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Fatherhood

Posted: November 12, 2013 in Beatles, Mets, Odds and Sods

Our first child was born 12 days ago, at 12:07 p.m. on Halloween. Our little trick or treater. My brother Carl dubbed her ‘Little Boo.’
Regardless, Chiersten Marie Sodergren is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. I can watch her sleep or eat, and I don’t need anything else in the world.
Holding her while she is sleeping gives me such a feeling of satisfaction, one I can’t quite put into words.
Many people have said I would lose a ton of sleep over first few months, and so far they are right. But not for the reason you would expect. Chiersten is already sleeping 2 to 3 hours a pop at night. As for me. It takes awhile to fall asleep. When I do fall asleep, I am out 40 minutes and then I am jolted awake by a bolt of energy. I simply can’t wait to see her again.
As for Tina, this whole experience just brought us even closer, which is hard to believe because I never thought I could love her more than I already did . Boy, was I wrong. She re-defined toughness during her 26 hour labor, rejecting the epidural until the 12 hour mark when nothing was happening dilation wise yet the pain piled on by the second. And now seeing her with Chiersten, we are sure why God brought us together. We are a wonderful team and always will be.

Mets about to make big mistake

Posted: November 27, 2012 in Mets
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Multiple published reports have the Mets offering David Wright a seven-year contract extension. The exact terms of the extension is up for debate, but it seems to be in the $120-125 million range. I have big time problems with this if it happens, and I’m a fan of Wright.

Wright came up through the Mets system and has been a fine player, both on and off the field. But he will be 30 in December and since the Mets picked up his option, this new deal wouldn’t even kick in until 2014, when he’ll be 31. So, he’d be with the Mets until his age-38 season. Ask the Yankees how A-Rod is doing in his late 30s without PEDs.

This just seems to be the latest in a long line of foolhardy business decisions made by Mets ownership (the Wilpon family). It proves that they care nothing about winning and only about the bottom line. Wright, the Mets’ face of the franchise and most marketable player, puts fans in the seats and sells jerseys. They’re probably afraid if they trade him, even fewer fans will come to the morgue also known as Citi Field.

But they don’t seem to realize, winning will put fans in the seats again, and I’m not so sure this improves the team. Tying up this much money to one player is the type of thing we’ve been seeing for years now (that is when the team actually opens the purse strings, which has happened less and less since the Madoff scandal). The better option would be to trade Wright for a package of prospects and try to fill the numerous holes on the roster. The outfield is a travesty, the catching is a joke and the bullpen (as always) sucks rhino balls.

The Mets brass doesn’t seem to know which way is up, so I have very little faith they’ll be able to make the right moves. I truly believe Sandy Alderson and company would trade Wright in a heartbeat if not for the presence of Jeff Wilpon, the owner’s son and wanna-be baseball executive. Jeffy Wilpon has done nothing in his life but be born with the right bloodlines, and he is running the Mets into the ground. The organization has no direction. On one hand they say they’re rebuilding the farm system, yet when draft time comes, they go with safe easily signable picks.

One week they say they are going to improve the team through trades. And then today, according to beat writer Adam Rubin, they are going to go the free agent route to improve their joke of an outfield. But in the same report, it says Scott Hairston may be too expensive for them. If Hairston, who did a nice job in a platoon role last year, is too expensive, I hate to think of the shit stains they’re looking at.

What they really should do is trade Wright for a CF prospect , RH catching prospect and perhaps a young pitcher (can never have too many of those) Then sign a stopgap third baseman¬† like Kevin Youkilis or Jeff Keppinger to a one-year deal while prospect Wilmer Flores hones his skills at AAA. And they’d still have enough money to sign a decent OF to go along with the one they traded for in a Wright deal.

It just seems this team is forever treading water. I would almost be out and out shitty for a year or two than the 74-78 mediocrities we’ve grown accustomed to lately. At least the Mets would get a top 5 draft pick and maybe hit a home run on one.

