Sins Of The Past Vol. 1

Come on.
Did they really think there were some spanish speaking people who were suddenly going to become Mets fan because they added the word “Los” in three inch letters?
This looks horrible.
Reminds me of when they decided to market to Japan – opening day at 5am, Shinjo and that guy that was “the Japanese Greg Maddux.” (Why sign the real Greg Maddux when you can get the Japanese version.)
If you’re going to do it, go all in like the Brewers did.

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Dodgers to Move Across Street For No Reason

Oops wrong team, that’s someone else.
Wait..you mean there’s a way to renovate a stadium and make it cool? No way!

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers unveiled a four-year upgrade plan for Dodger Stadium on Thursday that owner Frank McCourt said amounts to a new home for the team built around the nearly 50-year-old core of the old.

The plan includes a tree-lined entrance to a landscaped grand plaza beyond center field that will connect to a promenade of restaurants, shops and a Dodgers museum.
Acres of parking around the stadium will be turned into a perimeter walkway, which the team is calling “the green necklace,” allowing fans to move outdoors around the ballpark while inside the gates.
One plaza will have views encompassing downtown, the Pacific Ocean and mountains.
“We’re creating a new stadium without tearing down the old,” McCourt said in a statement. “That may take more effort and more resources, but we’re talking about Dodger Stadium.”

It’s all planned to be completed by opening day in 2012, with a price tag of about $500 million, according to a news release from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office.

The changes require approval from the city council, expected to be a formality.
The announcement should help bring an end to speculation about a new stadium for the Dodgers, which had increased as more of the stadiums of the 1960s are torn down for newer, more neoclassical venues.
“We are very pleased to see the Dodgers commit to remain at a ‘new’ Dodger Stadium,” baseball commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement.
The Dodgers summarized the changes for community groups and season ticket holders earlier in the week, and formally announced the facelift Thursday at a news conference.
The stadium, in use since 1962, will be the third oldest in Major League Baseball after the New York Yankees move to their new home next year. Only Boston’s Fenway Park and Chicago’s Wrigley Field will be older.
This is the fifth phase of renovations since McCourt and his wife Jamie purchased the Dodgers in 2004.

Good Willie Rip from Get Mets Merized

Another Grand Performance From Willie’s Guys

http://metsmerizedonline.com/

“He’s my guy. I stick with my guys.”

I’m sure there’s no need for me to reveal the source of that quote. After all we’ve been hearing those same words day after day for over a year now.

You can’t fault a manager for showing confidence in his players, but at some point you have to draw a distinction between performances that most often lead to wins and those that lead to losses. I have two questions for Willie about last nights embarrassing loss.

1. Why would you bring in Aaron Heilman to pitch in the sixth inning of a tie game with two runners on base after being burned by him three times already so early in the season?

2. Why would you stick with him after he walked Lastings Milledge to load the bases?
It has often been said that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Hasn’t there been enough history on Aaron Heilman to know that he is clearly ineffective so far this season? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that his fastballs are all up and he is relying to much on a changeup that lost its potency because he throws it too many times in the count.
What are we paying Rick Peterson for? Is there one pitcher you can name that has shown any improvement from last season? Why are John Maine and Oliver Perez still the same promising pitchers with the same lack of focus and inability to work deep into a game?

Am I the only one who thinks Heilman should have gotten the hook after he walked Lastings Milledge? Especially after seeing that scorching laser he drove down the left field line that just missed being a bases clearing double. Knowing how poorly Heilman has performed of late, shouldn’t have Joe Smith and Scott Schoeneweis have already been throwing in the bullpen and on call for the first hint of trouble?

I don’t know about you, but as far as I am concerned Joe Smith, Duaner Sanchez and Scott Schoeneweis are the only guys I trust in that bullpen after Billy Wagner.

Last night Gary Cohen revealed that the Mets’ bullpen have allowed three of the four grand slams hit so far this season. Pathetic…

When will it be time to usher in the Eddie Kunz era? Kunz is our top relief prospect and closer of the future. Obviously it’s too early to claim the mantra of closer of the future, but it may be the perfect time for “the reliever who can throw strikes of the future”.

