Posts Tagged ‘Daniel Murphy’
We like Ike. And we still like Murph, the way you think your ex-girlfriend is still kinda cute and you’d still hit it, but not while you were with a new, more exciting girlfriend. Then, one day, the ex-girlfriend sends you a heartfelt letter that reminds you of all the good times you shared, and of all the reasons you hit it in the first place.
Well, today, Murph wrote us that letter. He told Adam Rubin of the Daily News ESPN New York that he appreciated our time together, and that he understands that the new person in our life may even be better for our future development. He holds no grudge because, hey, shit happens. We had a decent run together and it just didn’t work out. He even wants to stay friends, to be there as a fallback for whenever he’s needed. He even eased the transition for his own replacement.
The first couple of days he showed me around — what I needed to do, where I needed to be. It’s never really been awkward. – Ike Davis
So he’s also like an older brother to our young stud. Come to think of it, it’s like having dated two sisters, and you’re now with the younger, hotter one and the older one is okay with it. Except that they’re brothers. And, you know, no offense but we don’t really swing that way.
Have a read of Murphy’s discussion with Rubin, and tell me you won’t choke back tears. Goh Murph.
By the way, despite not having set foot on Citi Field this season, Beltran and Murph are the Mets All Star candidates for their positions. Vote early, vote often.
Osse Jorosco provides a running commentary on tonight’s game, Daniel Murphy Jr.’s major league debut
5-8!: Ike (Mejia) catches Fukudome looking for a called strike three to end the game. A nice debut overall for our young first baseman. The Mets are undefeated in games in which Ike Davis plays. Funny to see Frenchy give Ike the ol’ pie to the face, although I’ve never known of a pie made of shaving cream. SNY’s pre-game coverage also showed a lot of video from Ike’s pre-game workouts, with Franceour being awfully chummy with him. And Bay often sits next to Wright in the dugout. You see where I’m headed with this. Anyway, Osse out. I can be reached at email@example.com.
Let’s put it in the books already: Ike probably won’t get another turn at bat here unless the Cubs come back with 5 in the ninth. How ’bout a web gem for your fans, Ike?
Murph’s loading the chamber: Ike, supposedly weak against lefties, goes back up the middle against Marshall to record his first major league RBI and pull his career average back up to .500. Somewhere, Irish eyes are not smiling.
Follow along, people: Ike (Bay) continues his hot hitting in the inning by lacing a deep double over Soriano’s head in left. Piniella is out making his second pitching change after Ike (Frenchy) reached on an error. Up now: IKE.
IKE! Davis blasts a go-ahead, two-run homerun in the bottom of the 7th to pull the Mets ahead of the Cubs 3-1! Ok, so it was really Angel Pagan. But as the SNY booth points out, this is the Mets’ first extra-base hit in about 19 months, and what’s different about the team tonight? You guessed it. If the ‘pen holds up for two innings, Ike will get his first major league win in relief.
A retarded monkey can go 1-for-3: After making a loud out to right-center that would’ve been 13 rows into the stands in Philly, Ike is now down to .333 for the season. Yawn. Meanwhile, our team of crack investigators intercepted a text message Murph sent to R.A. Dickey in Buffalo. It reads: “Hey dick need pointers on nukel [sic] ball might need 2 add versatility LOL”
A different kind of position change: Our sources at Citi Field tonight spotted a pile of job applications just behind the Shake Shack counter. A fax cover sheet with Murph’s name on it tells us he’s considering his non-baseball options should Ike continue breathing this season.
(Looking at watch): Ike’s due up third in the bottom of the inning. Stop walking people already, Niese.
The Ike Watch continues: Davis meekly pops out to Soriano in his second at-bat. Trade the bum. When’s Murph due back anyway?
UPDATE AGAIN!! Recognizing that Ike’s path to the Hall of Fame begins tonight, MLB has decided to un-retire #42 again in Davis’ honor. In fact, they mandated that both the Mets and the Cubs all wear 42 out of respect for Ike Davis. Ike is now batting 1.000 after his first at-bat, securing his place in the Mets Hall of Fame.
