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Death & Taxes, $90 Pizza, Patience, ESPN Policy



By Mike Silva ~ August 5th, 2009. Filed under: Morning Digest.

- Some, including me, were saying earlier this year that K-Rod might be reaching Mariano level of performance. Last night the contrasting ninth innings proved the divide is still very large between Mariano and second best. According to Peter Abraham, Mariano has converted 100 of 103 saves since 2007. The only thing more automatic is death and taxes.

- Roy Halladay is now 16-6 versus the Yankees, but they have won two in a row against him. Perhaps they are trying to prove Brian Cashman was right sit out the Halladay sweepstakes.

- You have to believe the 2009 Mets are jinxed? The injury to Castillo doesn’t matter anymore, this season is over, but what exactly is going on here? He trips on the steps avoiding someone’s glove. Does anyone know whose glove it is? Hopefully not Angel Berroa since he doesn’t use it much even when playing the field. I wonder if the bill for Game 6 in 1986 has finally come due.

- Amazing that we are still talking about Lastings Milledge and potential. While you’re at it perhaps this guy will finally reach his potential. Of course Milledge is very good at photography. Glad to see that someone who has never arrived is a “gangsta”.

- Peter Abraham gives his thoughts on the recent blog content conversation that started after comments made by Bart Hubbuch of the NY Post regarding Matt Cerrone of Metsblog. I think my biggest learning in that whole debate is that we truly living in the infancy stage of new media. Things are changing and the internet is like the wild west. Legislation is always a scary thought, but can we rely on common sense and decency? I think you know the answer to that. It’s one topic I really don’t know if I have a clear answer. The big winner in all this is the reader who gets to digest all sorts of information from mainstream and independent media. That is what I know for sure is a good thing.

- ESPN continues to be the most small minded sports company out there. Maury Brown reported at twitter that they will soon institute a “social network policy” that will allow employees to only tweet about ESPN. Maybe ESPN, like WFAN, should be added to my vacation list. Actually, ESPN makes WFAN a very likable entity. Not easy to accomplish.

- The Cowboys have taken a page out of the Yankees book and are offering $90 pizzas and $66 dollar beers. Assist to Mike Axisa.

- The cherry on the top this morning would have been a Yusmeiro Petit no hitter.

- Nelson Figueroa and Ken Takahashi have been helping each other out this season. Takahashi has been pitching pretty well for the Buffalo Bisons.

- Think things are bad in New York, try being a Bisons fans.

- Chad Jennings talks about being patient with young players in a recent blog post. Obviously that is a difficult request in the “win now” environment of New York. Sometimes I believe we are either anointing players the next great thing before they accomplish anything (i.e. Joba) or ready to throw them off the cliff like Pelfrey at the beginning of his career. I have been guilty of both as well. Great perspective by Jennings.

- Last night I spoke with Long Island Ducks & Atlantic League CEO Frank Boulton, as well as, Scott Stanchak of Atlantic League Baseball. Click here to download the replay and hear about the growth of the Atlantic League over the last decade. Also hear how Fred Wilpon and the Mets played a part in the success of the Long Island Ducks.

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1 Response to Death & Taxes, $90 Pizza, Patience, ESPN Policy

  1. Marjorie Adcroft

    I am writing to you on behalf of baseball fever, the official booster club of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. Would you be kind enough to pass the following information along to your readers? We will be hosting two fundraisers at PNC Field on Sunday, August 23 when the Yankees play the Bisons (Mets) game start 1:05. The fundraisers will benefit The Cody Miley Art Scholarship Fund. Cody was the son of our beloved Manager Dave Miley. Unfortunately Cody died as the result of an auto accident last August. He was just eight days shy of his eighteenth birthday.
    The first fundraiser will be a silent auction which will be held during the game. We have over 100 autographed items to bid on. We have items from assorted minor league and major league teams. We have plenty of items from hall of fame players as well as autographed items from sports other than baseball.
    The second fundraiser offers fans a chance to mix and mingle with their favorite yankee players at a picnic following the game. Fun, Food, Games and Prizes are included in the ticket price.

    Tickets for the picnic are $20.
    Combo baseball game tickets/picnic tickets are $30
    Tickets can be purchased by calling (570)969-ball(2255)

    All proceeds benefit the Cody Miley Memorial Art Scholarship Fund

    Thank you for your help in this heartfelt endeavor.

    You can contact me if you need any additional information and I would be happy to provide it to you.

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