While it was very cordial of Jets president Jay Cross to accept Queens Borough President Helen Marshall’s invitation to meet to discuss the idea of building a stadium for his football team in Queens, it won’t mean a thing unless Mayor Bloomberg throws his support behind Marshall’s initiative.
Since the Jets’ other alternative is to build a new stadium in Northern New Jersey, it would seem to be a no-brainer for the mayor to rally behind an effort to have the Jets play in Queens. However in his zeal to get a stadium built adjacent to the Javits Center, the mayor foolishly said that the Jets would be better off staying in New Jersey than coming to Queens. It is always a delicate act to backpedal in politics and it really becomes a high-wire spectacle during a mayoral election. You can be sure that whoever gets the Democratic mayoral nomination will have a field day with that issue if Mayor Bloomberg, to use last year’s favorite election term, flip-flops on the Jets in Queens.
One of the nice stories of last week’s PGA Championship held at the Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey was that Darrell Kestner, the longtime teaching pro at Manhasset’s Deepdale Country Club, survived the cut. In fact his two over par score was two strokes better than Tiger Woods’ at the tournament’s halfway point. Kestner will have something to tell his grandchildren one day.
CBS executives were certainly sweating things out last Friday at the PGA Championship for reasons that had nothing to do with the sweltering heat. Until he took charge on the back nine at Baltusrol, it certainly appeared that Woods was going to miss the cut. A golf tournament without the Tiger means anemic TV ratings.
The Mets’ chances for a wild card berth took a negative turn in San Diego last Thursday when outfielders Carlos Beltran and Mike Cameron collided at full speed chasing a short fly ball. Beltran had the wind knocked out of him but except for a few bruises did not sustain serious injury. Mike Cameron was not as fortunate as he wound up breaking his nose as well as suffering other injuries and was taken off the field in a stretcher. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list but don’t be surprised if he is out for a good chunk of September.
While no one can predict injuries, sometimes teams needlessly create their own bad luck. Pedro Martinez had his worst outing as a Met a week ago Tuesday as the Padres roughed him up for five runs in five innings. Martinez, along with the rest of his teammates, had to endure a redeye flight from New York to San Diego 36 hours before the start of his game because the Mets were forced by ESPN to play a Sunday 8 p.m. game with the Cubs at Shea. Since Martinez was clearly not going to play in that game, the Mets should have flown him out to San Diego no later than Sunday morning so that he could have had more rest. While that is no guarantee that things would have gone better for him against the Padres, like chicken soup, it certainly could not have hurt.
The Yankees and the White Sox played three terrific baseball games. They reminded me of the kind of games I used to see more of when I was growing up. There was great pitching and spectacular defense, particularly on the part of Chicago centerfielder Aaron Rowand. Each of the games was a low-scoring affair in which the winning margin was one run. Unfortunately, the Yankees were on the short end of two of those games and therefore instead of the fans, media and Yankees owner George Steinbrenner appreciating what they saw, there was finger-pointing and blame. That’s classless sore-losing.