The Eddie Kranepool Society

Friday, February 03, 2006

METS GET ABREU! No, not Bobby but Michel Abreu. A defector from the Cuban National team, Abreu was to sign with the Red Sox but it seems he is older than he claimed so that turned off the Sawx. Abreu� age was not a deterrent to Omar Minaya as he gave the 31 year old power hitting first baseman a check for $42,500 to join the Mets. YOU ARE LOOKING LIVE AT PORT ST. LONESOME�.. According to Phil (The Angry Old Man) Mushnick, SportsNetNY has reached an agreement with DirecTV. Also in the Post on Page Six, former Met and current man about town Art Shamsky (a very underrated Met by the way) will be �de-nutted� by his ex wife Kim in an up coming book she is writing about their 11 year marriage. Seems everyday wasn�t home run derby at the Shamsky household. SCREW THAT GOUNDHOG, THE BASEBALL ANNUALS ARE HERE, SO SPRING IS AROUND THE CORNER. As I ducked into the newsstand at the Whitehall Ferry Terminal last night to grab a Snapple for the ride home, my eyes lit up at the sight of the Street and Smith and Sporting News 2006 Baseball annuals sitting on the magazine rack. I grab them both and set off for the boat ride home ready to inhale their contents. Of course the first thing I check out is the predictions page. S & S picks the Mets to finish second to the Braves in the NL East and be the NL Wild Card. OK, I can see that, this falls under the heading of �to be the best, you have to beat the best� and until the Mets show they can make short work of the Braves that pick is legit. Hell, even Omar said that during the Mets caravan. But what got me to sit up straight were their predictions of Pedro Martinez for NL Cy Young and (you may want to sit down for this one) Willie Randolph for Manager of the Year! For their World Series pick they have the Angels over the Cardinals. In the Sporting News, they have eight editors making predictions. Of those eight, only two pick the Mets to win the NL East and four pick the Mets to win the Wild Card. Two editors have the Mets winning the NL Pennant and both have them losing to the Cleveland Indians in the World Series. FYI: None of the editors have the Highlanders winning the AL Pennant. Only two have them in the ALCS (both losing to the White Sox) and two others have the Highlanders missing the playoffs altogether (there is one typo that has the White Sox over the Cardinals in the ALCS) (TO POST A COMMENT PLEASE CLICK ON THE TIME OF THIS POSTING) < |