UPDATE! Ike will be wearing #29. That’s right – he’ll literally be one-upping Murph.Which has a better ring to it, Daniel Pipp or Wally Murphy? In a move that smells of both desperation and common sense, Mets prized position prospect Ike Davis is reportedly on his way to Citi Field for tonite’s series opener with the Cubs.
The Amazin’s recently sent some team members to the New York Child Learning Institute in College Point, Queens to give some children living with autism a chance to mingle with their role models. Both during the season and off-season, the Mets organization is actively involved with local school and community events as way of giving back, and this particular visit to a school was no different – except for one team member who was conspicuous by his absence. Pedro Feliciano, Omir Santos, HoJo, and even Mr. Met boarded the bus that morning to visit this particular group of special needs children. But Daniel Murphy was nowhere to be found.
“How can I say this without sounding offensive,” Murph wondered when reached for comment about declining the invite to participate. “Spring training’s a month away, and the last thing I wanna do is contract the autism.”
The Jacksonville school system teaches its students that autism is a communicable condition given to children as punishment from God for parents who conceive a child in anything but the missionary position, the Official Position of the Church®. Murphy, a product of that school system, claims he is simply being cautious about his health as he looks to secure a starting job as the Mets’ 2010 first baseman. “I give a lot of credit to Petey (Feliciano) and Omir and them for playing with those kids without one of them swine flu facemask thingies. I can’t afford to mess around with that right now, not with C-Del swingin’ a hot stick in that Rican league.”
When informed that autism is really a non-contagious mental developmental disorder children are born with, Murphy scoffs. “Alls I know is that in the ’50s, people thought we’d be in flying cars by now. Science doesn’t have all the answers, but this book right here does. I don’t remember on which page Jesus says you can’t have the butt sex, but I’m just glad that my mama and papa read it.”
*Thanks to Schnizzle of MetsFAIL.com for input into this post’s concept
WAKE UP OMAR!
Free agency officially started ONE MINUTE AGO! What are you doing, playing fuckin’ Farmville? Mets fans deserve better than this. MURPH deserves to know who his righty platoonmate is going to be! Castillo needs to know who’s going to be breathing down his neck all year! Reyes deserves to know what fat, over the hill catcher is going to be clogging the basepaths in front of him! Wright needs to know who’s not going to be protecting him in the lineup! Dan Warthen wants to start working on his David Blain act so he can disguise our newly-acquired 4th starter as a fuckin’ 2nd starter! Johan wants to know whose turn is it to butcher routine plays in left field behind him! K-Rod would like to have an idea as to which setup man is going to give up those two runs in the 8th to give him a save opportunity to blow in the 9th! Our fearless lame duck leader Jerry Manuel needs names to start drafting one-liners for the post-game press conferences, the kind he cranks out after each heartwrenching loss!
There are too many holes to fill with not enough talent on the farm nor on the market. We hope you’re burning the midnight oil, Omar, to bring this team back to respectability. You better be burning those off-peak minutes on your cell and pounding the sidewalk harder than when Kid Carter’s out streetwalking & turning tricks!
For your sake, Omar, we hope that you’re finishing up your brownie ala mode at Outback Steakhouse right now, sitting across from John Lackey and his agent after a satisfying dinner and productive discussion. We hope you’ve written down your offer on a napkin and have it covered with your hand, just like in the movies. And that at this very second, you turned the napkin around and slid it across the table towards your guests before bidding farewell. Scott Boras has Matt Holliday sitting at the Chipotle on Varick waiting to hear what you’ve got to say.
Adam Rubin, Mets beat writer for the Daily News, today posted the list of players in the organization that will be participating in Winter League ball. Conspicuous by his absence, Murph’s name was nowhere to be found. Metsblog reported - sorry, “blogged” – earlier in the offseason that Murphy would be playing winter ball for the Escogido Leones of the Dominican Republic.
OhMurph explained in a previous post that Parnell skipped out on Winter Ball to provide some space between himself and Murphy this winter after hitting a rough patch late in the season.
Apparently, Murph reversed course decided against playing abroad this winter, perhaps feeling that what he and Parnell need for their relationship is just some quality time together. And there’s no more tolerant place to enjoy a bromance than in the South.
