. Cardinals 5 Brewers 1 With the heat off them, La Russa's Red Birds come through. Mets 1 Pirates 0 METS WIN! METS WIN! THEY WIN THE DAMN BALL GAME-Bob Murphy. Senator Al continues to find the foutain of youth. He pitched a gem again last night, a complete game shut out. Leiters era on June 29th was 5.57. After last nights game he has gotten it below 4 to 3.99. How amazing is it that Leiter and Steve Trachsel are a combined 30-19 .612 on a team that is 64-92 .410. Take out Leiter and Trachsel the team is 34-73 .318. It seems Artie from Flushing is the guy blocking Piazza from playing 1st base. As we see in Michael Morrisey story in the NY Post today. Artie just can't make a managerial decision. Although Piazza is not standing around pounding the pocket of his 1st basemans glove, it seems all he's waiting for is Artie to say "GO": "I totally left it up to Art," Piazza said. "I just want to be ready." Howe's leadership hasn't often been on display this season because his last-place club has been decimated by injuries and inundated with past-their-prime veterans and clueless rookies. But this decision is now his. Not Galante's. Not Jim Duquette's. Not Jeff Wilpon's. Not Piazza's. Ultimately, the manager puts together the lineup. In the meantime, we're all waiting. Let's go Artie you know what or get off the pot. "CAN'T ANYBODY HERE PLAY THIS GAME" PENNANT RACE '03 Tigers 39-118 .248 '62 Mets 39-116 .251 Tigers 15 Royals 6 In the man bites dog section of the news the Tigers won for the first time since September 12th. Mike Maroth the infamous 20 game loser was the winner in that game as well as last nights. Although he was the winner last night look at the line on Maroth in this game. 5 IP 10 h 6 R 6 ER 1 BB 2 K and he left the game with an ERA of 5.81 WHEW! "62 Mets 2 Reds 1 Mets take 2 of 3 form the Cubs in their last series of the year at the Polo Grounds. The Mets now go to Milwaukee for 2 games and then finish the season Wrigley Field. <

Tuesday, September 23, 2003


�WE�VE FALEN AND WE CAN�T GET UP� PENNANT RACE Padres 62-94 .397 Mets 63-92 .406 Brewers 66-90 .423 Reds 67-89 .429 Mets, Brewers, and Reds were all off. Padres 9 Dodgers 5 That giant sucking sound coming from the Left Coast was the Dodger Wild Card hopes going down the drain. �CAN�T ANYBODY HERE PLAY THIS GAME� PENNANT RACE �03 Tigers 38-118 .244 �62 Mets 38-116 .247 Royals 12 Tigers 6 Alan Trammell suffered his most devastating loss over the weekend when his mother passed away. Trammell will not be with the team for the next two days. Last nights loss was the Tigs 10th in a row, their 16th in the last 17 games and they now hold the record for most losses by an AL team. Reds 9 Mets 2 The September 23rd game will be last home game of the season. The �62 Mets go to Milwaukee and then to Chicago to close out their inaugural season. Last night 22, 869 people paid their way into Sky Dome in Toronto. Not one of those paying customers was there to see Phil Cuzzi umpire the game. A game between two also rans was turning into a very interesting contest. D-Rays starter Rob Bell held the Jays to no hits thru 6 innings. Roy Halladay who should be the AL Cy Young Award winner, had set a Jays record of 41 innings without giving up an earned run. In the top of the 6th, that streak came to an end when Julio Lugo homered. The next batter Aubrey Huff singled. Then Rocco Baldelli step in and Halladay hit him in the back with a pitch. It was then that Phil Cuzzi violated the cardinal sin of officiating; he made himself bigger than the game. He stepped out from behind the plate and ejected Halladay form the game. No warning. No little reminder. Just a straight out ejection! Sandy Alderson, who is the Umpiring Czar, needs to summon Cuzzi to his office and tell him his winter vacation will begin a few days early. Well, for one night anyway, Jake Plummer did not suck. <

Monday, September 22, 2003


�WE�VE FALLEN AND WE CAN�T GET UP� PENNANT RACE Padres 61-94 .394 Mets 63-92 .406 Brewers 66-90 .423 Reds 67-89 .429 Rockies 5 Padres 3 Larry Walker showed Clint Hurdle he still had a little �somethin� somethin�� left in him by launching a 2run HR to lead the Rocks over the Pod�s. Adam Eaton took the L Brewers 6 D�Backs 4 Richie Sexson sent HR # 42 into orbit to help Wes Obermuller break his ML maiden. Reds 4 Phillies 3 Jim Thome set a Phillies record for HR by a lefty batter with his 44 HR of the season. It was not enough to beat the Red Legs. Expos 4 Mets 2 You want some numbers? I hope you have a strong stomach. The loss yesterday was the Mets 8th in a row. It was also the 16th loss in their last 17 games. For the month of September the Mets record is 4-15. Pass the Maalox. At what point was Artie from Flushing and pitching coach Vern Rhule thinking about taking Jae Weong Seo out of the game? I guess pitch counts are not high on Artie and Rhule list of things to keep an eye on. And maybe the forgot Seo is just 2 years from shoulder surgery. Oh I know what it was, Artie was having a dream during one of his frequent naps. He was dreaming he was Walt Alston and he was the manager of the 1966 Dodgers and Don Drysdale was on the mound. I guess someone bumped into him, woke him up and he realized Seo was still on the mound. Mr. Howe I would like to introduce you to Mr. Pedro Feliciano, he�s a left-handed pitcher on your staff. The MLBPA rushed to Shea yesterday with lights and sirens to smack some sense into the Expo players. The Expos players did the Lords of Baseball a huge favor by vetoing the plan to play 22 �home games� in either Monterrey Mexico or San Juan P.R. The Lords of Larceny have said through their mouthpiece Bob Du Puy that the Expos payroll will be rock bottom if they cannot play these revenue producing game away form Montreal. The Used Car Salesman will order Omar Minyea or who ever is the GM next year, to trade off every veteran player on the roster. MLB will field a team in Montreal that would make the Bad News Bears look like big leaguers. Why is the union so upset at the Expos players? Contraction. The CBA has 2 yrs left in to it and contraction cannot be brought up till then. You know the Lords would love to operate the Expos at a rock bottom price and then take them and say the D-Rays and fold them up. That�s 50 ML jobs gone. So it could be the only bargaining chip the owners have in the next CBA go round. �CAN�T ANYBODY HERE PLAY THIS GAME � PENNANT RACE �03 Tigers 38-177 .245 �62 Mets 38-115 .248 Twins 6 Tigers 4 The record that they said would never be broken is about to fall. And it may fall hard. The Tigs are on their way to beating the 1962 Lovable Losers Mets record for failure. With yesterdays loss the Tigs tied the 1916 A�s for the most losses for an AL team and the second most losses in the modern era. The Tigs have 3 games against the Royals and finish the season with 4 games against the Twins. They have lost 9 in a row, so losing 3 or 4 of the next 7 would be an improvement. By the way I have had no response from the Wilpons about sponsoring the Kranepool Society to follow the Tigs as the go for this record of failure as the Mets representative. I am not waiting by the phone. Week 3 NFL Picks 2-1 YTD 4-4-1 Colts 23 Jaguars 13 I took Dungy�s Horses - 7 �. Thank God for Mr. September, Reggie Wayne who had a career best 10 receptions for 141 yds and 2 TD�s. Jack Del Rio lifted Mark Brunell in the 4th for Byron Leftwich. Jags coach Jack Del Rio explained The Lord told him to make the change, so Brunell was cool with it. This game was blacked out in Indy due to no-sellout. Remember good citizens of Indianapolis, when you see the Mayflower Moving trucks with bumper sticker saying �L.A. or Bust� you only have yourselves to blame. Vikings 23 Lions 13 I took the Purple Gang and laid 3 � on the road. I was nervous early watching the scores come by. Then I see Culpepper is out and Gus (Headbanger) Ferrotte is in I reach for the Alka Seltzer. Then Jason Hanson kicks a FG to bring the Lions within 3 16-13. Now I reach for the Maalox. But then, Ferrotte hooks up with Kelly Campbell on a 72 yd TD to extend the Vikes lead to 10 and cover!!!!!. I �m so happy I bang my head into a wall. Cardinals 20 Packers 13 Oh boy did I take the bait on this one. The Cheeseheads coming in from Tundra Country going to the dessert. 106 degrees and the Pack melted faster than mozzarella cheese on a pizza. Even though the Bidwells held the ball for 20 of the 30 minutes of the second half, the Pack had a shot with Brett Farve-oulous marching through the desert. But Farve was intercepted as he dropped back from the Red Birds 7 by Super Bowl MVP Darien Jackson to end the game. Some Week 3 notes: Usually when you call a fake field goal, you don�t have your punter throwing a pass to your center as the Jets did with Punter Dan Stryzinski and C Kevin Maewae. Herm Edwards screamed and yelled during the post game press conference, hoping to confuse everyone on what he did. Kelly Homlcomb gained big time respect in the Browns locker room when he threw the game winning TD to Andre Davis, hobbling on a sprained right ankle. Did you see the dance Warren Sapp did when he caught his first NFL TD? Sapp claimed it was inspired by Beyonce, from her Crazy in Love video. After the game Sapp said about the moves �I didn�t do it quite like she does, she does have more assets than I do� Hey Warren don�t sell yourself short, there�s a lot of junk in your trunk too. <

