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The New York Mets Take a Doubleheader and keep winning….. putting themselves in First Place!

New York Mets third baseman David Wright drives in the go-ahead run in the fifth and Ike Davis (below) follows with a two-run double to put the Mets up, 6-3.

[ David Wright…The ‘Franchise’ along with Jose Reyes for the Mets….]

They started off like garbage…..

But have won 8 of their last 9 games….

Including yesterdays double-header against Joe Torre’s Dodgers ( A former Met coach )….. in the cool spring weather….

Now if they can stay health after the ALL-Star game……

David Wright and Jason Bay had hoped for more April moments like this. For Bay, it was a long-awaited home run, the ball clearing the fence, a standing ovation, and teammates surrounding him in the dugout. Wright yearned to drive in more runs, and probably – though he would never say it – .silence the booing at Citi Field.

The Mets somehow managed to stay relevant for nearly a month with minimal contributions from the middle of their lineup. With the team now, shockingly, in first place after Philadelphia‘s loss in San Francisco Tuesday night, its missing stars arrived at the party – and rookie Ike Davis remained a central part of it.

Bay’s first home run as a Met keyed a 4-0 victory over Los Angeles in the first game of a doubleheader, and Wright’s run-scoring single broke a tie in the fifth inning of a 10-5 Game 2 win. Davis followed that with a two-run double.

Wright’s hit made him the eighth Met to achieve 1,000 hits for the team, but he was not finished; a three-run triple in the sixth turned a modest lead into a romp. It also led the Mets to their sixth consecutive victory, and lifted them to 8-1 on the home stand. Now, with a suddenly buzz-worthy series looming this weekend in Philadelphia, the Mets sluggers are beginning to emerge.

“I’m just glad I could finally contribute to a win,” Wright said.
More……

Note….Did the Yankee’s drop a bit?

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April 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Sports, Updates | , , | 3 Comments

Jose Reyes gets a visit from the FBI……….

Federal agents spoke with Mets' Jose Reyes regarding his association with Dr. Anthony Galea.

Updated Feb 28, 2010 2:16 PM ET
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP)

Mets shortstop Jose Reyes said Sunday he met with federal investigators last week about a Canadian doctor accused of selling an unapproved drug known as Actovegin.

Dr. Anthony Galea, who also has treated golfer Tiger Woods and several other professional athletes, is facing four drug-related charges in his country. Galea’s assistant also has been charged in the U.S. for having HGH and another drug while crossing the border in September.

SI.com reported Saturday night that federal officials have told several athletes to expect grand jury subpoenas in the case. The Web site cited three anonymous sources familiar with the investigation.

The New York Times reported in December, citing anonymous sources, that the FBI opened an investigation into Galea based in part on medical records found on his computer relating to several professional athletes.

Reyes said he met with investigators for about 45 minutes at the Mets’ spring facility after they contacted him Thursday morning. One of his agents, Chris Leible, also was present.

“They just asked me basically how I met the guy and stuff like that and what he put in my body,” Reyes said. “I explained to them what he (was) doing. … I don’t worry about anything because I didn’t do anything wrong.”

Galea is known for a blood-spinning technique – platelet-rich plasma therapy – that is designed to help athletes recover from injuries. Reyes, who missed much of last season with right leg problems, said he spent five days in Toronto in September and was treated by Galea three times.

Reyes said investigators asked him if he used HGH.

“They asked me if he injected me with that. I say ‘No,”’ Reyes said. “What we do there, basically, he took my blood out, put it in some machines, spin it out and put it back in my leg. So I explained to them that.”

Reyes said he felt better for a while after the treatment but his leg still didn’t respond when he tried to push it. The shortstop had surgery in October to clean up some scar tissue remaining from a torn hamstring tendon behind his right knee.

The Daily News of New York was the first to report Reyes had met with investigators.

This heads-up from TPL……

February 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Government, Health, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

Major League Baseball’s rookie ‘Charm School’ for future stars……..

Baseball is smart……In order to cut down on the private life bad headlines….problems…and arrests…they have come together and give a sort on ‘Charm School’ for perspective stars…….

Many of the 104 teenagers and young men who gathered at a resort here this month will soon be very rich, and some may be larger than life: household names, tabloid celebrities, possibly even worldwide brands.

The world’s top baseball prospects, they came to attend an annual three-day session called rookie camp, meant to prepare them for life under the lights: how to live with the attention, how to make it last, how to enjoy it.

The therapists and former major leaguers who work in the rookie program say the psychological challenges are the most daunting in its 18-year history — even more so than when the chief problem was illegal drugs.

In just the past year or two, experts and players say, the culture of celebrity — aided by cellphone videos, social-networking Web sites and round-the-clock sports coverage — has grown so all-consuming that it has thoroughly invaded players’ lives. It can inflate their fame, or spoil it, far faster than most can mentally adjust.

The camp is a joint venture of the 30 teams’ owners and the players union that uses psychological tools like role-playing and group discussion to demonstrate and deconstruct the pitfalls of living in the public eye.

The camp is good way to try to bring young athlete’s…… who have been sheltered and coached their whole young lives…. into the world of stardom …..in the Major leagues……

January 30, 2010 Posted by | Entertainment, Family, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports | , , , | Leave a comment

Major League Baseball's rookie 'Charm School' for future stars……..

Baseball is smart……In order to cut down on the private life bad headlines….problems…and arrests…they have come together and give a sort on ‘Charm School’ for perspective stars…….

Many of the 104 teenagers and young men who gathered at a resort here this month will soon be very rich, and some may be larger than life: household names, tabloid celebrities, possibly even worldwide brands.

The world’s top baseball prospects, they came to attend an annual three-day session called rookie camp, meant to prepare them for life under the lights: how to live with the attention, how to make it last, how to enjoy it.

The therapists and former major leaguers who work in the rookie program say the psychological challenges are the most daunting in its 18-year history — even more so than when the chief problem was illegal drugs.

In just the past year or two, experts and players say, the culture of celebrity — aided by cellphone videos, social-networking Web sites and round-the-clock sports coverage — has grown so all-consuming that it has thoroughly invaded players’ lives. It can inflate their fame, or spoil it, far faster than most can mentally adjust.

The camp is a joint venture of the 30 teams’ owners and the players union that uses psychological tools like role-playing and group discussion to demonstrate and deconstruct the pitfalls of living in the public eye.

The camp is good way to try to bring young athlete’s…… who have been sheltered and coached their whole young lives…. into the world of stardom …..in the Major leagues……

January 30, 2010 Posted by | Entertainment, Family, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports | , , , | Leave a comment