Jun. 18th, 2011 02:01 am
But he would have loved Reyes. Of that much I am sure. Hell, we all love Reyes.

We love him. We watched him develop, and we have seen so many of his trials and triumphs. We know the way he gets when he’s happy, when he’s sulky, when he’s angry, when he’s jubilant. He feels, well, almost like family.

Note that I say almost like family, which is very different than actually being family. We are not actually related to Jose Reyes and the love we feel for him as fans is not the love we have for our real-life loved ones. Obviously. And the prospect of losing Reyes, weighing so heavily on the minds of Mets fans these days, is not the same as losing a family member. You don’t have to remind me.

But it is, on the orderly plane that baseball provides for us to try to sort some of these things out, some distant, more palatable version of that. Here is someone you love. And now, due to circumstances beyond your control, you might lose him too soon.

So understandably, Mets fans gather on blogs, in the airwaves and out on the Shea Bridge on Friday nights desperate to show the world their love for this great player, underscoring the pain we will feel if he leaves for some other green pasture elsewhere.

I can’t say if Reyes will be a Met at the end of this season or the beginning of the next one. Few can. And while I’m not as resigned to his departure as many in the media and fanbase, I know this for certain: He’ll be gone someday. Everything goes away eventually. If not next year for Reyes, then five or seven or ten years down the road.

We can lament the hand Reyes – and all of us, really – has been dealt, with so many of his best years wasted by a subpar front office, bad players around him, crappy bullpens, mishandled injuries, everything. Not to mention his contract coming up now, with the Mets in financial flux and hamstrung by a slew of bad deals. That all sucks, no doubt.

But we should celebrate, too, that we have this right now. No matter what happens with Reyes later this year or after the season, the special things Reyes has done and is doing every night this season are some we can carry forever. It is an awesome spectacle, a confluence of immense talent and pure joy on the baseball field, with the churning legs and flying dreadlocks and beaming smile. This is ours to keep.

And I can sit here now regretting that my brother never got to see this, knowing how much he would have loved it. But that’s useless. Besides, I carry with me my brother’s love of baseball. I carry him every day, and it’s not traumatic; it’s awesome. He exists now as an inextricable part of me, a part I can celebrate.

We are alive and we get to enjoy Jose Reyes playing baseball. It beats the alternative.
-- What We Carry
And we all know how well that has gone for the past 40 years.
David Wright Is Also the Mets’ Best Bowler
2/21/11 at 3:00 PM Comment

As if playing baseball in sunny Florida wasn't already enough fun, baseball clubs sometimes organize teamwide outings during spring training so that players can bond. Sometimes they shoot pool. Last year, the Yankees went to an arcade, where A.J. Burnett schooled his teammates at an Indy Car racing game. (Incidentally, this would prove to be the highlight of Burnett's 2010 season.) And yesterday, more than 40 Mets players and coaches went bowling. The star of the night? David Wright, whose impressive high game of 259 was tops on the team by some margin. The next best game? Mike Pelfrey, who rolled a 188. Said Wright to a reporter who suggested he must have been practicing all winter: "Pure athleticism."
an AJ Burnett burrrrrrrrrn in the middle of a "there is nothing to do in Port St. Lucie but bowl?" post? Everything about that is awesome, including Mr. 34 bowling 188.


Look! Jose has new tattoos, that ass <3.

moar Mets and misc. other spring training pictures  )

So, the Mets got rid of Luis Castillo and Ollie Perez. Both of them were examples for (shitty) Mets fans of how horrible the former GM was in regards to paying people money in regards to their actual talents. Castillo would've been fine, except the Mets couldn't give him a paycut and too many Mets fans are racist assholes and would've still bitched that he was on the team. Ignoring of course that for a very long time the longest tenured Met prior to Omar as GM was; David Wright (fine), Jose Reyes (fine), and Steve god-fucking-damn Trachsel (but that was fine, all of his crappy years as a Met -- because he's white and thusly... awesome? maybe?)

Well, from the "Goodbye Ollie" article that I loved;
“You might know before,” Perez said. “But when they tell you, you don’t feel great. I think when you get fired anywhere, you feel sad. It’s not a good moment.
“But you have to be stronger. My life is not done.”
His voice cracked. The words trailed off. The end. After months of speculation — fans howling, the front office observing, Perez trying in vain to recapture his 92-mph fastball — it was over.

The fan base detested him. They jeered him on Opening Day last season. They mocked him when he walked in the final run of the 2010 season. They roared with delight on Saturday, when he surrendered a pair of homers in a relief appearance and sealed his fate with his own ineffectiveness.
“I think I can be better than that,” Perez said. “That’s why I don’t want to quit. I want to get better, for my family, and for me.”
It was 8:25 a.m. Perez thanked a group of reporters and headed for the clubhouse exit. The gray Camry idled in the players’ parking lot. Oliver Perez entered the passenger side and the car pulled away underneath a rising sun.
Inside the clubhouse, Reyes laughed. Niese thumbed his iPhone. David Wright sipped from a Styrofoam cup of coffee, grinning with R.A. Dickey about a clubhouse prank.
The game would carry on for those still capable of playing it.
And then let's talk about Jose Reyes some more because Lord knows I do not do enough of that once the actual season actually starts.
Reyes "surprised" by Castillo's release -- Here is Luis Castillo’s close friend Jose Reyes, speaking about the Mets decision to release Castillo today. The always ebullient Reyes was as sullen as I’ve seen him, speaking softly and looking at the ground:

"He’s a very good friend of mine. He’s close to me. When you see somebody go, it’s going to hurt. He was playing good. It’s not like he was playing terrible. I didn’t even have the chance to say goodbye.

