2004-05-14 / Sports

From The Stands

By Brendan Brosh

From The Stands


By Brendan Brosh

Wednesday night’s Mets / Diamondbacks game was one of the most pleasant to watch in recent memory. A classic pitcher’s duel with two of the best lefties in history in Tom Glavine and Randy Johnson, the 1-0 score line was a testimonial of how baseball should be played – with great defense and quality pitching.

With Cliff Floyd returning to the lineup, the Mets will hope to go on a winning streak and return to .500.

This weekend’s series against the Astros is sure to be entertaining. With the league’s best offense and arguably the best pitching staff in the country, the Astros have been steamrolling teams this season. Of particular interest will be Sunday’s matchup between Roger Clemens and Al Leiter.

With Clemens in the best form of his career, the Mets are striving to give him his first loss of the season. Now that Clemens is no longer a Yankee and therefore a less divisive figure, it seems like the nation is behind his renaissance at 40.

Given his propensity for stupid decision-making, witless Met manager Art Howe will probably bench Piazza for this game.

Howe should be fired for his complete lack of baseball knowledge. There are dozens of coaches in the Rockaway Little League more capable and astute than Howe. Who bats a relief pitcher with the bases loaded and two outs? Seriously, who does that?

A message to the Boston Red Sox: the baseball world is counting on you to beat the Yankees this year. Don’t screw this one up! It will be your best chance for a long, long time!

Granted, there are many New York Yankee fans around the world, but, after a decade of dominance, most Americans root for ABNYY, "Anybody But the New York Yankees."

Now, with Boston faltering, the usual suspects will be back atop the AL East in no time.

You gotta love the consistency of the New York Yankees franchise. In a stadium covered head to toe in advertisements, the Yankees couldn’t find any room to put spiderwebs on the bases.

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Kudos to Rockaway City Councilmen James Sanders and Joe Addabbo Jr. for sponsoring the new law prohibiting interference with professional sporting events.

A New Jersey man was charged last week for running onto the field at Shea Stadium during the Mets - Giants game, and will be the first person prosecuted under the law.

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The UEFA Champions League final will be on Wednesday, May 26 at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2. This year’s final will pit Porto of Portugal against Monaco of the French League. With heavyweights AC Milan, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Arsenal out, this match is the equivalent of Western Michigan and Siena in the NCAA Final Four. The spectacle of a Champions League final is much more than anything we have in the United States. If you can’t watch it live – tape or Tivo it. +


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