"It is just the Mets’ luck, stuck in the division of dynasties. The Atlanta Braves tormented them from 1995 to 2005, rolling to 11 consecutive National League East titles. The Philadelphia Phillies took over in 2007, piling on the misery, and have won the last four. A fifth is expected next season, as the addition of Cliff Lee practically instructs the rest of the league to abandon all hope ye who enter Citizens Bank Park.

Hope is what the Mets will hold fast to in what should be a transitional 2011 season, as their new regime tries to purge onerous contracts, institute an energetic style of play and reinvigorate the fan base. But a tangible — and, some would say, more realistic — prize should be within reach as soon as 2012, when the Mets’ path to the playoffs could become somewhat easier because of postseason expansion.

Adding an extra wild-card berth in each league is less a possibility at this point than an inevitability”

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You don’t boo your team. This is your home team. We’re out there playing. We’re out there pouring our heart out for our team and for our fans. You don’t boo your team. I don’t care what the situation is. You don’t boo your team.

You know, we’re 7-4. We’re not 2-10, you know? There’s going to be ups and downs during the season. (Not) under any circumstances should you boo your team. That’s just the reality of it.

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“I don’t like it. I don’t like it one bit,” Rolle said of the booing. “We’re not going to always have those dominant, blowout games. We’re not going to win each and every game. We need (the fans) to have confidence as we have confidence in ourselves.”

"[J]ust like (Charles) Barkley’s a great player, but he’s an asshole. My thing is, when Barkley played basketball, he didn’t practice, he wasn’t a leader, he wasn’t this or that, he just had natural talent so he got chosen to the Dream Team, All Star team because he had the talent and he was the franchise player on the team. Him criticizing all those other guys, he did the same thing when he was young. As soon as they do something wrong, he criticizes them, that’s wrong. He wasn’t real to the game. Let the guys speak out who are real to the game. He talks like a player and I will give him that, but for him to comment about this and being a professional, he wasn’t all that."

New Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson with Mets president Saul Katz, COO Jeff Wilpon and CEO and Chairman of the Board, Fred Wilpon.

New Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson with Mets president Saul Katz, COO Jeff Wilpon and CEO and Chairman of the Board, Fred Wilpon.

Vikes close to acquiring Pats’ Randy Moss

The Minnesota Vikings are attempting to pull off their biggest blockbuster since acquiring Brett Favre.

FOXSports.com has learned that the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots have been in serious trade talks and are very close to a deal that would send All-Pro wide receiver Randy Moss back to the team that drafted him.

However, Patriots sources say the deal is contigent upon Moss working out a contract with the Vikings. All sides are still trying to hammer out the contract Tuesday.

UPDATE 10:10pm: Sources say Moss showed up unhappy today. He and Bill Belichick had words. - Gary_Tanguay

UPDATE 12:24am: BREAKING: A source close to the situation believes not only the Randy Moss trade will get done, but also it likely gets done tomorrow. - RapSheet

"You’re asking the wrong guy, ‘cause I’m a big Tom Coughlin man. I’m a big fan of Tom’s. I know what kind of coach he is. Nobody has to tell me, I know. I’m not interested in what the naysayers or other people say about him. I think he’s a good man, I think he’s proved to be a sound coach over the years, he’s taken the team to a championship.

Hey, we all come on rough times once in a while. But I have every confidence in Tom.”

“You can’t drink and drive,” Revis said. “You can’t do it. …You just can’t be out after 3 (or) 4 a.m. It’s just too late.”…Revis was not on board with the Jets’ benign punishment to not start - but still play - Braylon Edwards against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday night.
“It really doesn’t make sense,” Revis said. “Might as well just start the guy. But, I don’t know. Maybe coach is doing it for a reason. Maybe to show that your spot can be taken.”

“You can’t drink and drive,” Revis said. “You can’t do it. …You just can’t be out after 3 (or) 4 a.m. It’s just too late.”

…Revis was not on board with the Jets’ benign punishment to not start - but still play - Braylon Edwards against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday night.

“It really doesn’t make sense,” Revis said. “Might as well just start the guy. But, I don’t know. Maybe coach is doing it for a reason. Maybe to show that your spot can be taken.”

