7 Years?

Pretty fitting huh? OK maybe not for some.

About a year ago, TRDM posted it’s last article. Fittingly it was by an amazing hardworking author who had been keeping the site going just with his minor league updates. Gone were the amazing opinion pieces filled with rational thought and statistics that had made TRDM who it was. Gone were the comments of a loyal group of Mets fans that not only was I proud to share a blog with but who had become part of our lives.

When we started TRDM, actually it was TRS86 just a WordPress Blog like this one, there was a need. Metsblog had become a place where you no longer could come and discuss baseball, only fight trolls and defend the Mets you love. Cerrone had allowed the comment section, against our pleading, to become a detraction to his growing blog. So in the early morning hours of May 20th, 2009 I decided I couldn’t take it anymore. I was finding myself rooting for the Mets because I loved them but just as much because I wanted to be able to have a peaceful day interacting and discussing baseball with my fellow Mets fans.
So the first article?
What to do with 1B

Look at the names, Tatis replacing Reed? My how times have changed… or have they?

So what is this all about? I am not sure. I don’t have the time in my life to run a blog. My daughter was 3 when I started TRDM, she’s 10 now. She still talks about my blog. We had a great run, it more than paid for itself. We had press credentials once Sandy arrived, one of our writers got to experience things that would have never been possible without the blog. I got into minor league games, was able to speak to players, it was really a dream come true. But life is hard. I don’t enjoy writing articles very often, they are time consuming if you hold yourself to a high standard. I don’t enjoy fixing web issues, making sure the header looks right, or that the links work.

What do I enjoy? Debating with fellow Mets fans in the comment section. Even when TRDM was barely hanging on, I went to Amazin Avenue or Metsmerized to feed that need. Ultimately that need and lack of desire to continue to search for great authors willing to work for free brought an end to the site we loved. I take full blame for that. Owning a blog with aspirations (we were top 5 in comments and views during our peak) was too time consuming for someone who had a full-time job, coaching job, and a family while also commenting. I do take pride in seeing many of our authors go on to bigger and better things. I maybe irrationally think that I helped a guy like Connor get his foot in the door and now he has became what I believe is the best Mets blogger in the business.

A rambling paragraph ago I asked, what was this all about? Even after two paragraphs, I still don’t know. I feel a little like I did when we started TRDM, however, as a wiser man, I know I have no desire to try to build a site again up to a level of respectability. Also I respect the owners of AA and MMO tremendously and I have no desire to pull viewers away or compete with them in any way. So again, I asked what am I doing here? Maybe I just needed to look back at a better day? I miss my blog family and wish last year during the WS run they were there to celebrate with. I miss the debates over actual baseball topics. I miss the discussions that would make me a better baseball fan, more knowledgeable and accepting. I miss the personal connection that we had with each visitor.

So what’s a man to do? Most of the regulars at TRDM were split between AA and MMO when the site took it’s last breath. So I’ll ask this question to them and send them this link. Not in hopes of getting viewers but a honest discussion of where we are as fans and what our desires are and then from there, we’ll proceed or go off in our own directions.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

howtolieI can’t pretend to know if these statistics mean anything or not, so it’s hard for me to lie using them.  I’ll just give them to you and let you lie to yourselves.

As the Washington Nationals descend upon Citi Field, here are some away team statistics of theirs to consider beside some home team statistics for the Mets.

BATTING         BA   OBP   SLG    OPS

Mets home:  .287   .368   .432   .800

Nats away:   .286   .361   .462   .823


Mets home:   3.38   .247   .316   .373   .689

Nats home:   6.43   .315   .400   .492   .892


If Your Reading This…You Are The Resistance…


So i just tried to re-register on metsblog.com as it seems Matt reopened his comment section. It seems that i am able to review the posts that other bloggers made but i cannot comment on behalf of myself. Now i have tried on Firefox and Internet Explorer, only to find the same result. We started this site because we felt Matt was ignoring his bloggers that constantly give him traffic and makes his site the success that it is. How true to form i guess that Matt aparently has some of us blocked already. Its funny though, i joined Metsblog a 2 years ago and i attribue alot of my knowledge about the game to the debates and dialogue i had on that site. It just amazes me that for a simple request, Matt allowed this to go this far. I am interested to know if any of you have experianced the same thing. As far as this blogger…its safe to put me on the “ex-metsblog.com” blogger list…as im curious to know how the people outside his 50 “most trusted” bloggers feel about it. While i couldnt help myself with this quote above…it seems all too appropriate.

