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Sunday, January 11, 2009

I Need a Chuckle

Ugh. It's ugly out there.  I don't know whether to root against the Eagles because who wants that shit hole to get more glory, or to root for them as any Super Bowl related events would detract from the city of brotherly smug's baseball team. It's gotten so bad the Br*ves are competing with the Mets again, and we could end up with Ollie. How Lowe can we go?

Then the other night (last night?) I innocently switched on the new MLB channel only to find that instead of their usual info-commercial-length ads for the MLB channel, they were actually running content. That content was game 7 against the Cardinals, 9th inning. I watched, just in case it turned out differently. It didn't, and I almost wretched, but I have to say, Endy and the bottom of the order did their job that night.  And if Jose had lashed the ball just a bit more to the right-center gap well...blarg. Watching Uncle Cliffy return to have a word with Willie Wanker (now that we know Floyd said himself he shouldn't have been batting there) before marching up to the plate, down 3-1 with two men on and NO ONE OUT was even worse this time around.  No one still bunted.  Having two men on and no one out with the top of the lineup due up--just like the old miracle Mets for an instant--and then it all came crashing down and it has yet to get better.  Although I saw one redeeming thing I forgot...Beltran did swing at one of the pitches. In my memory, the bat never leaves his shoulder.  Anyhow, it was like watching a family member die. Thanks, MLB. After this week, I needed a pick me up. 

Chuckle #1

Beating a dead horse, perhaps. But. It. never. gets. old. 

Chuckle #2:
I got this from occasional reader and most likely devastated Giants fan Steven O.  He pulled it off the Mets website, of all places.  I have to assume they just reinforced the Hall of Fame's stage and want to test it with a max load.  Or it's the...

 prank ever?  Other than this of course...

hardee har har.

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  • At 4:39 AM, Anonymous jdon said…

    You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din. I would never watch a replay of that. As I recall, Beltran took a fat change on the first pitch, about belt high. Bases loaded and you are spotting their closer a strike. A closer with an unhittable curve. That is why we are choke-a-holics. No rhyme or reason to our approach. Beltran gets apitch he can hit off the scoreboard and his bat rests peacefully on his shoulder. But not to worry....looks like the Braves now have the inside track on Lowe. Way to go, Omar. He is waiting out Ollie so he can get him cheap. Just what we need. Ollie with a long term contract. He already doesn't listen to anybody.

  • At 9:35 AM, Blogger I.M. Forme said…

    Jdon, i don't hear you chuckling. Hmm, try this:

    "tim redding!"

    I have pretty lowe expectations for this season, unlike previous seasons, where they were high. In previous seasons this team woefully underperformed. Ipso facto, maybe they will be good this year. They still need 2 more arms for the rotation, a big bat for left or right field and another arm or two for the bullpen before I'd be remotely optimistic.

  • At 1:20 PM, Anonymous jdon said…

    And a new set of cojones for everyone

  • At 1:24 PM, Anonymous jdon said…

    IMFM--I was going to say that I have no expectations either, but I realized that I do. I expect us to finish third, maybe second. Because the phillies are careless they will blow some leads, they will have their streaks, all the while fully confident, because they believe that in any head to head competition, they can handle us. And you know what? We believe the same thing. They also realize that they do not have to be the ones to beat us. Anyone can when things get right down to the nub.

  • At 2:38 PM, Anonymous cver said…

    We are underperforming in the offseason, that's for sure.

  • At 10:31 PM, Blogger Jaap said…

    oh g'won, cynics. Everyone knows 2009 is the year the Mets finally throw the September Choke Artist label off their backs. Hey, if Hall of Fame chokers like Elway and Peyton Manning can do it, so can the Mets! (what? that's American football and not baseball? Oh. Well, maybe the Mets can't throw off the September Choke Artist label...)
    Any of you prefer to go back to the old days when we had no realistic chance to win the division by the All Star break? Not me. Omar's been active and to date, I don't think he can really be faulted. (until he lets Pedro go to the Marlins of course) -
    I'm going in to Spring Training fulling expecting to regain the NL East title. Why not? I ent afraid of no damned Phillies.

