Friday, March 31, 2006

Thursday

I was astonsished at the seperateness of Kaz Matsui. Six members of the Japanese media are here just to cover Matsui with little interest in the Mets. Matsui and his own personal trainer wandered over to a minor league field yesterday for a rehab session with his media entourage in tow. He hit off the tee alone in the cage prior to the game.......At both the minor league complez and Tradition Field, along with the American Flag and Florida State Flag fly the POW-MIA rememberance flag.......St. Louis Cardinal legend Red Schoendienst watched the game briefly from the press box yesterday......I also had the priveledge of sitting next to NY Daily News Columnist, Vic Ziegel, while he typed his column on Paul LoDuca. I found him quite amusing, charming and kind. He graciuosly took a photo with me, too........Speaking of LoDuca, longtime Los Angeles beat writer, Brian Golden tells me theres still some level of disbelief in the Dodger organization that LoDuca was traded.........Met fans John and Jill Blauner of Manhattan told me an interesting story about Bud Harrelson. During the early 70's he played and sang guitar at Barney Googles on 86th Street. They remember him as being pretty good in his covers of country classics such as John Denver's, "Country Road." Jill Blauner still hasn't forgiven M. Donald Grant for trading Tom Seaver.......Carlos Beltran has a contraption that lots of other Met hitters are using now. Its a variation of the machine which serves tennis balls. Tablenis serves are much faster than a pitcher's fastball. They'll stand in a batters box and watch the tennis balls go by. With their eyes being accustomed to tracking something faster thatn a pitch, it makes sense that a baseball will be easier to track...............Carlos Delgado worked on stretching and taking throws in the cage prior to yesterday's game on one of many throwing machines that are available.............. Two Mets who played in the World Baseball Classic, Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran have played in only 8 Grapefruit League games. Reyes in batting .500 and Beltran .391. Do with that what you will............Braden Looper was booed lustily by the Tradition Field crowd yesterday when he was announced. Almost as much as was Cardinals manager, Tony Larussa when he came out to remove Looper.........I spoke with Ron Darling yesterday and Keith Hernandez for my book.......See an exerpt of my interveiw with Howard Johnson over at NYSportsDay

3 Comments:

At 6:46 PM, Blogger Metstradamus said...

I believe the tennis ball thing came from Kansas City with Beltran. The tennis balls have numbers on them that you're supposed to identify as they're coming towards you. And once you can do that, identifying the spin on different pitches should be easier...right?

 
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