The Impact of a Catastrophic is the Greatest

With the Mets lead reduced to a half game, I thought it would be a fun time to see what our friend Smarmy Pete Alfano is up to. Let’s see if Pete just rambles on with a collection of half thoughts until he fills the column. I’m betting he does, lets see!

Monday Morning Quarterback: U.S. redeems itself on, off court

Don’t worry, as always Pete’s title has nothing to do with this piece.

With the football season fast-approaching, the Monday Morning Quarterback is practicing a hurry-up drill:

Pete’s inner monologue (also in third person plural form): Alright guys, two minute warning, from now on, no huddle. We’re in good field position as this piece will be completely unrelated to the title, should really throw off the reader. First a non-point based and backed up by nothing, make sure we get out of bounds and stop the paragraph before any coherent point. Then we’re going to thinly mask our communist ideology with a Soviet lament but screen it with an obvious statement. Then we slam an NFL legend all the while using sentence structure that reads like it was written in another language and translated by Babelfish. Then we feebly try and bash the Rangers but since we don’t ever watch baseball, we’ll just wet ourselves before ending with something about NASCAR. On two, ready? Break!

Redeem team wins gold
Redemption, in this case, may have more to do with the image of NBA players than their performance on a basketball court.

Now that the Olympics are over, Ron Artest is clearly a better human being contributing to society in a positive way. Later, I’m going to let Latrell Sprewell housesit for me, while I’m at a marriage retreat weekend hosted by Jason Kidd and Kobe Bryant.

The U.S. team was considered arrogant, aloof and boorish in Athens during the 2004 Olympics, and their play reflected it.

Pete Alfano is considered arrogant, aloof and boorish and his writing reflects it.

But LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and company were not only great teammates to one another in Beijing, but they shared Team U.S.A.’s camaraderie as well.

I don’t know what that means. They shared team USA’s camaraderie? How were they great teammates? Since the title of this is: “U.S. redeems itself on, off court” does Pete have some insight into their relationship in the clubhouse? This might be interesting…

As for having a difficult time with Spain in the final, well, with more international players coming to the NBA, winning the gold in the future will not be getting any easier.

Oh, a non-point, I should have known.

U.S. wins most medals; China has more gold
Those who come from the Vince Lombardi school will no doubt say that winning is the only thing and silver and bronze are just like parting gifts for game show contestants.

Because in the Olympics, you are either going to win the gold, silver or bronze medals, there is no other alternative, like say not medaling. Football is kinda like that; I remember when the Cowboys won the Bronze medal after the Icebowl.

But keep this in mind: If the old Soviet Union were reunited (as Russia apparently tried to initiate with its invasion of Georgia), it would have won more total medals than either the Americans or Chinese.

Uh…..hhmmmm….Kay, Pete delving into global geopolitics is like handing a chimpanzee a revolver. Why would we need to keep that in mind? Since I’ve established many times on this site that Pete is a Communist subversive, lets see where this goes.

Like in everything else, the world is catching up and the U.S. might have to revise its expectations going into future Olympics. We’re not always going to have a Michael Phelps around to win eight gold medals alone.

I assume the point of that whole thing was Pete reminiscing about his precious Soviet-communist utopia. I really hope so, because it would be very scary if a major newspaper devoted a paragraph to tell us, “We’re not always going to have a Michael Phelps around to win eight gold medals alone.”

Shawne Merriman has “career-threatening” knee injury
The amazing thing about this revelation is that Merriman — an all-pro linebacker for the San Diego Chargers — hasn’t had surgery yet for two separate ligament injuries that he says could end his career. That was the evaluation of two medical specialists who are not employed the Chargers, whose coach Norv Turner still holds out hope that team physicians can stabilize the knee so that Merriman can play this season.

Poorly constructed sentences are an Alfano Staple. I know, but stay with me here, this next one’s a doozy.

This may be the greatest failing of Gene Upshaw, a Hall of Fame offensive lineman and executive director of the NFLPA, who died this week of pancreatic cancer.

Gene Upshaw’s greatest failing = The revelation is that Merriman hasn’t had surgery yet for two separate ligament injuries that he says could end his career

Don’t think about that too long or you’ll go mad.

Upshaw helped players earn 60 percent of revenues and watched the salary cap climb to $116 million, but pro football is a brutal sport and next to auto racing, the impact of a catastrophic is the greatest.

…the impact of a catastrophic is the greatest.

…the impact of a catastrophic is the greatest.

…the impact of a catastrophic is the greatest.

