Why is the 2019 MLB Spring Training Merch so horrific?

Does anyone think this looks good?  Who buys this stuff?

It’s such a busy look.

Meanwhile, the social media people are really pushing this Whole Squad Ready thing. That should get the millennials to like baseball.

Until of course you realize there is little individuality in MLB Merch….here’s the Diamondbacks version….to go with every other team’s version…


But hey I guess it could be worse.  Someone could start selling merch that perpetuates stereotypes…so I guess lame WHoel Squad Ready ain’t so bad.

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Mets Mount Rushmore Monday: The Mount Rushmore of Mets Announcers

Welcome to Mets Mount Rushmore Monday, a new series of filler posts.  For these, I will declare The Mount Rushmore Of….  and name four names.

My buddy Hayes asked what the criteria are.  I dunno.  I’m carving a hypothetical mountain and want hypothetical tourists to come see it (other mountains probably have higher WAR).

Like the Actual Mount Rushmore there are only 4 spots.  This may create tough decisions.   Ready….

Bob Murphy

Ralph Kiner

Tim McCarver

Keith Hernandez

Whoa, you can’t believe I left off (Nelson, Cohen, Rose, Healy etc…).  That’s right.  There are only 4 spots.

The lazy thing would have been to put the Original Three and include Lindsey Nelson.  Look man, I only get 4 spots and I can’t tie up three with those guys.  Lindsey left early…no mountain for you.

As for Murph and Ralph….if you don’t get it, this is the wrong blog for you.

As for Tim McCarver – Tim is the reason Ralph is up there.  I know we all love Ralph, but Ralph five minutes before McCarver was a TERRIBLE announcer known for malapropisms.  Tim came along and knew how to pull stories out of Ralph, a move later borrowed by Gary Cohen.

Tim in his own right changed the booth.  He started talking about strategy we had never heard about before.  Kind of like a Tony Romo for 1980’s baseball.  No, really.

Tim’s later years, saddled with Joe Buck and no longer being a fresh voice, resulted in some unfair revisionist history.  I am putting Tim on the mountain.

And then we have to include GKR.  It is Keith who is the indispensable one.   I will break it down like this….we’ve all seen a game where one of the three isn’t there.

Wayne Randazzo/Keith/Ron.  It’s fine.

Gary/Keith.  It’s fine.

Gary/Ron.  It’s kind of boring.  Those games are always boring.

KEITH BRINGS THE DANGER.  And he’s going to make my mountain dangerous.

No Howie?  No Howie.  I love Howie.  Howie is actually the best announcer in the game right now.  But he’s not making the mountain.   He very well make another mountain that will have KB on it…but he’s not on this one.

Ralph, Bob, Tim, Keith.  Your Mount Rushmore of Mets Announcers.



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Carter, Johnson, Nixon, Wilson and The 2019 Mets All Presidents Team

Happy President’s Day.  You know the day when we celebrate the Presidents and stuff.

I thought Prez Day would make for some solid EVERGREEN FILLER CONTENT.   Blog once (in 2018) and you can get years out of this (in 2019).

President Gary “James Earl” Carter

President Al “Andrew” Jackson

Not to be confused with our newest President Jackson, Austin Jackson of the 2018 Mets.   He’s not getting a photo.

President Stan “Thomas” Jefferson.  (Wasn’t he “Stanley” Jefferson?  The official roster and his cards say Stan)

LynJo, President Lyndon B. “Howard” Johnson.  (yeah I flipped it for the joke)

Trot “Tricky Dick” Nixon was not a crook in 2008

Claudell “George” Washington from 1980


William Hayward “Woody” Wilson (Not to be confused with 2019’s Justin Wildrow Wilson)

And last but not least (well maybe least) let us not forget Brian “James’ Buchanan (2004 Mets) who I can’t even find in a Mets uniform.


And there ya have it.  QUALITY FILLER CONTENT for another year.

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Mets Police Morning Laziness: You can feel 25 but you’re still actually 36 and coming off a PED suspension

SLACKISH REACTION:  I am kind of turned off to the Mets brand this morning. No, not because of insensitive caps and their lack of response, but because of the media blowing all this Tebow nonsense.  Just not interested guys, so I will do something else than engage with your (insensitive) brand.

The Mets have signed whoever Adeniy Hechavarria is.   He seems to be an infielder because you can never have 5 too many of those.

Robinson Cano says he feels 25.  That’s nice and all but that doesn’t make someone 25.    It still makes you 36, coming off a PED suspension and your contract is too long but your former agent doesn’t care.  The media needs to not just eat #TheNarrative.

NorthJersey.com tells us that Syndergaard is open to an extension by his former agent.  Warning, NorthJersey.com thinks people are going to put up with a website with 8 million pop ads and not immediately exit.

Fun read why some guy from Detroit hates the Mets.  Spoiler: one of you morons put on him when he was a kid.

Josh Lewin wrote us all a goodbye.

ICYMI Matt Harvey seems unconvinced that The Dark Knight is Back even though he said TDK is back.

Patch Creep has ruined the 2019 Spring Uniforms

The Mets are trying to copyright LGM and I say they can GFY

Really not feeling this brand today – and to be fair it’s more about the media that surrounds them (and local merchants) than anything the actual team is doing.  Well, except trading the farm for ex-players and perpetuating the Tebow nonsense.


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Abyssinnia Josh Lewin: read Josh’s farewell to Mets fans

Seems to be the only Josh pic I have handy

Josh Lewin has moved onto differently green pastures.  Josh had a good solid honorable run in the booth and will be missed.  Cool guy, and I wish him the best, and his decision makes tons of sense.

And that’s still the only Josh photo I accumulated over the years.

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