They had me worried for a little while, but the New York Giants are headed to the NFL title game . And that is pretty awesome, because I don’t think anyone was expecting this back in December. I know I wasn’t. (Slightly less awesome are the two weeks of mind-numbing hype that we have to look forward to, but what are you gonna do?)

We’re just four weeks – 28 days – away from the official start of spring training for the New York Mets.

There were a few interesting items that I spotted over the weekend:

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About Paul Hadsall

I'm the former editor of a weekly community newspaper and current contributor to Hot Stove Baseball. I've been a New York Mets fan for most of my life and I've been blogging about them, minor league baseball, baseball cards and autograph collecting since 2007. Contact me at paul@randombaseballstuff.com

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  1. Freddy says:

    I can’t say I’m happy about the Giants I the Super Bowl; however, they showed that if you don’t turn the ball over you can beat anyone. SF was terrible on special teams. I’m not a fan of SF- I only wanted to see former Eagle David Akers finally get a ring. I was able to obtain his autograph- great experience.

    This essentially becomes the none of the above Super Bowl for me. Putting that aside, I feel the game itself is going to come down to a single turnover or mistake. The team that doesn’t make a mistake will win the Super Bowl.

    It will be interesting to see which cap is on Piazza’s HOF plaque. I’m guessing it will be as a Met. I’m confident it won’t be the Marlins. I think its safe to say no one will be enshrined as a Florida Marlin. As far as I know the only other Montreal Expo that has a chance to get in is Tim Raines. Hopefully next year.

    Can anyone believe Prince Fielder, Roy Oswalt, Brad Lidge, and Raul Ibanez are still free agents?????

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    • Paul says:

      I think Ibanez and Lidge are going to have to accept minor league contracts or retire at this point. Oswalt could still get a major league contract, but not a multi-year one. Prince Fielder and his agent misread the market… I guess we’ll find out soon what he has to settle for.

      Too many teams have too much money tied up in players already under contract. I’m sure that the Yankees would love to have Fielder’s bat in their lineup, but how much money can they afford to spend and still expect to turn a profit?

      As far as Piazza’s plaque goes, I think it would be fair to pick either the Dodgers or the Mets. So maybe his preference for New York will be taken into account and turn out to be relevant after all. :)

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  2. MJ says:

    Fearless predictions. Fielder will sign with the Nationals, Oswalt with the Red Sox, Ibanez with the Tigers. I think Lidge is done. Maybe he signs a minor league deal with the Mets or someone, but I think he’s done.

    And, one day, Hanley Ramirez will be elected to the Hall as a Marlin.

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    • Freddy says:

      the question is which logo on the cap- Miami Marlin or Florida Marlin?

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      • Paul says:

        If Hanley manages to keep playing long enough & at a high enough level to be considered for the Hall of Fame, I’d guess it would end up being a Miami Marlin logo… but you never know. Maybe he’ll follow the Gary Sheffield path and his six years as a Florida Marlin will be the longest time he spends with any one team. :-)

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