Players do not have guaranteed contracts because of the high injury rate, negotiating instead for lucrative up-front bonus money. Retired players complain they have been forgotten by Upshaw and the union, and current players face tremendous pressure to play when hurt. And sometimes, that calls into question the ethics of team doctors. The NFL would do well to establish its own medical team of physicians and surgeons and have them evaluate all player injuries.

I don’t know about an NFL team of physicians but I do know that …the impact of a catastrophic is the greatest.

Texas Rangers dropping like a rock
Wild-card aspirations seem so misguided now because they were based on the Rangers mashing their way to the postseason.

Yeah, well shit happens.

They are the Texas Tech of Major League Baseball, but even Tech is supposed to have a good defense this season.

Kiss my ass, douchebag. Look, I am a Texas Tech Alumni so maybe I’m a little over sensitive here, but this is just stupid. Texas Tech has been bowl eligible every season since the inception of the Big 12. That’s twelve years in a row. For those of you unfamiliar with the workings of college football, that means a winning record every year with twelve consecutive winning seasons. The Red Raiders rank fifth nationally in consecutive winning seasons, trailing only Florida State (30), Michigan (22), Florida (19), and Virginia Tech (14). In that time, the Rangers have had only two consecutive winning seasons. But if I have to participate in this stupid comparison up, I’d label them as more of the Texas Aggies of Major League Baseball, i.e. powerhouse in the 90’s, poor shape today.

And, yes, I realize he was making a “joke” about the Red Raiders high octane offense and the Rangers offensive production but since I doubt Pete’s ever watched a Tech game, he can go eff himself. Lots of teams run the spread offense; it isn’t a novelty anymore. Anyone would compare a college football program to a Major League Baseball team deserves public mockery.

Look at the rise of the Tampa Bay Rays; it has been built on pitching, sound defense and timely hitting.

As opposed to the rise of the Chicago Cubs which was built on pitching underhand, grounding into double plays and fielding without a glove. Last year’s Red Sox team was built on fresh breath, clean uniforms and timely three-point jumpers. Remember when the Marlins won the series based on keeping their dugout neat and using proper tackling techniques? I once heard a theory that the team that scores the most runs wins but I heard it was unprovable. Go figure.

And it’s not that the Rangers don’t recognize good pitching prospects — Edinson Volquez (15-5), John Danks (10-6) and Armando Galarraga (12-4) — have combined for 37 victories in 2008. And only Danks (Chicago White Sox) is pitching for a team with a shot at the playoffs.

What does that have to do with…wait, no…still doesn’t make any sense. Is it Galarraga and Volquez’ fault their teams aren’t in contention? But you already said they were good pitching prospects. Is Pete actually going to discuss why a pitcher’s win-loss record is misleading, lets see…

At times it seems like Nolan Ryan is the only Ranger who hasn’t started a game this season. Insert your own punch line.

Oh, another “joke.” That “joke” was the literary equivelent of a fart, so thanks for that.

Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch do the “Bristol bump”
Rivalries and controversy are great for auto racing, although we would stop short of the cheating done by the Joe Gibbs racing team. But while there is nothing wrong with drivers confronting one another after a race, jawing, shoving, even punching or yanking on one another’s helmet, we’d rather not see them play bumper cars after crossing the finish line. That was what Edwards and Busch did in Bristol, Tenn., Saturday night when Edwards bumped Busch and went on to win the race, moving a closer second to Busch in the points race with only two more races before the Chase begins. Busch bumped Edwards to let him know how he felt, and Edwards returned the favor. Hey, guys, learn from Indy-car driver Danica Patrick, who gets in the other driver’s face.

And so in summation, Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch bumping each other after crossing the finish line is the quintessential moment that the U.S. redeems itself on, off court. Thank you!

I’ve prepared my response in open letter form:

Mr. Alfano, what you’ve just written is the most insanely idiotic thing I’ve ever read. At no point in your rambling, incoherent article did you approach anything that could be considered a rational thought. Every reader is now dumber for having read it. I award you nothing, and my God have mercy on your soul.

Posted under FJM ripoff, Pete Alfano

No Relief in Sight

Ok, that was a shitty headline. Sorry about that.

Today the Mets announced that number 13 won’t be back on the mound anytime soon. I’m not a doctor but and sentence that starts with “increased inflammation in a tendon in Wagner’s left elbow despite rest” is usually accompanied by the phrase “requiring surgery and long term rehab.”

Also, from the same piece:

The Mets would not discount the possibility that Wagner may have suffered structural damage in his elbow, admitting only that they won’t know for sure until the swelling subsides.

