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Utley Applesauce - Holliday prefers Yankees and Mets, Marquis wants Mets, 1969 photos, Cards trading Pujols?

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So, while all the cool people are enjoying October baseball, I feel like I'm sitting at home in my parents' basement waiting for news on Matt Holliday. Fortunately, there is something along those lines to pass along.

Meet the Mets

Ken Davidoff reports that Matt Holliday's top two choices are the Yankees and the Mets (in that order). I always enjoy being the second choice.

Jason Marquis, however, seems to have the Mets as his first choice.

LIFE magazine puts together an awesome photo gallery of shots from the 1969 Met season.

FanGraphs explains why Johan Santana can be such a good pitcher while relying on the fly ball.

Around the NL East

Tim Hudson has announced that he'll give Atlanta a hometown discount. That's quite the change from saying he'll test free agency.

Chase Utley is human after all.

Brett Myers is angry at being left off the Phillies' NLCS roster. So is Crashburn Alley.

Stephen Strasburg pitched three and a third innings of shutout baseball in his Fall League debut reaching 99 mph with his fastball.

Around MLB

There are rumblings that St. Louis may look to trade Albert Pujols after the first baseman expressed a reluctance to sign a contract extension. Ted Berg took notice.

Mike Lupica writes an incredibly annoying column explaining why the Yankees have the best fans in the world, seemingly because they are willing to go to cold games and pay a lot of money for tickets.

Meanwhile, the Yankees' favorite singer, Ronan Tynan, has been banned from singing for the time being after making an anti-semitic remark.

The Astros really are considering everyone who can possibly manage their team; they are interviewing former manager Phil Garner.

The Cubs are most likely going to offer Rudy Jaramillo their hitting coach job.