Thursday, July 31, 2008
According to the Green Bay Press Gazette, the Jets have had serious talks with Favre's agent James Bus Cook.
This is a contridiction to a report from ESPN this morning that said that Favre had no interest in the Jets or Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Then again, there was a report on SportsCenter that said Favre could consider staying retired and take the $20 million offered to him by team president Marc Murphy.
Clearly there are tons of rumors. Don't know if any are legit, but this is getting more interesting by the minute.
With Manny Ramirez gone to the Dodgers, and the Yankees stocked up on All Star talent after the trade deadline, one would think the Yankees would begin their march to overtake the Red Sox for the wild card. Then the Angles came.
The LA Angles of Anahiem have always had their way with the Yankees, and it didn't change tonight as the Halos spanked the Bombers 12-6 at the Stadium, Thursday night.
The Angles got it going in the third. Chone Figgins, who was a pest for the Yankees all night long, led off with a single to center. A batter later, Mark Texeria singled up the middle to put two on with one out. After Vladamir Gurrero flyed out and Texeria stole second, Torri Hunter blasted a three run homerun to right to give Anaheim a 3-0 lead.
Things wouldn't get better for Yankee ace Andy Pettite. Garrett Anderson singled up the middle, and Howie Kendrick singled to right. Finally, Juan Rivera homered to left to give Anahiem a overwhelming 6-0 lead.
The Yankees really never answered. In the sixth, the Angels added four more runs to all but end this ballgame. Joe Mathis doubled to right with one out. Figgins again singled to center, good enough to drive home Mathis to make it 7-2 Angles. Figgins then stole second, Eric Aybar walked, and Bad Vlad was really bad as he homered to left to give Anahiem a 10-2 lead.
The only highlight for the Yankees was a solo homerun by Xavier Nady to make it 10-3. And in spite of some sloppyness by the Angles in the ninth, the Yankees never had a chance in this game at all.
BTW, the Yankees have nine more games vs. the Angles this season. Ouch!!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
So much for good carma eh? The Mets good carma may be falling off, and maybe it is time for GM Omar Minaya to start considering trading for some top talent before 4:00 PM ET tomorrow, when the trade deadline ends.
This latest disaster saw Mike Pelfrey, who has been an ace in every sense of the word, finally have a bad night. It all felll apart for Pelfrey in the fourth, as Florida put up a five spot in the inning. Jorge Cantu singled to bring home Jeremy Hermida to tie the game at one. Later, Cody Ross, who has killed the Mets in this series, trippled to right field to drive home Cantu and Josh Willingham to give Florida a 3-1 lead. John Baker doubled in Ross to make it 4-1.Finally the pitcher Josh Johnson doubled home Baker to make it 5-1 FLA.
The Mets appeared to be dead in the proverbial water, until the Mets finally got to Johnson in the seventh inning. With two on base, Damion Easley blasted a three run shot to deep left field, high over the out of town scoreboard to get the Mets to within one, 5-4.
Still, it wasn't enough. In the eighth, Carlos Delgado came up to the plate an narrowly missed a game tying homer; hitting the ball to the warning track in center field.
Florida added insurence, as Dan Uggla, who has had an ugly series, hit a two run jack to deep left center to make it 7-4.
But, the Mets fought back. Marlon Anderson and Brian Schnieder both got on base with base hits. Then, Ramon Castro squeezed a single to third base to drive home Anderson to make it 7-5. However, in the end Jose Reyes skyed to left to end any hopes of a complete turn around.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
The Yankees failed in their attempt at an ninth inning rally to drop their third staright ballgame, and fall to four games behind the first place Tampa Bay Rays, with a 7-6 loss to the Balitmore Orioles at the Stadium.
It appeared that Baltimore would be on its way to another blowout, having destroyed the Bronx Bombers 13-4, Monday night. With two on in the first, Melvin Mora singled to center, to bring home Nick Markakis to make it 1-0 O's.
