Manuel: Mets 'suspending' pennant race

NEW YORK — Mets manager Jerry Manuel announced Wednesday night that, due to the urgency and gravity of the financial crisis on Wall Street, the New York Mets will be suspending their pennant race.

“This is just too important,” Manuel said. “It’s time to put country first.”

It’s unclear what “suspending” even means in this context, but Manuel hinted that it would likely include not playing the four games remaining on the team’s schedule.

Jerry_3Manuel called on the Milwaukee Brewers to join the Mets in suspending their pennant chase as well. The Brewers and Mets are currently tied for the National League Wild Card berth.

Informed that Milwaukee intended to play the remaining games on its schedule, Manuel noted that he was “saddened that the Brewers do not share my ostentatious love and devotion to this great country.”

“But,” he added, “even if they win out, we’ll still be tied in the loss column.”

Asked if this wasn’t just a crude stunt attempting to stave off a repeat of last season’s late-September collapse, Manuel bristled.

“The finanical crisis is very grave,” he said. “If swift action is not taken to restore faith in our financial system, then this will begin to affect the daily lives of ordinary Americans. It may become impossible to get a mortgage, or a car loan, or to pay your center fielder $18 million to hit a lousy .280. And do you people realize what it’s going to cost us to sign Francisco Rodriguez this winter? Decisive action is needed to restore faith in our financial institutions and our bullpens.”

Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella, whose team is scheduled to play the Mets tonight at Shea, said he had no intention of suspending the final game of their season series.

“This is the big leagues,” Piniella said. “You have to be able to deal with more than one thing at once.”

Piniella, whose team has already clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, did agree to send Cubs slugger Alfonso Soriano to Washington to assist congressional leaders in finalizing the details of the bailout agreement.

(Update: Fixed spelling of Lou’s name. Didn’t fix the unfair shot at Beltran, but yeah, he’s actually having a great year.)

  • Brian

    Basically, Batting Overage is an incredibly overrated stat since it discounts walks. This is the same reason Ryan Howard shouldn’t lose the MVP because he has a .249 BA (he should lose it because Pujols is OPSing 1.086 and is destroying him in VORP and WARP3).

  • Lauren

    Did aunursa just suggest that our election calendar should be modeled on MLB? OK, moving on….

  • http://xanga.com/ihavenothingprofoundtosay Robb

    Now I picture Henry Paulson as Dr. Evil, blackmailing the world for $700 billion.
    And Bernanke as Dr. Horrible?
    “And Congress will see the evil me, not a joke, not a dork not a failure
    Poor folks might sigh but they’ll start to cry when I force them to go to some place that’s not Australia”
    “It’s a brand new day, and the sun is high,
    Congress just decreed: Wall Street’s Gonna Die…”

  • lonespark

    Tonio:
    You can’t buy Pryce as a villian because of Sam Lowery? He’s been sort of typecast as a villian in a ton of movies, just like many other suave persons from the vicinity of the British Isles.
    Ok, so looking at IMDB I can’t tell if there are more villians than good guys, but I would definitely say more villians in mainstream American movies, although I guess these days the kids will just think of Governor Swann. Whereas I would think of yes, Brazil, but also Barbarians at the Gate, Evita, Miss Saigon (not a movie, but still), and the definitive evil in Something Wicked This Way Comes.
    (Lotsa quirky movies, though. I must now buy the soundtrack to Unconditional Love, even if I am the only person in the world who has seen that movie.)

  • Jeff

    2008 Ferrari 612 Scaagliettis with … cruise control
    WTF??? A Ferrari with cruise control??? I guess it would have saved Walter Matthau a lot of trouble, but then he never would have met Elaine May!

  • Jeff

    Lactose-free milk has been a lifeline for me.
    My girlfriend and I love Soy, especially the chocolate. She’s lactose-intolerant, I’m not, but it’s got the thickness, without a lot of sweet, that I really like.

  • Drake Pope

    Am I the only one who didn’t know that McCain used to play for the Mets? Wasn’t he in Vietnam at the time?

  • Roadstergal

    whatever the heck a carbon fire exterior sill kick is
    I believe you’re referring to carbon fiber sill plates. Open your car door, then look down at that little strip of rubber covering the slab of body between you and the outside world. Now imagine that’s carbon fiber.
    Yes, some people care about this.

  • KevinWC

    Fred, I offer the sincerest condolences a Phillies fan can muster.

  • Tonio

    He’s been sort of typecast as a villian in a ton of movies, just like many other suave persons from the vicinity of the British Isles…Barbarians at the Gate, Evita, Miss Saigon (not a movie, but still), and the definitive evil in Something Wicked This Way Comes
    Thanks for the information. I’ve never seen any of those movies.

  • Josh

    Tonio, Lonespark: Baron Munchausen. Although JP does the hapless schlemiel thing wonderfully in Glengarry Glen Ross and in some parts of Carrington.

  • http://hittingbedrock.blogspot.com Toby

    aunursa: There’s no way that the teams could reschedule the games at this late date.
    That whole post was a non sequitur. I didn’t see the Brewers make any such claim.
    (Incidentally, though: Ole Miss Official Says Debate Cancellation Would be ‘Devastating’.)

  • http://www.geocities.com/aunursa aunursa

    Lauren: Did aunursa just suggest that our election calendar should be modeled on MLB?
    Lauren, where did you get the idea that this has anything to do with politics?

  • Nobody_Special

    Fred,
    In solidarity with Jerry Manuel, Ozzie Guillen and the White Sox voluntarily removed themselves from first place in the AL Central until the $700 billion bailout plan is passed by Congress.

  • http://accidental-historian.blogspot.com/ Geds

    In solidarity with Jerry Manuel, Ozzie Guillen and the White Sox voluntarily removed themselves from first place in the AL Central until the $700 billion bailout plan is passed by Congress.
    Ah ha! I knew there had to be a reason for that absolutely atrocious choke job in the Minny.
    It’s okay, though. I had other things to do in the month of October, anyway. Now if we can just find someone to sweep the Cubs in the first round so my anti-North Side schadenfreude is enough to keep my warm through a cold, abysmal Bears season…

  • Caravelle

    Yay ! My long slactivistless nightmare is coming to an end !!!
    I’ll never manage to read all the backlog though, sigh…

  • lonespark

    Josh, thanks for reminding me to rent Carrington. On the one hand, my distrust of fake beards. On the other, JP, Emma Thompson, and queer themes.

  • http://profile.typekey.com/kirabug/ kirabug

    Well, you did throw batteries at Scott Rolen and boo Santa…

    I thought we threw batteries at JD Drew. Much harder to hit Rolen in the infield than Drew in the outfield. And at least we weren’t this cruel.
    And heck, the other night, we booed the Phanatic when he missed a foul ball that sailed his way.

    I was just pointing out that Philly does have a long history of non-sympathy…
    Why is that the case?

    Well, when it comes to our sports, we expect our players to work as hard or harder than we do, and we know the game well enough to have a good idea when they’re slacking off. (That doesn’t mean we don’t have our fair share of morons.)
    As for the general population and the experience you had near the Vet, I venture to say that since the sports complex is in one of the shadier parts of town that, given a visit to an equally shady part of most other big cities, you may have experienced the same thing.

  • http://accidental-historian.blogspot.com/ Geds

    I thought we threw batteries at JD Drew.
    Whoops, my bad. I think I was recalling the speculation that Rolen would get a similar treatment on any return to Philly after he bolted for St. Louis. Of course now he’s sucking wind up in Toronto and nobody cares any more, so hey…


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