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 Posted:   Jul 9, 2013 - 7:05 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

frown [ Once you get HIS e-response, you'll be consummately - and permanently - chagrined to know nothing will e'er be 'well' Ever again, Anz. frown

 Posted:   Jul 9, 2013 - 8:37 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

The Mets of 69 was a strange phenomenon, not just because a team in years past were always landing up in the lower part of the standings, suddenly won it all. Because when you look at their pitching staff it was solid but because players who throughout their career were just average players JERRY GROTE, CLEON JONES, ED KRANEPOOL[EVEN AL WEIS IN THE WORLD SERIES] started to get batting averages they never got before. Everything just seem to go in the right place for the miracle Mets that year . looking back at it now it seems even stranger, like a spiritual awakening.

 Posted:   Jul 13, 2013 - 7:36 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

The All Star break can't come soon enough for me as this has been the most snakebit season of injuries I can ever recall for the Yankees. Jeter was rushed back too soon and is likely headed back to the DL joining Granderson and Texieiera in the category of not able to come back after long rehabs.

I wouldn't be annoyed quite as much if only Boston hadn't engineered the most incredible turnaround possible!

Meantime, the Mets are hosting their first ASG since 1964 and no matter what some cynics say about the All Star Game not meaning what it used to, it's always a nice time of renewing tradition for me and I hope it will be just as good a game as the one at Yankee Stadium was five years ago.

 Posted:   Jul 14, 2013 - 8:20 AM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Welcome back Eric.

I hope you continue to post your thoughts here as time allows. I've always appreciated the exchanges from yourself and all the participants that have passed through this thread talking baseball since 2005.

I hope it's a good All Star game as well. As you stated, the last ASG hosted by the Mets was held at the then brand new Shea Stadium in 1964, and it's nice to see the game return to Queens once again all these decades later.

I thought it was a classy move on the part of the Dodgers star pitcher Clayton Kershaw to suggest that the Mets young ace Matt Harvey should start the game for the National League All Stars. Kershaw himself has earned the right to start the game as he's having another great year. For him to publicly push for Harvey being that the game is to be played in New York at CitiField in front of the home fans was a remarkably selfless gesture on his part.

In an age where we have become jaded by the large salaries with egos to match of some of these ball players it's refreshing to see stories like this once in a while.

 Posted:   Jul 14, 2013 - 8:24 AM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)


 Posted:   Jul 15, 2013 - 10:57 AM   
 By:   Donna   (Member)

Hi everyone; hope all is well. I don't get much time to post, as work has been hectic lately.

This year I'm really looking forward to the All Stars game...more so than in previous years.

Hope to follow up on that statement on Wednesday morning!

Make today count!!!

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 9:13 AM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

I think Matt Harvey starting this ASG excites Mets fans because they are starting to see a light at the end of the dark tunnel the organization has been in since 2006. They are not there yet obviously, but when you look at the potential of the young power arms of Harvey and Zack Wheeler, and add in a healthy Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, and a surprising Jeremy Hefner at the back end you are looking potentially at a darn good starting rotation for next year and beyond. Harvey, if he stays healthy is going to be the centerpiece of this rotation for years to come. And don't forget, just around the corner there is highly regarded Noah Syndergaard. Syndergaard is the hard throwing tall kid that Alderson held out for from Toronto (They gave him up kicking and screaming) as a piece in the R.A. Dickey for Travis d'Arnaud trade. He's still a work in progress but there's no denying the talent.

Already there are GM's calling Alderson about the availability of Syndergaard in a trade. Unless Alderson gets bowled over with an outstanding offer he can't refuse (Giancarlo Stanton in a package deal for instance) he'd be wise to keep him and keep stocking up on the young pitching. Niese is probably going to miss the rest of the regular season with a partially torn rotator cuff. They've chosen the rest option without surgery, so he will be a question mark moving forward. As the old saying goes, "You can never have enough pitching". The stockpiling of good young pitching is the huge upside in Alderson's uneven tenure as Mets GM that can't be ignored. You build a solid foundation of good pitching and you add the pieces around it. This offseason is going to be a big barometer for where the team is headed. A lot of money is coming off the books at the conclusion of 2013 and Alderson is going to have to add some much needed offense around the pitching.

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 9:14 AM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 11:44 AM   
 By:   Donna   (Member)


 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 5:32 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Thanks a lot, Matt Harvey, you just ruined the All Star Game for me in the top of the 1st.

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 6:07 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

A fastball that got away from Harvey.

