Average Adam on The Radio

15 Aug

Tonight at 11:30 PM ET, Frank, Tom and I (The co-founders of Mets Gazette) will be special guests on Stache Radio with host Matthew Falkenbury. Daily Stache is a wonderful Mets blog comprised of talented writers that give terrific insight on the team day to day.

So, check them out and be sure to tune in tonight to listen!

Come On Dude

10 Aug

According to the Associated Press, James G. Falzon is suing the New York Mets, Major League Baseball, Jarden Coorperation (Rawlings brand bat maker), Luis Castillo, and Ramon Castro.

Why?

He suffered multiple face lacerations including a broken palate at Shea Stadium in 2007 because he was struck in the face by a shattered bat while his son was looking on.

Don’t get me wrong, it stinks that he was struck in the face and I completely sympathize with how that ruined his day. No one wants to see that happen.

However, go to any Major League or Minor League park and you’ll find very clear signage that warn you to beware of flying objects.

There is some inherent risk when going to a baseball game and forking over the big bucks for a nice seat. Flying objects like baseballs and broken bats is one example. Sitting around a bunch of people jibber-jabbering on their cell phones not paying any attention to the game is another.

Call me old-fashioned, but this situation strikes me as an unfortunate accident. Nothing more, nothing less. As my parents used to tell me when I was growing up, “That’s life kid. Sometimes life is unfair.”

Suing a bunch of people over an unfortunate accident and wasting a lot of people’s time and money is not the answer. This injury is exactly what health insurance is for.

What does this teach his kid? Something unfortunate happens so look for a pay day?

Ramon Castro being named in the lawsuit is the funniest (probably not to Ramon) thing about this ridiculous situation. He wasn’t even at the plate. He is being sued because Luis Castillo was using his bat.

I’ve got ten bucks that says Luis accidentally grabbed Ramon’s bat. Castro…..Castillo, who’s betting against me?

Oh well, another day, another frivolous lawsuit.

Average Adam Update

4 Aug

I know it has been a few days since I last posted.  There are valid reasons for this.

For those of you that know me, we are in the process of opening a $39 million dollar recreation facility.

Also, Mets Gazette is really taking off.  The little time I do have to write has been dedicated to the Gazette.

Yesterday, WFAN’s mid-day show talked about one of our posts at great length and it has generated a lot of traffic to our site (see below if you want to hear the broadcast).

For those of you not familiar with WFAN (probably many Midwestern Ants out there), here is a summary of the station:

WFAN is the flagship station of four New York professional sports franchises: the New York Mets, the New York Giants, the New Jersey Devils and the New Jersey Nets. A wide range of major sports events can also be heard on the station including a full slate of NFL games leading up to, and including, the Super Bowl.

Not to worry, I’ll get back to posting regularly once things die down.  At work that is.  Hopefully the Gazette doesn’t die down.

Article below was originally published on metsgazete.com.

Tom Greenhalgh
Mets Gazette Editor

This is a classic example of why we so appreciate all of our readers. We have no idea who it was, but someone shared our recent article, “The How-To Guide: Be Like Luis,” with WFAN host Evan Roberts.  Evan proceeded to recite the article as well as add his commentary alongside co-host Joe Benigno.

Thanks anonymous!  Click the link below for audio:

Mets Gazette on WFAN, NY

The Effectiveness of Team Meetings

21 Jul

Before tonight’s game, New York Mets Manger, Jerry Manuel held a fifteen minute team meeting. I really can’t blame Manuel for making this decision.

He is in a tough spot. Some of his critics would murder him for not holding a meeting to try to clear the air for his team.

As reported by Wendy Adair, there was a bit of an issue in the clubhouse last night that needed to be addressed.

I’m sure Jerry also wanted to take an opportunity to try to motivate his team into playing better baseball.

The problem with the motivational team meeting is it doesn’t really accomplish much. What could Jerry Manuel possibly say that the players don’t already know?

Here’s how I envisioned the way things went.

Jerry Manuel (JM): Well guys. We’re not playing that well right now. But I really believe we’ll be fine. We’ve got a good lineup, now that everyone’s back. Alex. What happened last night?

