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Comparing David Wright to Derek Jeter is Just Plain Wrong

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On Wednesday Major League Baseball fans worldwide received the news that future Hall of Famer and New York Yankee legend Derek Jeter will hang up his spikes at the end of the 2014 season. As a New York Mets fan I wasn’t very happy when he went yard in 2000 but as a baseball fan I knew that anytime I watched him I was watching greatness.

Last night I was finishing up the show and saw where a Mets fan was forced to defend Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter to other Mets fans. Apparently the fugazi fans were bitching about another public announcement and dreading another season long goodbye and the reason they think it’s wrong is, and get ready for this;

David Wright would never do that.

This honestly was said and I was too damn tired to favorite the freaking thing or I would display the entire squabble for you all. Believe me when I tell you I was astonished.

Look, I’ve said this a million times. David Wright is a nice complimentary piece on a championship ballclub but he’s not a super star. He’s barely an All Star and Mets fans love him so much they needed to be begged and prodded to vote for him otherwise Pablo Sandoval would have been the starting third baseman for the National League in the 2013 All Star Game held at Citi Field.

In case you didn’t know Citi Field is David Wright’s home ball park. I guess they were simply too busy bitching and moaning anonymously on Facebook about the Wilponzi’s to take the time to vote for free.

Now back to Jeter and Rivera.

Baseball fans everywhere respect these two fellas. They were just wide eyed kids playing for the legendary Yankees who became legends doing it the right way during an era when doing it the right way wasn’t the norm. They made big plays and big times and wowed us time and time again

I say they’ve earned one last ride around the park and that will have to tide them over until they get enshrined permanently in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

David Wright? If it’s true what they say about history repeating itself when Wright announces his retirement he probably won’t even do so as a New York Met. No season long farewell. No fanfare. No uniform number retired. No World Series ring. Zip. Zero. Nada.

That’s too bad but that’s the difference between barely All Stars and future Hall of Famers. To ridicule Rivera and Jeter for getting their due is absolutely ridiculous. It’s actually pathetic and just plain stupid and makes me ashamed they call themselves Mets fans.

Today’s show was amazing. Actually the last two days were pretty amazing. On Thursday we talked Mets and A’s baseball and looked at the top ten Major League offenses and today we talked about fake trade rumors, un-vetted media sources and stupid bloggers spreading rumors, Lebron James, Kevin Durant and Mount Rushmore followed by my weekly Kiwi test and a great chat about the Thunder. The shows are below;

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Phil Naessens Show August 16, 2012: MLB and NBA Show!

Tonight Phil is joined by The Sports Goons Jameyan Smith and the topics are Bobby Valentine, Melky Cabrera, Michael Kaye, a rundown of the standings in the National and American Leagues, the Dwight Howard trade and why Phil believes the New York Knicks will win 55 games in 2013 good enough for a fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.

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Book Review: The 50 Greatest Players in New York Yankees History by Robert W. Cohen

As much as I hate to admit it, the New York Yankees are the most successful professional sports franchise in history. And as much as I wanted to hate Robert W. Cohen’s new book The 50 Greatest Players in New York Yankees History I found myself enjoying this book and so will you.

The 50 Greatest Players in New York Yankees History is filled with stats and other interesting biographical information that even fan or not will find fascinating and compelling. As a baseball fan this is the type of unbiased information I found appealing and what kept me interested in finishing this book.

Some of the names and rankings weren’t surprising but some names that I thought should be on the list of the 50 greatest weren’t, like for example Lou Pinella. Cohen covers this as well in a section of honorable mentions and that list is also quite extensive.

With so many great Yankees to choose from Cohen had a daunting task placed before him but his careful research and seemingly unbiased approach as well as Cohen’s easy to follow writing style makes The 50 Greatest Players in New York Yankee History a keeper and worth every penny. I highly recommend this book.

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free of charge from the author for review purposes. I wasn’t expected to give a favorable review nor was that Mr. Cohen’s intention.

Mets Fans For Yankees?



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Yesterday I
was listening to Boomer and
Carton on WFAN 660AM
and heard Carton
promote a Mets fans for Yankees sect something akin to the
religious sect “Jews for


That’s one “religion”
I have no desire to join,


Carton may
be clowning around doing a “bit” for his show, but no real Mets fan could ever
truly root for the Yankees. That would be like
Jesus rooting for the devil.


In other
words this would and should be considered blasphemy and I hope Carton repents
of his sacrilegious behavior.


I don’t
think I could even joke about something like that no matter how much I was
getting paid.


I’m a Mets
fan which means I despise the Yankees and I hope they lose each and every time
they play as any other real Mets fan should.


I’ll definitely
be talking about this subject and more on the
Phil Naessens Show this week!