Game Four, 1988 NLCS: Nobody’s finest hour. Game 4, 2000 NLDS: Somebody’s finest hour. There are a lot of somebodies here who at one time or another appeared to be nobodies. But we knew better.
40. Bobby Jones: Underrated competitor until he got noticed (12-3 start in ’97, consecutive All-Star K’s of Griffey and McGwire), overpaid [...]
Some scouring over at Retrosheet
makes me think my flawed brain cells were trying to combine the 6th
inning with this horrible sequence, our last gasp in that dismal game:
METS 12TH: Leary replaced Stubbs (pitching); Sasser singled to
right; Darling ran for Sasser; Mazzilli batted for McDowell; Mazzilli
singled to center [Darling to second]; Jefferies flied to left; Orosco
What I've never gotten about the Ishiis, Zambranos and pitchers who
walk too many batters is the idea that they don't know that they're not
supposed to do that. When erstwhile pitching guru George Bamberger
managed the Mets, he repeated over and over to erratic Pete Falcone,
Pete Falcone didn't look him in the eye and respond, “you [...]
Kaz Ishii's old pitching coach said the toughest pitch for him was “strikes” and warned that he'll drive us crazy. I was thinking of a certain departed senator even before Newsday noted that Ishii walked 98 in 172 innings, while Leiter walked 97 in 173 2/3. Of course Leiter went 10-8 with a 3.21 ERA, while Ishii went [...]
Billy Beane recently told Sports Illustrated that “emotional decisions can be devastating” to managing a payroll an building a roster. With Jason Phillips following Joe McEwing out the door, unemotional decisions kind of hurt, too. Only Mets fans would get a touch misty for a guy who had to rev it up in September to hit .218. But that’s why [...]
The thing that’s holding up the Ishii deal, according to Fran Healy, is “a contractual matter”. He said it like he had a scoop.
And you miss MSG.
Mets By The Numbers lists a handful of other recidivist Mets:
Mike Birkbeck is an asterisk unto himself. His [...]
I couldn’t help noticing that both Hubie Brooks and Todd Zeile belong the category of Reacquired Mets, which is always an interesting one.
By my count (which is almost certainly wrong) there are 23 members of
this club, and a look at their mostly-not-august ranks shows how rarely
this works. What you’re hoping for is a Nice Comeback: [...]
Some bits of business before resuming the G(r)eek Chorus for the Fabulous 50s.
Francisco Campos, whom I never actually sighted, is no more.
Jason Phillips is soon to be no more — though apparently the deal for Ishii can't be formalized until tomorrow because the commissioner's office isn't open on the weekend.
Wha? This can't be right. When [...]
60. Hubie Brooks: It is, sadly, the human condition to lock in one’s perception of a situation even when faced with evidence to the contrary. For example, the New York Mets have never been able to do anything with that nettlesome (or Nettlesless) third-base position. We all know that throughout their entire history it’s been one disaster after another, from [...]
Calling Dr. Peterson, calling Dr. Peterson. New project possibly arriving at the emergency entrance…
Jason Phillips for Kaz Ishii? I like it and I don't like it. I like
that, if it's true, the Mets aren't settling for the Ginteriffic
choices in their midst. I don't like it because:
* Apparently Ishii's been walking the West Coast while the [...]