After watching the opening round of the MLB postseason, I have come to two conclusions:
1) It is nowhere near as fun without a New York team in the playoffs
2) These crowds are louder and more exciting than anything we’ve seen in New York in years
Now, you can make the argument that there was simply a lack of success this season, giving NY little to cheer about all year-long. But if that’s your argument, I don’t think you have attended a game in either Citi Field or the New Yankee Stadium since there opening. New York was once the most feared city for any opposing team to visit, crowds were well-known for their knowledge and notorious for the “Bronx Cheer”, but those glory days seem to have disappeared in the ruins of Shea and Old Yankee Stadium.
Watching crazed fans from cities such as Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit and St. Louis have me filled with envy of the energy their crowds have provided. Pittsburgh fans, who were riding high after waiting 22 years to return to postseason play, tormented Reds starter Johnny Cueto in the wild card game with “Cuettttoooo” chants that clearly affected his performance. It is gamesmanship like that from the fans that was once seen on a regular basis in New York. Vin Scully once referred to the mound of old Yankee Stadium as “The loneliest place on earth” for opposing pitchers. That fear may still exist to some extent on reputation, but not on actuality when the game begins.
Maybe it’s the thousand’s of dollars you must spend to sit in the lower bowl areas, that have priced the die-hard fan out of the stadium. It is not unusual to see these coveted seats half empty on a given night, with the patrons that are there barely aware of what is occurring on the field. The other half are sitting cozy in a luxury suite somewhere, munching away on a lobster roll or sushi (if you are ordering Sushi at a baseball game, we probably aren’t friends). It is hard to blame these fans for not sitting on the edge of their seat, when they are basically sitting on leather recliners. These luxurious accommodations are great, they really are, but they have diminished the atmosphere that once existed.
I know the feeling is that “winning will solve all problems” but I don’t think that is the case. In just 2009, when the Yankees won their last World Series, there was a notable difference in that crowd. The majestic feeling no longer existed and fans were loud at times, but nothing to what we have become accustomed to from the storied franchise. New York is simply not a feared place for players to visit anymore, we now we have too much of a “corporate” feel with true fans struggling to be heard from the rafters.
Yankee Stadium, in its heyday, was the loudest and most intimidating baseball stadium I had ever seen. The sound level was second to none and the fans would make opposing players tremble from the atmosphere they provided . Shea Stadium, was well-known to “rock” during big games in its history. Players and fans a like would literally feel the rafters moving from under their feet as crowds erupted like no other with each key play. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love both new stadiums, they are each as beautiful a ballpark as there is out there. Although I do not miss the overly narrow seats, hour-long bathroom lines and dirty facilities, I would do anything to bring back the magic that existed in those crowds, from those stadiums.
The Yankees announced that they have reached an agreement to bring back Joe Girardi as manager. The deal is said to be worth $16 million over the next four seasons, with incentive bonuses built into the contract.
There had been speculation that Girardi may pursue other opportunities, such as the vacancy with his hometown Chicago Cubs. The Yankees had Girardi under contract through October 31st and stated they intended to move quickly on retaining their manager. I was a bit surprised that Joe didn’t hold out to at least hear offers from the Cubs, and maybe the Nationals, to create a bit of contract leverage for his services. Nonetheless, the Yankees clearly wanted Girardi to return and they wasted no time in resolving this issue.
Girardi’s short, but successful, stop with the Florida Marlins proved he could coach any baseball team, despite the payroll. The Marlins had the lowest payroll in all of baseball in 2006 and yet Girardi kept his squad in the wild card hunt on his way to earning 2006 National League Manager of the Year. Jeffrey Loria did not see eye-to-eye with Girardi and let him go following a successful first managerial season. He quickly became a hot name for all managerial openings but chose to go into broadcasting for YES before replacing Joe Torre a year later.
I constantly hear grumblings from Yankee fans that they hoped Don Mattingly would be the next manager of this team, in the event that he is let go by the Dodgers. Most of that is caused by the love affair many fans have with Mattingly’s from his playing days, but sometimes it is best to keep emotions out of rash decisions. I can’t sit here and act like I have always thought of Girardi as a top-tier manager myself, but it is hard to argue against his very successful track record. The Yankees have the best record in all of baseball since his hiring in 2008, capped off by a World Series Championship in 2009.
