Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Off Season Digest #6: Pitching Changes

So, let me get this straight, the Mets, plagued with too many pitchers at the backend of the rotation, traded away Jae Seo and Kris Benson, but kept Victor Zambrano? I'm not saying Jae or Kris were like the Groucho or Harpo of the Mets hurlers, but Zambrano is like the Slappy Marx of the group, the half-witted step-brother who was never even part of the family act. Let's just hope that at least one of the three relief pitchers acquired from the Dodgers and Orioles pans out. Just don't count on it being Julio Lugo, a man whose ERA has gone up every year for the past 12 seasons.

And with Kris Benson gone we must bid farewell to his wife Anna. She was supposed to light up the back pages of the tabloids with her controversial remarks, but came up short. She tried, we have to give her that, she really did try to work her "Rush Limbaugh without the charm" shtick, but her choice of targets was comically inept. She called Michael Moore fat, which is like going after Shaq because he's tall. Then, pulling out all the stops, she went after PETA. That's People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals, in case you've forgotten. In the year 2005 Anna set her sights on PETA, bragging about her fur collection and her preference for meat. Okay, so maybe one of the Indigo Girls was irked, but did anyone else take notice? If it's publicity you want, is PETA the group to start a fight with? I never even heard about the quote until this past weekend. What's next, Anna, making fun of Bill Macy for his work on Maude?

Friday, January 06, 2006

Off Season Digest # 5: Wait, We Still Have a Site?

Yeah, we in the Zisk offices have been slacking through the holidays. For a Mets-leaning blog, we've been kind of silent since the whole Carlos Delgado thing--Paul Lo Duca coming, Jae Seo going, all that Manny talk, we've ignored all of it. So for those of you checking in occasionally, look for the site to get a bit more active once pitchers and catchers report in six weeks. We also encourage you to check out Faith and Fear in Flushing and Mets Geek for some fine off-season writing to satisfy your baseball fix.

Look out for our latest print edition (#12) to hit your mailboxes in mid-to-late April, with issue # 11 up on the site in February.