Wagner’s season is over. The hope that the pen could hold it together long enough for him to get some rest is gone. What’s worse is there is absolutely no one who is capable of filling the closer’s role. Kunz maybe that man someday, but not today.

Even if the Mets can slug their way to the NL East title, there is no way to succeed in October minus a closer. Let’s have a look at what’s left of the Mets relief corps or as I’ve come to call the them, “Midnight Meat Train; THE MOST TERRIFYING RIDE YOU’LL EVER TAKE”:

Midnight Meat Train
Is it just me or does that sound like a title to a gay porn flick?

Aaron Heilman: Bust

Duaner Sanchez: Would have been a great candidate prior to July 31, 2006. Anyone have a time machine?

Pedro Felicano: Specialist

Scott Schoeneweis: Specialist

Joe Smith: Most likely a specialist or mid relief guy.

Brian Stokes: Mop up reliever/long man

Luis Ayala: A fresh arm to eat innings, not even candidate to be an early inning stopper

The Mets have publicly toyed with the idea of moving a starter to the bullpen, but unless we’re moving Johan out there, I don’t see it happening. With Maine’s sore arm, consecutive appearances aren’t sensible or likely. Pelfrey has finally figured out how to be a starter. Ollie is the biggest headcase to pitch for the Mets since Armando Benitez. Pedro might have success, but with his record of injury, a shift to the pen won’t be prudent. Most of that speculation was likely a smokescreen to give Minaya some leverage on what was left of the trade market.

What’s worse, this or Braden Looper circa 05? Hmmmmmm…

Posted under Angry Rant, Unsubstantiated Rumors

Contingency Plans

Joel Sherman takes a look a Jerry Manuel’s options for the final 44 games of the season. He’s laid out three interesting options:

Manuel dismissed any lingering patience with his veteran relievers after a loss yesterday that was unacceptable and unfathomable. The Pirates essentially were trying to surrender at Shea, yet the Mets bullpen burned the white flag and another sure victory went up in smoke.

So following a 7-5 loss to Pittsburgh, Manuel said this about who will provide the key outs late in games the rest of this season: “Everything from here on out is a possibility.” Manuel shared some options at a post-game news conference, but The Post has learned all three main scenarios the organization is now mulling:

1. Have Eddie Kunz, who has all of three major league appearances, reprise his Double-A closing role, at least until Billy Wagner returns, which is currently scheduled for Monday. This is the most likely choice.

2. Keep Brian Stokesin the rotation and call upon either John Maine or Oliver Perez to serve as a multi-inning fireman. For now the Mets don’t want to mess with Mike Pelfrey by requesting a rotation-to-pen change.

3. Summon top pitching prospect Jon Niese for the rotation and use Stokes plus either Maine or Perez to serve as the main late-inning relievers.

Kunz, Maine and Perez all said they were game for any assignment. Yet, all of these scenarios are drenched in peril. Kunz lacks experience or a dependable second pitch. Stokes has just one major league start this year and was a culprit last year in a Tampa pen that was one of the worst ever. Maine is only now ready to come off the DL from a strained rotator cuff, so you wonder how his arm would respond to a change in preparation. Perez has been the Mets’ co-best starter with Johan Santana for two months.

It speaks to Manuel’s desperation – and that of his team – that he is considering the radical with 42 games remaining. He said, “We can’t continue to perform this way late in games.” But a loss like yesterday’s is just so demoralizing and the pen problems now are so episodic that Manuel lost his serenity and put all contingency plans on the table.

Finally someone in the Mets organization is ready to face the cold hard facts. Aaron Heilman is ineffective as a closer or even eighth inning work, Pedro Feliciano and Scott Schoeneweis are specialists and not suited to pitch to more than one or two batters and that Joe Smith is over worked and under matched for the role the Mets expect him to play.

Those plans are all valid and logical options for stopping the bleeding. A few thoughts:

-Moving one of the starters to the pen is dicey as robbing Peter to pay Paul doesn’t raise the talent level.

-A better option than Niese replacing Maine or Perez probably would have Niese assigned the role of long reliever. Keep in mind, it the Mets were way in front or out of the race, Niese would be up for a cup of coffee and likely in that role anyway. The Mets desperately need a pitcher that can be called upon to get 6-12 outs per appearence. An attempt to keep him away from situational pressure is offset by the Mets competing in a pennant race in New York in late August and September. The pressure is everywhere.