The argument can be made that he tends to over manage ballgames, and has earned the nickname “Binder Joe” for constantly searching through his binder of stats to find the best match-ups. This is the new age of baseball, managers going with their “gut feeling” is a thing of the past, like it or not, and Girardi is keen on creating his preferred situational match-ups. He may go a bit over the top at times, but he does seem to be right more often than not.
In my opinion, this was a no brainer to bring Girardi back. He has proven he can handle the most pressure packed managerial position in all of baseball, which is something few can say. That being said, this is the Yankees, and only winning championships can assure Girardi is around to complete all 4 years of this contract.
*On a side note, this now means the Yankees have both Joe Girardi and AROD under contract through the 2017 season, in case you were wondering.
CC Sabathia had yet another rough outing last night. Sabathia surrendered 6 runs as he lasted only 5.1 innings against the Red Sox. This was already the ninth time he has allowed five or more runs in a game. The Yankees were able to get the offense going and win this game, but if their “ace” continues to pitch like this, it will be an uneventful fall in the Bronx.
This has easily been the worst season of Sabathia career, as he is pitching nowhere near the level we have become accustomed to seeing. CC has an 11-10 record with a 4.83 era. He is only 1 loss away from tying a career high for loses and there is still a month and a half of the season left to play. Sabathia is on pace to have his career worst numbers across the board.
Hiroki Kuroda has become the ace of this staff, no doubt about it. But if the Yankees are going to make any real run a spot in the playoffs, they will need CC to turn things around, and quickly. With the struggles of Pettitte and Hughes, they desperately need Sabathia to lock down games for them. The Yankees offense isn’t what it once was, they cannot simply out score every opponent on a regular basis anymore. They may of had a recent power surge but it is pitching that will ultimately make or break this teams season.
The biggest concern has to be his drop in velocity. Sabathia has always been a power pitcher, able to reach back and use his fastball to get himself out of jams. This is something that all power pitches go trough at some point in their careers. Except for maybe Nolan Ryan, all pitchers have to learn to make adjustments. It’s not that Sabathia has suddenly become a soft tossing lefty, he’s definitely not that, he just simply can’t reach back and hit 98 on the gun anymore. He will have to learn to pitch around the plate and hit his spots on a more regular basis as his mistakes across the plate are now being hit squarely.
The Yankees are hoping Sabathia is able to make these adjustments sooner rather as they have him under contract through the 2016 season. He is owed $71 million over the next three season and also has a vesting option for 2017 that could cost the Yankees another $25 million.
Although the Yankees did get 5 fantastic years and a championship out of that left arm, Sabathia’s extension could turn into yet another contract disaster.
Yesterday, Bud Selig announced Major League Baseballs plans to expand instant replay, beginning with next years postseason. The new process will include challenges from managers, similar to the NFL’s replay system. MLB hopes this new expansion plan will prevent any bad calls from costing teams games and will ultimately take some of the umpire human error out of the game.
Managers will now be given three challenges to be used per game. One can be used in the first six innings and the final two can be used from the seventh inning to the completion of the game. Challenges that are not used in the first six innings of a game WILL NOT carry over to the later innings. The home run review process that is currently in place will be carried over into the new system.
I know what you’re thinking, isn’t this just going to make baseball games even longer? Well MLB has apparently taken care of that to ensure plays are reviewed in a timely manner. Calls that are challenged, will be reviewed by officials in the NYC head quarters, who will make the final ruling on a given play. Replays currently take just over 3 minutes and this new system will reportedly take just over a minute to keep the pace of play moving.
The replay committee, which consists of Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and John Schuerholz, have been in charge of working out the details and relaying the message to all parties involved. Schuerholz said that 89% of wrong calls made will become reviewable and that umpires have been very receptive to the proposal. Joe Torre, gave a presentation to representatives from all 30 teams over the past two days and Torre felt it was well received all around.
The timing of all of this seems a bit odd to me. There have been rumblings for quite some time about replay expansion coming, but why the rush to announce this now? I don’t know if this was Selig’s way of taking some attention off of the Biogensis scandal or if it was to put media pressure on all parties to approve it. Whatever the reason was, he came off very deceptive, acting as if this was an official announcement and not a proposed plan that it truly is.
Both the player’s and owners have to vote on this during the off-season before any plan can be put into place. Latroy Hawkins had this to say:
“I don’t know what was the purpose of making an announcement,” Hawkins said. “Three parties have got to agree if I’m not mistaken, so what’s the purpose of making an announcement? Trying to put public pressure on us? No, it doesn’t work like that.”