And the hits just keep on coming…

per adam rubin:

Reyes: ‘No chance’ I’ll play Monday

May 24, 2009

The Mets’ shortstops continue to fall. Jose Reyes did not try to run Sunday as Jerry Manuel expected, and the shortstop told the Daily News there’s “no chance” he’ll play Monday. Meanwhile, Manuel removed Ramon Martinez in the eighth inning with back discomfort, which nearly prevented him from starting. Manuel said he had two lineups on his desk pregame, the other with Fernando Tatis. Martinez said he’d try to start Monday at Citi Field.

Introducing the Mets new SS
Introducing the Mets new SS

This is getting out of control…it almost feels like we are going to have to call the whole AAA buffalo team to play at this point. The funniest part i believe is im sure we all thought going into the season the only person we were worried about injury wise was Castillo…boy would i trade that for this right now. Church is going to see doctors in NY and he can also be heading toward the DL. Ill tell you what, i still have faith we will make it…this will be one hellova story to tell the kids years from now when we win the whole damn thing. LGM


Mets Road Trip 5-5
Mets Road Trip 5-5

So the Mets split their early season road trip 5-5 and now go home to face some good ole fashion division rivals for a bit. For me this road trip showed flashes of the type of team the Mets can be and i hope will be eventually by years end. With ALL the injuries that this team has underwent it is even amazing they took 2-3 in boston. Thats why it always bothered me that people would really try and make an arguement that the mets lack heart/grit. These guys played their hearts out and came back in a few games during this road trip vs Lincecum and Papelbon. I hope this at least opened the eyes of the naysayers that these guys do have that “edge” Omar is talking about and it is by no means over. These guys can fight and will fight. Sometimes you win and sometimes you dont. My favorite quote for baseball and life really is “You can fail 7 out of 10 times and still end up with a .300 avg”….think about that.

Post game: Red Sox 12, Mets 5

Cowboy Joe West, conspirator
Cowboy Joe West, conspirator

The Red Sox avoided a sweep by beating the Mets 12-5 Sunday afternoon at Fenway ParkTim Wakefield (6-2) got the win, the first time he’s beaten the Mets since 10/4/92.  Let the conspiracy theories begin:  Joe West was the third base umpire in both Wakefield victories.

twobombsThe Sox got half of their runs on two bombs, one 3-run homer each by the ageless Mike Lowell and Kevin Youkilis.  Not pictured, Ramon Castro of the Mets also homered, a solo shot with two outs in the second.

Mariners Red Sox BaseballThe game was delayed for 36 minutes in the bottom of the second inning due to some of the largest rain drops ever recorded in human history.  Met fans wish the rain never stopped, as the Red Sox took advantage of 6 walks by slugging 6 doubles and 2 homers to put the game away.

youkfing-787801In the bottom of the fifth inning, Youkilis flied out to right field after hitting a long fly ball over the left field wall, near the ‘Fisk pole.’ The fly ball was ruled foul on the field, and after the second video review in two days the umpire’s call of foul stood.  After the game, Youkilis was asked about the call and expressed his displeasure.

reddingicecreamTim Redding, upset at being removed from the game with 2 runners on base, despite the Mets having the lead and being just one out away from qualifying for a potential victory, chose to take out his aggression in a more productive way, serving ice cream to needy children.