Early reports from the AL training staff are that Cano's knee is fine. I'm sure that pitch pissed off a lot of Yankee fans but it was unintentional. Cano even flashed a wink at Harvey as he left the game letting him know he was okay. The rest of the season is more important than this game, so it was understandable that he was taken out as a precaution.

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 6:23 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Too much with injuries happening to star players only all year long just made that the kind of moment that would have sent every Yankee fan over the edge if Cano had been hurt seriously. Glad to hear he'll be okay for the next start.

Now that the AL is up 1-0, I really hope Rivera gets to save it.

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 6:56 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Perfectly understandable to worry about injuries in a game like this which is an exhibition. Robinson Cano is the one player the Yankees cannot afford to lose if they hope to stay in contention in the second half.

If the American League manages to hold on to the 2-0 lead you can be certain Leyland is planning on using Mariano Rivera at some point later in this game. Still a way to go though.

Hard to believe this will be Rivera's last All Star Game.

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 9:06 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

It would have been more poetically perfect if Rivera had pitched the ninth, but I can't complain with the honors he got. Since no one was a standout elsewhere, that made it easy to give him the MVP more I think as a valedictorian trophy for his career. And considering that while many other relief pitchers won Cy Young Awards and three even won MVP awards (Rollie Fingers, Dennis Eckersley and the most bizarre of the lot, Willie Hernandez), the fact that Rivera, the greatest of them all, never won either, it's more appropriate to give him this honor in a year where I doubt he'll be getting any postseason MVP awards.

The AL was so close to evening things up in the win category in ASG's before the NL went on this three year run. Now it stands at 43 to 39.

 Posted:   Jul 17, 2013 - 4:22 PM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

Good thing there were a bunch of Tigers on the AL squad smile (well ok Torii hit into a DP)

 Posted:   Jul 22, 2013 - 7:21 AM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)


Yes it was. He was so deadpan through the whole thing and that alone made it funny. big grin

I thought I was the only one who thought that Matt Harvey resembles a young Nic Cage. Apparently not.

That TV appearance got a whole lot of play before the All Star Game. Harvey has stirred up some controversy with his statements in a recent article and has posed for some pictures recently that have a lot of Mets fans wishing he'd just tone it down a bit. He mentions future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter as being somebody he looks up to. Jeter has been a single man about town in NY since the mid- 90's but has had his nose to the grindstone on the field all these years and has kept (for the most part) his private life under his cap. It's stayed there. A wise move. If the ex-girlfriends decide to start yakking things to the press that's another matter entirely of course..

Still, Harvey is only 24 years old and is now a star in New York, and he'll have to learn that decisions have consequences and who he can and can not trust when he opens his mouth to the press. Sometimes the less said the better, especially when it's your first full year in the big leagues. The flap didn't seem to bother Harvey at all yesterday.He promptly went right back to business on the mound against the Phillies shutting them out while once again striking out 10.

 Posted:   Jul 22, 2013 - 3:54 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Ryan Braun, 2011 NL MVP, suspended for the rest of the season.

Meantime, the Yankees losing two of three in Boston featuring another poor outing by Sabathia makes it clear they are no playoff caliber team. If I have to accept that, then I want Tampa Bay and Baltimore to both surge past Boston!

 Posted:   Jul 22, 2013 - 8:30 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Braun beat the rap.

And MLB is furious that he got off on a technicality during appeal. They should be.

This fiasco is going to throw the entire testing program into question now.

The dirty sample was triple sealed for security and Braun is trying to shift the focus and bring some sort of "conspiracy" into the picture when he clearly flunked the test big time for using performance enhancing drugs.

The guy who stored the sealed sample in his fridge until it could be shipped somehow has a vendetta against Braun? C'mon.

His lawyers prepped him well the other day when he decided to become the "victim" of his own through the roof dirty steroid test.

Braun's press conference was more an arrogant coached lecture by him than anything else.

I used to like the guy and have said so here in the past, now I have nothing but disdain for him.

He better pray he doesn't have an off year this upcoming season, because as it is he'll probably be booed loudly in every ballpark he plays in this season when he's not in Milwaukee.

The above is what I had to say here about the Ryan Braun situation on Feb 29 2012.

Braun lied to them. He lied to them in 2012 and MLB has wanted to get him badly ever since the day of that press conference where he stood up there and made them all look like fools. Now they've got their man.

 Posted:   Jul 22, 2013 - 9:47 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Well, it was one of those nights for the Mets. And there have been a lot of them this season.