Owner’s will surely vote yes for this, as this will undoubtedly help improve their product on the field. I know players will have mixed feelings regarding the matter, but I think they will ultimately end of voting yes to the replay expansion. But if there is one thing they don’t like, its being bullied around. Selig should not have taken center stage calling a proposed plan a “historic moment” before anything is finalized.
Like it or not, it appears America’s Favorite Past Time is headed for some major changes. The game will lose some of its authentic feel, but do people even care anymore? Baseball purist are far and few between these days, as changes like this cater to the casual fan. It’s a sad day for fans like myself, who never want to see this great game changed, but for others, they are saying it’s about time.
Lucas Duda has recently been seeing more time at first base, his natural position, rather than left field. This decision has reportedly been made solely by Triple-A manager Wally Backman, not from the front office. It’s no secret that Duda never felt comfortable in the outfield, as he could turn even the most routine of fly balls into an adventure. His bat is what got him in the majors in the first place, but he hasn’t fulfilled that power potential, and without that, he have to be a more than capable defensive fielder.
In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Duda spoke candidly about his defense:
“You know what you’re going to get with me out there,” Duda remarked “I’m a better first baseman. It’s clear to see. Anybody can see it.”
Duda went on to discuss his feelings about playing outfield.
“I did feel a little bit of added pressure because of my lack of defensive capability,” he said.
He later went on to say this about the position he would most like to play going forward: “I like DHing. That’s a position, too.”
Only one problem Lucas, THERE IS NO DH IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE. This is a very telling sign that Duda is not going to have a spot with this team in the years to come. We have seen flashes of his power, but has not hit on enough of a consistent basis to make up for his lack of defense ability. The move to first base makes sense, with Duda looking more comfortable there. But, Ike Davis has been playing better as of late and Josh Satin has earned his spot on this roster, causing a logjam at first base ahead of him.
Terry Collins recently told reporters he credited the defense as the reason the Mets have played much better in the last several weeks. That was reference to the solid play outfield play he has been getting out of Eric Young Jr., Juan Lagres and Marlon Byrd. There play has given the Mets the best defensive outfield they have had play together in quite some time. To me, that was a very telling sign that will be no room for players like Duda as long as Terry Collins is the manager. The Mets are building this team around their starting pitching, which will make defensive players all the more valuable on this roster.
I expect Sandy Alderson to look into trading Duda during the off-season. Now, Duda won’t have any real value by himself, but maybe if he is included in the right package he can help address one of the Mets other needs. If you the Mets can find an American League team, as Duda is right, he is best suited to be a DH, they may take a chance on him to see if a change of scenery will help get the most out of his bat.
In less than two months Eric Young Jr. has made himself a favorite among Mets fans. He plays with a dynamic of speed and hustle that this team has sorely missed and it has been fun to watch. Coming into the season, the outfield was the biggest question mark defensively and no one knew who was going to bat lead off, Young has become the answer to both of those problems.
The Mets traded pitcher Collin McHugh for the 28-year-old outfielder in the middle of June after the Rockies had designated Young for assignment. Young had become the odd man out in the Rockies outfield rotation and came into a great situation where the Mets had no set outfield whatsoever upon his arrival. He has taken the opportunity that he was given and ran with it. Since joining the Mets Young is hitting .271 with 15 stolen bases and 46 hits in just 40 games.
You can’t help but enjoy the play you are getting from Young, Juan Lagares and Marlon Byrd in the outfield as of late. The defense we have been seeing out of these three makes me never want to suffer through watching Lucas Duda track down a fly ball again. There’s three have solidified the Mets have outfield and finally given Terry Collins a group he can pencil into the line up everyday.
Last night Young made a tremendous diving catch in the sixth inning with two outs to save a few runs in a crucial part of the game. Later he went on to score what would be the winning run on a hustle play as he scored from second base on a Lagares infield single. His speed has added a dimension the Mets have not had since Jose Reyes left town. He might not be in the same class of Reyes, in his healthy years, when it comes to stealing bases, but he is certainly capable of stealing his fair share.
Young may have earned the respect of fans across the country with the way he handled himself after the horrific Tim Hudson accident. In what was one of the more gruesome looking injuries you will ever see, Young was there to consult Hudson and have his deepest apologies felt by his family. He was a class act every step of the way from an incident that was nothing more than a case of the wrong place at the wrong time for Tim Hudson.
