— Days Without Shea —





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A perfect day? For me, that would probably involve watching a Met game live with Keith Richards, in Loge13 of Shea Stadium.

Obviously that's never going to happen, for a whole host of reasons.

But this video gives a close proximity of what it might be like to take in a game with a Rolling Stone. The game happens to be soccer (you may call it football, but then you probably call french fries "chips"). And the Stone happens to be Mick Jagger. But I'd be pleased to meet him too:





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Filed under: Baseball | Mets
by Kingman on June 30 at 8:46AM
So the Mets may not be signing Cubs pugilist Carlos Zambrano anytime soon, but they did sign a guy who did try to kick Zambrano's butt.

Ron Hunt flagged this deal last night. The Mets have signed journeyman catcher Michael Barrett to a minor league deal.

Ron wrote: "I like this small deal. It seems pretty obvious that Santos is s terrible pitch-calling catcher, he never gets recalled, and Thole is young and the jury is out but either way should our two experienced catchers, who have made a huge difference this year, get hurt, we now have some veteran protection."

Here's the full story:

The New York Mets have signed former major league catcher Michael Barrett to a minor league contract, a club official confirmed on Tuesday.

Barrett, 33, has not played since 2009, when he went into the season as Rod Barajas' backup with the Toronto Blue Jays before injuries cut short his season. He will report to the Mets' Class A team at Port St. Lucie, Fla., and after a few weeks he's expected to move up to Triple-A Buffalo. If Barrett can play, the move will give the Mets additional security, as Barajas and Henry Blanco have both battled injuries at the major league level.

During his 12-year career with the Montreal Expos, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres and Blue Jays, Barrett batted .263 with 98 homers and 424 runs batted in. The fiery Barrett is probably most famous for brawling with A.J. Pierzynski of the Chicago White Sox in 2006 and with his Cubs teammate, Carlos Zambrano, in 2007.

"Some of the things that happened are a circumstance of the way baseball is, and what kind of competitor I am," Barrett said after the Cubs traded him to the Padres. "I play on the edge, a lot."




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Filed under: Baseball | Ex-Mets
by Kingman on June 29 at 4:58PM
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There are just some guys who can't help but be controversial.

Poor Bobby Valentine is one of those dudes. Everywhere he goes, things get complicated, awkward, tense.

He gets the Mets to their first world series in 14 years. A few years later, he's gone. He goes to Japan and wins but can't stay there.

Now the Marlins want him for their manager. He wants to be their manager. He'd be perfect as their manager. And it doesn't look like he'll get to be Marlins manager. At least not anytime soon.

Here's the latest from the Sun-Sentinel:

The Marlins did nothing Monday to unravel the mess that's become their managerial search.

Owner Jeffrey Loria and team president David Samson declined to answer questions amid multiple reports Bobby Valentine no longer is being considered for the permanent job.

"I've got nothing," Samson said. "Usually I do, but not today."

Valentine has not acknowledged he's no longer a candidate either. Via e-mail, Valentine summed up his reaction to the reports he was out of the mix in one word: "Wow."

After firing Fredi Gonzalez last week, Samson said he didn't anticipate securing in-season permission to interview candidates on their short list currently working for other organizations would be a problem. The Marlins already have spoken with Arizona Diamondbacks third-base coach Bo Porter.

The Marlins may ultimately decide to leave interim manager Edwin Rodriguez in place through season's end and conduct a more comprehensive search in October.

Rodriguez said he did not inquire about a timetable when he interviewed.

"They keep that poker face," Rodriguez said. "No body language to read, nothing ... I have no idea and to be honest I'm not even trying to find out that information. I don't even want to read the papers. I don't want the [front office and players] to think I'm more worried about whether I get the job [than winning games]." 




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Filed under: Baseball | Mets
by Kingman on June 26 at 9:20AM
It's been a rough year for Carlos and the voices in his head. Yesterday he flipped his lid in the Cubs dugout all over Derek Lee, who had the presence of mind to not exterminate his starting pitcher.

Now Carlos has been suspended indefinitely by the Cubs. They probably will try and trade him. But would anyone...especially in Queens...want him?

Here's some of the meltdown:




[June 27, 2010 7:50 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Ron Hunt said

I'm very nervous someone in the front office, better not be Jeff, will think that trading Ollie for Zambrano would be a good idea.

While I'd trade Ollie for a bag of balls, scuffed-up ones, I don't want this Carlos!


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