Firetruck Applesauce - Met fan attitudes, Beltran on the DL, and roster shakeups

A Met player and his trainer get in a cab on the way to a hospital, is it any surprise that a firetruck rear ends them? This is the perfect metaphor for this season so far. Fortunately, no one was badly injured and we have a victory to relish in today. 

Meet the Mets

On the day that Carlos Beltran was placed on the 15 day DL, Jose Reyes was involved in a car accident with a firetruck. Reyes is uninjured. Met trainer Ray Ramirez was in the car as well and is unhurt.

Mike Silva weighs in on the  Beltran injury.

With the team's latest DL casualty, there has been a lot written about the fans' attitudes toward this team. Sam wrote something earlier, as did Faith and Fear in Flushing. I must say that I enjoyed watching last night's game more than usual in that I wasn't expecting greatness and I was rewarded with a pleasant surprise victory. has created a new statistic: The Oliver Perez Index.

Baseball America's JJ Cooper talks about Josh Thole and Ike Davis.

John Maine had a strong, pain-free outing in Port St. Lucie.

The Mets cleaned shop a little yesterday in the minor leagues, releasing Conor Robertson and Bobby Kielty, and Willy Mo Pena and Javier Valentin. Eric took a look at the moves that the big league club made prior to yesterday's win.

Around the NL East

The 1962 Mets can breathe a little easier as the Nationals are winning a little more often.

Hanley Ramirez has pulled ahead of Jimmy Rollins in All-Star voting.

The Braves knocked off the Cubs 2-0 in a rain make-up, but Kelly Johnson was forced to leave the game with leg cramps.

Around MLB

Players' Union head Donald Fehr announced his retirement yesterday. Let's start legacy evaluation.

Albuquerque Isotopes fans are preparing for the Manny Ramirez road show.

Cardinal third baseman Troy Glaus may actually draw interest in the trade market.

Mark Texeira hustled.

The Rockies are 18-5 under new manager Jim Tracy.

The Twins have seen enough of Luis Ayala.

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