Mets Merized Online » celebration http://metsmerizedonline.com Tue, 09 Feb 2016 19:46:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.13 Mets To Celebrate 30 Year Anniversary Of 1986 World Series Team http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/mets-to-celebrate-30-year-anniversary-of-1986-world-series-team.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/mets-to-celebrate-30-year-anniversary-of-1986-world-series-team.html/#comments Mon, 04 Jan 2016 18:47:29 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=203523 1986 mets win

The New York Mets today announced a 30th anniversary celebration of the 1986 World Championship team Memorial Day Weekend May 27-29 vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field.

The Mets will commemorate the achievements of one of the most legendary and beloved teams in New York sports history with special promotional giveaways and in-ballpark entertainment. The Mets have invited all players from the 1986 championship team along with Manager Davey Johnson and staff to be a part of the pregame on-field ceremony on Saturday, May 28.

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· 1986 Themed Free Shirt Friday, May 27 – 7:10 p.m.

All Fans in attendance will receive a 1986 World Championship themed t-shirt

· Super Saturday, May 28 – 6:30 p.m. 1986 Champions Pregame On Field Ceremony

6:30 p.m. for a special ceremony recognizing coaches and players from the 1986 World Championship Team

· Family Sunday, May 29 – 8:08 p.m. 1986 Championship Replica Ring Giveaway

The first 15,000 fans in attendance will receive a 1986 World Championship replica ring

“The 1986 Mets made an indelible mark on the baseball and New York sports scene, capturing the hearts of fans like few other teams,” said Mets COO Jeff Wilpon. “This 30th anniversary celebration provides our fans a way to re-connect their excitement to the historic achievements of 1986.”

To relive all the amazin’ memories in addition to seeing the National League Champion Mets postseason rematch vs. the Dodgers, tickets are available now at Mets.com/1986 or (718) 507-TIXX.

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B-Mets Sale Completed, New Owner Pledges To Stay In Binghamton http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/12/b-mets-sale-completed-new-owner-pledges-to-stay-in-binghamton.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/12/b-mets-sale-completed-new-owner-pledges-to-stay-in-binghamton.html/#comments Mon, 28 Dec 2015 21:09:30 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=203228 NYSEG Stadium

Broadcaster Tim Heiman is reporting that Evans Street Baseball Inc., headed by John Hughes, have completed the purchase of the Binghamton Mets from the Binghamton Mets Baseball Club, Inc.

According to Heiman, the new ownership has pledged to keep the team in Binghamton and expand the B-Mets’ experience for families, students, businesses, and the New York Mets.

The Mets Double-A affiliate has been based in Binghamton, New York, for 24 years and have a silver anniversary celebration coming up in 2016.

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Oh What A Night… It Was Late October Back In ’86 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/10/oh-what-a-night-it-was-late-october-back-in-86.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/10/oh-what-a-night-it-was-late-october-back-in-86.html/#comments Sun, 25 Oct 2015 12:49:13 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=197924 bill-buckner

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been 29 years…

I was at home that night watching the game with my family. Me and my dad were the only two that were mentally locked in and loaded – the rest of my family were die-hard Yankee fans. Nobody ever said it would be easy…

Lets not quibble, fast forward to the top of tenth…

After that Dave Henderson home run, I gotta tell ya, my heart sunk to the ground and depression was quickly setting in. The Marty Barrett single to score Wade Boggs made it worse… the Sox were now up by two runs and on the verge of becoming 1986 World Champions… the walls were closing in… they were hammering in the last few nails to the Mets 1986 season.

NBC started showing live footage of the Red Sox clubhouse, where cases of champagne, mountains of ice, and piles of towels were being arranged by team attendants on long tables that were lined around the walls…. Dear God, was this how it was going to end?

I remember getting up and pacing between the kitchen and living room… I remember cursing out Rick Aguilera… My father begged me to come back and sit down. “There’s still a half inning to go,” he said.

My mother was already heading toward the kitchen where she had a fresh batch of espresso brewing… An Italian cheesecake that was originally intended for Sunday dinner the next day, was now perfectly centered on our dining room table next to a half-full bottle of Sambuca… What can I tell you, it was a Sicilian thing… But like any of that was going to make me feel better or something…

After two quick fly-outs by Backman and Hernandez, a feeling of sheer horror began to envelope me… It felt worse than my first viewing of The Exorcist. We were down to our last out in the form of Gary Carter, and that bottle of Sambuca on the dining room table was starting to call out to me.

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Then it happened… Carter did it… A sharp single from The Kid who had no intention of being the “last fucking out”… I think I let out this crazy sounding yelp – it didn’t sound human at all. I remember my father grabbed and clenched my wrist – I was losing blood and oxygen to my fingers – I pulled away – I had to reengage…

“Oh crap!”, I thought as Kevin Mitchell walked up to the plate. It just dawned on me that Darryl Strawberry had been taken out of the game an inning earlier and was replaced by Aguilera during a double switch… %$#@&%$#@ Damn you, Davey Johnson… Our whole season now rests on the shoulder of a rookie who never knew his place…

Ahhhhh… Another single… The tying runs are now on base… I quickly grabbed the remote control and turned the volume up as loud as it could go… Is this really happening???

My nerves are shot… I can’t sit still… I think I’m shaking… Ray Knight is up and we’re not dead yet… This is so improbable… This is so fucking Mets…

OMG, ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME!!!!!

KNIGHT HITS A LOOPER INTO CENTER FOR ANOTHER SINGLE!!!! – CARTER SCORES!!!! – MITCHELL STOPS AT THIRD!!! – I’M LITERALLY FREAKING OUT!!!!

Even my father screamed along with me that time as the run scored and the adrenaline coursed through our veins. With his hands shaking, he attempted to fill two shot glasses for us, but spilled half of our precious Sambuca all over the table in the process. “Don’t worry, there’s a sealed bottle of Asti-Spumante in the fridge”, he said. “If this happens, we’re celebrating tonight!” I had no problem with that…

Oh no… A damn pitching change… Bob Stanley was coming in to replace my new best friend Calvin Schiraldi… This sucks… Dead silence…

There’s just a lot of quiet tension in the room as Stanley takes his warm-up pitches and gets ready to deliver his first pitch… You could literally hear a pin drop… All thoughts are on Mookie… Come on Mookie – You can do it…

IT’S A WILD PITCH!!! MITCHELL SCORES!!! THE GAME IS TIED!!! RAY KNIGHT GOES TO SECOND BASE!!!!

I’m now caught up in one of the most surreal moments of my life. I’m no longer in my living room – I’ve become one with the moment before me. I can hear the crowd at Shea and all the sounds of the game… It sounds so distinctly clear and feels like it’s in slow-motion. I can even pick out the individual voices screaming Mooooo-kie… It was an out of body experience…. Then…

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SCREAMS OF JUBILATION!

