My New York Mets are turning into the Nationals. They are mounting a serious challenge to Washington’s bid of becoming the most disfunctional team in professional sport.
Here’s the top 6:
- Washington Nationals
- New York Mets
- LA Clippers
- Detroit Lions
- Pittsburgh Pirates
- Memphis Grizzlies
Remember that saga last week when the Mets front office went nuts because legend Doc Gooden wrote on their shiney new restaurant wall with a Sharpie?
Well, they’re at it again this week.
A group of Mets fans were hanging K cards in the outfield every time Johan struck a National out. And yes, while that meant that they probably needed a lot of pieces of card, the
Shea Stadium Citi Field security team stepped in to ruin the fun.
I read in one of my favourite Mets blogs that David Lennon of Newsday wrote this about the debacle:
Johan Santana’s 10 strikeouts Friday nearly got three
graduate students from Syosset kicked out of Citi Field for posting K
cards on the leftfield facade.
Santana was up to six by the middle of the third inning when Keith
Heller, Ryan Krochak and Larry Ziegelbaum said they were told by
security to remove the white signs with Ks made of duct tape because
they were blocking an electronic ribbon board. When the trio asked if
they could move the signs away from the scoreboard, they said their
request was refused and the signs were confiscated by the security
“People were yelling at them [security], telling them they were
ruining a tradition,” Ziegelbaum said. “Everyone was supporting it.”
Caryn, another awesome Mets blogger took this picture of the fans.
So on Saturday morning, a day after Johan and the Mets beat the Nationals, I snuck back into Citi Field while it was empty.
And the biggest roll of Shur-tape I could afford
I turned my anger and frustration into something slightly productive. OK, it wasn’t productive at all. But with a little help with my Shur-tape, you could say that I stuck it to the man.
Or, more accurately, to their big, new, all-singing, all-dancing, $10m HD scoreboard.
That’s right, Wilpon. Count them and weep. One mahousive K made out of rolls and rolls of tape for every one of Johan’s 37 strikeouts this season.
I bet you wish you had just let the fans use their paper K-cards now, eh?
The bad news, Mr Wilpon? Johan’s going to have about 170 more of them.
The good news? I’ve just saved 15 per cent on my car insurance by switching to Geiko.
Not that Geiko would advertise with you. Some idiot seems to have put something on your TV in the outfield.
TECHNOLOGY is a blessing. It can provide up-to-the-minute real-time information about the world around you.
But what happens when you don’t want to believe what it tells you?
Take, for example, the Mets owner Fred Wilpon.
There he was, checking out the stock market and befriending every left-handed reliever he knew on Facebook, when a strange thing happened to him.
He was scrolling down his notifications when he saw this…
This came as a bit of a surprise to Fred. He didn’t think he was friends with Doc and he wasn’t entirely sure just what his Facebook wall was, how to use it, or even how to send him a message back.
“That’s ok,” he thought. “I’ll probably bump in to him near the pre-game buffet.”
And so his day went. Largely unspectacular and with little to note.
But then, things went back to being perculiar…
Missed text messages. Voicemails on his answerphone. Urgent faxes.
They all pointed him in the direction of the Ebbets Club – a restaurant inside the new Citi Field.
Let’s just say he was not amused with what he saw when he arrived…
Yeah, you could say the boss was surprised
But it’s OK, Fred. Things could have been so much worse. Just imagine what people could have wrote…
Or maybe this… Or simply…
Lighten up, you boys in the back.
Having Doc sign our wall isn’t a terrible thing. It’ll be part of our
history and it will be something that fans will come to see.
I’m already salivating at the thought of seeing messages from Carter, Seaver, Mookie, Strawberry, Piazza and Wright. Aren’t you?
After an evening where nothing meant everything, the Mets produced everything out of nothing to record their first ever win at Citi Field.
The New York Mets put up a four spot on the strength of a bunt single, back-to-back four-pitch walks, a stolen base, sac fly, intentional walk, error and two wild pitches to beat the San Diego Padres 7-2 on Wednesday.
