Meet The Matts Radio: Fired Mets Coach Dave Hudgens & Firey GM Sandy Alderson, plus Blueshirts Heave Habs!

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To hear today’s Meet The Matts Radio segment with deposed Mets Hitting Coach Dave Hudgens and defensive GM Sandy Alderson, scroll down… But not before you read Fake Sandy Alderon/Big Al Sternberg’s account!

NEW YORK, NY – I insisted I wasn’t hungry, but my host was relentless.  He had lost his job the day before and was apparently distraught and relieved simultaneously.  And gracious about offering up some grub while we chatted, and so there we sat in his Mom’s basement preparing to discuss his dismissal while staring at wood paneled walls, shag carpeting beneath us, Peter Frampton posters, and a sign that read, “Gas, grass, or ass…no one rides for free.” That was his favorite, and told me so in between shouts for his Mom way upstairs.
“Ma!!! The Meatloaf!! Ma!”

Hudgens' favorite

Hudgens’ favorite

And so my exclusive conversation with deposed New York Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens began. He couldn’t have been more excited to show his visitor his old Commodore 64 that still whirred in the corner, running Strat-O-Matic algorithms non stop.  Hudgens was let go by the Mets because you can’t fire 25 players, the GM won’t fire himself, and it’s a short term interim step before the inevitable demise of the Manager.  And above all, because the owner’s son, Jeffy Wilpon insisted on change. Even Jeffy, the helmet-headed scion of one New York’s 6 crime families, could see that if the Mets were scoring 2 runs a game-every game-then clearly the guy who was supposed to be “teaching” hitting had to be the Fall guy. Made perfect sense to Jeffy. So he ordered the “hit” on the “hitting” coach and his Daddy told him to tell Sandy Alderson that he thought Hudgens was a very good-but not great-hitting coach.

hudgeThere were old IBM printers straight out of the Wonder Years that spit out rolls and rolls of paper and it gave this place a strange vibe. On Friday evenings, it seems, Hudgens’ mom goes out to the A&P and DePo, Ricciardi, and Sandy come over for marathon Dungeons & Dragons nights.”  Hudgens pointed out that the noise from the archaic printers had to do with his running of an application called “Don’t Swing the Fuc*^**n bat!” and was printing out his results to discuss later.  But we finally sat down and began, but not before Hudgens put on a batting helmet.  I pressed on undeterred.  He explained that he owed his career to Sandy Alderson, and that being let go by Sandy was kind of like being let go by his own Dad. In fact, Hudgens went on, he had been calling Sandy “Daddy” since the late 70s.  He talked about how the guys in the SNY booth were constantly working against him-undermining his work and his philosophies.

These nattering nabobs of negativity threatened to undermine all of the work and dismiss the progress that he had made with Ruben Tejada and Travis d’Arnauld.  I pointed out that both players were planted firmly on the “Interstate” at the moment, but he ferociously snapped at me and screamed that I was both too negative and an infidel. I could tell he was emotional, and he had been particularly upset with the negative climate around the team. Daddy Alderson told him that the team’s broadcasters and the beat writers were conspiring against him-just like they had when they served together in the War. I asked Hudgens which war Sandy had been referencing, but he started regurgitating Wins Above Replacement results since the early 1920s.  Nevertheless, the enemy to him was clear. It was a doubting press, and negative fans who had the audacity to boo his hitters thereby sabotaging his efforts.

On the way out, he was gracious-even offering me a copy of his Manifesto for me to read on the train back to Flushing. And by the way…the meatloaf did arrive while we chatted and it was glorious.

By the way… RANGERS WIN! RANGERS WIN! MATTEAU! MATTEAU! MATTEAU! One more mountain to climb, baby!

Now have a listen to this – or download it and listen later. But listen, for Chrissake.

Tune in tomorrow for MTM’s Dave Hudgens, Junoir Blaber.

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Big Al Sternberg/Fake Sandy Alderson is from a not-so-nice part of Queens. But through grit and elbow-grease finds himself living on Long Island with his bride and twin 12-year-old sons. He is a sports encyclopedia… and a loose cannon. In fact, Michael Baron of Metsblog.com blocked him on Twitter. You can find The Blocked One’s Tweets here: @AldersonFake

  • Cookies Corner

    Fake Sandy! It takes a good Mom to make a great meatloaf. My mom is one of those.. and by virtue of family recipe and well.. she’s my ma… I am too.

    Man you sent me WAY back with the IBM printer. Anyone wanna talk about the Brother they wrote college papers on? Where’s my Metemucil?!?!

    That game last night. WHOOOO! Henrik had one SICK save in the first and by the third period.. the Rangers looked to be at a point to score another… which woulda been great for insurance but no dice… and no matter. They’re GOING people! The last time they went.. I went to the parade after they won. And man.. that was TOO long ago.

    Diff…. we gotta catch a game.. somewhere… at some point during this Cup. Great column yesterday as well.

    • We’re just coming down from our Henrik High… but anyone notice how Cheesy Bruin has almost seamlessly gone from destroying Hank and the Rangers to kissing every Ranger fan’s butt?! We’re on to you, C.B. – WATCH IT!

      • Cheesybruin

        The playoffs have created a ‘Perfect Storm’…Rangers have played my three most hated teams (Canadiens, Penguins, and Flyers) and knocked them all out, the Bruins got bounced, and admittedly the Rangers are playing well as I sense something big developing the same way a certain team did in 2011. As for Lundqvist, he’s been more like Roberto Luongo than Tim Thomas and the stats will back that up.

    • Different Matt

      Thanks Cookie. Def need to catch a game together. And if we don’t, hopefully there’s a parade in the next couple of weeks that I’ll see you at.

  • Shawn Abner

    Hudgens sounds like a tree hugger – no wonder the hitters didn’t listen to him!

    • FakeSandyAlderson

      Shawn-nice to hear from you. Ever hear from Stanley Jefferson or Marvell Wynne?

    • Shawn… Thanks for tuning in! We’ll have to get you on the air when we do our Worst Draft Picks Ever segment!

  • Cheesybruin

    Everything the Mets do as a franchise is funny, and so is today’s podcast. Walt Hriniak and Charley Lau were hitting coaches and are the only gurus that were prolific enough to remember so why even bother having these coaches for major leaguers? If a pro hasn’t figured out their swing by the time they get to the big leagues it spells trouble.

    • Favorite Cousin

      Why is it that guys that couldn’t hit become hitting coaches? And guys that never got anyone out are pitching coaches. And I liked the radio thing but no Bobby or Russo? Disappointing!

      • Cheesybruin

        Those who can’t do teach.

        • Hudgens didn’t really sound like a ballplayer. Just an observation.

      • They were contractually busy, F.C… Like Keith Hernandez and WPIX.

  • GrindingAxWalter

    The Mets are like one of those cooking reality shows where you are given bad ingredients and asked to create something edible.

    As I called it all along….Rangers in 6! I believe that 20 year anniversary of our last Cup, will bring another!

    • AngryWard

      That cooking show analogy is hilarious and on the money.

  • Big Blue 56

    Go Rangers! Hail the king!

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