By J.R. Lebert aka jrlebert
50 years. 8,019 games. To type those two numbers seems almost laughable, but there they are, in black and white. Tim Kurkjian and Jayson Stark of ESPN marvelled at the streak’s length. Gary Cohen and Howie Rose, the Mets’ play-by-play voices on television and radio, thought it would never happen. For a franchise known more for bad luck, boneheaded moves, and crushing disappointment, the fact that they were one of only two teams in Major League Baseball history never to throw a no-hitter seemed a surprise to no one. There was even a website dedicated to More >
By Nolan Todas aka HAWKEYESforLIFE
What do I think of my favorite team? Who I think will win it all? Well, it’s a question that might make you think deep and hard. For me, that first question is going to have an answer that depends on individual and team performance. Now, I support the Chicago Cubs, and I think we all know that they’ll never be the best. But I think that eventually, the Cubs will develop. Currently they have a decent pitching rotation, including the hurler from Tampa Bay, Matt Garza, and lots of young talent to work with. Starlin More >
By JR Lebert aka jrlebert
Alex Rodriguez said it all, as he watched 42-year-old Mariano Rivera crumple on the warning track after shagging a fly ball off the bat of freshly minted Yankee Jayson Nix: “Oh my God. Oh my God.” This was probably the same sentiment heard aloud in every bar, barbershop, and deli in New York as the replay made its way through the airwaves and the web. Would the last image of the great Mariano be that of him hoisted onto the back of a John Deere by former battery mate and current manager Joe Girardi?
According to Rivera, More >
By Pedro Maicazo aka metsmagic18
What could have been. John Greenleaf Whittier coined this phrase back in 1856. Little did he know, these words would end up meaning a lot in the world of sports. The poem is about a maid who meets a judge. They fall in love but end up marrying other people, while wondering their whole lives; ”what might have been?” . Similarly, in every day sports you find these guys. Not all of them are so well known. Everyone knows Drazen Petrovic, Len Bias, Armando Galragga’s perfect game. But there are so many of these players, these More >
By J.R. Lebert aka jrlebert
A decade and a half before we would come to know a certain center fielder in Seattle by the same nickname, fans of the Expos and Mets began a 30-year love affair with the original “Kid”, Gary Edmund Carter.
As a lifelong, die hard Mets fan, it was easy to gravitate towards our beloved catcher. As Jesse Orosco said after learning of Carter’s trade to the Mets, “We have a chance to win it all now!” See, Carter’s nickname was derived from both the way he played the game, and the way he viewed the game. Carter More >
By J.R. Lebert aka jelebert
Does Matt Kemp have a chance at the Triple Crown?
*NOTE: As of the time of writing this article, Matt Kemp and the Los Angeles Dodgers had played 20 games. Kemp was leading the NL in batting average at .452, home runs with 10, and was second, by one, in RBI’s, with 23.
The Triple Crown. For baseball diehards, historians, and even casual fans of the game, it’s the pinnacle of individual offensive achievement in a single season. Leading your respective league in batting average, home runs, and runs batted in. Not since Carl Yazstremski in 1967 has More >