The final stretch of the season will be an important one for Young. He will certainly be the everyday outfielder as he is receiving a tryout of sorts to see if he could be a piece of this teams future. It’s players that possess Young’s character and hustle that I want this team to load up on. Plus he also has the best at bat music on the team, “Forever Young” gets me every time he steps to the plate. I hope he can continue to play at this level and sticks with the Mets going forward.
After months and months of speculation regarding Alex Rodriguez’s return, he finally stepped on a major league field last night. A-Rod made his season debut in spite of being suspended for over 200 games for his PED involvement. Rodriguez is appealing his suspension, which enables him to play until the arbitration process has been completed.
I am pleased that an official suspension has FINALLY been handed down, it’s about time. It was a given that this would only be the beginning however, as you just knew A-Rod would not go away silently. In a way, its great that he didn’t accept any sort of plea deal. Unlike Ryan Braun, whose case details will never be released to us, we should get to hear Rodriguez’s full story. The fact that baseball has forgone its 50 game suspension for a first time offender means they must have the goods on him going several years back.
I realize the Yankees are in desperate need for any bit of offense right now, which A-Rod is certainly capable of providing, but I hope Yankee fans will mostly prefer not to see him on the field at all. If you are a real baseball fan, I don’t know how you could possibly cheer him on, no matter what the circumstances. He represents everything that has been wrong with this game for quite some time and I hope this suspension helps end his career, sooner rather than later.
The fans booed him tonight in Chicago, but I could actually hear some scarce cheers mixed in. I hope he really hears it during each road trip he is able to make going forward. It will be interesting to see how the fans react when he returns to Yankee Stadium on Friday night. I hope he gets one of those famous “Bronx Cheers” as a nice warm welcoming.
It’s an off night for the Mets, so I figured I’d share an embarrassing Mets fan moment caught on film. On Sunday, a rather large man was having quite a hard time opening his bottled water. Of course once a camera man spotted this struggle, Gary and Keith were all over it with the commentary. It moment’s like this that have me grateful we have such a colorful group up in the booth as they will always find a way to entertain us, no matter what the score is.
You may remember earlier in the season a Mets fan was caught stumbling down a row of seats, presumably drunk from the looks of things. I’m not sure which one of these I find more embarrassing. I am leaning towards the bottle water guy, as it is much harder for a man of his stature to explain how he was unable to open something even the weakest of individuals are capable of. At least the drunk guy can blame it on the beer.
With roughly two months to go in the season, lets see if there is a fan out there capable of topping these two before the season is done.
Jonathon Niese reportedly has two rehab starts remaining before he is ready to rejoin the team. The 26-year-old lefty has been on the DL with a partially torn rotator cuff since June 21. His health, and return to form, are going to be crucial for the Mets success going forward.
Niese is part of the young core of starting pitchers that Sandy Alderson is looking to build this team around. The Mets signed him to a five-year extension after going 13-9 with a 3.40 era in 2012. He appeared to be reaching his potential and looked to be a front of the line starter for years to come.
But, Niese got off to a rocky start in 2013, posting a 3-6 record with a 4.32 era. This was looking more and more like a regression season, leaving many to question just what do the Mets really have in Niese? Then his shoulder issue became public. It was feared intially that he would need surgery. Thankfully, for his own and the Mets sake, it would only require rest to heal his partial tear.
Now Niese will look to prove his early season woes were due merely to injury. These next two months will be important for the Mets to see if their core rotation of Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Jonathon Niese and lets trow Dillon Gee in there as well, can come together down the stretch. With the recent promotion of Jenry Mejia, there is no lack of youthful talent on this roster.
Rafael Montero, despite his recent AAA struggles, could be looking at a September call up as well. Noah Syndergaard, who was an after thought of sorts in the Dickey trade, is also getting more and more high praise with every start he makes.
However, all of these young arms are right-handed, except Jon Niese. That is what makes him so important to this team. It is not necessary, by all means, that you have a lefty in your rotation. But it certainly does help to have one or two on your staff throwing from the other side to give teams a different look throughout a series.