Sunday, September 21, 2003


"WE'VE FALLEN AND WE CAN'T GET UP" PENNANT RACE Padres 61-93 .396 Mets 63-91 .409 Brewers 65-90 .419 Reds 66-89 .426 I think as a fan of one of these bottom feeders I can speak for the group when I say next Sunday can not come sooner! Get this wretched season over with. If your a fan of The Padres and the Brewers you do have some hope. Both teams have fully stocked farm teams and help could be on the way. If your a Reds fan, well my condolences. As for the Mets, let's take a look at Joel Sherman's piece in today's NY Post. Let's look at a few of Sherman's observations shall we: ," the Mets have seemingly made nepotism an organizational tenet. Feeling $35 million would not buy Tom Glavine's affection, the Mets also signed his brother, Mike, last February, though he was 30, had a .246 average in the minors and had played independent ball the previous two years. But it gets worse. Though mainly a Triple-A pinch-hitter (.266 in 169 at-bats), Mike Glavine was promoted Sept. 12. Why? The perception is to further bribe Tom Glavine to help recruit Kevin Millwood." On target here. Barry Bonds has a brother, Bobby Jr. who played minor league ball and he never pressured the Pirates or Giants to bring him up. Ken Griffey has a brother Steven would also beat the bushes and never saw light of day of the big leagues either. So what the hell makes Tom and Mike Glavine so special? As I said during the Mets courtship with Glavine they was way too much ass kissing done to sign this guy. On the subject of John Franco: "Franco has had a wonderful career, but the Mets must move on. His 2.64 ERA (heading into the weekend) is misleading. He has permitted 45 baserunners, five homers and a .500 slugging percentage by lefties in 302/3 innings. Yet the signs still point to favoritism of the favorite son. Franco has appeared regularly while Jaime Cerda and Pedro Feliciano haven't. Thus, the Mets have not used garbage time to learn if they have a future lefty specialist." Again right on. Can someone explain to me why Pedro Feliciano has not pitched since the end of August? And why wasn't he brought into yesterday's game to replace Heilman? The meddling trio of Leiter, Franco and Galvine named by Sherman the Kitchen Cabinet he writes: "We know Franco will be taken care of anyway. He has been transitioning to a front-office job for years as part of a kitchen cabinet of players the Wilpons lean on in decision-making. Tom Glavine, despite his worst season in 15 years, has felt privileged enough to join that group, for example, openly campaigning for Millwood. Jeff Wilpon said "it is the wrong perception" that just because he meets frequently with these players that they have too much influence. But there is a difference between asking a player's insights about, say, a former teammate the Mets might obtain, and the players unabashedly and regularly giving advice as seems the Mets case. This has fed an atmosphere in which the veterans have felt way too comfortable amid the losing. " It's obvious that these three geezers have way too much input in what goes on at Shea. Franco and Leiter can deny it till doomsday that they did not go to Sr. Skill Sets and tell him to whack Bobby V but they have blood on their hands. "As for the decision-making apparatus, the Mets seem resolute to put on a charade rather than simply give interim GM Jim Duquette the full-time job. Jeff Wilpon said they will have "a full search," in large part, because that is what "we told the commissioner of baseball." But Bud Selig, while saying getting minorities interviews and jobs is central to his administration, said he "would be rational and reasonable" if a club knew it simply wanted to promote an interim GM. " For Christ sake name the Duke the GM already. As Rick Pinto once said in a classic rant at the Fleet Center that Celtic great were not on the team anymore "Gill Hodges is not walking through that door,neither is Bing Devine, or Frank Cashen. The way the WIlpon's are treating the fans stinks. It sucks and it stinks". "The Mets' last offseason was complicated by their botched manager pursuit. Do they really want a bogus search wasting time now if they know already Duquette is the man? The manager hunt sadly produced Art Howe, who needs a strong GM installed quickly to create a structure of toughness that he seems unwilling or unable to provide. " Nuff said. "The most glaring example why is Mike Piazza still not playing first. Howe has said Piazza is not ready, somehow equating this to a NASA project rather than putting a man on first base. Anyone who has watched the Mets this month knows this is an evaluation period and a beyond-embarrassment period (heck, Roger Cedeno hit third the other day). And yet - like with Cerda and Feliciano - the Mets have wasted this laboratory phase with Piazza." This should have been taken care of while Piazza was rehabing. There is no reason at all that Piazza could not be playing 1st base now none at all. Piazza holds all the cards on this one. Memo to Mike: There is a very limited market for your services be a good soldier and take one for the team. <

Saturday, September 20, 2003


"WE'VE FALLEN AND WE CAN'T GET UP" PENNANT RACE Padres 60-93 .392 Mets 63-90 .412 Reds 65-89 .422 Brewers 65-89 .422 Rockies 6 Padres 5 Pod's came up one run short in there comeback in this game. Check out the infield the Pods had to strat the game last night: 1B Phil Nevin 2B Mark Lorreta 3B Sean Burroughs SS Khalil Greene Add them to LF Brian Giles, and CF Mark Kotsay plus the young Starters like Jake Peavy, Adam Eaton and Brian Lawrence. This is a team that will bust out next season. Figure the Pod's to sign a top starting pitcher and add a RF and I am making them my pic to win the NL West next season. D'Backs 3 Brewers 2 The story of the game is after 15 season and 436 AB's The Big unit went yard. Randy Johnson hit a very nice shot over the LF wall at Selig Welfare Park to break his HR hitting maiden. Phillies 7 Reds 3 Phillies are playing for their lives and Loco Larry's job(imagine that!)The good news for the Red Legs was Willy MO Pena hit his 5th HR. The bad news, Rueben Mateo struck out swinging in all 4 of his AB's Expos 7 Mets 1 So I turn on Richard Neer on WFAN this morning just in time to hear the Mets Report with the 'FAN beat reporter ED Coleman. Now those of you not in the Metro NYC area and do not get to hear Ed Coleman's Met reports, should consider yourselves lucky. Coleman is WFAN version of "Baghdad Bob". The guy never says a bad thing about the team or the players. Today when Neer said to him how Glavine was having a bad season, Coleman said he did not think Titan Tommy was pitch so bad. Well let's look at some digits. Glavine has started 31 games. His record is 9-14 with a 4.59 ERA. This has been accomplished in 178 1/3 innings. He has given up 199 hits 21 HR 66 BB and K'd 80 batters. Plus he whined about Ques-Tech early in the year and soiled himself at the site of a tomahawk. But Speak-No-Evil Eddie thinks this constitutes a good season. He also thinks the Elephant Man is quite handsome as well. Pedro Feliciano is still being held in Stalag Shea for unspecified crimes against the organization. Feliciano was sentenced August 28 with no bail posted. No word on when he will be let free. <


