Some things that got attention during the week:
A bunch of people called me to task for writing that Yankee Fans Are Just Rooting For Laundry Now (in the wrong building).
Some agree about not getting Manny when I said The Mets Are Having A Smart Day.
Where might Jeter wind up? Jeter’s Future?
We heard back from you when we asked What Has Omar Actually Done?
People are still hitting the Michael Kay: Shill? article.
Folks love Pics of Shea Deconstruction & New Yankee Stadium.
Finally, I appreciate a good comment, and frequent visitor Trooper York got his shots in:
Well someone didn’t get what they wanted for Christmas.
This off season was the Yankees doing what the Yankees always do. Last year was the abberation where they didn’t make the big move in the off season and built from within. The Yankees have always had hired gun free agents like Reggie and Winfield and A-Rod is just the latest embodiment of that trend. Reggie was the only one who produced but we had lots of big stars come in and not win like Winfield and Rickey Henderson and Jack Clark and Dave Collins and Ken Griffey Sr. who were acquired as free agents or in money centric trades that didn’t pan out.
(MP: I do get a kick out of how Reggie has somehow picked up the legacy after Joe D died as if Reggie is somehow a lifelong Yankee. He wasn’t even that loved when he was here as a player. Every year the legend grows.)
Johnny Damon is as much a Yankee as Beltran or Delgado is a Met. Let’s face it, the Yankees still have more home grown talent on thier roster than the Mets. Jeter, Posada, Petitite, Joba, Cano, Hughes, Kennedy, Gardner, Melky and Mariano are the bulk of the team. The Meties have the two overrated choke artists Wright and Reyes.
(MP: Preaching to the choir here. I get killed on pointing out OverReyes not being as good as the stats. I am being a hypocrite this winter in that I want the Mets to open their wallets. Normally I’m screaming about home grown talent, but I never claimed this blog has any integrity, it’s just a blog.)
And you should face another fact. The Mets can only get someone who the Yankees really don’t want. Beltran wanted to come to the Yankees for less money and the only reason the Mets got Santana is the Yanks wanted to go with kids so they didn’t try to sweeten the deal.
You have to face it dude. The Mets are second rate. Second class. A day late and a dollar short. Now that Freddie Coupon lost all his money to a swindler it is even less likely they will do what they need to win.
(MP: I wish I could disagree on either of the above two paragraphs but you got me. I have an undeveloped post that will discuss how the Mets act like a small market team as if they don’t have all the advantages the Yankees do. I’m trying to polish that one off.)
And as far as laundry goes, the Yankees at least know what there uniforms look like. Are you guys going with black jerseys this year or are you going to wear cullotes like the White Sox used too. Face it, even the Yankees laundry is better. That’s why we feel great rooting for it.
(MP: Once again, Amen! The Mets Police wish the Mets would wear white pinstripes with blue hats (no black and no black shading) at home, and “1973” road jerseys. No names on either. I will meet the Mets half-way and they can wear whatever the hell they want on Sundays.)