I expect Niese to bounce back when he returns. He has come a long way since he was first called up to the majors and possesses all the stuff to make him a quality pitcher. It was unknown early in his career just what his ceiling is as a starter, I see him sliding back in as the teams number 2 upon his return. But as time goes on, and some of these other young arms develop, I believe Niese will slot himself right in the middle of the rotation.
The Mets may not be making a playoff push this year, but these next two months could be a telling sign of where this rotation can take this franchise in the years to come.
The Yankees front office seems to be taking a page from Alex Rodriguez these days, as they continue to make headlines for all the wrong reasons. Private conversations and personnel decisions have been becoming more and more public recently, which is leaving many to question if ownership and Brian Cashman are on the same page.
Before yesterday’s game, Joe Girardi told reporters Derek Jeter would be playing in a simulated game before deciding if he was ready to rejoin the team. But, he would not reveal the location. This has many asking the obvious question, Why not? What does protecting the location of a simulated game really accomplish? This comes off as odd to me and has me curious who made the decision to not inform the media where the game would be held. It’s not like an army of reporters would have quickly fled to Staten Island, where the game was actually held, to watch Jeter. Even if they did, what was the worst that was going to happen, he gets asked how he felt and if he is ready to rejoin the team? Pretty sure Jeter would have been able to handle these minuscule questions.
It became even clearer later in the day that there are conflicting views of what direction this team should be going. Brian Cashman let his true feelings be heard to Joel Sherman of the New York post over the Alfonso Soriano trade:
“I would say we are in a desperate time,” Cashman told the Post. “Ownership wants to go for it. I didn’t want to give up a young arm. But I understand the desperate need we have for offense. And Soriano will help us. The bottom line is this guy makes us better. … This is what Hal wants, and this is why we are doing it.”
Ownership overruling Cashman is nothing new, just think back to when the Alex Rodriguez extension was forced upon him. The move for Soriano cost them pitching prospect Corey Black. It’s not like Black was being regarded as a big piece of the future for this franchise. In my opinion, this was Cashman venting a little bit as his frustration is beginning o catch up with him.
It was well documented that ownership wanted to have the Yankees below the Luxury tax and restock from within, but this move says otherwise. If George was still around, no one would even think twice about this move. He would willingly take a chance on such a player without blinking. If it didn’t work out? So what, move on and go sign someone else. Those days were suppose to be behind us. Cashman was supposed to be the one making decisions now, but you have to be doubting that after this recent power struggle.
This season has been one giant headache for Cashman, and if ownership continues to run this team in such a manner, it might be best if these two part ways at the end of the season.
I think I speak for everyone when I say I have had enough of Alex Rodriguez for a lifetime. With all of these conflicting stories floating around, I don’t know what to believe anymore. This story has so much drama, lies and backstabbing that it belongs on the SOAP network.
Everyday we have a new story about A-Rod. Whether it be regarding his PED use, his rehab assignments or a PR disaster, the media just can’t get enough of him. It’s not even that I blame the media, ok maybe a little bit, but Rodriguez brings this upon himself more than anyone else.
Yesterday for instance, A-Rod sought his OWN second opinion on his quad sprain. Now that sounds fine and all, until you hear he did it without the Yankees consent. Dr. Michael Gross is the man who A-Rod sought out for a second opinion. By midday his name could be found everywhere.
After first appearing as a guest on The Mike Francesa Show to give his MRI prognosis, he went on to talk to just about any other media outlet that would talk to him. He would not say how this all came about, but did say he was “enjoying his 5 minutes of fame”. Sounds like he found the perfect doctor for this situation.
This has all become an absolute joke. why did A-Rod even have to seek out a second opinion on a grade 1 quad sprain? This isn’t exactly a severe injury that should require another doctors opinion. But moving on from that, why would A-Rod see another doctor without telling the Yankees? This leads me to believe he thinks the Yankees are doing everything possible to keep him off the field. But if that’s the case, why not file a grievance and go directly through the players union? That’s the whole point of being apart of a union.
Major League Baseball obviously has something on A-Rod. The only thing that scares me is that they must not have a “slam dunk” case against him. If they did, they would have suspended him the same time as Ryan Braun. Whatever MLB has, they must know it will be something that will either have to be dealt with in the court room or through the appeal process.
A-Rod is just bad for baseball at this point. Plain and simple. Each day he remains in the league he tarnishes not just his own reputation, but the game of baseball as well. Maybe the Yankees and MLB truly are working together to keep A-Rod out of the game. Quite honestly, can you really blame them if they are?
