Archive: June 11th, 2010

Friday Afternoon Mets Links & Open Thread

NESN – Apparently,  only 11% of Connecticut residents identify themselves as Mets fans. No surprise there, really. But still kinda interesting, to me at least.

MetsBlog – Matt Cerrone has details on Carlos Beltran’s progress in Florida.

Queens Courier – More details on Darryl Strawberry’s new restaurant.

MetsToday – If you missed it, read about the Mets honoring a cancer survivor and learn how you can get involved.

DeadSpin – If you haven’t seen the Wally Backman Ejection Video, you might want to take a look – but be warned, there is alot of foul language. (NSFW)

TONIGHT’S GAME

Tonight, the Mets (32-28) take on the Orioles (17-43) in Baltimore. R.A. Dickey (3-0, 3.20) gets the ball for the Mets. He will be opposed by Jeremy Guthrie (3-6, 3.71).

Feel free to discuss any of this in the comments section.

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Feel Good Friday: Mets Honor Cancer Survivor

Jessica Lyons of the Queens Courier has the story of Courtney Stewart, a 14-year old cancer survivor who was recently honored by the Mets at Citi Field. Courtney’s six-year-old brother John Jr. threw out the first pitch as Courtney stood with him at the pitcher’s mound.

The Stewart family won the chance to throw out the first pitch at an auction to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). The LLS will hold its annual Light the Night Walk in Forest Park Queens on October 16. More information can be found at the event’s website.

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Quote of the Day: “Let’s Go Get a Beer, Doc!”

wallyche2_transparency, LET'S GO GET A BEER, DOC! shirtFormer Met and current Brooklyn Cyclones manager Wally Backman is the internet’s newest legend. Seriously.

In the last 24 hours, video of Wally’s epic post-ejection rant has been picked up everywhere, including Sports Illustrated and Deadspin. The overwhelming reaction is that fans support Wally’s passion in defending his players. In the case of this video, Wally was defending outfielder Doc Brooks, who was ejected during an at-bat, following a ball call. Yeah, you read that right. A ball call.

Needless to say, I’m pretty amazed by all of this. After all, I produced the TV series from which this video clip comes from. The show is called “Playing for Peanuts” and it aired briefly on SNY.

Since the language in the video is saltier than a bucket of Morton’s Iodized Salt, I won’t embed it here. You’ll have to click the links to the websites listed above. Or you can buy the censored (bleeped) version on DVD by clicking here.

Back when it happened (2007), there were murky reports that Wally Backman had lost his mind and ruined his managerial prospects by physically attacking an umpire. It was all overblown – the footage is amazing but there is nothing approaching what Wally was accused of. Regardless, I was accused of staging the incident (not true) and Wally was accused of being out-of-control (also not true). It was a classic manager-vs-umpire confrontation, the only thing different was that Wally had agreed to wear a microphone during the season. In most cases, Wally forgot he had the microphone on him – I used to have to sprint into the dugout following games to make sure Wally didn’t accidentally destroy a microphone cable by taking off his jersey with the mic still attached. Point is, none of Wally’s words were scripted or embellished for the camera. In fact, our cameras weren’t there for Wally’s ejection the week before this incident – and I’m told it was almost as epic…

Fast forward to 2010 and Wally is set to begin managing the Brooklyn Cyclones. His career seems to be back on track and my little TV show seems to have something of a new life. Funny how things work out sometimes.

To meet the demand for all things Wally, I have updated the TV show’s line of T-shirts to include the most famous line from the video:

Special thanks to Kerel Cooper of OnTheBlack.com who posted the video a few weeks ago. He was the first one to have the video online and now everyone else is catching up to him. Nice job, Kerel!

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Friday Morning Mets Links

The Daily Stache – Randy Shemanski is worried about Johan Santana, but concedes yesterday’s shaky performance could have been the result of facing the Padres twice in a row.

New York Mets Report – John Delcos wonders if the Mets will face trouble on the road. Against the Orioles and Indians, no less.

ESPN New York – Rob Parker says the Mets need to be a .500 team on the road, going forward.

OnTheBlack – Kerel Cooper gives the video treatment to who’s hot and who’s not.

Real Dirty Mets Blog – Rusty Jr. takes a look at Jason Bay’s weird start and compares it to his previous starts.

Read The Apple – The Yankees are suing the Mets for stealing their cream-pie-in-the-face idea. It’s a joke, people!

Barstool Sports – This Boston-based sports website has a new hero and it’s soon-to-be Brooklyn Cyclones manager Wally Backman!

WWTDD – Photos of Lady Gaga classing up Citi Field. I wonder if this is grounds for banishment from the ballpark? I guess the Lakers have Nicholson and the Mets have Lady Gaga? Wonderful.

And here are Jon Niese’s postgame comments after last night’s one-hitter:

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Jeff Suppan Signs with Cardinals

Generally speaking, a Mets fan could care less if a nondescript .500 pitcher whose career is hanging on a thread was released and re-signed with a random club in the NL Central.

But it’s Jeff Suppan, and he signed with the Cardinals.

No Mets fan worth his salt can forget that one week in October 2006, when Jeff Suppan walked out of a telephone booth wearing a Cardinal red cape and pitched like he was the reincarnation of Christy Mathewson. His two lights-out, out-of-character performances effectively kept the Mets from reaching the Fall Classic — and were key in his robbery of $42M from the Milwaukee Brewers a few months later.

Let’s get a few things clear. First, even though the Mets are pretty desperate to add an arm to their rotation, Suppan was unlikely to be an upgrade over someone else in the organization. He has been absolutely awful this year — 0-2 with a 7.84 ERA — and was pretty bad last year and the year before. Truth is, he’s never been very good, other than once or twice in a 16-year MLB career. His existence in a big league uniform for that long a time is a feat in itself, comparable to the consistent mediocrity of former Met Steve Trachsel. But I digress …

Point is, the Mets wouldn’t have picked up Suppan because they can’t save him. He’s a project, and Dan Warthen already has his hands full with John Maine, Oliver Perez, Ryota Igarashi, etc.

On the other hand, the Cardinals have Dave Duncan, who unlocked the best in Suppan before, so …

Chances are, Suppan will continue to falter in St. Louis. As Bernie Miklasz states:

… if pitching coach Dave Duncan can fix Suppan this time around, then it’s probably time to send Dunc to the Gulf Coast to see if there’s anything he can do about that oil spill.

And if indeed Duncan does succeed in fixing Suppan, I will be happy to personally purchase a one-way ticket to Louisiana for the Cardinals’ pitching coach … right before slamming a Scott Spiezio bobblehead into my eye socket.

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