Mets Merized Online » Cincinnati Reds http://metsmerizedonline.com Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:28:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.5 MMO Game Recap: Mets 4, Reds 3 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mmo-game-recap-mets-4-reds-3-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mmo-game-recap-mets-4-reds-3-2.html/#comments Sun, 07 Sep 2014 21:00:07 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165158 zack wheeler

The New York Mets (68-75) took the rubber game on Sunday from the Cincinnati Reds (67-76) by a score of 4-3.

What you should know:

Zack Wheeler pitched another solid outing for New York, as he went six innings, allowing one run on five hits, while striking out six and walking two.

The Reds got on the scoreboard first this afternoon, with a Skip Schumaker single up the middle that scored Mat Latos.

The Mets answered back in the top of the sixth inning with an RBI single from Curtis Granderson that scored Wilmer Flores.

Two batters later, Anthony Recker launched his 6th home run of the season, a two-run shot off the facing of the second deck in left field, putting New York ahead 3-1.

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Curtis Granderson added on to the Mets lead in the top of the eighth inning as he hit his 18th home run of the season, and his second of the series.

Jenrry Mejia came on in the bottom of the ninth, and was rudely greeted, as he surrendered a solo home run to Jay Bruce and a RBI double to Ryan Ludwick, cutting the score to 4-3 Mets.

Mejia walked Billy Hamilton to put the tying and winning runs on base with only one out. After a pop out, Mejia induced a ground ball from Todd Frazier who was originally called out at first, and would have ended the ball game.

But after video review, the play was overturned, meaning the bases were loaded for red hot Devin Mesoraco. Mesoraco struck out, and the Mets held on to win the game, with Mejia earning his 24th save of the year.

Player of the Game: 

Zack Wheeler, who pitched great today again and earned his tenth win of the season.

On deck:

The Mets start a ten game homestand tomorrow night at Citi Field, starting with a three game series against the Colorado Rockies with Jon Niese (8-10, 3.68 ERA) squaring off against Jordan Lyles (6-2, 4.35 ERA)

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Efficiency From The Mets Bullpen http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/04/efficiency-from-the-mets-bullpen.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/04/efficiency-from-the-mets-bullpen.html/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:00:52 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=152726 USATSI jose valverde

Despite the Mets 2-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday, there was one bright spot worth noting, and surprisingly it came from the bullpen.

After a solid start by Jon Niese who tossed 6.2 innings in his return to the mound, the Mets bullpen took over with Gonzalez Germen, Kyle Farnsworth, and Jose Valverde combining to throw 3.1 scoreless innings.

Gonzalez Germen came on in the 6th inning with two outs and men on 2nd and 3rd. He walked the first batter on four pitches, but after that he was perfect. Germen got a groundout from Zack Cozart with the bases loaded to get out of the jam, and then stayed in for the 7th. He coaxed a pop out and two strikeouts, and his stat line for the day: 1.1 IP, 0 R, 0 Hits, 1 BB, 2 Ks.

Kyle Farnsworth came in to pitch the 8th inning and while he did give up a hit to Ryan Ludwick and a walk to Jay Bruce, he also got three big outs from some threatening Reds. He struck out Brandon Phillips, got Joey Votto to fly out and finally Todd Frazier to ground out. Farnsworth, who was called up when Bobby Parnell went on the DL, ended up with the following stat line for the day: 1 IP, 0 R, 1 Hit, 1 BB, 1 K.

Jose Valverde was the third Mets reliever to deliver the goods, and he has yet to allow a run in three appearances this season spanning 3.1 innings pitched. Valverde, like Farnsworth, assumed a new role when Parnell got injured, taking over as the team’s closer. His only blunder was a harmless single to Brayan Pena. Other than that, Papa Grande got Cozart to fly out, and then struck out Chris Heisey and Roger Bernadina. His stat line for the day: 1 IP, 0 R, 1 Hits, 0 BB, 2 Ks.

With the way the Mets bullpen has been struggling to begin the season, it was nice to see some solid performances as the Mets closed out their homestand. Just taking a positive out of a Mets loss.

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Mets Activate Niese From DL, Option Flores To Triple-A http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/04/mets-activate-niese-from-dl-option-flores-to-triple-a.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/04/mets-activate-niese-from-dl-option-flores-to-triple-a.html/#comments Sun, 06 Apr 2014 15:18:09 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=152681 Jon_Niese

After Saturday’s exciting walk-off win over the Cincinnati Reds, the Mets announced that they had activated Jon Niese from the 15-day disabled list.

To make room for him on the roster, the Mets optioned Wilmer Flores to Triple-A Las Vegas. This was widely expected and Flores will continue to get reps at both shortstop and second base while the Mets continue to monitor his progress.

Meanwhile, Niese will make his season debut on Sunday at Citi Field as the Mets look for a sweep of the Reds to close out their homestand.

Terry Collins told reporters that Niese will be limited to around 95 pitches, as they ease him back slowly after dealing with left shoulder and left elbow injury concerns during the Spring.

Niese was placed on the disabled list to start the season, and felt great after completing two minor league rehab starts.

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Daily News: Mets Have To Liberate Davis From Unsustainable Situation http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/04/daily-news-mets-have-to-liberate-davis-from-unsustainable-situation.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/04/daily-news-mets-have-to-liberate-davis-from-unsustainable-situation.html/#comments Sat, 05 Apr 2014 14:14:49 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=152653 USATSI Brad Barr lucas duda ike davis

10:00 AM

Andy Martino of the Daily News reports that the Mets now realize that they are not going to get a top prospect or premium player for Ike Davis – a player who has been devalued, both by his own performance and leaks from the team.