Later, in the fourth, Kevin Millar homered for the second time in this series. This one a solo shot made it 2-0 Baltimore.
Finally, in the sixth the Yankees got back into it, as Alex Rodrigeuz went yard for the 22nd time this year to cut the deficit to one. But the Orioles would figure out Darrell Rasner and newcomer Damaso Marte in the seventh. First Brian Roberts singled, and Adam Jones was hit by a pitch. Rasner was then taken out in favor of Marte, who completely imploded.
Markakis singled to center to load them up, and then Aburey Huff cracked a double to left to clear the bases to give Baltimore a 5-1 lead. Mora came up next and doubled in Huff to make it 6-1. Finally in the ninth Huff hit the deciding run, as he homered to deep right to make it 7-3 Orioles.
Still, the Yankees fought back. With two on, Bobby Abreu doubled off of All - Star George Sherrill to drive home Johnny Damon to make it 7-4. Now with one out Jason Giambi singled to center to drive home Jeter and Abreu to cut the Oriole lead to a single run. But, Sherrill was able to strike out Robinson Cano and Wilson Betimet swinging to end the ballgame.
The Mets had to really fight in order to win this one tonight in Florida, as they continue to struggle in this roadtrip in Miami.
Things, seemed to get off to the right foot, when Jose Reyes lined a double to the left field corner to start the game, but he was tagged out at third as he tried to extend himself for a tripple. It was a stupid baserunning mistake, and it cost the Mets a run, as Nick Evans followed Reyes with his own double. David Wright then doubled in Evans to give New York a 1-0 lead, but it should have been 2-0 if it weren't for Reyes.
Florida tied it quickly; in the bottom of the first, Josh Willingham doubled to center to bring home Jorge Cantu, but that was all the Marlins would get tonight. Oliver Perez was brilliant yet again for New York, and this time in quite fashion. He pitched six innings, surrendering the one run, while walking three and striking out five. Perez is now 7-6 on the year.
The Mets grabbed the lead in the sixth as the struggling Carlos Beltran singled to left to drive home Evans. Still the Mets held on to this small 2-1 lead going into the eighth, against a fiesty Florida Marlin team that could comeback at a moments notice.
Then Carlos Delgado golfed a homerun to centerfield in a terrific at bat to give the Mets a 4-1 lead, and all but ice the ballgame. The Mets maintaim their 1/2 game lead over Philadelphia, and extend their lead over Florida to two games.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Well, I guess that eight game winnings streak means little now. The Yankees have lost two in a row, and got totally spanked by the happless Baltimore Orioles, Monday Night.
Even with the loss, the Yankees didn't lose any ground in the AL East and Wild Card race, as the Red Sox lost to the Angles and the Rays lost to the Blue Jays today as well.
The Orioles knocked around Mike Mussina all night long; it was the veteran right-hander's worst start of the year to date. Mussina was charged with six runs and two homers in just five innings. His ERA is now 3.56 and is now 13-7 on the year.
In the second inning, former Red Sox Kevin Millar blasted a three-run jack to left to give the Orioles an early 3-0 lead. A few batters later, Ramon Hernandez blasted a solo shot to make it 4-0.
Later, in the fifth Baltimore blew the doors wide open. Adam Jones, whom the Orioles got in the Eric Bedard trade with Seattle, laced a tripple to right to bring Brian Roberts to make it 5-0. In the sixth, Jones, added to his big night, blasting a grand-slam to deep left field to make it 11-0 O's. It was a total disaster for the Yankees, but I guess they were do for one of these.
Once again John Maine could not complete a ball game due to arm stiffness, and once again the Mets bullpen imploded in a terrible 7-3 defeat to the energetic and for real Florida Marlins.
In case you are still doubting the fish, you better stop and start believing in them. They are getting big crowds, today over 23,000, and are playing inspired baseball. Pretty good for a young team, and this one may be the team the Marlins keep around for more than a year or two.
