The Mets finally introduced Sandy Alderson as their general manager at a Citi Field press conference last Friday.
I asked him at the end of the session whether he’s more concerned about long-term goals and if 2011 would be basically a caretaker year for him as the Mets bide time until the contracts of Luis Castillo, Oliver Perez, Carlos Beltran and Francisco “K-Rod” Rodriguez expire. Alderson said that he expects the Mets to be competitive next year but added that the team would not be active in the free agent market this winter.
“Competitive” is as meaningless a baseball term as “organic” is in the produce business. More often than not, when a baseball exec says he expects his team to be competitive it means that if his players stay healthy, his team gets some unforeseen good breaks, and bad karma hits other clubs in the same division, then his squad will win a few more games than predicted by naysayers. “Competitive” is also a soothing term to entice gullible season ticket plan buyers.
While it’s unlikely they’ll pose a threat to the UConn Huskies, the St. John’s Red Storm women’s basketball team is ranked No. 5 in the Big East coaches’ preseason poll. Two key Red Storm players, Da’Shena Stevens and Sky Lindsay, have business career aspirations. Stevens is an accounting major while Lindsay is studying finance and completed a Wall Street internship this past summer.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan was understandably miffed about his offense’s inept performance in Sunday’s 9-0 loss to the Green Bay Packers. QB Mark Sanchez couldn’t move the team down the field for the entire first half while in the second half he was sabotaged by receivers who couldn’t hold on to the ball. He was hurt as well as by dumb penalties committed by his offensive lineman.
When I asked Ryan if the Jets’ rusty play could be attributed to their previous week off, combined with the fact that all NFL teams turn in a stinker game or two during any given season, he was philosophical.
“You can write that and I won’t argue with you,” he said, somewhat subdued.
A lot has been written about Bill Shannon, who tragically died in a fire last Tuesday. Bill was far more than just the Babe Ruth of baseball official scorers and a great baseball historian; he was a true renaissance man with whom you could discuss any subject.
Unlike many of his peers, Bill never believed in the press box caste system. He didn’t care whether you wrote for a major daily, a big magazine, or a weekly boroughwide newspaper. If you were a sportswriter who did a good job then you had his respect and friendship. He will be sorely missed at Citi Field.
Knicks power forward Amar’e Stoudemire got to enjoy one of the perks of being a celebrity in New York last Friday as he read the Top 10 list on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”
“I would never get to touch the damn ball if I were playing for Miami!” was one of the 10 reasons he’s excited to be a Knick.