The Eddie Kranepool Society

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

YOU CAN DO ANYTHING BUT LAY OFF OF MY NIKE SHOES The most anticipated arrival of a pair of shoes since Imelda Marcos was Queen of the Philippines will occur today in the Dominican Republic. A specially designed pair of Nike cleats will be fastened to Pedro Martinez feet with a special cushion for his right big toe that hopefully will alleviate the pain in Petey�s toe after delivering a pitch. If all goes well, Petey will be ready, set, go for spring training. The Mets season could depend on this pair of shoes. MIKE PIAZZA THANKS THE PADRES FOR MAKING THIS DAY NECESSARY If it weren�t for the Padres, Mike Piazza season might have began and finished with the World Baseball Championships as a member of Team Italy. If you listen to Piazza, you�d think he had a plethora of job offers come his way: {We just thought this was the best opportunity to contribute,� said Piazza} Mike, it seems it was the ONLY opportunity. Where else were you going? It was Piazza�s agent reaching out to the Highlanders, Blue Jays and Angels not the other way around. The Phillies reached out to Piazza but as a backup to Mike Lieberthal: {�I�ve never been in a situation as a true backup, and at this point in my life I thought (San Diego) was probably a natural fit�} You would think Piazza, a native son of the Philadelphia area, would have jumped at the chance to play at Citizen Bank Ballpark and add to his home run total. In fact I�m shocked he didn�t try to hook up with the Rockies, as he�s always loved hitting at Coors. I�m sure Mike could beat out Yorvit Torrealba for the starting catchers spot. Murray Chass decided to start the spring training watch by killing Billy Beane and �Moneyball�. But the most infuriating part of the column was finding out that Artie �Dead or Alive� Howe will still draw a check from the Mets this season. (TO POST A COMMENT PLEASE CLICK ON THE TIME OF THIS POSTING) < |