Did A-Rod steal the DiMaggio sign from Yankee Stadium?

Did you hear that A-Rod stole the “I thank the Good Lord for making me a Yankee” sign from the old-new Stadium?
What a jerk!  How dare he!  This is another example of A-Rod not getting it etc.  Who does he think he is?!
Right?
Oh wait, it’s Jeter who did it, so now it’s magically OK.
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Million Manny March great idea, under-promoted.

Some Mets fans held a “Million Manny March” last night in front of SNY.  
 
Great idea, bad execution.
 
I don’t think they got the word out there.
 
Maybe there was a lot of discussion on message boards, but 99% of Metsdom never reads a message board.
 
I read four newspapers a day.  I “google alert” Mets every three hours.  I’m on-line all day.  I check out my fellow bloggers.  I even have a Mets blog myself.  I don’t claim it’s the best one or the most important one, but it’s nice enough.
 
I never heard about this march until google told me about it last night around 8:30.   Maybe I just suck, but that’s not the point.  The march drew 40 people.
 
I think it’s a great idea, and they should do it again.
 
This time they should make sure every blogger in the world knows (spend some time on Google, type in Mets and search blogs) and try to get themselves on sports radio late next week when there’s nothing to alk about but the Pro Bowl.
 
Mets fans take to the streets begging brass to sign Manny Ramirez
New York Daily News, NY – 4 hours ago
The “Million Manny March” boasted only about 40 people, but they were screaming on behalf of Mets fans everywhere when they talked about the heartache of
 

WBC: Now with even stupider rules!

This is so stupid that you won’t believe me unless I give you a link from mlb.com to prove I’m not making it up – so here you go.
 
 
MLB has added a new rule to the already stupid unnecessary WBC.  Again you won’t believe me so I’ll just quote it:
 

This rule dictates that, starting with the 13th inning, each half-inning will begin with runners on first and second base, with the batting order intact. The applicability of the rule to the championship game of the tournament is under review by the rules and regulations committee.

 

What???  That’s not baseball.   If both teams have runners on first and second don’t they stand the same chance of scoring the same amount of runs whether none, two or seventeen?

 

Can you imagine watching a baseball game where there’s magically two guys on?  Who are the two guys?  Anyone you want?  The last two batters?

 

Why not have a home run derby?  Why not have a re-entry rule?  Why not let the fans vote by calling an 800 number?

 

Awful.

 

Here’s some more WBC hating:  http://blogs.chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/rosenblog/2009/01/just-say-no-to-the-world-baseball-classic.html

 

 

Devils have a decision coming in goal

This has nothing to do with the Mets, but the Devils have a decision coming up in net.  Do you start Brodeur when he comes back or do you bench the greatest goaltender of all-time?
 
I’m going to send you over to Examiner where I wrote about this problem this morning.
 
Devils win and have a big decision coming in goal

1 hr 57 mins ago – NY Sports Examiner

 The Devils wake up this morning in first place. They’ve done that without their sure-thing Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur. Scott Clemmensen has stepped in and kept the… Full Story

 

Citi Field Name Debate Goes To Treasury Department

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) and Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) have written a letter to new Treasury Secratary Timothy Geithner asking that the Treasury Department step in and end the naming rights deal with the Mets.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer  has the phrasing in Kucinich’s press statement as:

“The Treasury Department, which forced Citigroup corporate executives to give up their private jet, should also demand that Citigroup cancel its $400 million advertisement at the Mets field and instead being to repay their debt to the taxpayers”




Huffington Post has similar but different wording, presumably from the actual letter.

We request that you intervene and demand that Citigroup dissolve the agreement they have with the New York Mets.  Absent this outcome, we feel strongly that you should compel Citigroup to return immediately all federal monies received to date, as well as cancel all loan guarantees.



This has been and continues to be an avoidable storm for the Mets.  All they have to do is redo the deal with Citi and issue some statement along the lines of, “We understand our partner is going through a tough time, and we want this to be a lasting partnership, so we have worked together to restructure the deal so (insert financial doubletalk)….”

The Mets are messing around with a President who wasn’t shy today about Wall Street bonuses, and is already mad at Citi for trying to spend $50 million on a plane.
The Mets need to get in front of this before we find ourselves at “Mets Stadium” with a lot of outdated signage on April 13th.
Why not “Jackie Robinson Stadium?” – the Mets will want a corporate stadium name whether it’s Citi Field or Eskimo Pie Stadium.   Can you imagine the backlash if they ever tried to rename “Jackie Robinson Stadium?”
Mets Field here we come.   Get in front of this one boys.
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