Links: Brandon Nimmo, Travis d’Arnaud and Steve Matz

LinkI found the attack on the Boston Marathon deeply unsettling. One of my good friends is preparing for her first. My cousins often hang out along the marathon route. One of my favorite days included a Patriots’ Day Red Sox game with my late Grandfather. The violence is so random and logic-less. And yet, I make no specific personal claim on the events of Monday afternoon.

There is no practical way to secure a 26.2 mile route through an American city over the time demands of a marathon from elite runners out front through the novices in the back checking in at five and six hours. As with many everyday activities, we are all vulnerable. The correct response might well be no response (other than justice for those directly involved). Go to back to your normal deal. Go to work. Go out with friends. Go to sports games. Enjoy your life.

In particular  Bruce Schneier makes this case very convincingly at the Atlantic that terrorism ONLY works when it succeeds in scaring its targets.

Terrorism isn’t primarily a crime against people or property. It’s a crime against our minds, using the deaths of innocents and destruction of property as accomplices….

Don’t glorify the terrorists and their actions by calling this part of a “war on terror.” Wars involve two legitimate sides. There’s only one legitimate side here; those on the other are criminals. They should be found, arrested, and punished. But we need to be vigilant not to weaken the very freedoms and liberties that make this country great, meanwhile, just because we’re scared.

 

A lot of the writing about the marathon is very hard to read. However, Brendan O’Toole at Beyond the Monster, Charles Pierce at Grantland and Leigh Montville at Sports on Earth all have really compelling pieces that capture the moment and what this act of terrorism means to Boston and its beloved sports.

 

So, back to business: I’m going to continue writing about the Mets and their prospects.

- Brandon Nimmo enjoyed his big night (3-for-4, HR, 5 RBI) Monday. He said that his time in the NYP League taught him that every at-bat matters:

You can’t take any at-bats off. It took time to learn how to approach the game and how to be at 100 percent or close to 100 percent every day, mentally and physically.

- Over the weekend, Robert Brender, who you will see more of around here, talked to Travis d’Arnaud and the challenges of hitting in Vegas. Like Nimmo, many levels below him, he emphasized keeping an even keel even in the tantalizing hitting environment of Vegas.

- Chris Blessing wrote about Steven Matz at Bullpen Banter. I like Chris, but I think this report is a great example of why relying on one early season look at a prospect is dangerous. He concludes, “Projecting Matz is problematic due to his injury history and without seeing his curveball.” Later that week, Matz told me and Pitching Coach Frank Viola have scrapped the curve to focus on his slider which is more promising based on his arm slot.