- Armando Galarraga is moving on. Can Jim Joyce? Contrite Joyce seeks new beginning after haunted winter (Scott Miller, CBSSports.com)
- First they tried to appropriate Jackie Robinson's legacy. Now the Mets are trying to bogart Frank McCourt's financial issues! Could Mets saga offer hint of Dodgers' future? (Steve Dilbeck, Dodgers Blog)
- Speaking of which, thanks to Mets Grrl for dropping by to comment on the Robinson thing. Her take:
If you've only noticed it the last few years, you haven't been paying attention. And be careful when you say "The Mets" because it's "The Wilpons" who have the fixation with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Their party line is "Jackie Robinson played for the National League in New York, and we are the National League team in New York, so we honor his legacy" - which of course is bullshit. The Jackie Robinson Rotunda was in place for Citi Field Opening Day, long before the Mets Hall of Fame or the championship banners or a whole host of other things, the first thing you saw when you got to the top of the escalators after coming through the rotunda was the "Ebbetts Club" (now renamed the Champions Club).
But this is all Fred Wilpon. All of it.
I think they host Rachel Robinson for reasons of proximity - she is a woman of advancing years - but I don't think you can get on someone for commemorating the day with pomp and circumstance. You really can't. You can, however, excoriate Fred Wilpon on the rest of it.
What, fans of other teams get annoyed with their owners?
- Ah, the Dodgertown Classic. A tradition stretching back all the way to 2010. Dodgers to host USC, UCLA in Classic (Tony Jackson, ESPNLosAngeles.com)