Santa-onio at Modells (Jets WR Santonio Holmes)

Santa-onio at Modells (Jets WR Santonio Holmes)


It has come to my attention that Posada does not receive the love he deserves for being a stalwart powerhouse behind the plate for the Yankees in the last decade. While it’s understandable, considering he has played on Yankee teams with many an outshining superstar, the fact remains that any baseball fan (particularly Yankee fan) should be able to look at his career and acknowledge greatness.
Some Jorge Posada facts:
He is 9th on the all-time career homers list for catchers.
He is 10th in career SLG for catchers, falling just behind Joe Mauer who has the benefit of not yet being a 39 year old still squatting behind the plate.
He has accumulated 52.4 WAR in his time with the Yankees. (More than Mariano Rivera and not far behind Derek Jeter.)
In 2003 he hit a bloop double into center field to tie the ALCS Game 7 and ensure extra innings. That was kind of cool.
Though we remember Johnny Damon’s two stolen bases and Alex Rodriguez’s clutch double to drive in the go-ahead run, in Game 4 of the 2009 World Series Posada hit a scorching single to the outfield to drive in two important insurance runs and give Rivera some breathing room.
He has posted a career wOBA of .370—a mark he shares with Yogi Berra, Sammy Sosa, Ken Singleton, and Rod Carew among others. Teammates Bernie Williams and Derek Jeter stand at a .371 wOBA.
We all remember A-Rod’s 2007 but Posada was a beast that season as the most valuable catcher in either league and posting a higher WAR than the 2007 NL MVP.
Remember 2008? Yeah.
He’s started 1448 games behind the dish since being called up for the Yankees. 
Altogether, 12852 innings.
(That’s a lot.)
He honored Thurman Munson in 2009 by wearing the #15 on his catching gear during a game, even though he didn’t have the approval of the league.Like a boss.
He bats without batting gloves.
He has been known to urinate on his hands in order to keep them in condition to bat gloveless. That is not gross. That is amazing.
His wife is a badass. Don’t deny it.
He pees on his hands.
In short, we Yankee fans have been damn lucky to have this man on the team all these years. 
If you’d like to reblog this to add an appreciative tidbit on Posada that would be just ginchy.

Agreed — Hip Hip Jorge!

It has come to my attention that Posada does not receive the love he deserves for being a stalwart powerhouse behind the plate for the Yankees in the last decade. While it’s understandable, considering he has played on Yankee teams with many an outshining superstar, the fact remains that any baseball fan (particularly Yankee fan) should be able to look at his career and acknowledge greatness.

Some Jorge Posada facts:

  • He is 9th on the all-time career homers list for catchers.
  • He is 10th in career SLG for catchers, falling just behind Joe Mauer who has the benefit of not yet being a 39 year old still squatting behind the plate.
  • He has accumulated 52.4 WAR in his time with the Yankees. (More than Mariano Rivera and not far behind Derek Jeter.)
  • In 2003 he hit a bloop double into center field to tie the ALCS Game 7 and ensure extra innings. That was kind of cool.
  • Though we remember Johnny Damon’s two stolen bases and Alex Rodriguez’s clutch double to drive in the go-ahead run, in Game 4 of the 2009 World Series Posada hit a scorching single to the outfield to drive in two important insurance runs and give Rivera some breathing room.
  • He has posted a career wOBA of .370—a mark he shares with Yogi Berra, Sammy Sosa, Ken Singleton, and Rod Carew among others. Teammates Bernie Williams and Derek Jeter stand at a .371 wOBA.
  • We all remember A-Rod’s 2007 but Posada was a beast that season as the most valuable catcher in either league and posting a higher WAR than the 2007 NL MVP.
  • Remember 2008? Yeah.
  • He’s started 1448 games behind the dish since being called up for the Yankees. 
  • Altogether, 12852 innings.
  • (That’s a lot.)
  • He honored Thurman Munson in 2009 by wearing the #15 on his catching gear during a game, even though he didn’t have the approval of the league.Like a boss.
  • He bats without batting gloves.
  • He has been known to urinate on his hands in order to keep them in condition to bat gloveless. That is not gross. That is amazing.
  • His wife is a badass. Don’t deny it.
  • He pees on his hands.

In short, we Yankee fans have been damn lucky to have this man on the team all these years. 

If you’d like to reblog this to add an appreciative tidbit on Posada that would be just ginchy.

Agreed — Hip Hip Jorge!

"We understand his [Derek Jeter] contributions to the franchise and our offer has taken them into account. We’ve encouraged him to test the market and see if there’s something he would prefer other than this. If he can, fine. That’s the way it works.