It was the most exhilarating feeling I ever had in my life… What happened next was a complete blur… The phone kept ringing… Friends kept calling me just to scream on the phone…. It was wild…

Me and my dad toasted with Asti-Spumante and we each dove into a big wedge of that Italian cheesecake. After that we took off in his 1983 Thunderbird and decided to take our celebration outside where we could hear a loud commotion. It was late, but it felt and sounded like the Fourth of July and New Years Eve rolled into one.

As we cruised the streets of Brooklyn and headed to his favorite bar, all the cars were honking their horns and we saw people shooting off fireworks and mortars as thousands packed the streets in joyous celebration. Pure pandemonium had overtaken the entire city. We still had another game to play, but on this cold October 25th night in 1986, we were all in Heaven. I’ll never forget it…

My dad is no longer with me. He died from cancer eight years later. But this game, this date, this moment, binds me forever to his spirit like no other memory in our lives together. He was my best friend and the Mets were our common denominator.

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Sights and Images: Mets World Series Bound! http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/10/sights-and-images-mets-world-series-bound.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/10/sights-and-images-mets-world-series-bound.html/#comments Thu, 22 Oct 2015 05:35:58 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=197501 david wright

Plenty of Mets Fans on hand for the joyous celebration at Wrigley Field!

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Our friend Joe with one of two excellent graphics that say it all! 

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Somewhere in that pile is Jeurys Familia!

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The Grandy Man Can and Did!

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The Captain let it all out on the field!

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Another great graphic from @GrafixJoker!

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Okay let’s get together for a group shot!

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Jacob deGrom sparking one up for the celebration!

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And what a great looking NLCS MVP Award it is!

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Noah Syndergaard gets drenched is suds!

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Fans Galore to celebrate the team at Wrigley!

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Terry and Murphy admire the NL Presidents Championship Award!

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We Are The Champions! I love the sound of that!

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MMO Fan Shot: Pessimism… Why It Makes Winning Better http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/10/mmo-fan-shot-pessimism-why-it-makes-winning-better.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/10/mmo-fan-shot-pessimism-why-it-makes-winning-better.html/#comments Thu, 15 Oct 2015 17:15:45 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=196167 wright Mets win

An MMO Fan Shot by Brandon Butler

As I write this, I have to be very honest. Heading into the 2015 season, we heard loud and clear once again that “this was going to be the year we go from a rebuilding team to a title contender”. Sandy Alderson reiterated to the media once again that the Mets were going to “win 90 games”. We heard all of that jazz. But hearing that same old stuff copied and remanufactured again brought me absolutely no hope, no optimism, and nothing to really get all hyped up and excited about. And I know I was not alone in that regard.

We heard the same story at the beginning of 2014. The team thought they were going to contend, but we all knew they could not and would not, especially without Matt Harvey. It was the Washington Nationals who took the NL East Division without any sort of fight. And seeing how the Nationals signed Max Scherzer to a massive contract, it seemed as if they would hold the reigns of the National League East Division for years to come because they improved an already great team while the rest of the division continued to look absolutely weak.

But If there is one thing I’ve learned over the last several years, it’s that while you can speculate and predict baseball outcomes on paper, never forget that ultimately it is all settled on the diamond come game day.

To get on a nice roll during the beginning of the season for the Mets was nice. Winning 11 straight games was great to watch. But I still couldn’t believe the Mets were “title contenders” this year. Not by a long shot. Yes, the rotation was young, dominating and exciting, but I felt eventually they would run out of gas and struggle.

By the time July rolled around, I have all but given up on the Mets season. Especially in early July when the Mets were soundly beaten by a very good Chicago Cubs team. It didn’t seem as though the team was ever going to get out of the offensive funk they were in. Even if the rotation was on point and allowed the opposition to score two or less runs, the Mets’ offense squandered one stellar start after another. And if we grabbed a lead and the coughed it up, they couldn’t salvage a comeback.

My pessimism got worse when the Mets blew a 5 run lead against the San Diego Padres in the ninth inning after a lengthy rain soaked affair in stunning fashion. Seeing a large lead blown like that made me extremely worried about playing the pivotal three-game series against the Washington Nationals that began the following day, where a sweep would give us a virtual lock on first-place in the division. If you would have told me the Mets would sweep the Nationals and take over first place and run with the division afterwards, I would have called you crazy, or a complete moron.

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After seeing the Mets acquire Yoenis Cespedes, I thought that one player couldn’t change the overall makeup and confidence level of the team. That was, until we all saw the type of play both at the plate and on the field we saw during the month of August from not just Cespedes, but the entire Mets ball club as well. That is right around where I felt the Mets could maybe, just maybe, steal away a division title that everyone in Major League Baseball thought would belong to the Nationals.

When it came to September, I was like many Mets fans where I was nervous and afraid to watch the team because of what most people called it “The Ghosts of Collapses Past”. I thought that the Mets have struggled greatly with a great team before, and while August was the best month the Mets have had since 2006, I still wasn’t 100% sold that the Mets would hold the lead in the East and steal the division crown. We began to struggle through the middle part of the month and I was freaking out when the lead went from 8 ½ games down to less than 5 games. Even after the Mets swept the Nationals again, I still wasn’t entirely convinced the team would clinch the NL East Division Title.

The moment I realized that the Mets were going to clinch the NL East was when the magic number was down to two games. How can a team with about a week left in the season blow the division with just two games to clinch right? Especially with the way the Nationals were playing in the month of September.

When the Mets went into Saturday afternoon with the chance to win and clinch the division, I have to say that I was beyond thrilled. For someone who has said all along that he was pessimistic through and through, I was so happy to see that the Mets controlled their destiny from that point on and we didn’t need to rely on any other team to lose/win to finally clinch.

Once I saw Jeruys Familia strike out Jay Bruce, all I could do is just jump up and down in excitement, and said “We finally f*****g did it.” After all these years of disappointment, pessimism, and heartbreak, I finally got to witness another postseason celebration like I haven’t seen in quite some time. It was Amazin’ to say the least!

I was somebody who has been pessimistic and bitter about the Mets for many years since 2006. But as much as I want to see my team win, I am someone who tends thinks in a realistic manner. Like a realist if you will. I try to think about the realistic possibilities and not try to shoot for the moon when it comes to whatever life throws our way. That is why I tend to sound more pessimistic and not optimistic. But being able to witness the Mets capture the National League East crown when I thought there was no chance in hell at the end of July made the celebration the more exciting and rewarding. Especially when you saw that nobody thought the Mets would win the division.

