Tagged: Mets

Congratulations

By Chris Cue
April 4, 2009

     Congratulations are in order to the Mets who opened their new ballpark the right way last night.
Mets – 4, Red Sox – 3

Nice ballpark Mets fans!

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     I’m able to listen to all the New York sports radio stations and I can tell you I’ve heard very few complaints about the Mets new home. After watching last nights game, I can see why. It looks like a great place to see a ballgame.

     I suppose congratulations are in order for the Yankees as well. They too opened their new house with a win last night over the Cubs. I did not watch the Yankees game last night, but from what I’ve heard the improvements they’ve made to their new stadium are impressive too.

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Yankees House.jpgI understand the facilities are much improved :-). After all the political debates, funding and land issues, the tearing down of the old stadium where so much history was made and the introduction to the Yankees fans of the new ticket prices, I’m sure all NY Yankee fans are pleased with “The House That George Steinbrenner Built”.

Seriously, I understand that the New Yankees home is a beautiful stadium filled with all sorts of amenities. Good for you guys. You never seem to run out of “presents” from your team ownership and that’s a good thing….for you.

In case you missed either game last night, you’ll have a chance to get a repeat performance today (hopefully with a different outcome) as the Mets play the Red Sox again at 1:10pm and the Yankees take on the Cubs once more at 1:05pm.
The Mets – Red Sox game will be broadcast on the MLB Network and the Yankees – Mets will be aired on the YES Network as well as CSN in Chicago.

While you can, relax and enjoy the games today. The next one our teams play will mean something.

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The Grass is on the Other Foot

By Chris Cue
March 22, 2009

     Back in the off season of 2004-05, I caught a lot of grief from a few of my Yankees friends when the Red Sox sold off the infield grass at Fenway. The Sox did that because they were going to replace the sod anyway, but thought the fans might like to buy a portion for themselves. Considering it was the infield that the 04 team played on, it had a certain amount of appeal to some fans, but my Yankees friends used that promotional gimmick / unusual memorabilia sale to poke fun at the Red Sox. They said all sorts of things like: “Can’t the Red Sox afford to replace the grass on their own?” to “It’ll never live for another 86 years” to the oh-so memorable statements I heard like “Geez, they’ll sell anything won’t they? What kind of an organization sells grass to their fans?”

     Well, you know what they say: “What comes around, goes around” and now the shoe is on the other foot. The New York Times has a story on their web site this morning I plan to send to all of those “Yankee Friends” of mine. What’s it about? Here’s the LINK and the headline…..

“A Patch of Green: Yankees Grass Now a Brand”

     I kid you not. “Yankees Grass” will soon be for sale…..at Home Depot of all places. Ha Ha Ha! Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“……Yankees Sod will be available at New York City-area Home Depot stores
near the end of the month. A patch a little bigger than five square
feet — 16 inches by 4 feet — will cost $7.50, Mr. Andres said. It may
cost a few thousand dollars to cover a large backyard, but the sod
comes with a certificate of authenticity from Major League Baseball,
complete with the counterfeit-proof hologram, declaring it to be the
official grass of the New York Yankees.”

     A “certificate of authenticity”with a “counterfeit-proof hologram”?? Gee, where have I heard that one before?

What kind of an organization puts their name on grass for sale?

They’ll sell anything won’t they?

     Of course I’m kidding. There’s nothing wrong with a business trying to make a buck by using a Major League teams name to sell their product. I just find it rather ironic after all the ribbing I recieved following the Red Sox sale of sod.

     The article goes on to say that the sod company is looking into marketing more grass under other team names as well. All but one of the teams that play on natural grass that is. The sole team not currently marketable is the Mets. Apparently there’s a problem with that sod.

It has what’s known as “A-Rod Disease”. Like him and the Mets team, the grass chokes to death every fall…..:-)

Have a Great Day!

A Little of This and Some of That

By Chris Cue

March 18, 2009

     Did everyone enjoy their St. Patty’s Day? Man I’m tellin ya, between the baseball that was played and the Guinness I drank, yesterday was up there as one of my favorite days so far this year. The Red Sox won beating the Twins 9-5 (btw, I didn’t mind the uniforms…actually I thought they looked pretty good, but the hat?? Yuck! sorry Julia) and the USA won last night with a walk off hit by David Wright to beat team Puerto Rico 6-5….what a game! A link to the story on that game and video of the walk off hit from MLB.com is HERE. Great day! St. Patrick was smiling on us.

     On to what’s in store for us today. Since Japan lost last night yeah! (You’re almost home Dice-K 🙂 Japan faces elimination tonight vs Cuba….. Japan beat Cuba 6-0 the last time they met.

While we’re on the subject of the Oh-So-Lovable WBC, The US plays Venezuela tonight @ 7pm. That game will be on MLBN. Both teams are heading to the Semi-finals. Tonight’s game is to determine the round 2, pool 2 winner.

Also on the tube today:

1:05 PM    Baltimore Orioles @ St. Louis Cardinals / MASN & MLB.TV
1:10 PM    Atlanta Braves @ New York Mets / SNY, MLBN & MLB.TV
7:05 PM    Florida Marlins @ Washington Nationals (LOL, Never mind.. watch the WBC instead)
9:05 PM    Seattle Mariners @ Kansas City Royals / FSKS & MLB.TV

Yankees – Astros @ 1:05 is not on TV….sorry Yankees fans, I don’t think it’s even being broadcast on the radio.

The Red Sox have an off day today. I think John Smoltz is playing Larry Lucchino 18 holes of Golf this morning. If Smoltzy wins, he’ll take Lucchino’s place for a day and be allowed to get under Theo’s skin w/o fear of being released…..(I could be wrong on that). If Lucchino wins,… well…..ha, ha, ha! forget about it. That will never happen. Mostly because I made that up .