Alex Cora (AC): I was upset after we lost….AGAIN….and didn’t like the fact that the reporters were laughing in the clubhouse after the game.

JM: What were they laughing about?

AC
: I don’t know. Why does it matter?

JM: Was it funny? You know I like a good laugh.

AC: Ask Pelf. He was talking to them.

Mike Pelfrey: Yeah, it was pretty funny skip. We were quoting movie lines from A League Of Their Own. Mike Puma does a great Tom Hanks.

JM: Yeah? Which part?

MP: He does the standard “There’s no crying in baseball” bit. But he really has the part nailed when Tom Hanks is complaining to the team owner about having girls instead of ball players. You know? The part where he goes: “BALL PLAYERS?! I don’t have ball players. I’ve got girls! Girls are what you sleep with after the game, not, not what you coach during the game.”

JM: Hahahaha. That’s great Pelf! You’ve got that down pretty well. I love that part.

MP:
Thanks skip.

JM: Oh yeah…almost forgot about the meeting. Listen up everybody. We’re fine. I really believe we’re going to turn this thing around. Luis you’re gonna get some rest tonight. Rod, you’re catching Niese. Go get em fellas!

Well. I guess we’ll see if this works.

This post was originally written for Mets Gazette.

Making A Deal With The Devil

19 Jul

When I was a kid I remember hearing the term “cheaters never win”.   As I grew into adulthood (it can be debated that I’ve actually reached adulthood), I discovered that statement isn’t true.  Cheaters win somewhat often.

Barry Bonds broke Hank Aaron’s home run record, Roger Clemens won several Cy Young Awards, and Floyd Landis won the Tour de France.  Okay, the last example may been a poor one because Landis was stripped of his title so eventually he didn’t win.

My point is, cheaters do win.  It is unfair, but that is the reality of the world we live in.

However, I remember another thing I was told growing up that is actually a bit more accurate.  It wasn’t a saying or lecture as much as it was a story told in different ways.

I am referring to the countless stories/plots out there in books and movies that involve a theme centered around making a deal with the devil and the eventual repercussions of doing so.

This lesson actually bares truth in the adult world, especially in the sports world.  Check out these stories in sports lore that support my claim:

Mark McGwire

Mark McGwire hit 50 or more home runs four seasons in a row (1996-1999).  He and Sammy Sosa (we’ll talk about him in a second) are famous for their chase and eventual destruction of Roger Maris’ single season home run record.

Big Mac was one of the most popular players in Major League Baseball in the late nineties.  He could do no wrong, until……..

In 2005 McGwire was asked to testify to Congress about the use of performance enhancing drugs (peds) in baseball.  He continually repeated the now infamous phrase, “I’m not here to talk about the past.”, when asked if he took any peds.

He was lambasted by the press and pretty much exiled from baseball for several years.

Sammy Sosa

Sosa’s story is very similar to McGwire’s.  He finished second in the home run chase with 66 bombs, still four more than Maris’ 62.


Sosa was also asked to testify to Congress in 2005.  He comically forgot how to speak English, so he wasn’t central figure in that proceeding.This enabled him to miss out on much of the public disdain that McGwire endured.

However, Sosa soon started struggling on the diamond.  Coincidentally, MLB started testing for peds around the same time.

Sammy found himself out of baseball and his last splash in the media is when he lightened his skin for the Latin Grammys.

Barry Bonds

To be fair to Mr. Bonds, it has never been proven in the court of law that he took any peds.  However, there is a mountain of evidence that has been released to the public that he has.

It is rumored that after the home run chase in 1998, Bonds decided he wasn’t happy that McGwire and Sosa got all of the attention so he decided to go down the peds path.

Bonds eventually broke Hank Aaron’s career home run record to little fan fare, considering how monumental Aaron’s record was.

After his contract expired with the Giants there wasn’t a single MLB team that wanted his services, even though he still had quite a lot to offer.  Everyone in the baseball industry acts (or attempts to act) as if Barry doesn’t exist.

There is very little said about him these days.

