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April 24th, 2012

The lasting image of Jose Reyes as a Met- sliding head first into third base.

It’s amazing/ridiculous how every little piece of minutia in the sports world gets analyzed backwards, forwards, sideways, and slantways, and longways, and backways, and any other ways that you can think of. The Internet is a wonderful tool for sports fans to not only instantly learn what’s going on in a constant state of breaking news, but also to voice their own opinions for the whole world to see. But in a growing number of cases, these opinions and conversations simply outweigh the gravity of the issues. We analyze every little detail until all the fun has been sucked out of the events themselves. Will Jose Reyes get booed or cheered when he returns to New York? Will he only be cheered in his first at-bat, or in every at-bat? What if he gets a hit? Do you like the idea of a video tribute? Does it take away from the event? Should Reyes tip his cap to the fans? If he doesn’t, should you boo?

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April 23rd, 2012

The Mets and Giants are scheduled to make up Sunday’s wash out with a single-admission double header Monday starting at 4:10pm. The new rule in 2012 allows for teams to expand their roster to 26 for double-dips, and it appears the Mets are still deciding. Jordany Valdespin and Jeremy Hefner are both in Flushing and both in uniform, but it has not yet been announced which one will get the official call-up.

Valdespin opened some eyes in Spring Training, and is off to a nice start in Triple-A Buffalo with 2 home runs and 7 RBI. The middle infielder is one of the top position players in the Mets farm system, and it would definitely be intriguing to watch him play. But let’s remember- this is a roster expansion for 24 hours only, and it is specifically meant to give the team an extra body to handle the rigors of two games in one day. Because of that, the call up HAS to go to pitcher Jeremy Hefner.

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April 10th, 2012

Things could not have started better for the 2012 Mets.

The Mets have won by shutout, they have won by hitting the long ball, they have scored runs in bunches, flirted with a no-hitter, and have come back from a three-run deficit to win in walk-off fashion in the 9th inning. Add it all up and the Amazins are one more victory shy of tying their best ever start to a season (1985, 5-0).

Still, there is one thing this surprising team of home grown talent has not yet done, and that is win with yours truly in the building. That can all change tonight, as I am heading to Citi Field after work for my first Mets game of 2012.

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April 9th, 2012

The first weekend of the baseball season is in the books, and the Mets are in first place. Sure, it’s only 3 games. And we all know the Amazins will have their struggles this season at some point. But for a franchise that was steeped in more shit this off season than a dog park garbage can, it was as good of a start to 2012 as I could have hoped for.

The Mets did a little bit of everything in their three-game sweep of their nemesis, the Atlanta Braves- quality starting pitching, lights out dominance from the re-tooled bullpen, power in bunches on Saturday afternoon, and timely hitting all around. They even flirted with history when Jon Niese took a no-hitter into the 7th inning on Easter Sunday. Combine the wins with an 0-3 start by the Yankees, and it is one of the rare weekends we have had in the past 5 years when we can walk around New York proud to be Mets fans.

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April 5th, 2012

It’s been an off season filled with negativity and disgust. I, along with all the other Mets fans I know, am angry and bitter. I had no hope from last October through this March. But Opening Day changes everything. The slate is truly wiped clean and every team in the division (except Miami!) is 0-0. It’s a brand new year, and while I have no delusions that 2012 will bring the Mets their first title since 1986 I am hopeful that this will be a turning point for the franchise. Perhaps we can have a season where the club plays hard, exceeds expectations, and… dare I say it… stays healthy? My goal for the Metsies this season is for the team to overachieve, stay in the race late into the Summer, and give me reason to get excited for 2013. It’s a reasonable goal, but after the last 5 seasons it’s difficult to imagine.

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April 4th, 2012

There is a great article in the NY Post today from Mike Vaccaro, who explains how Mets fans realize that even in the most dire times there is always hope with the Amazins. Here is a snippet from the article, where Vaccaro accurately states that the true die-hards know that You Gotta Believe:

“But if you are a Mets fan? If you are a real Mets fan who realizes that you do not swap your devotions in lean times and abandon them in hard times, who will go to Citi Field this year because the thought of not going is anathema, who will follow every game no matter where the roller coaster ride of 162 games brings you?

Then you have a different answer.

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September 27th, 2011

Tonight I made plans with a group of friends to go to one last game at Citi Field this year before the Mets go into their annual hibernation for the cold weather seasons. I have gone to less home games this year (5) than I have since I lived in Atlanta back in 2005, so I was very disappointed when my comrades all bailed on me one by one. They all had legitimate excuses, and I don’t blame anyone for not wanting to pay to see the Mets- we all know they stink. But still, I was itching to see Terry Collins’ troops one more time because… well, because I freakin love the Mets and I am going to miss them until April.

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August 29th, 2011

Hurricane Irene has come and gone, blowing through New York with great force but causing minimal damage. The Mets have had 2 days off due to Mother Nature, but now the skies are clear and the sun is shining. The dust has settled, the waters have receded, and the tree branches have all been cleaned up. Now, it’s time for baseball to resume, and the Mets will do so with a crazy 5-game series against one of their biggest bugaboos, the Florida Marlins. The set begins with a single-admission double header on Monday, and the Marlins don’t leave town until late Thursday night.

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August 25th, 2011

Link: COHERENT MLB RESTRUCTURING

A Flash movie presentation from a Texas college professor that outlines a thoughtful, coherent plan for how the Commissioner of Baseball, MLB owners and players can resolve some of their most confounding issues: (1) realignment; (2) competitive integrity issues such as the big market/small market disparity and the specious dilemma of the designated hitter rule; and (3), how to raise and maintain high fan interest over the course of a 162-game regular season plus, what is currently, a post-season that pushes into cold November.

*****

I invite your comment. If you like it, don’t be bashful about telling your baseball fan friends about it. If you don’t, then, of course, don’t.

The same presentation can be found at this easier-to-recall link: www.tinyurl.com/BaseballOnlyBetter

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August 23rd, 2011

If the Phillies are the bar the Mets must measure themselves against, then right now that bar is about 50 stories high. The 4-time defending division champs, headed for a 5th straight crown, blasted the Mets from a 2nd straight night and when the dust settled they had a punishing 9-4 win.

Jon Niese was terrible, and just like Dillon Gee did in the 1st game he never gave his team a chance. Niese allowed 2 homeruns in the 3rd inning to break a scoreless tie, as Shane Victorino (my least favorite Phillie of them all) hit a solo shot and John Mayberry Jr. outdid him with a 3-run bomb. Philly added a run in the 4th to make it 5-0, and then broke it completely open in the 5th.

A once very good season for Jon Niese has quickly unraveled into a mediocre one.

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