Mets Hot Stove Huddle

In case you missed it — and you know who you are if you did — the Mets Hot Stove Huddle organized by was a great success.

Those who participated in town hall style Q&A panels included yours truly; Ken Davidoff of Newsday; Ted Berg of SNY; Bryan Horowitz of; James Kannengieser, Sam Page, and Mark Himmelstein of Amazin Avenue; Kerel Cooper of; “FireJerryManuel” of Mets tweetdom and the associated website; and Chris Wilcox and Will Davidian of

Some of the highlights of the evening:

– an impressive array of both tasteful and tasteless Bengie Molina jokes by James K
– Ted Berg’s claim that he can used to squat 615 lbs. (that’s like, two Bengie Molinas)
– me beating Ted Berg in an arm wrestling match
– disclosure of the gym where Omar Minaya works out
– Ken Davidoff receiving a text mid-event confirming the agreement between the Mets and Ryota Iragashi
– kind words for Wallace Matthews
– the presence of both an Ollie Perez and a Mo Vaughn jersey
– the toilet-papering of Jeff Wilpon’s house

(OK the last one didn’t really happen … the rest are all true!)

Also had the pleasure of meeting other bloggers and Mets fans and sharing thoughts (complaints) about our favorite team. One fan offered an intriguing suggestion of going after Miguel Cabrera, which I’ll write about soon. Another attendee turned out to be a “twitter buddy” who also writes for a blog called Fonzie Forever. In this digital age, it’s great to find out there are human beings behind all the faceless tweeting, blogging, and commenting.

All in all a fun evening. Hope you can make it the next time.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Kerel Cooper December 17, 2009 at 11:50 am
    I had a great time last night. It was nice meeting everyone in person. I forgot to take a pic of your Mo Vaughn jersey 🙂
  2. dykstraw December 17, 2009 at 1:37 pm
    good times. i anticipate a million miggy march on SNY during hot stove report night a few weeks from now.
  3. Timo December 17, 2009 at 4:36 pm
    i thought the Mo Vaughn jersey was a good purchase at the time i bought it. BUT, no so much now. However, your bachlor party was a success.
  4. Roger December 17, 2009 at 4:51 pm
    It was nice to put a Mo Vaughn jersey to your faceless tweeting and blogging as well
  5. joejanish December 17, 2009 at 5:47 pm
    Timo – it remains a good purchase. The Mo Vaughn jersey is unique — who else has one, and if anyone does, do they also have the courage to actually wear it in public? Not to mention that #42 has been retired.

    Kerel – I assure you there will be other photo opportunities with the Vaughn jersey. I wear it often to separate myself from the riff-raff.

    Roger – yay! sarcasm!

    Dykstraw – what’s your buddy’s name again? beer makes me forget things. I want to make sure he’s properly credited when I write about Miggy.

  6. murph December 17, 2009 at 7:09 pm
    Sorry I missed it.
    Any plans to do it again?
  7. dykstraw December 18, 2009 at 1:53 pm
    let’s call him Kevin K.
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