Oliver Perez allowed one run on three hits and two walks over six innings; Carlos Delgado hit a hanging slider into the Pepsi Porch for his second home run of the year and Gary Sheffield made his first start of the season as the Mets improved to 4-4 on the season and 1-1 at Citi Field.
Perez, who was 10-7 with a 4.22 ERA in the 2008 season, got his first win of the 2009 campaign and the Mets bullpen pitched three innings of shutout ball as clubs around the league honoured Jackie Robinson day.
Perez threw all three of his pitches for strikes, including a slider with a nasty sinking action, and he settled into the rhythm of the game quickly after getting roughed up by the Cincinatti Reds the last time out.
After stranding Carlos Delgado and Carlos Beltran in the 2nd inning after they had reached base with no outs, the Mets got on the board in the 4th.
Daniel Murphy singled to centre field, David Wright singled to right and Carlos Delgado walked. Carlos Beltran singled to right to put the Mets on the board and Gary Sheffield produced a run despite grounding into a routine 6-4-3 double play.
Gary Sheffield, in his first start for the Mets, also struck out with two men on base and drew a four-pitch walk.
It was this walk which put the wheels in motion for a crooked Padres inning and marked the start of a problematic period for Padres’ reliever Gregerson who threw ten straight balls in the bottom of the 7th inning after going 1-2-3 in the home half of the 6th.
Edward Mujica came in to face Luis Castillo on a 2-0 count with Sheffield on second and Schneider on first, but Castillo dropped down a perfect bunt single down the third base line.
Kouzmanoff stuttered, staggered and inexplicably headed backwards towards the bag, forcing Mujica – who got the win in the opening game at Citi Field on one pitch – to try and field the ball.
He over-ran it to load the bases for Ryan Church and he then threw the ball away on a wild pitch to score Sheffield to make it 3-1.
Church struck out on an inside slider and Mujica intentionally walked Jose Reyes to get to Daniel Murphy who lofted a deep fly ball to right field to score Schneider on the sac fly.
Reyes took off on the next pitch as Mujica threw his second wild pitch of the inning. Castillo darted home from third base to beat Hundley’s throw to Mujica who had moved 60ft forward to try and block the plate and Reyes followed him home when he saw the ball squirm away.
Adrian Gonzalez made a last-ditch attempt to get Reyes at home as e knew the ball from his knees at the backstop, but the head-first slide easily beat the play to extend the lead to 6-1.
Delgado connected with a solo shot on a hanging slider in the 8th to make it 7-1 after JJ Putz had threw a zero on the board and Adrian Gonzalez hit his 100th home run in the top of the 9th inning against Sean Green.
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Jody Gerut, CF
David Eckstein, 2B
Brian Giles, RF
Alex Gonzalez, 1B
Chase Headley, LF
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B
Nick Hundley, C
Luis Rodriguez, SS
Walter Silva, P
Jose Reyes, SS
Daniel Murphy, LF
David Wright, 3B
Carlos Delgado, BB
Carlos Beltran, CF
Ryan Church, RF
Brian Schneider, C
Luis Castillo, 2B
Mike Pelfrey, P
It’s almost game time at
Shea Stadium Citi Field for the start of a new chapter in Mets history. I’ll be following the game live with you here on MLBlogs, updating the historic firsts as they happen. For those of you who want to get nostalgic, below is a list of firsts, and lasts, for the palace that was Shea Stadium and is now little more than a parking lot with a memorial….
