Saturday, October 29, 2011

Mets Morning News: ReyesWatch Has Begun, Carter Coaches Again, Possible1B Coach


With the Cardinals winning the World Series last night, and another Molina guaranteed a ring, the Mets must now begin their push to hopefully re-sign Jose Reyes.

The Mets have exclusive negotiating rights until Thursday at 12:01 a.m. Then it turns into a free-for-all, and all 29 teams may begin pursuing the shortstop.

Coach Carter Back At It

Gary Carter's daughter, Kimmy Bloemers, wrote in a recent online journal entry that Carter helped coach the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team this past week.
"Later in the day, my husband and my dad drove down to Miami so dad could coach his guys for a fall game. Dad's body did not allow him to coach at 100% but his mind was sharp and he enjoyed calling the plays. Dad absolutely loves to be THE SKIPPER. After many hours coaching, dad was exhausted but we were all proud of him for being there for his team."
First Base Coach

According to Adam Rubin, the Mets plan to announce the hiring of a new first base coach on Monday. Rubin's sources believe the Mets have picked former Major League outfielder Tom Goodwin. Goodwin has been working with the Boston Red Sox as their minor league baserunning and outfield coordinator.

Egyptian Prisoner Told Mets Won World Series

So cruel.

Hasn't the guy been through enough?

According to the NY Post, Ilan Grapel, a Queens native being held as a prisoner in Egypt, was told upon his release that the Mets had won the 2011 World Series.
Grapel, expected to fly home to Queens today from Israel, was celebrating his release at a press conference in Tel Aviv, flanked by his mother Irene and Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Queens), when he was pranked.

He said it would be hard to express his deep appreciation to everyone who helped free him.

“There’s so many people to thank,” he said, “and after being cut off for the past five months ...”

Ackerman quickly interjected, “We told him the Mets won the World Series.”

Grapel, a sports fan, shot Ackerman a big smile -- only to quickly feel the let-down most Mets fans are all too familiar with when he quickly figured out that the team had tanked -- again.
Why would Grapel believe this hoax for even a second? Turns out when he was arrested on June 12, the Mets were 32-33 and still had a chance.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Feliz CumpleaƱos To Some Current Mets

It's a slow news day. Therefore, all I've got for you is that three current Mets are celebrating birthdays today.  I apologize for my poor graphic design skills.

Pedro Beato, Ruben Tejada, and Jon Niese are all another year older today.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

25 Years Ago Today, The Ball Got By Buckner

In case you've been living under a rock, today marks the 25th anniversary of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series between the Mets and Red Sox.

As some of you may know, I'm a little tired of hearing about 1986. Yes, it was the last time the Mets won a World Series. Wonderful.

Move on.

Maybe it's because I was only eight months old at the time, but I don't have a deep connection to that team, or the series in general.

If I've learned anything from seeing the clip of the ground ball getting past Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner, it's that sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.

Am I glad they won? Sure. Do I need to relive the series every single day of my life? No.

But because the series, and Game 6, mean so much to so many fans out there, go ahead and enjoy the day. I'll even toss in a video so you can relive the glory days. Enjoy.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Daughter Of Former Mets GM Battling Kidney Disease

Next time you want to complain about players, coaches, managers, etc. not ding their job, think about Lindsay Duquette. The 9-year-old daughter of former Mets GM Jim Duquette has been battling a rare kidney disease since 2004.

Her story is featured in today's NY Daily News.

There are bigger things in life than baseball sometimes. Remember that.