I’m surprised a little bit, because he was playing good baseball. But I don’t make that decision. Everybody loves Castillo in the clubhouse. I’m very close to him, so it’s hard to see him go.

It’s going to be good for him probably. Last year was kind of difficult for him.

He just went home. He felt bad. I talked to him every single day. I go to his house and we talk about stuff. The energy level was kind of down, because of all the speculation about what was going to happen to him. It got in his head. I wanted to help him out, because it’s tough on the field when all that stuff is in your head."
Goddamned heartbreaking. But, luckily, Castillo got a minor league deal with Philly and already got to see a future The Dugout moment with Manny hitting (Little) Roy Oswalt in the neck with a hit.
The prospect of former teammate Luis Castillo playing for division rival Philadelphia made Jose Reyes chuckle Monday. "Crazy, right?" he said. "Same division, bro.

"Hopefully, they give Castillo an opportunity there. He can still play. If they give him the chance, he's going to do his job. I'm sure of that."

Even the light-hitting Castillo could get a power surge from Citizens Bank Park, a notorious hitters' park. "He might hit 30 home runs at that place," said Mike Pelfrey, clearly joking.

The Mets could face Castillo in the second series of the regular season in Philadelphia after opening up at Florida. Castillo could earn playing time as a replacement for the injured Chase Utley at second.

Reyes said he spoke to Castillo daily while Castillo was a Met. "I went to his house, he came to mine," Reyes said. "He had a lot of pressure on his head because he didn't know what's going to happen to him, if he's going to play too much or not. He (brought) that to the field, so it's tough to perform like that. In one way, I felt happy for him so he could find a job with another team and get some pressure off his back."
Love. <3.

And finally, concussions! Justin Morneau urges players to opt for safer helmet. Some of what he's saying is incorrect but I don't fucking care as long as he gets more information out to the players so that there is not another "My name is Ryan Church, I am going to get on an airplane after having two concussions in a week period -- and we are going to Colorado and WHY AM I PUKING SO MUCH -- OH GOD I AM DYING -- AND NOW I WILL BE OUT OF COMMISION FOR MONTHS INSTEAD OF WEEKS, ;.;" episode with the players. Because while that shit drives me closer and closer to Chris Nowinski -- it also drives me closer and closer to fucking madness.
Reyes, Keith Hernandez argue on team charter

The New York Post reports that Jose Reyes and mustached announcer Keith Hernandez had to be separated on the Mets' team charter on Sunday night.

Fuck. Yeah. Honestly. We know whose side I am for that fight. Reyes should've beaten the black Hair Dye For Men off of his damn head. And then go back to hitting triples and having a better average than most of the Mets. Oh. I'm sorry. That's what he's been doing almost all season and most of last season, right? Right.

"He got his point [across] and I got mine," Reyes, when asked to describe the confrontation, told The Post before he drove in three runs in the Mets' 11-1 victory over the Cardinals last night. "I'm not too happy with the way he's been talking."

Of course, this so far has only been in the Post (and broadcasted on the local NBC sports). So who knows if it's really true, but, I hope it was. Keith has been talking shit about Reyes all season (last season too). And I'm still not all right with Keith's "warrior mentality iz better!" over the Church concussions.

[Poll #1217914]

17 has turned 35
I'm surprised that were still livin'
if we've done any wrong
I hope that we're forgiven
Got a few kids on my own
And some days I still don't know what to do
I hope that they're not laughin' too loud,
when they hear me talkin' like this to you...

That's when sport was a sport
And groovin' was groovin'
and dancin' meant everything
We were young and we were improvin'
laughin' laughin' with our friends
Holding hands meant so much, baby
Outside the club cherry bomb
Where our hearts were really thumpin'
Now as most of you know, I go out of my way to call Billy Wagner a racist. For fun and my own amusement. Hell, I even wrote a fucking research paper on it~! My distrust of most Mets fans reasons for disliking Lastings Milledge since he was a rookie aside.... I actually agree with Wagner and while it may seem strange to some people that he made sure to point out that "hay, I'm not a racist!" over his latest controversy (actually, that should be air-quoted. He knows it's his last year and he's pitching better than the young kids, so, he's not going to keep quiet. So, it might just be the Media's Latest Billy Wagner Controversy).
Billy Wagner was being asked, as he often is, to explain away another loss, this latest one a frustrating 1-0 defeat to the Washington Nationals on Thursday. And Wagner, who hadn't appeared in the game, tried for a few moments and then blew up.

