Nightly Newsstand: May 2, 2011
It’s been a very tumultuous 24 hours, both in terms of real-world events and baseball news.
Last night, the world learned of Osama bin Laden‘s death as the Mets and Phillies were finishing up a 14-inning marathon game. Hearing the chants of “U-S-A, U-S-A” in the background while watching the game and trying to keep up with the news is one of the most surreal baseball-related experiences I’ve ever had. I can only imagine what it was like for the people who were actually in the ballpark.
After the game, ESPN NY’s Adam Rubin spoke to some of the Mets players and coaches to get their reactions to the historic events. David Wright usually gets on my nerves when he speaks to the media, so I try not to pay attention anymore. Fortunately, Shannon Shark of Mets Police spotted this great quote that speaks to the uniqueness of the night while giving a backhand compliment to the Phillie fans.
NJ.com blogger Dave Searles asks “Where were you when you heard the news?” Like many other Mets fans, I was watching ESPN Sunday Night baseball. Nearly 24 hours later, I still haven’t sorted out my feelings and I’m not going to try to do that here. When you’re looking for eloquence in Mets fandom, Faith and Fear in Flushing is a good place to go. There, blog co-authors Jason Fry and Greg Prince offered up their experiences.
Mets prospect Jenrry Mejia tore the medial collateral ligament in his right elbow. He’s planning to seek a second opinion, but it’s likely he’ll miss a season. Everybody covering the Mets reported this story, but I happened to see Howard Megdal‘s at the LoHud Mets Blog first, so he gets the link. I really don’t have much to say, except “get well soon.” It sure would have been nice to have a full day to enjoy last night’s victory without some bad news cropping up, though.
Mike Silva of New York Baseball Digest wants the Mets to bring back Rick Peterson as a “pitching coordinator” to help establish an organization pitching philosophy. It doesn’t seem like a terrible idea – what they’re doing now doesn’t seem to be working very well.
Over at MLB Trade Rumors, Tim Dierkes takes a look at the Mets’ 2012 contract situation. The good news: the Mets can probably get below $100 million payroll if they need to, provided Francisco Rodriguez’s option doesn’t vest. The bad news: if they have to get below $100 million, we’re going to be looking back at the good old days of 2011. I don’t think it’s going to get that bad… but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Mike Pelfrey and Angel Pagan get non-tendered if they play the rest of the season the same way they have during its first month.
Phil Hoops of Hoops Approved takes a look at 2011 Newark Bears outfielder Burt Reynolds, who could be a very interesting player to watch.
Matt F. of Heartbreaking Cards of Staggering Genius takes a look at some Topps Gypsy Queen inserts. (Yes, this is the last time I’m going to link to Gypsy Queen scans unless somebody is showing off something really amazing.)
The Lost Collector has reached a milestone in his Tino Martinez card collection and is looking for help tracking down more cards that he needs
Have any thoughts to share on bin Laden & baseball, Jenrry Mejia’s elbow, songs that irritate you at the ballpark or card collecting milestones? The comments are open.