Get your morning dose of Mets in the Papers.
The Mets are under .500 at the break for the first time since 2003, when Steve Phillips and Art Howe were running the show, and we all know how that turned out. Now we assign the blame, and a little bit of praise, too.
John Harper, “Mets need a miracle to turn around 2009 season”
“Because they don’t have the prospects to make a big trade,” one scout said, “I don’t think there’s much they can do except hope like hell they get their players back in a hurry.”
Mark Hale has a talk with Billy Wagner in “Wagner Doesn’t See Big Comeback Role”
Wagner doesn’t believe he’s headed for a major role at all with the Mets. In a conversation with The Post yesterday, the rehabbing, fireballing, straight-shooting Wagner predicted he’ll be used sporadically, admitted he won’t be able to help if he can’t bounce back well and insisted he won’t be a bullpen cure-all when he returns.
Wagner also added, “I’m not killing myself to get back for them,” he said. “I want to get back because [of] Fred Wilpon and that’s it.”
Mark Hale has quotes from Pedro Martinez in “Report: Pedro Deal Done With Phils”
“I’m an old goat. I’m very hard to get excited,” Martinez, 37, told The Post yesterday. “Probably maybe a good-looking woman will get me excited, and that’s my wife.”
Kevin Kernan, “Source: All-Star Game at Citi Field in 2013″
The Yankees had their All-Star party last year, with an All-Star farewell to Yankee Stadium. The Mets and Citi Field will be having their All-Star Summer hello in 2013.
Kevin Kernan, “David Wright: I Want To Stay With Mets For Career”
This season has crystallized the third baseman’s baseball vision. Even though Wright’s contract runs for three more years and the club holds an option for 2013, he said he would be willing to work on a new deal at any point in the future that would make him a Met for life.
Najib Aminy, “Senior Softball Players Create Videos to Help Mets”
Three strikes and you are out – add a losing record, 56 errors, a bunch of balks and a number of questionable plays, and it’s inevitable that the New York Mets would be offered help.
One compelling offer comes from some seasoned Long Island baseball veterans, who are joining to produce a video on the fundamentals of baseball to help their hapless metropolitan team.