-For some reason, I think a move to the bullpen might somehow affect the rock of mental stability that is Oliver Perez

-El Duque would be great here, but I have a feeling he’s done for good.

-Kunz in a more substantial role, even closer just makes sense. Even if he blows a save or two, it would have happened anyway with Heilman or Schoeneweis.

-Stokes to the pen probably won’t help much, though it can’t hurt in comparison to recent pen performance.

Bottom line is this team desperately needs an almost complete bullpen overhaul. The three options Sherman has laid out may ease the pen’s workload, but an outside arm is essential. Minaya desperately needs to work a post deadline deal or start signing players off the scrap heap if there is a prayer of saving this season.

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Bunch of Mopes

The Wire: Season 5 is out on DVD today. I haven’t watched it yet, but seasons 1-4 have been so good, I know season 5 won’t disappoint. In honor of the Wire’s release, I’ve brought in guest analysts to give their thoughts on the state of the Mets. Enjoy:

Jimmy McNulty: A lot of chatter from the hoppers in the Eastern on the wire about something’s going on with this Mets team. Christ, this crew that just two years ago owned the Eastern. Now they don’t have a pot to piss in. Doesn’t make sense.

Bunk Moreland: look at the arms, Jimmy…mmmhhhhm…Fuckin’ A.

Jimmy McNulty: They just don’t have the backing to come down on these things anymore. If front office could have got its shit together, we could have gotten a difference maker. As it stands now, don’t no one on this team have any idea what’s going on.

Bunk Moreland: Shhiiiittttttt Jimmy, Phillies gonna win this thing by seven games anyhow. Hell, Mets be lucky to finish third this shit keeps up.

Jimmy McNulty: Fucking chain of command. You know, you pull all these wins out against these mope teams and what? We bring up some no account hurler and make a little noise, it gooses the stats, but it’s not enough to make a difference and get out from under, not with the pounding we’re’ taking in the bullpen. But if we can make it look like one hump, say the Heilman, could get three outs without getting dogged…another winning streak? Shit, you’ll get some attention. All’s we gotta do is find a pattern.

Bunk Moreland: Nah ain’t gonna have no part a’ this shit, Jimmy. Man’s gotta live by a code. You can do this shit, but everybody know bullpen ain’t got no prayer anyway.

Jimmy McNulty: What the fuck can we do, Bunk? If we only were in the Western…

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Are you kidding?

The freaking pen can’t hold a four run lead over 4 innings against the Pirates? Are we even considered a Major League team anymore? That is pathetic. The Mets should donate their equipment to a poor community and play with homemade equipment for the rest of the season. Forget the playoffs. Let’s see if the Mets can hold off the Braves Nats.

Goddamn-it this is frustrating. The Mets are in a position to win the freaking game against an opponent whose season is over and they can’t even get nine flipping outs without giving up six runs.

Even if Beltran, Wright, Delgado, Reyes, Murphy and the other Reyes got/stayed hot for the rest of the season and somehow slugged their way to the East title, a playoff caliber team would eat this pen for lunch.

I miss Darren “D.O.” Oliver and Chad Bradford.

This season is a waste of a solid starting rotation.

Forget it, the season’s over.

When does College Football Start?
Texas Tech
Guns Up Red Raiders!

Posted under Angry Rant, Post Game

This post was written by Dan in Texas on August 11, 2008

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Worse than Failure

Note to reader: I wrote this on a whim after reading a post on The Big Lead bemoaning Olympic coverage, tape delay and scores on the crawl in real time for events shown later on taped delay, which are not unreasonable gripes, I guess. Well, NBC came up with the answer sixteen years ago. Well, kinda…enjoy:

Edsel and New Coke are the products most associated with failure. When it comes to the Olympics, Dan O’Brian and Dave Johnson, whom Reebok invested millions to be the face of the “Dan and Dave” Marketing campaign are popular Olympics busts. There has been a greater failure. Proof that Americans only feign interest in the summer games: The 1992 Olympic Pay-per-view Triple Cast.

Today the smog filled Olympics in China are in full swing. Every four years Americans who are not fans of the big four of NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL feign interest in the most boring, outdated, irrelevant sporting events outside of the Tour de France. Personally, I like the idea of the Olympics. I say, “Go USA!” as long as I don’t have to watch.

Today we take a look back at that most disastrous of all attempts to profit and bring the Olympics to a large scale audience of uninterested Americans.

For the sake of fairness, networks generally take a loss on the Olympics, making bids expecting to lose money. The games have become a large part of the network identify; it has become more about prestige than making sound business decisions. In 1992 NBC took that practice to a new level with their ill-fated pay-per-view venture.

