Joe D

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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Spring Update: Pelfrey Rediscovers Sinker, Don’t Count Out Izzy, Beltran News

An article by posted on February 22, 2011 0 Comments

//   Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger, says right-hander Mike Pelfrey is trying to rediscover his sinker (two-seam fastball) which he abandoned last season. He still produced a groundball 47.8 percent of the time. Pelfrey said that he thought the split-finger fastball Dan Warthen taught him in 2009 caught people off guard early last year and helped account for his […]

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Terry Collins Is Wally Backman?

An article by posted on February 22, 2011 0 Comments
Terry Collins Is Wally Backman?

So here I am reading up on Monday’s happenings at Mets Camp, when I come across some comments David Wright made about todays first full team workout and about Terry Collins specifically. Immediately, a sense of deja vu came over me… I know I’ve read this comment before and I knew it wasn’t that long ago either. Two things were very […]

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Spring Update: Actions Not Words, Tejada Rakes, F-Mart Temporarily Healthy Again

An article by posted on February 21, 2011 0 Comments
Spring Update: Actions Not Words, Tejada Rakes, F-Mart Temporarily Healthy Again

Happy Presidents Day! Lets get started… Terry Collins told reporters that he does not plan to use Carlos Beltran during the first week of Grapefruit League play, which starts Saturday. He did however mention that he was impressed with how Beltran looked hitting from the right side of the plate this morning. Jason Bay was impressed […]

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The National Pastime: A Philatelic History – Part 1

An article by posted on February 21, 2011 0 Comments
The National Pastime: A Philatelic History – Part 1

The United States Postal Service has recognized our National Pastime on many occasions over the past 72 years. In 1939, the USPS issued the very first baseball stamp to commemorate the first 100 years of the game, and since then they have continued to produce commemorative baseball stamps through 2010. As a child growing up, I collected stamps for a few […]

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Tsujimoto Has A Live Arm

An article by posted on February 20, 2011 0 Comments

While researching RHP Kent Tsujimoto, who the Mets signed to a minor league deal today, I came across some interesting facts to pass along. According to NPB Tracker, Tsujimoto made history a few years ago, when at age 15, he became the youngest player ever drafted in NPB history. Last season, while playing for the independent […]

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Favorite Rites Of Spring: Casey At The Bat

An article by posted on February 20, 2011 0 Comments
Favorite Rites Of Spring: Casey At The Bat

One of my favorite Rites of Spring has always been a hearty re-reading of this great baseball classic that dates back over a hundred years ago. Enjoy. Casey At The Bat By Ernest Lawrence Thayer, San Francisco Examiner – June 3, 1888 The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Mudville nine that day; The score stood four to two […]

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Spring Update: Castillo Arrives, Paulino Doesn’t, RIP Uncle Leo

An article by posted on February 20, 2011 0 Comments
Spring Update: Castillo Arrives, Paulino Doesn’t, RIP Uncle Leo

Luis Castillo arrived at Digital Domain Park in Port St. Lucie this morning and immediately met with manager Terry Collins. Castillo told Collins that there was a medical issue in his family that prevented him from arriving earlier. On Friday and again on Saturday, Collins commented that he would have preferred that Castillo arrived earlier, but today said if he […]

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Carlos Beltran: This Is About The Team

An article by posted on February 19, 2011 0 Comments

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York posted a full transcript of Carlos Beltran who met with reporters and fielded many questions on a variety of topics including his knee, playing centerfield, and the Mets in general. Here is part of the transcript. How did the meeting go and what was communicated? Well, I told them […]

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Are You Rooting For Ollie?

An article by posted on February 19, 2011 0 Comments

It must be really hard to be Oliver Perez these days. It’s no secret that the majority of the fanbase would have preferred that Perez had been released long before the reporting date for pitchers and catchers, and I bet after seeing the atrocious numbers Perez put up at Winter Ball, the thought may have crossed the […]

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Big Pelf Signs Autographs After Throwing A Bullpen Session

An article by posted on February 19, 2011 0 Comments

Our friends at TC Palm have posted a few cool videos from Mets camp at Port St. Lucie. This one here shows Pelfrey having a bullpen session and then signing autographs for fans who were gathered to watch him pitch. Check out all the spring videos on TC Palm’s YouTube Channel.

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