While club officials acknowledge that moving Davis will not be easy, they are not ready to release or give him away. There have been some discussions, at least on an informal level, of sending Davis to Triple-A in the short term to remain sharp and build value, but team sources deemed that unlikely, and not a front-burner consideration.

So Davis, who is as well-liked as anyone in the clubhouse, has to rot on the bench, knowing that the team doesn’t want him. Here’s what David Wright said on the matter:

“He came up and found me and talked to me about it, and I think that although I’m sure he disagrees, and I’m sure he’s not happy with the situation — I think ultimately, he can either pout or be a distraction at a time when obviously we don’t need a distraction, or try to do what’s best at what his role is going to be for the time being. I think he’s chosen the latter.”

Martino said there is only so much that even a grounded, rational person can endure.

Talking to Davis, you just get the feeling he has had enough, and would be happier elsewhere. He doesn’t say it, but his friends in the game believe it, and many are rooting for him to start fresh in a home free of the ghosts of being a number one pick, top prospect, sufferer from ankle injuries and Valley Fever, subject of trade rumors and other innuendos, trip to the minor leagues, and now a straight-up benching.

He says it’s time for the Mets to work on liberating Ike Davis from an unsustainable situation as soon as possible.

7:30 AM

Lucas Duda blasted a pair of two-run homers last night as the Mets won their first game of the season and beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3.

The performance came on the heels of manager Terry Collins officially tabbing Duda the team’s everyday first baseman. After the game, Duda wasn’t much for words.

“I’m just glad to play and contribute any way I can. It’s just one day. That’s all it really is.”

It turns out there may have been a good reason as to the timing of Collins’ decision to go with Duda over Ike Davis and Josh Satin.

Cody Derespina of Newsday explained on Friday, that Duda is batting .375 (9-for-24) with four walks, 16 total bases, and a robust 1.130 OPS against the next four right-handed pitchers the Mets will face in Mike Leake, Johnny Cueto and Alfredo Simon of the Reds and Aaron Harang of the Braves. 

Ike Davis on the other hand, is 3-for-24 against those four with a walk and four total bases. That adds up to a .125 average and .326 OPS.

Speaking of Davis, the Mets are still looking to deal and Andy Martino of New York Daily News said moving the dislodged first baseman is the “likely endgame,”

However, he adds that the front office is still searching for a good return for him. Interest in Davis came to a crawl this offseason because of the Mets asking price and a spring training where he was mostly sidelined with two sore calves probably did nothing to enhance his value.

The Mets are on the hook for $3.5 million on Davis after settling to avoid arbitration. The Pirates, Orioles and Brewers all had interest this Winter, but balked at the price.

It’s really difficult to assess what Davis is worth coming off a season that saw him slash .205/.326/.334 in 377 plate appearances last season. At 27, it’s tough to present him as a prospect with upside anymore. He’s a tough sell.

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 4, Reds 3 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/04/mmo-game-recap-mets-4-reds-3.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/04/mmo-game-recap-mets-4-reds-3.html/#comments Sat, 05 Apr 2014 03:42:37 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=152642 lucas duda

The New York Mets defeated the Cincinnati Reds tonight at Citi Field by the score of 4-3. This was the first win of the season for the Mets, now with a 1-3 record on the season.

Jenrry Mejia started for the Mets and had a solid outing despite some control issues. He allowed just one run on four hits, tossing 101 pitches through 6.0 innings of work. Mejia’s pitch count was effected by his 5 walks and 8 strikeouts. All in all, it was the perfect start to show off Mejia’s strengths and effectiveness.

The player of the day was Lucas Duda. After being announced starting first base for the foreseeable future, Duda went 2-3 with two home runs, driving in all four of the Mets runs. It was a huge day that is sure to build his confidence, as fans were chanting “Lucas Duda” throughout the night.

John Lannan gave up a two-run homer in the 7th, giving Mets fans a scare. The Mets were able to hold on though, with a great outing by Kyle Farnsworth, and the save from Jose Valverde; his first save with the Mets.

After Mets hitters struck out 38 times through their first three games, the got it together tonight and struck out a total of just four times.

Eric Young Jr. went hitless again in the in the lead off spot tonight, and is now 0-12 on the season. Travis d’Arnaud is also hitless through his first four games.

All of the Mets hits game from the top of the lineup. Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda each had two hits on the game, while David Wright and Curtis Granderson each collected a single for a total of six Mets hits.

Being at the game, Mets fans were really energetic despite the low attendance number and the gloomy weather.

The Mets really needed this win. Hopefully it’s gives them a huge boost in confidence and propels a nice long winning streak.

The Mets will host the Cincinnati Reds tomorrow at 1:10 PM and look to win their first series of the young season. Dillon Gee will be on the mound looking for his first win.

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Mejia Gets A Clean Bill Of Health For Friday’s Start http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/03/mejia-gets-a-clean-bill-of-health-for-fridays-start.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/03/mejia-gets-a-clean-bill-of-health-for-fridays-start.html/#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:50:25 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=152245 Brad Barr USA TODAY Sports jenrry mejia

Adam Rubin of ESPN NY writes that Jenrry Mejia was given a clean report by the team doctor and according to Terry Collins, Mejia also threw a baseball on Sunday and was deemed healthy and ready to take his turn in the rotation on Friday, when the Mets face the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field.

Mejia was struck with a line drive in the right forearm during last Friday’s game in Montreal. X-rays were negative, and he was diagnosed with inflammation.

(Photo Credit: Brad Barr USA TODAY)

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A Healthy Harvey Would Give Mets A Top 5 Starting Rotation http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/a-healthy-harvey-would-give-mets-a-top-5-starting-rotation.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/a-healthy-harvey-would-give-mets-a-top-5-starting-rotation.html/#comments Mon, 30 Dec 2013 20:00:13 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=137640 Justin_Verlander

ESPN’s Buster Olney continued his Top 10 Feature and posted the Top 10 Starting Rotations. Leading the pack was the Detroit Tigers, but the Mets failed to make the cut.

