Mets Tailgate: Going to WAR: How much were Mets hitters worth in 2008?

Some good stuff here that gets into what you get out of the guys you have vs. what you might get out of replacing them.

Mets Tailgate: Going to WAR: How much were Mets hitters worth in 2008?

Enjoy 49ers Mustache Madness

From and the SF Chronicle.

The Niners will be wearing their throwback uniforms on Sunday, and members of the team have been inspired by photos of the team’s greats — many of them sporting facial hair — displayed at the team’s facility in Santa Clara, Calif.

“Every single day that we walk through here, you just can’t help but admire John Ayers’ mustache. It’s awesome,” Hill said.

Hill had to be informed that the one of his position predecessors, the greatest quarterback in franchise history, once had a mustache. Photos exist of a young Joe Montana sporting a Fu Manchu, although it is not on the wall of the facility.

Can Someone Do Steroids Or Something?

This off-season has been awfully quiet.

The Mets and Yankees made a few pickups and since then there’s been silence.

There’s no looming strike nor contraction nor home run records being broken.   Randy Johnson could win 300 but that seems unexciting (even if he’s likely to be the last one).  

Billy Martin isn’t around to get in a fistfight.

George Steinbrenner isn’t around to fire Girardi.

Bobby V isn’t around to wear a fake mustache.

It’s too cold for A-Rod to take his shirt off in Central Park, and even palling around with Madonna is boring.

Can someone do some steroids or something?  It’s a long, cold off-season and we could use some fuel for the fires.

Yankee Fans Just Rooting For Laundry Now (In The Wrong Bulding)

I think the band Nerf Herder said it best in their song “Vanhalen” when they sang:

Is this what you wanted?  Sammy Hagar.  Sammy Hagar, is this what you wanted man?

So Yankee fans, congratulations.   Let’s take a look at what you’ve achieved in your quest to dominate the 21st century, I’m sure it’s what you had in mind when Torre played the infield in back in November 2001.

You’ll find yourself north of 161st street in a building that kind of looks like home, but kind of looks like New Comiskey in that “that ain’t good” kind of way.   You can look south if you want to see the grass where the legends played – you’ve left them behind now, but you still have all the wonderful inconveniences of getting to “The Stadium” as you will insist on calling it, even though it isn’t really.

You’ll look out on the field and see all the great “Yankees.”

There’s Johnny Damon, the modern day DiMaggio.  When I see Damon I remember all his famous Yankees world series championships and I can’t imagine him playing somewhere else.

There’s C.C. and A.J. and Tex – guys we’ve come to know and love as “true Yankees” as long as they win and bums if they don’t.   Mike Mussina was a bum for 7 years until he won 20 in an otherwise crappy year, then he had the sense to get out while the getting was good.

Joe Girardi in the dugout.   The man who would replace Torre – and finish third.   The only Yankee manager in history to finish behind the (Devil) Rays.

Finally, we can’t overlook the future Yankee Hall of Famer, the man destined to hit Cooperstown with the Babe and the Mick.   The future all time home run king, who will break the record in the new stadium on the wrong side of 161st.   Yep, Mister Yankee himself, the man who brought his winning ways to the Bronx, the man who has won two MVP’s but still isn’t loved – number 13, Alex Rodriguez.

Is this what you wanted Yankee fans?   You may win, and you may have a new stadium, but back up to those Brosius and Jeter home runs in the Bronx back in 2001 and ask yourself if this is what you wanted?

Hire Singletary But The Rules Are Unfair

I love the 49ers.   I think Coach Singletary has done a fine job and it looks like he’s laid a good foundation for 2009.  I’m excited to see that the 49ers want to officially give him the head coach job.

What does bother me is the NFL’s Rooney Rule which requires teams to interview minority candidates.

Since Coach Singletary is a minority, the 49ers can go ahead and hire him without interviewing other candidates. Earlier this year the Rams wanted to hire Jim Haslett (then off to a promising start) but couldn’t because of the rule.

Haslett and Singletary had the same opportunity this season.   If the Rams still want Haslett they shoudln’t have to go through the charade of interviewing minorities, wasting their time, and then deciding they want Haslett.

Meanwhile in San Francisco, why should Singletary be allowed to get the job without the 49ers interviewing other candidates?  Maybe there’s someone even more qualified – why shouldn’t that person be given a fair chance to beat out Singletary for the job?   That candidate should have the same chance to get the 49ers job as the Rams job.

I understand why the rule was created, but it’s 2008.   I think the country has moved on (see recent election). It’s time the NFL do so too and let teams hire whoever they want.