NY Mets Campaigning Hard for Jacob DeGrom for NL Cy Young

About a month ago I mentioned to a fellow Mets‘ fan that it would be nice to see the Mets push the narrative that Jacob deGrom should win the 2018 NL Cy Young regardless of his record.

Respect to the Mets (and because they are my squad do or die), they have capping real hard for deGrom over the past month or so. Constant discussion from the broadcast team, they pushed the agenda on their social media with the hashtag #48forCy

The Mets also put together a cool lil video…

I am often very critical of the Mets organization, but I have to give them their props for getting something right. Now if they can just operate like a team in one of the largest media markets… 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Matt Harvey’s Spot in the Mets Rotation in Question

Matt Harvey formerly known as The Dark Knight is going thru some dark days, as he continues to struggle to start the 2018 season. In his last start against the Atlanta Braves, Harvey was hit hard and often to start the game, giving up 6 runs in 6 innings.

After the game Mets manager Mickey Callaway was non-committal about Harvey making his next start against the St. Louis Cardinals.

‘We’re not really sure what’s going to happen with our rotation once Vargas gets back,’

‘We haven’t even thought about that. We haven’t thought that far. We’re not going to react on one outing. We’ll have to wait and see.’ – Mickey Callaway 

Before this start many said Harvey’s spot in the rotation was dependent on this performance. With Zack Wheeler performing since coming back from the minors, and Jason Vargas putting up impressive innings in his rehab starts. The pressure is on Callaway to make a move.

It doesn’t look good for Harvey right now, but if there is anything good to take away from last night’s game, it might be Harvey’s response to questions about the possibility of him being demoted to the bullpen.

“I am a starting pitcher,

I’ve always been a starting pitcher. I think I showed in the fifth and sixth inning I can get people out still when my pitch count gets up, so I am a starting pitcher.”

When Harvey struggled last season, he looked lost and had no confidence. I know I am a Harvey fan (maybe the last) but this Harvey is different and he is correct that he was able to battle and gave the Mets 6 innings last night, and keep the Braves scoreless in his last 3 innings.

“I am a starting pitcher, that’s how my mindset is,” Harvey said. “That’s how I am going to prepare and how I get ready, that’s my reaction.”

“I think there is a lot still to prove,

I believe I took a step in the right direction. I am ready to get out of the hole and show what I can do.”

Call it a hunch but I believe Harvey will bounce back, I refuse to believe he’s done as a pitcher. There are too many ups and downs in a baseball season, and you can never have enough pitching. At this time the Mets seem to have too much pitching, but a couple of weeks from who knows what will happen.

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Source: NY Daily News

Cincinnati Bengals Discuss Kneeling with Eric Reid During Visit

Eric Reid is arguably one of the top-10 strong safeties in the NFL, and this offseason he is having a hard time finding a new home.

Reid is one of the most versatile safeties in the NFL and only 26-years old. So how is he still a free agent?

Well, Reid was one of the first players to openly support Colin Kaepernick (ex-teammate) in kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and social injustice. Reid continued his protest 2017 and watched how the league blacked-balled Kaepernick, while mediocre QBs like Scott Tolzien was signed.

Now that Reid is a free-agent he’s facing the backlash of kneeling during the national anthem. The Cincinnati Bengals of ALL teams, have decided that Reid’s protest is too much for them. During his visit with Cincy it has been reported that Bengals’ owner Mike Brown discussed with Reid that he has plans on prohibiting players from kneeling during the national anthem; with Brown asking Reid for his thoughts.

Reid could have easily said he will not protest, but he would not commit to not protesting at that time.

As the visit continued Bengals’ head coach Marvin Lewis gave Reid a chance to clarify his stance. Reid chose not to clarify or change what he said to Brown. At that point the visit ended with Reid leaving without a contract offer.

So the same Bengals that was willing to give running back Joe Mixon a chance even after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge, draw the line at a peaceful protest during the national anthem, OK!

Eric Reid is too good to pass up on, and the Bengals are a joke of an organization if they decide to go in another direction. As for Marvin Lewis he might want to look at himself as well and what he is willing to compromise as a leader of men.

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Source: Pro Football Talk

 

Someone Get Ray Lewis…

SMH, I need someone to get Ray Lewis, what’s going on with this brother that he is so “hurt” that Odell Beckham Jr doesn’t want to deal with him and his methods?

For the past couple of days Ray has been on repeat talking about Odell’s “foundation”, as well as rambling about other people he has helped.