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At one point or another were all asked that one question; If you could meet one person, past or present, who would it be? You remember that question and everybody’s answer was different. Whether it be your grandfather who passed before you were born, or maybe Jesus or even Jesse Jackson. Who ever it was, you had your one person you wanted to meet. Well growing up, that person for me was the one and only Matthew Cerrrone A.K.A “The Blogfather”
This interview was conducted over the Information Super Highway. Enjoy….
OM: Which was most painful:
2006 ending on a called strike 3
2007 ending on the last day of the season by blowing a reasonable lead on the last day of the season
2008 ending (see above)
2009 ending before July was over
Cerrone: I am always left regretting 2006. To me, Endy Chavez’s catch, so far, is the peak of the Omar Minaya Era. Chavez crossed the infield, ball in glove, the crowd was electric, the rain was falling, and, despite the score, I think most Mets fans felt momentum and maybe even fate was on our side. Then, strike three. What happened? Since, it feels like it has all been down hill. That said, thereare still 60 games left in 2009…
OM: Who in our farm system are we next going to see in an all star game representing the mets.
Cerrone: I have heard from people with other teams that Jennry Mejia is seen as a potential front-end starting pitcher, maybe even an ace some day. I have been waiting for the Mets to develop another Dwight Gooden since, well, Dwight Gooden. I thought Scott Kazmir was it. Turns out, even if he was on the Mets, he wasn’t going to be that guy. I’m not saying Mejia will be it, for all I know it will Brad Holt, or neither, but who knows… I like Josh Thole, too. He reminds of David Wright and Daniel Murphy mixed in to one player. He’s a not a catcher, though.
OM: By now, you should know we fully support Daniel Murphy and he can do no wrong by us… what are your feelings on Murph?
Cerrone: I am very happy with Murphy has done this season. Baseball fans are impatient. Ryan Braun and Evan Longoria are so rare. Instead, a young hitter must adjust to the adjustments made against him. There’s a learning curve. I think Murphy has done a good job weathering the storm. He was on the brink of falling off the planet in June, but he fought through it and is holding his own. To get through that, plus handle the pressure of New York, the media, these injuries, and the circus that has been 2009, and still be standing as at his age, this is a great sign. He’s defense has been fantastic, as well. I still expect him to be a Dave Magadan, John Olerud type. I bet, in time, he’ll be the type of player Mets fans consider to be a huge part of the team and a possible captain, because of his work ethic and toughness, all while the rest of the league thinks were are crazy and sees him him as being overrated.
Cerrone: I’d like to go back in time and hang with Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling, Rusty Staub, and those guys from 1986, piling in to Staub’s van, talking baseball on the way to his steak house in Manhattan at 1 am, followed by the type of debauchery that team was legendary for getting in to.
OM: How do you motivate Mike and Regis to make posts? I find myself having to crack the whip on Osse Jorosco quite a bit…you know, show him who’s boss. What kind of motivational advice can I give Osse.
Cerrone: I ask very little of those guys. It’s my blog. I write it. In the end, MetsBlog.com is Matthew Cerrone, and I take a ton of pride and work very hard to be the guy people trust to always be on watch, i.e., you go do your homework, or tuck in your kids, and when you get back, I’ll let you know what is going on, what’s important, what isn’t, who said what, what I think, and what to read and where to read it. It is unrealistic to expect someone else to assist in this. I’m online essentially 24 hours a day, even when I’m sleeping. I ask the other writers to pick up the slack when I lose steam. They do an amazing job when called in from the bullpen. I appreciate them more than they know.
OM: In your opinion, who got more women on the road? Keith Hernandez or Tim Mccarver in his hay day?
Cerrone: It has to be Keith. McCarver probably lost his fair share by telling endless, boring stories talking up Steve Carlton.
OM: Razor Shines… Hot or Not?