If there is anything I can say after watching how the 2015 season unfolded, it’s that this Mets ball club never gave up, and from now on, I’ve learned that never giving up will reward you. It may not be today, it may not be tomorrow, or next week, or next month, or next year, or even 10 years. But when the moment comes and your rewarded for your patience, the times you were pessimistic make it that much sweeter!

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Red, White & Dodger Blue http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/red-white-dodger-blue.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/red-white-dodger-blue.html/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2015 18:59:01 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=186245 MLB: New York Mets at Los Angeles Dodgers

How about a Norse analogy for the celebration of our own nation’s independence? Noah “Thor” Syndergaard goes into the belly of the beast, Dodger Stadium itself, and matches arguably the greatest pitcher in the league over the past three years.

T’was no rainbow bridge in this tale. Just one of the visitor unfriendliest venues in all of Major League Baseball. If I were to end the 1st half of the season (Game #81) on a note, it would have been the one our Mets did last night.

It’s going to be hard to live up to a win over a Cy Young/MVP winner, but perhaps a matchup between Greinke and Harvey may quell our appetites.

The Yankees have Sinatra to serenade a victory in the Bronx, while the Dodgers have Randy Newman, but as the sun sets over those San Gabriel mountains outside beautiful Chavez Ravine this evening, it’ll hopefully be over a series lead for the Mets.

The bats have been quiet as of late, and that – in and of itself – is a huge understatement, but Dodger Stadium isn’t friendly to bats anyway.

I’m still waiting for that resurgent game from Daniel Murphy since his return from the DL. He’s due for it, and he’s too good of a hitter for it not to happen. Maybe he’ll surprise Greinke or one of the Dodger outfielders in this rare 4:05 p.m. local start.

Anything goes on the west coast in this rare time frame. No marine layer, yet, and a sun to battle like a pestering fly too big to swat. Are the odds good these will affect us as well? Of course they are, but hey, we won the start probably every Mets fan chalked up as “the loss to get out of the way.” Now, if we can leave Chavez Ravine with two or even (dare I say) three victories, we’ll have shown a promising preview of a possible playoff matchup.

So when the Mets go back to the ocean being on their right side instead of their left, they’ll have the solace of this weekend to motivate them as they chase their curly W nemesis from the nation’s capital.

 

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Happy Independence Day From MMO! http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/happy-independence-day-from-mmo.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/happy-independence-day-from-mmo.html/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:00:15 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=123796 4th-of-july-fireworks-nyc

It’s that time of the year again when we celebrate the birth of an ideal and of the greatest nation in the world.

While we enjoy all the grilling and all the fireworks with our friends and families today, let’s take a moment to remember all the sacrifices that were made to make this celebration of freedom possible.

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We also want to thank all the service men and women who keep freedom ringing for all of us both at home and abroad. Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness doesn’t come cheap…

Happy Birthday, America!

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What’s Wrong With Mejia Showing Some Emotion? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/whats-wrong-with-mejia-showing-some-emotion.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/whats-wrong-with-mejia-showing-some-emotion.html/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:20:44 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165771 jenry mejia

Recently, fans and people around baseball have been directing criticism towards Mets closer Jenrry Mejia, who has made a name for himself by not only leading the National League in saves since the All-Star Break, but by celebrating each successful save with a unique and explosive celebration.

The #MejiaStomp has become popular among Mets fans, as well as players and fans around the league. While some people admire the energy Mejia brings in the late innings, others tend to look down on it.

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York asked Terry Collins after Friday’s game whether he thinks Mejia’s actions were over the top.

“You’ve got to have some emotion in the game. We see it everywhere. I see other teams doing it.” He continued, saying, “I want these guys to have some fun. But, gosh, it’s a big win for us against a first-place team and there’s no reason not to be excited.”

However on the very next day, Collins did a complete 180:

“Certainly our job here is not to embarrass anybody. They get emotional, they get excited and they become reactionary. He was a little over the top last night. He’s going to tone it down.”

Phil Mushnick of the New York Post goes one step further.

“Terry Collins is trying to convince Jenrry Mejia that his exaggerated, self-absorbed, attention-starved, post-save fool-dancing — even after nearly blowing a save — is unprofessional. Let me give it a shot: Jenrry, you look like a fool.” 

Players show energy all the time in sports, most of them by utilizing some combination of flexing and yelling. Mejia takes it a bit further, bending his knees after the final out of the game and then performing a ‘back-breaking’ maneuver of sorts in full view of his opponent’s final victim of the game.

On Friday night, Mejia took it one step further when the Mets took one game from the Nationals at home, something that has been a rarity this year and since Citi Field’s inception.

Before Mejia performed his Mortal Kombat-like finishing move, he feigned casting a fishing rod in the direction of Ian Desmond, the victim of Mejia’s game-ending strikeout. After ‘reeling him in’, he finished off his celebration in customary fashion.

I personally love the celebration and the emotion and fire it brings to the moment for the players and the fans. Sure, the Mets aren’t really in contention and it could have been seen as Mejia showing up the first-place Nationals. However, rivalries are supposed to be prevalent.

The Nationals have had the Mets’ number in recent years, and the Mets players shouldn’t be happy about it. So when the Mets win a game at home against the first place team, they should be emotional about it.

Mejia seems to be the only player on the roster who shows any fire at all (besides Harvey). I want to see that. I understand the point that it may or may not place other Mets players in jeopardy of retaliation. I suppose that is a fair point. But that type of culture has been decreasing exponentially in baseball.

I love Mejia’s fire on the mound. If I had to guess, this would be a non-issue if Mejia simply screamed out loud or into his glove after the game rather than performing his routine. However, I am never more excited (at least this year) then when Mejia is in to close a game. I am ready for his celebration every time and although I know what to expect, I still get anxious and tense before the show.

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Jenrry Mejia Leads NL With 15 Saves Since All Star Break http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/jenrry-mejia-leads-nl-with-15-saves-since-all-star-break.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/jenrry-mejia-leads-nl-with-15-saves-since-all-star-break.html/#comments Sat, 13 Sep 2014 05:40:45 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165651 jenry mejia

Jenrry Mejia earned his 26th save of the season on Friday night as the Mets beat the Nationals 4-3, however his post game celebration caused a bit of a stir.

After Mejia struck out Ian Desmond to end the game, he pointed at Desmond’ as if he were casting a fishing rod and then began reeling him in. It was hilarious.

Apparently, and according to Adam Rubin, some players thought it was too over-the-top. Bryce Harper in the on-deck circle was among some Nats who were none too pleased, says Rubin.

“That wasn’t called for,” Denard Span said to reporters about Mejia’s antics. “No need for that.”

Terry Collins didn’t have a problem with it. “You’ve got to have some emotion in the game. We see it everywhere. …But, gosh, it’s a big win for us against a first-place team and there’s no reason not to be excited.”

