Quote of the Day II: Those Manic Mets

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The Mets have gone 4-8, then 10-1, then 4-11, now
7-3. Each stretch rife with hyperbole on the greatness/failings of a
.500-ish team.

Jesse Spector of the Daily News, speaking the truth. Sure, it’s much more fun to beat the Phillies and Yankees like they have in the past week, but you can’t ignore those skids either.  The Mets are neither as good nor as bad as they’ve shown at various times this year.

Dodgers to retire Fernando Valenzuela’s No. 34 this summer

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will retire the No. 34 jersey of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela during a three-day celebration this summer.

Valenzuela was part of two World Series champion teams, winning the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. He was a six-time All-Star during his 11 seasons in Los Angeles from 1980-90.

He will be honored from Aug. 11-13 when the Dodgers host Colorado.

Valenzuela will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Don Drysdale with retired numbers.

“To be a part of the group that includes so many legends is a great honor,” Valenzuela said. “But also for the fans, the support they’ve given me as a player and working for the Dodgers, this is also for them.”