1. Detroit Tigers

2. Los Angeles Dodgers

3. Washington Nationals

4. St. Louis Cardinals

5. Pittsburgh Pirates

6. Oakland Athletics

7. Texas Rangers

8. Atlanta Braves

9. Cincinnati Reds

10. Tampa Bay Rays (for now)

Honorable mentions went to the Miami Marlins, Boston Red Sox, and the Seattle Mariners, if they happen to land Masahiro Tanaka.

The Mets didn’t make the list, but when asked by Matt Cerrone how they would rank with a healthy Matt HarveyOlney tweeted that the Mets would definitely be a Top 10, and probably Top 5 rotation. 

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This Day In Mets Infamy With Rusty: May The Farce Be With You http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-may-the-farce-be-with-you.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-may-the-farce-be-with-you.html/#comments Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:48:06 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=133871 star wars

A long long time ago, in a stadium directly across from Citi Field was a place where fans were born and memories were created. That was before the dark times – BEFORE THE MADOFF…

It is funny when you watch one of your all time favorite movies that you can attribute certain quotes to specific areas of your favorite baseball team. Take for example  this little nugget of jubilation:

You see what I told you was true….  from a certain point of view

This quote was uttered by Obi Wan Kenobi when Luke Skywalker confronted him about the true nature of Darth Vader’s identity. We can also attribute this to Sandy Alderson’s assertion that the Mets would spend more that the five million dollars the Mets spent last offseason. With the signing of Chris Young to that $7.25 million dollar contract they did just that. Is it what the fans expected? No, but Alderson was telling the truth – but not the way the fans had hoped.

Then there is this quote by Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back:

Do or do not. There is no try.

This is how the fans feel when the front office says that they intend on improving next years roster. But until the fans see some results, apathy will reign alongside the Dark Lord of the Sith.

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Then there is this :

I find your lack of faith disturbing

This best sums up the disconnect between ownership and the fan base.

And……

Were doomed!!!

When we learned of Matt Harvey‘s need for Tommy John surgery.

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And lastly…..

I’ve got a bad feeling about this.

This best describes my reaction when I – along with many of my fellow Mets fans – reacted when it was revealed the Mets would have a hard cap of $30 million dollars to spend in an offseason where almost every other baseball team has money to burn.

So lets just hope that this upcoming season at Citi Field finds the Mets in the middle of a dog fight of X-Wing proportions instead of it being like the frozen planet Hoth by the middle of August.

And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY!!!!!

Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:

Middle reliever from the ’68 season,  Bill Short turns 76 today (1937).

Reserve outfielder from the ’87 season, Randy Milligan is 52 (1961).

Spot starter/middle reliever from 2010, Raul Valdes  is 36 (1977).

Other notables include:

The New York Mets traded pitcher,  Bill Denehy to the Washington Senators for their manager, Gil Hodges on November 27, 1967. This is still one of the best trades the Mets ever made.

The New York Mets traded outfielder, Tommie Agee to the Houston Astros for outfielder Rich Chiles and  pitcher Buddy Harris on November 27, 1972. Agee was already past his prime by the time this trade was made, but Chiles was not a suitable replacement for Agee, and pitcher, Buddy Harris never played a game for the Mets.

The New York Mets traded middle relievers,  Brent Strom and Bob Rauch to the Cleveland Indians for reliever  Phil Hennigan on November 27, 1972.

The Boston Red Sox signed reliever Skip Lockwood of the New York Mets as a free agent on November 27, 1979. Lockwood was one of the best Mets closers you don’t remember.

The New York Mets signed free agent first baseman, Eddie Murray of the Los Angeles Dodgers on November 27, 1991. He still played at a high level in his  2 seasons as a Met, but his anti-social attitude was one of the reasons why the Mets team he played with was dubbed ” The Worst Team Money Could Buy”.

The New York Mets traded middle reliever, Jerry Dipoto to the Colorado Rockies for pitcher, Armando Reynoso on November 27, 1996.

The New York Mets traded  popular first baseman, Rico Brogna to the Philadelphia Phillies for middle relievers, Ricardo Jordan and Toby Borland on November 27, 1996.

Mo Vaughn is such a Star Wars fanatic that he once dressed as the Sarlacc Pit for Halloween !!!!

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This Day In Mets Infamy With Rusty: Add Me To List Of The Walking Wounded Edition http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-add-me-to-list-of-the-walking-wounded-edition.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-add-me-to-list-of-the-walking-wounded-edition.html/#comments Sat, 07 Sep 2013 14:01:53 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=128722 mr met ambulance hospitalIn major league baseball, injuries are a common, almost expected part of the game. If you are an everyday player, you generally play between 135 and 150 games a season. If you are a starting pitcher you may appear in as many as 30-35 games. A reliever can pitch theoretically at around 100 games max.

When we look at all the members of the Mets that have landed on the DL for either parts of the season ( David Wright, Lucas Duda) or other players that are now out for the rest of the season - Matt Harvey, Ike Davis, Johan Santana, Bobby Parnell and most recently Scott Rice you have to scratch your head at how such physically fit players can be so fragile.

Well you can now officially ad my name to the list of the Mets walking wounded. Since March I have had a sometimes sharp, most of the time dull pain in my right shoulder (my writing arm). I figured that it was just a strain, and in time the pain would subside on its own with big quantities of Tylenol as well as larger quantities of alcohol. But no the discomfort got progressively worse to the extent that I would be up half the night trying to find a comfortable position to sleep. So I said to myself maybe I should seek out the Mets trainer, Ray Ramirez.

