MMO Hits & Misses: Kid Patches Are Sweet, Buns Of Steel, Forever Young?

An article by posted on March 1, 2012

Good morning, everyone. Who’s ready for a Mets baseball game on Monday? ;-)

Free agent pitcher Chris Young reportedly wants a major league deal, which makes it highly unlikely he’ll be joining the Mets this season no matter how interested Sandy Alderson is on bringing the right-hander back. Young dazzled in his very brief tenure with the Mets last season which lasted all of 24 innings, but lets get real here… He wants a guaranteed major league contract? With his medical rap sheet that stretches from here to the Mississippi? Gimme a break, dude…

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I loved this quote by Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen about Jason Varitek announcing his retirement today.  ”Good players retire. Horse(bleep) players get released … I got released.”

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I read today that Dillon Gee did Pilates during the offseason at the recommendation of now-departed Chris Capuano to try to get into better shape for a long season. Andy McCullough says that Jason Bay and Scott Hairston also do it. I wonder if any Mets did “Buns Of Steel” or “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” back in the day? I bet Roger McDowell did…

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Check out this photo courtesy of MetsBlog of the Gary Carter “Kid 8″ uniform patch being worn by all players today and for the duration of the 2012 season. That’s pretty awesome! Also very appropriate to have a Kid patch with the Mets expected to have the youngest starting 25 in the league. I think “Kid” will be smiling down upon the 2012 Mets this season… LGM

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Mets players felt the pinch yesterday as the first round of HGH testing got underway according to David Lennon of Newsday. I know this is the right thing to do, but I have a feeling there will be plenty of surprise positive test results coming out in the next two weeks. And thanks to Ryan Braun, every single one of them will be disputed, maligned and alleged they were tampered with. 2012 is going to be a tough year for sample collectors. You should have listened to your fathers and gone to Law School instead.

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I just wanted to commend Pete Shapiro (Petey Pete) and Nick Pugliese for doing a bang up job covering the Mets minor leagues, prospects, and the upcoming MLB Draft. It’s some of the finest coverage you will read and both of them go through great lengths to be as concise and accurate as possible when reporting. Also a big thank you to Stephen Hanks (Tom Terrific) for helping MMO out of a big jam in the last two days, and Clayton Collier for his efforts as well. Thanks, guys!

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Finally, I’m off to the VA Hospital for another surgery. I won’t be around for a few days, but I know our talented team of writers will keep all of you entertained with their keen insights and passionate opinions. I’ll have a few posts that I previously wrote scheduled for posting, but I won’t be around to answer any questions in the comments. Hey, Friday’s almost here… Go have yourselves an Amazin’ Weekend!

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