Tag Archives: Mets

In Briefs: Luis Castillo Released

CHRIS PUMMER: Luis Castillo released. Now what?

JESSICA BADER: A brief moment of rejoicing before going back to the reality of what a mess the Mets are. Also, hoping that Daniel Murphy can somehow handle 2nd base despite all evidence to the contrary. Continue reading

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Should Oliver Perez get a chance to start?

CHRIS PUMMER: No. That should have been the short and direct answer the Mets gave Oliver Perez with the lefty with hefty paychecks and reluctance to accept coaching when he said he wanted to again be considered for the team’s rotation. Continue reading

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Phillie Phanatic

JEFF MORROW: There are good reasons many people consider the Phanatic to be the best mascot in baseball, if not in sports. But as a perennial visitor, I’ve felt like the Phanatic, for all his acclaim, can embody some of the worst qualities of sportsmanship in the game.

DAVE TOMAR: The Phanatic was modeled on the notion that Philly fans are somewhat fanatical, which is a fair assessment. The very strange, hula-hoop torsoed creature that brings delight, and sometimes fear, to children is intended to echo the intensity of the fan base. I have never personally driven an ATV over Mr. Met, but it does have a certain symbolic subtlety to it. Besides, where Mr. Met is concerned, this would be an act of euthanasia. Continue reading

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Ballpark Food

SHARON CHAPMAN: Ballpark food is important to me. I live in Central New Jersey, and when I travel to Citi Field to see the Mets it’s a commute of approximately two hours each way (and that’s if I don’t miss a train connection!). When you factor in 3-4 hours for a ballgame, you figure that I’m out of the house roughly 8 hours or so when I go to meet the Mets. Thus, I need more than popcorn to get me through a ballgame.

KRYSTEN OLIPHANT: Like Sharon, I am a generally healthy eater. But I have a weakness for ballgame food. As a rule, I cannot attend a baseball game at Minute Maid Park in Houston without a hot dog, and it must have ketchup, mustard and relish on it. There’s really nothing special about the dogs (although the sausage dog is pretty amazing), but I have to have one anyway.

And not just any food will do. I generally travel with my husband and/or my teenage son. And I lost 40 pounds on Weight Watchers over the past couple of years, so healthy food choices are near and dear to my heart. Continue reading

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In Briefs: Sports Hold Music

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: For everyone’s information, if you call Yankee Stadium to order tickets, while you are on hold, they play radio footage from games when the Yankees beat other teams.

STEPHON JOHNSON: I forgot that the Yanks do that. I remember attempting to get in touch with their media relations office and hearing Aaron Boone and Tino Martinez highlights. Continue reading

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In Briefs: Sports Events and Relationships

HOWARD MEGDAL: I used to judge relationships by how the Mets played during them. One girlfriend had something like a .580 winning percentage, which mitigated against her being a terrible girlfriend.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I seem to recall you having a rule that certain people at Bard were not allowed to hang out in your dorm room because when they did, the Mets tended to lose.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Wait, that’s really misstating things. There was one person, and twice she walked into the room immediately before a walkoff hit by the other team. What choice did I have? Continue reading

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Baseball Winter Meetings Reaction: Monday

Perpetual Post authors analyze and discuss the rumors and transactions from the MLB Winter Meetings. Continue reading

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Brad Lidge: Stay OR Go as Closer?

DAVE TOMAR:With the lanky dominance of Ryan Madson drawing justified ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhhs’ from observers, the thus-far brilliant 8th inning specialist may well be the closer of the future. But in a season 50 games deep, far too many people think that his time is now.

At the risk of sounding self-righteous, show some goddamn respect. Brad Lidge was the game’s most important closer last year.

HOWARD MEGDAL: But there are a number of warning signs. If the Phillies want to be in the best possible position to win a third straight NL East title, Lidge may not be the man to close games. Continue reading

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