I wish for all of you a very Merry Christmas to all of you and your families. Wishing you good health in the new year. Will talk baseball with you soon. Peace. JD
Thank you for your comments regarding my post on Daniel Murphy. One of the great things about this country is the exchange of ideas is encouraged and nobody should be attacked for their beliefs. For the most part I thought this was achieved.
For those of you new to this blog, my intent is to create an atmosphere of people watching a game together and sharing their opinions and views. It certainly would be boring if all the opinions are the same.
I don’t care if you don’t agree with me, but don’t be abusive and resort to name calling. For the most part that was achieved and I thank you.
I am hopeful you’ll continue to visit this blog and post your comments frequently.
Thank you again and I hope you all enjoy the season.
To my friends in cyberworld …
I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and spent the day with your family and friends, and if you couldn’t be with them in person you burned up the phone lines saying hello. That’s what I did today. So much so that there were five NBA games on and I didn’t watch any of them.
It’s a special time of year and I wish all sports were dark on Christmas. We have sports for the other 364 days, can’t we just breathe for one day. I know it will never happen, but it’s a peaceful thought.
All my best to you, and I’ll post something on Friday.
Good morning. As many of you know, I was seriously injured and can’t walk. I disappeared from the blog, but when I returned you welcomed me back and I am grateful. I am now in Ohio for a few weeks to go to the Cleveland Clinic for more tests and treatment. I am very optimistic.
I promise I won’t fade this time.
It is bitter cold here. Snow, but not as bad as Buffalo. Even without practicing this week, and probably not having their full roster, they’ll still beat the Jets.
All this makes me think about spring training. I could stand for it being 60 degrees warmer. Then again, can’t we all?
I’ll be back later with thoughts on the Mets and free agency in general. Take care. JD
NOTE: Terry Collins told Jenrry Mejia to tone it down several hours after this post.-JD
Count me among those not enamored with the post-game celebration of New York Mets closer Jenrry Mejia, who went over the top with his reel-him-in gesture after striking out Ian Desmond to end last night’s game.
Watching Mejia was watching any NBA player thump his chest and mug for the camera’s after dunking on a defender. It was watching almost any receiver or cornerback in the NFL.
It was a reminder of how class is a fleeting thing in sports. We see self-congratulatory celebrations everywhere, and we see them because that’s what the networks like to direct their cameras. And, don’t think for a moment the athlete doesn’t know where the camera is directed.
And, it’s tiresome.
Also tiring are the weak defenses by managers and coaches.
“You’ve got to have some emotion in the game,’’ Terry Collins said last night. “We see it everywhere. I see other teams doing it. They can get mad, if it gives them more adrenaline. I want these guys to have some fun. I don’t want to corral them and worry about every move they make.’’
I’d like to hear Collins take that view when somebody gestures toward his team.
Fact is, Collins must stick up for his players in large part because of his lame duck status. If the Mets and Collins both knew he’d be back, perhaps he’d be more apt to kick butt.
I confess to being old school, maybe too old, but that’s what I believe. There’s a difference between having fun and mocking your opponent.
Trouble is not too many players see the difference and the line is continually blurred for the fans, also.