CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21:  Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets celebrates in the locker room with his teammates after defeating the Chicago Cubs in game four of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  The Mets defeated the Cubs with a score of 8 to 3 to sweep the Championship Series.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Populism Wins

I gotta say, I’m stunned. I was honestly preparing to do a spoof on those videos where those awful parents looking for a guest spot on the Ellen show exploit their kids by putting them on camera and telling them that their favorite player got traded, and having a good old time giggling in the […]

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 13:  Tom Ricketts, owner of the Chicago Cubs, celebrates after the Chicago Cubs defeat the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series to win the NLDS 3-1 at Wrigley Field on October 13, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Cubs defeat the St. Louis Cardinals with a score of 6 to 4.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Obnoxious? Must Be Those New York Values

“I don’t know if you know this, but Mets fans are really, really obnoxious,” Todd Ricketts told a Cubs Convention audience at the Sheraton Grand Chicago. The Cubs board member said he and his wife had enjoyed his team’s trip across the country for the playoffs, saying they had relished Pittsburgh, where Chicago won the […]

FLUSHING, NY - APRIL 27:  Mike Piazza #31, manager Bobby Valentine #2 (L), and general manager Steve Phillips pose for a portrait with the Sporting News Hillerich & Bradsby C. Silver Slugger Award, prior to the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York, on April 27, 2000.  Piazza is the 1999 recipient of the award. The Reds won 2-1. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Where Fantasy Becomes Reality, and Reality Is Steered Towards Fantasy

Our long Flushing nightmare is over. Mike Piazza was voted in to the Baseball Hall of Fame, finally getting a percentage of votes high enough to gain entry. Piazza’s numbers speak for themselves, but it was a cleansing of the inactive voters that probably put him over the top. Not that it helped candidates like […]

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21:  Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets hits a two run home run in the eighth inning against Fernando Rodney #57 of the Chicago Cubs during game four of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Daniel Murphy Wrapped Up Under The Cherry Blossoms

The long, strange Mets career of Daniel Murphy is over. Murphy reportedly signed with the Washington Nationals on a three year deal worth just a shade over $12 million per season. What’s funny is that I vaguely remember a podcast I did with Josh Chapdelaine where we envisioned a contract of similar length and money […]

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Back To The Frozen Foods Aisle

Let’s give a warm Mets welcome to new center fielder Alejandro de Aza! Don’t everybody throw your underwear at once. Look, I get it. Yoenis Cespedes isn’t coming back, and he was never coming back. He was going to cost a lot of money late in his contract for a team that eventually has to sign […]

Bartolo Colon baserunning

Welcome Back Bartolo

No, when Bartolo Colon was signed to replace Matt Harvey as the ace for two seasons at $20 million, I wasn’t crazy about it. And certainly not when it was made clear that part of this contract was about trade value. (Oops.) One season at $7.25 million to be a swingman? And accepted in spite […]

Michael Cuddyer home run

Soul Alone

I know some of you think that I’m a monster for my callous dismissal and for my lack of suitable tears for the departure of Daniel Murphy. I understand that, but I assure you that I’m not a monster, and that I do indeed have a soul. As such, I will allow my soul to […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 31:  Neil Walker #18 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates after hitting a walk off solo home run in the tenth inning against the Chicago Cubs during Opening Day at PNC Park March 31, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Our New Middle Infield, And Why You’re All Insane

Yup. Nailed it. Once Ben Zobrist decided that he wanted to name his next daughter “Wrigley” or “Leon Durham”, Jon Niese for Neil Walker was the move to make. It was a no-brainer (hence, I came up with it eight days earlier … because it took no brains.) The Mets weren’t going to pay $10 million […]

during game four of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.

