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Church on Friday

And then suddenly, we had something to write about...

New acquisitions Ryan Church and Brian Schneider have one walk-off RBI apiece, so there's not much to work with there. I'm more concerned at this point, with their abilities in the field of walk-off defense.

I can forgive Church for his adoration of Chipper Jones (his favorite player, while growing up in California), so long as he plays with the same kind of intensity, but a little less recklessness than he did on June 22, 2005. That day, both he and Schneider had RBI hits, and Schneider's bloop actually scored Church to give the Nationals a 5-4 lead over the Pirates in the eighth inning.

With two outs in the ninth inning, Humberto Cota faced Chad Cordero and crushed a 1-2 offering to left field. Church retreated, crashed into the fence and made a fantastic homer-robbing catch to end the game.

``That won the ballgame right there.'' Expos manager Frank Robinson told the media afterwards regarding the catch, giving …

Stoking The Flames

I will not be writing about Brian Stokes, sorry...

Personally, I find these notes from the Transactions wire to be of greater significance

TRANSACTIONS
MLB

METS- activated themselves from 60-day DL. Mets/Marlins game of September 30, postponed due to Glavinitis, will be made up at 7 this evening

NBA

KNICKS- Fired head coach/GM Isiah Thomas. Announced resignation of assistant coach Herb Williams. Signed G Isiah Thomas to 5-year contract. Signed F Herb Williams to 5-year contract. Signed C Patrick Ewing to 5-year contract. Signed G Henrik Lundqvist to 5-year contract. Released G Stephon Marbury, F Eddy Curry, F Zach Randolph, C Jerome James, F Quentin Richardson, G Jamal Crawford, G Nate Robinson, F David Lee, F Malik Rose, Owner James Dolan, F Jared Jeffries, G Mardy Collins, G Fred Jones, F Renaldo Balkman, F Wilson Chandler. Named Anucha Browne Sanders head coach/GM.

The Metsaction wires know...Brian Stokes allowed 2 walk-off home runs last season and probably should not be allowed anywher…

Gorge Bret

I refuse to get caught up in the excitement surrounding all the Johan Santana rumors.

You can thank Bret Saberhagen for that.

For the kids out there who are too young to remember, Saberhagen was Johan Santana, except he was righthanded and injury-prone, as opposed to lefty and injury free. Saberhagen was a two-time Cy Young Award winner, with great control, who won a World Series with the Royals in 1985 (the year before the Mets) and was only 27 on December 11, 1991 when Kansas City traded him to the Mets, along with Bill Pecota, for Gregg Jefferies, Kevin McReynolds, and Keith Miller. On the surface, it looked like a great deal.

In fairness, McReynolds and Miller amounted to essentially nothing, and Jefferies, based on his relationship with, well, everybody, was basically unkeepable, so it's not like the Mets got hosed in this deal. It's just that the potential was there to get a lot more from what they got (Saberhagen not Pecota) than they actually did.

Saberhagen's Mets car…