Dillon Gee was pitching a no hitter through the raindrops into the late innings against the Braves. After Gee lost the no-no, LaTroy Hawkins then held it down for Bobby Parnell. Parnell promptly blew the slim Mets lead in the 9th. Only a spectacular diving catch in the gap by Jason Heyward to rob the Mets Justin Turner prevents the Mets from coming back with men on base in their last turn at bat to win it. That catch by Heyward will make every sports highlight show tonight and into tomorrow morning.

The Mets had Braves closer Craig Kimbrel on the ropes (a rare feat) and even he by the look on his face after the ball was caught was astonished that a hobbled Heyward actually caught up with the ball. Kimbrel looked unhinged out there in the rain tonight, and if the Mets were going to beat him in this series tonight was their chance.

Heyward committed to the dive and if the ball got by him the Mets win the ballgame. A game of inches.

Braves win.

 Posted:   Jul 23, 2013 - 11:18 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Any day now, we will hear the news on the fate of Alex Rodriguez. I would prefer to get my thoughts out now before the word comes down because regardless of the specifics of what will come, I know he will never play a game of baseball again. His time is over. And it is the ultimate irony that as we prepare for Rodriguez to exit, the Yankees are on the verge (borne by desperation) of reacquiring Alfonso Soriano, the man they traded for Rodriguez long ago.

That double irony makes this a time for reflection for me, because I am long past the point of feeling any kind of outrage with regard to Rodriguez. He is his own worst enemy who squandered incredible talent and through his bad attitude, inability to fit in and but for 2009, postseason failure, won't leave with the kind of reserve goodwill that San Francisco Giant fans will extend to Barry Bonds. Yankee fans will say good riddance to him and wonder looking back, how but for an ill-advised (and contractually illegal) game of pick-up basketball by Aaron Boone, the hero of the 2003 ALCS, we would have been spared the saga of Rodriguez in a Yankee uniform. If Boone doesn't play that game and void his contract in the process, then Alex Rodriguez becomes a member of the Boston Red Sox, the team that remember *first* traded for him but the trade was voided by the Players Association because the Red Sox were not willing to pick up all the money of the contract and wanted Rodriguez to give back part of his contract (which in fact, he was *willing* to do, but the Union, in their typical fashion, wouldn't stand for that kind of precedent). So that left the Yankees as the only team that could take on Rodriguez, and ONLY because of Aaron Boone's injury did they have a place for him because if they still have Aaron Boone, the hero of the 2003 ALCS still with them and under contract, they don't make that trade. And who knows, maybe there is no nightmare of 2004, where the defining moment that convinced me that the Yankees were dead was when Rodriguez struck out in the 8th inning and failed to drive in a key run that would have put the Yankees up 5-2 and given them a margin for victory. Maybe in effect, Aaron Boone is the one singlehandedly responsible for ending the Curse Of The Bambino (but then again if Mariano Rivera has a typical Rivera inning, they win Game 4!)

This thread is littered with my rants at Rodriguez during the 2006-2007 period when his shortcomings stood out big time, especially his postseason chokes. And they have my praise for him when in 2009, he seemed in the wake of the first steroids revelation, a more humble team player who contributed to what may ultimately be the last great season I will ever experience as a Yankee fan. I will even be honest as to admit that when he hit the 9th inning game tying home run of Game 2 of the ALCS, that was the most exciting moment I ever witnessed in person at a baseball game. Even as I condemn Rodriguez for every lie, every betrayal, every other transgression of his, I won't be dishonest and deny that he earned his ring in 2009 and didn't just steal one like say, Jose Canseco in 2000 or Kenny Rogers in 1996. And Yankee fans will have to admit that collectively, his contributing to one World Series title represents one more World Series title collectively than was ever done by the likes of Dave Winfield, Jason Giambi and even Don Mattingly for that matter. We have to acknowledge the good that was there even as the bad and the ugly ultimately outnumbered the good in the totality of the experience. Certainly if I had to do it over again and if I could have known what was going to come, I never would have made that trade and I would have let Alfonso Soriano prosper as a Yankee great. Which of course is no guarantee of anything in terms of what would have happened post-2003. But at the very least as a Yankee fan, I would be spared of having to see this fall of Alex Rodriguez become intertwined with the story of my team.

But what's done is done. The matter of Alex Rodriguez will soon be closed and like Giamatti said on the day he banned Pete Rose, the game will go on and it will always be bigger than any one individual. Rather than just wallow in further outrage and anger, I just prefer to let him disappear quietly, not expurgate his role in contributing to a championship in 2009, and just move on from it.

My two cents.

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