When Sandy Alderson proclaimed the Mets have money to spend but he’s holding back looking for players that are essentially worth it, most Mets fans didn’t believe him. They know better. They know the team has the All-Star game coming up, they traded their ace pitcher and lost Jose Reyes before that. Signing David Wright was the one thing the team had to do in order to save face and not be a complete joke heading into this season.
Every time there is a drug testing issue in sports I always hear two arguments. The first one is they have to test to keep the “integrity” of a sport intact. And the other one is “sports is entertainment” so who cares?
For all of you out there who think you know your baseball – especially Yankee baseball, this is the quiz for you. Eighteen questions. At the end of this challenging quiz, answers follow questions. No peeking. A score of ten or more correct makes you a major leaguer. Below that you are in the minors but on your way up. Have fun.
1 - Who wore # 7 before Mickey Mantle?
2 - Whose number (and what was it ) was retired by both the Mets and Yankees?
3 - Who caught Dave Righetti's no-hitter on July 4, 1983? A. Butch Wynegar B. Cliff Johnson C. Yogi Berra
There are two aging managers still in the MLB playoffs, Tony La Russa the Cardinals skipper and Jim Leyland, of the Tigers. Both men have won championships, but its more than that, right now both are working with very banged up teams, teams that some would say are overmatched on paper to their opponent sand yet they are both very much alive.
Ever since Bud Selig has been in as baseball commissioner ticket prices have skyrocketed and corporate support increased to the point that they are now funding the sport. I keep hearing solutions from various ESPN hosts like “shorten the season” or “create some urgency”, how about this - - LOWER TICKET PRICES! In my book “Strike Three” we talked about the crumbling economy in major league baseball and we offered solutions. Now the Dodgers are bankrupt and soon MLB will have to assume control to pay the players. More teams are up against the “debt wall” and teams like the New York Mets are treading water. It’s a bit sad, even adding more playoff games isn’t going to cut it.
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