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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Subway Sign Gimme Game Makes Johan a Winner<span class=

What exactly are they serving in the umpires' review lounge at Citi? Whatever it is, the Mets seem to be winning all the calls no matter how dubious. The umps must be getting donuts and massages in there, but at least it explains why it takes so damn long for them to return to the field. The Mets have come out on top so far, but it won't be long before the calls start going the other way. The long delays and reliance on bad inconclusive network camera angles are not indicative of a long term solution.
Did this guy design Citifield?

This game finally gave me something to get angry about. It dawned upon me: CitiField is dumb. The signs (and other stupid design flaws masquerading as "quirks") make it difficult or impossible for the umpires to judge home runs. How stupid is that? The SNY broadcasters have an obstructed view seat. How foolish can you get?? The bull pen looks like a concentration camp. The few championship banners they have are hung somewhere in the bowels of the park. Some of these things can be changed I guess, but you have to wonder over the numb nuts that purposefully designed this. I think Mets fans should call upon Jared and Subway to demand the contrast of their advertisement be changed to something conducive to baseball.
Adam Dunn, pictured above, can't believe his eyes when he gets a meatball from Johan and sends it over the bridge.

After Adam Dunn crushed Johan's pitch into the freakin bridge, I wasn't the only one who spent the rest of the game literally cowering in fear of Dunn's next at-bat with runners on base. Though he was retired successfully by Pedreadful late in the game, I scratched my hair out wondering why this guy wasn't worth Omar's time this winter. Meanwhile, it seems only Gary Sheffield among Mets can hit non-review home runs anymore.


This bad omen has started to turn out in the club's favor. The positional starters on this club certainly seem cursed, and are logging Alou-ian time on the DL. But it won't be long before fans start noticing that these guys, the replaceMets, play a much more entertaining brand of baseball than the $140 million Met Zeppelin Omar put together on purpose. Small ball? You got it. Dramatic (hits that are called) homeruns? Oh yeah. Are they gonna bounce some playable balls off their heads occasionally? Sure. But Omir, Daniel, Angel, Fernandos, Ramon and HEAD, with a little help from their friends David, Luis and Gary, have got my attention. They may not run out pop ups either, but I never get the sense that these new guys are bored. Why the hell not?



  • At 12:35 PM, Anonymous cvertana said…

    Great insights here all around, particularly about the "quirks" of Citifield and the nice play by the Replacemets! I also echo the sentiments earlier about the insanity of trading Parnell, especially for the player-to-be-DLed-later Nick Johnson. It was a breakthrough that we were able to sweep a 3 game series from a downtrodden team. I sure hope that Johan will be able to get some good rest and bounce back from the "overuse".

  • At 1:09 PM, Blogger I.M. Forme said…

    Player to be DL-ed later. Yes.

    Could Omar really even consider trading Parnell? If for Johnson, that would strain even my ability to criticize him. If for Peavy...

  • At 4:58 PM, Anonymous Keyser said…

    Fernando Martinez did something inexcusable. It is certainly an indictment of him, the major league coaching staff, and the minor league staffs as well. However, one person in particular needs to be singled out.

    What the heck was Luis Alicea doing when FMart was daydreaming at home plate? Why wasn't he running down the line, screaming at FMart to start running? First base coach doesnt exactly have a lot of responsibilities. Is it too much to ask Luis to pay attention to what the runner that he is supposed to be coaching is doing and to act accordingly?

  • At 7:05 PM, Blogger I.M. Forme said…

    hey keyser if it were up to me, the first base coach would be tossing bats out of the way at home plate after the play passed him by.
    as it is, as far as I can see they understand their jobs thusly:

    1) draw a pay check
    2) make sure fly is up
    3) avoid batted balls

  • At 8:24 PM, Anonymous jdon said…

    IMFM---you left out: hold the shin protector for hitters, Hold the batting gloves for runners. Take pizza deliveries for runners. Say "Freeze on a line drive". Yell "Back!!!!" It is a demanding position.

  • At 8:55 PM, Blogger katherine said…

    WHOA, IMFM! What's with the sexy photos? Ooooohhhh, the sight of those doughnuts drives me insane.

    And what was with Johan last night? I hope he's not brewing some terrible injury from all the overuse last season

  • At 9:49 PM, Blogger I.M. Forme said…

    at my age, the donuts are far more titilating.

    i had this concept that the umps must be sitting in a lounge with drinks, hot chicks and donuts. Note to citizens: don't google "hot chicks and donuts."

    Keeping all those gloves and protectors must be quite a challenge for those guys.

    i wasn't going to bring it up but yes, could Santana be nursing something (other than a grudge at his offense/defense)? He did pitch the last complete game last year with a broken leg or something.

  • At 3:02 AM, Anonymous jdon said…

    IMFM---he hit 94 according to the TV. I just wish he used his slider a little more. All those changeups bore me. So many lefties don't throw their slider to righties. Steve Carlton made a career of throwing that thing.

  • At 7:28 PM, Anonymous cvertana said…

    I think Santana is fine and I'm not gonna make a big deal out of Martinez's gaffe. Seems like a good kid who is obviously nervous and goofed and won't make that mistake again - and if he does, then it is time to fine him. Yes, you are correct that Alicea should be yelling to him, but remember that he isn't supposed to step out of his coaching box (so definitely can't pick up those bats around home plate). I think that Santana was tired from throwing all those pitches the game before - not concerned about him, but of course, it's like dating that lovely lady in that photo, us having a healthy Santana seems, especially with Met luck, like it's too good to be true. And yes, I too would like to hear more about why Mr. Metsblog thinks that Castro was a bad clubhouse presence. I defintely, as I think you read, was more in favor of trading the Mendoza-like Schneider.

  • At 10:17 AM, Anonymous Dan said…

    so its pics of a girl in just a jersey for hte guys, and donuts for the girls?

    won't that make it harder to find girls who can fit into the jersey?

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