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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Nobody Here Can Play This Game

Jerry's Kids Snatch Defeat from Jaws of Victory; Sean Green Demands Trade When Prevented From Blowing Game Himself
I just got back from tonight's game. There are two ways to see this game, one that some are calling the most embarrassing performance in Mets history.

1. the Mets disrespect the very game of baseball

The highlights:
First inning, Tatis can't throw home from 15 feet away. And it could be added that Ramon Castro never saw a plate he blocked, unless you count Thanksgiving. Score one for the Dodgers.

Ramon Martinez, apparently the 3d or 4th best SS in the entire Met system (a cause for tears in itself) makes like 14 errors. At one point, he tries to catch a grounder between his breasts.

Sean (aka DFA) Green, frustrated that he can't seem to blow the game from the mound, decides he'll throw the ball into right field in the 9th. His efforts are foiled, for the time being, by Luis Castillo.

The artist formerly known as "Concusso," Ryan Church, who shall henceforth be known around here as Unbelievably F*cking Stupid Church (UFSC), missed third. Angel Pagan, who did everything he could to win this game except dress up as a Dodger, sneak into the LA dugout and cap Joe Torre, lofted a beauty into the centerfield gap to finally give the Mets a chance to win this accursed game. Then UFSC took the go-ahead run and he sh*t it out his ass. He previously almost got himself picked off of first for good measure. He likes it in Jerry's doghouse and wants to stay there. You can hear Vin Scully actually chuckle evilly if you watch the replay, because it was unfucking believable. Church's new level of persona non grata-tude raises an excellent trade opportunity: Lastings Milledge for Ryan Church, straight up.

Bottom of 11th, Stokes of course walks the lead off batter, like they teach you to. Beltran runs into Pagan who has called for and is trying to catch a routine fly ball, putting Mark Loretta on third with no outs. The bases load up, Crazy Jerry pulls the goalie (bringing in Beltran to stand by second so he has 5 infielders), the plan works... the Mets get a pop up and a easy grounder. But Jeremy Reed can't throw home and Jeremy Reed can't throw home. He can't throw home. He can't throw home. You can't go home again. Mets lose.

2. The game where Crazy Jerry Pulled the Goalie

Here's a picture, courtesy of ashamed Metsfan Keyser, of the five man infield defense Jerry threw out there in the 11th. If they had to lose, at least it was an innovative loss.

Even zombies Metsfans' heads exploded last night

This is a kind of season-defining loss. It's not that the Mets should have won. They certainly weren't sending their best players out there tonight. But the serial ineptitude, clusterfucked management, and players who refuse to get their heads in the game are the mark of the 2009 team. After the game, there was plenty of room under the bus. The beautiful way Jerry and Beltran have supported their teammates makes me wonder if this game won't drive the whole damn team apart.

Let's not forget Omar in all this. Bad news is everywhere. This team is in shambles. Carlos Delgado is, as ANYONE WITH A QUARTER OF A BRAIN KNEW, is old, broken and will likely have a harder time coming back from hip surgery than A-Rod, who took six weeks, did. How Omar could have thought he was the answer at first, or come anywhere near last season's production is beyond me. Jose Reyes is in rough shape and we should be worried, especially with his history of leg injuries. Alex Cora, the guy that Omar signed up at a hefty price to back up Reyes will be considering surgery on Friday that might keep him out two months.

If Jerry wants to be a gangsta, he needs to sit these gagstas down tonight to watch, as long as he is able to field a team. Green needs to sit, Church needs to sit (Jerry won't mind that), Beltran needs to sit, Reed needs to sit. Watch this game from the pressbox.