Perhaps hoping to ride the wave on re-energized patriotism after the Gulf War in 1991 or possibly lacking any business sense whatsoever, TripleCast was NBC’s delusional belief that Americans would shell out anywhere from $95 (Bronze Package), $125 (Silver Package) and $170 (Gold Package) for commercial-free, live coverage from 5 am to 5 pm EST and replays from 5pm to 5am of the Olympics in Spain. Perhaps you remember the obnoxious, over glorified commercials’ pathetic attempts to exploit your patriotism. The package offered three channels no one would ever want to watch for an hour much less 12 hours a day for two weeks straight:

Red Channel: Team sports including basketball, baseball, volleyball, water polo and team handball.

White Channel: gymnastics, boxing, rowing, equestrian and several other non-sports

Blue Channel: Swimming the first week and track and field events during the second week.

What would you see if instead of the normal, taped coverage you sat through 12 hours of live, unedited Olympic coverage no one wanted to watch for the first place you ask? From the Seattle times:

Other things you would have seen on the TripleCast but not in Monday’s NBC coverage:
— U.S. swimmers on the way to the medal stand tossing small plastic footballs into the crowd.
— A Hungarian swimmer named Attila.
— Basketball commentator Chick Hearn’s unbelievable observation during the U.S.-Croatia game that “there are no egos on this floor,” and his attempt to inject a little drama into the game’s final minute, when the U.S. led 99 to 60-something: “Will America reach a hundred?”
— His partner Steve Jones’ apology, after stumbling over another Croatian name: “There’s a lot of vitches here.”
— The encyclopedic observations of “Olympics historian” David Wallechinsky, who put the whole subject of dramatic comebacks into perspective by recalling the story of the marksman who blew off his shooting hand with a grenade, then learned to fire a pistol with his left hand and returned to the Olympics to win a gold medal. “Things you can only learn on the TripleCast,” marveled one of the Triplecast’s studio hosts, Dan Hicks.

Truly fascinating and captivating stuff. At $170 bucks you couldn’t afford to miss that! For those of you masquerading as Olympics fans griping about this year’s coverage, that’s what you’re missing.

Some cable companies also offered a remote control with red, blue and white buttons for use only with the TripleCast.

NBC promos offered, “a whole new way to watch the Games” Predictably only 60,000 viewers signed up for the TripleCast (only 2.4 percent of subscribers needed) while NBC needed $150 million to turn a profit. NBC paid $401 million for the TV rights, 100 million for the cost associated with the TripleCast and an additional $100 million for promotion and production costs. NBC expected subscribers from 2 million to 5 million. Keep in mind this coverage was edited for content but free on broadcast NBC.

When no one predictably wanted to shell out $95-$170 dollars, NBC offered a $29.95 for a single day’s coverage in a feeble attempt to offset the cost of this colossal mistake. NBC began simulcasting TripleCast on CNBC with a three way split screen. NBC has never disclosed its loss in dollar amount.

In the end, NBC and Americans learned a valuable lesson: much like manual labor, the metric system, the World Cup, socialized medicine, Peter Scolari and fanny packs, the Olympics designed and best suited for foreigners.

1992 Olympic TripleCast: worse than failure

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Closer in the Making

Foreword by Lonestar Mets: I sat down to write about this and instead of working myself up into a rage, I thought I would go for that goofy, weird ass, bordering on crazy sense of humor I’m known for on this site. Maybe it comes off as stupid, whatever. Enjoy:

“Closer in the making” -Billy Wagner on Aaron Heilman, Spring Training 2008

Even with Wagner’s grandstanding, empty proclamation, it’s obvious to even the most casual observer that Heilman is not a closer of the past, present or future. “He maybe a closer in another dimension” said the weird guy wearing a Lord of the Rings t-shirt, “but that’s just ridiculous.”

Only hours after being named interim closer by default and Billy Wagner’s endorsement as a closer in the making, Aaron Heilman took the mound at Shea Stadium with a 6-2 lead and the task of collecting the last three outs. Only moments later, Heilman had soiled walked the leadoff hitter, allowed a bloop hit, allowed a homerun to a punch and Judy hitter and soiled himself before dejectedly slinking into the dugout.

Coming as a shock to absolutely no one, Heilman was completely ineffective as the ninth inning pitcher, unsuccessfully deceiving hitters or locating his change up, or as it’s been know around the league, “the homerun ball.”