Here is justanother reason, why the Dodgers and Giants should have never left New York City. By the way if this had happened at Shea or Yankee Stadium it would have been international news <

Friday, September 19, 2003


NFL WEEK 3 PICKS (Home team in CAPS) COLTS - 7 � over Jaguars Jags defense is vulnerable against the pass, so Payton Manning, Marvin Harrison and Edgerin James should put up some nice digits in this game. Colt DB�s are getting the hang of the Cover 2 D that Tony Dungy preaches and with no Jimmy Smiths at WR, Mark Brunell will have a long day. Packers - 7 � over CARDINALS Bill Bidwell is such an inept owner he could own a MLB team. No one goes to Sun Devil Stadium to watch this pathetic bunch of Birds. The shame is Dave McGinnis is a good coach. Some day he may get to run an NFL team. The only thing that could hurt the Pack in this one is boredom. Vikings -3 � over LIONS Mike Tice�s attitude has taken hold of the Vikes. They have become a physical and intimidating football team. The strength of the team lies with an O Line that is Jurassic Park size, take a look: LT Bryant McKinnie 6� 8� 345lbs LG Chris Liwienski 6�5� 325lbs C Matt Birk 6�4� 308lbs LG David Dixon 6�5� 360 lbs RT Mike Rosenthal 6�7� 313lbs Add to that linebacker size Dante Culpepper and All World WR Randy Moss and the running backs by committee (Mo Williams, Onterrio Smith plus Culpepper) it will be too much for the Lions to handle. <


�WE�VE FALLEN AND WE CAN�T GET UP� PENNANT RACE Padres 60-92 .395 Mets 63-89 .414 Reds 65-88 .425 Brewers 65-88 .425 Padres 7 Giants 0 Pirates 7 Reds 0 Cardinals 13 Brewers 0 All three of these NL bottom feeders can�t wait to get this season over with. But that�s not what�s eating at me today. Two things have my draws in a bunch. So let me get right to them. The Governor of Maryland declared a state of emergencey in the wake of hurricane Isabel. He told the citizens of Maryland to stay home, do not venture from your homes unless you need to go to a shelter. So how the hell did MLB let the Orioles and Yankees play yesterday afternoon? Well first and foremost the Used Car Salesman, who is just a total disgrace and has shown time and time again he is a person without a spine or the stomach to make a tough decision. He is far from a leader; he is like his bowl haircut shows him to be just an F�in geek. He should have called up Pete the Shyster in Baltimore and told him in no uncertain terms that the game not be played yesterday. Not only are you putting paying customers in peril, you are putting the players and team personnel in harms way. It just showed the lack of leadership and presences that the Used Car Salesman has. Next, Pete the Shyster the owner of the Orioles is just a vindictive bastard. He wanted to see the Yankees squirm. See when you can�t beat a team on the field you have to find another way to take out your aggression. The Yankees approached The Shyster with the idea of rescheduling the game for a double header next week at Yankee Stadium. They Yankees also said they would spilt the gate to make up for the lost revenue that would be suffered by the O�s. But the Shyster said no. He claims the Yankees were approached on Wednesday to play a day/night doubleheader instead and the Yankees said no. Brian Cashman claims he was never approached about that but Mike Mussina was and as player rep he said �No� to that proposal. And you know what? Mussina was 100 % right. The Yankees had given up a day off for a make up game from rainouts. They have also played 34 days in a row, which is in violation of the CBA. Now I know your saying, �screw those millionaire fat cats� but I side with the players because a deal is a deal. Let�s face it because of the rein of chaos under the Used Car Salesman there is so much animosity between both players and owners that neither side would piss on the other if they were on fire. It�s not everyday I side with the Evil Empire but this time they were in the right not wanting to play. The bus company they hired to drive the team to Philadelphia, to catch their flight to Tampa, refused to send their driver out in those conditions. The U.S. Navy ordered all it�s ships to leave port and head for better conditions. But the Used Car Salesman turned into Ernie Banks �It�s a great day for a ball game let�s play two�. Expos 1 Mets 0 Something has to be done and done fast. Forget about next season, I�m worried about the future of this organization now. There is too much acceptance to losing. Sure I know there young and unproven and yada yada yada but this is more than embarrassing it�s scandalous. I'm starting to get the impression that Artie from Flushing couldn�t give a flyin� F if the Mets win or lose. You would think anyone under the conditions he has had to mange this season would be beside himself. Not Artie. He is interviewed after these horrendous performances and he still has that stupid grin on his face. It irks the shit out of me. Maybe I care too much. I look at some of these guys Gonzlaez, Cedeno, to name two I want to put a size 10 Nike up their asses. But Artie is cool with the homies. Heres�s an Artie quote from yesterday: �Three hits again, all spread out. We�re going to struggle to get anything going offensively. Guys are doing there best� Guys are dong there best. How many F�in times have we heard this drivel form Artie this year! I�m getting a migraine just typing this! Players take their queue form the manager. If the players detect that it�s all-good, that we�re trying and the skipper is not screaming then why worry? Am I the only Mets fan pissed off out what I�m seeing? Why can�t Artie use the press to send a message to these guys. When asked about the team just say, � You know I don�t think some of these guys know what kind of opportunity they are getting here. Take a good look at this bunch because you won�t be seeing most of them here next year�. Artie PLEASE! SHOW ME YOU CARE!!!! Artie has done nothing to show that Billy Beane was not 100 % right in keeping him out of the loop in Oakland. I guess he misses Beane telling him who to pitch, who to play in the outfield and when to stand on the top step of the dugout. �CAN�T ANYBODY HERE PLAY THIS GAME� PENNANT RACE �62 Mets 37-113 .247 �03 Tigers 38-114 .250 Blue Jays 10 Tigers 0 Next on the list of losers to pass are the 1953 Boston Braves who lost 115 games. Then they go for the AL record of 117 loses set by the 1916 A�s. Then the Gold standard the 1962 Mets with 120 losses. The goal for next season is to go after the 1899 Cleveland Spiders record of 134 loses. Something to shoot for. Colt .45�s 6 Mets 2 Colt .45�s 8 Mets 6 The .45�s take a double dip from the Amazin�s at the Polo Grounds. <

Thursday, September 18, 2003


�WE�VE FALLEN AND WE CAN�T GET UP� PENNANT RACE Padres 59-92 .391 Mets 63-88 .417 Reds 65-87 .428 Brewers 65-87 .428 Giants 8 Padres 3 Ladies and Gentlemen here they are your 2003 NL West Champions the San Francisco Giants. The Pod�s have now dropped their 6th straight and 8 of their last 10. Pirates 8 Reds 5 Professional hitter Matt Stairs and ex Met rag arm Jeff D�amico led the way for the Buco�s. The Reds fans have a catchy new limerick for their team: Etherton, Serafini, Cerros, and Belisle and pray for contraction. Brewers 7 Cardinals 6 Jason Issringhausen (remember him?) blew the save and the game by giving up a 2 run HR to P/OF Brooks Kieschnick (Issringhausen and Kieschnick translated into English is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome) and a game winning single to Jason Conti. At the end of the game Tony (I invented baseball) LaRussa was standing on the top step of the dugout like a flight attendant waving �BU-BYE� to the Red Birds playoff chances. Cubs 2 Mets 0 It�s safe to say that Mike Piazza will not be asking Artie from Flushing to be his presenter at his Hall of Fame induction. It seems Mike told Artie he was ready, willing and able to play yesterday but he was not included in a lineup that could have been indicted for impersonating a major league team. I really thought Piazza would have taken a shot at 1st base by now and I�m really surprised he hasn�t. I wish I knew what his phobia is with playing there. Look, I know he wants this HR record for catchers, fine get it and be happy, but when is the line drawn between what�s good for Mike and what�s good for the Mets. Again Richie Sexson would look mighty nice at 1st base in Snow White/Royal Blue & Orange. What was to be an interesting month of September to see what the young guys can do has become an out and out embarrassment. To tell you the truth, I don�t know what the organization does at this point. The Mets are such a mis mash, of geezers in the rotation and bullpen, players who look no better than back up players, and just a few guys who we really can build around. This rebuilding project may take a lot longer than we fans thought it would. �CAN�T ANYBODY HERE PLAY THIS GAME� PENNANT RACE �62 Mets 37-111 .250 �03 Tigers 38-113 .252 Blue Jays 6 Tigers 0 Roy Halliday must have felt like he was shooting fish in a barrel last night. This game could have been halted for cruel and unusual punishment. It looks like the Tigs have their sites on the 120-loss record. In order to avoid matching the �62 Amazin�s the Tigs must win 5 of their last 11 games. The next milestone for the Tigs, is the AL record for losses in a season which is 117, held by the 1916 Philadelphia Athletics. The game they play to get that record, Allan Trammell has said he will wear a suit, a starched collar shirt and a straw hat while sitting crossed leg in the dugout. . The 1962 Mets were off on September 17th 1962. They are waiting the arrival of their expansion brothers the Houston Colt .45�s for a 4 game series at the Polo Grounds. Hey New York Ranger fans here is a pre cursor to what the season will be like this year. When asked about the ankle injury to defenseman Brian Leetch, President/GM/Coach/ former Genius Slats Sather said, �Brian is starting to feel better, but it could be 2 weeks or 2 months before he�s back. Who knows?� Don�t worry Brain take our time, as long as your ready for the playoffs. PLAYOFFS? PLAYOFFS? HHHAAAAA HA HA HA HA HA HA HOOO HOOO HOOOO!!!!! <