Ray suggested that I should just ice it down and if all else fails he could lop it off with a machete. Needless to say I ran for the hills when I saw that look of delight in Ray’s eyes. He seemed to want to lop my arm off – was he trying to tell me something without actually saying it?

Next I went to a specialist to whom I was recommended for my pain. She took X-rays which showed no bone spurs or broken bones – to which I breathed a sigh of relief. She scheduled me for an MRI and I got the results back from yesterday. The MRI revealed that I had a partially torn rotator cuff, a slight labrum tear, some leakage from one of my capsules – not sure which one and yes – I HAVE ARTHRITIS !!!!

So needless to say I am not happy with the diagnosis – and I cannot blame Metsmerized’s owner for overuse (DANG IT!). But hopefully with physical therapy, ice packs and if all else fails cortisone shots, I should be feeling better. I wont be going the PED route since I am full of integrity. I promise that I shall write my posts while gutting through this injury. No there will be no 15, 30 or 60 DL stints for me, and hopefully by Opening Day may arm shall be at 100%.

And with that said …. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!! 

Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:

Mets pitching coach from ’99-’00, Dave Wallace, is 66 (1947).

Reserve catcher from the ’82 season and one time Mets AA manager, Rick Sweet turns 61 (1952).

Reserve outfielder from the ’01 season, Darren Bragg is 44 (1969).

One third of  ”Generation K”, pitcher  Jason Isringhausen is 41 (1972). “Izzy” went on to be a dominant  reliever once he was traded from the Mets, abut returned for the ’11 season and pitched quite effectively .

Reserve outfielder from the ’07 season, David Newhan is 40 (1973).

Middle reliever from ’08-’09, Brian Stokes is 34 (1979).

Sadly on this date we lost  two members of our Mets extended family. Third baseman from ’66-’67, Ken Boyer in 1982 and middle reliever from the ’67 season, Hal Reniff in 2004.

Some other notables include:

  • The  New York Mets purchased the contract of pitcher, Galen Cisco from the Boston Red Sox on September 7, 1962. “The Cisco Kid”  spent 4 seasons with the Mets mainly as a starting pitcher and compiled a record of 18-43 with an ERA of 4.04.
  • The Cincinnati Reds claimed light-hitting back up catcher, Alex Trevino from the Mets on waivers on September 7, 1990.
  • Not many fans care to remember when the Mets signed free agent middle reliever, Guillermo Mota on September 7, 1990. That was not a memorable time for the Mets faithful (we generally try to forget about Mets malcontents). Mota actually received his first professional baseball contract from the Mets in 1990.
  • The New York Mets signed free agent  first baseman, Jorge Toca on September 7, 1998. Many Mets fans may remember Toca as that power hitting Cuban defector that hit pretty well in the Mets minors. But in his brief time with the Mets he proved to be nothing more than a AAAA washout.

Mo Vaughn fantasizes about being bathed in a bathtub of veal parmagiana.

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This Day In Mets Infamy With Rusty: The “Songs That Best Describe The Mets” Edition http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-the-songs-that-best-describe-the-mets-edition.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-the-songs-that-best-describe-the-mets-edition.html/#comments Tue, 20 Aug 2013 12:20:47 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=127523 In today’s ever changing world, the art form of music is extremely important. Classical Music calms us down, Hard Rock and Hip Hop can give us a feeling of angst as well as euphoria , Adult Contemporary can make us contemplative and this new pop//techno//Bieber style is just well….. CRAP !

But the type of music a ballplayer uses when he steps up to the plate or runs out to the mound is rather important as well. It can create a feeling of fear or anxiety to the opposing batter/pitcher. This is sometimes purposeful – case in point the use of the Metallica song “Enter Sandman” as Mariano Rivera‘s intro song. If you are a batter and you hear that song , well you know you have a Sisyphean task ahead of you.

Oftentimes their musical choice is just a play on their name or personality, and yes sometimes they mean absolutely nothing at all… But not in this exercise…

I now present you with my list of songs that our current Mets players should be using as their walk up/intro music:

David Wright should be walking up to the strains of “I’m Your Captain” by Grand Funk.

Middle reliever, Scott Atchinson should enter the game to “Old Man” by Neil Young.

The recently promoted Travis d’Arnaud should use “New Kid In Town” by The Eagles as his theme until he gets more experienced.

The case of Marlon Byrd it is quite simple – “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Matt Harvey should walk to the mound with the song “Eye Of The Tiger” by Survivor blasting through the P.A. system.

And an appropriate song for Zack Wheeler is “Wheel In The Sky” by Journey .

Last but not least, if there was a song that should best describe the Mets future it should be “Movin On Up” – The theme from The Jefferson’s!

So what do you think ? Agree/disagree? What song would you use for a player that was either mentioned or not? Feel free to write your choices in the comments section.

And with that said….. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!!

Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:

Utility player from 1962, Cliff Cook is 87 (1936) .

Reserve outfielder from the ’09 season, Cory Sullivan is 34 (1979).

Middle reliever from the ’09 season, Lance Broadway is 30 (1983).

Some other notables...

  • The  New York Mets purchased the contract of spot starter/middle reliever, Bill Connors from the Chicago Cubs on August 20, 1967.
  • The New York Mets purchased the contract of starting pitcher Ray Burris from the New York Yankees on August 20, 1979.
  • The New York Mets signed free agent utility infielder, Larry Bowa on August 20, 1985. Bowa’s tenure with the Mets was rather short. He played in 14 games for the Mets, batting .105 with just 2 RBIs.
  • The New York Mets traded minor league infielders, Sean Henry and Jose Castro, to the Cincinnati Reds for reserve outfielder/first baseman, Jeff  Conine on August 20, 2007.
  • The New York Mets released starting pitcher, Livan Hernandez on August 20, 2009.

