A Santa dropping from a red and white Mets themed parachute

What is even going on here?

Why is Santa using a parachute? Did the sled have an in-flight enmergency?

Why does Santa have a Mets themed parachute?

If Santa is such a huge Mets fan that he has a Mets themed parachute, why is it red and white and not blue and orange?

Again, why is Santa using a parachute? Don’t his reindeer fly? Couldn’t he ride on of the reindeer to safety? Is he too heavy?

So it doesn’t seem to be a weight issue.

Perhaps Santa just sky dives in the off-season?   That chute looks a little small though

Keith Hernandez on Baseball being boring: I won’t watch baseball that much anymore

Donald Trump supporter Keith Hernandez went on Donald Trump supporter Tucker Carlson’s show.  Awful Announcing recapped it:

Hernandez’s appearance with Carlson was a relatively entertaining interview centralized on baseball. Carlson mostly stayed out of the way during the long-form interview on his Fox Nation show, allowing Hernandez tell stories and dominate the conversation. The controversial Fox News host only tried to bait Hernandez once, asking if the sport has gotten too political, to which the legendary first baseman said no. Hernandez did close the conversation by admitting he’s a fan of Carlson, but as a Republican and admitted Donald Trump supporter, that’s to be expected. (via Awful Announcing)

The part I love is that even Keith Hernandez, former player, and paid to watch baseball knows the games are UNWATCHABLE!!!  Keith said

“I honestly feel that when I’m retired, when I stop doing what I’m doing now in the booth, I won’t watch baseball that much anymore,. “It’s three-hour games now, three-and-a-half, when I played it was two-and-a-half,” “I still love the game, but they’re lengthy.”

Mets Mailing List B: METS SIGN CATCHER TOMÁS NIDO

In this morning’s post I pointed out that it is believed the Mets have two mailing lists, one used by Senior Execs (that the bloggers don’t seem to be on) and the list used by junior staffers.  List B, as I call it, sent me this.

The Mets didn’t send an image, and I lost my bookmark to the AI Image Generator (Don’t worry @ceetar is about to DM me a link) so this will have to do.

Thomas Nido, famous Mets catcher who the alumni committee will put in the Mets HOF probably

METS SIGN CATCHER TOMÁS NIDO

 

FLUSHING, N.Y., January 19, 2023 – The New York Mets today announced the club has signed catcher Tomás Nido to a two-year contract.

Nido, 28, was a finalist for the Gold Glove Award after catching a career-high 96 games in 2022, including 86 starts. He recorded five Catcher Framing Runs last season, tied for eighth in the majors and tied for third in the NL.

The Puerto Rico native batted .239/.276/.324 last season, recording 31 runs, 15 doubles, three homers and 28 RBI. He set career-highs in games played, hits, doubles, RBI, runs and walks. In 15 games in September, Nido batted .333/.340/.608 with nine RBI and nine runs scored.

Originally drafted by the Mets in the eighth round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, Nido has played six seasons in the majors. The 28-year-old has appeared in 252 games, posting a .220/.257/.323 slashline with 70 runs, 44 extra-base hits and 73 RBI.

Mets water down their Hall of Fame – add Al Leiter (also good adds in Hojo, Howie and Gary)

Hey Steve….tap the brakes.  I appreciate you trying to make up for the sins of the Wilpons, but like many things if you live long enough you will see everything – I can’t believe I am saying this but TOO MUCH WITH THE HISTORY.

I don’t know who is on the Mets Hall of Fame committee these days but they blew it with Leiter.  I get that some of the black jersey wearing Generation Piazza crowd likes Al, believe me I have been hearing from them on twitter.  (As an aside, suddenly the Millennials like Pitcher Wins as a stat)

I can’t easily remember any great Al Leiter moments.  I guess he was on some teams that won Wild Cards, and was around long enough that he is somewhat high-ish on the Mets pitching charts – but given that very few players have ever played for the Mets for more than  seasons, that’s not that impressive.

