— Days Without Shea —


by Kingman on July 28 at 9:34AM
It is just about official: Carlos Beltran will be a SF Giant. His 6 1/2 year tenure as a Met is over.

What did Carlos do during his Met career?

* Five-time All Star
* 149 homers and 559 RBI's
* A .280 batting average
* Three Golden Gloves
* Two Silver Slugger awards

But everyone will remember:

* The unapproved surgery
* The check swing
* No World Series

All that said, I liked Carlos. He tried his best to come back from injuries in 2009, playing hard in meaningless September games. Carlos says he'd like to come back as a Met, under the right conditions. I don't expect us to be in that right condition anytime soon.

And who is Zach Wheeler? The NY Post sums him up thusly:

Wheeler is exactly the type of high-level prospect the Mets were looking for in exchange for Beltran. The sixth overall pick in the 2009 draft, the Georgia native is a hard-throwing right-hander, with a fastball that ranges from 92-97 mph. After entering the season ranked as the No. 55 prospect in baseball, according to Baseball America, the 21-year-old shot up to 35th in BA's midseason rankings that came out earlier this month.

Wheeler is 7-5 with a 3.99 ERA in 16 starts for the Giants' High-A affiliate, striking out 98 and walking 47 in 88 innings. There are concerns going forward about his control, but Wheeler's strikeout rate shows he has the power stuff, along with the ability to miss bats, needed to be a true top of the rotation starter. He is similar to the Mets' top prospect, Matt Harvey, who ranked 30th overall on BA's midseason rankings.

Given how the deck was stacked against the Mets when they began shopping Beltran around the league, Alderson couldn't have hoped for much more than Wheeler. Now Harvey and Wheeler give the Mets have a pair of prospects who have the potential to pitch at the top of their rotation for years, and help push them back to the top of the National League East.


Good luck Carlos.




[July 28, 2011 6:59 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Paul said

You know what this means???
All the players on your Loge 13 Banner and now history.....

[July 29, 2011 7:52 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Kingman Author Profile Page replied to Paul

Yup you are right. Now those little babushka dolls are finally worth something!


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Earlier this week, we acknowledged the 35th anniversary of Jethro Tull's epic performance at our beloved Shea Stadium.

Turns out, Loge13 regular Paul was there. Not only that but he saved the stub as well. Here 'tis:

http://www.loge13.com/img/Tull-Ticket.jpg

Looks like you had a field box seat. And check out that price. $10 hardly covers the service charges nowadays.

It is very cool that you saved the stub all these years. Thanks for sharing!



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Filed under: Baseball | Mets
by Kingman on July 26 at 10:23AM
http://www.loge13.com/img/angel-pagan.jpg
Loge13 kudos to whoever gets that headline reference (no Goggling).

According to today's NY Daily News, Pagan has been sulking around the clubhouse, worrying teammates and manager Terry Collins.

A few days ago, Pagan left the Marlins game dizzy and was believed to be dehydrated. It turns out he has had multiple in-game incidents like this and is now undergoing blood tests.

Meanwhile, his brooding has become more noticeable and there is even a rumor that the Mets may cut him after the season.

Is he bummed about his weak 2011 season? Upset about the inevitable departure of his mentor, Carlos Beltran? It's not clear. But if his blood tests reveal anything serious, the Mets may be losing two outfielders this week.

Which begs the question, do we have the stomach to stick Murphy back in the outfield? He has been a complete disaster at first since Wright's return. Saturday night, he failed to get off the bag to snag an errant Wright throw. That kept the Marlins alive, leading to a home run later in the inning. Keith got all over Murph for that display of "inexperience."

Yesterday, Murph almost killed our closer as Izzy went to cover first. Instead of tossing the ball, Murph tumbled and stumbled to the bag, knocking the legs out from under Jason. I love Murph but we gotta hide him somewhere.

Here is the Pagan article:

Angel Pagan, in 2010, was the guy who told you he believed in the Mets, even when it was clear the team was sinking. He was smiling. He was chatting. He was productive, and he was engaged.

Angel Pagan, in 2011, is the guy with the headphones, staring into his locker. He is often frowning. He is not productive, and he seldom interacts with teammates. Why?

"I'm fine," Pagan insisted on Friday, a few minutes after a 20-minute meeting with Terry Collins. The manager wanted to know if everything was OK, and coincidentally, a reporter was wondering the same. Carlos Beltran has also sat with Pagan for numerous long talks this year.

