Nov 18

Men on Base …. Mets news and notes.

* Reportedly, the Mets hired Dave Jauss as bench coach. Jauss has a history with Jerry Manuel, who as a field coordinator for Montreal in the late 1980s, hired him as a minor league manager. Jauss has also been a bench coach for Boston, Los Angeles and New York.

I got to know Jauss when I covered the Yankees. I’d pick his brain whenever I could when the Yankees played the Red Sox. He’s a very smart and personable guy, who I believe will someday get a chance to manager on the major league level.

* I liked the story in the Daily News about Carlos Beltran visiting a VA hospital in Manhattan. A lot of times we hear of the bad guys in sports, but there are far more good guys, and Beltran is one of them. I’ve found most players are willing to, and enjoy, making such appearances like Beltran.

* GM Omar Minaya is not giving up the ghost of Carlos Delgado. He’ll scout him in the Puerto Rican winter league to see how healthy he is and how his hip as recovered. I’m still of the belief not bringing back Delgado is the way to go if the team is in a rebuilding mode.

* Sandy Alomar Jr., left the organization to be bench coach at Cleveland. It is a step up, but it was also an obviously inevitable move. Once dad got the ax, the son was looking out the door.

* Tim Teufel was promoted to manage Double-A Binghamton.

Nov 17

Just a reminder ….

I have a poll up on whether the Mets should bring back Carlos Delgado. You can still vote and comment. Also, I invite you to scroll down the page and re-visit some other posts if you haven’t already. Feel free to comment. I’ll know when you do and will respond.

Thanks. JD

Nov 17

Mets release spring training sked ….

The World Series ended less than two weeks ago and the Mets have already released their 2010 spring training schedule.

Here it is:

Tue. March 2 Atlanta Braves Port St. Lucie 1:10 p.m.

Wed. March 3 Atlanta Braves Disney 1:05 p.m.

Thurs. March 4 St. Louis Cardinals Port St. Lucie 1:10 p.m.

Fri. March 5 Florida Marlins Port St. Lucie 1:10 p.m
St. Louis Cardinals Jupiter 1:05 p.m.

Sat. March 6 Washington Nationals Viera 1:05 p.m.

Sun. March 7 Washington Nationals Port St. Lucie 1:10 p.m.

Mon. March 8 Florida Marlins Jupiter 1:05 p.m.

Tue. March 9 Houston Astros Port St. Lucie 1:10 p.m.

Wed. March 10 Atlanta Braves Disney 1:05 p.m.

Thurs. March 11 Boston Red Sox Port St. Lucie 1:10 p.m.

Fri. March 12 Minnesota Twins Ft. Myers 1:05 p.m.

Sat. March 13 Detroit Tigers Port St. Lucie 1:10 p.m.

Sun. March 14 Florida Marlins Jupiter 1:05 p.m.

Mon. March 15 St. Louis Cardinals Port St. Lucie 1:10 p.m.

Tue. March 16 OFF

Wed. March 17 Boston Red Sox Ft. Myers 1:05 p.m.

Thurs. March 18 Florida Marlins Jupiter 7:05 p.m.

Fri. March 19 Minnesota Twins Port St. Lucie 1:10 p.m.

Sat. March 20 St. Louis Cardinals Jupiter 1:05 p.m.

Sun. March 21 University of Michigan Port St. Lucie 11:10 a.m.
Houston Astros Kissimmee 1:05 p.m.

Mon. March 22 Washington Nationals Viera 1:05 p.m.

Tue. March 23 Atlanta Braves Port St. Lucie 1:10 p.m.

Wed. March 24 Houston Astros Port St. Lucie 1:10 p.m.

Thurs. March 25 St. Louis Cardinals Jupiter 1:05 p.m.

Fri. March 26 Florida Marlins Jupiter 1:05 p.m.

Sat. March 27 Washington Nationals Port St. Lucie 1:10 p.m.

Sun. March 28 St. Louis Cardinals Port St. Lucie 1:10 p.m.

Mon. March 29 Florida Marlins Port St. Lucie 1:10 p.m.
Washington Nationals Viera 1:05 p.m.

Tue. March 30 St. Louis Cardinals Port St. Lucie 1:10 p.m.

Wed. March 31 Florida Marlins Port St. Lucie 1:10 p.m.

Thurs. April 1 Washington Nationals Port St. Lucie 1:10 p.m.

Fri. April 2 Tampa Bay Rays St. Petersburg 6:05 p.m.

Sat. April 3 Baltimore Orioles Sarasota 1:10 p.m.

Nov 16

Why we watch ….

If you hung until the end of last night’s Colts-Patriots game, you know what sports is all about. Even when the outcome seemed clear – the Patriots couldn’t possibly blow a 17-point lead, could they? – there was enough time and talent on the other side of the ball to suggest a twinge of uncertainty.

There was greatness in blue, and the human element of error in judgment in gray that gave us a game for the ages and reminded us not to be so hasty to turn the channel.

OUR HEARTS: What's in that box of chocolates?

OUR HEARTS: What's in that box of chocolates?


We watch until the end because sports can be positively Gumpish, you don’t know what you might get. Just what is in that tightly wrapped package under the tree? Would it be the obvious, such as the Patriots giving up a meaningless touchdown or winning going away? Or, would we treated to the improbable, the unlikely, the surreal?

Would we be treated to a memory?

Last night we got the memory.

Last night was one of those nights that make you hang on and want to hope and dream. If the Colts are your team your faith was rewarded. If the Patriots are your team you felt anguish and amazement. Maybe you felt betrayed.
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