Mejia says it’s all spontaneous and not scripted. “I just go out there and it’s like adrenaline. I just do what comes naturally. I just struck him out, and I did something to finish the game.”

Ian Desmond, who was the target of Mejia’s fish reeling, didn’t seem to mind it. “If you don’t like it, play better.”

Look, Jenrry Mejia is a refreshing departure from the norm. Let him celebrate all he wants. I only wish we had more personalities like him.

By the way, since the All Star break Jenrry Mejia is tied with Trevor Rosenthal for the National League lead in saves with 15. So yeah, keep on celebrating Jenrry…

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Lies, Lies and More Damned Lies http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/02/lies-lies-and-more-damned-lies.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/02/lies-lies-and-more-damned-lies.html/#comments Mon, 03 Feb 2014 16:25:59 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=146847 wilpon katz

1. It’s All In The Rearview Mirror

“It’s all in the rearview mirror,” Wilpon said about past financial woes last year as the 2013 spring training started, “The family is in great shape. The family really is in great shape. There’s no one in my family — there’s the Katz family, the Wilpon family, kids has any personal bank debt. Zero. Everything has been paid. We don’t owe a dollar to anybody. We have mortgages on buildings and stuff like that, but we don’t owe a dollar.”

The vast majority of people who Madoff scammed were financially devastated by his crimes, and didn’t get off as well. They lost retirement accounts, houses, everything. Some who lost the most were very close personal friends of the Wilpons, who they introduced to Madoff. Sandy Koufax, for one.

Here’s the rub. Wilpon will cry Madoff when convenient but leaves out the part that they have virtually shielded themselves from any Madoff effect by passing through the debt away from them personally when it also suits them. Wilpon also conveniently leaves out the part about taking $700 million in allegedly fraudulent transfers of principal from his Madoff accounts to help secure this personal burden.

Then there’s the $300 million in allegedly fictitious profits that kept the Mets afloat. Say what you will about clawbacks and what not, and dance around the fact that the Wilpons agreed to pay a small portion of that back, but the court records apparently showed the entirety of these withdrawals and payments were in fact made. Where did it all go? I don’t know about you, but I am relieved his family is totally debt free. Helps me sleep better at night. That is, when I’m not worrying about paying my own bills. The Mets, not so much. There is nothing but mountains of debt up ahead.

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2. Because We Can Do It

“Everything that was in the past — you guys saw the pain we went through — is gone,” Wilpon said in February 2013, “the payroll will be commensurate with anything we’ve ever done, because we can do it.”

Well, except for the part that he had signed away his control over expanding the payroll to the banks, which is entirely despicable by itself. At any rate, no such payroll increase has yet to materialize, just a kind of con man’s math. Take away, put back less, and call it a net gain. But I feel his pain. Yes, I do.

3. Make Sure That The Banks Got Paid Off All Of The Debt

It wasn’t as people had written, the reason,” Wilpon said last year, denying that the reason payroll was slashed was because of the Madoff situation. “It was a balance there. Because we had to make sure that the banks got paid off all of the debt.”

Really? Banks all paid off? Then why the lockstep celebration by some Mets fans that you just got re-financing on old debt that you were unable to pay? Here’s the reality. The franchise remains leveraged to the brink of critical mass. This new restructuring only pushed the balloon payment out 7 years. There’s several hundred million dollars of debt still attached to the club, plus the refinancing of the SNY network — said to be in excess of $700 million — and the hundreds of millions of dollars in debt on Citi Field. Even the bonds issued to finance the stadium have been rated “junk status” by Standard & Poor’s.

There are those analysts who think when you factor the net present value of those payments as debt, there is no equity value left in the Mets.

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4. I’ll Take Them At Their Word

Commissioner Selig in 2012, showing that he’s pretty skilled at double talk and enabling himself, when asked after an owner’s meeting about the financial situation of the Mets and whether the Mets had the resources to field a competitive team, revealed this:

“They (the Wilpons) said they do and I think they do. It just depends. It’s interesting how you rebuild or how you do things. Spending money doesn’t guarantee anybody anything. I want to be very careful here. As far as the Mets are concerned, I know they’re very comfortable where they are and they’re very optimistic. I’ll take them at their word.”

Why not? They’re pretty up front and transparent kind of guys, after all. Here’s the thing, though, and Selig knew this was true at the time he gave his blessings. Rarely enforced and easily manipulated, MLB has a rule that prohibits teams from operating at debt levels greater than ten times operating income. Selig already knew that the Mets and their debt-to-value ratio of 60% not only exceeded the standard, but put it in a more tenuous position than the Dodgers at the time who had a 54% debt-to-value ratio.

Like McCourt in LA who ransacked the Dodgers and depleted revenue from the operating capital for his own gain at the detriment of the LA Dodgers, how is what Wilpon has done with his debt any different? Before anyone cries that teams are not a public trust, and therefore can do anything they want with the team’s revenue, think about what happened to McCourt.

McCourt was run out of baseball by the commissioner, another Wilpon buddy from the old days, who relies on owners to back his initiatives and, well, pay his salary. New owners stepped in, who actually had the financial resources required to run a major league team, and McCourt, who had treated the team as his own piggy bank and brought it to its knees (sound familiar?) then makes a fortune in the sale. You can just hear McCourt gloating about the financial solvency of his family, can’t you? Why hasn’t the commissioner stepped in here and for the sake of the game put an end to the ownership of this franchise who can’t legitimately operate a major market baseball team — in fact, never has been able to run this team without leveraging the fraudulent activities of Madoff and his fairy tale returns almost from the start? Asked and answered.

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5. He Does Not Have Restrictions

“He’ll have all the opportunity in the world to bring anybody he wants in,” team COO Jeff Wilpon said on 2011, referring to Sandy Alderson and his payroll, “The way for him to do that is to bring the ideas to us and we’ll talk about it. But he does not have restrictions. We’ll deal with everything on a case-by-case basis.”

Apparently deceitful double talk is genetic. We now know for a fact that there were payroll restrictions, a bank induced salary cap. When the news just broke that the Wilpons had restructured $250 million in debt and that, this time, the loan didn’t include payroll restrictions included in the agreement, even the hardened and the cynical had to be shocked.

Anything goes, I guess, especially when you are drowning in debt. Even if it meant running the organization into the ground, which it has. And so began the Wilpon’s convenient embrace of lowering payrolls as a testament to baseball purity, and farm system team building worship — with Sandy Alderson playing the part of the hometown sheriff coming to clean up the wild west. Only problem, who are the bad guys, and who are the good guys?