Roger Clemens

For years people marveled at how Roger Clemens was able to be one of the top pitchers in baseball as an older player.  There was even an humorous ESPN commercial devoted to it.


His ability to be a top tier pitcher was attributed to his grueling work ethic.  His grueling work ethic can not be disputed.  However, Clemens had his fame and fortune questioned like the others mentioned in this post.

Reports surfaced that he and Andy Petite were given peds by their trainer Brian McNamee.  Clemens vehemently denied these allegations.   Over time, evidence of these reports started to mount and seems pretty clear Clemens certainly had some extra help.  He is now facing possible trials for perjury based on statements he gave congress about his use of peds.


Tiger Woods

I am not going to get into Tiger’s story too much as I have written about it in the past.  I just wanted to mention it because he has fallen somewhat due to another form of cheating, adultery.

Once on top of the world, he became a punch line over night.

Is Lance Next?

The next athlete to join this list may very well be Lance Armstrong.

Back in May I wrote about Floyd Landis and how he had decided to rat out Armstrong.  I never thought I would come back to this topic.

This weekend I read an article from the Washington Post about a federal investigation that involves Armstrong.  It appears it is possible that he may be heading down the same road as Clemens.

One interesting point to this investigation is that the same federal agent that was responsible for breaking the BALCO case, Jeff Novitzky, is a part of this current cycling investigation.

Only time will tell if Lance made a deal or not.

Ant Division First Half Summary

14 Jul

We are on the brink of the second half of the baseball season.  What a perfect time to take a look at each team from the Ant Division and talk about how they are doing at the midway point.

Cincinnati Reds

It would only be appropriate to talk about the team leading the division to kick things off.  They also happen to be the most surprising team out of the bunch.

The Reds have snuck up on all of Major League Baseball with their 49-41 record.  How did they accomplish this, you ask?

Offensively, they have a legitimate high powered offense.  Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Brandon Phillips, and Scott Rolen are no joke.  They absolutely give opposing pitchers fits.

Their starting pitching has been the biggest surprise of all.  Rookie Mike Leake has a 6-1 record and Bronson Arroyo had a good first half as well.

They are a good enough team to avoid a complete melt down, but they still have to prove themselves through the dog days of summer.

New York Mets

The Mets are a bit of a surprise as well.  They started the season still dealing with lingering injuries to key players as well as a very suspect starting rotation.


Thanks to “injuries” to Oliver Perez and John Maine, they were forced to go to their farm system where they found diamond in the rough, R.A. Dickey.  Dickey is a knuckleballer that has pitched extremely well for the Mets.

Another minor league call up has earned a full time job with the Mets.  Ike Davis is a promising young first basemen with a slick glove.  He also doesn’t seem to be phased by he New York media.

More importantly for the Metropolitans, David Wright has returned to form.

Carlos Beltran also returns in the second half so time will tell if the Mets are for real.

St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals are right in the hunt for the division crown.  Their starting rotation has been solid all year despite injuries to Kyle Lohse and Brad Penny.  Adam Wainwright, Chris Carpenter, and Jaime Garcia are a combined 30-12.

Albert Puljols and Matt Holiday have contributed as advertised.  Colby Rasmus has been a bright spot that has been a pleasant surprise for the Cardinals.  I still think they need another bat to be a real contender.

Although they have not played the greatest baseball so far, they are still a team to look out for and my favorite to take this division.

Chicago Cubs

If I may quote David Spade in Tommy Boy, the Cubs have “de-railed”.  Offensively they are a joke.  Derek Lee and Aramis Ramirez have been no where to be found.   Marlon Byrd has been their only bright spot on the season so far.

As far as pitching is concerned, Carlos Zambrano has appeared to wear out his welcome in Chicago.  His recent suspension for behaving like a petulant child in the dugout may be the straw that broke the camel’s back.

There really isn’t much to write about this team from a positive perspective.  They appear to be going down the fire sale path.  The second half of their season will probably consist of them trying to dump payroll as best as they can.

Shameless Plug

12 Jul

>Don’t worry Ants.  I haven’t forgotten about you.  I am in the process of writing a new post.

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