Mets Happenings – Around The Bases

An article by posted on March 6, 2009

I recently read an article over at Dugout Central, and the topic was who should throw out the first pitch at the new Mets and Yankees stadiums.

They came up with some solid choices including Tom Seaver pitching to Mike Piazza, Jack Fisher and a combination of Davey Johnson and a Gil Hodges sibling. I have my own preference on who I’d like to see.

Dwight Gooden pitching to Gary Carter – It’s time to heal the rift between the Mets and Dwight Gooden. Mets fans saved one of their loudest ovations of the Shea Finale for Doc Gooden who is still adored in this city. Of course Gary Carter should catch the still lethal Doctor K heater. Both were a big part of that magical 1986 season and it would be nice to open the new park by stirring some of those Amazin’ feelings.

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I’ve recently discovered a few great Mets blogs since joining Twitter last month. I was a little reluctant to join Twitter at first, but after much prodding I went ahead and took the plunge. I must say that I now find it very addicting and it has led me to some other passionate Mets fans I never knew were out there.

Check out this one site I came across called On The Black, where Kerel Cooper gives his take on the Mets via his cool video blogs. He just posted a couple of video blogs today on the WBC which includes his predictions, and you’ll also see his Over/Under predictions for the Mets in a variety of different statistical categories which I found to be refreshingly (yes, it’s a word) unique. I hope he’s wrong on his Under 14 wins for Pelfrey…

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I’m a little bit discouraged at the slow start of some of our starters, not so much Johan Santana who I believe will be just fine, but mostly John Maine and Mike Pelfrey who have struggled in their first two starts.

I know it’s still early and I shouldn’t worry, but when they start saying some disparaging remarks about themselves, I can’t help but be concerned.

The battle for the number five spot has been nothing to write home about either. It looks like nobody is willing to fight for the job and looks more like an “I don’t want it, you take it” situation.

Two days ago, one of our bloggers Russell Zanca penned a good case for signing Pedro Martinez. I’m starting to lean in that direction…

I’ve spent a great deal of the off season arguing against bringing back Pedro Martinez for a second tour of duty. I was pretty firm on how I felt about Pedro, and saw no wiggle room that would allow me to embrace his return. Until now.

Call it an extreme case of the jitters, but as we get closer to Opening Day and until I see at least one dominating stint from one of our projected starters, my feelings toward Pedro have taken a complete 180, and I’m ready to take a second look. I read somewhere that he was only asking for $5 million guaranteed and by all accounts he is looking and feeling great. Shouldn’t we at least explore that possibility? I’ll leave you with that thought.

Have a great weekend Mets fans!

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I'm a lifelong Mets fan who loves writing and talking about the Amazins' 24/7. From the Miracle in 1969 to the magic of 1986, and even the near misses in '73 and '00, I've experienced it all - the highs and the lows. I started Mets Merized Online in 2005 to feed my addiction and interact with other passionate Met fans like you. Follow me on Twitter @metsmerized.

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