Morning News: for Mon. April 4 (and past weekend)

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In case you missed it, the Mets lost Friday night, won Saturday and won Sunday – you can watch video recaps here and written recaps here.

Also, Jason Bay has not begun any baseball activities, but Sandy Alderson said that shouldn’t rule out a return of April 9. What’s more, Jason Isringhausen felt discomfort in his back, while pitching in a minor league game yesterday in Port St. Lucie. To read more about Izzy and Bay, read Andy Martino’s quick report in the Daily News.

By taking two of three in Miami, the Mets won their first road series of the season. They did not win a road series until the middle of June last year. They were 1-8 in Miami in 2010. This year, they’re already 2-1. For more, check out David Waldstein’s report in the New York Times.

Willie Harris started his season with 4 hits in 10 at bats, including 1 home run, 4 RBI and 3 runs scored. He spent the off-season talking to a sports psychological, which you can read more about in the Star-Ledger. Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal has a nice write up of Harris, too.

By the way, also from the weekend, around MLB, Rays LHP David Price says he’s open to a contract extension; the Rangers are still considering whether to trade 2B Michael Young, and the Phillies and Marlins could still be interested; also Cardinals OF Matt Holliday had an appendectomy, and his return is unknown at this point.




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Joe Willie
Joe Willie

Early mid 1970s were a bad time for the Jets Weeb got old and in 74 brought in his son-inlaw  Charlie Winner to coach---it was a nightmare. In 1972  -they had the best offense and the worst defense in the NFL-Caster was the fastest TE in the league. 




UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

Bottom line is this gangrels, if the oline plays consistent and Gels, Geno makes the jump to the next level, we stay fairly healthy, the key vets find another solid season in the gas tank, and the secondary steps up with Milliner being who we think he is, we make the post season with 10 wins, that simple!

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

Good morning from the Farm, where the Grass is green and the Fans can dream!

Folks, this is the last weekend before camp starts and the Farm will be in the trenches with you every step of the way!

The Farm will provide support and objective opinions, and if needed, will be available for emotional rescues this season for my Jets brothers!

So sit tight and fasten your seat belts! This camp we have some fierce battles that will boil over. This will serve to put the best players on the field.

The Jets are young and full of optimism. It is up to the coaching to tie it all together. This is the season we see a solid foundation take off to the next level. Can you dig it?

I agree about Barkum getting some respect, too. I guess Jets management in the early 70s was still trying to give Joe Willie some weapons to replace Maynard and Sauer. They sure didn't draft/trade for top RBs, if you look past Riggins, who jumped to the Redskins after a few seasons. George Nock? Clark Gaines? Louie Giammona?????

Caster was a great Jet. Unfortunately, the one clear memory I have of him was a MNF game in the early 70s against the Oakland Raiders - complete shootout, Namath actually healthy for a change - and Caster let a sure TD pass bounce off his chest. Ugh.

a57se
a57se

One of my favorite jets of that time...

kniff
kniff

@UncleJoesJetFarm Sounds positive AND possible, I'll sign up for ten wins in a heartbeat!!

Bent
Bent moderator

@UncleJoesJetFarm Joey - These articles, including the comments section are supposed to serve as a tribute to the players involved.


Can you please stop polluting them?

kniff
kniff

@UncleJoesJetFarm     Oh yeah, I can dig it!! 

Nice write up on Rich Caster above, what a deserving Jet Hall of Famer... hopefully Amaro can bring some of that kind of play for us over the next few seasons...

a57se
a57se

Dang, that picture you show must be your kid or something if you remember Rich Caster that well!

a57se
a57se

@a57se 

Did you guys think of putting Caster and Barkum in together?

Very similar players for the Jets...

@a57se Admit that photo is from 1998.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se It was interesting how both had success at receiver and at tight end but I didn't realize until I was researching this that they actually swapped over at one point.


Barkum is a guy who is a contender in his own right down the line, but Caster probably deserves this right now.  It might even be overdue.

a57se
a57se

 @a57se 

Ahh....thought it might be a dated pic!

a57se
a57se

@Bent @a57se 

Fair enough...I always tie them together when I think of those Jets teams...one of the reasons I thought it was ridiculous to lavish praise on Belichick for Hernandez and Gronk.

The Jets had their own version of that with Caster and Barkum...