The Mercury Mets Of A-Ball

I’m letting Cyclones Fan have the lead post this morning (see his rant above) but I need to get Baracklyn out of my system.

Baracklyn?  This is the Mercury Mets of A ball.

The Wilpons will get it wrong every time.

Bobblehead day?  Fine.  We all like a giveaway.

Having fun with a pun?  Ok fine.

Baracklyn Uniforms?   Awful.

Here’s some info from the official website:

So, like Obama’s campaign itself, the Baracklyn Cyclones took shape — slowly at first, gaining a groundswell of support along the way, and picking up steam at every turn.  Now, here we are a few months later, about to announce a landmark event in the Cyclones history. 

A groundswell of support?  With who?

First up, we needed to introduce the idea to our ownership group…..We were armed with bulleted ideas for the night’s entertainment, sketches and mock-ups of jerseys and bobbleheads, and the passion that comes with a belief in a great idea.  But lo and behold…everyone loved it!  We had cleared our biggest hurdle (or so we thought at the time) without so much as breaking a sweat.  I have to admit, it was a bit anti-clamactic.

Summary:  The Wilpons love it.

All that stood in our way now was the legalities having to do with changing a team name — and, in particular, the name of the place that houses that team — and whether or not we could legally use Barack’s name and image in conjunction with our promotion.  Thankfully, after much diligent research on the parts of Minor League Baseball and our own legal team, it was determined that we could, in fact, “change” our name for a day, and that because of his status as an elected public official, Obama was fair game.

Well then, why not go whole hog?  Why not have the team play a day as the Brooklary Clintons?   Maybe honor Brooke Shields?

Are we missing anything in our tribute to Barack Obama as the next leader of the free world?  Is there anything you’d like to see us doing differently, or better?

Please send any suggestions to

Yes please do

We can’t guarantee that we’ll use them, but we’d love to hear what you think will make the Baracklyn Cyclones night on June 23rd even better!


The Mets Patch, The Rust, Baracklyn and The Pettitte-Manny Conspiracy

Some quick hits.   This patch on the left showed up today.   I think we all agree it is awful and stupid.  It doesn’t say what inaugural season.   Is it a trick to fool a future archaeologist to think the Mets first season was 2009?

I find it very interesting that it doesn’t mention the corporate sponsor.  You know the one that takes taxpayer money and gives it to the Mets.

Does $20 million not get you on the uniforms?  Are the Mets actually sensitive to the taxpayer backlash?  Are they worried that the name of the stadium may change if something happens to the name of the bank corporation?  It has to be one of those three reasons, right?

The good news is now we finally know what the 2009 uniforms will look like.   I have previously asked why are Mets uniforms a state secret?  At least now we know something.   Pinstripes with black shading is back.  Unlike the recent black uniform variant rumor I believe this one to be true because the always excellent Uni Watch reported it.   By reported it I mean killed it.


Now the quick hits.  The New York Post showed that Taxpayer Field already has rust on it.  It’s hard to tell from the picture in the left here but in the Post you can see it.  I apologize to all taxpayers for displaying the name of the bank but I don’t have an hour to photshop.

Tonight I read the Mets are offering three years to Ollie.  That’s good.  He’s a nice middle of the rotation guy, and we know he won’t melt in a tough spot.  Let’s just make sure we don’t need to hand him the ball in Game 162.

A co-worker suggested how the Yankees will wind up with Manny Ramirez.   The Mets need to sign Andy Pettitte and then five minutes later the Yankees will announce NO NEED TO LOOK OVER THERE HEY LOOK AT US WE SIGNED MANNY and hold the press conference on the same day.  

Finally, let’s not even start in yet about the Baracklyn Cyclones.   No that’s not me trying to be funny.  It’s real.   Here’s the teaser video, it’s yet another stupid thing the Wilpons do, which is why you need Mets Police, and we’ll have a full rant about this in the morning.

Baseball Writers Prove Their Hypocrisy Yet Again

The Hall of Fame voting results were announced this afternoon and once again, the members of the BBWAA have shown that they are a bunch of hypocrites. Ricky Henderson – a man with amazing talent that was from time to time berated by the media for being an egomaniac – and Jim Rice – one of the most feared hitters on the field yet hated by media off the field – were both elected to the Hall.

Yet Mark McGwire – who for several years was the media’s darling; who broke Roger Maris’ homerun record; who was held up as a great American in papers across the country; who hit over 500 homeruns; and who did nothing against the rules of baseball was yet again snubbed by the same writers that held him aloft just 10 years ago.

I give credit to the 118 writers who did vote for McGwire this year – and have to wonder about the 10 who voted for him last year and did not vote for him this year. In many ways they are even worse hypocrites than the rest of this sorry lot.