With the trade deadline quickly approaching, one can’t help but wonder what the Mets will do with Marlon Byrd come July 31. Byrd, has turned out to be one of the biggest surprises of the season, as he is producing well beyond anyone’s expectations. With the team in rebuilding mode, Sandy Alderson will have to decide what to do with the veteran outfielder. The question is, should the Mets ride out his success the rest of the way or trade him in hopes of attracting a piece for the future?
In 2011, Alderson traded Carlos Beltran to the San Francisco Giants at the deadline for Zack Wheeler. Although Beltran produced for the Giants, they were unable to make the postseason and the Mets in return received a highly touted starting pitcher. Wheeler looks to be a cornerstone piece for the franchise going forward and could be the move Alderson will be remembered most for one day.
I know what you’re probably thinking, “How can you even compare Marlon Byrd to Carlos Beltran as a trade chip?” But let’s have a look at each players numbers leading up to the trade deadline
Carlos Beltran – .289/16/66 in 98 games
Marlon Byrd – .276/17/56 in 82 games
Is it really that far-fetched to think that Byrd could attract a decent return? The key to all of this is of course the demand for a right-handed outfielder. Without a high demand, it is unlikely the Mets will be offered anything of high value. But all it takes is one team, just ONE team, to think they are one hitter away from a playoff push for the Mets to find the perfect match.
Byrd has been tremendous this season. He has given Terry Collins at least one stable outfielder throughout the course of the year to put out there day in and day out. But Byrd is 35-years-old and will be a free agent at the end of the year.There is very little chance the Mets resign him, which increases his odds of being traded. If there is a team out there willing to trade a possible player for the future, especially if it’s a young bat, the Mets have to make the trade.
There have been very little, if any, trade rumors involving Byrd thus far, but look for that to quickly change over the next week or so. It’s not that I want to see Byrd off this team, he’s been a bit of a saving grace for this outfield, it’s about doing what could be best for this team. Byrd, may not be a part of the Mets plan going forward, but he can still contribute if he is able to return a piece for their future.
Much has been made recently about Mat Harvey off the field. Between his swimsuit model girlfriend, the ESPN Body Issue photo shoot, his appearance with Jimmy Fallon on ’The Late Show’ and most recently a “misquoted” feature with ‘Men’s Journal’. Whatever it may be, it seems everyone has an opinion about what Matt Harvey should be doing with his life off the field.
I know some people are not pleased with his constant presence in the tabloids these days, but until it hurts his performance on the field, who cares? Harvey has done nothing but dominant all season long. It doesn’t appear that anything fazes him once he is out on that mound, which is exactly what you want to see in a young rising star playing in the media capital of the world. Harvey was angered at the way a ‘Men’s Journal’ featured depicted him a few days ago.
It is very likely that quotes were taken out of context, as this reporter probably wanted to make this article as juicy as possible. But that’s what reporters do. Harvey probably did make these statements and I’m sure he believed they were being spoken in casual conversations, a mistake he will surely not make again. It makes for a much more interesting read thinking that Harvey is only in it to get paid and date super models. And if that is the case, as long as he continues to pitch like this, can you really blame him?
Whatever anger Harvey had about the article he took out on the mound against the Phillies yesterday. Harvey threw 7 shutout innings while striking out 10. He is now the first pitcher in Mets history to have 4 starts with double-digit strikeouts and 0 walks in a game. That’s a pretty impressive feat. It looked as if Harvey was on a mission as he was in a groove all day. Harvey quickly erased any thoughts that the spotlight might begin to get the best of him as he started the second half right where he left off. He now sits at 8-2 with a 2.23 era on the year.
The young ace of the Mets is off to a great start in his career, one of the best in Mets history. Of course with that comes the constant comparisons to other Mets greats Dwight Gooden and Tom Seaver. These comparisons annoy me to no end. These are the type of discussions that should be held off until someone’s career is done, when you have a full resume to actually compare to one another. Maybe you’re antsy and can’t wait that long, fine, how about we at least wait till the end of a season and compare one season to another? I can live with that at least. I don’t need to see Harvey’s stats brought up after each start showing his numbers compared to others at this point in his career. Let’s have that conversation years down the road.
