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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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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Spring Update: Benches Clearing Brawl, Ollie’s Change, Collins Means Business

An article by posted on February 19, 2011 0 Comments
Spring Update: Benches Clearing Brawl, Ollie’s Change, Collins Means Business

I’m not going to include updates on ANY Wilpon/Madoff stuff in these Spring Updates going forward. !00% Baseball. The word is that Oliver Perez has unveiled a new changeup that he has been working on all winter long. Not only was minor league catcher Mike Nickeas very impressed, but so was Terry Collins. For Perez […]

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Taylor Buchholz Has Nasty Stuff

An article by posted on February 18, 2011 0 Comments
Taylor Buchholz Has Nasty Stuff

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Jose Reyes has faced right-hander Taylor Buchholz seven times in their careers. He’s 0-for-6 with a walk and two strikeouts. Reyes had this to say about facing Buchholz, “He’s got an unbelievable curveball,” Reyes said. “His breaking pitch was unbelievable. I don’t know how fast he throws now, […]

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Angel Pagan: If Carlos Beltran Is Healthy, He’s The Centerfielder

An article by posted on February 18, 2011 0 Comments
Angel Pagan: If Carlos Beltran Is Healthy, He’s The Centerfielder

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, posted comments Angel Pagan made this morning regarding the ongoing debate of who should start in centerfield. “I was talking to Carlos Delgado this offseason. I told him, ‘It doesn’t matter to me. Sometimes people see this as a competition, as a rivalry. This is not a rivalry. This is […]

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Spring Update: Ike and Homeruns, Beato, Ollie, Johan

An article by posted on February 18, 2011 0 Comments

It was a busy day at Port St. Lucie as more players arrived to camp including Johan Santana and Jose Reyes who both spoke to reporters and also appeared on WFAN. You can hear both clips over at the Real Dirty Mets Blog. Sandy Alderson told reporters that he hopes Johan Santana can rejoin the team by June or July, and […]

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