With the Mets already up 2-0 in the fifth, Maine started to give up huge hits. He gave up a homerun to John Baker to cut the Met lead in half, and then pitcher Ricky Nolasco nearly missed a homer himself, hitting to the warning track in right field. That was enough for Jerry Manuel, who pulled Maine with arm stiffness. This is the second time this month Maine has been pulled becasue of his arm - with the lack of arms out there on the market, the Mets will have to put up with Maine for the long term.
In the eighth things got really zany. With David Wright on third and Carlos Beltran on first, Fernando Tatis grounded into a sure double play, but it was muffed by second baseman Dan Uggla, who threw the ball away, allowing Wright to score the lead run.
But, the Marlins came all the way back on the leaky Met bullpen. Josh Willingham doubled, and then Uggla made up for the error by driving Willingham home with a single to right. The Mets brought in Scott Schoenwies and it didn't get any better, as the scored again and loaded the bases before an out was recored. Cody Ross put the Fish on top for good with a single to center to bring home Uggla to give Florida a 4-3 lead. Finally with Florida up 5-3, Robert Andino doubled to center to drive home Ross and John Baker.
It was a total disaster for the Mets, who now lead Florida by a game and Philadelphia by a half a game.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
It appears Tuesday is Favre's soft deadline to report to camp or possibly be traded. According to Favre, Thompson asked him if he was interested in a trade. "Yeah, but not just to the teams you want me to go to,' Favre said." Qtd in Mortenson.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Times are good to be a Yankee fan. The Bombers bombed Tim Wakefield and the rival Red Sox 10-3 on the FOX Game of the Week today, extending the Yankees winning streak to eight games. The Red Sox meanwhile continue to tumble, having lost five of their last eight ball games, and are just a game ahead of the Yankees in the wild card and sill a game back of Tampa Bay for first place.
It looked good early for Boston, as the built a 2-0 lead, thanks to a David Ortiz RBI single, and a Manny Ramierez ground out, but it was not enough to keep the Yankees at bay.
Typical of the Yankees, they put on their hitting shoes in the middle of the contest, and kept pounding until the final out was recorded.
In the fourth, Robinson Cano, who went 3 for 4 today, blasted a solo homerun to right to tie the game at two. Later Johnny Damon drove home Melky Cabrera with a single to center to make it 3-2 Yankees.
In the sixth the Yankees exploded all over Wakefield and the Sox. With the bases loaded, Damon grounded into a force play to bring home newcomer Xavier Nady to make it 4-2. Later Derek Jeter singled to bring in Cabrera; Bobby Abreu doubled to bring in Damon and Jeter. It has been an amazing year for Abreu and he has not recieved any recognition. He has 66 RBI this year, and has been in the middle of every Yankee rally since they began to turn things around in late June.
Finally in the eighth, Cano added to his day, as he doubled to left field off of the monster, to drive in Abreu and A-Rod, and move Richie Sexson to third base to make it 10-3.
With the log jam at the top of the AL East between Boston, Tampa and New York, and considering the free falling Twins, A's and Rangers, it is clear that two teams will make it to the postseason from the Eastern Division. If I had to venture a guess, the Yankees and Rays will make and the Red Sox will be out. The Sox have been playing inconsitent and erratic baseball for over a month. When they had a chance to overtake the Rays in first, they fell apart, and now can't hold off a Yankee team, that they should be better then.
Also, consider that the Red Sox have been having internal turmoil. Manny Ramirez punched a team security guard, and is starting to stew over his contract status, as he faked a knee injury the last two days. David Ortiz has been on the DL almost all season, and it will take time for him to get back, plus the Red Sox don't have enough pitching. After Josh Beckett and Jon Lester, there is no reason to trust Diaskee Matsusaka or Tim Wakefield. Oh yeah, Yankees fans will like this, Jonathon Papelbon is having a terrible season.
The Yankees will make it, becuse they are tougher. They have shown it all year, falling as far as 10 games out of first place just a month ago, and even though they have had injuries, the Yankees have managed to get by.