What’s next here, Steve?  Are we going to put Tom Glavine in?  Pedro Martinez – and I will remind everyone the Pedro on the Mets was “Four Inning Pedro” and not the Pedro of your dreams.

Anyway – Leiter is a Yankee or a Marlin or something but he’s not a “True Met.” For those asking what a True Met is – it’s an eyeball test thing.  Glavine isn’t one, but you know who is…

HOJO.  I am happy to see him get in.  If you watched him play you know he was good.  Not much else to say.

On to the other selections – let’s start with Gary Cohen.  Gary has accomplished the equivalent of a player accumulating 20 years of stats without ever being elite.  Let’s be honest here – Gary Cohen is “Michael Kay good.”   He isn’t elite.  He announces in an era where there are lots of terrible announcers.  Gary isn’t terrible, so he looks great by comparison, when in really he’s good, maybe pretty good.  He’s like a 2-starter that might make the All Star Team in an off-year.  Anyway, Gary did his 35 years so he gets a plaque, OK fine.

As for Howie Rose?  This is fantastic.  Howie, in this post-Scully era, is the best play by play man in baseball.  No qualifications for “radio” or anything.  He is the best at it.  The way he uses intonations and speed-changes to call a play, while keeping the listener company AND never drinking the Kool-Aid…Howie is the best.  Even more impressive is there was a time when Howie wasn’t even allowed on WFAN immediately following Mets games (a long story kids, google “Todd Kalas” and “Mets Extra” and see what comes up.) – and somewhere along the way Howie became The Voice Of The Mets and the person who handles all the big moments.  Congrats.

So the committee got 3 out of 4 correct….but why are we in such a rush now?  Four people feels like a lot.  Tap the brakes Steve.

The Mets did not send me any information on this.  The bloggers I speak to seem to agree there are two mailing lists, and depending on who does the email blast, they use list A or B.   This one probably was sent out by a senior executive, as it seems to be that kind of announcement that doesn’t make it down here to basements.  When they want us to know about a ticket sale because the team is 20 games out, those press releases we get.

I also find that I don’t care about this.  The Leiter thing has me minority fired up but I am about to go on with my day and not think about it other than bantering with folks on twitter when my laptop is crunching reports.  The topic did get me thinking about baseball season and baseball in general and – I don’t care.

I am not looking forward to the season, it just merely is a thing that will happen like the NBA playoffs.  If you told me baseball season was canceled, I wouldn’t mind.  The sport itself has changed, the players less likable (maybe because we know more about them now because of modern media and social media) and I just don’t care about any of it.  That said, I remain committed to my mission of trying to guide the Mets to the side of righteousness with the goal of winning the World Series while dressed in proper Mets uniforms.

 

Al Leiter???

New York Times article about Casino Developers who don’t mention the Casino part

The New York Times is paying attention!  They write:

As the race for three casino licenses in the New York City region kicks off in earnest this year, the developers behind a number of the multibillion-dollar bids are hoping to improve their chances with some Vegas-style sleight of hand: They’re asking, “What casino?”

The article mentions all the proposed casinos, but for purposes of Mets Police let’s focus on the Parkland that is the area next to Citi Field.

A website for the development plans does not mention casinos, but a poster at the event, where guests could place a sticker next to their favorite choices, solicited thoughts on “gaming” as a possibility for the site. It was one of the least popular options.

He is not the first to try to develop the site. Related Companies and the former owners of the Mets tried for years to convert the parking lot, once the site of Shea Stadium, into a mall complex and movie theater. Their plans were thwarted in 2017, when the New York Court of Appeals ruled that the project could not proceed without permission from the State Legislature, because the site sits on public parkland.

Good stuff New York Times.  I encourage everyone to head on over there and educate themselves about casinos and parkland.

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This morning I saw an article about Rikers Island closing in 2027.  Wouldn’t THAT be a good place for a casino?  Obviously you’d knock everything down and start over, but Casino Island seems like something that could be cool.

And since Steve wants to improve the community, what improves a community more than rehabilitating criminal offenders.  Since the Mayor seems OK with building on parkland, I propose a replacement prison be built on the parking lot of Citi Field.