The University of Michigan, my alma mater, didn't offer a major in nitpicking. If it had, I surely would've jumped on it.
I'm a stickler for accuracy, to the point where I occasionally test Mrs. Insider's patience. Just the other day, I e-mailed Erik Boland to let him know that, contrary to what everyone was reporting, this marked only the fourth White House visit for the Yankees' Core Four. The team did NOT go to Washington in 2000, to celebrate its 1999 title, for some reason. I guess it felt a little redundant at the time.
"This is the first time Mets baseball has been relevant since 2008!"
It's factually wrong, and more to the point, it reflects the folly of getting too overly worked up about the current Mets' good homestand.
If you look at the 2009 Mets' game log, you'll see that these 2010 Mets are three games ahead of last year's pace. A good thing for Mets fans, of course.
Yet after hobbling along to a 10-13 mark, the '09 Mets ran off a seven-game winning streak. Here is the game story from the seventh straight victory. Note the optimism. It reads like a story from this morning might read.
There's a reason it's so difficult to recall that point in time. Who can remember such a peak when the Mets spent the bulk of their season mired in baseball quicksand? How embarrassed are we now, that we thought Omir Santos - who delivered two hits and two RBI in the May 10 game - could provide decent production over the course of a long season?
Look, after the Mets went 70-92 last year, it's a great story that they find themselves atop the NL East this morning. From what we've seen of the NL, it's not impossible to think the Mets can spend the bulk of the season involved in a race for a playoff spot.
But let's at least acknowledge that they had a joyride like this last year, just so we can put this current run in a greater context. There are plenty of reasons to wonder whether the Mets can even sustain a winning record, and a 12-9 run doesn't negate those reasons.
--Ken Rosenthal interviewed Tony Bernazard, who is trying to take credit for the success of Mets youngsters like Ike Davis and Jenrry Mejia. Bernazard also said he thinks that the Mets scapegoated him last year, firing him undeservedly as a result of the Mets' terrible performance.
My response: I can't say Bernazard is 100-percent delusional. No doubt that the Mets did throw him overboard partly for public-relations reason.
But when Bernazard fails to acknowledge - and probably realize - is that pretty much the entire baseball world erupted in celebration when the Mets canned him. Bernazard's unique brand of aloof contentiousness (or would "contentious aloofness" make more sense?) didn't endear him to many people beyond Omar Minaya and the Wilpons. Perhaps he'll find a job somewhere in the industry, but I don't see how Bernazard attains his goal of being a general manager. He has burned too many bridges.
And if Willie Randolph ever becomes commissioner, well, Bernazard is pretty much toast.
--Carlos Beltran is now wearing a brace on his surgically repaired right knee, and to reiterate, at this point, it's pretty much impossible to know when, or if, he'll return this season.
--David Wright had a good night, finally looking like his old self as he hit the ball hard the other way.
--Jason Bay finally went deep.
--Over on the Yankees' side, Curt Schilling ripped into Javier Vazquez. No one would disagree with Schilling's contention that it's tougher to pitch in the AL than the NL, but is Schilling aware that Vazquez pitched for three years with the White Sox and hardly embarrassed himself?
The only person in baseball who might be more disliked than Schilling is...well, Bernazard.
--The Yankees lost in Baltimore. I didn't see the game, so I've got nothing.
--Jean Afterman has been the Yankees' assistant GM for nine years now, and she's one of the more under-the-radar executives. So it was interesting that she made news at the White House by talking trash with Barack Obama. Funny stuff.
--I'm here at Citi Field for the Mets' day game and will check in later.
UPDATE, 5:26 p.m.: Well, it's later, and I'm checking in. Sorry, had problems getting onto the blog site today. You know that the Mets won, and that the Dodgers are a mess. But did you know that Adam Wainwright (not really) counts all of his pitches out loud?
See you tomorrow.