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“All I was saying was that a losing team, plus bread and circuses, was better than a losing team and a long, still silence.”

Bill Veeck

While Tom Brady prepares for his eighth trip to the Superbowl in 16 years (not counting the season he spent injured) to close his season Tim Tebow who won a playoff game against the Steele’s before being crushed by Tom Brady’s Patriots in what would be his final NFL start is about to start a season in Major League Training camp:

Tim Tebow is about to receive his most significant exposure yet to top-level baseball competition. The Mets announced Friday that they have invited Tebow to Major League Spring Training, giving the former college and professional football star another opportunity to stride forward in his baseball career.

Tebow is among 13 non-roster invitees to Spring Training — a list that also includes blue-chip first-base prospect Peter Alonso (ranked as the Mets’ No. 7 prospect by MLB Pipeline) former Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton and Drew Smith, the reliever the Mets acquired for Lucas Duda last July.

Tebow put up respectable numbers last season in the minors and the taste of the Majors in spring training certainly can’t hurt his development and while he would be a longshot to make the Major league squad he will likely sell quite a few tickets this spring.

Of course there are those who have made a career hating Tebow for his unapologetic very public Christianity who aren’t going to be too happy and there are a few who figure that the Mets a planning on Tebow to financially salvage a season brimming with low expectations.

Taking that cynicism even further, you could see Tebow’s spring training invite as a test run of sorts for the Mets in preparation to bring him up for a promotional tour later in the season if the Mets are out of the playoff race and looking to sell some tickets in August and September.

Given it’s the job of teams to sell tickets there’s nothing wrong with that idea plus while his numbers in the NFL were never impressive his teams had a regular habit of winning games he started.

And if things don’t work out in the next two years with the Mets there’s always the Orlando team of the XFL in 2020.

Missy (The Master): He’s trapped at the heart of the Dalek empire. He’s a prisoner of the creatures who hate him most in the universe. Between us and him is everything the deadliest race in all of history can throw at us. We, on the other hand, have a pointy stick. How do we start?
Clara: We assume we’re going to win.

Doctor Who: The Witches’ Familiar 2015

There are few thing I enjoy more than re-watching the 2004 ALCS series starting with the 9th inning of game 4.

Even twelve years later and with three world series in the bag. The 2004 ALCS is special. It brings a smile to the face and a tear to the eye and it all began with the greatest stolen base in Red Sox History:

and ended with Big Papi knocking it out.

Now for Red Sox fans like myself the great comeback of 2004 is particularly special because it was our first world series win. That first championship is always the greatest.

I’m sure this isn’t unique to Red Sox fans. 1969 was the first championship for the Met and the 1969 Miracle Mets as some might have forgotten came back from behind to take the East from the Chicago Cubs and then swept Atlanta to win their first pennant.

Yes that’s a young Nolan Ryan who was to win his only World Series Ring of his incredible career with those Miracle Mets.

And if you go back even further in 1951 the then NY Giants were 12 1/2 back in August and 4 1/2 games back with ten to play and managed to come back and take the Pennant.

Now All of these teams and comebacks are legendary and every baseball fan knows them. Do you know the reason why?

Because they are exceptions.

Nobody talks about the seasons when the Yankees dominated in the 90’s or the Reds in 1976 or the 1973 Oakland A’s not because they weren’t great teams but because thing happened as expected.

And that brings us to the election results tonight.

As of this writing Massachusetts, Georgia, Virginia and Alabama and Tennessee have all gone for Donald Trump and when CNN reported that GOP donors are getting together to get money together to stop him Jake Tapper just said “Why don’t they wait till after the inauguration?”

At the same time as the GOP Establishment is doing this many of my fellow conservative activists are talking about the same thing stopping Trump or suggesting that he’s in trouble to wit

Now as I’ve said over and Over I’m a Ted Cruz guy. I voted for him today and I urge all voters to vote for Ted as the best candidate to secure the border, stop Obamacare, I’m glad he’s leading in Texas and exit polls look good in Oklahoma which would be one more state than the MSM was projecting and I’d be delighted for him to come back and win the nomination.

But I understand that such a comeback would be in the same class as the 2004 Red Sox , the 1969 Mets and the 1951 Giants and have no intention of pretending otherwise and I hope the Ted Cruz campaign does the same because you can’t get to where you want to go unless you understand where you are.

Now I don’t expect the Establishment GOP to tell the truth but I’m really bothered to see my fellow conservative activists retreat to their safe spaces

Cue south Park

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Most ball games are lost, not won

Casey Stengel

The running Royals of Kansas City won the world series on November 1st in extra innings taking out the NY Mets in five games including three games when they came back late to tie the game and win it.

It’s was a short but exciting series but in the final game played the Mets gave me a flashback to 2003 or as we in Boston call it, the last year of the curse.

Pedro Martinez was on the mound in a game seven of the ACLS against the hated Yankees. The Red Sox were in the lead in the bottom of the 8th in NY but he looked winded. Little had a bullpen ready and when to the mound. Pedro Martinez being the bull that he was did what a pro player does, argued to keep the ball.

Little allowed himself to be persuaded, let Pedro stay, the Yankees tied the game and the Yankees would win the game with an Aaron Boone extra innings homer. It would be the last time the Curse would hang over the Red Sox before it was wiped out in blood.

 

Last night I saw it again.

Matt Harvey pitched a great 8 innings in a win or be eliminated game.  He was three outs away from sending the Mets back to Kansas City for game six.  Terry Collins had already decided to pull him, but Harvey went to Collins and pleaded his case to stay.  The fans in the stands chanted or him to stay, and on the TV broadcast the only words we were hearing was Jack Morris and game seven.

News flash:  Matt Harvey isn’t Jack Morris 

Unless his name is Lou Boudreau a manager can’t hit, field or run for his team.  What a baseball manager is paid to do is put the right players on the field at the right time to give the his team their best chance to win and that involves being willing to take the ball, the bat or the glove out of his hands when he doesn’t want to give them up.

Yesterday Collins didn’t do that, and to his credit he owned up to it:

“When you looked in this kid’s eyes, when he came off that inning, and I mean, he has been through a tough summer. He has been beaten down, and I just trusted him. I said, ‘You got it. You’ve earned this.’

“So it’s my fault. It’s not his. That’s who he is. I know better than that. I know that he wants the ball. He never wants to come out and he was pitching great. This was my fault.”

It was once said about Casey Stengel, the very first manager of the Mets ,that nobody was better at taking the ball out of a pitcher’s hands.   Alas when he was the man in charge he didn’t have a lot of hands worth putting a ball in.

Terry Collins has a good team, maybe even a great team being wise enough to take this lesson to heart will be the difference between being Stengel vs being Little.