�WE�VE FALLEN AND WE CAN�T GET UP� PENNANT RACE Padres 59-92 .391 Mets 63-88 .417 Reds 65-87 .428 Brewers 65-87 .428 Giants 8 Padres 3 Ladies and Gentlemen here they are your 2003 NL West Champions the San Francisco Giants. The Pod�s have now dropped their 6th straight and 8 of their last 10. Pirates 8 Reds 5 Professional hitter Matt Stairs and ex Met rag arm Jeff D�amico led the way for the Buco�s. The Reds fans have a catchy new limerick for their team: Etherton, Serafini, Cerros, and Belisle and pray for contraction. Brewers 7 Cardinals 6 Jason Issringhausen (remember him?) blew the save and the game by giving up a 2 run HR to P/OF Brooks Kieschnick (Issringhausen and Kieschnick translated into English is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome) and a game winning single to Jason Conti. At the end of the game Tony (I invented baseball) LaRussa was standing on the top step of the dugout like a flight attendant waving �BU-BYE� to the Red Birds playoff chances. Cubs 2 Mets 0 It�s safe to say that Mike Piazza will not be asking Artie from Flushing to be his presenter at his Hall of Fame induction. It seems Mike told Artie he was ready, willing and able to play yesterday but he was not included in a lineup that could have been indicted for impersonating a major league team. I really thought Piazza would have taken a shot at 1st base by now and I�m really surprised he hasn�t. I wish I knew what his phobia is with playing there. Look, I know he wants this HR record for catchers, fine get it and be happy, but when is the line drawn between what�s good for Mike and what�s good for the Mets. Again Richie Sexson would look mighty nice at 1st base in Snow White/Royal Blue & Orange. What was to be an interesting month of September to see what the young guys can do has become an out and out embarrassment. To tell you the truth, I don�t know what the organization does at this point. The Mets are such a mis mash, of geezers in the rotation and bullpen, players who look no better than back up players, and just a few guys who we really can build around. This rebuilding project may take a lot longer than we fans thought it would. �CAN�T ANYBODY HERE PLAY THIS GAME� PENNANT RACE �62 Mets 37-111 .250 �03 Tigers 38-113 .252 Blue Jays 6 Tigers 0 Roy Halliday must have felt like he was shooting fish in a barrel last night. This game could have been halted for cruel and unusual punishment. It looks like the Tigs have their sites on the 120-loss record. In order to avoid matching the �62 Amazin�s the Tigs must win 5 of their last 11 games. The next milestone for the Tigs, is the AL record for losses in a season which is 117, held by the 1916 Philadelphia Athletics. The game they play to get that record, Allan Trammell has said he will wear a suit, a starched collar shirt and a straw hat while sitting crossed leg in the dugout. . The 1962 Mets were off on September 17th 1962. They are waiting the arrival of their expansion brothers the Houston Colt .45�s for a 4 game series at the Polo Grounds. Hey New York Ranger fans here is a pre cursor to what the season will be like this year. When asked about the ankle injury to defenseman Brian Leetch, President/GM/Coach/ former Genius Slats Sather said, �Brian is starting to feel better, but it could be 2 weeks or 2 months before he�s back. Who knows?� Don�t worry Brain take our time, as long as your ready for the playoffs. PLAYOFFS? PLAYOFFS? HHHAAAAA HA HA HA HA HA HA HOOO HOOO HOOOO!!!!! <


�WE�VE FALLEN AND WE CAN�T GET UP� PENNANT RACE Padres 59-92 .391 Mets 63-88 .417 Reds 65-87 .428 Brewers 65-87 .428 Giants 8 Padres 3 Ladies and Gentlemen here they are your 2003 NL West Champions the San Francisco Giants. The Pod�s have now dropped their 6th straight and 8 of their last 10. Pirates 8 Reds 5 Professional hitter Matt Stairs and ex Met rag arm Jeff D�amico led the way for the Buco�s. The Reds fans have a catchy new limerick for their team: Etherton, Serafini, Cerros, and Belisle and pray for contraction. Brewers 7 Cardinals 6 Jason Issringhausen (remember him?) blew the save and the game by giving up a 2 run HR to P/OF Brooks Kieschnick (Issringhausen and Kieschnick translated into English is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome) and a game winning single to Jason Conti. At the end of the game Tony (I invented baseball) LaRussa was standing on the top step of the dugout like a flight attendant waving �BU-BYE� to the Red Birds playoff chances. Cubs 2 Mets 0 It�s safe to say that Mike Piazza will not be asking Artie from Flushing to be his presenter at his Hall of Fame induction. It seems Mike told Artie he was ready, willing and able to play yesterday but he was not included in a lineup that could have been indicted for impersonating a major league team. I really thought Piazza would have taken a shot at 1st base by now and I�m really surprised he hasn�t. I wish I knew what his phobia is with playing there. Look, I know he wants this HR record for catchers, fine get it and be happy, but when is the line drawn between what�s good for Mike and what�s good for the Mets. Again Richie Sexson would look mighty nice at 1st base in Snow White/Royal Blue & Orange. What was to be an interesting month of September to see what the young guys can do has become an out and out embarrassment. To tell you the truth, I don�t know what the organization does at this point. The Mets are such a mis mash, of geezers in the rotation and bullpen, players who look no better than back up players, and just a few guys who we really can build around. This rebuilding project may take a lot longer than we fans thought it would. �CAN�T ANYBODY HERE PLAY THIS GAME� PENNANT RACE �62 Mets 37-111 .250 �03 Tigers 38-113 .252 Blue Jays 6 Tigers 0 Roy Halliday must have felt like he was shooting fish in a barrel last night. This game could have been halted for cruel and unusual punishment. It looks like the Tigs have their sites on the 120-loss record. In order to avoid matching the �62 Amazin�s the Tigs must win 5 of their last 11 games. The next milestone for the Tigs, is the AL record for losses in a season which is 117, held by the 1916 Philadelphia Athletics. The game they play to get that record, Allan Trammell has said he will wear a suit, a starched collar shirt and a straw hat while sitting crossed leg in the dugout. . The 1962 Mets were off on September 17th 1962. They are waiting the arrival of their expansion brothers the Houston Colt .45�s for a 4 game series at the Polo Grounds. Hey New York Ranger fans here is a pre cursor to what the season will be like this year. When asked about the ankle injury to defenseman Brian Leetch, President/GM/Coach/ former Genius Slats Sather said, �Brian is starting to feel better, but it could be 2 weeks or 2 months before he�s back. Who knows?� Don�t worry Brain take our time, as long as your ready for the playoffs. PLAYOFFS? PLAYOFFS? HHHAAAAA HA HA HA HA HA HA HOOO HOOO HOOOO!!!!! <