The Rays will also make it, because they are just too good of a story not to.
Friday, July 25, 2008
This Rivarly just brings out the best in everyone doesn't it?!?! ;)
The New York Mets continue to rock and roll in the month of July. Call a block party summer why don't you?
Behind another stellar performance by Mike Pelfrey, as well as the hot bats of Carlos Delgado, and Angenis Reyes, the Mets beat up the struggling St. Louis Cardinals 7-2 tonight at Shea Stadium.
Pelfrey continues to be the master of his domain. He went seven more strong innings, giving up one one run, while striking out five and walking none. There is not much you can say about Pelfrey, other than that he has clearly been the Mets ace for the last two months. He is completely in command of his pitches and is confident about what he brings to the table every fifth day.
As for the Mets offense, they continue to stay on the offensive. In the fourth inning, Fernando Tatis led off with a single and was later followed by a single by Brian Schnieder. Three batters later, Jose Reyes crushed a pitch to center field that fell in front of the wall; Reyes legged out the two-run tripple to give the Mets a 3-0 lead.
Next in the fifth, with a runner on, Carlos Delgado delivered yet again; this time he blasted a two run jack to right field to give New York a 5-0 lead. The homerun was Delgado's 20th of the year, which leads the team.
Finally in the seventh, Argenis Reyes cracked his first major league homerun to right to give New York a 7-1 lead. It will be interesting to see what the Mets do with Reyes, since Louis Castillo is expected to come off the DL next week. The Mets should keep Reyes, since he has provided a steady bat, he's hitting .333, and is the best friend of short stop Jose Reyes. Castillo is old and crippled - get rid of him!
Still there was some drama. Duaner Sanchez, who has been just awful this season since coming off the DL in mid-April, loaded the bases with a walk and two singles, without recording an out. Pedro Feliciano had to come in to get one out, and then Aaron Heilman was brought in to face Ryan Ludwick and Albert Puljos. Heilman was able to get Ludwick to fly out to right in an intense 11 pitch at bat. He then got Puljos to ground out meekly to third base to end it for the Mets.
BTW. THIS IS COHEN'S CORNER's 100th career post since joining the bolgosphere world!! Thank you for reading!!!!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
The Mets have officially come full circle. After months and months of turmoil, the Mets find themslves in sole possession of first place in the NL East for the first time since April 18.
The Mets have taken two out of three against Philadelphia and have won each of the last four series against Philadelphia.
As for Moyer he was great as well. Moyer went seven innings, and gave up only two hits and a run. At one point he retired 14 Mets in a row. It seems fitting that neither pitcher figured into the decision.
Finally, in the eighth inning, the Mets broke through on reliever J.C. Romero. First Robinson Cancel singled to left to start things off. Three batters later, the Phillies walked David Wright to get to Carlos Delgado. Delgado had struggled against Romero in the past, going only 2 for 17 against him in his career; but today was a different day.
Delgado took a 2-2 pitch on the outside corner of the plate, and flicked into left field to drive home the surprisingly speedy Cancel and Wright to give the Mets a 3-1 lead.
Billy Wagner came in a shut the door with a 1,2, 3 ninth inning.
The Mets are in first place in the NL East; amazing considering all the problems with this club, from the firing of Willie Randolph and Rick Peterson, from the struggles of Johan Santana, from the injuries to Mosies Alou, Ryan Church and Louis Castillo, from the personal disasters in Pedro Martinez's life. It is incredicble where this team is right now, and it appears that the show will just keep rolling on.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Theeeeeeeeeee Yankees Win AGAIN!
For the sixth straight time the Yankees find a way to win yet again, this time blowing away and sweeping the Minnesota Twins in a Wednseday matinee at the Stadium.
Mike Mussina was brilliant again, going eight strong innings giving up only six hits, walking none, and striking out seven. He threw 105 pitches.