It’s one thing to have the Mets organization not be able to sustain itself because of bad contracts and when lack of winning causes revenues to drop to where it impacts the actual operation of the team. This austerity and payroll reducing and refocusing on the farm system because that’s a more pure and fundamentally sound way to build a baseball team has been nothing more than a deliberate charade to cover up the ultimate distribution of the money — back into the Wilpon’s teetering empire. Its nothing more than a pickpocket’s diversion. But, hey, have a heart. Whose going to gentrify Willet’s Point if the Wilpon’s don’t?

In the financial world, people go to prison based on the truthfulness of what they say, or don’t say publicly — especially when financial gain is tied in, or manipulation for financial gain is the intent (sort of like pumping up the team with lies to sell more tickets … to pay more debt down that has nothing whatsoever to do with the baseball team itself, which is not illegal in this case, just slimy).

While many losing teams have been turned into winners in less than three years, the GM can be patient and detached as he ‘rebuilds’ the farm system with high school players, because fielding a competitive major league baseball team befitting a major market isn’t even the primary goal. Anyone who thinks that this ownership will be able to potentially pay Harvey (assuming a return to glory) a contract in line with the $215 million paid to Kershaw, which is what it will take and which will happen before this just restructured balloon payment of $250 million comes due, is in need of longterm psychiatric therapy.

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A Relieved D’Arnaud Says Last Night’s Walk-off Hit Was Indescribable http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/a-relieved-darnaud-says-last-nights-walk-off-hit-was-indescribable.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/a-relieved-darnaud-says-last-nights-walk-off-hit-was-indescribable.html/#comments Mon, 16 Sep 2013 15:38:03 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=129397 travis d'arnaud single

It honestly felt like no one on the roster needed that walk-off yesterday more than Travis d’Arnaud. I do not need to sit here and highlight the fact that our young backstop has been struggling recently — considering it’s already been brought up over and over on talk radio, Mets Twitter and what have you.

The problem, of course, is that a healthy d’Arnaud was supposed to help anchor us offensively — but the actual results have made him out to be less effective than Anthony Recker so far. There are a lot of factors that are at play here, however, from his general rookie status to the fact that he’s rusty working his way back from that freak injury. The most important thing down the line for D’Arnaud, I believed, was for him to demonstrate that he could just stay healthy with the MLB club and get to know his pitchers. It’s impossible to have a statistical impact on the game while injured, so finishing the season without any injuries and going into 2014 with a clean bill of health would put him on the right path.

There are a lot of things to like about d’Arnaud — intangibles being one of them that seldom get discussed. I am bringing them up for a reason, however, because of something I noticed while at the game yesterday.

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At first glance, I thought d’Arnaud didn’t smile or anything during the whole over-the-top celebration, because he looked so uncomfortable throughout the whole thing in person. I even commented to Stephanie S. that he looked like he was trying to get as far away from them as possible. Upon watching the replay of the whole thing, I did see that he cracked a smile with his teammates and seemed genuinely happy about winning the game — but he did still look like he was actively trying to get away from the whole carnival atmosphere.

What furthered this for me was his entirely serious demeanor in the post-game interview — and he looked pretty ticked off after being pied in the face. If I had to venture a guess at his feelings, I think they’re on par with what a lot of Mets fans felt after the win yesterday. It was a good feeling, no doubt, but they barely managed to squeak by a Miami Marlins team that had shut them out for 11 innings prior — and they almost stranded the bases loaded in that inning itself! A win is a win, but we’re still what, 20 games back? If his serious demeanor was a result of feeling like we were going overboard and wasn’t just because he secretly dislikes Martino too, then I think I respect him a little more for that.

Thoughts from Joe D.

Satish, you weren’t the only one who noticed that. It was clear that D’Arnaud seemed uncomfortable with the raucous celebration that took place after his single put the remaining 1,000 fans at Citi Field out of their misery and leaving with a smile.

I had recap duties last night while many of our MMO writers were at the game and it was very terse and to the point. Not the usual for me. I thought the way the Mets were celebrating was too extreme and inappropriate, especially in light of an insignificant win in the battle for the worst team in the National League. Two teams that could not score one single run between them for nearly twelve innings and four hours. Pathetic actually…

Then on top of that, here comes Justin Turner and his pies… Man do I hate that crap… Sometimes I just wish he’d go away…

Getting back to d’Arnaud, I was happy for him. He admitted that he had been pressing lately and it was great to see him finally snap his 0-for-17 streak with runners in scoring position.

“I was just waiting for a pitch I can handle, put a good swing on it and fortunately it went through,” he said. “Extra innings, bases loaded. To get that hit, it’s an indescribable feeling.”

D’Arnaud looked a bit confused at the celebration that ensued on the field and wasn’t hopping and screaming for joy like many of his teammates. I wondered if he thought, like me, that the Mets had just beaten the Marlins in the battle for the NL East cellar and nothing more than that.

I wonder if this kid was pulling a Rusty Staub, who after a game-winning hit once said, “We won the game, that’s nice. I wish we’d have won the division instead. Next question.”

It would be cool to have that kind of winning attitude in that clubhouse moving forward.

By the way, I’s well aware that SNY’s Andy Martino is one of the least liked beat writers the Mets have had over the last decade. The amount of hate he gets on Twitter is unreal. That SNY would choose him to fill in for Kevin Burkhardt shows how everything they do is so questionable and second rate.

But that said, what was the deal with a player planting a pie to his face in the middle of performing an interview?

Again, what are these players thinking? Whose idea was it? Was there a message attached to it?

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Why Don’t The Host Team’s Broadcasters Call The All-Star Game? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/why-dont-the-host-teams-broadcasters-call-the-all-star-game.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/why-dont-the-host-teams-broadcasters-call-the-all-star-game.html/#comments Thu, 18 Jul 2013 11:30:20 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=125242 Photo By Clayton Collier

Photo By Clayton Collier

When a team is chosen to host the MLB All-Star Game, it means not only the greatest baseball has to offer converging on a specific location, but the celebration of both the host city and team. In the past week we witnessed the All-Star Game in Flushing for the first time since 1964, and Major League Baseball, the Mets, and the City of New York did a fantastic job of putting it all together. Citi Field was dressed to the nines and plenty of Mets greats were honored throughout the ceremonies, however something felt missing.

Despite all the glamour of the mid-summer classic, one aspect of the All-Star Game has always bothered me. If a club is hosting the All-Star Game, why not use the home team’s broadcasting crew for the festivities?

This is not by any means meant to be a knock on FOX or the Emmy-Award Winning broadcast tandem of Joe Buck and Tim McCarver who have covered the game for a number of years with great success. My take is that, if you are trying to incorporate the true heart and soul of a team into the festivities, why not make the voice of the ballclub you are honoring into part of the ceremonies.