Wednesday, September 17, 2003


Due to spending my whole morning in the dentist chair, I'm not up to doing much blogging. See I have the luck of the Mets. My dentist told me at first I had a cavity on one of my back teeth. But when he starting drilling he found out I needed root canal instead. So after three injections and a bunch of X-Rays, he drilled and dug so far down I don't know how he didn't strike oil. So I came home to watch Howe's Hero's take on the Cubs and Kerry Wood. Wood put on a Seaver-esque performance mowing down Met after Met. His pitch count got to 125 pitches but he talked Dusty into leaving him in the game and not go to Borowski. It will be interesting to see how Wood fares in his next start after a high pitch count. Senator Al continue his renaissance with another outstanding start. The Senator threw 103 pitches which is lite for him, 66 of them for strikes. Also, just 1 BB and 4 K's. Matt Watson made his first ML start today in LF. He had 1 hit and it seems that Artie will leave him in the lineup for the last two weeks of the season. Jeff Duncan, who is a fabulous CF but can't hit a lick, is suffering for a lack of confidence. So it looks like 2/3 of the OF will be new next season. I'm still on the fence about Danny Garcia. Is he ready for prime time or should the Mets pursue Luis Castillio? The thought of Reyes and Castillo setting the table for the 3-4-5 batters is intriguing. How much do the Mets miss Jose Reyes? With Reyes out, all the life seems to be sucked out of this team. Back with more tomorrow, I need some Tylenol. <

Tuesday, September 16, 2003


�WE�VE FALLEN AND WE CAN�T GET UP� PENNANT RACE Padres 59-90 .396 Mets 63-86 .423 Reds 64-86 .427 Brewers 64-86 .427 Giants 8 Padres 7 Former Yankee batting practice pitcher Jay Witasick, blew the lead and the save for the Pod�s by giving up 2 runs in 2/3 of an inning. Barry Bonds hit his 42 HR of the season, number 655 of his career. He is now only 5 HR�s behind the Say Hey Kid. Whether you like him or not, you have to give Bonds his due. He can be surly, and difficult and does not give two shits about the fans, but we are truly fortunate to be watching one of the greatest baseball players that have ever lived. Pirates 6 Reds 3 Now that�s the Todd Van Poppel we all know and love. Van Poppel got Van Poppeled, pitching 6 innings and giving up 5 runs on 5 hits, 3 BB and 1 K. Professional hitter, Matt Stairs iced it for the Bucos with a 3 run dinger. The game played at the spanking new PNC Park was attended by 29,333 empty seats. Cardinals 11 Brewers 2 The Genius, Tony La Russa wanted to know where were the Sons of Selig when he needed them? Cubs 4 Mets 1 Mets hitters have resembled the batters in the Bugs Bunny cartoon. You know the big burly guy who can�t hit Bugs� epheous pitch (1-2-3 strikes your out, 1-2-3 strikes your out). It was nice to see Marco Scutaro let out of solitary to get a pinch hit attempt. But I would like to know what did the Wilpon Ward Joe McEwing do to piss off Artie from Flushing? Joe Mac can�t get a sniff of shortstop. I mean Jorge Valendia is so bad I�m pining for Super Joe. Do you remember a few years ago when some guy in the Midwest who would go into convulsions when he saw Mary Hart of Entertainment Tonight? Well that�s how I feel when I see Veldandia come up to bat. Oh and welcome back Jason Anderson, where ya been? This Glavine/Cedeno dis down just won�t go away. Like all other picayune bullshit with the Mets, it just grows like a fungus. Here�s a quote from Michael Morrissey�s Mets Notes in today�s NY Post from an unnamed Met (Unnamed Met is a distant cousin to the Unknown Comic): �It�s [baloney] a guy with [17] years in the big leagues acting like that� a Mets source said of Glavine. �Roger didn�t act like that when [Glavine] pitched against Atlanta [and lost four times in four starts] Gee, and I thought the Glavine brothers were close. Of course if the Mets had a manager, this would have been nipped in the bud. �CAN�T ANYBODY HERE PLAY THIS GAME� PENNANT RACE �62 Mets 36-111 .245 �03 Tigers 38-111 .255 Royals 10 Tigers 4 In 1939 the St Louis Browns lost 111 games. It was a record that stood for 64 years and three eras of expansion. But last night the Detroit Tigers tied the Brownies at loss 111 and are a lead pipe cinch to break the record. Next on the Tigs list is the 112 loss mark set by our beloved NY Mets of 1965. The Tigs have 13 games remaining in this season to remember and need to win 5 of those games to avoid that scarlet number of 120 loses. Tonight the Tiggers ace Nate Cornejo (6-15 4.46) goes against the Blue Jays and former Met Pete Walker. I am thinking of writing to Freddy Skill Sets, and asking him if the Mets would like to sponsor sending me to the game that the Tigers play to break the 120 loss record the Mets hold. I would wear a Mets uni circa 1962 (Number 7 of course) and pass the torch to the Tiger organization as the worst team in the history of Major League Baseball. Reds 9 Mets 6 Jay Hook took it on the chin against Bob Purkey at the Polo Grounds. WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS A FAILURE TO COMMUNICATE Giants kicker Matt Bryant claims he was told to kick the ball toward the left sideline. Jim Fassel-who has to be distant cousin to Artie from Flushing-claims Bryant was told to squib kick the ball down the middle of the field, which would have been the correct play. Now this would not be the first time Coach �Frazzel� and his assistants did not communicate with their kicker. Flashback to that painful playoff defeat to the 49ers in the playoffs last year. Bottom line, since Frazzel has been the Head Coach of the Giants the special teams have sucked. Memo to Jeremy Shockey: I love ya big guy (even though your no Mark Bavaro, not yet anyway) but if you talk the talk, you gotta walk the walk. Last night you played like a�. well.. you know what you called Coach Parcells? That was you last night. Lay off the NY nightlife-I know it�s hard, I loved it very much in my younger days as well-because you could end up back at the trailer in Oklahoma watching the tumble weed �well�tumble. Memo to the �Wills� Peterson and Allen: Bring a pad and pencil to the defensive meetings this week and take some notes PLEASE! You two were clueless last night. Memo to the pro football writers who did not vote for Bill Parcells for the Hall of Fame: SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!!!! Tonight on HBO, The Curse of the Bambino will be shown at 10:00 PM. Form the reviews it sounds like a must see. Just to hear Denis Leary go off on the Old Towne Team is worth viewing. Also for us Mets fans just to see �Get�s by Buckner� well that never gets old. The show is hosted by long suffering Red Sox fan Ben Affleck. Affleck not only is under the Curse of the Bambino, he also is suffering under �The Curse of La Hinney Grande� <

