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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Mets Survive Attacks of Furloughed Nats While Phils Phade Pheebly

The Mets defeated the Nationals 13-10 tonight, scoring two touchdowns but missing an extra point. The Mets offense had to punt repeatedly but the Gnats were never able to establish good field positon. Neither team's defense against the (home)run was very impressive, but in the end, the Mets were able to wind down the clock and earn the sweep victory while the Phading Phils took it in the pooper from the Fightin' Fish.

On the Mets' mound, some tired chickens were coming home to roost when Big Pelf looked Big Spent and even Brian was Stoking the fire. Some other guy came in for a bit and gave up pivotal runs by walking and letting longballs launch, but I don't remember much about him and don't expect to see him again soon if Jerry wants to win that manager of the year thing folks have started talking about.

Then, in the 7th, the Gnats suddenly decided to start playing soccer. Mr. Lastings Milledge was just a mess in the field. It might have been too early to retire his number as a Met, but that didn't keep LMilz from playing so deep in centerfield that he could have pulled down the number if asked, as Ron Darling noted.

The middle of the Mets lineup is starting to look, well, amazin.' Wright (4 for 4, 3 RBI) and Beltran (3 for 5, 2 RBI) finally helped ease Carlos Delgado's burden, though he still came through at big moments, the big lug. Tatis wants to play too (3 for 3, 2RBI). And, footloose and symptom free, Brian Church seems to have got to the park on time, just in time to provide a sorely needed bat.

The Gnats want very badly to spoil the Mets' season. They also want very badly to rob liquor stores and hotwire cars, but you can't have everything. Elijah "Batshit" Dukes might take shits bigger than Cody Ross, but both players now have the luxury of tasting Big Pelf leather. Of course Dukes didn't want to wait to actually get hit to get so far out of emotional control that the chUmps felt they had to warn both benches for no reason whatsoever. Enablers. Dukes made a gesture at his crotch after he scored that inning, then left the field like a pro-wrestler in the 9th after making an out. According to the report in the Washington Post, Lastings apparently isn't figuring out that he needs to hang with the right crowd:

Said Lastings Milledge: "Don't make [Dukes] out to be a bad guy. The guy loves the game. He plays the game hard. I don't think he did anything wrong."

Wrong Lasto. Dukes is a bad guy. He's been arrested at least 6 times that we know about. He is not the kind of people your parents imagined you with when they spent their lives following you around in a trailer home. If you can't develop your own judgement, at least let the Nationals team of handlers instruct you. Here is what you should have said:

"He's an emotional player, but I don't know if there's really a place for that in this kind of game," teammate Ryan Zimmerman said.

[how badly must Zimmerman want out of that place now?]

As he locked Dukes back up in his "travel cage" for the trip home, Manny Acta didn't seem much for setting his player straight, as much as making excuses for what on any other club would be grounds for discipline :

"I think he had a very good game; he hit a home run and a double," Acta added. "Everybody knows he has worked very hard this year and the Nationals have worked very hard with him to work with his temper, and he's been great the whole season. It's unfortunate what happened tonight, but he's human."

This might be why you're the manager of a team of misfits Manny, that and maybe the fact that you have no idea how to position your outfield.


Heyman weighs in on Mets Closer, Off-season plans

John Heyman, for what its worth, has some analysis of the Mets future particularly its pitching strategy. How quickly the Mets have gone from feast to famine, losing Maine, Wagner, and (effective) Pedro to injury, injury, and convalescence respectively. Now the entire major league pitching roster needs retooling this off-season, which isn't necessarily a big surprise since the shitpen has never been far from our minds. But I hope Omar can be more holistic in his approach this offseason--not letting the big ticket item blot out the sun-- as I do think the team could use another run producer at left field or second base, because as much as we want to welcome Carlos MVP Delgado back into the fold, at some point next year he will be Carlost again, and this team shouldn't have to wander in the desert so much before winning the NL East--there is enough talent there to best the Phils and take this division more or less comfortably. And Daniel Murphy, A. Reyes, and maybe even Nick Evans are the makings of a younger, more energetic bench that needs to be de-Marlon Andersoned with all haste.


Aaron Heilman Filling his Suddenly Open Schedule with Committeework

Not someone I really want to talk about, but there's no way this item can pass without comment. I guess the parking spot committee was already filled:

Aaron Heilman is one of two MLB players - Kansas City's John Buck is the other - on the committee looking into the dangers posed by broken bats. Heilman said the issue is more complex than simply banning a certain type of wood. The group is studying how the bats are manufactured and such criteria as grain, dryness and shape. As an example, Heilman said it's possible that maple itself isn't a problem - just that inferior maple perhaps is being used because the prime material is steered to such things as table legs. (From Rubin's column in the Daily News).

I think Aaron needs to get himself involved in figuring out a different danger: why it is that batters, upon the delivery of a rawhide covered ball from some pitchers, are able to hammer that ball with their wooden bats repeatedly, sometimes even sending it out of the baseball park, even though the ball deliverer has sat on his ass for 6 or 7 innings and is at full, rested strength. Is there a committee for that?

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  • At 5:45 AM, Blogger Rickey Henderson said…

    Holy fuck that's some dynamite alliteration! Rickey salutes you!

  • At 8:00 AM, Blogger katherine said…

    Since we won the game, I will be magnanimous, and defend Elijah Dukes. How come everybody loves Josh Hamilton and hates Elijah? I prefer to think Elijah is trying to reform himself and generally doing a pretty good job. He didn't ACTUALLY do anything harmful last night. And Mike P, despite being so innocent looking, certainly seems to be in the middle of a lot of incidents like this. First at bat, Elijah hits a homer. Second at bat - brushed back with a pitch. Coincidence??? Doubtful. Mike's pitches were so bad last night, possibly he MEANT to hit him and just missed. So we shouldn't be so surprised when Elijah takes offense.

