Look, it is not a great leap to despise at least two of these guys and the BlogoNet is almost completely full with the reasons.
But this "snub" is getting a bit blown out of proportion. I mean, we sorta did these troops a favor by not making them meet Ollie Perez, who couldn't muster up the self-sacrifice to take a trip down to Triple-A this season.
There's more at work here than what you're reading. Beat riders are bored and this kind of copy gets attention these days. NYSportsDog posted an excellent assessment of the situation. Take a trip over there to read it. Some excerpts below:
"I am a 21-year veteran of the Armed Forces, and a disabled vet as well.
I am absolutely appalled by the Press coverage that Carlos Beltran,
Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez are getting for not going to Walter Reed.
Why? It is not big deal that they didn't go.
Carlos Beltran said he visited a VA hospital this off-season and had
meetings to attend about his charity on the day of the Walter Reed
Luis Castillo said he is not comfortable around amputees and those with
Oliver Perez refuses comment, which is his right.
The fact of the matter is that this wasn't a visit to the zoo, it wasn't
some mandatory fun, it was a visit to Walter Reed to pay tribute to
fighting men. Why on Earth should someone be forced to do it? If it
was voluntary, then why make a fuss over anyone who didn't attend?"
This year, the New York Water Taxi started service again to Citi Field.
Our own Ron Hunt took the trip last week and delivered these photos from the deck. He highly recommends the trip. The only bad part of the journey is eventually you get to Citi Field and have to watch a Met game:
This weekend, partial season ticket holders got phone calls from the Mets ticket office. As a sign of their gratitude, they are offering us two free tickets to any remaining home game.
Field level seats at that.
So now, after effectively banning us from the field level restaurants and vantage points for two years, the Mets are giving us two tickets to get down to the front row.
I'll definitely be taking my kids now to the stadium...something I held off on doing all year due to schedules and ticket costs. Usually we go to at least one day game but there were not too many that we could make. And I am not about to pay Citi Field ticket prices for a night game, as my youngest wouldn't make it through the 5th inning.
But how bad is this team -- and the ticket situation at Citi Field -- if the Mets have to dump seats. What will the Mets offer plan holders as an incentive to renew? (Hint: it won't be the promise of a championship team in 2011).
Hey, who wants to see a tennis fight? This one features a
wildly-gesticulating young man arguing with an equally-excited older
woman during the Djokovic vs. Petzschner match. The shouting match in of
itself is extreme for the US Open.
But things take a turn into crazytown at the 1:09 mark, when the
woman's even-older husband comes in and actually starts fighting
the young bro. Bodies go flying, a commotion is caused, and then the
older woman herself gets in on the action.
Eventually the young man, who is quickly turned on by everyone else
in the stands, is thrown out, and order is restored. But not before
Queens once again stakes its claim as New York's classiest borough.