Monday, September 15, 2003


�WE�VE FALLEN AND WE CAN�T GET UP� PENNANT RACE Padres 59-89 .399 Mets 63-85 .426 Reds 64-85 .430 Brewers 64-85 .430 Dodgers 5 Padres 2 Pod�s had a nice run earlier this month but now they seem bored and anxious to end the season and regroup for next year in the new Dog House. Reds 1 Cubs 0 Strange game at the Ivory Tower. Carlos Zambrano(who threw 129 pitches for you pitch count aficionados) was sailing through 8 innings. The top of the 9th was delayed for 13 minutes while Steve Rippley,( believe it or not) left the game due to a headache. When the game resumed, Zambrano walked Ray Olmedo. It was the first walk Zambrano gave up in the game. Eventually, Olmedo came around to score the game winning run on a Russ Branyan single. Giants 5 Brewers 4 (11 innings) One team is waiting for the post season to begin and the other is waiting for hunting season, as usual. That one good thing about playing for The Sons of Selig, you can always make plans for an October vacation. Expos 7 Mets 3 You know I can deal with losing. I never expected the Mets to win the division or even the wild card. What I can�t take much more of is the peripheral bullshit that surrounds this organization. Let me take each issue one by one. 1. Look we all know that Roger Cedeno sucks and the only way he�ll be on this team next year is if the Glavine�s adopt him. We also know that he should be a man or the manager should grab him by the jock strap and have him face the music. But Titan Tom Glavine should be the last guy pointing fingers at teammates. Hey Tommy Boy you wanted to come here. You could have gone to Philly and have Loco Larry ripping you a new one after your lousy starts. 2. The heartwarming story of the Glavine Brothers continued yesterday as little bro Mike got to pinch-hit for Brother Tom. I think I saw Artie from Flushing dapping his eyes when the move was made. In related Glavine family news, The Glavines sister, Tomasina Glavine has been named as a matron in the ladies room in the lodge level near section 17. 3. Mike Piazza did not play yesterday due to a combination day game after a night game and fouling a ball off his foot. The offense is impotent even with him in the lineup so without him, Viagara couldn�t help it. But Mike is still not comfortable at 1st base to play it in a game. Hey as we all know it�s all about Mike. 4. According to the papers over the weekend, the Baltimore Orioles will be in hot pursuit of some of the top free agents this off season. Oriole owner Pete the Shyster says the O�s are looking to be contenders next season. Top of the Shysters list is Vladimir Guerrero. If the Mets let Sir Vlady go to the O�s or the Evil Empire over the winter it will unmitigated disgrace. Sr. Skill Sets should have learned his lesson from the A-Rod fiasco now it�s time for redemption. Vlady has said he has no problem playing in NYC �As long as I do my job, I don�t care where I play� he said. Loosen up those purse strings Fast Freddy and take the money form the Gold section of your pricing scheme this year and get us Vlady. 5. I have to agree with the criticisms of the Mets with their handling of �demoting� top prospects to the Brooklyn Cyclones. The Mets have a huge fascination with the Cyclones. Now I love going to Key Span Park and as someone who grew up 6 subway stops form Coney Island(and 3 stops from where Freddy Wilpon grew up) it�s something I never thought was possible. But, the Cyclones are not only a minor league team, they are low A level short season team. Really, who gives a rat�s rear if they win the NY-Penn Championship? What you have to make sure of is that you have top notch hitting, fielding and pitching instructors to aide in the development of these players. If they win a league championship great. The Mets are putting to much pressure on these kids to win. If it means that much to them, Sr. and Jr. Skill Sets should have made Key Span 40,000 seats and moved the Mets there. �CAN�T ANYBODY HERE PLAY THIS GAME� PENNANT RACE �62 Mets 36-110 .247 �03 Tigers 38-110 .257 Royals 7 Tigers 2 How would you like to be Bobby Higginson. He was on the 1996 Tiger team that lost 109 games. If a guy ever needed a change of scenery, it�s Higgy. The last teams to lose as many games as the Tigers are the 1969 Montreal Expos, and San Diego Padres. Back in the day the Expos played in Parc Jarry with players like Coco LaBoy, Mack Jones, Rusty Staub and the immortal John BOC-A-BBBBBBBEEEEEELLLLLLAAAA. How about Tig�s manager Alan Trammell, when asked about he stays so upbeat he said �The way I look at it we won Friday, and if we win Monday we spilt the series� with the Royals. What I wanted Trammell to say is �How the F do you think I feel? I feel like I get an ass kickin� every night. It blows! IT F�IN BLOWS!. Mets 10 Reds 9 Little Al Jackson got the best of Joe Nuxhall in this one at the Polo Grounds. Week 2 NFL I went 1-1-1 in my picks this week. So after 2 weeks I �m 2-3-1 on the season. Packers 31 Lions 6(Win) Ahman Green galloped for 160 yards and a TD in the muddy tundra of Lambeau Field. Re-signed WR Antonio Freeman went from unemployed to number 1 target for Brett Farve with 4 receptions /32 yards. Joey Harrington was awful. Harrington was 26-55 (47 %) 241 yds and 3 INT�s. Rams 27 49ers 24(Push) What was going through Cedrick Wilson mind? Wilson caught a 29yd pass from Jeff Garcia at the Ram 26 yd line with the clock running down. The 49ers still had a timeout to burn. So Wilson instead of letting a Ram defender touch him and hitting the ground, ran out the clock. So instead of setting up a game winning 43 yd field goal attempt, the Niners went into overtime and Jeff Wilkins won it for the Rams with a 28 yard FG. Broncos 37 Chargers 13(Loss) Out of my way, let me jump for the Charger bandwagon. Oh and by the way, even though he threw 3 TD�s Jake Plummer still sucks. <

Sunday, September 14, 2003


�WE�VE FALLEN AND WE CAN�T GET UP� PENNANT RACE Padres 59-88 .401 Reds 63-85 .426 Mets 63-84 .429 Brewers 64-84 .432 Dodgers 4 Padres 0 Kevin Brown picked up where Wilson Alverez left off by shutting out the Pod�s for the second straight night. Crazy stat of the night, the Pod�s left 16 men on base and the Dodgers left a mind boggling 22 runners on the bags. Cubs 9 Reds 6 A gun to your head, what team do these guys play for? Ray Olmedo, Tim Hummel, Corky Miller, and John Bale. These non-discript players, who have the honor of having there names in the Baseball Encyclopedia, were in the starting line up for Linders Losers last night. Brewers 5 Giants 4 How good would Richie Sexson look in Mets blue and orange? Which line up would be stronger, one with Jason Phillips, Sexson, and Cliff Floyd or one with Piazza hitting between Phillips and Floyd? Put me down for Philips, Sexson and Floyd. Mets 5 Expos 4 Artie from Flushing again showed some onions last night, when he lifted Mike Stanton with 2 out in the 9th for Grant Roberts. Stanton, like John Franco the night before when he was lifted, was not very happy. When asked after the game about being lifted, his quote after the game was � I just work here�. Artie has seen enough of the geezers in the pen and seems to finally realize we need to see what the kids can do. I have to think that The Duke and Jr. Skill Sets have given Artie the word to do this. Stanton is owed $7mil over the next two years and has a no trade clause so he is untradeable. Weathers is owed $3.6 mil for next year, can be moved but it will take a bit of a 3 card Monte game to do it. That leaves Franco. John wants to pitch next year and if this is true, well good luck John with your new team. With Stanton and Weathers coming back, there is no way the Mets can bring back Franco, even if he vowed to play for free. The way it looks the Mets will go for a closer via free agency. That leaves Stanton as the lefty situational guy and Weathers as the 7th inning guy and I think the Mets want Dan Wheeler or Grant Roberts to be the set up man. Something�s gotta give because the bullpen as it is now sucks! �CAN�T ANYBODY HERE PLAY THIS GAME� PENNANT RACE �62 Mets 35-110 .241 �03 Tigers 38-108 .260 Royals 7 Tigers 0 Royals turn the tables on the Tiggers by matching their shut out form Friday night. The Tigers with their 109th loss have tied a club record for losses in a season. Think about that for a moment, the Tigers have been around 100 years and this is the worst team in their history. Now the Tiggers must go 5-15 to avoid matching the Amazin� Mets of 1962 for the worst record in modern Major League history. 1962 Mets and 1962 Braves were rained out again. <

