Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Happy recap

Good vibes were abundant the second you realized Bill Clinton, accompanied by his brother Roger, was in the stands at Shea tonight.

15 runs, a walk-off homerun by MVP lock-in-the-making Carlos Beltran and more bombs than an Israeli invasion of Lebanon, and I'm in bed by quarter to 10, this is how God intended baseball - not these 8 hour American League games. How can American League fans afford to set aside an entire workday to watch baseball every night? Don't they have things to do? I do not know. And could there be better timing for Carlos Delgado to break out of his slump?

With Sean Green coming on board and Tom Glavine on the way back to the hill in a week, only 2 questions remain: How many homers will Green hit in orange and blue? And will stoically patriotic Carlos Delgado go to the White House and shake hands with George Bush after we win the series?


BBPOTS DAPS: Carlos Delgado

BBPOTS METS FAN OF THE WEEK: Bill Clinton, 42nd president of the United States.

Redbirds preview

Starting tonight, the Metropolitans welcome the St. Louis Cardinals, helmed by the biggest overmanager in baseball, Tony La Russa.

The same Tony La Russa who, in a game against the Cubs Saturday, with the score tied in the top of the 9th and the bases loaded, pinch hit Juan Encarnacion for Chris Duncan, who was 2 for 4 and batting .345 this season, and undoubtedly the hottest hitter on his team. Encarnacion promptly struck out, and the Cubs won the game in the next inning.

La Russa is also the manager who, according to Buzz Bissinger's book "Three Nights in August," considered starting Albert Pujols with a career-threatening injury with the caveat that he not throw the ball while playing left field.

This could be piling on, but La Russa also ordered Larry Walker to sacrifice bunt in the first inning of game four of the 2004 World Series. Walker--who in the series hit .357 and slugged .929 with two homers--did the task, but gave the Red Sox an out that got them out of the inning without a run scoring.

And do I even need to get into his BATTING THE PITCHER IN THE 8 SPOT?!

Really, the cult of La Russa is something that has always disturbed me in baseball. With all the talent this guy has managed, with three World Series appearances during his stretch, you'd think he'd be able to skipper a squad to a better Fall Classic record than 1-12. Here's to the Mets pushing his shit in the next three days.

Good news: Sources say...

that Manny Ramirez is about to become the new right fielder of the New York Mets.

I'm just fucking with you.

Actually, there is good news: Tom 'The Old Goat' Glavine will be on the mound again in a week, according to Rupert Murdoch's New York-based publication and Buster Whats His Name at ESPN.


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