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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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September 6th, 2011

Nick Evans has had a great couple of weeks, and his play may have cemented him a spot on the 2012 roster.

In a game that ended 6 hours after it was scheduled to start, the Mets scored 3 runs in the 12th inning and defeated the Marlins 7-4 in front of roughly 85 people at Sun Life Stadium. Nick Evans scorched his 3rd go-ahead RBI hit of the night in that 12th to give the Mets the lead for good, Jose Reyes added a run scoring single, and Lucas Duda walked with the bases loaded for insurance.

Josh Stinson came in to finish the job and did so without a sweat, mowing down the Fish 1-2-3 for his first career Major League save. Stinson made it look easy what Bobby Parnell failed miserably trying to do.

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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 22nd, 2011

As the Mets hit their roughest skid since the opening weeks of the season, they travel to Philadelphia to play a rival team that is cruising into the playoffs. The Phillies have baseball’s best pitching staff, and they have it’s best record as well. Like the Mets, Philly has had injury problems of it’s own, and Jimmy Rollins is the latest star headed for the disabled list. But as they lose one player they seem to be getting another back. Placido Polanco has not played in 2 weeks due to a sports hernia, but he has now been activated from the DL. Despite having some health issues all over the place, the Phils have not skipped a beat, having already clinched a .500 or better season with 81 wins.

One Mets killer has gone down in Jimmy Rollins, but now another returns in Placido Polanco.

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