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Mets fans are blessed with one of the game’s best broadcasting teams on both TV and radio, yet none of them were involved in All-Star week. Surely they enjoyed having some time at home, however a game at Citi Field does not have that home team-vibe that the All-Star Game tries to incorporate without Gary Cohen welcoming you to a “pleasant good evening”, Kevin Burkhardt’s fascinating reports, Keith, Ron and Josh’s analysis or Howie Rose capping it off with a “Put It In The Books!”. 

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Every since inter-league play began, the allure of the National and American League taking on one another has diminished significantly. Clayton Kershaw can take on Miguel Cabrera in the regular season, Bryce Harper can try to throw out Mike Trout at home. That magic of seeing the two leagues face off has lost its luster to the point that for the past nine years, MLB has placed meaning on the game in an attempt to draw interest once again, for the most part unsuccessfully so.

Being able to hear the voices of Major League Baseball would be a simple yet entertaining addition to the All-Star Game that gives fans something they can’t see on a given day. Fans outside of southern California can only hear the legendary voice of Vin Scully in sound bytes of in highlight reels on MLB Network.

For the most part, we can only witness these golden voices of the game if we are physically in the region for which they cover. These men tell the story of the game we all know and love, and to hear the voice of each city come mid-July would add to the experience of indulging in the host team for the All-Star Game.

Photo By Clayton Collier

Photo By Clayton Collier

 

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Sandy Alderson Fires Back At Bob Costas http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/sandy-alderson-fires-back-at-bob-costas-after-double-header-win.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/sandy-alderson-fires-back-at-bob-costas-after-double-header-win.html/#comments Thu, 20 Jun 2013 13:30:24 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=122603 Sandy Alderson

Last Sunday, it seemed the Mets were destined to continue their trek down a road they were all too familiar with. After eight innings of unimpressive play, the Mets were about to add to their losing streak. They had dropped their four previous match-ups and the offensively lacking team was two outs away from making it five.

That’s when the recently recalled Kirk Nieuwenhuis gave the Mets the perfect Father’s Day gift. Down two runs, the 25-year old hit a three run blast to end the game in walk-off fashion.

As is tradition, he was greeted at the plate by a frenzied mass of ecstatic teammates. They gathered together for the much needed celebration of his accomplishment, and more importantly, their win.

It was this simple act that caused Bob Costas to spew his pompous take on the days events, claiming it was “another indication of the ongoing decline of western civilization.”

Unsurprisingly, his comments were met with resentment from fans and critics alike. Nieuwenhuis’ blast ended the teams four game losing streak and essentially forced a breath of life back into a slowly suffocating team and their dejected fans.

The Mets weren’t just celebrating for themselves, they were celebrating for everyone who has stuck diligently beside them through this dismal season. We needed it.

Yesterday afternoon, Alderson tweeted his response to the opinionated jab that the silver-tongued Costas felt he needed to proclaim.

And while Sandy Alderson may not be the most popular member of the Mets staff, he valiantly stood up for his boys.

Thank you Mr. Alderson. You eloquently said what most Met fans were thinking. You put Costas in his place while maintaining your integrity and giving us a good laugh. Something we all desperately needed.

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Bob Costas Can Kiss Our Collective Orange and Blue Asses http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/bob-costas-can-kiss-our-collective-orange-and-blue-asses.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/bob-costas-can-kiss-our-collective-orange-and-blue-asses.html/#comments Mon, 17 Jun 2013 04:09:10 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=122250 bob costas

Is it me or has veteran broadcaster and baseball historian Bob Costas gone from beloved to just plain old bewildering over the last few years? He always seems to embroil himself in every controversy that comes around and not in a good way either… Sometimes he even likes to stir up his own controversies,,,

During a sports update on NBC this evening, they showed video of the Mets comeback 4-3 comeback win and the celebration that ensued at home plate following Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ walk-off homer at Citi Field. That prompted Costas to say the following:

“The Mets with four in the bottom of the ninth to win it, 4-3, and a team fourteen games under .500 celebrates as if it just won the seventh game of the World Series. Another indication of the ongoing decline of western civilization.”

Some Mets players took to Twitter to respond to Costas:

Jeremy Hefner: Hey Mr. Costas.. We will enjoy our wins!

David Aardsma: I love Bob Costas but are we supposed to roll over and die on the season? Or should we celebrate the excitement of a huge comeback?

Jim Malone: I respect Bob Costas as a broadcaster, but his comments today are a classic example of a non athlete not “getting it”

Costas’ snide remark also led to an official edict from Mets media guru Jay Horwitz:

Even retired Braves third baseman Chipper Jones chimed in and said:

“I’m thinking Mets fans will let Costas know about that little comment.”

I think Costas has lost that reverence he once held and has gotten too caught up in his own celebrity. He now spends hours with a makeup crew before each broadcast, who try desperately to make him look like hes still 30 when he’s actually 60.

Hey Bob, don’t tread on my Mets…

By the way, I’m well aware that many of us, including me, have had Chipper Jones on our Top 10 Most Hated Player list for almost two decades. But for the last 3-4 months, he has really gone out of his way to support the Mets as a team, or one of our players every chance he gets via social media.

I thought some of the things he said about Matt Harvey this season were very cool, and I thought it was classy of him to personally congratulate Zack Wheeler on Twitter last week when it was announced he was going to debut on Tuesday.

Maybe he’s not such a bad guy after all… Just a really, really, great player who used to kick our butts all the time while wearing an Atlanta Braves uniform…

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Murphy Drives In Go-Ahead Run In Mets 2-1 Victory Over Yankees http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/murphy-drives-in-go-ahead-run-in-mets-2-1-victory-over-yankees.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/murphy-drives-in-go-ahead-run-in-mets-2-1-victory-over-yankees.html/#comments Tue, 28 May 2013 02:03:12 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=120030 jon niese

Jon Niese started and despite not having his best stuff, he cruised through five scoreless innings. But then in the top of the sixth, centerfielder Brett Gardner tagged him for a leadoff triple and came around to score when Jayson Nix singled him home in the next at-bat for the first run of the game.

After Niese’s second single of the game, Brett Garner made a great leaping catch to rob Daniel Murphy of a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth. A shocked Murphy smashed his helmet in disgust as he was trotting to second base.

The Yankees got back to back, one-out singles off of Niese in the seventh, but the Met lefty was able to get out of the inning without any damage. The final line on Niese was one earned run on eight hits and a walk in 7.0 innings pitched with five strikeouts.

In the bottom of the seventh, third baseman David Wright led off the inning and walloped a tremendous solo home run to tie the game at one.

Brandon Lyon pitched a scoreless eighth after allowing a single to Nix and then inducing a doubleplay by Robinson Cano to end the inning.

