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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Mowed Down by Halliday

They didn't get their ass kicked and Niese kept them in it, but Halliday beat them nonetheless.  The losing streak is now three games.  And it's Lee tomorrow.  Here comes loss number four.

So the Mets are on Fox

I had SNY on and was wondering where game was.  It turns out that Mets/Phillies is on Fox at 1pm.  I thought the FOX games were the 4pm ones today.

Nice diving catch, Jason.

So Much for the Yankee Game

So my wife doesn't want me to go to the Yankee game today.  So I had a choice - either sell the tickets on Stubhub, keep the peace and not get grief about going to more Mets games, or go to the game and catch hell later.  So I wussed out and sold the tickets.  But I also held my wife to letting me go to the Yankee game on June 11th when Jeter may be getting 3,000.  

So I'll catch a doubleheader on TV.  I'll get frustrated at the Mets when Halliday kicks their ass today, then I'll catch the Yankee game on Fox afterwards.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Yankees / Jays

Yes, I'm a Met fan.  Always have been.  Always will be.

But because I'm in New York and I'm also a baseball fan, I'm going to head off to Yankee Stadium tomorrow and check out the game.  I haven't been to the new stadium yet.  Hell, the last time I went to old Yankee Stadium the double play combination was Roy Smalley and Willie Randolph, Steve Balboni was playing first base and John Mayberry was in the lineup.

The weather looks good and it's Kyle Drabek vs. A.J. Burnett.  I'm also flying this one solo, so I'll be able to relax, unwind, and watch the game.

Ahhh.....

Back to the Losing Ways.

I'm being a true Mets fan.  Pessimism.  Optimists see the glass as half full.  Pessimists root for the Mets.  The streak was nice while it lasted.  Sure, it would have been nice to sweep the Nats, but then came Livan Hernandez and his own legal trouble (that goes beyond an investigation into the authenticity of his birth certificate) throwing his Bugs Bunny fastball and the streak went the way of the Dodo.

Then it's off to Philly and reality sinks in.  They can look good facing the Diamondbacks and Washington, but go up against a real team and it's another beatdown.

Suckage, here we come.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

They're Playing Like a Baseball Team

After that BS play at third where Reyes was called out with his hand on the bag, they've shown a lot of fight.  And we have our own version of the Fighting Irish.  Way to go Murph.  Big home run to keep us in the game followed by the big bases clearing double for insurance.  And hats off to Hu to get that big sac fly that not only tied the game, but allowed for Ike to tag from second and get to third, enabling him to score on the infield ground out.

This isn't looking like the same team we saw two weeks ago.  What happened?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Dare We Dream of Five?

Can K-Rod hold the lead?  It's 5-4 in the 9th inning.  If they can pull this off, they'll go from suck to almost mediocre.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Score.

I contacted my guy at the Mets ticket office.  Like I said, I went to the game on Saturday and sat through the rain delay and had a chilly, but good time.  My friend and his daughter, however, missed the game.  So I got a hold of my guy and asked him if there was anything he can do for him.

There is.  We're getting hooked up with 4 tickets for another game this season.

We're looking to go to the Saturday, June 5th game against the Braves.  It's batting helmet day.  The girls should have a good time. I think there's a Mr. Met Dash afterwards on the field.  Now we just have to hope that ESPN doesn't screw up the plans and change that to a night game.  We're not going to keep a couple of 8 year olds up on a school night until after midnight for a ball game.

Just goes to show, it never hurts to ask.  What's the worst that they'll say?  No?

Saturday, April 23, 2011

25,581?

Who is keeping these attendance figures?  No effing way were there 25K+ at the park.  The place was practically empty.  I should know.  I was there.  It was even more empty than the so-called 27K on the 20th.  25,000 people translates to more than half full.  That means every other seat was filled.  That was not the case.  Maybe one out of every 5 seats.  Maybe one out of every 6.  Maybe one out of every 10.  I was sitting in a ghost town of a section.

And the Mets still should have done something for the fans who had tickets to today's game - whether they showed up or not.  You want people at the park.