The song that best describes Mo Vaughn is “I Want Candy’ !!!!!

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Everything’s Coming Up Apples… http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/everythings-coming-up-apples.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/everythings-coming-up-apples.html/#comments Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:00:30 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=122669 So all of a sudden these strangely colored orbs are appearing all over our great city.

Have you come across any of them?

Most of you have probably seen this one, which stands outside the Mets Shop at Citi Field, but what about all the others?

Here’s a map of where all these forbidden fruits can be located… And you can check out the many Met fans who are submitting pics of these Apple Sightings by searching the hashtag #ASGApples on Twitter.

MLB.com Apples Parade 1. Arizona Diamondbacks
2. Atlanta Braves*
3. Baltimore Orioles
4. Boston Red Sox
5. Chicago Cubs
6. Chicago White Sox
7. Cincinnati Reds
8. Cleveland Indians
9. Colorado Rockies
10. Detroit Tigers
11. Houston Astros*
12. Kansas City Royals*
13. Los Angeles Angels
14. Los Angeles Dodgers
15. Miami Marlins*
16. Milwaukee Brewers
17. Minnesota Twins
18. New York Mets*
19. New York Yankees
20. Oakland Athletics
21. Philadelphia Phillies
22. Pittsburgh Pirates
23. San Diego Padres
24. San Francisco Giants
25. Seattle Mariners
26. St. Louis Cardinals
27. Tampa Bay Rays*
28. Texas Rangers
29. Toronto Blue Jays
30. Washington Nationals
31. MLB All-Star Game
32. American League*
33. National League*
34. Brooklyn Dodgers
35. New York Giants
Modell’s: 1293 Broadway @ 34th Street
TBS: Time Warner Center – Columbus Circle
Chelsea Market: 75 9th Avenue btwn 15th and 16th Street
Party City: 223 West 34th Street btwn 7th and 8th Avenues
Staybridge Suites: 340 West 40th Street btwn 8th and 9th Avenues
Toys “R” Us: 1514 Broadway @ 44th Street
Modell’s: 607 Sixth Avenue @ 18th Street
Topps: 1 Whitehall Street @ Bridge Street
World Financial Center: 200 Liberty Street @ West Street
Duane Reade: 1657 Broadway btwn 51st and 52nd Streets
Westin: 212 East 42nd Street btwn 2nd and 3rd Avenues
FOX: 1211 Avenue of Americas btwn 47th and 48th Streets
Bed Bath and Beyond: 410 East 61st Street @ 1st Avenue
T-Mobile: 322 West 125th Street @ 8th Avenue
Grace Building: West 43rd Street @ 6th Avenue
Office of the Commissioner: 245 Park Avenue @ 46th Street
Best Buy: 1 Union Square South @ 14th Street
SNY: 75 Rockefeller Center btwn 5th and 6th Avenues
Modell’s: 234 West 42nd Street btwn 7th and 8th Avenues
Modell’s: 795 Columbus Ave. @ 100th Street
Party City: 38 West 14th Street btwn 5th and 6th Avenues
Niketown: 6 East 57th St btwn Madison and 5th Avenues
Sony: 550 Madison Ave btwn 55th and 56th Streets
Tommy Bahama: 551 5th Ave @ 45th Street
Nintendo: 10 Rockefeller Plaza @ 48th Street
Buy Buy Baby: 270 7th Ave btwn 26th and 25th Streets
120 Park Avenue @ 42nd Street
Zuccotti Park: 1 Liberty Plaza btwn Broadway & Church Street
Intercontinental: 111 East 48th Street @ Lexington Avenue
Intrepid Museum: 1 Intrepid Square @ West 46th Street
Citi Field: 123-01 Roosevelt Ave @ 126th Street
NY Public Library: 11 West 40th Street @ 5th Avenue
NY Public Library: 11 West 40th Street @ 5th Avenue
Grand Central Terminal @ 42nd Street
Grand Central Terminal @ 42nd Street
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The Forgotten Players: The Untold Story Of Performance Enhancing Drugs In Baseball http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/01/the-forgotten-players-the-untold-story-of-performance-enhancing-drugs-in-baseball.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/01/the-forgotten-players-the-untold-story-of-performance-enhancing-drugs-in-baseball.html/#comments Fri, 25 Jan 2013 15:02:22 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=105869 I once heard an interview where a player gave his estimation of how many players were on some sort of performance enhancing drug when he played in the early 2000s. He said it was ninety percent of the players—in other words, nine out of ten guys.

Let that marinate for a second.

I don’t remember who the player was, but I certainly believe that stat to be fairly accurate. It always made me wonder why PED or steroid usage causes such an uproar if it was as common as using tobacco before a ball game. A player could get arrested for being caught with some of the drugs they were using, but there were no written rule in baseball which stated a player couldn’t use them.

For that simple fact, baseball should just build a wing in the Hall of Fame and label it the “Steroid Era.” Baseball should not run away from it’s past, but accept it, and be proud that they took steps to try and right the wrongs.

I know some people will disagree. They want these men banned because the cheated! They want their names removed from the record books! They don’t deserve it!

These same people that proclaim these things are rule breakers themselves. They are law breakers. Not only do they break laws, but their law breaking could have a bigger impact on their lives and the lives of others than the men that used PEDs during baseball.

How many of you commute to work everyday? How many of you drive in and stay at, or below the speed limit? I’m going to go out on a limb and say not many. It’s a rule of the road and a law that is easy for us to ignore. We ignore it for a variety of reasons. Some people can’t afford to be late, and fear of losing their jobs. Others just like driving fast. Regardless of the reason we break the law; the law is there for the safety of ourselves and the other people on the road. We do it because the odds of us getting caught are slim.

