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Blood clots, blowouts and Bryce Harper’s gold shoes…

Tuesday morning, Tony LaRussa‘s All-Star Game snub of R.A. Dickey still seemed like the biggest story around the Mets’ pitching staff…. at least until word broke that Dillon Gee was hospitalized after having surgery for a blood clot in his right shoulder.

Dillon Gee’s 2011 Allen & Ginter baseball card

Mets manager Terry Collins told the NY Post that he was “very, very worried about” Gee, and thanks to Toby Hyde’s research on other pitchers with blood clots, it’s easy to see why. Adam Rubin spoke to a medical expert who attempted to explain the medical issues involved, and I’m also worried for Gee. I’m glad the doctors were able to catch it before it became a more severe problem, and I hope that Gee is able to make a full recovery.

Gee’s trip to the disabled list offers Collins a chance to give Miguel Batista more innings, and that’s exactly what he plans to do. Better to run the 41-year-old poet out there for a spot start or two than to force Matt Harvey to the majors before he’s ready, I suppose.

There was an actual game Tuesday night amid all the hoopla in Kansas City. (To hear some columnists, not to mention Bud Selig and player’s union head Michael Weiner, you’d think it was a “let’s gang up on Robinson Cano” festival. While I don’t support the people who made nasty comments to Cano’s family, I hardly think anyone needs a reason to boo a Yankee – and leaving the home team player out of the home run derby can’t have seemed like a good idea to anyone other than Cano.)

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Garden gnomes invade Trenton Thunder promo schedule

image taken from Trenton Thunder website

The Trenton Thunder announced a few additions to their 2012 promotional schedule this week, including appearances by former National League All-Star shortstop Larry Bowa and New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford as well as things like “Ugly Sweater Night.”

But perhaps the most unusual addition is scheduled for Sunday, July 8th when the first 1,800 fans ages six and up will receive a “Robinson Ca-Gnome” collectible.

From the press release:

Gnomes were first used in Germany in the 1800’s as a way to protect gardens from evil sorcery and bring good luck. On Sunday, July 8, the first 1,800 Thunder fans ages six and older will take home a Collectible Garden Gnome that’s worthy of protecting even the lush turf at Yankee Stadium. The Thunder’s “Robinson Ca-Gnome” giveaway presented by Black Bear Franks will feature the likeness of former Thunder star and current Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano in traditional gnome attire, complete with a pointy cap.

I can’t wait to see if it will really look as weird as it sounds.

(I still have one ticket that I can’t use for the the 7 p.m. Trenton Thunder game on Thursday, April 5th. If you can use it, email me at

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Thoughts after the last New York baseball game of 2011

The planning for 2012 begins today for the New York Yankees, and I can’t say I’m unhappy about that.

For all the concerns about their pitching, it was the Yankees’ hitting that sunk them. They wasted opportunity after opportunity last night. I think the game was decided in the 7th inning, when Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher both struck out with the bases loaded against a struggling Joaquin Benoit.

A team that led baseball in home runs during the regular season had difficulty scoring any other way – Robinson Cano‘s solo shot and a bases-loaded walk accounted for the Yankees’ only runs in the deciding game of the ALDS. There’s probably a lesson in that for Mets fans who obsess over the home runs lost to Citi Field’s current dimensions.

With luck, the Philadelphia Phillies will follow the New York Yankees into the offseason tonight. But I’m not sure if I’ll watch – I’m tired of rooting against other teams in the playoffs.

Next year, it would certainly be nice if the Mets could give me a team to root for.