Jason Bay

It's only three games, but Jason seems to be making a difference.  He came up huge today and he hit a monster opposite field shot that went 425 feet.  He's played well in the field and was a contributor in the other two games.  Is this the start of something to look forward to for the rest of the season?  I hope so.  I also hope I have to eat my words when I've said he may be the next George Foster.

Three in a Row.

The rain stopped and after nearly an hour and a half rain delay, the game was on and there were no further interruptions.  It was an enjoyable game, even though it was a bit chilly.  I'm surprised that the Mets didn't do the same thing for the fans that they did for the Astros game earlier in the week and that they Yankees did twice sofar this year - that is, letting the fans who had tickets for this game attend another one.  From a selfish standpoint, I certainly wouldn't have turned down a freebie game.  I was at the game, caught all nine innings and got my money's worth.  I also live in the city and taking public transportation to and from the game is no big deal for me.  I was meeting a buddy of mine that lives in Jersey at the game and because of the weather, he and his daughter did not not end up coming.  Shlepping in from Jersey, crossing bridges, paying tolls, paying for parking, etc. becomes a factor if the weather looks bad.  If I was on the Jersey side, I probably would have stayed home expecting a rainout and ended up eating the tickets.  My friend obviously wasn't alone from the number of empty seats in the stands.  Even if they didn't allow those who attended the game to (like me) to get tickets for another game, at least let those who didn't attend to exchange them for another game.  It creates goodwill and gets a few more butts in the seats that will spend money at the stadium.  It's not like they're banging down the doors to get in this year.

Rain Rain Go Away?

Right now the weather is holding in Brooklyn, but the skies don't look too great.  Even if the game gets played today, it's going to be a soggy one.

Friday, April 22, 2011

They Held It.

It's a streak.  Now the rain comes.

Do I Dare Speak Too Soon?

The Mets are up 4-1 in the bottom of the 8th.  The bases are loaded.  Even if they don't score any more, dare I say this is a two game winning streak?  Will K-Rod hold the lead?  We shall see...

What's with the obliques?

Now Pagan has pulled an oblique.  What the hell?  I didn't hear of players pulling obliques in Keith Hernandez's day.  Now everyone's pulling them.  Back in the 80s, people didn't even know what an oblique was.

The Rain is Coming

I'm looking at the forecast for tomorrow and it's not looking good.  I have tickets to tomorrow's game and it's looking like rain all day long.  Even if somehow the game miraculously gets played - it looks like it would be miserable conditions to play and watch in.  If it's going to get rained out, hopefully it will be called early before I hop on the 7 train and I'll trade the tickets in for a game in warmer weather.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Wow. A Win.

I didn't catch the game tonight.  But I got home in time to see the final score.  Wow.  They won a game.  It's the exception that proves the rule.

Now here's an interesting question.... If Dillon Gee pitches well again on Saturday, what do the Mets do when Chris Young gets off the DL?  Do you demote the guy who's pitched well?  Capuano just had a good game.  Dickey's not getting dropped.  Neither is Pelf.  Niese hasn't done too well this year, but there's no way to give up on him.  I can't see going to a 6 man rotation.  So Gee's probably going to be the odd man out until someone else gets hurt.

27,000? No way.

The listed attendance for tonight's game was a little over 27,000.  They must be counting ticket sales and not actual butts in the seats.  The row I was in had only one other person in it.  The 4 rows in front of me were empty.  The last 9 or 10 sections of the upper deck in left field were completely empty.  There weren't any sections where more than half of the seats were filled - and those that were even close were few and far between.  27,000?  I think not.  15,000 bodies actually through the gate would be a stretch.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Dead Last

I just got back from tonight's game.  I had a good time.  I got out to the ballpark.  But they suck.  This is a dead last team and they're playing like it.  The crowd was small, but enthusiastic.  But I attribute it more to the large group outing from some city organization that had teenagers all over the place that accounted for the energy there was.

And Cowbell Man was there, as always.

But man, does this team suck.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Balking Bobby and the Astros

Can't even beat the Astros.  Sole possession of last place in the National League.  And how 'bout that Balking Bobby?

