7/18/2005 07:58:00 PM
�WE�VE GOT THE TEAM WORK TO MAKE THE DREAM
WORK..LET�S GO...LET�S GO METS�
Remember that one from 1986? I �ve got a lot to
rant about as my head is flooded with Mets stuff.
So in no particular order or reason here we go.
I hate them but its not Highlander hate. Its hate
in a �I hate that the Mets are not run like the
Braves� kind of way. After every Braves ass
kicking of the Mets I�d just sit and wonder what
would have happened if say Whitey Herzog was named
the Mets GM back in the late 60� early 70�s? Would
there have been a Mets Way? You know like how the
Cardinals under George Sisler running the minors
established the Cardinals Way of playing. Sound
fundamental baseball both offensively and
defensively. Then there was the Dodger Way. Where
speed was the key to the way the Dodgers played.
Of course under Earl Weaver and Cal Ripken Sr.
there is the famous Oriole Way. Defense, pitching
and the three run homer were staples of the Birds.
Now we have the Braves Way and after this weekend
I was drifting off again.
Under John Schuerholtz, and the Braves minor
league staff (Damn you Jet Blue for having Direct
TV I�m so behind in my book reading I brought the
book Scouts Honor by Bill Shanks with me on
vacation and never opened it. I spent the morning
going down to Florida watching SportsCenter and
Mike and Mike in the Morning then going home I
watched half of the Highlanders-Old Towne Team
tilt last Thursday night.)have established a
benchmark for excellence.
The Braves dip down to their AAA Richmond team and
bring up Kelly Johnson, Jeff Francoeur, Andy
Marte, Brian McCann, Kyle Davies etc.etc. and they
are young,ready and fundamentally sound and step
into the lineup and the Braves do not miss a beat
as they are ready to reclaim first place in the NL
East. When the Mets reach down to Norfolk they
come up with Ice Williams, Brain Daubach, and Jose
Offerman, over the hill players who are extremely
limited in skills. Somehow I don�t think the Mets
Way will be copied by too many other teams.
I�m still in Randolph�s corner but I do admit he
makes it tougher and tougher to stick up for him.
He finally got off his stubborn ways by sitting
Yeshhhi and he has moved David Wright up in the
order (not high enough though)but his in game
management is very confusing to say the least. His
handling of the bullpen still has no rhyme or
reason ( We know Roberto Hernandez pitches the 8th
and Loopey gets the 9th but can anyone tell me who
gets the 7th? who�s the long man?) but I�m not
going to be like some folks and call for his head,
instead I�m asking what the is Sandy Alomar Sr.�s
job? He�s supposed to be the �old head� bench
coach to help out Randolph with some of the more
stratigact manuvers he has to make so how many
times are the moves that leave us scratching our
heads Alomar whispering into Willie�s ear? Just
I hope Omar still has the receipt.
I must say I was surprised by the promotion of
Milledge to Binghamton by the Mets. Last year
Milledge was great for Cap City in low A then
struggled a bit with St. Lucie in High A. Coming
back form an injured wrist we played well hitting
aver .300 and stealing 18 bases but I just wonder
if he�s ready for AA as he�s only 20? Hey, I�ve
never seen him play and from what I�ve read he
looks as if he will be a solid major leaguer I
just hope the Mets don�t rush this kid and give
him time to work on plate discipline (something
this organization does not work on in the minors
then when players like Jose Reyes come up,
everyone�s shocked he does not take many
pitches)and learn the game.
Give Rosalita Leiter Esq. credit he pitched his
ass of last night against the Old Town Team and
gave the Highlanders a shot in the arm they
needed. If Rosalita would have gotten tattooed,
the Highlanders may not have gotten over it. As it
is, let�s look at this rationally. The Fish GAVE
the Highlander $2.4mil to take Leiter off their
hands. He was awful in South Beach and the Bronx
Robber Baron thinks Barrister Al is going to put
out like he did last night for the rest of the
season then he�s as clueless as Freddie Ferrer.
Another start like last night and Rosalita will
take over the clubhouse juke box.
We will see Alay Soler before we see Kaz Matsui in
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