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Jeter or Reyes

8 Mar

By Jim Walters

If you were the General Manager of the New York Mets, and you had the current roster of the Mets as we know it, who would you rather have as your shortstop for the 2010 season, Derek Jeter or a healthy Jose Reyes?

This is not questioning their careers, it isn’t a debate. Jeter is a Hall of Famer and no other Yankee will wear the number two. His post season success and leadership ranks with the best in the history of the game.

Reyes ranks as one of the more dynamic players in the game, when healthy. His  offensive success also sees a direct correlation with the team’s success. However, he has many years ahead of him for the Mets to ever consider retiring his number seven.

This debate is different. This one looks at 2010, and the current Mets offense. Who would you rather have?

Please feel free to share your comments below and/or vote.


Yankee Stadium Crumbles

7 Mar

By Jim Walters

While Mets fans dealt with the collapse of Shea Stadium over a year ago, Yankees fans are currently feeling this same pain as their cherished cathedral is falling down.

Click here to see more photos of the Yankees demolition.

How many Mets and Red Sox fans would love an hour in there with a sledgehammer?

Yankees Games Not Included in Ticket Sales

7 Mar

The Mets did not include the three May games against the Yankees in their individual ticket sales today on mets.com. The only way you can purchase tickets is to purchase tickets to other games through season tickets and partial ticket plans.

This means Yankee fans are purchasing multiple games to attend. While this fills the wallets of the Wilpons, it means more Yankee fans at Mets games, and we all know how wonderful this is.

These are the guys starting Let’s Go Yankees chants when the Marlins are in town and the Yankees are in Seattle.

So while this ticket ploy helps ownership fill the ballpark and their bank accounts, it gives the Yankee fans more reasons to invade Citi and to share their joy with the Mets faithful.

2010 Preview: Month by Month

4 Mar

By Jim Walters

March is here and spring is right around the corner. They are playing ball in Florida and Opening Day on April 5th is drawing near.

Lets examine the schedule to see what the summer may bring:


New York kicks of the 2010 campaign with the first “Opening Day” at Citi Field against those pesky Florida Marlins. We will likely be treated to a Josh Johnson (Met killer) vs. Johan Santana pitching duel.

After the pomp and circumstance, New York will realize they play 17 of their first 24 games in Citi Field. A strong start is necessary for Jerry and Omar. Somewhere Bobby V will be waiting for the door to open.

The second home stand will be an instant test for this team, hosting the Braves, Cubs and Dodgers. Could this be Jerry’s last stand.

As April ends, the Mets renew their rivalry with the Phillies on April 30th in hostile Philadelphia.


While May begins with the Phillies, this month’s home stand of the season is from the 21st to the 27th as New York hosts the Yankees and Philadelphia where Citi will be full and the team will face its biggest test of the young season. While this home stand means a great deal to the fans, it will be the games against the Marlins, Brewers and Braves that will determine where this team is in the standings.


It’s interleague month and New York squares off with the Yankees, Orioles and Indians on the road while hosting the Tigers and Twins. The AL Central is a strong division that will test the Amazins’ with their quality pitching.


When you look at the July calendar, there is one thing that stands out: the long road trip when the Mets plays 11 straight games in San Francisco (4), Arizona (3), Dodgers (4). This trip follows the All-Star break. Every Mets fan has to wonder as this trip comes to an end, are they buyers or sellers as the trading deadline looms near.

Perhaps the most exciting day this month will by Monday July 5th when fireworks night returns to Queens as the Mets host the Reds.


The dog days of summer will begin with a road trip against the Braves and Phillies. How important will the stretch be in mid-August when they play 13 games against the Astros seven times, Pirates for three and Marlins for three. Can this be the time for the Mets to make their run.


I get chills when I think of this month and it’s not because of the weather. A 10-game home stand against the Phillies, Pirates and Braves will be pivotal for this team.  Tough road games in Chicago and Philadelphia also makes this month very interesting.


The season concludes with a home stand that brings us into October. Four games to end September against the Brewers and three to end the season in October against the Nationals have wild card implications written all over this schedule.

Both teams should be under .500, which sets up like 2007 and 2008. Can this city really stand another collapse?

So often the team that starts on Opening Day is different from the team that plays in September and October. If the Mets are winning, it is likely that they would have added a pitcher (Bronson Arroyo?) and that they obviously stayed healthy. If the Mets are losing, will Ike Davis be at first and Josh Thole be catching. While it is promising for the future, this youth movement will mean another lost year in Flushing and a lot of empty seats in Citi, making this new jewel of the city feeling more like good old Shea.