I’m often told by readers that when they read my blog they always leave in a better mood than when they came. Well hey, that’s what I aim for. And considering last night’s excruciating 13-2 loss to the Diamondbacks, I think it’s time for some happy Mets distractions.
1) Ike Davis on Mets Weekly. Pick Me Up Some Mets friend Julie Alexandria continues to give Mets fans delightful, charming, and informative player interviews this season. My favorite so far has been with Ike Davis. He says of his father, Ron Davis, “The best thing he’s ever told me was like, hey, I don’t care if you
play baseball. I’m gonna love you no matter what, you’re my son. But if
you’re gonna play baseball, you better give it all you have while you’re
playing it. And if you don’t want to play, just quit, and I won’t think
anything different.” How can you not give a little “awww.”
Afterward, an interview with Ron Davis himself continues to make the former big league reliever seem like a great dad. At Yankee Stadium for the subway series, Julie asks “What’s it like for you to be here today?” And Ron Davis replies about his son, “Just to come out and watch him play, I don’t care who he plays against, just to get to watch him play, that’s all I care about.”
2) How ’bout that All-Star game? No, no, not what’s come after it during the West Coast road trip, but the game itself, with the National League’s first win since 1996, and our David Wright putting his stamp on the game with an impressive two hits and a stolen base. David knows the fans went out of our way to give him a push late in the voting, and how could he better show us his appreciation? Our boy keeps making us proud.
3) Look at my cute baseball dress that I wore in honor of the All-Star game. This garment began as an XXL Gary Keith and Ron t-shirt honoring Ron Darling, (donated by the delightful Lynn Cohen), until I brought it to the skillful, creative hands of AuH2O’s Kate Goldwater. Based on the designs featured on her website, I chose a neckline and length, and she turned my GKR tee into a sexy little halter dress. Don’t hesitate to contact Kate should you have any t-shirts or dresses you’d like remade into new t-shirts and dresses. She’s fab!
4) Finally, I’ll leave you with this quote from our own Gary Cohen, which came in the later innings of last night’s unfortunate blow out. “The Yankees are entitled to all their fans, but it takes great character to be a Met fan.”
You and me, kids. Tons of character.
And so did Howard and I to watch the Mets’ Single A team, the Cyclones, on Thursday. Howard Megdal, that is, who continues his campaign to be elected Mets General Manager over at Megdal for GM. But he’s also sticking to his day job, writing about baseball, which is what brought us to Coney Island on Angel Pagan Day and Wally Backman Jersey Day (I just missed the last jersey!) and Kevin Burkhardt and Bobby Ojeda Day.
Howard cares about the farm system. And about animals. And mascots.
Our Kevin Burkhardt was rocking the play-by-play for SNY that night. KB remains, in everyone’s estimation who has met him or worked with him–just the nicest, lowest ego guy ever. And since I was over there sayin’ hi, I couldn’t help but introduce myself to Bobby O and ask for a pic. Ojeda was perfectly genial and happy to comply.
Just to cap off the SNY-related tribute, notice the brand spanking new ’10 GKR design I’ve got on, available here. The Mets-friendly blue and longer length make for a sweet and chic homage to Gary Keith and Ron.
The Cyclones would dominate all game long, but the highlight of the evening for me was seeing Angel Pagan watch his Cyclones jersey number being retired. On his off-day, he was in Coney Island with us, throwing out first pitch and receiving what his expression told us he considered a great honor.
Howard was at the ballpark that day to interview Cory Vaughn, Mets 2010 draft pick, whom he seemed quite impressed by. I didn’t get my Backman jersey, but I got a pic of Wally being all managerial, and pics of Sandy the Seagull and the Cyclones cheerleaders and those racing hot dogs and Kyle Superbueno Peterson, the juggling unicycler.
It’s just plain hard not to have fun at a minor league game. With Howard as company, it was even better. Check out Howard’s latest campaign ad, in which he shamefully pimps out his ridiculously adorable baby daughter for votes. Now if that isn’t a politician, I don’t know what is!
At some point before the 2010 season began, Johan Santana stepped on a street gypsy’s talisman and broke it. The gypsy got angry. And thus his curse began.
During Johan’s every start this year, somewhere in the vicinity a greasy man with long hair–and a suspicious resemblance to Mad Men‘s Don Draper–would pop up blowing his saxophone. The cursed music distracted our Johan, causing his velocity to dip or prodding him to tip his pitches. But more, it bedazzled the Mets batters too, freezing run production and leaving Johan to flounder runless through his innings.
No one could deny the predicament: Sergio was branching out past the boardroom and into the ballpark.
Thankfully, it appears Johan has mended the broken sacred talisman. He’s hung it above his bed, and we have evidence already that the fix is working. Not only has Johan returned to prime form on the mound, but he’s even found power at the plate. Sergio has left the building. And instead of giving up home runs, Santana’s knocking ’em out.
