After sleeping on the potential blockbuster deal in the works for Johan Santana, I woke up feeling pretty good today. Here are my random thoughts on the subject:
* Question: What do Carlos Gómez, Philip Humber, Deolis Guerra, Kevin Mulvey and Loge13 have in common?
Answer: None of us will have seats in Citi Field in 2009.
- * Loge13’er Ron Hunt commented on the earlier post: “When all this works out, we need to be appreciative of the job Omar did on this deal. I believe his doggedness really paid off.” I was thinking the same thing. We have joked the past few months about the Mets’ lack of activity this offseason. Omar did his job this time.
* So what happened to all the talk about the Mets’ inferior prospects? At the winter meetings, every sports show blowhard blasted the Mets farm system, labeling our young talent as B-grade or worse compared to the prize packages the Red Sox, Spankees and others were offering. Were the Twins snookered? Or was the sports media?
* We know he can pitch, but can Johan hit? He has a .258 batting average over eight seasons. That’s 8 hits in 31 at-bats. 3 career RBI’s. No home runs but one double and one triple. HoJO will start turning Santana into a hitting machine in two weeks, if all goes well in the next 48 hours.
DepressedFan Brian just e-mailed a USA Today story, claiming the Mets landed Santana today.
According to reports:
The deal is pending the Mets and Santana reaching agreement on a six- or seven-year contract extension and that Santana passes a physical; they have been granted a 48 to-72-hour window to do so. Santana has a no-trade clause that he will waive if agreement is reached on a contract extension.
The Mets paid a high price in prospects to land Santana, agreeing to send the Twins outfielder Carlos Gomez and pitchers Phil Humber, Deolis Guerra and Kevin Mulvey.
That’s a good deal. Santana, Martinez, Maine, Perez and Pelfrey, with El Duque in the pen. Gotta be the best rotation in the NL East. Plus the Mets have a marquee player for Citi Field’s opening. Nice move.
I came across this kinda goofy post on eHow.com about the best methods to get autographs at Shea Stadium.
The author provided 3 “easy” steps:
Get to Shea Stadium, buy a ticket and enter the stadium. You can go to your seat, and get yourself settled, but make sure you are in the stadium way before the game starts..at least an hour before.
About a half hour before game time, players will begin to come out from the clubhouse. Make your way down to the front row behind the Met's dugout. That will be the dugout located to the right of home plate.
Try to be friendly to the players. Crack a joke or two. Try to get noticed. Wave to the players and tell them how much you love them. Do not be shy. As soon as they catch your eye you can give them the pen and something to sign. Hopefully they will be in a good mood. You should be able to get an autograph with no problem.
I agree with Step one – getting to Shea is half the battle if you want Met players to give you an autograph.
It seems most of this otherwise rock-solid plan relies on being friendly to the players 1/2 hour before game time. That’s where this plan breaks down.
Then again, I haven’t had much luck securing autographs the past few years. I used to take my kids to day games and get there when the gates opened. You could usually get someone’s autograph…unless the Mets cancelled practice. In the past two seasons, the Mets seemd more inclined to not practice before a day game after a night game.
Security has also cracked down on pre-game autographs. If you don’t have field level tickets, security sometimes won’t even let folks in.
If anyone has any better tips, feel free to share. In a year Step One: getting into Citi Field may be an insurmountable obstacle so best try to wear out your Sharpie in 2008.
Ron Hunt, the soul of Loge13, forwarded along this story with a three-word cover letter that read: “hate this guy.”
Hunt speaks for many Met fans.
Glavine opened up to Marty Noble this weekend about that now infamous and still painful last game of the 2007 season, when he lasted 1/3 of an inning.
“"Looking at it from a baseball standpoint, there haven't been too many, if any, lower or more upsetting moments in my career," Glavine said earlier this month. "I was angry how it went, extremely disappointed ... upset, embarrassed. You name it."
But don’t say devastated. During Glavine’s post-game press conference, he went out of his way to say he wasn’t devastated. That’s a word and an emotion to save for more significant moments in life. Glavine said to Noble:
"My parents always taught me to have perspective, to recognize where parts of your life really fit in the overall picture," Glavine said. "When you become a parent, you see things differently. The health and welfare of your family comes first. Maybe I wasn't prepared to hear that word -- devastated. As disappointed as I was, I didn't think about devastation, not because of a baseball game.”
Noble seems to insinuate that Met fans will never forgive Glavine for not being “devastated.” Not true, at least not in Loge13. Met fans will and should abhor Glavine for stinking up the mound the last three starts of 2007. Just pitching decently in any of them and securing a win might have been all we needed to get into October.
Soon the Mets will replace Glavine with Livan Hernandez, the 32–year-old veteran with the arm of a 42–year-old. A devastating move.
When I started Loge13, my only concern was I might be a little short on Shea material in the depths of winter.
There is certainly not much Met roster news to write about, although we’re all relieved to have Jose Valentin back.
But fortunately for us, there’s Peter Frampton.
When Grand Funk Railroad played Shea Stadium in 1971, their opening act was Humble Pie. As we wrote last summer, GFR broke the Beatles’ Shea attendance record with this show.
In a recent interview, Frampton reminisced about the gig and Humble Pie:
By 1969, he had formed Humble Pie with ex-Small Faces singer/guitarist Steve Marriott. Peter was 19 years old. The original band stayed together for five albums.
PF - “The great thing for me about Humble Pie was that it was energy unlimited. We were all at that age where we were just going for it. lt was the perfect band for me to develop and define the Frampton style guitar. When everybody was listening to Blues Breakers and Cream for Eric Clapton, so was I. But at the same time I was listening to Kenny Burrell, George Benson, Wes Montgomery and Django Reinhardt. When it came to working my style out with Humble Pie, it was sort of a jazzy lyrical style that developed over a very rockin’, blues based band. Just listen to ‘Stone Cold Fever’ from Humble Pie’s ‘Performance - Rockin’ The Fillmore’ album. We were on fire. We played with so many different people…..and I guess that playing Shea Stadium in the the summer of ‘70, with Grand Funk, was one of the biggest thrills because we were actually the first band to play Shea Stadium since the Beatles. So it was pretty historic for us. ”
I still think that as part of a Shea tribute night, they should invite back Humble Pie, Sound Incorporated, Joan Jett and The survivors of The Clash for an ALL-START OPENING BAND SHEA EXTRAVAGANZA.
Read more about Shea Stadium’s legendary rock and roll history.