Offensivly, it took five innings for the Yankees to figure out Minnesota's Glenn Perkins. In the fifth a smoking Robinson Cano singled to start things off. He was followed up with a Melky Cabrera single. But it was a Justin Christian double that brought both runners home to make it 2-0 Bombers.
In the sixth, the meat of the Yankee order got a chance to play around with the Minnesota right hander, tacking three more runs on the board. Derek Jeter doubled, and Bobby Abreu walked. This was followed by a double for Alex Rodriguez to make it 4-0. Later newcomer Richie Sexson drove in his second RBI as a Yankee with a Sac. Fly to center field to bring home Rodriguesz.
The Yankees are now just three and a half behind Tampa Bay for first place, and two back of Boston for the Wild Card. Oh, BTW, the Yankees and Red Sox meet up Friday night in Boston, as Joba Chamberlin takes on Josh Beckett. First pitch is at 7:10.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Once again the Mets found a way to lose, and this time it was earily similar to their disaster's in the 2006 NLCS and the final 17 games of the 2007 season.
With their ace on the mound, Johan Santana, who pitched a fantastic game, eight innings, scattering seven hits and allowing only two runs; with huge homeruns by Carlos Delgado and Ramon Castro, and still the Mets found a way to lose.
With the Mets up 5-2 going into the ninth inning it appeared that the Mets were on their way to winning the game, and taking sole possesion of first place in the NL East, and the bottom fell out, as usual.
Billy Wagner could not pitch because of arm trouble, and as a result, his bullpen mates could not pull the team out of the fire. Duaner Sanchez came in and gave up singles to Jayson Werth, Greg Dobbs and Shane Victorino to load up the bases with no one out. Jerry Manuel had to make a move and brought in Pedro Felicano.
Then a familiar face to Met misery came to the plate: So Taguchi. Taguchi tortured the Mets two years ago when he hit a game winning homerun in Game Two of the NLCS for the Cardinals. Today with the bases loaded, Taguchi laced a double over the head of an NLCS foe, Endy Chavez, to drive home the tying runs.
Next, Jimmy Rollins stepped up, and delivered again, with a double of his own to give Philadelphia a 7-5 lead.
This was the most demoralizing loss of the year for the Mets; like in the past, they had everything in front of them, the world was their oyster and they blew it! Sometimes seasons can be judged upon perfomrances like this. This loss could be the loss that spells the doom of the 2008 Mets, a team that has made a reputation of not coming up big in the clutch.
Tonight the Yankees dismantled the Minnesota Twins 8-2, disparaging any thoughts that this offense is still struggling. They are not.
Down 2-1 in the sixth, the Yankee bats exploded.
First, Johnny Damon led off with a single to center. Two batters later, Bobby Abreu blasted his 11th homer of the year to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead. A-Rod later singled, Jason Giambi walked and Robinson Cano drove in A-Rod with a single of his own to make it 4-2.
Finally, in the seventh the Yankees put it away, as Derek Jeter doubled to bring home Damon. Later Abreu who had a big night with three RBI, doubled in Jeter to give the Bombers a 6-2 advantage. Finally, Giambi singled home Abreu to make it 8-2.
It was a fantastic comeback for the Yankees, who are clearly playing their best baseball of the year. They have destroyed Oakland and Minnesota, two teams that were ahead of them in the wild card race, and now they are on the presipous of another backyard barn-burnner with the Boston Red Sox. Bring it on!!!
This means that the Vikings, Bears, Lions, Buccaneers, and Panthers are probably out of the Favre sweepstakes since they are all on the Packers schedule in 2008.
Monday, July 21, 2008
The Yankees continue to beat up their AL Wild Card competition as they destroyed the once hot Minnesota Twins 12-4 at the Stadium.
The Bombers got it going early and often against Minnesota starter Nate Blackburn, touching him up for six runs, three earned, in just one and two thirds innings.