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  • At 2:19 PM, Anonymous jdon said…

    I have no problem with Beltran calling out his teammate. I qas happy to hear how mad he was. In Baseball 101, the CF is king. He is supremem Emperor to a AAA guy like Pagan, who will be back in the minors in short order. Especially when you have a 17 million dollar OF who got his cranium cracked a few years ago by another overstepping former CF. There is no room for that kind of stuff. Beltran said he called it 5 or 6 times. I thought what Jerry said about Church was despicable. Church has obviously not recovered from his concussions. Maybe he never had a brain in the first place. But Jerry refers to one of his players as "the guy"? He does not go out to argue in a close game? I am getting tired of Jerry. The Mets are an embarassment, whether they are tied for first or not. All this talk about fundamentals in ST. He must be teaching incorrect fundamentals. I know Reed's throw sucked, but Castro did not even have his foot on the plate. And earlier he was in front of the plate on a throw home. He is a lazy, stupid piece of shit. Justly hated by Jerry. but Jerry is playing musical chairs with the OF and it has to stop. We also need a real first baseman. But Omar will sit for a month while the team plays .500 baseball before doing something, and Delgado will be back a mmonth later to muddy up the waters. By September we will be about 6 games out.

  • At 2:58 PM, Blogger I.M. Forme said…

    I hear you. But on an earlier play Beltran and Pagan had what looked like a miscommunication, one where Beltran looked like he ran in front of Pagan. Beltran needs to emphatically communicate these things not just during the play but he has to get the point across to new guy somehow, in the clubhouse, on the bus, getting his chest waxed, somewhere.

    Castro is horrible--his positioning looks sub-Mike Piazza. I don't know how one can expect to make a play at the plate if one is nowhere near the third base line. The runners normally don't come from first base, Ramon.

    Flushing burns, but meanwhile I fiddle, pointing out that I warned about Delgado, never saw the hype about Church.

    Hopefully all these injuries and misfortunes won't be used as excuses to suck even more.

  • At 3:25 PM, Anonymous cver said…

    I can quite understand having been there for that beyond extremely frustrating loss that you are quite chagrined. I also understand that maybe when the Mets were on a roll, there wasn't so much to make fun of. But, c'mon - the team was winning a ton of games and there were no posts on here. OK about that, although I missed it, but they lose two pathetic games and the criticism is as if they had lost the last 15 games. If all the criticism that I just have read is true, at least be patient and let them lose, before letting them have it. I've seen some good starting pitching of late and Wright and Beltran have been on fire offensively and Sheffield and some of the others lower in the order have done well, too. The injuries and the effects of them are starting to rear their very ugly head. I am not in the clubhouse to know whether Church earns being in the doghouse. I do think that it's a fine line there. To let players off the hook is not always the best thing and to call them out can also be either a positive or a negative. Supposedly, there are certain players who respond and others who don't. Anyway, sounds like you all had a jolly good time at the Dodgers beautifully preserved ballpark (the last one left from that era now). This team can be made stronger from this or self-destruct from it. I'm hoping for the former. Have fun the rest of the week! Nice to see the pictures, even though I don't know who is who.

  • At 3:42 PM, Blogger I.M. Forme said…

    Well the reason I didn't post had noting to do with my grumpy pants, it is because I was finishing and defending my phd thesis on the human rights of squirrels and other fuzzy tailed woodland creatures. So take that back!!

    Patience when facing a sneering mob of drunken, fair weather dodgers fans and their taunts has nothing to do with it: i got the hell out of there!

    Also, first place, like the bases loaded, is the last situation we want Omar's mets to be in!

    Be wary.

    I'll take some more pictures tonight.

  • At 4:00 PM, Anonymous cver said…

    OK, I take it back. I thought you might be busy. How is the thesis going? Hey, I do understand that it is tougher to find humor in success, although I seem to remember that even in the wins, there were many flaws. So, things got surly in Dodgertown, eh. Very true about first place. So, if that is the case, maybe us sucking the last couple of nights was a blessing. Winning 11 of 13, I was getting a slight concern that complacency would set in again. Have a great time with our other buddy Mr. Keyser. Is that one of your kids in the photos? Is your thesis about the environment?

  • At 4:16 PM, Blogger I.M. Forme said…

    A thesis is like alcoholism, it never really goes away. It's not about the environment, but I know you'll appreciate my attempts at anonymity!

    I have to go pick up Keyser in the MetMobile now!