And don’t get me wrong, if Ray is able to help people get on the right path that’s great. I will never hate on someone getting their life together, but Ray is out here on FS-1’s ‘Undisputed’ talking about Odell as if the man’s life is in danger.

Odell has had his fair share of issues, but in listening to Ray you would think Odell was someone frequently mentioned on NYPD’s police blotter.

Ray Lewis needs to RELAX, if this is about Odell, why has the story turned into how hurt he is?

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Vladimir Guerrrero Jr a Chip off the old Block with a Walk-Off Homer in Montreal #MLBSeason2018 #OpeningDay

It has been 15-years since a Guerrero stood at the plate and brought fans to their feet in Montreal. As he took the field at Olympic Stadium he received a standing ovation from the Montreal crowd.

Stepping to the plate in the bottom of the 9th, Vladimir Guerrero Jr channeled his Hall of Fame father Vlad Guerrero, hitting a walk-off homer for the Toronto Blue Jays in an annual exhibition game before the start of the 2018 MLB Season. Wearing his father’s number 27, Guerrero took 1-0 pitch deep over the left-centerfield wall.

What a magical moment to lead us into the 2018 season, here’s to hoping for more magical moments throughout the season.

PLAY BALL!!

By the way, for those of you who never saw Vlad Sr play, check the highlights

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

The Surya Bonaly ‘Backflip’ #WinterOlympics #IceSkating #BlackHistoryMonth

Who remembers Surya Bonaly hitting her ‘Backflip’ during her performance at the 1998 Nagano Olympics???

Yoooo, that is crazy!

I recall Bonaly and thinking she’s not American but proud to see another Black figure skater after Debie Thomas.  Unlike Thomas and other skaters during that time Bonaly was very athletic from a gymnastic background. She had a combination of speed and power, but she did not fit the typical mold of the “Ice Princess” skater, and it hurt her scores at times. This all came to a head in 1994 at the Ladies World Championship.

For the judges Bonaly was just a jumper and the judges from the ISU went with the Ice Princess. Bonaly in defiance, refused to stand on the podium for 2nd place and even took off the medal during the ceremony.

That moment basically set the stage for the 1998 Olympics. The odds were already against Bonaly as she was recovering from an Achilles injury going into 98 Olympics, but she wanted to leave her mark as she was closing out her ice-skating career.

In her final performance, Bonaly struggled thru her short program and a slow start to her free skate put any chance for a medal out of reach.

“That was my last Olympics, and pretty much my last competition ever,”

“I wanted to leave a trademark.”

“I wanted to do something to please the crowd, not the judges,”

“The judges are not pleased no matter what I do, and I knew I couldn’t go forward anyway, because everybody was skating so good.”

Props to Bonaly, for standing up for herself and for being a damn good figure skater that deserves more props for what she accomplished in the world of figure skating.

If you get a chance, checkout the ESPN short ‘Rebel On Ice’

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Yoenis Cespedes Gets His Yoga On #Mets #LGM

NY Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes got his yoga on this winter after suffering with leg injuries the past 2 seasons.

In 2016 Cespedes dealt with pulled quads and went into that offseason with the idea of strengthening his legs by lifting HEAVY weights. And it showed as Cespedes came in the 2017 Spring Training rocking tree trunks for legs. Unfortunately for Yo and the Mets, the heavy weightlifting only resulted in more leg issues. In 2017 the Mets saw their slugger only take the field for 81 games. After a frustrating 2017, Cespedes declared he needed to make a change in his workouts.

Encourage by Cespedes wanting to change his workout regiment, there was reason for optimism for Mets fans. Except the offseason came and went and no word on how Cespedes was doing.

Well Mets fans the wait is over!

Reporting to Spring Training Yo talked about what a difference this spring has been from previous years.

“Yoga has been working for me. Last season, the last couple of seasons, when I showed up down here, my lower back and body was very tight,”

“and I haven’t felt that yet. Yoga has been working for me.”

Cespedes will always be a muscle-bound beast,  but the addition of running and yoga can only help.

“So this year, I did three things differently. I ran. I did weight lifting, but not so heavy weights, and also did yoga trying to be ready for this,”

“With yoga, the muscles are more flexible right now. When I used to work out with heavy weight-lifting, I was strong, but I wasn’t flexible. Right now I am flexible because of yoga.”

For the Mets to be successful, they will need a healthy Yo as he is the main cog to the Mets lineup. No disrespect to Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier, and Michael Conforto; but Cespedes when on puts a charge into the lineup and team overall.