Can’t Believe I’m Saying It: Sign Manny For A Year

They say if you live long enough you become everything you hate.   I’m about to write something I never thought I’d write.
I’ve always been about winning with home grown players and good guys.   I like the Ty Wiggintons and the Dan Murphys and Jon Nieses and guys like Mike Jacobs.   I never liked the Pedros and the Vince Colemans and the Bonillas.
These last two seasons have been brutal.   I blame Willie Randolph for a lot of it.
Winning the division in 2009 will not be enough.   Winning the NL will not be enough.   There’s only one acceptable outcome for 2009 and it involves a brand new flag being raised at Corporate Bailout Taxpayer Field in April 2010.   The Mets must win the World Series.
This team has a few holes in it, and one of the big holes is in left field.   One of the greatest hitters of all time is sitting home looking for a job.   Yes he’s a jerk.  yes it will be a zoo.   Yes he’ll mail it in some days.  I have to believe that Manny Ramirez mailing it in is going to be better than Tatis/Murphy/whoever.    
It pains me to write this but I want the Mets to sign Manny Ramirez to a one year contract.   
Yes they will overpay.   Yes the offer will make Manny surly.   However, I can’t ignore how much better it would make the lineup.   Having some combination of Wright/Beltran/Ramirez in the middle would make for some great innings.
One thing that gets overlooked in free agent signings is the non-baseball benefit the teams get.   C.C. Sabathia and A-Rod are television programming.   People will tune it to see if Madonna is in the stands.   Drop the Manny Ramirez show on SNY six nights a week and your ratings will go up even if it’s a disaster.   They’ll sell a few t-shirts and jerseys.   There will be a buzz at the new park.   It will help heat this good-for-baseball new rivalry with the Phillies.   The Manny Ramirez Show will be must see TV.  Sign him for a year.
There, I said it.   I’m a horrible person.   I’ve lost my way.   I might as well go out and buy a black Ramirez jersey and move my bank accounts to Citibank.

They Don’t Want To Be The Yankees

There was a lot of flurry over here about an article from Friday called The Small Market Baseball Team From Queens.

I must admit and give thanks for a hook-up from Mets Blog who sent a ton of traffic over here, and boy did the Small Market mentality comment strike a nerve.

I’ve shared my thoughts (new stadium, time for a new culture of winning, stop being cheap and signing 10 game winners from the Nationals, you need starting pitchers, a left fielder, a second baseman and a catcher) so I thought I’d excerpt from some of the comments that were posted on Mets Police. 

There are two camps – first the minority, those who agree with the frustration:

As long as there are only two baseball teams in NYC, the Coupons can spend enough to stay in contention while claiming they are spending money more wisely than the Yankees. They’ll always be a second-rate team, but the fans will not care. They can continue to make obscene amounts of money from fans who thank them for meaningful games in September.

According to this strategy, the Mets look smart even when the Yankees win the WS, because they didn’t spend as much money. And when the Yankees don’t win anything, the Coupons look like a couple of geniuses. 

The second-place mentality has been mastered by the Coupons. And judging by the comments on this blog, it is working marvelously.

Fans like you are the reason the mets don’t go the extra mile to win. You accept the chokejobs of the last 2 years and are begging for a 3rd!

If they spend 100 million or 500 million who cares. What they spend doesn’t affect you personally. You think because they stay under budget tickets won’t go up? cmon…   As a fan all i care is if they do something that will not allow us to improve in future period end of statement. Going over luxury tax or not I can care less.  As a Mets fan I care about winning a W.S. NOT REMAINING UNDER SOME TYPE OF LUXURY TAX

Then there were the people who went  bananas.  The consensus was they don’t want the Mets to “be the Yankees.”  I’m not sure what that means.  I think it has something to do with giving pitchers too many years or too much money or something.   I guess it’s OK if you do that for Pedro Martinez but if you do it in 2009 you’re a moron, or not playing fair or something.  Here’s the Mets Police haters:

I agree with the majority of posters here. The mets spend plenty of money, and I don’t want them to become like the yankees. The mets are smart with their money, they signed k-rod for an awesome price. I’m sure the yanks woulda overpayed if they needed a closer. Besides, people forget that wilpons lost BILLIONS in the Madoff scam. So, I dunno bout you guys, but if they are spending anywhere near what they were before, I’m just happy its not really affecting them. So shhh, go root for the yankees if you like overspending.

They did get K-Rod for a good price.  I think it’s obvious that it was a function of the market.   Starting pitchers cost a little more this season, and the Mets need one and probably two.

What you want is the Mets to be like the Yankees. Spend spend spend. When will you and other Mets fans realize that the Wilpons, who spent over $137 million on team salary last year, do NOT want to go over the luxury tax.

Well yeah…and isn’t that a little frugal for life in the big city when you have a new stadium, your own TV network and should easily draw 3.5 million again this year.

We have the 3rd highest payroll in baseball! You don’t have to throw money around frivilously just to prove yourself to be a big market team. I am, for one, glad we are NOT like the Yankees! Look at this offseason and all the signings they made. They could have had them all for much much less. They basically competed against themselves. No one was even bidding remotely close to them! 

I heard Brian Cashman explain his strategy to Chris Russo on Friday.  I’m not sure it entirely makes sense but the Yankees wanted to make sure these guys had no doubt the Yankees wanted them and they wanted to come in super high so that no other teams would even bother bidding, lessening the chances that the player would be tempted to go somewhere else.   

I would have liked to have Sabathia.  I’m still not sure why the Mets wouldn’t.   Now it’s January and I’m still not understanding why they don’t close the deal on Lowe.

I don’t want the Mets to be the Yankees either.   I want them to be the Mets, a franchise with a proud tradition of winning (while not dressed as a softball team).   There are adults in their mid-twenties who have no recollection of this team winning a World Series.

In 2009 winning the division is not enough.

Winning the National League is not enough.

It’s time to win a ring, and this team is no better than the last two.   Not good enough.

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