It started with a two - run homer by Alex Rodriguez to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
In the second inning, with the bases loaded, Johnny Damon, who has returned from the DL, reached on a fielders choice to bring home Melky Cabrera to make it 3-2. Derek Jeter than singled to bring home Jose Molina. Later, Bobby Abreu grounded into a fielders choice to plate Brett Gardner. Finally A-Rod did it again with a single to left to bring home Damon. 6-2 Yankees.
In the third the Yankees added on, as Robinson Cano continues to turn around his season with a solo homerun to right; it is his eighth homer of the year.
Finally in the sixth, Jeter homered to right field to make it 10-3. Cano later singled to bring home A-Rod making it 12-3.
The win is the Yankees fourth in a row, and they are only a game behind Minnesota for second place in the Wild Card race.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Earlier in the day, the Philadelphia Phillies lost 9-4 to the Florida Marlins, giving the Mets an opportunity to once again tie the Phillies for first place. All they had to do was beat the Reds and Josh Fogg with his 7.50 ERA.
Well, as baseball would have it...the Mets got blasted.
The Mets never took adavantage of their opportunities, and whenever the Reds gave them an inch, the Mets never took it.
Already up 1-0, the Reds tied it, when Ken Griffey Jr. doubled in Fogg from second base. This was a rough night for pitcher Oliver Perez, who was given two leads and reliquished both of them.
The Reds finally took the lead in the sixth when David Ross singled in Edwin Encarnacion to take a 3-2 lead.
The Mets had a chance to really do some damage in the top of the seventh. Nick Evan led off with a single, and was followed up by a single by Jose Reyes and a clutch single by Angenis Reyes to load them up for the big boys.
As a result, David Wright was caught looking at a nasty curveball for strike three on a 3-2 pitch. Minutes later Carlos Beltran was caught looking to end the inning and waste a huge opportunity.
The Reds then blew the door open in the bottom of the seventh, teeing off of Pedro Felicano. Jeff Keppinger, who has killed the Mets throughout the six games these two clubs have played this year, doubled to right center, after Carlos Beltran missplayed the ball, allowing the runner to score from first to make it 4-2.
The Mets then walked Brandon Phillips to get to Adam Dunn, and he made them pay with a single to right to bring in Keppinger. Finally, Joey Votto, who is having a marvelous first season, tripped to right filed, clearing the bases.
The Mets are still a game out of first, but only a half a game ahead of the Florida Marlins for second place. Photo above is of Joey Votto.
Friday, July 18, 2008
This time there was no comeback by the Mets; finally for the first time since July 4 the Mets lost a ball game, this time by a score of 5-2 to the Cincinnati Reds.
John Maine for the third striaght start was just awful, throwing tons of pitches and walking the ballpark. There must be something really bothering Maine, who earlier this month complained of arm stiffness. Maine walked five and gave up five runs on five hits in just four and two-thirds innings.
In the fifth Paul Bako singled with one out; then Maine walked Jay Bruce, and gave a single to Jeff Keppinger to load the bases. Ken Griffey Jr. walked to bring home a run to tie the game at two. Moments later Brandon Phillips singled to right to bring home Bruce and Keppinger to give Cincinnati a 4-2 lead. Finally Edwin Encarnacion was hit by a pitch to bring in Griffey, and that was it for the Maine and the Mets.
The Mets are no longer in first place now that Philadelphia won their game tonight against Florida.
The Giants feel that in order to make up the difference for a $1.6 billion dollar stadium located at the major eye sore that is Route 3 in East Rutherford New Jersery, loyal fans should sacrifice their mortgage and college education in order to be a season ticket holder.
Here are some of the prices: If you are ticket holder in the lower level, you would be forking over $700 a ticket. Multply that by two tickets for two people and your already paying $1400 for a single game. Multilpy that by 10 games, which is the entire season package of games, and you're paying $14,000 dollars just on game tickets. Add this to the fact that you will have to pay $20,000 to hold each of your seats in the PSL system, and your are already spending between $34,000-$45,000 on eight fall afternoons in the entire calendar year. And this is not including parking, consession food, and suvoniers.
