That other team I follow

People who read this blog as one linked from Boston Blogs are probably saying “now wait just one minute…” after reading the past weeks series of Mets-related posts. Yes, I live in metro-Boston, and yes I am a lifelong Mets fans. And yes I root for the home town team too. I started following the Red Sox in 1997 about a year before I moved to the area and adopted them as my second-favorite team or favorite American League team.

I actually followed the Sox pretty obsessively through their World Series Championship season in 2004. Then in 2005 two things happened that made me less interested in Red Sox Nation. First, despite winning the World Series the whiny, defeatist, “we’re cursed” attitude did not fade away among lifelong Red Sox fans and the Boston sports media. I was particularly perturbed my the unfair and rather ungrateful treatment of Sox star slugger Manny Ramirez. Second and more vital, I started subscribing to MLB.TV and thus could watch Mets games at home for the first time in 15 years. Since MLB.TV blocks out local broadcasts it is actually now easier for me to follow the Mets than the Red Sox.

So this season is starting with a huge amount of hype for the Red Sox newly acquired pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka who led the Japanese team to victory in the World Baseball Classic last spring. I tuned into Thursday’s game on the radio for Matsuzaka’s first start as a Red Sox. First off, I miss Jerry “Waaaaay Back” Trupiano who was a lot more entertaining than the guy they got to replace him. On the other hand, at least the new guy’s voice is more distinctive from Joe Castiglione. Second, it was fun to hear about an exciting new pitcher dominating a game with ten strikeouts, even if it was against the lowly Kansas City Royals. Since Matsuzaka is universally known as Dice-K both the Boston Globe and Boston Herald went with the obvious headline of Dice-KKKKKKKKKK (as documented in the Bostonist).

Meanwhile in Metsville…

On Friday night I watched the Mets put a smackdown on a team that used to intimidate them in a place formerly known as the House of Horrors. Better yet, Oliver Perez pitched near flawlessly. In fact, he probably only left the game because the Mets batters made their half-inning go to long.

I missed Saturday’s game and seemingly coincidental the Mets four-game win streak to start the season came to an end. Alas, it was Tom Glavine who also broke the starting pitchers’ streak of allowing 1 earned run or less per game.

In the Easter Sunday afternoon finale, the Mets continued their earthward plummet by squandering a lead and leaving the population of a small city on base. It seems like old times in a bad way as the Mets struggle in the House of Horrors and the Braves are in first place in the NL East.

Players of the game (I award up to ten points, maximum of 6 points to one player, distributed among the Mets players who had the biggest impact in the game).

April 6: Mets 11, Braves 1

Box Score

  • Alou 1
  • Beltran 1
  • Green 1.5
  • Perez 3
  • Reyes 3
  • Wright .50

April 7: Mets 3, Braves 5

Box Score

  • Delgado 2
  • Glavine .50
  • Green 1.5
  • LoDuca 1.5
  • Reyes 1.5
  • Schoenweis 1

April 8: Mets 2, Braves 3

Box Score

  • Castro 2
  • Franco .50
  • Green 2
  • OHernandez 3
  • Reyes .50
  • Schoenweis .50
  • Wright .50

Easter Sunday Sillies

I abstained from Good Friday Sillies, so now that it’s Easter here is a special edition focused on the funniest part of this Holy Day:  Marshmallow Peeps!

The best studies on these confectionery chicks and bunnies may be found at Peeps Research.  As a librarian, I’m not only interested in research on Peeps but also on how Peeps conduct research.

Peeps Show contains the results of the Washington Post’s first Peeps Diaroma Contest.

Finally, Peeps display their artistic creativity in their production of The Lord of the Peeps.

Happy Easter!