On game days at Citi Field, no matter what’s going on during the game, one is bound to be amused by some of the pictures that pop up on the Diamondvision for every at bat. One of my favorites is the slow turn–when the player starts in profile then slowly turns his face to the camera. Just like Zoolander! I call that “The GQ.” For others, you can almost imagine the photographer prompting: “Okay, no smile now. You’re fierce, determined. Now try awkward smile, no, no, that’s too genuine. Make it more uncomfortable. Now let’s get a big grin, show some teeth. Small grin? Okay, that’ll work, we’ll take it.”
So you can imagine how delighted I’ve been so see our intrepid fellow Mets bloggers capture the essence of Photo Day while in Port St. Lucie. I couldn’t resist sharing some of the best tidbits here, with you.
Metsblog’s Michael Baron has gotten some great footage, which he’s
graciously shared in his flickr spring training set, starting here, with Ike Davis. My favorites include this shot, at left, of Josh Thole, Alex Cora and Mike Jacobs palling around, and Oliver Perez doing his best Daniel-san.
Michael Baron also caught a great moment when Jose Reyes’ backdrop malfunctioned, which you can see toward the beginning of his excellent February 27th video. I recommend watching the whole 7+ minutes, but in the beginning you’ll also see a pretty cool pre-SNY camera moment between David Wright and Matt Cerrone. David asks how long Matt’ll be in town, among some other basic chitchat. They’re not yukking it up like best friends, but it’s interesting to see their interaction before the official cameras start rolling:
And, of course, there’s Matt’s own brief behind-the-scenes video from photo day.
I have been glued to PSL coverage from all sides, and it’s massive and non-stop. But two player profiles that shouldn’t get lost in the bulk are an excellent 3-page sit-down with David Wright by Adam Rubin, and this truly eye-opening story on Jason Bay and the difficulties he faced getting to the majors, by Brian Costa. You won’t regret reading either.
Given the limited availability of free agents this year, and the Mets’ lack of coveted tradable prospects, Omar is taking a more drastic approach. Inspired by noted physicist Daniel Faraday, Omar has gotten his hands on the core of a nuclear bomb, which he plans to detonate on the former location of Shea Stadium. “We are very excited about this partnership, okay?” Omar said in a recent press conference. “We explored all options, okay? And this option–this procedure, it seemed to be the one that would be most beneficial to our team. We are not a losing team. This is a winning team. And we are always trying to find ways to get better. All we need to do is detonate this nuclear core, okay? We need to reset the past three years so that the Mets can be the best team we can be. And this nuclear bomb will allow us to do that.”
When the imminent “reset” occurs, it is expected that in the 9th inning of 2006’s NLCS, Carlos Beltran will swing at Adam Wainwright’s ball, driving in at least two runs with bases loaded. Once the Mets win the pennant that year, they will go on to easily defeat the Tigers, becoming 2006 World Series champions. High on that year, 2007 will see no glimmer of collapse, and 2008 will be similarly solid.
As for 2009, Minaya hinted that the front office was examining another strategy from Lost, a temple with what he is calling “healing waters.” It is expected that the Mets’ medical staff will be replaced by a Japanese temple master in a leather vest. Although no more information is available at this time, it is likely that these magic waters are all that could possibly save the Mets’ 2009 season. The Mets expect the temple to be ready by the time of the nuclear detonation.
(*Shout out to buddy Jared, whose photoshop work you have seen before, for his help here. Of course, once the reset happens, those banners will have never been created…)