Browsing Archive March, 2008

Ruben Gotay Out

Upon returning from Florida, the first news I heard was that Ruben Gotay injured his ankle sliding into home plate during Sunday’s game against the Dodgers in Vero Beach.

I also heard that Brant Rustich has been shut down, but can’t confirm beyond what’s been posted on MetsProspectus.

So, in addition to Gotay and Rustich, we have Ryan Church out for a couple weeks with a concussion, El Duque out with assorted issues, Carlos Delgado day to day with a hip ailment, Endy Chavez hobbling on a bad ankle, Jose Valentin and Damion Easley less than 100%, Carlos Beltran and Luis Castillo recovering from knee surgeries, Brian Schneider with “sore legs”, Tony Armas Jr. still trying to enter the country, and Olmedo Saenz hiding behind a water cooler.

Did I miss anyone?

This is a big blow to Gotay, who got off to a good start in his fight to win the 25th spot on the roster. He suffered a sprained ankle, and it’s not known how long he’ll be out.


Larry Bowa Concedes

You may have read on Hot Foot that Larry Bowa was prepared to spit on the new rule that all MLB base coaches were required to wear a helmet — a rule created after minor league coach Mike Coolbaugh died from a line drive to his head last season.

Bowa refused to wear a helmet in LA’s opening spring training game, saying,

“I’ll really make a joke out of it. I’m willing to write out a check for whatever the fine is for every game,” Bowa said. “Whatever 162 games is, I’ll write out a check for it.”

However, in yesterday’s game at Port St. Lucie, it appears Bowa has had a change of heart:

Larry Bowa coaches third base wearing a helmet

There’s still time for Bowa to win this year’s “Gary Busey Award for Big-Mouthed Stupidity in Regard to Protective Headgear”.


Chat with Ron Darling

Matt Cerrone mentioned that when he arrived in Port St. Lucie, he spotted Ron Darling next to him while waiting at a traffic light. Matt didn’t gesture or say hello, possibly because Darling would have no idea who he was — particularly at a traffic light.

Well I can say with full confidence that Ron Darling had NO IDEA who I was, nor had he heard of MetsToday, when I brazenly introduced myself to him a few hours earlier that morning at the Tradition Field complex. In fact, he even refused a picture, but graciously offered to sign anything.

His exact words:

“I’ll sign anything, but no pictures, please …”

Good thing I asked … the last thing I want to do is get on Ron’s bad side.

He was nice enough to pretend he cared about my blogging — seriously, he was very polite. FYI his hand felt like a bear paw when I shook it, and I’m a decent-sized guy with big hands myself.

So, sorry folks … no “after” picture of Ron just yet.


The Inner Sanctum

Oh, I also snuck into the “coaches conference room”. I was accosted by security but not before getting a few shots, including the whiteboard (don’t show the Phillies!).

Mets coaches conference room in Port St. Lucie

The whiteboard :

Mets Spring Training whiteboard

Somewhere on there it says “see for scouting reports”.


A Word with Damion Easley

Some MetsToday readers suggested I steal credentials and scam my way into a press conference. Well, I did get into the official press room and had an exclusive interview with Damion Easley. (OK, two minutes of groveling isn’t exactly an “interview”).

Damion wanted to know why I’m hating on him so much, and told me his bat isn’t that slow. From here on he’s my favorite Met and I’ll only have glowing words for Mr. Easley.

Damion Easley with Joe Janish

Easley made me feel even worse by turning out to be an incredibly nice guy. Thanks Damion!