No Hard Feelings

Terry Collins finished third in the N.L. Manager of the Year voting for the 2015 season. I for one am happy that there are more important things to celebrate than awards. But Collins finishing third isn’t a Greek tragedy. Joe Maddon deserved the award, hands down. Terry Collins was nominated for the award because the […]

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01:  Lucas Duda #21, David Wright #5, Daniel Murphy #28 and Wilmer Flores #4 of the New York Mets look on as Matt Harvey #33 is relieved in the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Dead And Lucky

Nobody could have imagined that this World Series could have ended like this after Matt Harvey demanded the ball in the ninth inning. It was supposed to be the completion of the redemption for Harvey … and his demand was the sign. He wanted the ball … to finish what he started. Perhaps Terry Collins […]

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31:  Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets fails to make a play on a ball hit by Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals in the eight inning of Game Four of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on October 31, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

A Couple Of Hangnails On The Fickle Finger Of Fate

Steven Matz was gutty. Michael Conforto was amazing. Bartolo Colon was heroic. But as those three efforts were putting the Mets on a path towards 1986, a dreadful eighth inning turned fate towards 2000, as a 3-2 lead was changed to a 5-3 loss in Game 4. I knew it was going to be tough […]

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30:  Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets pitches in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game Three of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on October 30, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)

Big Texan

Sure, we all know Noah Syndergaard as “Thor”. Norse God of fastballs. https://vine.co/v/e9OBF0IrX3e But with that first pitch last night that buzzed Alcides Escobar, Noah Syndergaard showed us his other alter ego: Nasty Shit-Kicking Texan. The Mets have had enough of these moments where that Texas attitude hurt them … and that’s just between Roger […]

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Death By Paper Cut

The Royals are annoying. And I mean that in the nicest way possible. It’s a compliment, really. That fifth inning against Jacob deGrom was a clinic that the Kansas City lineup put on. It started when Alcides Escobar bunted two strikes foul when trying to bunt, and you think that deGrom has the upper hand […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 27:  Jeurys Familia #27 of the New York Mets reacts after Alex Gordon #4 of the Kansas City Royals hits a solo home run in the ninth inning during Game One of the 2015 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Not Dead, But Wounded

Game 1 of the World Series is the kind of game movies are made out of. Maybe not classic movies like “The Natural”, but certainly one of those B movies with bad special effects like “Angels in the Outfield”. From that lousy inside-the-park home run that scared the hell out of me because I thought […]

during game four of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.

Our Shining Song

When the Mets defeated the Cardinals in Game 6 of the 2006 NLCS, I referenced a song by Steve Winwood called “One More Morning“. It seemed simple. Win Game 6 while down 3-2, get one more morning. It was a natural fit. “One More Morning”, along with being the title of that post, was the next […]

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 20:  Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets celebrates after hitting a solo home run in the third inning against Kyle Hendricks #28 of the Chicago Cubs during game three of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 20, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Get Back, Marty

It’s surreal to think of what the situation is for the Mets. To go from Justin Upton shocking them in the rain to being one win away from the World Series in the span of just under three months will never not be completely bizarre to me. I’m not used to this. I’m used to […]

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18:  Jeurys Familia #27 of the New York Mets celebrates the final out with Daniel Murphy #28 after defeating the Chicago Cubs in game two of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Citi Field on October 18, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  The Mets defeated the Cubs with a score of 4 to 1.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Another Monster, Another Empty Cage

It’s almost as if Daniel Murphy is that hardened criminal who spent years in jail making a list of all those people responsible for an innocent man going to prison … and then getting out and wasting them, one by one. Kershaw … check. Greinke … check. Lester … check. Arrieta … check. And if […]

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17:  Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets walks back to the dugout after being relieved in the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs during game one of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Citi Field on October 17, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

By The Throat

There were so many aspects to this game that were key to the Mets’ 4-2 Game 1 victory in the NLCS against the Cubs. (Can’t believe I just typed those words.) There was Daniel Murphy bookending the game with a solo HR in the first (against another tough lefty) and a spectacular diving play to […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15:  The New York Mets celebrate after the Mets 3-2 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game five of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Not Tonight, I Have A Date With A Billy Goat

I made a deal with the baseball gods on Thursday. Basically I said: “Look, give us tonight. And I’ll accept whatever comes in the future.” They made me sweat for it, but they made good. The New York Mets are going to the NLCS. It was slightly different than the script I had envisioned, but […]

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13:  Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch against the New York Mets during game four of the National League Division Series at Citi Field on October 13, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Losing Focus, And Losing My Mind

For as much as I talked about how much the Mets had that razor sharp focus in Game 3 that carried them well past inferior pitching, it was me that lost focus last night as I wrote my blog. I was willing to roll the dice with a rookie against a future Hall-of-Famer simply because […]

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