Thursday, June 26, 2014


TEN QUESTIONS for the defending WORLD CHAMPION'S basebalguru
By Sam “no spell check” Willie

Flushing Meadows, NY (McC) During a recent visit to the Big Apple I ran into the owner and GM of the world champion New York Mets. At 3:15 am while sitting at the bar in an exclusive establishment (Waffle House) I observed the GM of the Mets, basbalguru and season 21 MVP Quinton Bryne stroll in for a late night dinner. I waved them over to join me at the bar, which they did. The owner once labeled “Wicky Wacky” by the New York media for all the trades and tweets started our small talk off by boldly announcing that the Mets will win the National League Pennant this season. I asked him is that a guarantee? He said “YES, most defiantly.”
Here is 10 questions from our sit down.           
1. During a conversation with you earlier this year you told me that the Mets will repeat as the National League champions and you guaranteed it. Please explain to our readers why that will happen. 
Well let me first start that with my deadline deals by acquiring Onan Park once again will solidify my rotation. Dealing for Tom Pridie combined with Kid Priddy is going to shorten the game to my advantage, we want to get it to my bullpen. That’s where the number one closer will be waiting Cedrick Hollins closing. I’m real confidence with those three at the back of the game rotation.

2. As the defending World Series champion who do you feel is the key player for the New York Mets to repeat?
As great of a season Dicky Wilkerson is having, once the deal for Park gets finalized its him and the man sitting next to me. Bryne is not having normal season by his standards. He will have to be better in the playoffs for a repeat. Once Park ends up on my team he will be the anchor for a title run.

3. You have finished in first place every year since taking over the club in season 17. What were some of the strategic moves you made that allowed the Mets to dominate the competition in the NL East? 
Well when i took this team over it was a spry young group and had ALOT of talent on it. I kept most of the core like Bryne, Shawn Bunch, Howie Mordecai up until now, Wilkerson I dealt but got him back So most of the core was here when I got here. I added the veteran experience of Tony Cortes and Hollins.

4. Prior to your arrival the Mets had two winning seasons in its history. When you took over the Mets, what part of the club needed an immediate upgrade? 
I love this question. I feel the biggest impact I had on this team was actually putting the pitching staff in its rightful place. The previous owner had Shawn Bunch and Howie Mordecai in the bullpen. First thing I saw was these guys need to be in a rotation asap. I contacted both of them immediately and told them from day 1 that they were starting pitchers and get in the starting pitching mentality. No more relief duty what so ever again. Season 18 is when I realized that I might have fallen into something special and the bullpen needed to get better if I was going to have Bunch and Mordecai start. I figured 6-7 great innings by each of them and bring in a guy like Kid Priddy to back them up for 2innings. I then got the best closer in the history of the world to come in and make sure we won ballgames

5. The best player ever to play this game in our opinion is 17 year pro Tony Cortes. He is batting a career low 295, are you satisfied with his performance this season, and how many more years do you think he will play?
Cortes isn’t here for the regular season. He helped this team win a world series and he understands his role. He’s not here for awards or all-star games, he’s here to help us win championships. He knows his time to shine is going to be playoff time. We just want him healthy during crunch time. I expect Cortes to finish out his contract in NY and possibly have a coaching role in rookie ball or even a front office position. We will cross that bridge when we get there. Right now he’s focused on a repeat.

6. Please rank the top three clubs you’ve faced this season. 
I don’t know if I have 3 teams, I surely got 2. The Rockies and Padres have been a thorn in my side from season 1. What I did last year, I believe, was get a lot of luck in the playoffs vs the Padres. That is a tough franchise and playing them in a series is just like a prize heavyweight fight. We didn’t win that series, we survived it.

7. Please rank the top three players the Mets have faced this season.
Well Vince Garcia is hands down the best pitcher in this world period. A team should get credit for 2 wins if they beat him, that’s how dominate he is. The Cubs have done some good things this season and Calvin Pote is a complete stud. He jacks bombs to all sides of the park. I’m glad we haven’t faced the third guy cause he plays for us. Bryne is in the top 3 category and I can’t leave him out.

8. Rumor has it after last season’s World Series win you and several front office members were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct at the famous brothel establishment “Bunny Ranch” in Las Vegas for refusing to pay a $5 surcharge for services rendered. The chargers were later dropped. Is this true, and can you share with us the facts to this story? 
The Bunny Ranch was a big miscommunication. And quite honestly a lot of that night was foggy and I really misremembered the details of it. I can state this, I don’t usually go to the ranches as they are overrated. I prefer to use the craigslist or back page site as it’s much easier and more discreet.

9. If the season ended today, who would get your vote for McCabe League MVP and CY Young?
Wilkerson gets MVP and Garcia gets CY. I wouldn't be bothered if Garcia won MVP cause that’s how damn good he is.
10. How long have you been playing HBD, and what changes would you make to the game?
I have played this game for quite a few years, at least 5-7yrs. There’s a lot I would change about this game, LOL. My top things is to find a way to implement SIM LIVE in HBD. Be able to fire coaches’ midseason. Update the new parks in the game and possibly add a few more new/old ballparks. Parks, fields, stadiums is a big part of what people love about this game.


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