August 2008

Team? Not so much winning. Bloggers? So winning.


It’s no secret that we Mets bloggers are a tight group. This past Sunday, our ringleader, “TV’s Matt Cerrone” (can my arm look just like your arm, Matty?) invited a core number of us to the SNY suite at Shea for Bloggers’ Day. 

Oh, how eventful our day would be. Because of the game, of course. The game where we fought hard to regain the lead…and…erm… made it interesting…Okay, so maybe a game where we trailed pretty much the whole time and wound up losing 8-2 to the Fish wasn’t the main focus of our outing. (Still, we won the series!) 
Highlights of our awesome-anyway day included:
1) Free food. Lots of free food, from veges and fruit, to pizza, to burgers and dogs, to chicken fingers, to yummy desserts. And yes, I ate a whole cotton candy and like 3 cookies.
2) The Burkhardts. Oh, how we love the Burkhardts. Kevin, Rachel, and even little Logan (!) brightened the suite the way only a Burkhardt can. Family pics will follow, but this was my absolute favorite. Watch out, Kevin. Someone wants your job. As I told Kevin, “My, you guys procreate well.”
3) Why, us, of course. The gang was well represented by Anthony De Rosa, Metsblog’s Regis Courtemanche, Mike Nichols (and his wife and newborn son–wait for it–Carter Shea!), Brandon Eddy, and Jordan Zakarin (yikes, whom somehow I didn’t actually meet!). The original Mets Divas me, Coop, and SNK, the wonderful Joe Janish, sweetheart Greg Prince, the originator of “Go Big Pelf,” Brooklyn Met Fan, Mike Steffanos, and of course his own biggest fan, Ted Berg. Not to mention a special guest spot by the young SNY’s “Adam T. Intern.”
4) Mets Weekly. Some of you know I am a bit terrified of being on Mets Weekly. I’ve been on twice now, and each time I am a moon-face with a horrible voice who can never quite say what I want to say. Bleh. But how fun that our bloggers’ day will be on a future episode. I’m looking forward to seeing what Matty and Ted do with the footage. Except for the moon-face part. Sigh.
Why don’t I stop listing highlights now and let you enjoy the day for yourself. See little Carter Shea with his mom and dad. See Logan Burkhardt calling the bullpen and asking “Okay, who else do we have?” See Matty and Ted getting their interview thing on. See Ted Berg trying to hug Daniel Murphy through the TV (and tell me you don’t want to too!!) See us, just chilling, in the actual real world where you don’t have to type to talk. Dang, we should have all just texted each other the whole day!
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Kunz the answer?

At this point, especially with Wags on the DL, I say any new blood in the bullpen is welcome. Man, talk about the literal definition of “hit or miss.” After three frustrating losses against a 2nd tier team, our boys need to turn up the volume. I’m watching Pelfrey now, hoping he’s our stopper–that he continues what’s been a steady increase in confidence, swagger, and unhittable stuff. But also, I’m cheering for the young guys. For Daniel Murphy, with his jumping, look-at-that-infielder-in-the-outfield catches. For youthful big guy Eddie Kunz in the pen. For…whomever winds up starting in Maine’s spot, even if it’s Vargas. For Ruddy “Okay, sure, but who are you?” Lugo.

Ooh, and lookie! Fernando Tatis just hit his 101th career homer, 2nd of the night, scoring all 4 RBI. You keep that up, Tatty. There was something in the air that night. The stars were bright, Fernando.

Now let’s take a moment to first celebrate the rookie passing of the baton in our bullpen (Kunz is sporting some extra pink trim on that major league cap there).

And secondly, maybe for his next start Johan can make a trip to the bullpen and throw in some new handshakes. Handshakes seem to make him happy. Maybe all the pitchers can bond, and then the relievers won’t keep losing his games. Worth a try…

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I can’t deny it: I would like the Mets to sweep the Padres, please.
I might even carry a princess pink backpack if they do.

Because tonight someone told me a laugh helped…

Looks like the bullpen is making good use of Billy’s stationery. Hey, it’s not like they’re making good use of the strike zone.

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