"Can somebody tell me why the [f---] the closer is being interviewed and I didn't even play?" Wagner said, stopping for a moment and then waving at the empty lockers across the room — Carlos Delgado seemed the particular target after the struggling first baseman had left without talking to the media. "Why they're over there not being interviewed. Oh, I got it. They're gone. [F------] shocker."
Later on, on the radio, he went on the defensive and said that he was trying to be racist or anything, he was just getting sick and tired of the same players (him and Wright) being interviewed. Because last year Lo Duca had said something similar and in true Lo Duca fashion, said it in such a douchebaggy way that he was implying that his Spanish teammates pretend not to speaky the Englishy, but they can (anyone who has heard Jose Reyes speak either English or Spanish can tell you that the boy speaks as fast as he plays, so in any language, he's more than a little hard to understand).

Wagner said it in a much better way: "Then it causes that tension because my opinion on something may not be the way it really was. If you're not there to answer the questions, the reporters can write whatever they want to. They can write you stunk, you sucked, whatever. But if you're there to say, 'hey man, I wasn't very good today, I came up and I had a chance and it didn't work out,' well, you're accountable. When you're not there, it gets a little ridiculous."

And then, he spoke to reporters again saying that; "Come on. I didn’t say a name … but now these average fans have got the perception that I’m some racist bigot that wants to get after my teammates. We want to win and yeah, I’ll say stuff when things need to be said, but to be taken that out of context where I’m pointing out teammates that I didn’t say, that’s a little much."

It hurts me to admit that I agree with him, but. 'cha that makes perfect sense.

Another article blames all of this crap on Willie Randolph.

Only, who would replace Randolph? Not Wally Backman; the Wilpons are too conservative to gamble like that. Bobby Valentine is close to Minaya, but currently happy managing in Japan. There aren't even any short-term answers on the current coaching staff. Actually, that's been Randolph's undoing, not having a bad cop among his lieutenants, the way Joe Torre had Larry Bowa to get in Robinson Cano's face last year. The Mets are full of Canos – flashy, skilled, crisp-looking players, too many of them drifting along without a rudder. Once Pedro Martinez disappeared on the disabled list, Randolph was doomed. Without the energetic Pedro to patrol the room, the "certain guys" Wagner was referring to were free to divest themselves of the passion Randolph preached about.
I feel we're drifting back into "THE REASON OUR TEAM SUCKED IN SEPTEMBER WAS ALL JOSE REYES FAULT" in that last sentence. But, yeah. Without Pedro around ... or a veteran presence, we'll say, the Double Carlos' have been shit. When everyone was bitching about Reyes, very few people who weren't me, weren't pointing out that it seemed like Delgado's only person he talked to on the field (on-field chemistry, what? Reason the Yankees haven't won a world series because of A-Rod / Jeter infighting, hey?) was his BFFE Shawn Green. And when he (Delagdo, but, even my sex god Shawn Green) and Beltran were up to the plate, it was like watching a little league game, with no hustle, and no heart.

Randolph can't reach them because most of the Mets don't understand his warrior ethos, honed by the '70s-era Yankees. Today's players have nothing in common with the Lou Piniellas or even the Keith Hernandez's of the past. That's why it was no surprise to hear Goose Gossage go off on Joba Chamberlain last week for his pirouette fist-pump after striking out David Dellucci. And it was equally predictable how Joba would react to Gossage's lecture: if you don't like it, too bad.
Exactly. They just think he's pulling an ..... Art Howe. God, I can't believe I said that name. *pukes and dies* But, Willie's not, because he does have an obvious vented interest in this team succeeding, but, no one can tell because the "calm, cool, nothing bothers me" just seems like Cap'n Art Howe on the sinking Mets ship of the post-Bobby V world.

Oh, speaking of, I got to see the ESPN movie / documentary that was made about Bobby Valentine, The Zen of Bobby V" and it was fucking amazing. In my next life, I want my next dad or grandpa to be Bobby Valentine. We'd have so much fun riding bicycles, climbing Mt. Fiji and going to the costume shop to buy fake mustaches for when he gets kicked out of games!

Finally, guess what two players they interviewed on the local NBC station about all of this tonight? Billy Wagner ....... and David Wright. Yep. That was it.


Apr. 30th, 2008 10:24 pm
LOLOL. So. Now. As some of you know, I'm not a big fan of the fact that after sports stars win games, they dance around in alcohol and smoke cigars because I don't like either of those two things. But, I do love pictures of them doing so because a) alcohol is wet and b) cigars involve throats and I have a strange fascination with Shawn Green's adam's apple ...... throats.

Well, I guess hoity toity places don't like cigars either. Case in point: A tale of two David Wright & Jose Reyes pictures.  )

Also, for [ profile] offspeed, Mets Rookies including baby!Vance Wilson and for me, baby!Jose Reyes, heh. Also, I don't remember who Jason Phillips is, but he's purty. And everyone knows Ty <3333.

Also, this website is freaking anti-semantic, because there are no picture/posters of Koufax!!!!!! ...Okay, I just wanted to see some hot old school pictures, leave me alone and let me be sad that it's not 1961 anymore =/

Patrik Elias & UNICEF pictures.

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