Manuel had foolishly selected Heilman as his interim closer, referring to the veteran right-hander as “a cross-over pitcher” in that he gives up homeruns against weak right-handed and left-handed hitters alike.

Manuel also made nonsensical assertions that Heilman’s changeup could be effective as an out pitch in late game, pressure situations.

In the aftermath of the Mets’ 6-5 victory against the Padres on Tuesday night, the Jerry Manuel opened a bottle of water and asked out loud if it could be changed to wine. It was a stunningly frightening indication that the Mets manager had become so delusional he actually believed he was Jesus.

Before the homestand began, Manuel had used the phrase “closer by committee” and soon after, he acknowledged Heilman would do most of the closing, or in other words, be the committee chairman.

Chairman Heilman accepted the challenge and immediately disbanded the committee and filed for chapter 11, but not before ciphering off enough company assets into accounts in the Cayman Islands that investors lost their lifesavings.

It’s been a long, strange fall from grace for Heilman. After being the Mets first draft pick in 2001, Heilman was actually held in high regard by Mets management. Unbelievably Heilman made an impressive start, pitching a complete game one hitter. But, it was all downhill from there.

After surrendering a homerun in the 2006 NLCS to Yadier Molina, bitching about a parking spot in spring training, countless multiple run innings and gutless performances, Heilman arrived at Shea Wednesday afternoon to find the personal effects of his locker laying in the gutter on Roosevelt Avenue and banned for life from Shea Stadium.

As Heilman ran down Roosevelt Avenue, chased by angry Mets fans hurling bags of their own urine, it served as a perfect microcosm of his career with the Mets.

Posted under Humorous, Post Game, Uncategorized

The Youth Movement

On the verge of falling out of the NL East race, the Mets have called up prospects Nick Evans, Eddie Kunz and Dan Murphy up to the big club and are expected to see significant playing time with starting pitcher Jon Niese expected to follow later this week in place of John Maine. The young Mets are reunited with Carlos Muniz who sucks was formerly a minor league teammate. Freddy Martinez could make an appearance if he can figure out how to get through a batting practice without a leg injury.

The roster moves were likely born out of necessity instead of a shift in team philosophy. With Ryan Church’s return uncertain, Moises Alou out for the season, John Maine and Billy Wagner both struggling with injury and no help to be found at the deadline, what else are they going to do? Bring up the young kids, why not?

Although the Mets offense has been failing lately, they should be able to compensate for Church’s extended absence. The most pressing concern is the state of the bullpen which will require a intense off-season overhaul. None of the current arms are capable of closing in Wagner’s place, and the odds of a 23 year old rookie closing in a pennant race aren’t in the Mets’ favor.

But take heart, the Mets don’t figure to be in the pennant race much longer. Of course a quick and early end to the season might prove refreshing than another August/September swoon and slow death of a team that is less than the sum of its parts.

So what the hell, lets all sit back and watch these four prospects who, depending on who you believe are either highly talented or overvalued. The July surge was nice, but likely an anomaly in another high expectation, also-ran Mets season plagued once again by a stagnant offense and poor bullpen performance.

2009 isn’t that far away.

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Swept Away

Just got in from Houston after a disappointing series. Exhausted right now but I’ll be posting some cool pictures from the series at Minute Maid.

I can’t remember the last time the Mets got a hit with the bases loaded. I think the last time was Robin Ventura. I wonder if he’s available…

Posted under Angry Rant, Post Game

This post was written by Dan in Texas on August 3, 2008

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Mets Lose 5-4 (10)

I really don’t know what to say folks other than to type, “the bullpen is over worked” over and over again. Instead of that monotony it is my pleasure to bring to you a very special guest blogger:

You know…the one thing I look forward to all year long is watching the BITCH ASS fans Astros squirm. I hate the Astros and seriously they need to come up with something other than the generic freakin’ boo Mets. As a Mets fan, I am upset that we didn’t pull it off tonight. Lonestar Met is right! They are overworked! We have all the key elements and players to do some damage this year.

I am also upset because I missed that bad ass catch that Murphy had because I was watching Wigginton. I always loved his devotion and passion for the Mets. It really looked like he had a homerun and I would have cheered for him. Realizing what I missed, when my husband is giving me brutal high fives. I hated to tell him I missed that moment, but I had a good reason. Oh, and the only reason the Astros actually did well the past two games is because of a past Mets. Freakin’ Matusi!

Mrs. Lonestar Mets

I don’t know what else to add, folks. I’m going to go get drunk.

Lets try and not get swept…

Posted under Angry Rant, Post Game