Big Mouth Mets Police Apologize To Mr. Minaya

As several folks have pointed out, I have put my foot in my mouth and unfairly accused Omar Minaya of making the Scott Kazmir trade when in fact it was Jim Duquette.

I was inaccurate. Good job out of those who watch the watchers.

I don’t know what else to say other than I’m an idiot and own up to it.


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Attention Yankees: Biggest Series Of Year Alert

Dear Yankees,

I enjoy watching your baseball games in October.  You probably enjoy playing them and think of them as a birth rite.

As you look at your schedule this week, do not be fooled into thinking that these three games against the “Devil Rays” will be easy.   They won’t be.   The rays have cast aside the Devil, and now have the best record in baseball.  No, really.  

This is the most important series you’ve played all year and you must sweep.  The clock is starting to run and it’s time to make up some games.   The Rays have plenty of young pitching, including an all-star named Scott Kazmir (name sounds familiar, I can’t quite place it).

I’d like you guys to be there in October.  Hopefully we can close out both stadiums with a Subway Series.  If that can’t happen, maybe Joe Torre’s Dodgers will show up.   Either way, you need to sweep. 


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Kazmir Trade Update

Victor Zambrano is 0-6 with the Colorado Sky Sox of the Pacific Coast League.

Scott Kazmir will be in New York on June 15th pitching for the American League All Stars.

Omar Minaya is still the General Manager of the Mets.

Just sayin’.


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Mets Guy in Michigan: Shea Quest ’08: Things to see while taking a final look

A really cool blog that’s got some great stuff. Check this one out – I’ve spent a lot of time at Shea, in good seats, in bad seats and behind the scenes – but I didn’t know about “the dog” nor did I make the connection the Mets have the only trophy with Seattle Pilots on it.

Great stuff, with pics. Click it.

Mets Guy in Michigan: Shea Quest ’08: Things to see while taking a final look


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Open Letter To The Mara & Tisch Families

A long time Giants season ticket holder sent this to me.

An open letter to the Mara & Tisch Families

My family have been season ticket holders for over 40 years. I grew up reading all the old programs my dad saved for me and knew about almost every player from Frank Gifford and Sam Huff down to Les Shy and Eldridge Small.

First game I went to was actually in 1975 in Shea, vs. the Cardinals, the year before Giants stadium opened. I would say at least since 1989, I have rarely missed a game other than for Weddings (one of them my own!) or some other engagement that kept me out of time. During that time, I have been there for the team for the good days and the bad days. Whether it was Phil Simms or Dave Brown, QBing. I was there.

Despite this, you now add insult to injury.

First: The insult. Actually several insults. Even after the years my father was a season ticket holder, particularly through the awful late 60s and most of the 70s, we were denied seats to Superbowl 21. At the time we understood. There was a lottery and you can only allot a few since there was only enough space for fans of both teams.

But then Superbowl 25 came along. Same thing. Denied. Again somewhat understandable. It happens.

Then Superbowl 35. Again. Okay maybe I am glad I missed going to that one.

Now Superbowl 45 comes along. Nothing again!!! By this time all of the people who must have won the lottery should have been out of it to give those a chance who didn’t go. But no, that’s not the only case. Your organization feels fit to allot tickets to so-called “VIP”s, celebrities and all sorts of other corporate bigwigs who never had any loyalty to your organization during its up and down period.

And now the injury.

Somewhere around $40K I hear for “personal seat licenses” For what? I already own my seat. Yes, I know what you are going to say “everyone does it now”

But I thought the Mara/Tisch families were the “class” of the league? You woudn’t do anything underhanded to your loyal fans like that, many of us who were not entitled to see at least one of the four superbowls?

And don’t tell me its money. From what I know the Mara and Tisch families combined are pretty damn wealthy through your various holdings. I find it hard to believe you really need to scrape up the dough to build this stadium (which you will find the majority of fans dont find necessary anyway. Again, just because “everyone else is doing it” doesn’t make it right). No one is putting a gun to your head and forcing you to do this.

Ive always disliked front-runner fans. How about front-runner owners who only care about their fans when it is convenient to them? How about returning the loyalty to us that we have given to you for so long?

And where is the league office on this? The same league that comes down so hard on players using banned substances or exhibiting bad behavior, why not come down on the owners who commit a different form of bad behavior that is detrimental to the reason the league is in existence — the fans?

Ever since I heard the news of this PSL scam (which is what it is) I have been in somewhat in a state of denial. Many of us have been taking this sort of abuse for years on being rejected for the big game, but this is the ultimate insult.

It would be a shame to give up these tickets after so many enjoyable Fall & Winter Sundays (well maybe not all) over most of my 40 years on this earth.

To the Mara and Tisch families, you are supposed to be above the likes of the Jerry Joneses and Al Davises of the league. Now prove it.

Sincerely yours,

Alex Swingle
New York City


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