    Keep reading!

  • At 4:47 PM, Anonymous cver said…

    Of course, I appreciate it and everything you do - have fun!

  • At 5:19 PM, Anonymous Keyser said…

    Yesterday's game was the Mets equivalent of the Joe Pisarcik game. Too bad the front office won't be cleaned out like the football Giants did back then.

    I heard Mike and his fat gut's opening monologue today. Im probably alone in this, but I think he is dead wrong. Torre was completely off base arguing the call at home in which Pagan slid into home. He was obviously safe, I don't believe even Vic "the Brick" Jacobs (the biggest LA homer in the world, heard on local radio in the early afternoon) would have called him out. What's the point in arguing except to declare "Im an a$$, and the next time I get mad at a call, you'll know I'm full of it then too." You argue calls that are genuinely close, not ones that are so obviously right that you just look like an idiot.

    Jerry was right not to argue just to have "Church's back" He missed 3rd base, everyone knew it except Church, even Razor knew it. Church deserved no backing on that one. Why argue? "Uh, hey ump, I know my guy is a complete moron for missing 3rd base, but we traded Lastings Milledge for him, we had to take Brian Schneider with him, and we're paying him several million dollars, so shouldn't that be worth overlooking a little Marvelous Marv Throneberry -like baserunning"?

  • At 5:22 PM, Anonymous jdon said…

    In a locker room full of waterbug outfielders I am sure it is very well known that Beltran rules. He did say he had it 5 or 6 times. And the fact that he got so mad was encouraging. I think Beltran thought Pagan knew the rules and behaved like an idiot. Church is Church. Hearing him talk makes me think he is dumb. He is the guy who asked the Nats team padre if Jews went to heaven. Castro is crap. Jerry is crap. Your comments on Delgado are right on. I think he is a bad guy who sets a lazy, lackadaisical example. I do not care if he comes back. But they have to get somebody. The mets are in FIRST PLACE and I am saying this. Because this is all window dressing, and some pretty ugly shit at that. These wins count as wins, but they are not wins. The Braves stink. The Pirates stink. And the Giants lineup is a joke. Same as it ever was. I have seen the future and it does not work.

  • At 5:28 PM, Anonymous jdon said…

    I think Jerry should argue, K-. Bobby Cox argues about everything and his players love him. And if you watch a game these umps rarely look at the runners as the spin around the bases. They may check on tag-ups but most of the time they are looking at the ball too. It is like the state trooper who gives me a ticket for doing 70 and lets some guy going 85 go because he has a chicken salad sandwich in his mouth. A BS call in a big spot. But even accepting the call, jerry has to stick up for Church a little. The other guys on the team would like to see it. Especially after the way Manuel has trashed him all year.

  • At 10:02 AM, Anonymous cver said…

    Oh, IMFM and Keyser, so sorry that you had to go through that last night - another excrutiating experience, to be sure. Good ol' Murph in the first inning showed some serious carryover from the night before and then, the Mets teased us with the prospects that they might win, but it was not to be. It's a bit of a blur to me. You guys must be a bit shell-shocked and I assume are going back for more tonight - good luck!!!

  • At 11:18 AM, Anonymous Keyser said…

    We'll be there, 112 strong tonight, in the field level right next to the Mets bullpen.

  • At 3:54 PM, Anonymous jdon said…

    God bless you guys.

  • At 5:39 PM, Anonymous cver said…

    Wow - 112 - you really have a big club - that's great! LET'S GO METS!!!

  • At 11:49 PM, Blogger Jaap said…

    I'm terribly disappointed you haven't joined the growing tide of twittering twitterers to provide us with live minute-by-minute updates whilst at the game. For shame. :)

    Damn, I'm jealous of anyone getting to see a game in person.

  • At 9:18 PM, Anonymous jdon said…

    By "in person", I trust you mean as in you are in person at the game. You cannot mean the mets in person, because they are pods,

  • At 12:39 AM, Blogger I.M. Forme said…

    perhaps you heard us on the telecast? we put more energy into the game than the actual mets did.


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