If you have a seat in the upper tear it's no relief. You will spend between $105 - $85 a ticket. Multiply it all out, with the PSL's and your spending close to $4,000 on the seat licence, and $3,400 on tickets, or over $7,000.
See the moths coming out of your pockets?
With an economy that is terrible; where the standard of living for an American, who is not a multi-millionaire, is going down; where a college education is worth almost nothing nowadays, where baby boombers refuse to retire from their jobs, forcing companies to layoff most of the 20, 30 and 40 somethings who work for them; where the disparity between rich and poor gets steeper and bigger - one would think that the Giants would be good businessmen and give the fans a break.
Not the case - John Mara is no better than those who ran ENRON into the ground, and those who run a half dozen media outlets across the country. He is a corrupt businessman, who took a franchise owned by his father, Wellington, who always gave back to the people, and told the same fans to take out a loan, or a mortgage, or their college education to come see his team play football. That is really sick.
Don't let Mara tell you, as he did this afternoon on WFAN with Chris Carlin and Kimberly Jones, that he is willing to work with the fans. Think Mara will negotiate the price of tickets with each individual fan? That's a rethorical question.
And don't think for a minute that Woody Johnson, who owns the Jets, the team that will share the stadium with the Giants, will not do something similar to his fans. Johnson has built a reputation as a cheapskate, and one who treats his fans like total garbage, putting an underperforming and untalented product on the field.
He is also moving the team completeing away from its original fan base in Queens, Brooklyn and Long Island, when the Jets permantly move their training facility to Florham Park in Morris County N.J. later this year. He doesn't care about the fans, and will likely offer prices that are even steeper than the one's the Giants are offering; and that's pretty steep.
This is a total disgrace, thousands of fans, who have been going to Giant games, and Jet games for forty, some fifty years will be out on the street, forced to watch every game at home on TV, (which if you ask me is the best seat in the house). And as they are watching, more and more seats will be empty, because the name of the game, and good business is not to sell the most tickets at the highest price, but to put out a winning product on the field.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
The Mets had to comeback twice in a wild, wild night in Cincinnati, beating the Reds 10-8, earning their 10th straight victory, which is their longest winning streak in a season since 1990!
The Mets thought they would not need 10 runs to win this one, with Johan Santana on the mound, but the lefty, once again, underperformed putting his club in another large hole.
With the Mets up 2-0 in the fourth, thanks to a Carlos Delgado two-run jack in the top of the inning; Santana surrendered back to back homers to Adam Dunn and Edwin Encarnacion to tie the game at two. Then it got really wild. With two more men on base for the Reds, Jay Bruce doubled to right to bring home David Ross to give the Reds a 3-2 lead. Moments later ex-Met Jeff Keppinger laced a tripple to left center to bring home two more runs, giving Cincinnati a 5-2 lead. This chased Santana out of the ballgame.
Still the Mets chipped away. In the top of the fifth with Brian Schiender and Nick Evans on base with singles, David Wright, who has been struggling with runners in scoring position this year, singled to right to bring in both Schiender and Evans to get New York to within one, 5-4.
Then in the sixth, New York grabbed the lead. Delgado led things off with a single. Later Fernando Tatis hit a two run shot that just cleared the right field wall to give the Mets a 6-5 lead.
But the Mets leeky bullpen gave it right back.
Pedro Felicano, Aaron Heilman and Scott Schoenwise combined to blow the lead for the Mets, loading the bases and surrendering a bases clearing tripple to Javier Valentin to give Cincinnati an 8-6 lead. All three runs were charged to Heilman, but it was Schoenwise who gave up the back breaking hit.
One would think that the Mets would be down and out here; rarely this season have they showed that they can come back from adverse situations. But tonight was a different script.