With one out in the eighth, Mike Baxter laced a ground rule double to bring up pinch hitter Jordany Valdespin who had a great at-bat and worked out a walk. A passed ball with Ruben Tejada at the plate put runners on second and third. Tejada then hit a grounder to Cano who fired home to nail Baxter at the plate for the second out. That set things up for the hot-hitting Murphy who came through with a hard single to drive home Valdespin with the go-ahead run. Wright was up next and he took a pitch to the elbow to load the bases and bring up Lucas Duda who went down swinging for the final out. But not before the Mets took the 2-1 lead.

Bobby Parnell came in to preserve the lead in the ninth and after getting the first out he issued a four-pitch walk to Ichiro Suzuki. But he retired the next two batters to earn his ninth save of the season.

So the Mets take round one with a solid win… The series continues tomorrow at Citi Field at 7:10 PM with the Real Deal Matt Harvey on the mound. Lets Go Mets!

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Those Who Contribute the Least Shouldn’t Be Made the Story http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/those-who-contribute-the-least-shouldnt-be-made-the-story.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/those-who-contribute-the-least-shouldnt-be-made-the-story.html/#comments Mon, 13 May 2013 14:00:08 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=118607 Mets historians will recall how former GM Frank Cashen declared, ““those who contribute the least spray the most champagne” after being doused by reliever Randy Niemann during the 1986 NLCS championship celebration. I think it’s time to take that mantra when it comes to Jordany Valdespin, except those that contribute the least shouldn’t be made the story.

With Twitter, Facebook and blogs – both mainstream and otherwise – available throughout the 24/7/365 news cycle, it’s impossible to not transfer that meme to those that cover and watch sports.  On Saturday, Jordany Valdespin took one to the forearm a day after he embarrassingly celebrated a home run during a Pirates blowout win.  What resulted was talk about the validity of Pittsburgh’s Bryan Morris‘ actions, and how the Valdespin’s teammates reacted. Instead of continuing this news “filler,” let me set everyone straight as to what the deal is with Valdespin.

First, Jordany Valdespin is nothing more than a backup player. He isn’t the future, nor is he a clone of Jose Reyes, the answer in the outfield or infield, or some sort of energizer for a slumping offense. He possesses poor plate discipline and is an average defender, at best, at any position. His career MILB on-base percentage was .330. In the big leagues he’s shown even less of a penchant to get on-base with his .287 clip. Even worse, he doesn’t come across as a hard worker or someone that possesses a big league baseball IQ. There is nothing with Valdespin’s process that screams big league starter, much less star. I have my doubts he will stick around since he seems unable to endear himself to any clubhouse throughout his career.

This is not about race. The players dislike Valdespin because of who he is. Think it’s just his current teammates? After a game-winning grand-slam against the Dodgers, former B-Mets reliever Erik Turgeon took to Twitter and shared these nuggets:

“Valdespin with a walk off home run. If you need me I will be in the bathroom throwing up! I have Zero respect for that piece of s***”

“If your shocked that, then you don’t kno bout all that! Happy for the mets wish someone deserving got the hit like Lagares!”

“Tough for me to get Valdespin out when I’m on the same team as him don’t ya think?”

“Evidence ask your favorite guy in the organization who there least favorite guy is”

jordany valdespinWho cares what a retired minor league reliever says, right? What about his current teammates, none who seemed upset or enraged that he was plunked on Saturday. There was furor about how John Buck conducted the pie celebration after that very same grand slam. When I asked Buck about it last week his response with a coy smile was telling: “A big walk-off home run deserves a big pie to the face.”

Read from that what you will, but contrite, at least in my opinion, is not the word to use when describing Buck’s comments. Remember, this is the same guy that was suspended in the minors for an undisclosed incident (some speculation is that it was for a Ruben Rivera-type action, read into that what you will), and again this past offseason during winter ball. There is too much smoke around Valdespin’s fire.

On a good team Valdespin provides speed and power off the bench. Those are characteristics that do make him valuable. His clownish behavior is probably overshadowing that right now, making the story more about him than the team. This will be tolerated when someone like R.A. Dickey is winning Cy Young Awards, but rarely so with a borderline big league player. Valdespin embarrassed the Mets this weekend. Take those blue and orange sunglasses off and see what the opponents do to another bad team celebrating a meaningless home run. It reminds me of how the Nationals used to be when they had Anderson Hernandez, Lastings Milledge and Elijah Dukes: Bad attitude, clownish behavior and, worst of all, a lot of losses.

The shame of it all is Valdespin does have some raw talent. If he took the time to learn from those around him, and put the effort into improving, perhaps there would be hope for better days ahead. Right now, you can’t even get him to take extra batting practice. He consistently never shows up to such events, which is almost sacrilegious on a team that is hitting so poorly; even more damning for a wet behind the ears rookie.

If I were the Mets I would move on from Valdespin ASAP. You probably don’t want to release him as he is too good to be put on the waiver wire. Perhaps there is a minor deal that Alderson can spring for an outfielder. Not a starter or star, but someone that is a bench player, but is a starter on this team due to circumstances. Maybe another team looks at Valdespin’s talent and thinks they can “steal” a future contributor. You never know what you can get if you ask.

Sandy Alderson needs to set the tone and show the club that professionalism and behavior matters to this organization. Ridding the clubhouse of Valdespin won’t turnaround this lost season, but it will be addition by subtraction. You are not losing anything on the field as those late-game home runs are bound to run dry as he makes his way around the league.

I am sure this opinion will stir up debate, however I doubt it’s worth the time.

Those that contribute the least spray the most champagne; they also take up the most space when it comes to the news.

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Gooden: If I Had Died After Mets Won Series, I Could Have Saved Many People A Lot Of Grief http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/gooden-if-i-had-died-after-mets-won-series-i-could-have-saved-many-people-a-lot-of-grief.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/gooden-if-i-had-died-after-mets-won-series-i-could-have-saved-many-people-a-lot-of-grief.html/#comments Fri, 10 May 2013 17:11:32 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=118256 doc a memoir goodenMarc Raimondi of the NY Post writes about Dwight Gooden who has a soon to be released biography entitled, “Doc: A Memoir.

The bio reveals some shocking and even sad details about his life in baseball and the toll that drug addiction took on his career and his life.

Gooden believes if he had died the moment the Mets won the World Series in 1986, he would have saved many people a great deal of grief – starting with himself.

The mercurial former ace’s downward spiral began just minutes after Jesse Orosco tossed his glove in the air to celebrate the Amazin’s comeback victory over the Red Sox, Gooden writes in his new autobiography “Doc: A Memoir.”

The first call Gooden made after becoming World Series champion was his father. The second was his drug dealer. That night, Gooden went on a cocaine and booze bender that ended up causing him to miss the Mets’ victory parade. Instead, he watched the celebration on television at his home – a moment he describes as the loneliest he has ever felt.