My Wife Hates This Name

My wife is giving me a hard time about the name of this blog.  She thinks it's lame and thinks I'm a total geek.  "Who would read this with that name?  Really? You're really going to stick with that name?  I'm trying to save you.  I'm trying to help you.  Do you need help.  Hello?  Let's brainstorm some name.  Let's make you cool.  Like I like the Mets?  How about that?  Can you change it?"

Geez.

Good Job Mets

They're losing, but they actually did something good for the fans tonight.  It's a crappy night out and they've announced that anyone with tickets for tonights game can get tickets for a game in the Pirates series May 30th-June 2nd.  Even if tonight's game was attended.  This is on the heels of the Yankees doing the same thing twice already this month.  It's a nice gesture, however I think they should have offered an exchange for any other value game (which is the same ticket category) this season, subject to availability.  But it's still a nice thing - even if it's one step down from the Yankees (which is no surprise).

Now the weather is looking crappy for tomorrow night as well.  I wonder if the same thing will be offered. I'm going to the game - and I already have tickets to one of the games in the Pirates series.  The weather is looking even more crappy for Saturday against the Diamondbacks - another game I'll be going to.  I sense a weather pattern here.

Yo-ho, yo-ho.  A Pirates life for me.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Seinfeld Hats

The Seinfeld Hats have been revealed.  They're black with a blue NY logo underscored in orange.  The Seinfeld logo is on the back.

Shannon at Mets Police will love it.

Jose Reyes Banner Day

Is taking place on August 5th.  This is after the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline.

Will he even be around for his own promo day?

David Wright is Robin

A lot of people complain about David Wright.  He doesn't come through in the clutch.  He strikes out too much.  He's not the guy to build a team around.  He should be traded.

I don't agree with that one bit.  Keep David.  The Mets need Batman.  David Wright is Robin.  And a damn good one, too.  But Robin alone didn't take down the Joker.  He needed the Caped Crusader.

Madoff, however, made off with the Bat Signal.

Here Come the Astros

It's a battle of the two worst records in the majors.  Winner take... all?  My wife said she actually hopes the Mets start winning, because then I'll stay up later instead of getting ready to crash before 10.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Gee Whiz!!! - Part 2

It was Gee Whiz all right.   The streak is broken.  Keep him in the rotation.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Gee Whiz!!!

4-11.  It's getting late early.  Maybe Dillon can be the guy to break the streak.

Another long night...

Big Pelf is getting pulled.  Beato is coming in.  The Mets are down 4-0 and on the way to another loss.  Yay Mets!!!

4-10

First game of the doubleheader dropped.  Bang up job, boys.  We're now a good winning streak from .500

Young on DL

Crap.  Young's on the DL.  It's not a surprise, but crap anyway.  But hey, we have Pat Misch ready to step in, right?

Crap.

Freddy Garcia

While I'm waiting for the Mets to start in a few hours, I can pop on the Yankee game and see how much I can really annoy my wife today.  Is it just me, or does Freddy Garcia bear a resemblance to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson?

Seinfeld Hats

Seinfeld is sponsoring the hat giveaway on May 7th vs. the Dodgers.  I'm curious to see what the hats are going to look like.  They haven't posted the photos yet on mets.com.  I really liked the old school pom-pom hats they gave away on 9th (which turned out to be the only game worth going to on the homestand).  My eight year old really liked them, too and it certainly came in handy as it was freezing in the park that night.  With a 4-9 start and a doubleheader against the Braves today - by the time May 7th comes around, the Seinfeld hat may be the best thing the team has going.

My Wife Calls Me Rain Man

My wife calls me Rain Man.  She says I sound like the Dustin Hoffman character when I start talking about the Mets or rattling off stats.  I can't help it.  I'm a Mets fan.  It's a disease.  Thank you Dad.

It would be easier being a Yankee fan.  But I'm not.  I'm a Mets fan.

And my wife hates baseball.  This is why I'm working on the girls young.  I'm the lone male in the house and I can't be outnumbered.  It's the survival instinct kicking in.