Keep the talisman safe, Johan. Protect it from harm and kiss it every evening before bed. For its curse is also ours, and we must never again invoke that gypsy vengeance.
Well done, Mets fans! And David Wright supporters! The final All-Star fan vote numbers resulted in our David not only catching up to Phillies’ Placido Polanco, but firmly surpassing him by almost 500,000 votes! All that clicking paid off. I did my part, and apparently you did yours too.
What’s best is how much D-Wright appreciates the fans’ vote of confidence. Keep on doing what you’re doing David; we’re loving watching it. On being selected, he said, “It never gets old. It’s a tremendous honor. Obviously, I’m very grateful for the fans that came out late that pushed me and got me the opportunity to start. I’m very grateful for that. I take a lot of pride in that. To be mentioned amongst some of the great players in the game is an incredible honor.”
Cap tip to Jose Reyes for squeaking in on the Players’ ballot, but I confess I hope he takes the break given the oblique problems he’s been having. And alas, Mike Pelfrey will get the time off as well–but if I’ve paid correct attention, his pitching schedule should have disqualified him from playing in the All-Star game anyway.
Final NL ballot numbers at 3rd base:
David Wright: 2,285,959
Placido Polanco: 1,792,413
Make us proud National League! This is your year!
Our David Wright has narrowed his second place status in the All-Star vote to a mere margin of 22,635, as opposed to about 180,000 just a couple weeks ago.
Let’s send David to the All-Star game! Not only is he the only Mets player in contention, but he’s having a stellar season so far–batting .303, with 14 homers (140% of his total all last year!) and a league-leading 61 RBIs. He deserves this, and what’s more, we know how much he’ll appreciate the fans’ vote of confidence.
You’ve got until Thursday at 11:59 PM.
VOTE HERE, vote often, and let’s get this done. Consider it like the 2000 presidential election, and you live in Florida. The margin is small enough that your every vote will count. Don’t leave those hanging chads!
(I’ve now used 3 email addresses, which means 75 votes, and it’s really quick and easy! When you reach your limit on one email address, just type in another and it keeps your ballot choices intact.)
Yesterday’s rather ugly game began with nothing but cuteness: Mets Players’ wives and children traipsed around the field tossing balls, playing games, posing for pictures, and just having a grand old time. I couldn’t help but share the 20 seconds of coverage of Jose Reyes’s family, Fernando Tatis’s, I’m going to guess Takahashi’s adorable children? Igarashi’s? And Angel Pagan’s and Pedro Feliciano’s. Enjoy!
We’ve got to get our All-Star showing up, folks. If not in selected players, at least in fan votes. Let’s get louder. We’ve got reason to.
I can’t imagine asking the Mets to do more than they’ve done the past couple weeks. Beside the pristine work of the team’s starting pitchers, David Wright’s a league-leader in RBIs, Jose Reyes is more Jose Reyesy than he’s been in ages, Jason Bay and Jeff Francoeur have fought their way out of slumps, Ike Davis and Angel Pagan continue to get the big hit at the right time, and Rod Barajas remains a solid pleasant surprise.
I just spent five minutes showing the team how much I appreciate what they’ve been doing. It’s a matter of fan pride. Why should our guys–who are playing their hearts out right now–be showing so poorly in the All-Star vote? Only David Wright has a chance to win the fan vote now, but he’s still firmly in second place, almost 200,000 votes behind the Phillies’ Placido Polanco. Argh. Are we really going to let the Phils fans eclipse our David?
But more, let’s just go and show our boys that we’re pulling for them. Our votes don’t have to get all of them to the All-Star game, but it feels like the right way to say “We’re with you, and we love what you’re doing.” Unfortunately Daniel Murphy and Carlos Beltran have taken the spots on the ballot that Ike Davis and Angel Pagan deserve, but I took turns writing Ike and Angel in as I registered my 25 allowable votes. How cool would it be if Mets fans mobilized in these final couple weeks to put Ike Davis ahead of other first basemen just as a write-in? And how good would Rod Barajas feel to see his vote tally rise in appreciation of the heart he’s shown? As long as Jeff Francoeur’s beard has hits in it, he’ll resemble ZZ Top before he shaves, so go cheer for streak beard. Jose Reyes missed some time, and he was slow getting back, but man has he been preternaturally good lately–let’s get him some votes to show for it.
If you didn’t click the link above, do so here for the All-Star ballot. To vote multiple times, you’ll have to enter separate authorization codes, but the ballot remembers your votes, so you’ll only have to click once for our Mets. Don’t forget to write in Ike Davis and Angel Pagan. This one’s for fan pride. Tell your team that you’re rooting for them. Let’s make a showing. Let’s get loud. And Let’s go Mets.