With all the leg injuries Cespedes has experienced over the past 2 seasons, I can imagine he may look to pick his spots to bust it out of the box or in the outfield in the early part of the season. And to be honest I am ok with that, as its more important to me to see Cespedes playing in August and September than trying to beat an infield hit in May.

Well, while we wait for Opening Day, does anyone have any suggestions for yoga classes in NYC for Yo??

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Source: NY Daily News

San Fran Giants to Retire Barry Bonds #25

The San Francisco Giants have announced they will retire Barry Bonds #25, and he will become the first Giant to have his number retired who is not a member of the Hall of Fame.

“No other Giants player has worn number 25 since Barry’s final season. It’s time to officially retire his number in honor of his remarkable 22-year career as one of the greatest players of all time and for his countless achievements and contributions as a Giant. Barry grew up with the Giants and followed in the footsteps of his Godfather Willie Mays and another Giant legend who also wore number 25 — his late father, Bobby. By officially retiring number 25, we will not only pay tribute to Barry as the greatest player of his generation, but also honor the legacy of two of the greatest players to ever wear a Giants uniform.”

For 15 seasons, Bonds put up numbers like no other for the Giants and whether or not you believe PEDs played a role in his ability to play until he was 43-years old, it was still his God-given ability that made him great.  And while Bonds may never get the call to hall, there will never be another #25 in the history of the San Fran Giants.

It has been 11-years since Bonds last played, his retirement was not on his terms and he never received the fond farewell he probably imagined. On August 11th Bonds and the fans of San Fran will have a chance to say goodbye the right way.

“I’m both honored and humbled that the Giants are going to retire my number this season. As I’ve always said, the Giants and Giants fans, are a part of my family. Growing up, Candlestick Park was my home away from home, and it is where my dad and godfather Willie played. For me to have played on the same field as them, wear the same uniform and now have my number retired, joining Willie and the other Giants legends is extremely special. Number 25 has meant a lot to me throughout my career and it is even more special that I got to share that with my dad.” – Barry Bonds

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Source: Yahoo Sports

I’m Begging for the Yankees to Lose, LOL!

It is well-known that I hate the New York Yankees, and I have no shame in displaying my hatred for the Yanks.

While watching Derek Jeter‘s last game, I booed the Yankee icon, which led to a Yankee fan to call me “Classless” and I enjoyed every minute of it. Well, until Jeter in classic Jeter fashion won the game in his last at-bat.

Moving on…

It has been a couple of years since the Yanks did anything good so my Yankee hate has been dormant, until now.

SMH, the Yanks are once again tormenting me with their winning ways and postseason miracles. After losing the first 2-games to the Houston Astros, they have come storming back winning 3 straight games in New York and are now 1-game away from the World Series.

Needless to say, I am sick to my stomach with all the Yankee love around NYC. All of sudden everyone is wearing their Yankee hats and jackets; where have all this paraphernalia been over the past couple of years?!?!?

But there’s still hope, the Houston Astros can save me by winning Game 6 & 7. So I am pretty much begging, lol

I love Houston, I consider Houston my 2nd home. I don’t believe I am asking for much. Just beat the Yankees and break the hearts of all Yankee fans, that’s it LOL!!

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Ray Lewis tells Kaepernick to stop getting “caught up in some of this nonsense…”

If you missed it Monday, Shannon Sharpe verbally assassinated Ray Lewis debating the Ravens handling the Colin Kaepernick on FS-1’s ‘Skip and Shannon Undisputed’.

Ray Lewis must think we are all fools, as he tries to convince Shannon, Skip Bayless, and anyone else who will listen that the Ravens not bringing in Kaepernick is more than just his activism.

After being slammed on social media Ray attempted to clean it up with the following video via Twitter.

WTH…

According to Lewis, Kaepernick should be quiet and just play football. Is that the kind of advice Lewis would have given to Jim Brown, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Bill Russell and Muhammad Ali? And when Lewis refers to Kaepernick being “caught up in some of this nonsense” is he calling police brutality and unfairness in the criminal justice system nonsense?

At this point Lewis is tripping over himself, trying to clean up his ridiculous take on this matter. He says he doesn’t know Kaepernick, but this is a brotherhood. If that’s the case contact Kaep, stop going on TV and posting videos about Kaep being in your prayers.

Come on Ray, do better!

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Credit – Skip and Shannon Undisputed