Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Gammons Doing Better


This past weekend baseball writer Peter Gammons was seen enjoying the Sox-Yankees game (masacree is more like it) . It was his first time back to a park after his recent brain surgery. This is a great story by itself but there was one other part that caught my eye. Gammons visited the writers and both clubhouses. He spoke with Yankee GM Cashman and Mr Torre. But turns out the guy Gammons most wanted to see and talk to was Yankee hitting coach Don Mattingly. While Mr Gammons was in the hospital, Mattingly sent him a silver cross with a get well note. The cross was a gift Mattingly received from his wife and he had worn for several years. Gammons said "They day I got it and put it on in the hospital was the day I turned around. He (Mattingly) and Kim(wife) are pretty unbeliveable". Mattingly said when asked about this gift "I dont know what made me do it. I just was moved to do it".

Mets Get Green + Mota

Over the past few days the Mets made 2 interesting moves... They picked up Guillermo Mota from the Indians and are just about (could be final now) to land outfielder Shawn Green from Arizona. Green would be a big help to the Mets outfield. He would play right almost every day and be a nice left handed bat in the lineup. It looks like the Mets top prospect Milledge needs more time in the minors. Mora should help the back end of the penn too. Met fans remember Mota from his time on the Dodgers. He was the guy allways fighting with Piazza.. These are two solid moves.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Down The Stretch....

 Were down to just about the final month or so in the regular season. Its been a good year with lots of suprises and some busts too.. Heres how I see it finishing out ...
AL -
 Three team fighting for 2 spots. Oakland is moving forward out west and Detroit would have to really fall apart for them not to win the division... The Twins have gone on an incredible run but there pitching has taken a hit. LA will be there but I think they will fall short. Chicago,NY and Boston will fight it out for the last 2 spots. I think NY will win the east and Chicago will take the wildcare. Boston is a young team with alot of question marks. They will be back next year .

NL -
 The Mets have the east all wraped up. After having a tough stretch , the Dodgers have battled back into the lead out west and I dont thin they will give it up. In the central the Cards are hanging on for dear life and the Reds are about ready to take over...  I like the 2nd place finisher in the central to take the wildcard..

 Heres how I see it finish up....
AL- NY,Detroit,Oakland + Chicago
NL- NY,LA,Cinncii + St Louis

ITs been a good year and the stretch run should be just as fun to watch....

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Piazza Back In NY


Future hall of famer Mike Piazza made his return to Shea stadium tonight. Even in the Padre uniform , Mike got a huge standing ovation. The fans stood for minutes while Piazza tipped hit helmet 3 times. Even the Mets catcher Lo Duca gave Piazza and extra minute in the limelight by kicking some dirt around home plate. This was nice to see. The Met fans will allways love Mike and hopefully he will wear a Mets cap into the hall of fame. Mike Piazza turned around a Met franchise that was run into0 the ground. He put the star back in Shea and after he came to NY things got better.I will never forget his homer in the first game back after 9-11. That was something special. I was actually at the first Piazza Met game against the Brewers. I saw Mike get his first hit as a Met and the fans have loved him ever since. Mike Piazza is and all star in every sense of the word...

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Utley Streak Ends....

 Last night the Mets kept Chase Utley off the basepaths. He had hit in 35 straight games until yesterday. After it was over Utley seemed to have a new respect for Dimaggio and the 56. The 56 game hit streak will probably never be broken. Its the toughest record in the game today , especially with all the media coverage these days. Utleys try also shows how great Pete Rose was. No one will probably ever hit 44 like Rose did.  Charlie Hustle was one of the best and should definatly be in the hall of fame.  Im sure Utely will go out there today and start another streak. He is one of the best young players in the game today .

Friday, August 04, 2006

Varitek Goes Down....

 The Red Sox lost there captian , catcher Jason Varitek. He went down with a bad knee and had to have what looks like season ending surgury. This is a tough shot for the Sox who have hung in there this season despite there lack of pitching. Today they picked up former Orioles catcher Javy Lopez. Lopez had been only playing once a week as a back up catcher so he will get to now play 5 times a week for Boston. I think this is a smart move for the Sox. Lopez will hit well at Fenway nad he is a veteran behind the plate. Even with this move Im not sure the Sox can hang in the race. If Big Papi keep hitting those game winning homers I may change my opinion...