Ultimately, the wounded Mets finished their 10 game road trip with a 5-5 split.  Their next game is Monday night at Citi Field, when nature’s tonic the Washington Nationals visit New York.  John Lannan (2-3, 3.63) opposes John Maine (3-3, 4.53).  Box score courtesy Yahoo.com


NY Mets
AB R H RBI BB K LOB Season Avg
D. Murphy 1b 4 1 1 0 1 1 0 .248
A. Pagan rf 2 1 0 0 2 2 0 .286
C. Beltran dh 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 .361
G. Sheffield lf 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 .262
D. Wright 3b 4 0 1 1 0 1 1 .350
J. Reed cf 4 0 1 1 0 1 2 .311
R. Castro c 4 1 2 1 0 0 4 .253
R. Martinez ss 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .087
F. Tatis ph-ss 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .278
L. Castillo 2b 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 .273
Totals 33 5 8 5 4 6 10
2B – R Castro (4, M Delcarmen).
HR – R Castro (3, 2nd inning off T Wakefield 0 on, 2 Out).
S – A Pagan.
RBI – R Castro (13), C Beltran (30), D Wright (30), J Reed (3), G Sheffield (11).
2-out RBI – R Castro, D Wright, J Reed.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – G Sheffield 1, F Tatis 1, R Castro 2.
GIDP – C Beltran.
Team LOB – 6.
Base Running
SB – A Pagan (3, 2nd base off T Wakefield/G Kottaras).
Outfield assists – A Pagan (N Green at 2nd base).
AB R H RBI BB K LOB Season Avg
J. Ellsbury cf 4 1 1 0 1 0 2 .297
D. Pedroia 2b 2 2 1 1 3 0 2 .329
D. Ortiz dh 5 0 0 0 0 2 8 .195
K. Youkilis 1b-3b 4 2 1 3 1 1 1 .383
J. Bay lf 4 1 1 1 1 0 0 .286
J.D. Drew rf 5 2 4 1 0 1 0 .271
M. Lowell 3b 5 2 3 3 0 1 3 .291
J. Bailey pr-1b 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .190
G. Kottaras c 5 1 3 1 0 1 1 .200
N. Green ss 5 1 2 2 0 1 2 .309
Totals 39 12 16 12 6 7 19
2B – J Drew 2 (11, T Redding, B Stokes); J Ellsbury (9, T Redding); G Kottaras 2 (4, T Redding 2); M Lowell (15, P Feliciano).
HR – M Lowell (8, 2nd inning off T Redding 2 on, 0 Out), K Youkilis (7, 7th inning off B Stokes 2 on, 2 Out).
RBI – M Lowell 3 (32), G Kottaras (5), N Green 2 (15), J Bay (45), J Drew (21), D Pedroia (15), K Youkilis 3 (26).
2-out RBI – G Kottaras, N Green 2, J Bay, J Drew, K Youkilis 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – D Ortiz 2, M Lowell 2, N Green 1.
Team LOB – 9.
DP – 1 (D Pedroia-N Green-K Youkilis).
NY Mets
T. Redding (L, 0-1) 4.2 8 6 6 4 4 1 6.75
S. Green 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 7.36
K. Takahashi 0.2 0 1 1 1 1 0 3.86
B. Stokes 1.1 6 5 5 1 1 1 2.89
P. Feliciano 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2.50
T. Wakefield (W, 6-2) 6.0 7 5 5 4 3 1 3.99
M. Delcarmen (H, 2) 2.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.86
T. Saito 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.38
BALK – K Takahashi.
Pitches-strikes – T Redding 94-53; S Green 1-1; K Takahashi 14-7; B Stokes 33-20; P Feliciano 13-9; T Wakefield 94-59; M Delcarmen 28-21; T Saito 15-10.
Ground balls-fly balls – T Redding 3-7; S Green 0-0; K Takahashi 0-1; B Stokes 2-1; P Feliciano 1-1; T Wakefield 10-5; M Delcarmen 4-0; T Saito 2-0.
Batters faced – T Redding 26; S Green 1; K Takahashi 3; B Stokes 11; P Feliciano 4; T Wakefield 28; M Delcarmen 7; T Saito 3.
Game Details
Umpires: HP–Ed Rapuano. 1B–Chad Fairchild. 2B–Paul Nauert. 3B–Joe West.
Time: 2:57. (Plus 2 rain/unknown delays totaling 38 minutes in the 1st, 5th).
Attendance: 37,446.
Weather: 80 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 5 mph, out to center.

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