With ERA’s hovering around 7.00, can Eddie Kunz do any worse. Maybe I’m just talking out of frustration. Maybe I’m just tired of seeing the same guys get trotted out there and blowing would-be wins for us. Maybe I’m just tired…

Over-Reyes!

Wow..Wallace Matthews and Newsday beat me to this today! Must have been something in the air.
In Wallace’s words:

Just what kind of a baseball player do you want to be, anyway? What kind of a career do you want to have?What type of legacy would you like to leave behind?How would you like to be remembered, as another Derek Jeter? Or another Rey Ordoñez?

You’re probably too young to remember Rey Ordoñez, but for those of us who have followed the Mets for longer than you’ve been alive, Rey-Rey is impossible to forget.He, too, came up with the kind of hype that has attached itself to you from the day you signed a Mets’ minor-league contract. When Ordoñez was a rookie, there was actually debate among otherwise rational people over which young shortstop would have the better career, him or Jeter.
(Mets Police editorial note: Bahahahahahaha. Please.)

Now, of course, we know the answer. Jeter’s name is synonymous with winner; Ordoñez’s name is synonymous with bust. So which is it going to be for you? Clearly, you can go either way. And depending upon which way you go, so, too, will go the Mets.I’m glad you’re having fun again, with your celebrations and your dugout dance routines. But for thousands of Mets fans throughout the city, the only fun is seeing this team win and seeing you play well.The two go hand-in-hand, like one of your silly handshakes.In a lot of ways, you are a symbol of your team, this breathtakingly talented and profoundly frustrating array of ballplayers that so far has given us more days to forget than to remember.

I realize there is plenty of blame to spread around for the slow start of the 2008 Mets, who on some days look suspiciously like a continuation of the 2007 Mets. But all blame starts at the top – of the batting order, that is – and that is where you come in.Through 19 games last year, you were hitting .329. Your on-base percentage, all important for a leadoff hitter, was .421. You had scored 21 runs, drawn 13 walks, stolen 12 bases in 14 attempts. The Mets’ record at the time was 13-6, and that was not coincidence. It was cause and effect.This year, you are hitting only .280. You have drawn a mere four walks, stolen only three bases in five tries, scored only 12 runs. Your OBP, .313, is worse than all but three other NL leadoff hitters. Even Rickie Weeks, batting .192 at the top of the Brewers’ lineup, is getting on base more often than you.As a result, the Mets are struggling, a mere game over .500 going into last night’s game against the Nationals.In large part, this is because you, Jose Reyes, are not doing your job, which is to create runs at the top of the batting order and prevent runs on the field. You can’t do the first if your body isn’t on base and you can’t do the second if your head isn’t in the game.

The other day in Chicago, your decision to throw home on what should have been an inning-ending double-play ball led directly to the grand slam that blew the game open. What exactly were you thinking?You can blame Jorge Sosa if you like. But had you made the right play, he never would have been in the position to throw that pitch. And you might have come up in the ninth with a chance to do something meaningful. Instead, you grounded out to end a game that was already out of reach.You can shrug the blame off on the manager or the GM or the bullpen or the first baseman or the centerfielder, and on any given day, any one of them can be measured for the clown suit.But day in and day out, it is you that makes this engine go – or stall in the mud.

When it comes down to it, the long-term success of this ballclub depends on you and David Wright, the axis around which all Mets teams for the next 15 years are supposed to be built.Wright not only has delivered on his promise, but exceeded it. But on too many days, we wonder if you will ever keep yours.I sincerely hope so. Over the past two seasons, the fortunes of the Mets have risen and fallen with you. Since 2006, they have gone from the presumed best team in the league to the official second-best team in the division. Likewise, you have gone from one of the best players in the game to no better than the third-best shortstop in your division.No coincidence there, either.In April, it is not too late for the Mets to regroup and at 24, it is certainly not too late for you to keep the promises you have made to your team, and the promises that have been made to the fans in your behalf.But it is all up to you, Jose Reyes. Who do you want to be when you grow up? DJ? Or Rey-Rey?

Eagerly awaiting your reply,Wallace Matthews
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