However, when we speed on the road and take our lives and the other people’s lives for granted around us, it’s not looked on as harshly as a man that took MLBs sacred records for granted. Not unless we get caught, and not unless something bad happens. Then the speeding person’s name is often on the cover of your local newspaper and looked on as a villain.

The same holds true when it came to PEDs, which brings me to the next point.

Why is it that we ridicule the player who was a superstar, when suspicions of PED usage arise, but the fringe major league player and middle of the road players get a free pass?

Nobody gives a rat’s ass about how PED use of these fringe players affected the game of baseball, all that is cared about is the sacred records. What a crock of crap. Has it ever dawned on anyone that these great players were already great, and while the may have used PEDs, would probably have been hall of famers to begin with?

The truly forgotten player in this mess is the player that never lived out his dream. The clean player that tried to stay on the straight and narrow and never even thought to use a PED to gain an edge. These men were robbed of their dreams, often good enough on god given talent to play professional baseball, but often overlooked because scouts marveled at the guy who was juicing.

I’ve had a few friends who played minor league and independent league baseball who would attest to seeing the other players rubbing the “cream” on in the club house. I, with my own eyes, have seen friends helping inject each other with a syringe of steroids.

It was literally everywhere.

How many young lives were ruined because young men were trying to imitate their heroes? How many young lives lost? How many dreams crushed?

I never for a second thought my heroes were ever using steroids. Not that it would have made a difference in what I was doing if I knew that they were. Call me naïve, but I really thought it was Creatine and other over the counter supplements these players were using. If you didn’t find me in a gym lifting weights, I was probably at GNC re-stocking my supplement stash.

I was a player dead-smack in the middle of the steroid era. I was a victim of the steroid era. My story is probably not much different than others. I’m sure thousands of former aspiring baseball players can tell you similar stories. As an aspiring player, I began using Creatine in an attempt to build huge bulging muscles to catch the eyes of the scouts. The result: between my sophomore and junior year in college I gained almost 20 pounds.

A funny thing happens when you gain 20 pounds in a course of two months when you aren’t using performance enhancers—you get slow as heck. I went from a guy who had the green light on the base paths the two previous years with the nickname of “Jackie” (after Jackie Robinson for my aggressive base running style and the way I wore my uniform), to a guy that should have been utilized as a designated hitter. I went from scoring from second base on passed balls to the back stop, to having someone come in to pinch run for me in certain game situations. I wasn’t fat, just didn’t realize what gaining the extra muscle weight was doing to me and my game.

It’s the year 2001. I am one year removed from college and skipped over in the major league draft, knocking around to different tryouts. I had gotten a full-time job at a prominent company right out of college, but I still had the itch to play professional baseball. I remember getting myself in the best shape of my life (naturally) and decided that a tryout I was going to attend for the Cincinnati Reds would be my last hurrah. Unless I got signed, I was walking away from the game. I would leave it all on the field. It was time to move on with my life.

I won’t bore you with the details of the tryout, but I was invited with two other young aspiring ball players to stay after the tryout. We were pulled into the dugout when everyone else had vacated the field. The Reds scout walked over to us, he began to speak, and I will never forget what he said. He looked at us and said “you three guys are good enough to play in the Cincinnati Reds organization right now. The problem is I can’t sign any of you, although I would like to, because then we would have to release an established player that we have already invested time and money in. However, I can have you placed on an independent team, and if a spot opens up in our organization or a player gets injured, we can give you a call.”

I heard all I had to hear. I was happy I heard the words that I was good enough to play in the organization. I walked up to the scout, shook his hand, and thanked him for the opportunity. I walked off the field for what I thought was going to be the last time in my life. I had closure. At least I thought I did.

Fast forward a few years to all the steroid allegations. All these men I looked up to growing up are now being accused of using steroids. I’m hearing that ninety percent of ball players were on some sort of steroid or PED. The closure I thought I had slowly started drifting away. The closure began to turn to anger. I started to question if the reason why I didn’t get a chance to live my dream was because some other guy that was cheating was holding me back. I started to wonder if I had decided to put that needle to my ass cheek, would things have been different. I started to hate the game.

So while some people out there are angry that the star players used these PEDs to pad their stats, those stats can be fixed with an asterisk. The fringe player gets a free pass in all of this, but why? How can we fix the broken dreams? How can we help the grieving mother or father who lost their son because he was using PEDs?

While everyone worries about the sacred records, and argues about players that should not be in the hall of fame, try to remember that there was more at stake. PED usage affected more than just the record books.

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MMO Player Of The Week: David Wright http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/05/mmo-player-of-the-week-david-wright-3.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/05/mmo-player-of-the-week-david-wright-3.html/#comments Mon, 21 May 2012 16:24:24 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=82197 The MetsMerizedOnline Player of the Week for this week has shown he has a great impact on this team. This week includes the 2-game series against the Brewers, the 2-game series against the Reds, and the weekend series against the Blue Jays for a total of 7 games. Here is our MMO Player of the Week for 5/14-5/20:

Through the use of the scorecard, let’s take a look at how David Wright did this week:

G

AB

H

R

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

K

AVG

6

16

8

5

6

0

0

3

7

4

.500

Wright continues to impress everyone this year, and his batting average for the entire year sits at .412. His strikeout count has decreased quite a bit this year, he is not chasing many pitches out of the zone and thus is also getting more walks this year.

Honorable Mentions

These players, although not winning the Player of the Week award, had a very strong showing this week and deserve to be recognized. We will also show how strong a showing they had through the use of the scorecard.