I love the Mets and always will, but I get the sinking feeling they’ll never be a championship team as long as the Wilpons are in charge. At least I’ve got my 86 Mets championship DVDs to comfort me.

Happy trails, Mr. Beltran

Posted: July 28, 2011 in Mets


Today was a bittersweet day to be a Mets fan, as Carlos Beltran was dealt to the San Francisco Giants for big-time pitching prospect Zack Wheeler, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2009 draft.
I remember when the Mets signed Beltran prior to the 2005 season. Along with the signing of Pedro Martinez, it seemed the Mets were back as a franchise. They made it to the NLCS in 2006, Beltran’s finest season with the team, but that turned out to be the only playoff appearance during the 6 1/2 years Beltran spent in New York.
Carlos was always the consummate pro, driving in more than 100 runs for three straight years (2006-2008) before injuries struck during 2009 (when Beltran was on his way to perhaps his best season with the Mets). He rehabbed his knee to get back into shape for this season, and he put together a fine run with the Mets, hitting .289 with 15 homers, 66 RBIs and a league-leading 30 doubles. He also served as a mentor to the Mets’ young players.
He will always be one of my favorite Mets and perhaps a bit unappreciated by most Met fans due to one failed AB against Adam Wainwright with the bases loaded to end the 2006 NLCS. He’s clearly the best Mets centerfielder of all time and other than Darryl Strawberry, there hasn’t been a finer outfielder in general with the club.
Still, I give a big kudos to Sandy Alderson for getting this deal done. Most of the so-called experts (including Phillie lover Jayson Stark) said Alderson wouldn’t get a top prospect for Beltran. They all said he was asking for way too much in aiming for guys like Wheeler, Brandon Belt and Gary Brown from the Giants, Domonic Brown or Jarred Cossart from the Phillies, or Mike Minor from the Braves.
All it took was for one GM to blink, and Giants GM Brian Sabean knew his team had to have more offense. After all, can they really expect the great Cody Ross to go off again in the playoffs? Losing Wheeler was probably a necessary step for the Giants, who still have good pitching depth. Alderson stood his ground on what he wanted, and he ended up with what most feel will be a top of the rotation starter if he reaches his potential (always a big if for prospects).
I love the deal and will be rooting whole-heartedly for Beltran and the Giants in the playoffs.

Adios, K-Rod

Posted: July 13, 2011 in Mets

As the Mets get ready to begin the second half of the season, they’ll do so without Francisco Rodriguez, traded late Tuesday night to the Milwaukee Brewers for a pair of players to be named later.
The Mets also sent cash in the deal, but the key point to be extracted from the trade is the Mets are no longer on the hook to pay K-Rod’s ridiculous player option, which vests if he finishes 55 games this year (he was well on the pace to exceed that mark). If he got there with the Mets, the team would have paid him $17 million next season, an astronomical amount to pay a closer and a figure that would have tied down the payroll.
Getting rid of K-Rod gives the Mets more financial flexibility going forward, meaning more money to throw at Jose Reyes, which is fine by me. It also could allow them to sign a few of their later draft picks overslot, another plus. I also have faith in Sandy Alderson to snag a pair of diamonds in the rough as the players to be named later, or at least one diamond in the rough.
Now, the focus shifts to Carlos Beltran. The Mets (46-45) keep saying they’re not necessarily going to deal Beltran and will wait to see how they play immediately after the all-star break, but let’s face it – this team isn’t sniffing the playoffs. They’ve far exceeded my expectations, especially given all the injuries, and have truly been fun to watch this year, but they’re 7 1/2 games out of playoff contention and unless they tear off a 12-2 run (almost impossible given the Phils and Cards are the first two teams they play), the Mets will go into full sell-mode. Hopefully Beltran will fetch a top prospect, as he will be the best bat on the market.