Saturday, September 13, 2003


�WE�VE FALLEN AND WE CAN�T GET UP� PENNANT RACE Padres 59-87 .404 Mets 62-84 .425 Reds 63-84 .429 Brewers 63-84 .429 Dodgers 6 Padres 0 Wilson Alvarez pitched his first shut out in 6 yrs against the Pod�s. The Pod�s are now 5-5 in last 10 with the Mets just 3 games back of them for the coveted worst Finnish in the NL. Cubs 7 Reds 6 The Cubbies thought a 5-1 lead with Kerry wood pitching was safe against Linder�s Losers. Ah not so fast Old Style breath. Ex-Met Mark Guthrie and the wonderful El Pulpo were tagged for 5 runs in the Linder 7th. Then it rain for 49 minutes. But after the rain delay, the Cubs loaded the bags and Tom Goodwin came up as a pinch hitter to stroke a 2 run game winning single. CUBS WIN! CUBS WIN! Giants 8 Brewers 2 Wwwwwiiiifffffff.....that was the sound the Sons of Seligs made with tier bats last night against Jason Schmidt. Schmidt fanned 12 Brewskis in the game. The Son of Selig have lost 7 of their last 10 after putting together a nice winning streak earlier this month. Expos 7 Mets 4 Oh man , you know Senator Al is pissed off at Artie from Flushing for taking him out of the game last night. Not only is the Senator pitching great in the second half of the season, he�s also a vet you get preferential treatment. But you what? I�m on Arties side on this one. Why not bring Moreno in to this situation? Why not see if this guy has the onions to face major leaguers in a tough spot? The Expos are all put done in the Wild Card race and The Mets have been done since April. Moreno has shown nothing since his call up and I would not be suprised if last night is the last we see of him as a Met. I think what Leiter is most pissed off about is that his brother Mark was not signed by the Mets to pitch with him. That brings me to the Glavine & Glavine situation. How would you like to bet that this was part of the agreement Glavine made with Sr. Skill Sets when he signed with the Mets. Sure it�s a nice story a career busher joins his successful brother to forefil their life long dream (we will see the movie version on Lifetime this winter)but it does seem a little much to me. �CAN�T ANYBODY HERE PLAY THIS GAME� PENNANT RACE �62 Mets 35-110 �03 Tigers 38-108 .260 Tigers 3 Royals 0 Well let�s hear it for Mike Maroth hip-hip-yooray! A shutout and a win for Maroth his first win in a month and a half . The Royals have hit rock bottom. They now have lost 10 of their last 14 games and have been beaten and shut out by a guy who has lost 20 games. OUCH! For some strange reason the 1962 Mets had 3 off day in their first season. I�m guessing rain outs here. <

Friday, September 12, 2003


The Mets recalled a couple of players today. One deserving and one not. Matt Watson earned his spot by hitting .295/.366/.504 with 11 HR and 55 RBI at Norfolk in 254 AB's. Mike Glavine was recalled because his brother Tittan Tommy is afraid of the dark. <


Rafel Hermoso has a story on our leader Artie from Flushing. Hermoso tells of how Artie is coping with losing this year after years of sucess with the A's. With Artie it's al seashells and baloons. He's coping and knows the guys are trying. Makes you want to hurl. I may have to change Arties name to Little Artie Sunshine . Oh and by the way, the fans who screamed at Arties asking if he was going to congratulate Raul Gonzalez for his lack of desire and huslte was NOT ME! although I wish it were. <


I will continue with my little pennant races tomorrow. For today let's look at Week 2 of the NFL Eagles-Pats and Jets-Dolphins are the hot games this weekend. All four lost last week so who ever goes into week 3 0-2 will have lots to answer for. The Tuna makes his return to NYC with the Dallas Cowboys. Even though it's been 7 years and 2 teams since Parcells coached the Giants, who ever thought they would ever see him coaching those good for nothing Cowboys? Here are my picks for Week 2 (Home Team in CAPS) PACKERS 6 1/2 over Lions Second home game in a row for the Pack at the new and improved tundra of Lambeau. With Donald Driver out, Pack resigned Antonio Freeman who may a a little left in the tank. In the last 10 years the Pack holds an overall 15-7 record in this series and are 11-0 in Green Bay. To me the Pack looks Farve-oulus CHARGERS +3 over Broncos Jake Plummer sucks. Sorry to say it like that but it's true. LaDamian Tomlinson is ALL-WORLD!. Plus Drew Brees to David Boston will be the highlight to see on ESPN Prime Time. RAMS -3 over 49ers Rams players have the QB they perfer in Marc Bulger as Kurt Warner sits the pine with scrambled brains. Seems the bible-thumping, Warner is wearing out his welcome among his teammates. Pushing your religious beliefs on people and having a butinski wife (the K Mart Queen) tends to wear folks out. Rams are a different team under the Dome. 3 points looks very light. Lay the wood. <

Thursday, September 11, 2003


Before I begin with my usual posting, I have to mention today�s 2nd anniversary of the tragedy of September 11, 2001. While people around the country felt devastation, anger, and bewilderment over what had happened at The World Trade Center, The Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania. Not a day goes by where we (New Yorkers) are not reminded of the tragic events of that day. Whether it�s standing in the front of the Staten Island Ferry in route to Manhattan, or going by Angel�s Way on Staten Island-the boro that suffered the most casualties than any other boro-it�s hard to escape how the world, the country and most of all the city has changed. It�s a day I will never ever forget and it�s made me grateful for all I have. So give your loved ones a bigger hug and extra kiss tonight. Say a prayer for the victims that they are now at eternal peace and their families that they can recover from their devastating loss. Give thanks that we live in a country where we are free to pursue our dreams and that we are protected by dedicated men and women of the armed services. Remember the military people over in Iraq in your thoughts and prayers for their safe and speedy return home. Give a big prayer to your God that some day, hopefully in our lifetime we will have peace in the world, especially the Middle East, and that people do not have to live in fear. �WE�VE FALLEN AND WE CAN�T GET UP� Padres 58-86 .403 Brewers 62-83 .428 Reds 62-83 .428 Mets 62-83 .428 Giants 7 Padres 1 Fonzie, Jose Cruz Jr. and Ray Durham lead the attack for the Giants to give the Pod�s a 3 game lead in this pennant race. One of Swarmy Steve Phillips better moves was not re-signing Fonz. It looks like his back troubles took some of his power from him, although he has been hitting well as of late. Fonz�s replacement Ty Wigginton has put up similar numbers to Alfonzo�s. Wiggy has hit at a .260/.321/.409 with 10 HR and 66 RBI. Not great numbers but hopefully it�s a season he can build on. Fonz is hitting .256/.325/.357 9 HR 65 RBI and considering he is hitting behind Barry Bonds, those are pretty poor digits. Astros 3 Brewers 1 Jeroime Robertson gets the win over the Sons of Selig, who have now lost 6 in a row. The NL Rookie of the Year (as well as the AL MVP more on that at a latter date) award has turned into the California Governors race. Robertson has tossed his New Era in the ring along with Dontrelle Wills, Scott Podsednik, Brandon Webb, Miguel Cabrera, Bo Hart and the Mets troika of Wiggy, Phillips and Reyes. Willis was the front runner before the All Star break and Jose Reyes was coming on fast before he was injured but Webb and Podsedink have become the dark horses in this race that is too close to call. Pirates 3 Reds 2 Todd Van Poppel pitched like I thought he could when I was hoarding his rookie cards. Van Poppel went 6 solid innings giving up 6 hits 1run 9K�s and zero walks. Marlins 7 Mets 3 Artie from Flushing was on yesterday after the game with Francesca and Russo in his weekly spot. Artie is the kind of guy of whom they say he wouldn�t say shit, if he had a mouthful. He gives such stock answers and really gives the fans no insight at all. When he was asked by Russo about the pitching of Weathers over the last couple of weeks, Russo said, �Weathers has been awful�. Artie replied, � He�s doing the best he can� to which I screamed at the radio �Maybe if you were not so inept as a manager and used this guy like he was former Dodger pitcher Mike Marshall, he wouldn�t be burned out� Why not give Weathers and Stanton the rest of the season off. How about going with Wheeler, Feliciano(for lefties), Jason Anderson and Grant Roberts as closers? What could happen? Either we find out that these guys can do the job or they can�t. This would take Artie having to look at the big picture, something he is incapable to do. I�ve banged the gong for Raul Gonzalez during the time he was called up from Norfolk I thought if given a chance he could but some of his pluses like high OBA to good use with the Mets. After yesterday though, I think Raul should not see the light of the lineup again this season. In the 5th inning yesterday, Juan Encarnacion hit a ball down the RF line that Gonzalez became a spectator on. He let the ball drop fair for a double and 2 runs scored. When you�re a career bush leaguer, it�s imperative to you to bust your ass each and every time you take the field. After the inning, Artie should have taken Gonzalez out of the game. But, of course that�s asking Artie to have some onions, which we all know he lacks. As for Raul, I hope you enjoyed your stay in the bigs, see you in the Atlantic League. �CAN�T ANYBODY HERE PLAY THIS GAME� PENNANT RACE �62 Mets 35-110 .241 �03 Tigers 37-107 .257 Yankees 15 Tigers 5 7 Tiggers pitchers combined to throw 181 batting practice pitches to the Yanks. Where is the 10 run mercy rule when you need it? The Tiggs have now lost 5 straight. Next on the Yanks list is the Tampa Bay D-Rays. It�s great to be a Yankee! Braves 5 Mets 2 I�m guessing this was a make up game, since it was only a one game series at the Polo Grounds. Bob Miller pick up the W and Tony Cloninger took the L <

