Michael Branda

Michael Branda grew up a Mets fan watching the mid 1980's teams and his favorite Met of all-time is (and was) Wally Backman. When it comes to sabermetrics versus old school thinking, he's in the middle and believes adopting new ways to get answers is helpful, especially when the old way has not produced results.

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Realizing It’s Time To Rebuild

An article by posted on April 16, 2011 0 Comments

I’m not really a negative fan, at least I’d like to think so. I never booed Oliver Perez or Luis Castillo, and I never called for Omar’s firing. I don’t think I’m smarter than the people who run a professional baseball team, and I try to recognize there’s always more to a story than we […]

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Mental Toughness Starts On The Road

An article by posted on March 29, 2011 0 Comments

In New York, there’s popular opinion and there’s the correct opinion. When you look at the Mets from afar, there is one opinion that seems to overtake all others, even though it’s not true. The opinion we’ve all heard is that the dimensions of Citi Field in some way halt the Mets from winning at […]

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Culture Change At Citi Field

An article by posted on March 6, 2011 0 Comments

I know what you’re going to say, “you’re alive!” It’s been quite a while since my last post here. As some may or may not know, my life changed dramatically right before the New Year with the birth of our daughter. So pair that with the fact this is the busiest time of year for […]

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Being Critical Is Easy To Do, When It’s All You Want To Do.

An article by posted on December 29, 2010 0 Comments

I think there has to come a time when the critics of our new front office executives need to relax. I’m trying to think back at a time when I can remember such hostility towards newly hired executives who are hired to clean up a mess over the long-term.  Are there really Mets fans out […]

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No Apologies. Just My Philosophy.

An article by posted on December 14, 2010 0 Comments

I’ve been called a Mets apologist here lately. I don’t really understand that to be honest. What am I apologizing for? Giving a newly hired GM more than 3 months and 0 games played before I judge him? Guilty as Charged I guess. But, while being called an apologist I’ve been accused of just negating […]

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Alderson’s Greatest Acquisition This Off-Season

An article by posted on December 13, 2010 0 Comments

Last night as I was getting ready for bed, I flipped on the television to find Poker on ESPN2. My first thought was, if ESPN gave Hockey as much airtime as they give poker players, Sidney Crosby would be on everybody’s fathead Christmas wish list!  Before I flipped to the Eagles/Cowboys game (okay yes, I […]

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Mets Rule V Draft. Another 2B Candidate?

An article by posted on December 9, 2010 0 Comments

What some Mets fans are going to have to start realizing is the simple fact that there is more to running a baseball organization than just offering up boat loads of money to free agents over 30 years old. That’s where we as a fan base are stuck. We see the Yankees do it, and […]

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An Undervalued Reliever?

An article by posted on December 5, 2010 0 Comments

I think everybody here realizes that the Mets primary objective at the Winter Meetings is, and should be to acquire bullpen help. Sure, they need to get themselves a starter or two that can help keep them afloat in 2011, but they do have some players in the minor leagues that could be given a […]

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Everybody Wake Up!

An article by posted on December 3, 2010 0 Comments

I’m a big Dave Matthews Band fan, to me, they are the band that will live forever just like The Beatles are the band that lives forever for my father. I can turn on any song, at any time, and be in peace. There’s a lyric that comes to mind when I try and describe […]

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Why Not Wally.

An article by posted on November 21, 2010 0 Comments

The last two weeks or so have been some of the worst I’ve experienced as a Mets fan. I can deal with the 2007 and 2008 collapse. I can deal with Generation K being Generation 0. I can even deal with losing the World Series to the Yankees and losing Game 7 of the NLCS […]

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Taking a Leap Of Faith for Hurdle; Not Backman

An article by posted on November 2, 2010 0 Comments

From the beginning, I feel like I’ve been the person here who tells everybody to take a deep breath. Whether it be the fans who want Zack Greinke, or Cliff Lee, whether it be the saber-cats, or the saber-haters, or the Bobby V supports, or even yes, my favorite Mets player of all-time, Wally Backman.  […]

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