    And I am glad Manny and Lastings stuck up for Elijah.

  • At 10:29 AM, Blogger Itsmetsforme said…

    try it Ricky, its phun!

    So Katherine, regarding your valiant defense of Kooky Dukes: you think Big Pelf is hitting these guys on purpose? Hmmm well then I don't think he's picking them very well, in terms of the possibility of charging the mound. Cody Ross, who has in all likelihood been gored in the ass by a charging bull before, might be a big baby head, but he could probably take a few punches. And Dukes, well, notice how he keeps the bat in his hands during altercations? No I don't think it was intentional, especially considering the situation it happened in. But back in the day, you hit a homerun, your next at bat could get you some attention; now since no one comes inside anymore, I wonder if any of these players even know about that anymore? And as for your first question, that's easy: Josh Hamilton is a white god-loving former criminal--they're the best!! (keed I keed!).

  • At 1:29 PM, Blogger katherine said…

    well, my question about Elijah vs Josh was largely rhetorical, and the presumed answer was the one you gave, of course.

    I was furious with Elijah, earlier in the year, over the "softball girls" chanting incident, but somehow, trash talking and crotch-chopping gestures really don't bother me so much, though possibly if we had lost the game I'd be all vengeful about it.

    And maybe, the whole thing makes me sad because it reminds me a little of Doc and Darryl, and all their travails.

  • At 3:33 PM, Blogger Itsmetsforme said…

    And it was funny that neither Ron or Mex could seem to recall the travails of Straw when asked about whether they remember playing with any bad apples like Dukes; Understandable if Mex doesn't remember Darryl socking him at a team photo shoot in 1989, but cmon Ron, you're the smart one!

  • At 10:50 PM, Anonymous cver said…

    An interesting observation about the "oversight" by the 86 Alumni in the booth.

    Heilman is a great guy with very large swings in emotions that are shown quite elastically in his facial expressions. Once again, the Mets have a reliever who had an injury, but kept running him out there. They kept it a secret, like they did with Looper and later with Scho last season. Keeping the injury quiet, I'm sure is meant to "fool" the opposition, but the less merciful "Met fans" aren't as kind. They have booed the shit out of each of the aforementioned to their faces and ridiculed them on talk radio and on blogs, such as we have on here. But each time, the true "culprits" were Mets management, who let these talents wallow in the goat roles, when rest, rehab and temporary replacement were the proper course of action. Could you imagine if we had let Pedro pitch through an injury for a season, instead of surgery? OK, we did that a little, but it was mostly acknowledged, except in some incidents, that he "wasn't himself". Meanwhile, Loop has put up identical 12-12 seasons in 07 and 08 (so far - that's at least 24 wins in two years), while Scho has improved. I expect Heilman to leave for at most a bag of balls and Dave Duncan to turn him into a double-digit win starter on the Redbirds (you heard it here first). At this point, it's nearly fine by me. In the words of the immmortal Henny Youngman, "Take My Poopyface - Please!".

  • At 5:17 AM, Blogger springsandra said…

    You crack me up... I literally sent some milk through my nose while I was reading your entry during my lucky charms breakfast this morning.

    I still like Aaron. I still have faith in him. I have no idea why. A cop I work with told me his brother's friends with him and that he's as nice a guy as I thought. Nice doesn't win baseball games, but I still like him. Whatever. :)

    Miss you guys... sorry I've been so MIA... I keep going to the games, though. And buying pins. I'm obsessed with pins bought at Shea. I don't know what's wrong with me.

  • At 5:44 AM, Blogger katherine said…

    cver - if it is true that Aaron has been injured all season and that they refused to rest him, despite one calamitous outing after another, then the sanity, not just the wisdom, of the Mets management comes into question. But Aaron and his home run bombs have been a problem for three seasons now. Mightn't this just be an after-the-fact excuse?

    And IMFM, I think Ron and Keith would strenuously argue that Darryl was not an Elijah Dukes-type bad apple. Because they had the opportunity to know Darryl as a person, you know?

  • At 10:35 AM, Blogger Itsmetsforme said…

    Hi Spring! I used to love Lucky Charms when i was a kid. Genius cereal. In fact that's probably why doctors will tell me i have diabetes in a few years. I tried to send away for the union pins but they're only available to NY PA residents.

    I think Heilman probably is a nice guy. But his poopyface must be replaced. My reaction to the fact that JMan is floating the story that he "went Looper" on us this season? Similar to Katherine's--why is the management copping to this sort of incompetence and what does it tell us about his longterm suckiness? Someone in the media mentioned that JMan was using it to massage Aaron off of the post season roster. Good enough for me.

    And Cver, its almost as if the Mets think they are running a stable of pro wrestlers, letting these guys wallow in goat roles before trying the big switch later--he was a hero, playing hurt--before shipping their useless husks to the Cardinals.

    My comparison with Straw was made when I realized that Dukes has yet to try to punch out a teammate as far as I know--although he did hit one with a water cup the other night. Straw's attitude was reportedly very selfish and did not help team unity.

    F*** Jamie Moyer. That guy is possessed. Its more painful when you realize that he's what the Mets thought they were getting when they signed Toothless Tom Gl*vine. How can big league hitters NOT pound on this guy?

  • At 4:35 PM, Anonymous cvertana said…

    Keep them Lucky Charms up your nose for good luck - something tells me that we'll be needing all the help we can get these next coupla weeks.

  • At 9:13 PM, Anonymous cvertana said…

    It's Niese For Me!


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