Thanks Listmaker. I'm drunk, it's nearly 3 a.m., and I couldn't be happier right now if I tried (and I have!). I gotta say, this is one of the best series ever, and I think I would have said that even if Beltran would have come up with a game-tying hit in the 9th. You gotta admit, that was a hell of a Game 7. We'll probably get crushed by the Tigers... but at least I can say I'm no longer ashamed of the 2006 Cardinals, who are bigger than Pujols, bigger than Carpenter... truly, a TEAM.
what a fricking pitch.Floyd could be excused; Beltrannot so much. strike three!
on another note, i'll lift this from Bill Simmons' diary of last night's game: "Hey, what about the Mets fans waving these white hankies? What is this, amateur hour? I thought the Mets had real baseball fans? I'd expect that crap at Tropicana Field or Chase Field, but not a place like Shea. Come on."i was thinking about this during Game 5 or so, when i was watching all the Cardinals fans wearing red and i thought "you'd never see Mets fans doing something like that" and then they go and pull out the towels last night and it was obvious that i was mistaken.
jamie,that is exactly what ezra said. i didn't wave no towel except the final white one at the end.
Agreed re the towels--so not the Mets.Mike/Mad Dog on adopting the Sox fans' tradition of "Sweet Caroline" singalong: "What's next? Is Paul Revere gonna throw out the first pitch?"dn
i can forgive beltran. i think. but wright? what happened? he could have made it a completely different series. he either went tharn from the big lights of post season play or he's hurt.
i don't blame anyone. the team as a whole just couldn't get it done. wait till next year. as far as the towels, etc., mets have always been ridiculous. they led the charge back in the 80's in attempting to turn baseball into an nba experience. it doesn't get much more bush league than the pepsi party patrol.i love mr. met, meet the mets, and the apple in the of, but come on, cheese, cheese, cheese. the problem is that they are no longer the innovators of the cheese (first team mascot) but merely ripping off others. i suppose they lack the class of the yankees what with their cotton eye joe and village people groundscrew.
2006 metsthe team, the time, the playoffs and the called third strikep.s. The white towels are not a new thing with the Mets. I just unearthed my Amazin' Again towel courtesy of Mastercard from the 2000 LCS.
Yes, the Mets have always been schlocky. The mascot is a person with a giant baseball for a head for god's sake. But it's always been their own way of being cheesy.But as Dan pointed out earlier, I hated the towel thing. I associate that kind of thing with fourth-rate cities like Anaheim, Tampa, and St. Louis. Where is St. Louis anyways, it's in Canada right?Speaking of Canada, I will allow for the towels in Minnesota, at least they have a formal name.
ez: maybe a 4th-rate city, but a 1st-rate ball club.
If it makes you feel any better--and I know it won't--I was pulling hard for your Mets last night and the loss hurt here tooI do love a scrappy team, and when Chavez made that catch, I figured the game was over, that fate was on your side. And it would've been an awesome series win, considering that the starting pitching staff was patched together with duct tape, super glue and interfaith prayer after Glavine. David Wright will be okay; unlike our third baseman who can't play in October, I think he's made of stronger stuff and just hit a slump at the worst possible time. I'd be more worried about Beltran--I always thought he was a lot like Bernie Williams, his alleged idol, but when Williams was in his prime, he was deadly late in the game, despite any flakiness or "sensitivity." Beltran may just be the Flushing version of A Rod (see his pouting early in the season when the fans started to warm up to him, his poodles, etc.).If Peterson stays--and I can't imagine he won't, given that he turned a pitcher from the Pirate's scrap heap into someone who worked a terrific start in Game 7 of the NLCS--I'd bet that you land Zito. He might even leave more money on the table elsewhere to work with Peterson again and pitch in the NL.I also think they'll package Heilman and Milledge for a good, young starter. Everyone keeps saying Dontrelle Willis but don't be surprised if it's Ervin Santana. The Angels need a young, talented centerfielder: Darin Erstad is done and Chone Figgins only hit about .265 this year playing almost every day.Milledge should be good for at least that at the plate, and more a year from now. Even if he doesn't match Figgins' 52 stolen bases, his added pop (Figgins had nine home runs) will more than make up for it. And you gotta figure that Milledge will like L.A.Heilman could slot into the Angel's starting rotation, fitting in nicely with a young staff and coaches that works well with young pitchers, and Heilman wants to start, even though the Mets don't seem to think he can do it. It's a trade that makes sense, especially because there's not much in the way of big contracts to bog down talks and the Angels know Santana is heading out for free agency as soon as he can. The Mets are in a better position to sign him long term, and the Angels will move him, if not this offseason, then before the trading deadline next year. The Mets get rid of Milledge, who apparently pissed everyone off this year, and lose the potential for Heilman to grow unhappy with his relief role.I'm also giving even money right now that you'll see Soriano roaming left field in Shea next season. He loved being in New York, proved he could play in the City, and I suspect Minya's going to go after him, hard, if he can make some pitching moves quickly. Well, my simple "Sorry for your Pain" comment just got super long. I'm stopping now.
bill,wow. i love your thoughts.first of all, sorry about my snarky comment on your blog.second, just yesterday i decided i'd be fine with zito even if they have to pay a number 2 starter, number one money. third, hadn't even thought about the mets landing santana. i'd love that. milledge and heilman won't get dontrelle. last night, i asked shr if she would trade those 2 and pelfrey for dontrelle and she said no. fourth, if the mets sign zito and soriano, geez, that would be a lot of money. the mets would be closing the gap on the yankees payroll in a big way. fifth, i'm not worried about beltran, yes, he is a big baby but so what. he just couldn't get it done against a great pitcher on thursday, the big mistake i think was not swinging at the 1st pitch - the only hittable one of the 3 he saw.sixth, i'm also not worried about wright although his 2nd half slump continued all the way through the playoffs. he's only 23 and a bad slump is simply that. between you and the noiseboy, it makes it more difficult to hate your respective teams! please work on being more obnoxious come april.
The Daily News mentions Santana today too, but doesn't seem to think it's likely.The Mets will have money to spend--Floyd's contract is off the books and the TV money from the new network gives them Yankee like spending ability. And since he's been there, Minya hasn't been shy about writing checks.
The Mets should have money to spend, but it's a thin free-agent market. I think it's true that if they resign mota, and with the return of Juan Padilla and Sanchez, they should be stacked in the bullpen.Minaya has said in the past he wants quality in the bullpen and quantity among starting pitchers. It wouldn't totally shock me to see them move someone from that bullpen as part of a package for a starting pitcher.Omar has also not been afraid to overspend on players he thinks are worth it. I'm not enamored with Zito, but it certainyl wouldn't suprise me to see him become a Met. I can't see them getting seriously involved in the Gyroball, and I think Jason Schmidt will go to Seattle, so I think Zito is probably the best option. It'll be interesting to see what the market is really like for him.The Mets realistically need two starting pitchers, and I think you'll see one come from free agency, and one via the trade. Minaya has not shown an eagerness to spend money on mediocre guys, he spends the money on stars, and fills his roster out with bargians, I would expect that trend to continue.
Back in Bizarro world- I was not able to connect to your blog at all on Friday. The internet gods made certain that i miss out on all the mourning.wierd.
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