“As my teammates road through the Canyon of Heroes, I was alone in my bed in Roslyn, Long Island, with the curtains closed and the TV on, missing what should have been the greatest morning of my life,” Gooden wrote.

The book reportedly chronicles Gooden’s rise to become one of the best young pitchers in baseball history, his years with the Yankees and his complicated relationship with Darryl Strawberry.

People make mistakes, and Dwight has made a lot of them. But we have always been a forgiving people and we now know that drug addiction is a disease that can sometimes grip you and never let go.

I’m glad Gooden didn’t die and I’m even happier to see him continuing to fight through his addiction. It’s a never-ending battle.

I was talking about Gooden just last night and discussed how cool it is that this one-time mets pitching phenom is the one leading the charge and heading up the Matt Harvey Fan Club. He never misses one of his starts and he takes to Twitter every five days and joins the rest of us to cheer Harvey on.

Doc’s always had a good heart and many times I often wonder just how great his career could have been before the drugs took him down that dark path. To this day, his rookie season was one of the most thrilling and exciting times of my life as a Met fan. The World Series in 1986 was the cherry on top. I will always love Dwight Gooden for that.

Pre Order “Doc: A Memoir” Now!

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No Guts, No Glory: David Wright and a Wounded Combat Veteran Named Felix http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/03/no-guts-no-glory-david-wright-and-a-wounded-combat-veteran-named-felix.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/03/no-guts-no-glory-david-wright-and-a-wounded-combat-veteran-named-felix.html/#comments Fri, 08 Mar 2013 18:36:32 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=110253 In the following video you’ll find a touching story about the bond third baseman David Wright has forged with a disabled Iraqi war veteran named Felix, and how their relationship has grown over the years. The wheelchair bound veteran tells an inspiring story of what his United States flag means to him and the role it has played during his tours when he carried it in the deserts of Iraq and how it made its way into the clubhouse after Team USA pulled out a dramatic comeback to clinch a spot in the semi-final round during the 2009 WBC.

Mets third baseman David Wright drove in the game winning run in that game with a walk-off hit to clinch the victory for Team USA. After the game, combat veteran Felix, a die-hard Met fan, shared in the celebration as Team USA all signed his flag for him.

Hat tip to Kay for the link.

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Mets To Host Star Wars Night This Monday At Citi Field http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/07/mets-to-host-star-wars-night-this-monday-at-citi-field.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/07/mets-to-host-star-wars-night-this-monday-at-citi-field.html/#comments Wed, 18 Jul 2012 15:52:49 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=89208

METS TO HOST STAR WARS™ NIGHT

THIS MONDAY, JULY 23 AT CITI FIELD

Pre-Game Photo Ops with Characters and Costume Contest in Bullpen Plaza.

FLUSHING, N.Y., July 19, 2012 – The New York Mets today announced they are teaming up with Lucasfilm Ltd. to host the second annual Star Wars Night at Citi Field this Monday, July 23 when the Mets host the Washington Nationals at 7:10 p.m.

Tickets are available online at Mets.com/starwars and include an exclusive Mets/Darth Vader t-shirt (see attached) and a $5 donation to Stand Up To Cancer, a movement created to accelerate groundbreaking cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives.

Darth Vader, Jedi and Stormtroopers will be on hand for the night, and fans are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Star Warscharacters for a costume contest with a grand prize of a Four-Day Pass to Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida, August 23-26.

The costume contest and character appearances begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Bullpen Plaza where there will be a table set up to pick up the exclusive t-shirts for those fans who bought tickets through Mets.com/starwars.

There will also be trivia during the game with Star Wars prizes compliments of Lucasfilm and other sponsors.

Star Wars fans throughout the ballpark will be invited to stand for the bottom of the second inning to raise awareness for Stand Up To Cancer and recognize that in the U.S., cancer claims the life of one person every minute of every day.  Major League Baseball is a lead donor of the organization 

About Star Wars Celebration

Star Wars fans! You’re invited to join the party this summer as Star Wars Celebration returns to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando this August 23rd through the 26th. Join fans from around the world and across the galaxy for four days of Star Warsfun for the whole family. Don’t miss STAR WARS CELEBRATION VI. Aug 23rd though the 26th!!  Tickets available now atwww.starwarscelebration.com/Mets. Mets fans receive a 20% discount!

About Stand Up to Cancer

Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) — a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c) (3) charitable organization — raises funds to accelerate the pace of groundbreaking translational research that can get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives. SU2C facilitates collaboration among the best and the brightest in the cancer research community. The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and a Scientific Advisory Committee led by Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., conduct rigorous, competitive review processes through which SU2C’s grantees are selected. By galvanizing the entertainment industry, SU2C generates awareness and builds grassroots support for this new approach to ending cancer. For general information, please visit www.su2c.org.

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From Left Field: Marlins Home Run Celebration Is Very Distracting http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/03/form-left-field-marlins-home-run-celebration-is-very-distracting.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/03/form-left-field-marlins-home-run-celebration-is-very-distracting.html/#comments Thu, 08 Mar 2012 15:42:41 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=74018 There’s been a lot of talk about the Miami Marlins all offseason, so I’ll keep the trend going.

Let me start off by saying, I downright love the “Home Run Apple.” Whether it’s the old one outside Citi Field or the new one inside the stadium, the Home Run Apple is a Mets and baseball icon.

In addition to bringing multiple high-profile free agents including Jose Reyes, the Marlins have made headlines with their brand new state-of-the-art ballpark built on the site of the old Orange Bowl.

The stadium will feature a swimming pool in left field, a retractable roof and even aquariums with live fish on either side of home plate.

But the thing you won’t be able to miss is the Marlins new version of the Home Run Apple.

A 50-plus foot structure in left center field lights up like Las Vegas each time a Marlins player hits a home run. Fake marlins, seagulls and flamingos all move around in every direction, and a central marlin on top does a 360-degree spin.

Check out this rendering below:

Many of the Marlins players have said this new structure is distracting. From a Mets fan’s perspective, this home run celebration is way too over-the-top, especially compared to the classic Home Run Apple.

I’ll admit, I’m looking forward to seeing the new Marlins ballpark. But hopefully when the Mets head to Miami, they can limit the amount of home runs surrendered so we don’t have to see that obnoxious home run celebration.

However, with Giancarlo Stanton (formerly known as “Mike”) crushing balls, it will be difficult to contain this Marlins’ lineup.

Though I don’t want any players hitting homers against us, seeing Reyes hit a few and show-boat around the bases while that structure is going off will be tough to watch. At least if he hits an inside-the-park home run, it will be go by much quicker.

Stay tuned because we will be hearing much more about this structure as the season nears.

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