We all need to be honest with each other about this Gary Apple and Ron Darling combo on SNY Mets games

If I started this blog to make friends and be well liked I really am doing a lousy job.  Look guys, we gotta be honest with each other.  You know it, I know it but does SNY know it – this combination of Gary Apple and Ron Darling is really boring.

Look, I could embed 500 of these. Here’s the twitter search, entertain yourself.

I’m not here to kill Gary Apple.  He does a nice enough job in the booth playing out of position.  He will actually be fine when Keith Hernandez rolls in this weekend (Keith brings the danger).  The issue is that he is paired with Ron.

WHOA METS POLICE WHAT?

I bring this up during GARY COHEN AND RON broadcasts.  Gary C and Ron is the  least best of the normal combinations.   GKR is optimal.  Gary and Keith is better than Gary and Ron.

So when you play ask Gary Apple to do not-his-job and he isn’t pulling things out of Ron the way Cohen does – you get a boring telecast.  Keith doesn’t need that – he’ll go into a rant on his own, or start talking about an attractive fan…you all know what Keith does.  But Ron…well here’s a transcript from 1951 I found.

GARY APPLE:  here’s the pitch from Branca, and there it goes.  Home run!  Bobby Thomson’s 32nd home run and the Giants win the pennant.

RON:  That’s right.  Big hit by Thomson.

APPLE:  That will do it from the Polo Grounds.  Giants 5, Dodgers 4, stay tuned for the Rheingold post-game show.

These last two games have been awful.  They can’t pull Wayne up to the TV side because someone also let Howie take this week off, and I guess the radio guys are afraid of locking Ed Coleman and John Sadak in a booth.  Let them do it, it will be fine.

When Gelbs is making a broadcast more exciting you know there’s a problem.  (Another topic everyone is afraid to discuss.)

OK guys, I took one for the team here.  Let everyone be mad at me.  But you know it, I know it…I just don’t know if SNY knows it or cares.

Advertisements

What would happen if the Mets Wear The 9-11 Caps….it’s not like MLB has been policing uniform policy at all

Hey Mets and Major League Baseball, soon it will be the anniversary of the attacks of September 11th, 2001. This year that anniversary will fall on the vey predictable date of September 11th.

That brings up an annual discussion of how the Mets should were First Responder caps.

Jessie pointed out this interesting tidbit he saw on Uni Watch.

UW: Do you have to get MLB’s permission for all of these patch-sharing situations, or do you just go ahead and do it? (If you do have to get permission, have you ever asked to do a patch share that they decided not to allow?)

KT: We get MLB approval for any and all changes to uniforms, including these patch situations. They have never denied us an opportunity to wear a patch.

Now a patch is not a cap, but it’s a start.  Never denied? Interesting.

So I have been told first-hand from Mets Insiders that the Mets have wanted to wear the caps but certain MLB employees you have heard of told them not to.

Ask again.

And when they say no…wear them anyway.

What is MLB gonna do?  Is MLB really going to fine the Mets?  Does baseball really want to have that battle?  I know there’s the conspiracy theory that behind the scenes maybe Cap Wearing would lmake MLB take a closer look at the Wilpons debt load…

…but putting that aside, Wear The Caps.

Here’s the Mets dugout on any given day….

Players are already in violation of official uniform policy left and right so would it matter if Dom Smith had an FDNY hat on?   What’s baseball really gonna do?

All Players, including those who are not playing (e.g., on the bench or in the bullpen), are required to wear uniforms, including the uniform top, during games. (per the CBA)

Could that rule be any more clear?  ALL players INCLUDING THOSE NOT PLAYING…..ON THE BENCH……INCLUDING THE UNIFORM TOP.    Is that what you see on an nightly basis?

I’ve actually looked into this and according my interpretation of the CBA (I remind you I am not a lawyer) – here’s how it should go….

  1.  Pete Alonso takes the field dressed as a Polar Bear, and on his  Polar Bear costume it says 9-11 Never Forget, FDNY (or his choice of first responders, I am not trying to diminish any other organization’s sacrifice).
  2. Per page 217 of the CBA, the umpires on the field should enforce the rules.  Mr. Alonso, we need you to change.  Pete would then have to change or be removed from the game.
  3. The next step is a WARNING from from The Chief Baseball Officer, one Mr. Joe Torre, seen here in uniform wearing a first responder cap.   OK fine, so Pete gets a warning to stop dressing as a Polar Bear.   Pete, don’t wear your first responder Polar Bear costume on 9/12.  Cut it out.
  4. Should Pete run Torre’s stop sign he is subject to a fine of……

ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS.

Really, that’s it.  It’s right there on page 218 of the CBA.  A $1000 fine for the SECOND OFFENSE.    Hell he could do it a third time for $5000.   On the 4th violation MLB gets serious – it’s a 10K fine plus they kick you out of the playoffs.  OK Pete, don’t do that, maybe just three days in a row.  Or you know once on 9/11.  And don’t dress like a Polar Bear, just “accidentally” wear the “wrong” cap.