Mike Baxter

G

AB

H

R

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

K

AVG

5

15

7

3

2

1

0

2

1

3

.467

Lucas Duda

G

AB

H

R

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

K

AVG

7

24

7

3

2

0

0

3

4

8

.292

Miguel Batista (Now on DL)

G

IP

W

L

SV

R

ER

BB

K

AVG

WHIP

2

9.0

1

0

0

0

0

2

7

.161

0.78

Tim Byrdak

G

IP

W

L

SV

R

ER

BB

K

AVG

WHIP

4

1.1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

0.00

Rob Johnson (Catcher in Relief)

G

IP

W

L

SV

R

ER

BB

K

AVG

WHIP

1

1.0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.000

0.00

Not So Hot

The Not So Hot area mentions a few players who did not have a good week this week.

Manny Acosta

Jon Niese

Jon Rauch

Dillon Gee

Mike Nickeas

Andres Torres

Ike Davis

Kirk Nieuwenhuis

Player Of The Week Scoreboard

This area shows the scoreboard of the Players of the Week, and who has won already this season and how many times.

1. David Wright – 3

T2. Kirk Nieuwenhuis – 1

T2. Johan Santana – 1

T2. Andres Torres – 1

Trivia

To finish off the Player of the Week announcement each week, I’ll be asking you a trivia question. The answer will be announced during the next Player of the Week announcement, as well as the first person who answered correctly. Another question will then be asked. Last Week’s Answer is: 16 wins for Tom Seaver in 1967. Adam was the first person to correctly answer the question. So here is this week’s question:

When did David Wright make his Major League debut and against what team?

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Mets Head To Toronto Donning Hockey Jerseys http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/05/mets-head-to-toronto-donning-hockey-jerseys.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/05/mets-head-to-toronto-donning-hockey-jerseys.html/#comments Fri, 18 May 2012 00:15:00 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=81660 After tonight’s thrilling 9-4 come-from-behind victory over the Cincinnati Reds, the Mets left Citi Field donning hockey jerseys as they head north of the border to take on the Toronto Blue Jays in a three-game set.

Here are some photos courtesy of the Mets twitter feed:

Before The Game, Tim Byrdak Went All Out, Dressed From Helmet To Skates In Blackhawks Attire

The 1-2 Punch Of Santana And Dickey Show Off Their Wild/Predator Jerseys

Nickeas Going With A More Regal Approach, Donning The LA Kings Jersey, Who Are A Favorite TO Win The Stanley Cup

Mike Baxter: The Hometown Kid Representing The Hometown Team

Gee Sports His Stars Jersey, But Doesn’t Sport His Goatee!!!

Even Gary Cohen And Kevin Burkhardt Got In On The Action

Hopefully this time this themed event will have a better result in Toronto than the cowboy theme when they got swept by the Astros earlier this month.

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Time Doesn’t Heal All Wounds http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/12/time-doesnt-heal-all-wounds.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/12/time-doesnt-heal-all-wounds.html/#comments Thu, 22 Dec 2011 16:05:52 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=68130 I guess some wounds never heal.

I was captivated by this video which shows a very emotional Tom Seaver still struggling to talk about his infamous trade to the Cincinnati Reds by M. Donald Grant.

You can’t help, but get emotional yourself watching him get choked up like that.

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Looking Just a Few Days Ahead http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/07/looking-just-a-few-days-ahead.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/07/looking-just-a-few-days-ahead.html/#comments Wed, 07 Jul 2010 20:55:11 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=30838 The Mets are going to be playing for first place this weekend.  Not against the Phillies, but against a resurgent Braves team that is making it feel like the early part of the decade when these two teams were battling for NL East dominance.  And if Jonathan Niese and the Mets can take the rubber game against the Reds tonight, it won’t matter what the Braves do in Philly–the Mets will be 1 or 2 games back of Atlanta heading into the teams’ showdown this weekend at Citi Field.

It sure has been a while since the Mets were playing for the division lead this late in the season.  And this time it feels different, not only because we’re battling the Braves for supremacy, but because this team was not expected by most people to contend.  I was one of those folks, and even suggested they might be a last place team.  And I have no problem admitting I was wrong and being quite happy about being wrong.  This is a team that has played above its collective head, or at least played up to its potential.  And even when we lose a couple games, we win a few more.  There is just something special about the roster as it’s constructed right now.

There are questions, yes.  Will Mike Pelfrey get it back together after his Monday night implosion?  Will K-Rod also stop imploding?  How will Carlos Beltran be able to contribute after major surgery?  And was Johan’s gem last night the shape of things to come or not? And of course, will Cliff Lee or Roy Oswalt be wearing Mets’ blue any time soon?

I don’t know the answers to those questions, but I sure do like that we’re asking them in mid-July.  Let’s go beat the Reds tonight, and then let’s sweep the Braves and really make a statement heading into the all-star break.

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Omar Minaya Was “Unprepared” For Aroldis Chapman http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/04/omar-minaya-was-unprepared-for-aroldis-chapman.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/04/omar-minaya-was-unprepared-for-aroldis-chapman.html/#comments Tue, 13 Apr 2010 14:34:49 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=24363

On Sunday, 20-year old Aroldis Chapman, who signed a six-year, $30.25-million contract with the Cincinnati Reds, made his first start for Class-AAA Louisville Bats. It was an electrifying debut for one who is sure to become baseball’s next big thing.

Chapman’s fastball hit 101 mph on the radar gun and stayed in the high 90s throughout the game. He gave up no earned runs and allowed five hits (all singles) and one walk in 4 2/3 Innings pitched against the Toledo Mud Hens.

Amazingly, he struck out nine batters and of his 85 pitches, he threw 55 of them for strikes. Over a quarter of his pitches were 98-mph or faster. Wow…

“No debut compares to that at this level,” Louisville manager Rick Sweet said. “As soon as the radar gun hit 100, you could hear the buzz in the ballpark.”