Cerrone: Tepid. I think he’s too aggressive as a third-base coach. Of course, I only say that when a runner is thrown out. I never give him credit when a runner is safe. That said, guys respond to him pre-game, as a leader. He motivates them, and deserves credit for that, especially considering the endless chatter about heart, pride and intensity about players among fans. (Editors Note: Amazing dodge by Cerrone here, he’s not falling for any of our sexually perverse questions)
OM: Over the past few years there has been quite a bit of speculation on whether or not Jesus Christ could hit a curve ball. Where do you stand on this debate?
Cerrone: Who’s pitching? Actually, what does Joe-Boo, say?
OM: Chris Carlin has been known to call you the “Blogfather”, do you feel this title simply acts to further stereotype Italian-Americans such as yourself?
Cerrone: My grandfather, Sal Cerrone, thinks it’s hilarious. Enough said.
Cerrone: I’d be doing what I was doing before I started blogging in 2005, which was working media relations. In some ways, I guess I still am doing that. I love politics and media, so I am certain I would be working in that field, and would like to get back in to it again some day.
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It appears the Danny Drama is back again. Young Daniel has been trying to work through some intense growing pains this year… and he continues to get very little help from his manager.
Take Murphy’s 5 RBI game. Sure to get him in the lineup the next game right? Nope.
How about 2 nights ago, Murph has 2 doubles and makes a move that hasn’t been seen since Ron Jeremy’s 1996 thriller Yin Yang Oriental Love Bang, guarenteeing him a start the next night right? Nope.
After months of fans wanting Murphy’s head on a platter for his struggles, it seems that he may be gaining his support back at the expense of Jerry Manuel.
Granted, the Mets are only 24-31 when Murphy starts but here are some stats you may not have been aware of…
- Batting 1.000 against Lefties when he gets a hit
- Has gotten on base after every walk
- Tied for first in the National League with no errors committed on July 8th
These numbers are nothing short of delicious.
We can however, expect Murphy to be in the lineup tonight against the Reds, how do we know this? Because Jerry said so.
An Oh Murph source within the US Patent Office phoned us to report that Mets first baseman and citizen of the world Daniel Murphy filed a patent late last night for his spectacular defensive play in the Mets’ 5-4 win over the Dodgers.
Patent #016401-28, titled “The Murphy Reach Around,” prohibits other first basemen – from the Major Leagues down through Little League – from preforming a similar move.
With one out in the top of the 7th inning, Mark Loretta’s hard ground ball struck the first base bag and sprung into the air toward second base. After a few sexy stutter-steps, Murphy reversed direction, and with an awkward beauty only Daniel Murphy can pull off, in one motion picked up the ball and flipped it behind his back to a streaking Bobby Parnell for the out.
The play wowed the crowd and caught the attention of another great Met first basemen. Keith Hernandez, who was not calling them game because he was having his mustache detailed, was near speechless when reached for comment. “Much like the Iron Lotus or the Triple Lindy, I always assumed the Reach Around was nothing more than a folk tale, made up by Jimmie Foxx during an all night bender in the 40′s. Now, the name Daniel Murphy will become synonymous with the Reach Around.”
The application was processed at 11:09pm, which places the game at the top of the 9th inning. A Murphy source confirms the request was communicated from Murphy to one of his representatives through a series of hand gestures and brooding squints from the dugout in the bottom of the 7th.
While it is common knowledge that Daniel Murphy will one day be considered among the great hitters the game has ever seen, this patent request points toward a business acumen that potentially places Murphy in the same sentence as other athletes turned global stars, such as Michael Jordan, George Forman, David Bekham, or Wally Backman.
The same Murphy source informs us plans are already in the works for a Daniel Murphy Reach Around benefit concert, stating, “The Murphy Reach Around is the perfect remedy for ball-bag collisions.”
Mets and Yankee fans are invited to show the best “fan flair at Pershing Square” this Friday, june 26 at NOON, for the chance to win a pair of tickets to Sunday’s game of this week’s Subway Series at Citifield.
Daniel Murphy and Joba Chamberlain will be on hand to pick the most festive flair for their home teams and award one pair of tickets to Sunday’s game to a Mets fan and a Yankees fan. The lucky fans will sit in the Field Level Premium area with access to the Delta 360 club.
I can’t make it tomorrow… anyone going to go to represent us??
A special thanks to @swirlywand for the info