Now, by no means do I want to see Matt Harvey turn into the next A-Rod, making tabloids for nothing besides his off the field life style. But what is so bad about wanting to follow in Derek Jeter’s footsteps? Jeter has lived this life for years in the Big Apple, without ever getting himself into trouble. The biggest reason for that, it never affected his play. If Matt Harvey can continue to perform at this level, I see no reason why he can’t continue to enjoy himself off the field. Anyone that says otherwise, is just jealous they aren’t living Matt Harvey’s life.
There are few things worse in the middle of summer than a night with no baseball on TV. It’s quite irritating when the Boys of Summer have a day off and you’re stuck flipping trough an endless amount of reality TV shows and Pawn Stars reruns.
Why not use these nights off in a more productive fashion and watch a classic baseball movie. Baseball makes for not only great sports movies but some of the greatest movies in Cinema history. Here’s a list of movies to watch either starring or in someway featuring the Yankees or Mets.
The Pride of The Yankees – Gary Cooper will forever be remembered for his portrayal of Lou Gehrig in this legendary movie.
The Scout – Brendan Fraser is supposed to be the next big thing when a scout from the Yankees discovers him. But of course things don’t go so smoothly along the way to his major league debut. Also keep an eye out for cameo’s from Keith Hernandez and Bret Saberhagen.
The Babe – John Goodman plays Babe Ruth in this biopic depicting the all-time greats life
Major League – The Yankees play the role of the villain in this classic baseball film. This might be my favorite baseball movie as the Yankees take on the Indians for the division title.
For Love of the Game – Kevin Costner is the king of baseball movies. With his roles in Bull Durham and Field of Dreams, For Love of the Game seems to be overlooked by many. This movie showcases what the old Yankee stadium truly was like to play in.
Bad News Bears – This little league team of misfits takes on a team name the Yankees in the championship round. They may not have been the big league Yankees, but they seemed to carry the same type of aura around their squad. It doesn’t get much better than this when it comes to baseball movies.
The Odd Couple – Oscar and Felix will go down in history for their unique relationship with one another. Oscar wore a Mets cap as part of his daily wardrobe and was in attendance for a triple play at Shea Stadium hit by the Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski of the Pirates. Unfortunately, he misses the play due to a phone call in the media box from Felix.
Last Play at Shea – The combination of local Hero Billy Joel and the history of Shea Stadium make this a must see for both music and baseball fans a like. The concert shots are outstanding in what was the last concert held at Shea. The back story of Billy Joel growing up alongside Shea and the Mets is fantastic.
Knuckleball - R.A. Dickey is featured in this documentary about the hardships Knuckleball pitchers go through to make it in the major leagues. Dickey was a fan favorite and won the Cy Young in 2012 with the Mets. The movie is very well done and gives great insight on the lives of these pitchers.
Frequency – In this Science fiction thriller, a father and son are connected 30 years apart from one another through a transistor radio. While helping one another stop one tragic event after another, you relive the passion these two shared through the game of baseball and the Mets magical 1969 world series win they shared together.
Rookie of the Year - The Mets play the role of the villain in this 90′s children’s baseball classic. All that stands in the way of the Cubs making the playoffs is one final game against the hated rival and slugger “Butch” Heddo. Keep an eye out during the strike out montage of Bobby Bonilla as he goes down swinging, which about summed up his career with the Mets.
Seinfeld – Jerry Seinfeld is one of the biggest Mets fans in the entertainment business. It may not be a movie, but Seinfeld is one of the most famous shows in history. There are countless references to both the Mets and Yankees throughout the series. Keith Hernandez’s guest starring appearance’s may be the greatest made by any baseball player in the history of television.
Last night Jimmy Fallon aired an hilarious skit featuring Mets ace Matt Harvey. Fallon put Harvey on the street to interview fans and get their thoughts on the young right hander.
Some of the fans reactions are priceless when they finally come to discover they have been talking to Harvey the whole time. He does a great job of holding a straight face during his questions and when receiving advice from the fans. I’m not really a big Fallon fan, but this was a great skit and even better timing coming the day he was announced starter for the All-Star game.
Maybe it’s just me, but I find it hard to believe you are any sort of Mets fan if you don’t recognize Matt Harvey at this point, he’s everywhere. Harvey is a star and is quickly taking this town by storm. From his ESPN the body issue to his appearance on Fallon, Harvey will soon become a household name at this rate.
Watch Matt Harvey tonight as he starts for the National League in the All-Star game held at Citi Field!