‘captain Phillips,’ Starring Tom Hanks, Premieres At 51st New York Film Festival

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The bloated contracts of Johan Santana and Jason Bay are finally coming off the books at the end of this season, so general manager Sandy Alderson has no excuse not to spend money. Mets fans demand it and it’s time to turn the Mets into winners again. With that in mind, let’s take a look at three players who New York can sign this coming offseason now that the contracts of Santana and Bay are about to expire. Robinson Cano would sure look good in a Mets uniform Patrick Smith/Getty Images The Mets should ink Robinson Cano to a five-year, $125 million pact this winter. Ah, yes. What a free agent splash that would be for the Mets. The New York Yankees star second baseman is in his prime and would instantly make the Mets a legitimate contender for the National League East crown. The five-time All-Star has a .309 career batting average and has driven in over 100 runs in three of his last four seasons. Not only that, but the Dominican Republic native is also a two-time Gold Glove winner as well. He is simply the best second baseman in baseball. The Mets could move current second baseman Daniel Murphy to first base, say goodbye to Ike Davis and bat Cano third in manager Terry Collins’ lineup. David Wright could easily slip into the cleanup spot and give New York a very formidable 2-3-4 trio. If the Mets are serious about winning again, they should sign Cano away from the Yankees and become a team to be reckoned with again. After all, the Mets’ last trip to the World Series in 1986 was a long, long time ago. Shin-Soo Choo: Outfield The native of South Korea would make a great fit for the Mets in left field.

3 Players New York Mets Can Sign After Contracts of Santana, Bay Expire

PHOTOS: Last week’s best news photos Earlier this year, Hanks made his Broadway debut playing New York journalist Mike McAlary in Nora Ephrons Lucky Guy. And later this year, he stars as Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks, about the making of Mary Poppins. I got to get out of this racket, Hanks said sheepishly ahead of the Friday night premiere. Its killing me. Captain Phillips, which is expected to be a major contender in Hollywoods awards season, debuted at the NYFF to enthusiastic reviews and particular acclaim for Hanks performance. But playing real-life people comes with various pressures of authenticity. Verisimilitude is a primary aim for Greengrass, who made the true-life tales United 93 and Bloody Sunday with similar documentary-like realism. Hanks met several times with Phillips at his Vermont home to help prepare for the role. You dont want to be an idiot, said Hanks. You dont want to ask, What were you feeling? What was it like? What were you feeling? Are you a hero? you know, ask questions like most journalists do when the time comes. The crowd, composed largely of members of the media, roared. Captain Phillips opens in theaters Oct. 11. The 51st New York Film Festival, which also will feature the premieres of Spike Jonzes Her and Ben Stillers The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, runs through Oct.

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