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Congrats to the Monmouth Hawks!

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

I forgot to post this last night, but congratulations to my alma mater, Monmouth University, for crushing Hampton 71-49 and qualifying for the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament! It’s nice to go into the game with Villanova with some momentum. Of course, that momentum will mean nothing shortly after the game starts, since Villanova will probably crush them, but…hey, at least they qualified. They qualified once while I was attending school there two years ago, so that was kind of cool. But yeah, congrats to the Hawks, and let’s take down the Wildcats on Friday in Auburn Hills!

Under New Management

Thursday, March 9th, 2006

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Ladies and gentlemen, the time has come for a new beginning! With Mr. Cox away, I, the esteemed Joeadig, will be taking over for the next week or so. And let it be known to all the world that this shall be a time of peace and prosperity for all (except Yankee fans)!

On to business… Let’s Talk ‘Roids

Let’s take a moment to discuss Mr. Barry Bonds. Maybe you’ve heard of him? He’s that guy, you know, the one from San Francisco… the one who basically has said that he’s better than Babe Ruth… the one who refuses to talk to anyone with any intellect… the one who is on the verge of becoming the all-time home run king? Yeah, that guy. Well, there was a time a few years ago that he seriously considered becoming a Met. Of course, he said that while still under contract with the Giants and some brought up issues of tampering, but I digress.

Let’s get this one thing straight before I go any further…. I’m not a fan of Barry Bonds. I find him to be ridiculously arrogant and just incredibly unlikable. As a matter of fact, I would go so far as to say he is as close to the exact opposite of the late great Kirby Puckett as it’s possible to be. He doesn’t appear to love baseball, though he claims to be a fan of the history of the game; he doesn’t smile when playing or talking about the sport, which makes me believe that he legitimately sees his job as real WORK, which it is most certainly not. Conversely, I do not hate Barry Bonds. I’ve been listening to sports talk for the last two days, hearing people say that he’s a disgrace and a terrible person and all that; one guy even went so far as to say that he should be assassinated before he has the chance to break Ruth’s HR total. That’s a terrible thing to say about anyone, especially about someone who affects nothing more than a simple game.

Anyway, Mr. Bonds has been under fire for steroid use for the last few years, though nobody has been able to prove anything. It’s now coming out that there is proof, as these two fellas from San Francisco are publishing a book that details the various stages of Bond’s regimen. There’s a really interesting excerpt available on Sports Illustrated’s website. Basically everyone from David Wells to Joe Schmoe on the street has already found the surly outfielder guilty. People have said that he should retire and that his records should be wiped from the books. People have said that he should never be allowed into the Hall of Fame. People have said that he should pay back the Giants his salary from the past few years. I think we should all ease up a bit and back off.

I want to take a minute and remind everyone of Mr. Pete Rose. The all-time hits leader was banned from baseball for something that he never admitted to doing, despite all the overwhelming evidence against him. But last year, he decided to publish a book in which he confessed to betting on baseball and admitted that he’s been lying for all these years to save face. I ask you, why did he write the book? Why not just do an interview with Jim Gray or Barbara Walters? Why not simply meet with Bud Selig and tell him in person? Heck, why not show up a his local Hooters and stand on a table and start yelling his confessions from atop a barstool? The reason is simple: money. He wrote the book to make money. He wrote the book for his own personal gain. And because of that fact, the vast majority of people, especially the all-important Hall of Fame voters, still refuse to vote him in. Maybe if he had confessed in a less greedy manner….

Let’s come back to Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams, the authors of the anit-Bonds book. Why would they choose to write all of this in a book? Why not simply publish it in the newspaper or give an interview? Simple: they don’t make any money on the deal. How long does it take to write a book? Six months? A year? I don’t know, but they must have been researching for quite a long time. So how come these two reporters were able to find all this information but the folks from the BALCO investigations or the police couldn’t? I’m not saying that these guys lied or that they made up their facts; all I’m saying is that there’s more to the story than everyone wants to assume.

Maybe Barry Bonds is as guilty as they say he is. Bud Selig is going to wait until he read the whole book before he makes a move. Personally, I think that his body sure looks like he’s had some help. But I’m not ready to condemn a guy based on some unproven facts given by two obviously money-hungry reporters. If it turns out that Mr. Bonds is guilty, we’ll revisit the conversation, but until then, don’t assume guilt on someone just because he’s a prick.