After the meeting with Collins, which was respectful but delivered no clarity or resolution, the weekend brought another issue, when Pagan left Sunday's game with dehydration. Because he has experienced midgame fatigue for about a week, the Mets sent him for blood work Monday, and are awaiting the results. There is that immediate problem, but there is the larger concern about his sudden quiet.

"The reason I'm not talking to people as much is when I'm going bad, I don't want to bring my teammates down," Pagan said. "I'm just trying to focus and get better. That's all. I'm fine."

Pagan's performance contradicts the notion that 2010 signaled a rise toward prominence. Finally healthy after years of injuries, Pagan batted .290, with a .340 on-base percentage. He convinced the Mets that he could assume center field duties in the post-Beltran era.

Beltran, always a mentor of Pagan's, says he is less concerned because Pagan is still working to improve. "Sometimes when you don't get the result you want you take it personal," Beltran said. "He is still coming in every day, getting in the cage, working on his things. I guess it's just a matter of time. The talent is there."

But the future is cloudier. Batting .232, with a .306 on-base percentage, Pagan has not impressed some members of the new regime. One team insider even speculated - while stressing that he was merely thinking aloud, and no decisions have been made - that Pagan was a candidate to be non-tendered this winter.

Whether or not that is a serious consideration, its mere mention tells of this year's disappointment. This is probably why the once-happy Met is quieter this year.





[July 26, 2011 11:08 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Paul said

It is painful to watch Daniel Murphy flail around in the field. However, he will not gain experience and have a chance to improve until he gets one position and has the chance to stay there.

If he wasn't the third best hitter on the team this year, I'd suggest dumping Murphy.

The last two months of 2011 are unimportant - we need to start thinking about 2012. And that means giving Daniel Murphy the chance to play second base every day, since that's going to be the only position open for him next year.


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Jethro TullSaturday was the 35th anniversary of Jethro Tull's historic gig at Shea Stadium.

The gig was noteworthy for the bi screens used to broadcast the festivities throughout the stadium, dubbed "Tullivision" (the predecessor to DiamondVision). The show was also plagued by sound issues, weather and fan-tossed fireworks. Hmm, sounds like an old Jet game. Read our original post on the gig here, including the Jethro Tull set list.

Many Tull fans have left comments through the years on that post. Fortunately, Tom remembered the anniversary and posted his own musings. Thanks Tom. And may you all never grow too old to rock and roll and always stay too young to die.

More on Shea Stadium's rock & roll history here.

Here is Tom's memories of July 23rd, 1976 at Shea Stadium:

Published July 23rd always makes me think of that night at Shea with Tull. Not being a baseball fan, it was the only time I was ever at the stadium and even though it rained and yes the planes drowned out the music at times it was a show I have never forgotten. I don't remember the time between sets being so long but I was with someone special who I still miss to this day that evening. I do recall a very long subway ride back to the port authority which included several changes and we arrived after the last bus to our home town in New Jersey had left but we found an alternative and had a major walk home at 2:00am but in retrospect it was worth it as any Tull Concert was. Saw JT many many many times after that at Radio City, Madison Square Garden and many other venues over the years. I stopped attending their concerts about five years ago. I would rather remember all the great times before Ian Anderson lost his ability to sing. I feel bad for him when I see how bad it has gotten on Youtube. There is a time for all of us to retire. I'm glad I was able to be a part of Rock History at Shea. How I wish we could still buy concert tickets for $7.50!




[July 26, 2011 7:35 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Paul said

I was at that concert...I STILL have the ticket stub. Would like to send you a picture of it if you tell me how.....Thanks, Paul

[July 27, 2011 9:13 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Kingman Author Profile Page replied to Paul

Got it via e-mail Paul! I will post.


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Filed under: Baseball | CitiField | Mets
by Kingman on July 21 at 9:07AM
Great win for the Mets Wednesday night, as they came back from a four-run deficit and won in extra innings 6-5, thanks to Angel Pagan's walk-off homer.

We were in section 307 -- a.k.a. the new Loge13. Gary, Keith and Ron were broadcasting from the Pepsi Porch. Here was our view of their view:

http://www.loge13.com/img/July21Mets.jpg
R.A. Dickey started and pitched OK, except for that 3-run third. Beltran tied the game up with a two-run homer in what was probably the last time I will see him live in a Mets uniform. Nice crowd out at the park and our own Ron Hunt will be there again today when the Mets go for  the sweep.



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