Opponent: San Diego Padres, April 13, 2009
Score: Padres won 6-5, April 13, 2009
Pitcher: Mike Pelfrey (Mets), April 13, 2009
Batter: Jody Gerut (Padres), April 13, 2009
Out: Brian Giles (Padres), April 13, 2009
Hit: Jody Gerut (Padres), April 13, 2009
Run: Jody Gerut (Padres), April 13, 2009
Walk: Chase Headley (Padres), April 13, 2009
Single: David Eckstein (Padres), April 13, 2009
Double: David Wright (Mets), April 13, 2009
Home run: Jody Gerut (Padres), April 13, 2009
Strikeout: Nick Hundley (Padres) April 13, 2009
Win: Edward Mujica (Padres) April 13, 2009
Loss: Brian Stokes (Padres) April 13, 2009
Save: Heath Bell, (Padres) April 13, 2009
Shea Stadium Firsts:
Opponent: Pittsburgh Pirates, April 17, 1964
Score: Pirates won 4-3, April 17, 1964
Pitcher: Jack Fisher (Mets), April 17, 1964
Batter: Dick Schofield (Pirates), April 17, 1964
Out: Dick Schofield, April 17, 1964
Hit: Willie Stargell (Pirates), April 17, 1964
Run: Willie Stargell (Pirates), April 17, 1964
Walk: Jim Hickman (Mets), April 17, 1964
Single: Bob Bailey (Pirates), April 17, 1964
Double: Ron Hunt (Mets), April 17, 1964
Triple: Roberto Clemente (Pirates), April 18, 1964
Home run: Willie Stargell (Pirates), April 17, 1964
Strikeout: Frank Thomas (Mets), April 17, 1964
Win: Bob Friend (Pirates), April 17, 1964
Loss: Ed Bauta (Mets), April 17, 1964
Save: Roy Face (Pirates), April 18, 1964
Shea Stadium Lasts:
Opponent: Florida Marlins, September 28, 2008
Score: Marlins won 4-2, September 28, 2008
Pitcher: Matt Lindstrom, (Marlins), September 28, 2008
Batter: Ryan Church (Mets), September 28, 2008
Out: Ryan Church (Mets), September 28, 2008
Hit: Jeremy Hermida, (Marlins), September 28, 2008
Run: Dan Uggla (Malrins), September 28, 2008
Walk: Damion Easley (Mets), September 28, 2008
Single: Jeremy Hermida, (Marlins), September 28, 2008
Double: Jose Reyes (Mets) , September 28, 2008
Triple: Daniel Murphy (Mets) September 24, 2008
Home run: Dan Uggla (Marlins), September 28, 2008
Strikeout: Jeff Baker (Marlins), September 28, 2008
Win: Joe Nelson (Marlins), September 28, 2008
Loss: Scott Schoeneweis (Mets), September 28, 2008
Save: Matt Lindstrom (Marlins), September 28, 2008
It’s Sunday, it’s Easter and it’s the first in a weekly series of 10 things you didn’t know this time last week.
Supposedly, if you gave an infinite number of monkeys an infinite
amount of time, laptops, boxscores and game reports, they’d make this exact post.
Let’s get to it….
- The Florida Marlins will have their best ever start to a season, going 4-0 before running into the Mets’ 5th starter.
- Toronto will be the best team in the Majors after Opening week, with Baltimore second in the AL East. The Blue Jays and Os are a combined 9-2; the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays are 7-8.
- All three Mets outfielders would have three hits in a game each for the first time since 1987.
- Nyjer Morgan would be the hottest hitter in all of fantasy baseball, going 9/23 with a triple, 5 RBI, three steals and a walk.
- Jordan Schafer would be the 99th player of all time – and fourth in the Braves franchise – to hit a home run in his first Major League at bat.
- The Arizona Diamondbacks will host the 2011 All Star Game.
- Mets great Tom Seaver will throw out the first pitch to Mike Pizza at
Shea StadiumCiti Field on Monday.
- Brewers’ catcher Mike Rivera would actually get to start a game.
- The Mets would not blow a save during the opening week.
- A fantastic future and bright career would be cut tragically short with the death of Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart.
And one thing we did know this time last week: That the Nationals would be 0-5 and on track to lose 162 games.
If the Nationals rode bicycles, skateboarded, played football, threw frisbees or tried to run track, I’m sure it would look something like this: