So many questions from Friday night's Mets game.
Who was that guy wearing No.76 who plunked a 35-foot dribbler to win the game?
Back in the day, they used to talk about banjo hitters. This guy could be a guitar hitter.
And Patrick Mazeika's moment of glory came on the very same week that a hoax was circulating that ZZ Top's guitarist , Bill Gibbons, was rumored to have died in a car crash. Total hoax.
Speaking of hoaxes, something happened in the runway behind the Mets' dugout Friday night.
Francisco Lindor and Jeff McNeil, who had just botched a possible double play were the source of the commotion -- other Mets running down the steps to investigate something.
No problem, the lads assured reporters in the antiseptic pandemic press conference after the game. (No more sidling up to trusted sources in a crowded post-game clubhouse. Something precious has been lost in coverage of baseball and other sports. I always had a player or three in any clubhouse who would clarify stuff for me, quietly. Not gossip, usually....but a different perspective. Even for papers that cover clubs regularly, access is going, going....)
No fight, claimed Lindor, who had just crushed a game-tying homer in a season of grinding frustration. He and McNeil had been discussing, in raucous decibels, whether the giant beast they had both sighted was either a New York rat or a New York raccoon? Or was it a possum? Or one of our alligators from the marsh not far below the Mets' playground?
Nice try, boys. We New Yorkers can tell the difference, and so, I am sure, can you both.
Please coordinate your stories, and while you are at it, please coordinate your footwork around second base.
I can understand why Mets might be edgy these days. A few days ago, the Mets fired Chili Davis, a well-respected batting coach. (Reminds me of when the Mets fired my friend Bill Robinson to send a message to whom? the manager? the players?) Cheesy, either way, but Davis' firing highlighted the current make-it-up era. It didn't seem to dawn on the new owner, Steve Cohen, that fans will suss out the scapegoating of Davis. I guess that's how it goes in the hedge fund game. Now the Mets are being "run" by people who were second or third choices. No wonder tempers are fraught.
Plus, the domination by anonymous types in some underground bunker, running statistics through a computer. One result is defensive shifts, changing pitch by pitch, from hieroglyphics placed by the Analytics Crowd on plastic crib sheets, stuck in hip pockets, are confusing fielders.
Next time the mad analytics types are preparing their instructions for players who must react, in split seconds, to baseballs spinning in play, perhaps they could include photos to differentiate between rats (left) and raccoons (right.)
Meantime, fielders still have to deal with baseballs wriggling in play, put there by some new Met who looks like a ZZ Top musician. The human touch. That's our Mets.
5/8/2021 11:01:07 am
5/11/2021 08:08:14 am
Billy, I knew ZZTop by their look...not their music. My awareness of them leaped when Lucinda Williams recorded "Metal Firecracker," with the stanza:
5/9/2021 12:09:02 pm
george-when i went to trade shows in the garment busneiss i was called zz and not because i looked like frank beard
5/9/2021 05:29:59 pm
Ahron: I think it's safe to say that in the garment district there are a number of ZZTop lookalikes, you included.
5/10/2021 01:29:19 pm
5/11/2021 07:49:26 am
Bruce, that's how these people got rich. Live by the gouge, die by the gouge.
5/11/2021 09:28:40 am
5/10/2021 06:00:51 pm
HI George,. Here is a word of advice for Mr, Mazeik. He should try to keep his shirt on and smooth out the beard, because, as all baseball fans know, there is nothing like, wait for it. . . all together now. . . A SHARP DRESSED MAN. Cue the music and the coupe!
5/11/2021 08:01:02 am
Jeff: He couldn't help the shirt situation -- that's a Met thing, rip off the guy's shirt is a walk-off thing. A lot of my favorite people have -- or had -- beards. Fact is, I have one, blessedly trimmed for the first time in a year. I could only wonder what would happen if Mazeika got traded to the Yankees -- I think The Boss's ban of beards is still in effect. GV
5/11/2021 07:06:49 pm
George, The Yankees beard edict is still in effect. Recently, when a player that they acquired shaved his beard. his young daughter would not go near him. He made up for it by doing several walk offs.. As for the shirts, I wonder who has the Mets concession for their replacements? Stay well
5/12/2021 07:14:12 am
Jeff: another shirtfest Tues evening. The same Mazeika, another game-winning fielder’s choice. Mets might gig him for cost of the shirts. GV
5/10/2021 11:07:58 pm
Any of you old timers, ever see “The House of David” baseball team play? As a kid, I saw some of what were called “The Semi-Pro” teams play on LI. All HOD had beards.
5/11/2021 08:04:26 am
Ed, I remember them. In fact, Babe Ruth barnstormed against them...maybe even played with them. The Babe never met a goofy hat or costume he would not don. For a photo of him with a House of David fake beard, just do a search for Babe/Ruth/beard/House of David. GV
5/12/2021 03:42:54 pm
Unless there was more than one House of David team, my uncle played for them. He was a very colorful individual who eventually settle in Syracuse.
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“I don’t think people understand how Covid affects older Americans,” Mr. Caretti said with frustration. “In 2020, there was this all-in-this-together vibe, and it’s been annihilated. People just need to care about other people, man. That’s my soapbox.”
---Vic Caretti, 47, whose father recently died of Covid at 85.
---From an article by Paula Span, who covers old age for the NYT, which currently has 2646 comments, the majority criticizing the American public – and public officials – for acting as if the pandemic is “over.”
Classic wishful thinking, at a lethal level.