Wednesday, September 10, 2003


�WE�VE FALLEN AND WE CAN�T GET UP� PENNANT RACE Padres 58-85 .406 Reds 62-82 .431 Brewers 62-82 .431 Mets 62-82 .431 Giants 8 Padres 3 Giants HR�s did the Pod�s in last night and miraculously Barry Bonds was not in on the HR parade even though he has hit 39 homers at the Muprh, more than any other visiting park. Bonds did have 2 singles and 3 walks as he gets the mantle ready for an unprecedented 6th MVP award and 3rd in a row. The Pod�s now have a slim 3 game lead for worst record n the NL. Astros 7 Brewers 6 Lance Berkman doubled home the go ahead runs with 2 outs in the top of the 8th inning. Before that Jose Vizcaino hit a 3 run dingger to tie the game as the Brewskis have now lost 5 straight and have secured their 11th consecutive losing season. Way to go Used Car Salesman, you must be very proud. Reds 10 Pirates 6 For the first time in 7 games at Linder Welfare Park the Red Legs beat the Pirates. The Linder�s Losers used their 119th starting lineup last night as Russ Branyan and Willy Mo Pena hit HR�s. Marlins 3 Mets 1 I want to kill the bullpen today because, well frankly it SUCKS! But so does the offense too. Memo to The Duke and Jr.Skill Sets: Please get a reliever who can strike out someone. Also add to shopping list, someone for the top of the order to get on base to add to Reyes. The Mets bullpen has a unbelievable record of 9-27 the worst W-L pct. in baseball. Only the Tribe with 28 losses have blown more games. And now for the bad news, the two bullpen killers Stanton and Weather have such bad contracts, it will near to impossible to move them. Weathers has one year left on his deal at $3.6 mil and Stanton�s contract is even worse(Thank You Swarmy Steve Phillips). Stanton is owed $3mil in �04 and $4mil in �05 plus to make matters worse he has a no trade clause in his contract. HHHHHAAGGGGG!!! �CAN�T ANYBODY HERE PLAY THIS GAME� PENNANT RACE �62 Mets 35-109 .243 �03 Tigers 37-106 .259 Yankees 4 Tigers 2 Top prospect(in the NFL that is)Drew Henson was rumbling, bumbling and stumbling around 3rd base to score and break a 2-2 tie. Colt .45�s 7 Mets 7 One of two games that ended in a tie for the Amazin�s. Neither game was replayed so the Mets finished the season by playing 160 games. Road to Mediocrity Mets 62-82 .431 By losing last night the Road to Mediocrity has become a dead end. <


�WE�VE FALLEN AND WE CAN�T GET UP� PENNANT RACE Padres 58-85 .406 Reds 62-82 .431 Brewers 62-82 .431 Mets 62-82 .431 Giants 8 Padres 3 Giants HR�s did the Pod�s in last night and miraculously Barry Bonds was not in on the HR parade even though he has hit 39 homers at the Muprh, more than any other visiting park. Bonds did have 2 singles and 3 walks as he gets the mantle ready for an unprecedented 6th MVP award and 3rd in a row. The Pod�s now have a slim 3 game lead for worst record n the NL. Astros 7 Brewers 6 Lance Berkman doubled home the go ahead runs with 2 outs in the top of the 8th inning. Before that Jose Vizcaino hit a 3 run dingger to tie the game as the Brewskis have now lost 5 straight and have secured their 11th consecutive losing season. Way to go Used Car Salesman, you must be very proud. Reds 10 Pirates 6 For the first time in 7 games at Linder Welfare Park the Red Legs beat the Pirates. The Linder�s Losers used their 119th starting lineup last night as Russ Branyan and Willy Mo Pena hit HR�s. Marlins 3 Mets 1 I want to kill the bullpen today because, well frankly it SUCKS! But so does the offense too. Memo to The Duke and Jr.Skill Sets: Please get a reliever who can strike out someone. Also add to shopping list, someone for the top of the order to get on base to add to Reyes. The Mets bullpen has a unbelievable record of 9-27 the worst W-L pct. in baseball. Only the Tribe with 28 losses have blown more games. And now for the bad news, the two bullpen killers Stanton and Weather have such bad contracts, it will near to impossible to move them. Weathers has one year left on his deal at $3.6 mil and Stanton�s contract is even worse(Thank You Swarmy Steve Phillips). Stanton is owed $3mil in �04 and $4mil in �05 plus to make matters worse he has a no trade clause in his contract. HHHHHAAGGGGG!!! �CAN�T ANYBODY HERE PLAY THIS GAME� PENNANT RACE �62 Mets 35-109 .243 �03 Tigers 37-106 .259 Yankees 4 Tigers 2 Top prospect(in the NFL that is)Drew Henson was rumbling, bumbling and stumbling around 3rd base to score and break a 2-2 tie. Colt .45�s 7 Mets 7 One of two games that ended in a tie for the Amazin�s. Neither game was replayed so the Mets finished the season by playing 160 games. Road to Mediocrity Mets 62-82 .431 By losing last night the Road to Mediocrity has become a dead end. <


�WE�VE FALLEN AND WE CAN�T GET UP� PENNANT RACE Padres 58-85 .406 Reds 62-82 .431 Brewers 62-82 .431 Mets 62-82 .431 Giants 8 Padres 3 Giants HR�s did the Pod�s in last night and miraculously Barry Bonds was not in on the HR parade even though he has hit 39 homers at the Muprh, more than any other visiting park. Bonds did have 2 singles and 3 walks as he gets the mantle ready for an unprecedented 6th MVP award and 3rd in a row. The Pod�s now have a slim 3 game lead for worst record n the NL. Astros 7 Brewers 6 Lance Berkman doubled home the go ahead runs with 2 outs in the top of the 8th inning. Before that Jose Vizcaino hit a 3 run dingger to tie the game as the Brewskis have now lost 5 straight and have secured their 11th consecutive losing season. Way to go Used Car Salesman, you must be very proud. Reds 10 Pirates 6 For the first time in 7 games at Linder Welfare Park the Red Legs beat the Pirates. Linder�s Losers used their 119th starting lineup last night as Russ Branyan and Willy Mo Pena hit HR�s. Marlins 3 Mets 1 I want to kill the bullpen today because, well frankly it SUCKS! But so does the offense too. Memo to The Duke and Jr.Skill Sets: Please get a reliever who can strike out someone. Also add to shopping list, someone for the top of the order to get on base to add to Reyes. The Mets bullpen has a unbelievable record of 9-27 the worst W-L pct. in baseball. Only the Tribe with 28 losses have blown more games. And now for the bad news, the two bullpen killers Stanton and Weathers have such bad contracts, it will near to impossible to move them. Weathers has one year left on his deal at $3.6 mil and Stanton�s contract is even worse(Thank You Swarmy Steve Phillips). Stanton is owed $3mil in �04 and $4mil in �05 plus to make matters worse he has a no trade clause in his contract. HHHHHAAGGGGG!!! �CAN�T ANYBODY HERE PLAY THIS GAME� PENNANT RACE �62 Mets 35-109 .243 �03 Tigers 37-106 .259 Yankees 4 Tigers 2 Top prospect(in the NFL that is)Drew Henson was rumbling, bumbling and stumbling around 3rd base to score and break a 2-2 tie. Colt .45�s 7 Mets 7 One of two games that ended in a tie for the Amazin�s. Neither game was replayed so the Mets finished the season by playing 160 games. Road to Mediocrity Mets 62-82 .431 By losing last night the Road to Mediocrity has become a dead end. <