"It wasn't very hard for him, because his room has been decorated in
orange and blue from the very get-go. He has murals on the wall of
baseball players and Shea Stadium. I've given him replicas of Shea
Stadium throughout the years. He had two stadium seats in his closet,
bolted to the floor so he can sit in them and get dressed every morning
for school. Whenever a stadium flashes up on TV, he goes, 'Is that my
"He just turned 8, and he's a pretty good athlete. He was hitting a
pitched ball before he was 3 years old. So his hand-eye coordination is
there. He's one of the best football players on his team. ... He's paid
me back for a lot of the bad things that I've done in my life up to this
point. He's my one that I have to go get out of the principal's office
from time to time. He's a great kid."
At this point, I am wondering if Chipper will go into the Hall of Fame as a Met.
John Franco is selling his home and almost everything in it.
The Mets Hall of Fame closer is moving from Staten Island to NY, now that most of his kids have grown and moved on. He is hosting an estate sale this weekend. According to the NY Post:
"The merchandise includes Mets memorabilia, video arcade machines, 19th-century oil paintings and a Harley-Davidson Roadster. The sale started Friday and continues through Sunday. The Staten Island Advance says the motorcycle was presented to Franco by his teammates in recognition of his 400th save. It fetched $7,000."
The Advance also has a nice video tour of Johnny's home. Look at what 400 career saves can buy you: pool balls with your name in them!
Baseball 2012 returns tonight. So it's a good time to think back on a more innocent time, before outrageous contracts and steroids and wild cards. You know, back when major league ballplayers got high on LSD and threw no-hitters.
Here's a great little animated short, based on an interview with one-time Met Dock Ellis.
Those who read this blog regularly know we don't usually regularly write about actual Met games. There are hundreds of other blogs on the daily beat so we waste focus our time on more cerebral matters, like Shea Stadium's great rock & roll history.
But last night's game was one of the most fun to watch all year. A rag-tag lineup against Halladay and the once mighty Phillies. After an uneven start, Jon Niese hung tough with the Phil's starter and the Mets earned back two runs to tie the score.
The bullpen held the lead, thanks to Josh Thole holding the ball after a home plate collision with ex-Met Ty Wigginton. But it would be rookie Jordany Valdespin who stopped the presses with his first home run, a three-run blast in the 9th to put the game out of reach.
Not sure where this team will end up in September (and I probably jinxed it today) but I never expected the Mets to be three games over .500 and in third place in May. These guys are fun to watch again.
Since he left the blue and orange, Jeff has been up to some pretty cool stuff...
Deadspin reported that last night, Jeff tossed a ball and a $100 bill to some fans and told them to go have a beer on him. For that kind of money he could buy all of Citi Field a beer. More from Deadspin:
Three weeks ago, Jeff Francoeur had 20 pizzas sent to fans in a right-field section in Oakland. And last night, at a game in which he was part of the promotion, Francoeur did a little something for the home folks in Kansas City.
The Royals have designated a right-field section at Kauffman Stadium as The Frenchy Quarter. For every Thursday home game this season, fans in that section also get a T-shirt and a drink coupon for the price of their ticket. Last night was the first Frenchy Quarter Thursday of the season, and Francoeur sweetened the deal by tossing an autographed ball to the section's fans, along with a C-note and some instructions.