I'm a superstitious guy, something you know if you've been reading. I've shaved my beard for the Mets, wear a silly plastic helmet, had a lucky box during the '06 playoffs, so on and so forth.
A blog about which players would make the postseason roster, in my mind, would be a jinx. An article about taking the bad teams to task, like the team has done in 2008 as opposed to last year. A post my feelings going into the final stretch would feel a little iffy.
Maybe even a whole piece about how superstitious I am could lead to... Uh-oh.
Things have to be perfect for me when I watch a game. The entire NFL playoffs last year, I wore exactly the same outfit of pajama pants, Mets t-shirt, and an ugly, oversized Giants sweatshirt. I even wore it to the Super Bowl party. But hey, it worked.
My life will be routine watching a game from here on out. They've been winning lately when I don't listen to the TV. SNY on mute seems to help the Mets, so that will continue. The black helmet hasn't been moved in a few weeks, so that will be moved as well.
This is the home stretch, so everyone get out your lucky whatever-you-wear, rub your lucky whatever-you-rub, and do what you do. There can be no overload of luck.
Update: This post is going to be absolutely worthless in the next few hours, it seems.
I have a crazy theory as to why the Mets are looking to add Casey Blake above anyone else: He has a beautiful beard.
Since Jerry Manuel has taken the helm, the rules on facial hair have been relaxed, and the team has started to grow facial hair like it never went out of style. We've even had a guest post about the power of the beard. And a long time ago yours truly had to shave his off for the benefit of the team. Well I grew mine back, and so have the Mets.
Well personally, I think Blake has one of the best beards in baseball. The Mets are looking to harness that power, to align the greatest showing of facial hair in baseball, something the world has never seen before.
For this reason, and his baseball abilities too, I guess, the Mets are looking to land Blake over those clean-shaven fools Raul Ibanez and Jason Bay.
Behold the power of Blake's beard:
The new look New York Mets have just rattled off nine wins in a row and look poised to make a push for a playoff spot this year.
After the release of manager Willie Randolph the New York Mets have an extra spring in their step. The change is noticeable enough on the field as the Mets have climbed within a half game of the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League East with a nine game win streak. But a closer look reveals even more.
New manager Jerry Manuel has the team playing loose and easy with his new style. By contrast, former manager Randolph was very strict. His style was born from his many seasons with the business-like New York Yankees. The old style of clean shaven faces, no music in the club house and business-like attitudes has changed to a loud club house with a bevy of music blaring loudly, players joking and having fun and of course lots of facial hair.
This team transition brings to mind another team in recent years that was more the proud of the unkempt look of the players. Yes, the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox.
Please take time to compare:The 'Ropolitans take: I was going to write about the power derived from the beard, as I went through something similar when I shaved mine off to help the team. Now, since Manuel has taken over, I've grown my beard back, much to the chagrin of my parents.
Go beards! Go Mets!
Every time someone claims Reyes has finally matured, become a man, stopped being a baby, he goes out and makes a bonehead move, then mopes about it. This time it was a throwing error allowing a runner on late in the game. Reyes took off his glove, tossed it to the ground, and stood with his hands on his hips.
When the inning finally ended, Reyes' sunglasses and glove were on the ground again, which he picked up before slowly making his way into the dugout.
Though it's nice to see him get mad at himself for botching an easy play, he needs to shake it off and get back in the game rather than sulk and take it to heart. Just turn around, say "I'll get it next time," and keep your head in the game, otherwise more errors will come your way.
Oliver Perez was simply magnificent yesterday, and most of it stemmed from his brand new windup.
While it wasn't a drastic change, Perez now has a bit of a rocking motion, where he steps back, then forward and his whole body goes into the pitch. This is something new pitching coach Dan Warthen has added to Perez's delivery.
Here I was worried that Perez would completely fall apart if not under the watchful eye of Rick Peterson, and then he comes out in his second start under Warthen and pitches a gem. I feel that Peterson had Perez over-thinking instead of just throwing. Perez came out yesterday pounding fastballs, throwing 25 of his first 30 pitches for strikes, almost all of which were his heater.
And welcome back to Ryan Church, who picked up two hits in his return to the Mets.
As I've said a million times before, his bat and presence was sorely missed in the Mets lineup, and now that he's back and healthy, this team is poised to make it's move.
Also, I dig the new facial hair sprouting up around the Mets, especially on Church. Maybe it's time to regrow my beard.