I am going away

Thursday, March 9th, 2006

File this post under “housekeeping.”

I will be going to beautiful sunny Phoenix, Arizona for spring training. Why not Port St. Lucie, Florida? Because my friend wants to go to Phoenix, and plus, I can see several camps within a half hour drive in Phoenix, whereas in Florida, everybody is spread out all over the state. Anyway, I will not be around the home base during the next ten days. Does that mean MiracleMets is going dormant? Haven’t you been here lately, it’s been dormant anyway.

Actually, the answer is no, it will not be dormant. My friend Joe, who helped out with an update last week, will be regularly contributing to the site while I am gone. In addition, my friend and traveling partner will be bringing his laptop, and I will check in periodically from Phoenix with updates as well. I’d like to do at least a look at the games every day, but…I can’t promise anything. I can promise that Joe will be around to help out and will do a bang-up job, so keep it comin’ here to Miracle Mets. Heck, we might even get updated more often with me out of town.

Sorry (again) for the lack of updates…

Wednesday, March 1st, 2006

I started a new job this week, and I’m getting used to my new hours. I haven’t had the chance to do the usual job I do scouring the internet for headlines, nor have I had time to put in for a new original article. Fear not, as once I get the hang of things at work, I will get back into a groove of updates and we will all rejoice. Thanks for understanding.

More on the way

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

Hey, sorry about the lack of updates. There really hasn’t been much, and I’ve been trying to coordinate things for fantasy baseball, among other things, so I haven’t had time to get a real update going. But coming this weekend is the first Miracle Mets Book Review. I’ll be reading a Mets book, and I will give my review of said book right here on this site. If something update-worthy should happen before then, I’ll give it to you.

One final note; you may note that one of the links on the side changed from “The New York Mets Fan” to “Mets Planet.” The blog owner, Stefan, wanted me to pass along that if anybody is interested in writing for Mets Planet, to please contact him. So go to the Mets Planet site and talk to Stefan if you’re interested in writing for that blog. Thanks.

Hey, we’re back

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

After about a week of downtime, we’re back here on MiracleMets.net! We had some technical issues to work out, as I had tried to change some server things, and somehow, that wound up shutting us down for five days. That…that wasn’t supposed to happen. But we’re back up and running now, and while there’s still a few kinks to work out, we should be good to go. I’ll have a full update tonight with what you came here to read, but in the meantime, have a great day.

Sorry for the lack of updates

Wednesday, December 28th, 2005

I’ve been keeping busy in the post-holiday rush. I’ll definitely have something tonight, as there is news out there and good articles to link to. Again, sorry about that.

Welcome to MiracleMets.net

Wednesday, November 9th, 2005

Hello and welcome to MiracleMets.net. Before you ask, yes, MiracleMets.com was already taken. Anyway, this is a new blog I am starting that will deal mostly with the New York Mets. Obviously, though, news about other NL East teams would affect the Mets, so when a major news item hits about them, you can find info on that as well. The Mets also share a city with the New York Yankees, so if a Yankees story should hit that would make any Mets fan say “God damn Yankees,” that will also be linked here. Finally, sometimes there will just be a major story in the game of baseball that should be linked to here, and you’ll also find those here as well.

But the meat and potatoes of this site is going to be the New York Mets. During the offseason (the time we’re in right now), you’ll find hot stove discussion here, such as who the papers are saying the Mets are pursing and how I feel about that. During spring training, I’ll have notes about battles being won or lost, minor leaguers who are impressing, things of that nature. And during the season, after every game, and even on off days, you’ll find links to articles, game notes, minor league discussion, everything you could possibly care to read about the New York Mets. That’s what we’re all about here. For now, we’re a one man show, but I’m always welcome to reader submissions. I’ll post a link where you can send me writing samples, and if I like your voice and your style, I’ll add you to the team. So, take a look around, leave comments, do whatever you want, but keep checking back here, as we will have daily updates for you right here at MiracleMets.net. Welcome to the team!

-Chris Wilcox
MiracleMets.net Writer