List as of April 17, 2011
Now that we have wrapped up posts #150 - 141 on our top 150 list, it's time to take a look at the next decade of the greatest posts, #140 - 131, after the jump...
We welcome Molina, a catcher and more
So much veteran presence, he just fits through a door
For Thole he'll be a two-year apprentice
And walk just as much as I visit the dentist
There are those who worry he's seldom on base
But once there, fear not, he'll stay right in place
Now questions about his conditioning abound
The man is in shape, but that shape is round
His knees may be failing, his arm may be tired
And if he should fail, Minaya's sure to be fired
But his 15 home runs should cure all the Mets' ills
Despite his clear absence of all other skills
As new products go, Bengie looks like New Coke
But the deal's welcome news for the folks at Blue Smoke
When I heard Reverend James Lawson, a local professor at Vanderbilt and a hero of the Civil Rights movement, speak about First Amendment rights, I was taken aback by one thing in particular he said (and I'm paraphrasing): "The news media is based on hate for the other party."
His words took on renewed meaning to me when I re-watched a Youtube favorite of mine, Jon Stewart on Crossfire. Most people remember Stewart (a Mets fan) calling Tucker Carlson a dick in a bowtie. Upon this watching, however, another thing he said in the interview stood out:
Begala: "By beating up on them? You just said we're too rough on them when they make mistakes."
Stewart: "No, no, no, you're not too rough on them. You're part of their strategies. You are partisan, what do you call it, hacks." (emphasis mine)
I immediately thought back to this quotation when I read Omar Minaya's sound byte from earlier in the season:
It has been a frustrating few days of New York Mets baseball, folks. The team comes off of three straight wins in San Francisco to now lose three straight games in which the team has scored a total of five runs and made some horrendous errors in the field and on the basepaths. To make things worse, the manager has made more than a few questionable decisions and the general manager has saddled him with a bevy of back-ups perhaps not fit to start on the lowly Nationals, let alone an alleged contender like the Mets. And yet, all three of those losses have been eminently winnable. It is a rough patch, to be sure, but there are some bright spots to be found as well.
This is not, however, an analysis but, rather, a simple request for some civility. The game threads here have become downright nasty during the last few games. Wishing that Jerry Manuel was dead will not make him a better manager. Wishing incurable death or disease upon a shitty player will not make him a better player. Threatening to track down Omar Minaya will not make him any better at personnel decisions. As we have seen recently, these seemingly innocuous sorts of statements on a message board can get you in trouble with the law. Moreover, it makes the atmosphere in the game threads somewhat intolerable for people trying to discuss a game of baseball.
I do not begrudge anyone their right to complain about Jerry Manuel (I certainly do), or Omar Minaya (ditto), or certain players (natch). Shit happens in baseball and it is fun to bitch about it. And, like our own cjmulrain said only two days ago, we are "the angriest fan base of a first place team in professional sports history." Sure, second place now, but the sentiment remains valid. But please keep the death and disease wishes to yourself. It really is to everyone's benefit.
As always, Let's Go Mets!
Citi Field's Dimensions Suddenly Make Sense
It's gotta be more than coincidence that R.A.'s head fits neatly inside Citi Field's walls.
This is a little something my pop made a few years ago. It hung in my house until I moved out of state; now it hangs in my old bedroom at my folks house. The ghostly image in the .jpg is pop taking a picture of it. Hope it brings back some good memories.
The Hall Of Fame released this image of Roberto Alomar's plaque today. It's probably the best we can ask for as Mets fans. Embiggen
Ray Ramirez was fired from his winter job as Strength and Conditioning Coach for Maryland Aquatic...
Ray Ramirez was fired from his winter job as Strength and Conditioning Coach for Maryland Aquatic Wildlife after 2 million dead fish were found floating on the Chesapeake Bay. The remaining fish are being listed as "day to day". Embiggen
Jon Heyman deserves this.