Monday, June 10, 2013


The Yanks aren't the only team keeping things in the family. The Mets have drafted former player Lee Mazzilli's son L.J. in the fourth round. Forty years ago, in 1973, the Mets drafted Lee in the first round. The 22-year old Mazzilli is a second baseman.

No one knows how this is happening and everyone is waiting for the balloon to burst, but instead, it keeps getting bigger. They're winning with old men - Ichiro Suzuki, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera. They're winning with kids - David Adams, Adam Warren and Austin Romine. They're winning with 2nd & 3rd stringers - Chris Stewart, Lyle Overbay and Jayson Nix. The leading hitter is Brett Gardner at .284. To quote Butch Cassidy, "Who are those guys?"

Sunday was no day of rest for the front office of the Mets. Four players were sent to Triple A Las Vegas, including their one-time #1 prospect, Ike Davis.  As one writer put it, "They've finally lost patience with his inability to progress." In addition to bringing four players up from the minors, they also designated Rick Ankiel for assignment. Supposedly, manager Terry Collins' job is still safe, but, as the saying goes in baseball, "Don't send your laundry out."

This seems kind of cruel. Two years ago, this team had what was considered to be the best pitching staff ever assembled. With Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt and Roy Halladay, they figured to dominate the NL East for years.  Instead, Hamels is 2-9 with a .456 ERA, Hallady is 2-4 and on the DL, and Roy Oswalt is unemployed. Cliff Lee is the only one producing at 7-2.  What happened? This team, like the Yankees, got real old, real fast. Unlike the Yankees, they don't have the pinstripe magic.

Last September, McCarthy was struck in the head by a line drive while pitching. He was told at the time that the injury could make him prone to seizures, but this was the first time one struck. McCarthy is currently on the DL with a shoulder problem, and is on anti-seizure medication, so he doesn't think it will be a problem in the future. Good luck, Brandon.

"Since May 31, the NY Mets were swept by the Miami Marlins in five games over two series. Who knew that the best day so far in June for Mets fans would be last Friday’s rainout?"  -- Janice Hough
"Tennessee deadbeat dad Orlando Shaw has fathered 22 kids to 14 different women. I’m shocked– Shaw has never played in the NBA.”  -- Gary Bachman
" Kobe Bryant says there's a small chance his rehabbing will be over by the start of next season. Same goes for the Heat-Spurs final."  -- RJ Currie
"A Big Ten team making the College World Series field is as unlikely as a Kardashian appearing in the finals of the National Spelling Bee."  -- Brad Dickson
"That late third quarter run by the Miami Heat against the San Antonio Spurs could almost be considered elder abuse."  -- Janice Hough
"The biggest mystery of Alex Rodriguez’s alleged PED use: Why does his supply run out at the end of every September?”  -- Torben Rolfsen
"Suggested name for the Spurs’ highlight film if they win this year’s NBA title: “Mission Possible 5."  -- Dwight Perry
 "At the Tony Awards Sunday night, Mike Tyson danced with host Neil Patrick Harris. That sounds like something I'd dream if I ate right before bedtime."  -- Brad Dickson


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