All we can do now is see him and weep…

Back as early as October, we wrote that the Mets would kick the tires on Chapman, but only for appearances sake. Sadly we were right.

It’s not known how much the Mets are really interested in Chapman and it looks like they may only be engaged for appearances sake in my opinion.

The Cuban left-hander, whose defection sparked a bidding war among major league teams that coveted his 102-mph fastball, should have been priority number one for a team whose rotational is questionable at best and whose best pitching prospects are 2-3 years away.

On December 27th I wrote about my frustration regarding the Mets inept and lackadaisical approach to the pitching market and their failure to make an offer to quite possibly the best lefthanded prospect in the game. I wrote,

As the Mets continue signing these risk/reward type players like Kelvim Escobar, Ryota Igarashi, and Clint Evert, all of whom have considerable risk, but came cheap, why haven’t the Mets made a play for what could be the best risk/reward player on the market as well as the best and healthiest starting pitcher still left?

I also laid out a potential game plan for Chapman’s short and long term future for the Mets if we were lucky enough to acquire him and also pointed out that in the grand scheme of things, the Cuban phenom was a bargain compared to Lackey and others.

Chapman has been compared to phenom Stephen Strasburg, last year’s #1 overall pick by the Nationals. That’s a heck of a comparison if you were to ask me, and it could mean the Mets would get themselves a potential ace left-handed starter to replace Johan Santana at the end of his contract. Until then, Chapman could become a viable number two starter that would certainly fill the Mets needs and for a lot less than they would have had to pay Roy Halladay or John Lackey for just one year.

The Mets would eventually sit on their hands once again, and only watch as a low market team like The Cincinnati Reds whisked the young fire-baller away.

At an average of $5 million dollars per year for the next six years, what a bargain… Think about that as you watch Oliver Perez and John Maine try to rebound against the Rockies and Cardinals at a combined $16 million in salary this season.

You want to talk about calling out Jerry Manuel for admitting his was ”unprepared” for the Nationals? Well then you better add Omar Minaya into the fire for being “unprepared” for dealing with the pitching market this past offseason.

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Are Mets Becoming The Forgotten Stepchild? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/03/are-mets-becoming-everyones-redheaded-stepchild.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/03/are-mets-becoming-everyones-redheaded-stepchild.html/#comments Thu, 25 Mar 2010 20:30:43 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=23174 Folks, I don’t live in New York anymore, and haven’t since 1992.  Sure, I can get all my Mets news online and I can watch and listen to games online or on cable.  But nothing beats living there–the talk, the camaraderie, the print newspapers that you can read with two hands and two eyes (unless you’re Muno from Yo Gabba Gabba).

So sometimes I feel disconnected and rely on friends or my dad to fill me in on things.  I also noticed that anyone outside of New York thinks of the Yankees first and the Mets as an after-thought.  I realize it’s been this way for decades, but I don’t think I realized it as much until I left New York.

Lately, too, it’s been worse than ever.  Since the Mets’ two collapses in 2007 and 2008, respectively, and since the injury plague of 2009, it’s almost like the Mets have become a joke to everyone else’s fans.

I remember going to my gym here in Nashville last year, and my trainer introducing me to another member and former Cincinnati Reds pitcher.  At that point it was like May and the Mets were not looking good (before all the injuries hit).  So I asked this guy if he could tell me what was wrong with the Mets.  Instead of offering an answer, he just kind of chuckled.  I don’t know if that’s because he didn’t know the answer, or because, well, the Mets have become the Phillies’ and Yankees’ punching bag.

This week I was e-mailing with a fellow colleague in the music business, and we were talking about the NL East.  I’m a Mets fan, he’s a Braves fan.  But the first thing he says when I tell him I’m a Mets fan is this…”Ha, Jeff Francouer.”  That’s right, “ha.” Of course, I can counter with “Ha, Ryan Church.”

On the other hand, another music writer I know who is an avid baseball fan said he thinks the Mets have a “scary” lineup, and he meant that in a positive way.

Still, the Mets seem to get no love in the national press, and with the Yankees winning it all and the Phillies winning it all the year before, we continue to wallow in red-headed-step-child-edness.  Or something.  Boy, do we ever need to start winning again and reverse this trend.  I hope it’s before my two year old boy starts rooting for the team with me.

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Aroldis Chapman Signs With Reds http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/01/aroldis-chapman-signs-with-reds.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/01/aroldis-chapman-signs-with-reds.html/#comments Mon, 11 Jan 2010 03:37:11 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=18779 According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Cuban LHP Aroldis Chapman has agreed to a deal with the Cincinnati Reds.

Cuban left-handed pitcher Aroldis Chapman, whose defection sparked a bidding war among major league teams that coveted his 100-mph fastball, agreed Sunday morning to sign for $30 million with the Cincinnati Reds, sources close the negotiations told Yahoo! Sports.

By now I’m sure you all know the whole story about how Chapman defected, and how he once hit 102 mph on the radar gun, and all the Stephen Strasburg comparisons, and when he miraculously parted the Red Sea, yada, yada, yada…

I am so glad this saga has mercifully come to an end. All those wrong predictions that spawned thousands of needless blog posts that are now all so meaningless.

Once again the Heyman’s and Rosenthal’s of the world were dead wrong, and nobody saw this coming… Just like the Jason Bay deal…

I can’t even count how many times it was reported that Chapman was close to signing with the Blue Jays or the Red Sox or the Marlins or the Angels or the Bad News Bears…

Who will they inaccurately fixate on now?

As for the defector who launched a thousand blogs… good luck in Cincy dude, that is if you ever make it that far…

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