  • At 7:46 AM, Blogger katherine said…

    I agree with Jaap. Cver, what do you mean, underperforming? We got the two best relievers on the market!! C'MON!

    IMFM, if you need a chuckle, try ordering tickets for the World Baseball Classic. (See JJ Putz and David Wright in action!) I went to the website today and there is a neat feature by which when you make your seat order you are shown a picture of the stadium with a little yellow seat demonstrating your location. But the feature does not work very well. The first time it showed my little yellow seat actually outside the stadium, somewhere in Lake Ontario actually. The second time, though I had purchased seats behind the 1st base dugout, the little yellow seat was right on top of the pitcher's mound. Maybe I am being offered a spot in the starting rotation? Are they that desperate?

    I was happy to see ol' Roger, back in the news yesterday. Grand Jury time. This may stretch out for years, providing much entertainment! And thank you, Baseball Writers of America, for not voting in McGwire to the HOF.

    Lastly, IMFM, though I am usually a sucker for movies about cute dogs, I love the defaced poster!

  • At 10:23 AM, Anonymous jdon said…

    jaap, the issue is not whether YOU are afraid of the phillies. the mets TEAM is afraid of the phillies.

  • At 10:26 AM, Blogger I.M. Forme said…

    i'm not as upset about missing out on Lowe as i am about possibly resigning ollie.

    Huge question marks in the outfield and the rotation is not where i expected to be at this point, forget about upgrading at catcher and second.

    Even with news today of Citi bank apparently being in more trouble or more of the same trouble, I'm for rolling the dice with Sheets and Manny. What do we have to lose?

  • At 2:24 PM, Anonymous cver said…

    I'm sick to my stomach about not getting Lowe and letting the BR*VES have him. You never know what will happen in the future granted, but the guy has been stable and healthy up until now and could have anchored down our #2 spot for the next 3 or 4 years conceivably. Now we will be guaranteed for whatever small fortune the Mets spend a huge question mark and a lot more tummy aches! Let's put it this way, if we could somehow get to the playoffs again in the next 3 years, would you rather see Santana, Perez, Maine and Pelfrey as your top 4 or have Lowe in the Perez slot? Lowe has been more reliable and I don't think the Mets have had a good offseason. Getting two solid relievers was something they HAD to do - OK - check! But, pitchers and catchers arrive in Spring Training a month from today and we have not addressed the rotation, 2B, catcher, the outfielder or two that we need, nor the bench or the rest of the bullpen.

  • At 3:22 PM, Anonymous jdon said…

    Let's see--24 mil for a complete waste of human flesh at 2B, but an extra 3 mil per year for a dependable pitcher who wins double digits, does not have a hesitation leg kick or a Laredo, does not walk 7 batters a game and leave 3 and 2/3 innings for the BP 80% of the are right, Omar. Solid decision.

  • At 4:48 PM, Anonymous jdon said…

    IMFM--as you can plainly see---I have morphed into a "nattering nabob of negativism."

  • At 9:41 PM, Anonymous Steven O said…

    Yep, still haven't wrapped my head around the Giants losing to the Eagles. Five trips inside the Eagles 30 = 9 points. Ugh!

    Suffice to say, seeing a picture of Mo Vaughn in a Mets uniform and the words "Hall of Fame" didn't help.

  • At 10:28 AM, Blogger I.M. Forme said…

    Hi Steve.

    Look gang, Omar has a month to pull something out of his ass or hat depending on the way you see it. Fixing this team is so easy.

    With the money saved on inaugural patch design:

    1. Sign Ben Sheets to short, incentive laced deal , give up draft pick, sign another retread for the rotation just in case
    2. Sign Manny to what the market will bear, or get Adam Dunn
    3.Find a catcher to "back up" and hopefully depose B-Schneid by midseason.
    4. For shits and giggles, you could waive Castillo and sign Hudson if you liked.
    5. Find another bat for bench (someone who can play first?) and a reliever or two (a lefty?)
    6.Welcome Jdon and cver back into fold.

    Spend a mere 40 mil or so, and problems solved!


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