If you get a little deeper (p. 219) there does seem to be some sort of language giving baseball the ability to give harsher penalties for “flagrant” violations, but I will let the lawyers argue that point while ESPN covers the story of MLB vs 9-11 day after day after day while the appeal drags out.  Have fun with that baseball.

So lets play it out.  The its take the field in first responder caps.  MAYBE the umpires make them change.  Spectacle.  Then PROBABLY Torre fires off a warning letter.  Spectacle.  Or maybe Torre plays the Flagrant Card and sends Alonso to Pete Rose Island.   I’m sure the union wont just nod.   Baseball gets pulled into a story they will want no part of, right before their showcase events.  How do you think Trump responds?  Do you think baseball wants that fight?  No way.

I think the Mets would  – and I hate to use this term – get away with it.

So Wear The Caps Mets. Most of the league is violating the CBA night after night and Torre apparently does nothing about it, and the umpires clearly do not.   Let them pick the fight with you.  Wear The Caps.  Work out something from the licensing side – the Astros somehow did an Apollo 11 cap..surely you can work something out one of these years.  Maybe it’s too late this year so let me gee you the heads up on 2020.  In 2020 September 11th will be held on…..September 11th,  Wear The Caps.

 

Open letter to the Oakland A’s and their fans warning them about Matt Harvey

Dear A’s and A’s fans,

I see that you are interested in Matt Harvey and have signed him to a minor league contract.

I get it.  It’s a flier.  He’s inexpensive.  Surely your pitching guru is smarter than that of the Mets, the Reds, and the Angels.  If you can fix him you have pitched up an ace for your stretch run.  Wooooooo.

I get it.

I’ve also probably, almost definitely, watched more Matt Harvey innings the last two years than anyone.  Here’s the thing – you can’t trust him with an inning.

This is how it’s going to go.  He will look OK.  There will be articles with The Narrative that while he’s no longer the Dark Knight if he can just do what he did tonight blah blah blah.  Been there, done that in New York, in Cincy in Anaheim.

You may even get one of those five inning two run starts that is OK.  But it’s not real.

My man gives up A LOT of deep fly balls…and sometimes those balls go over the fence.

The Dark Knight seemingly CANNOT PITCH OUT OF TROUBLE.   He will look OK in the clean innings but the second even one man gets to first base I am telling you GET YOUR BULLPEN THE BLEEP UP RIGHT NOW.    That one runner will lead to a four-spot.

I tried to warn the Angels but they would not listen and they gave him 11 million dollars.

This is your future Oakland, only in green…

Look at that A’s fans!!!!  Do you think your scout has all these screen grabs of Matt Harvey watching balls fly out of the park?  He does not.  I am telling you, I have watched him pitch and you cannot trust him with a baseball game now matter how OK he looked in whatever non-game showcase your scout watched.  Don’y you guys empty some dude named Sandy?  He should know better than anyone.

Believe me, I love me some Matt Harvey.  Nothing gets me more clicks than Matt Harvey News.  I hope he brings the Full Namath and bangs all your Oakland Supermodels, drives all your sports cars, hangs out at Warriors games and eats all your burritos. (look it up)

I look forward to recapping his adventures.

 

Mets Police Morning Laziness: Panik..I mean Panic! Collapsing Mets has everyone looking at Mickey!

SLACKISH REACTION:  I stopped watching the game because THE GARY APPLE RON DARLING BOOTH IS UNWATCHABLE AND EVEN YOU ADMIT IT – more on that later today in its own post – and I woke up to my timeline wondering if I could lead with Matt Harvey News or Mickey stuff.  Mickey stuff?  I wonder what happened.

Oh, I see, Mickey took Matz out and you’re all upset.   Look at the headline in the newspaper – MAY HAVE FINISHED THE METS.   Everyone who was buying playoff tickets on Sunday morning now thinks the Mets are FINISHED, but I am the negative one.

Folks, especially new readers, this is what I have been saying while I took a pounding on social media for two weeks when the Mets are winning.  It’s not that I am “negative” it’s that everyone else is crazy.   You’ve gone from WOOOOOO PARTY TIME to WHAT IS MICKEY DOING WE’RE DOOMED!

Look, this probably is just the Math catching up to the Mets.  You really aren’t “supposed to” win 15 of 16.  Had they won like 13 of 16 you’d be sitting at around three back in the Wild Card and be happy.  The Math of it all is why I was saying the pennant race was fake.  HOWEVER – they did get the number down to zero, which made it real.  From there you control your own fate.

I do feel, and have felt, that this probably all winds up with the Mets finishing like 5 out and us all waking up from last week’s party wondering why we got Stroman and what happened to all the prospects – but hey Wags bought you two extra months of baseball instead of the usual 60 games of playing out the string.  Enjoy it for what it is.

And see how “negative” I am when everyone else is jumping ship after three days?  When do the boycotts start?