Found December 30, 2011 on Mets Merized Online:
No matter how old some of the readers here are – young or old will surely remember the “Gloved One”, Rey Ordonez. Known for his defensive wizardy at shortstop, Rey-Rey debuted with the Mets in 1996 and was the Mets’ starting shortstop for the next seven seasons. He was a key component to what Sports Illustrated tabbed “The Best Infield Ever”. The great Ozzie Smith once said of Ordonez after watching him throw out a runner at home from his knees, “I can definitely say he is the second-coming of me.” (Isn’t Wiki wonderful?) Oodonez went on to win three consecutive Gold Glove Awards with the Mets and even set set a Major League record for shortstops by playing in 101 consecutive games without committing a fielding error. As gifted as Ordonez was with his leather, the same could not be said of his exploits with the lumber. In nine big league seasons, Ordonez posted a .246/.289/.310/.599 slash. Hey, nobody’s perfect. Now imagine if you could, having a shortstop who could be just as gifted

New York Mets 2011 Year In Review

As the year comes to a close I think its safe to say that 2011, much like the four years before it, will go down in the history books as a year most Mets fans would like to forget. The Mets entered the year in the midst of a total front office overhaul. New general manager, Sandy Alderson, hired Terry Collins to lead a relatively unchanged roster into the year surrounded by questions...

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Thank You, Happy New Year & Let’s Go Mets

As I’ve said before, what sustains me in writing is knowing you and I essentially agree on the same thing: we want the Mets to win. Sure, we may disagree on the best ways for them to do this, but we all agree on the goal. I started in 2003 as an out-of-market Mets fan going to school in Washington, DC. It was a project for college, but it also was a way...

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I don’t think the 2012 Mets will be as bad as most people seem to think … but that’s not the same thing as thinking the 2012 Mets will actually be good. I’ll think they’ll be mediocre, with a relatively robust offense but too many No. 4 starters in the rotation and too many improved teams in the National League East. And like a lot of mediocre teams, I think we’ll only...

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