Wilpon’s Dodgers Get Own Stadium (in 1962)

Variety republished an account of the first game at Dodger Stadium. Followers of the Mets Police know that Fred Wilpon thinks that he owns the Brooklyn Dodgers and totally ignores a certain other franchise that won 10 pennants before moving to San Francisco, and also had a familiar looking NY logo.

The Bums put on their top hat, white tie and tails yesterday and said farewell to Flatbush forever. There was a little bit of Brooklyn left though in the way they dropped the opener to the Cincinnati Reds 6-3 at the luscious looking, $18 mil Chavez Ravine stadium.


Jerry’s Kids Look Good Tonight So Far

Has everyone else done the “Jerry’s Kids” thing already? It’s lame. I think I’ll stick to knife jokes.

So far Jerry & The Gangsters look like they are running harder (except Beltran). They actually look faster. Am I just seeing what I want to see? Was that an actual rally there in the second? As I type, Chavez made one helluva catch – also running full out. Maybe nobody wants to get stabbed.

I keep thinking the Rockies are the Mets because they too have hideous black uniforms. The basic Rockies uniform is actually classy. Wear that.

Mussina, The Boss & The Hall of Garvey

Was watching the Yankee game in picture-in-picture while rocking out to Bruce’s 1975 Hammersmith Odeon concert DVD which is just wonderful. That’s “the Boss” part of this post for those of you not following along.

Meanwhile in the little box I saw something I haven’t seen all year. The starting pitcher, future Hall of Famer Mike Mussina was losing, and yet he came out to pitch the 6th inning. Then the 7th. Then get this, the 8th inning!

Apparently the AL has two rules the NL doesn’t. One is something called a DH. The other is that your starting pitcher doesn’t have to come out before the sixth inning ends. I would have thought Willie Randolph would have been familiar with this technique from his time in the AL, but apparently not.

I was sad that Moose didn’t get the win, but he should start the All Star Game, and he will wind up in the Hall of Fame. I personally don’t think he should be in the HOF – I have created something I call the “Hall of Garvey” for those players that were pretty darn good, but just ain’t Hall of Famers. Keith Hernandez and Don Mattingly are also first ballot Hall of Garveyers.

Somewhere during Rosalita and a Yankee rally John Maine gave up two runs.

The Backman Petition

My co-writer Cyclones Fan is probably going to disagree, and that’s cool, but this precinct of The Mets Police thinks a Backman petition is silly.

Jerry is the new manager. Let;s support the guy. As much as I enjoy giving this team a hard time, I do want them to win….J-Man is the manager. Let’s let him take a stab at winning the pennant before we run him out of town.

Besides, Lee Mazzilli should be next manager. Wally can be bench coach.

Here’s the press release:

New York, NY (PRWEB) June 20, 2008 — A petition urging the New York Mets to hire Wally Backman as a minor league manager has begun to circulate on the Internet. The disgruntled New York fan base has begun passing the petition around, hoping to convince team ownership to bring the former second baseman back into the organization.

The “Hire Wally Backman” petition cites Backman’s managerial track record and his ability to develop major league players as the main reason to bring Backman back into the Mets organization. Backman was named Sporting News Minor League Manager of the Year in 2004 and has managed current major leaguer players, including Dan Uggla, Aaron Rowand, Conor Jackson and Carlos Quentin.

Backman was a Major League infielder from 1981-1993 and was the second baseman on the 1986 World Series Champion New York Mets. He began managing in 1997 with the independent Catskill Cougars.

“I grew up watching Wally and those great Mets teams and have always been a big fan of his hustle and grit,” says petition creator Michael Curtin. “He has a similar style as a manager — emphasizing communication and inspiring hustle while demanding fundamental baseball. Any team should want guys like that in their minor league system. It just makes perfect sense to bring Backman into the Mets organization.”


The Hire Wally Backman Petition can be found online at: http://www.petitiononline.com/backman/petition.html