In the ninth, Angenis Reyes singled to right center. Later David Wright cleared the right field wall with a two run homerun to tie the game at eight. Next Carlos Beltran singled to left, and Damion Easley singled to center. Finally Carlos Delgado singled to left-center to give New York the lead as Beltran scored from second and Easley moved to third.
Tatis, then put the nail in the cofin driving a double to the left field corner to bring home Easley. 10-8 Mets.
Stars of the night: David Wright 2 for 5, four RBI and a homerun. Carlos Delgado 3 for 4, three RBI and a homerun; Delgado is now batting .254. Fernado Tatis 3 for 4 with three RBI and a homerun.
The Mets (52-44) are now tied atop the NL East with the Philadelphia Phillies, who aquired Joe Blanton, tonight, from the Oakland Athletics.
Favre was in discussions with Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who spent five years with the Packers coaching staff.
Favre is still under contract with Green Bay for three years and $39 million. The Packers will not release Favre with the fear he will go to either Minnesota, or Chicago, or Detroit. Favre wants his realease, and has hinted that he will attend Packers camp to spite Aaron Rodgers and the ball club.
It's getting to the point that the Packers have to trade the former pro-bowler to an AFC team that the Packers do not see on the schedule.
BTW, in case your wondering the Packers and Vikings meet on to open the season on Monday Night Football at 7:00 on ESPN on September 8.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Justin Mornueau, of the Minnesota Twins ended up winning the contest 5-3, doing just enough to win as he chiped away. He hit 17 homeruns combined in the first and second rounds, and put tremendous pressure on Hamilton, as he blasted three of his five homeruns with only two outs to go in the Final.
All Star Game is tomorrow night.
Hamilton blasted 28 homers in the first round, easily advancing into the second round, where he will face Lance Berkman of the Houston Astros, Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers, and Justin Morneou of the Minnesota Twins.
Update of how it all panned out is later gators.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Guess what? The Mets won again. Guess what again? The Mets got another shutout. The Mets continue their virtuouso performance demolishing the Colorado Rockies 7-0, extending their winning streak to nine games, and keeping them just a half game behind the bumbling Philadelphia Phillies.
Once again the Mets got great pitching from Mike Pelfrey, who was completely dominate from start to finish. Pelfrey went eight strong innings, walking none and strking out five. He was terrific; it got to the point that the Met fans were chanting his name in the eighth.
Pelfrey and the Mets got all they needed in the first inning, as Carlos Beltran belted a three -run homerun into the old picnic area in left field. It was Beltran's 15th homer of the year, but his second homerun of the year while batting right handed.
In the second, with Ramon Castro on second, Jose Reyes drilled a single to center to bring home the lumbering catcher to give the Mets a 4-0 lead.
Finally in the fifth, Carlos Delgado blasted a moon shot to the right field scoreboard, a two-run shot, that gave the Mets a 7-0 lead.
The Mets are now 51-44 and are smokin' hot right now. Some would say that this is a bad time for a break, but after such a dramatic first half, the Mets could use a break.
Andy Pettite struggled in his final start before the break, giving up four runs in six innings. He is now 10-7 on the season. Toronto got to Pettite early in this one, scoring all four runs in the second.
Scott Rolen drove in Kevin Mench for the first run of the game. Three batters later, Marco Scutaro hit a three-run homer to right for a 4-0 lead. Scutaro is not new to killing the Yankees, he did last year while playing for Oakland, as he hit a game winning homer off of Mariano Rivera.
Once again the Yankees offense was silent, as A.J. Burnett, who was pitching on just three days rest, shut down the Yankees for eight and a third innings. Burnett was dominate throughout, striking out eight, and not surrendering a run until the ninth inning.
The loss by the Yankees continues what has been a bewildering season. They can't get anything going on offense, and this is supposed to be the best lineup in the game. Their pitching is mediocore, and even with the Rays and Red Sox struggling, the Yankees can't gain any ground becuase of their inconistent play.
Unless Joe Girardi can pull something out of a hat, this team will not make the playoffs, and I don't care how many team meetings he holds.