Rays Day

Wow. As part of Rays Day I totally forgot about Scott Kazmir.

If you have read anything on this blog you don’t have to guess what I think about the Kazmir trade, it’s the same as everyone else.

More on the Rays here…


The Apple isn’t coming to Citi Field

More Apple distraction. They are getting us mentally ready for a new Apple. We want this Apple. Note the wag-the-dog in this article from mlb.com. Like the Apple is going to dissolve if someone sticks it on a flat-bed truck. Can someone come up with a picture of the Apple being used at Ebbett’s field? Maybe that will work. Also interesting is that’s it’s OK if someone buries a Yankees jersey.

NEW YORK — Citi Field may have a something-less-than-new component.

The Mets’ new home next season may have a piece of their current home — the Apple. No matter what, a home run apple will be installed just beyond the outfield wall — as it is at Shea Stadium — but this one will be left of center. And according to Mets COO Jeff Wilpon, it hasn’t yet been determined whether the old one can handle the move or whether a replacement will be necessary.

Ah, apple turnover.

Wilpon said the Mets haven’t guarded against some unscrupulous soul placing a piece of opponents’ paraphernalia at Citi Field as someone supposedly did with the new Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees, knowing precisely where to dig, removed a David Ortiz T-shirt from under a block of cement at their construction site in April.

“And as soon as they did, what happened?” Wilpon said. “Ortiz started hitting, right? He’d been in a slump, and then boom, as soon as they dug it up.

“We’ll just let it stay there.”

>Citi Field

More pics and comments at the link below.

Things like this make me mad:
Chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said the outfield of the US$800-million ballpark, scheduled to open next year, was “somewhat evocative of the Polo Grounds.”

No Jeff, it’s not. If it is then Camden Yards is. Your dad thinks you’re the Dodgers.


>Great Post On Uni Watch

Total credit to the Uni Watch Blog, but this is so crucial to the issue of the hideous black uniforms that I had to share it. Please check out their blog every day, it’s great.

Fortunately, Mets announcers Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez provided an extended session of uni-related banter yesterday, and it was almost pink-free. Their discussion was prompted by the fact that the team’s local broadcast affiliate has been running an internet poll to let fans vote on the Mets’ all-time best uniform. Good poll, topic, right? Or it would have been, if they hadn’t limited the choices to very small sampling of the various designs the Mets have worn over the years. Anyway, the discussion was actually pretty good — let’s listen in:

Keith Hernandez: I know what my pick would be.

Gary Cohen: What is that?

KH: I love the Mets’ old road uniforms. We had to wear those darn ones with the handwriting. Remember, the “New York” handwriting?

GC: The script.

KH: I must say, I get jealous whenever I see this team out here, the present Mets, when they go on the road and play in the old-fashioned Met uniform. I never got to play in that uniform. They’re beautiful.

GC [who apparently either doesn’t notice or doesn’t care about black drop shadows]: They’re a classic. And I like this pinstripe, the one they wear now, as opposed to the one they wore right at the beginning of the Mets, which did not have the numbers on the front. It’s always a bit disconcerting to me to see the uniforms with no number on the front. But these are perfect.

KH [as the director cues up a 1980s shot]: There we go, look at that. I mean, please.

GC [who also apparently wasn’t listening to what Hernandez had said a few moments earlier]: Well, the worst ones were the ones with the script “New York.” Remember those?

KH: Look at that Astro uniform behind, there. That was a stinker. [Helpfully telestrates the uniform in question, just in case anyone is missing the point.] Look at that — what a stinker that was!

GC [chuckling]: But those were their traditional ugly uniforms. I mean, you have to admit, the late ’70s into the ’80s was the worst-ever era for baseball uniforms. Probably for fashion in general.

KH: The Padres had a terrible uniform. But I loved the Oakland A’s uniforms, with Charlie O. Finley. Ronnie [Darling] does not, our colleague.

GC: He didn’t like wearing the white shoes [when he played for the A’s late in his career]. But there was nothing worse than, say, the Chicago White Sox wearing shorts.

KH: Yes, and how about the Pirates in those bumblebee uniforms.

GC: But the Pirates had those interchangeable ones. They had the black, the gold, and the pinstripes, and they’d wear them in various combinations.

KH: They were awful, awful. Awful.

GC: Now, everybody today is wearing pink because it’s Mother’s Day. [Camera shows a shot of Cohen, who’s wearing a pink tie, and Hernandez, dressed in a pink shirt.] Maybe a team needs to go to an alternate pink uniform.

KH: Well, we’ve got to expand to more teams. Commissioner, we need one more team, and we’ll be in pink.

GC: I don’t think you really want that.

KH [about to get seriously stupid]: Why?

GC [alertly heading him off]: And then, of course — and you were part of this, too — you had the powder blue road uniforms, which you wore with th–

KH [interjecting]: I liked the powder blue with the Cardinals!

GC: Yeah?

KH: I have my powder blue at home, as a matter of fact. I have that uniform. Um, in 1980, the year Whitey Herzog took over the team — Ken Boyer was fired mid-season — that was when — you’re talking about the Mets not having the number on the lower side? The Cardinals that year took that number away, below the cardinal, and put it on our shoulder. [Actually, that was made a year earlier, in 1979, which you’d think Hernandez would remember — it’s the year he won the MVP award.] And the fans didn’t like it at all, so they went back to the traditional Cardinal uniform. Actually, the Cardinals — I think it was in the ’40s — one year they went to a uniform without the bird on the bat. [1956, actually.] And the fans went through the roof! And they came back the next year with the birds on the bat, which I think is just a classic uniform. As a minor leaguer coming up in the Cardinals organization, you were taught to have great pride in those two birds perched on the bat.

GC: Did they have names?

KH: No.

GC: Don’t you think they should, after all these years?

KH: Dizzy and Daffy?

GC: That’d be perfect. Gus and Gussie.

And then the discussion turned to, you know, things that were actually taking place on the field. All in all, not a bad discussion, and I give Hernandez credit for knowing that the Cards went birds/bat-less for one season. What’s more troubling is that nobody connected with the Mets — nobody — ever acknowledges the evil of the black drop shadows. The road and pinstripe uniforms are routinely referred to as “classic,” when in fact they’re bastardized versi
ons of the originals. Pfeh.


>Shout Out To The Rays: Will We Hear From Hank?


So I wanted to take some time to congratulate the Tampa Rays on having the best record in baseball. it’s been a long hard road for those fans.
What have they learned (that other certain teams could observe):
They decided to go with home grown stars and home grown pitching. They got rid of softball-looking jerseys and have a nice neat classic look.
So hooray for the Rays.

Then I remembered they are ganinging up on the Yankees, and the Rays are in Tampa which is home of the Steinbrenners.

Will we hear from Hank today? We may even hear from George!
And if I have my math right, the Subway Series will include Santana, rain and Maine.
Could be a long weekend for the Yankees.
Back to the Rays. Found a Rays blog: http://www.tampabaysportsblog.com/
And he’s right about Rays fans. Time to show up!

More fans need to show: There should be no excuse now for all of you not going to these games. I realize that I only live two miles from the stadium so I’m not saying everyone should make it to the same amount of games I do but less than 15,000 for the Yankees? Get off your asses and go people!

“The bottom line is that the team is not playing the way it is capable of playing,” Steinbrenner said. “These players are being paid a lot of money and they had better decide for themselves to earn that money.”