Monthly Archives: March 2011

Oh Frabjous Day, Calloo, Callay!

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A Joyous Nick Evans

If Lewis Carroll knew that Nick Evans cleared waivers today, he’d surely say this. Evans, an ANYSB favorite, will report to the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons.

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Luis Castillo Released

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It’s official. The Mets have released 2B Luis Castillo. They will owe him $6 million over the last year of his 4-year contract.

Whoever had money on Oliver Perez lasting longer than Luis Castillo, well, you win the pool.

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Knicks Stay Hot, Beat Grizzlies 110-108

With the way things were going who would have thought it would have come down to the last shot. The Knicks controlled this game for most of the night, leading by 17 at one point, until a a 10-0 run by the Grizzlies tied the game up at 108 with 14 seconds left. Luckily, the Knicks new star player stepped up, as Carmelo Anthony made a clutch shot over Tony Allen to give the Knicks the victory.

The win over the Grizzlies was huge. The Grizzlies have been playing real well lately, winning 17 of their last 23, including a big victory over Dallas. In addition, the Grizzlies are a big team that wins games by banging bodies and playing good defense, a team the new-look Knicks are supposed to struggle with.

Possibly my favorite stat-line in this game is the 31 assists the Knicks had. Earlier the team was having problems spreading the ball around. Now it seems like everyone is getting in on the action. I will admit they aren’t perfect yet, and I think those 17 turnovers indicate that, but they have been a lot better since they started distributing.

A big part of this has been the emergence of Toney Douglas. Continuing his stellar play in place of Chauncey, Douglas dished ten assists, a new career-high. Like I’ve mentioned before, we all know he can shoot, drive to the basket and play defense. What we need to see him do is distribute the ball. Great to see him come through tonight.

Also it was nice to see the Knicks efforts on the boards. The Grizzlies are a big team and a good rebounding team, yet they had no real advantage over the Knicks with New York pulling down 30 rebounds to the Grizzlies 31. Just a great effort.

With the win and the Sixers loss the Knicks have some breathing room in the sixth spot, and are only 2.5 games out of fifth. Let’s hope they continue this stellar play tomorrow night in Dallas.

 

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Bye bye bye

Via ESPN

Left-hander Oliver Perez is one step closer to being released by the New York Mets.

After Perez allowed three runs on four hits and two walks in three innings against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, general manager Sandy Alderson, manager Terry Collins and pitching coach Dan Warthen met to discuss Perez’s fate. The trio decided to move Perez from rotation consideration to the lefty-specialist competition in the bullpen, a team source said.

Happy to see this organization isn’t as delusional as the last. Perez had a great year…in 2007. Ever since he has been nothing but a headache for this team. Worse, it seems he never puts the work in to get better.

Back in 2007 he had good velocity and good movement on his pitches, so even though he was erratic he still managed to be effective. Unfortunately due to his poor work ethic, injury history, and to an extent, the WBC, Perez is not the pitcher he was. With what little he has shown during Spring Training, the sooner we get him off this team the better.

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Update On Tiki

Via ESPN

Barber, who had two years left on his Giants contract when he retired, will not be making his comeback with New York.

“We wish Tiki nothing but the best, and when we are able to make the transaction, we will release him from our reserve/retired list,” team spokesman Pat Hanlon said in a statement.

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“I didn’t get a chance to get to know who Tiki Barber was the person,” Pierce said. “I know him as a player and the guy was great and we always congratulate each other, the way we played.”

“But what he did in that locker room my two years with him, he didn’t do anything but deteriorate that team,” Pierce added. “And he didn’t help us out. I don’t see this guy as a leader or somebody that can help you out. And that’s my problem with him. That is why I believe they [the Giants] will release him because he is going to cause nothing but problems for that team.”

The Giants already have Brandon Jacobs and DJ Ware under contract at running back and plan on trying to re-sign Ahmad Bradshaw once a new collective bargaining agreement is reached.

While Barber was an outstanding player for the Giants, the always forthcoming running back has been critical of Coughlin and quarterback Eli Manning since his retirement.

Interesting new bits of information. First I guess the Giants decided it wasn’t worth having a 36 year old running back who hasn’t played football in four years on the team. I can’t say I blame them for that. I was all for offering him the veteran minimum and seeing if there was anything left, but secretly I was hoping he’d get cut in training camp and just retire again.

Now the more interesting part of the article was Antonio Pierce lashing out at Tiki. He had some real unflattering words for him, and kind of put to light what a lot of us were thinking. Tiki is not a leader and not a good presence for the locker room. I’m not sure if it was a product of his dislike for Coughlin and playing for a young inexperienced quarterback, but Tiki was not a good teammate.

I wonder if he gets to play for the team he wants, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, if he will be better in the locker room. Either way I guess it is not something we really have to worry about anymore, as he is not going to be playing for the Giants.

What do you guys think? Happy he isn’t coming back? Wish we took a chance on him? Anyone think Tiki begged the Giants to release him?