Mets just can’t stand prosperity

Posted: June 16, 2011 in Mets

What a strange way to lose, yet all too typical for a Mets fan. The Mets had a shot at going over the .500 mark for the first time since the first week of the season, battling back from an early 6-2 hold and taking an 8-6 lead into the ninth inning.
Francisco Rodriguez, he of the tightrope-walking save, came on in the ninth having converted 19 straight save chances. I was there for his lone blown save up until tonight, coming during the second game of the season in a game the Mets would eventually win in extras.
K-Rod gave up a hit to Jason Heyward and then a booming homer to pinch-hitter Brooks Conrad to tie the score at 8.
I’d love to say that was the most frustrating moment of the contest, but the Mets were just getting warmed up.
With two outs in the 10th, the always dangerous Diory Hernandez doubled off crappy Mets reliever D.J. Carrasco. Hernandez took third on Jordan Schafer’s infield single, a ball first baseman Lucas Duda should have allowed second baseman Ruben Tejada to handle.
After getting a swinging strike on Heyward, Carrasco got set for his second pitch and flinched before going into his motion. That’s right, Carrasco balked in the winning run. Only the Mets could lose on a balk-off. I’m hoping this doesn’t start the team on a losing streak, because losses like these are tough to take. Terry Collins has done a nice job of rallying the troops after tough losses. He’ll need to work overtime after tonight’s deflating defeat. The Mets are back at Citi Field tomorrow night to face the Los Angeles Angels. Chris Capuano takes the hill against Joel Pineiro, a guy who usually owns the Mets.

Mets win, reach .500

Posted: June 16, 2011 in Mets

Ok, so .500 may not seem to be such a great accomplishment. But for this ragtag group of Mets, it certainly is.
The Mets beat the Braves tonight 4-0 in a game twice interrupted by rain delays to even their record at 34-34 for the season. Dillon Gee had a bit of bad luck tonight, as he was well on his way to an 8-0 start. He fired four shutout innings before the rains came, causing a delay of an hour and 10 minutes.
The bullpen came through for a change, as D.J. Carrasco, Bobby Parnell and K-Rod combined for five innings of one-hit ball. Parnell fanned five in two innings and was credited with the win.
Angel Pagan had two hits, including a two-run homer. Jose Reyes went 1-4 with a double, run and an RBI groundout.
The Mets haven’t been over the .500 mark since they were 3-2 in the opening week of the season. Would certainly be nice to get there tomorrow by picking up a rare sweep at Turner Field, usually a house of horrors for the Mets since it opened. R.A. Dickey (3-7, 3.98 ERA) opposes Braves rookie Mike Minor (0-2, 4.50).
Let’s go Mets!

This one goes out to you, Gary

Posted: June 1, 2011 in Mets

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Gary!

As a Mets fan who grew up in the 80s, Gary Carter was one of my idols. A pillar of the great championship 86 Mets team, Carter brought plenty of leadership and a steady hand to guide the young pitching staff to unbelievable heights. His leadership was equaled by his powerful bat at the plate and penchant for clutch hits (something this current group of Mets sorely lacks).
Earlier this week, it was announced Carter had an inoperable brain tumor. As one might expect from a warrior of his stature, Carter isn’t going down without a fight, prognosis be damned.
He is going to be treated aggressively with chemotherapy to try to shrink the tumors and hopefully give him more time with his loving family. Carter lost his mother to cancer at a young age and devoted an almost innumerable amount of time raising money for cancer research. Carter, a devout Christian, was one of the good guys of the game, one of the few members of that raucous 86 team to not partake in the drinking and carousing after the endless stream of Mets wins (now that’s a phrase you never hear anymore).
This all brings me to my next point and another rant against the clueless Wilpons. The numbers of Carter and Keith Hernandez should have been retired years ago. As we are in the 25th anniversary season of the 86 Mets championship and with Carter now in for the fight of his life, it would be the ultimate tribute to right this egregious error and retire the jerseys. They owe it to Gary, who deserves a sell-out crowd chanting “Gary, Gary” like they did in his heyday. This should be an easy decision, which means the Wilpons will bungle it.
Regardless, my thoughts and prayers are with Carter and his family. I’m hoping we get to see him at Citi Field for years to come.