Terry Collins is taking the blame, as he should.  A manager is needed not only to make smart in-game decisions, but to make sound roster/lineup choices at the same time.  Collins is notoriously bad at both of these.  Perhaps above all, a manager is needed to be a steadying force in the face of adversity.  You know.  Say the right things.  Lead by example. Lean on any prior success he has had in his field.  Breed confidence in his underachieving players.  (Well, in the Mets’ case, instill that same confidence in players that actually are NOT underachieving, but playing right at the level that we all expected them to).  Perhaps even push them to, dare I say it, overachieve?
     It starts with fundamentals, which leads to respect from the players towards their manager.  Collins offers none of this. Multiple years of defensive miscues, poor base running and improbable brain farts day in and day out with zero improvement serves as hard evidence towards this fact. His voice has fallen on deaf ears.  Year after painful year. Prolonged slumps with no end in site year in and year out is the direct result of such dysfunction.  You don’t see the Cardinals, who have suffered plenty of significant player injuries as well, hitting prolonged slumps do you?  You don’t, because that is an organization that forces respect for one another, their management, and ownership.  They are expected to succeed year after year.  The Met organization?  Not so much.
Terry Collins takes this year's blame for Met failure.

Terry Collins takes this year’s blame for Met failures.

      Well, back to Terry Collins.  As I’ve professed many times over the years, he is a nice guy.  However, he is overmatched at his craft and needs to go….three years ago that is.
     That being said, he knew what he signed on for.  He also knew that this would be his only opportunity to earn a substantial paycheck.  By comparison, imagine that you were a struggling actor, and suddenly an unexpected opportunity presented itself. If you don’t like the project, you’re taking it anyway.  What option do you have?  This is the field you chose. Beggars absolutely can not be choosers.
     This is why he does not have a bad word to say about his crappy management, even when the end is so clearly in sight. (Or at least should be…three years ago, so you never know).  Of course, management deserves plenty of the blame, and I’m not talking solely about keeping on a guy like Collins for 3 years too many.  The story is so old and repetitive, that it isn’t worth mentioning here.  Except the obligatory thank you to the Wilpons for ruining the Met franchise.  Well, it had to be said at least once.
     So thanks Terry for shouldering the blame.  You do deserve plenty of it, so it’s not as if we should stand and applaud the guy.  However, wouldn’t it be nice if he would say one negative barb on the way out the door.  I personally would enjoy that. What the heck, it’s not as if another job is coming around the bend.

Another Shameless Self-Promotion. Nine More Outs took their act to Houston last summer to watch the Astros play their final season in the NL. We tried to educate the fans on the upcoming move, and got their opinions along the way.

As some readers may be aware, I have shamelessly promoted short videos by Nine More Outs in the past.   Nine More Outs is a film production company that I and two life-long friends have been involved with for many years.   More recently, we have released our third episode of our Stadium Shmadium Tour, where the three of us dress up and pose as fans of different ball clubs as we visit their respective stadiums.  This year we visited Fenway Park to see how the true Boston Red Sox fan really behaves in his or her own environment.  I share this with you, the eternal baseball fan, because I know that you will appreciate what you see.

Here is the video –

I haven’t posted in a while for a very good reason.  No, it is not because there isn’t much to talk about in Met Land.  Ike Davis is here, and I am damn happy about it, as anyone who reads my posts can attest to. Needless to say, my next post is coming, and soon.

No, the reason that I have been absent is that I have been at work with my buds putting the finishing touches on our new video release.  Therefore, without further adieu, here is the introduction.  (Drum roll please!)

Nine More Outs has recently released its newest edition to its Stadium Shamdium Tour.  Kick back, and enjoy our visit to PNC Park, while you watch us give our take on all things Pittsburgh Pirates related.

Congrats Donnie!

February 18, 2010

Another non-Met related post for me.  This is getting nuts.  I promise, I will be back on the horse soon enough.  This story was just too tasty to ignore here in New York.

I just wanted to congratulate Donnie Walsh in placing the Knicks in grand position this off-season to land not one, but two star basketball players in free agency.  The man had a plan, and he stuck to it.  Now that is what I call good decision making.  Maybe the Mets should hire Donnie as their GM.

Lebron has made no secret that he wishes to play with Bosh. Now he can make it happen with the Knicks in 2011

Could a Lebron James/Chris Bosh combination be making its way to Madison Square Garden in 2011?  Somebody pinch me!

Shameless Self-Promotion

February 17, 2010

I had gone back and forth with this for weeks now.  I figured I would make a decision after I completed my segment of “Around the Horn”, which I did today.  After much deliberation, I have decided to make mention of a new video that is about to be released.  The video is baseball related, albeit not Met related.  Most of us here, bloggers and readers, are baseball fans to the core.  It is for this reason that I ultimately decided, “Why the hell not.”

Therefore, I will now dive headfirst into shameless self-promotion by plugging our new trailer for the second installment of The Stadium Shmadium Tour. It is called Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball – Make It Stop, and it is scheduled to be released in March of this year.

Here is the trailer…

Our first installment involving the Toronto Blue Jays, which fared rather well on the web after its release, can be seen here…

We were also featured in the Toronto Sun.  I am the dope on the left in the picture.

Check it out, and browse our site for reviews on the first installment here.  We call ourselves Nine More Outs.

I am Dave in the videos, by the way.  Enjoy!