 

That’s all for now….. I gotta get back to getting paint all over the place.

Have a great Day! 

Where’s Waldo?

By Chris Cue
February 3, 200
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     Imagine a cartoon with every Major League player in it wearing their teams jersey. Picture them all standing on the field in a Baseball Stadium looking upward as if they were being photographed by someone in blimp hovering above.

     The title to the cartoon is “Where’s Manny?”. Serious competition for Waldo don’t you think? Much like one of those “Highlights” books you used to read as a kid, this would give you some serious “hidden picture” time.  So just where is Manny? We know he is still a free agent without a team to call home. Perhaps the better question would be: “Where will Manny play and for how much?”.
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manny_ramirez_sox.jpgManny once had a home where the fans and players alike seemed to love him. On the flip side of that coin, there were also  reports of his unhappiness with the team. Reports that left many Boston fans scratching their heads wondering “What could the problem be?”. He was making 20 million a year, he was on a team that contended almost every season and he was playing well. As we all know by now, Manny was never comfortable in the Red Sox organization. The real reasons why remain unclear, but he himself said that the day he walked into the clubhouse back in 2001 was the day he knew he wanted to leave. He even said that he had a conversation about it with Pedro Martinez at the time. Was there too much pressure playing in Boston? Too avid a fan base that would not respect his private time? Maybe he realized that for the first time in his career, he was just playing for the money and not the love of the game. We may never know what lead Manny out of Boston. Chances are there are many reasons, but one thing is for sure, he didn’t leave on the most pleasent of terms. An unfortunate set of circumstances that he brought on himself which he may now be paying the price for. It would be nice to sit down and talk to him several years from now and ask “Was it worth it?”. Guessing at his answer being an honest one or not, would surely be a discussion starter, but getting that answer, no matter what it is, would be something worth reading.
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manny-ramirez-DodgersSI.jpgManny’s options this off season seemed like they might be plentiful after his second half performance with the Dodgers in 2008. Things didn’t turn out that way. To date, it appears the Dodgers have been the only one’s to make a formal offer to the future Hall of Famer. Their 2-year, $45 million offer went unanswered by Manny and his agent Scott Boras, so the Dodgers took it off the table. Recently, it’s been reported that the Dodgers have made a second offer. This time it was one year and $25 million. If you’re Manny, you have to think your worth is heading in the wrong direction. At the start of the off season, Manny was quoted as saying “Gas is up and so am I”. Now, gas is down and apparently so are his options…not to mention his hopes of securing a 4-5 year deal. There has been wide-spread speculation on where he might end up….(that “Where’s Manny?” cartoon comes to mind again). Some say the Giants will land him. Others suggest that the Dodgers remain the only ones interested. Still other pundents are suggesting the Mets, Nationals or even the Yankees might be interested. The truth is, just about every team probably has some sort of “interest”, but it’s tempered by his cost, his demands for a multiyear contract, the fact a signing club would have to give up a draft pick and although it’s not spoken of out loud, his behavior remains a huge red flag as well.

     With just about 2 weeks left before position players need to report, Manny still doesn’t have a home. Few will pity him and many will be left wondering why? Why did such a great player burn a bridge that may have given him 2 more years at $20 million per year? Was it that bad or did Manny and his agent over estimate what his worth would be after he quit on his team? This story doesn’t have and ending yet, but someday he’ll have to answer those questions….if only to himself. 

Guest Bloggers

By Chris Cue
January 14, 2009

    This is a horrible time of year for most Baseball fans. I mean, when the headline of the day is where Bartolo Colon has just signed, well, you know you’re in trouble. So, I’ve decided to turn over my blog for the next few days (not really) to a few people I’ve created met recently. Before doing that, I thought it would only be proper to introduce you to them first. So, in no particular order please say hello to:

Hankenstein
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Hank’s a “swell guy” (hat tip to Leave It To Beaver), but he’s widely misunderstood.
Oh sure, he grumbles a lot, but nothing he says ever really happens. He only gets real
nasty when he shows up in New York. So, it’s a good thing he’s hardly ever there.

Unknown
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I’ll be honest about this. I’m not sure who this guy is, but I understand that if you can
ever get him off that ledge, he’ll talk about the Mets all day long.

Chuckles The Chimp
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We talked Chuckles out of hiding to fill in this week. He normally only makes personal
appearances in Los Angeles during October, so we’re pleased he decided to stop by.
Chuckles motto is: “100 Wins is Never Enough”. He say’s it over and over and over and…

Bandwagon Betty
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I met Betty during the 9th inning of game 5 of the 2008 World Series. There were
2 outs and she was looking for bus fare for the ride home. She’s nice and all that,
but she hasn’t been around baseball very long. Go easy on her OK??

Charles de Gulp
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What can I say, they ran out of Kool-Aide in Canada. You probably won’t hear
very much from Charles this year. Although, you will hear him mumble the name
J.P. Riccardi from time to time. He usually follows that with a very loud burp and a quick
check of his pockets for spare change.

and finally……

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I’m sorry, but I have very little patients with this guy. I know others like him a whole
bunch, so I invited him as well. It’s not that Stat is a bad guy, he’s not. I just get tired
of hearing him tell me what the odds are that Julio Lugo is about to strike out.
No offense intended, but I don’t need a math wiz to tell me what those odds are.

So, there ya go. My guest bloggers for the next few days. I’ll be back soon and then we can talk
about all the new people we’re sure to meet later in the year…….

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