We’re abandoning ship, and we advise you to do the same. You’ll find us hiding out at the sports bar over at The Sports Blog.
I never thought I’d be saying this a few years ago, but Joel Pineiro is the top pitcher on the market right now. The Mets have been informed that he will be going elsewhere, which is a surprise to me because his name has a very Hispanic sound to it, and it complies with Omar Minaya’s rule by ending in either a Z or a vowel.
The Mets have offered Jason Bay $65 million over 4 years. My calculator tells me that averages out to $16.25 million a year, which I think is a princely sum for borderline A-list talent. Bay was certainly a critical part of the Red Sox wild card winning team last season, but he was inconsistent at times and I just don’t think an outfielder with a solid-but-not-superb bat is worth $16.25 million a year. It’s not my money, and I’d love to see Bay in a Mets uniform, but if money spent on him means we can’t pursue some other free agents I think I’d have to vote for “pass” on this one.
Well, the worst case scenario is upon us. The Yankees and the Phillies are in the World Series. I think I’ll spend the next week posting embarrassing crap about both teams, just to make myself feel a little better. To start off, here’s an idiot Phillies fan (redundant?) acting like an idiot after their win over the Dodgers. You might want to bookmark this so you can watch it every morning after you wake up:
It’s not uncommon for northeast college graduates with an interest in sports to pursue a career at ESPN. If said college graduate happens to be a female, it would appear that’s it’s also not uncommon for them to end up sleeping with one of the on-air personalities. Last year it was Harold Reynolds, this year it is Steve Phillips. The married Phillips reportedly had an affair with a 22-year-old production assistant at ESPN. When they broke up, she started talking, and talking, and talking. She even gave details about Phillips crotch that frankly nobody wanted to hear about. Apparently he grooms his nether regions into a fashionable Piazza-style mullet and goatee. Phillips’ wife (they have a son together) is currently filing for divorce.
The Mets had a 19 win drop from 2008 to 2009, mostly due to injuries. They won’t be rebuilding in 2010, because that’s not something the Mets can afford to do in New York anymore. If you play in the city, you better put out a team that at the very least people think can win a championship at the beginning of each year. The Mets certainly accomplished that this year. Heck, Sports Illustrated had them picked as World Series champions in their annual baseball preview issue. Finishing with less than 75 wins is not acceptable, but the Mets have buckets of excuses.
The Mets can’t build from within because there isn’t much “within”. Our farm system is terrible. There are a few prospects here and there, but overall we have one of the worst farm systems in the majors. I think Omar Minaya has to take a good chunk of the blame for that. The Mets have been trading away top prospects in exchange for proven talent for many years now. It seems our only choice is to improve via free agency. That’s going to get expensive, but it could pay huge dividends. Without the injuries this season, the Mets should have been able to win 90 games. With a little luck, they could have been pushing 100. Add a couple good free agent signings to the mix, and we’ll be postseason favorites again next season.
I think Mets fans are warming to Citi Field. Sure, it has some problems, and the home run issue takes some of the excitement away from games, but we have to remember that our fond memories of Shea had nothing to do with the stadium. It was about the players and the other fans and the excitement. The stadium itself was a worn-out dump the day it was built. The fans will be back next season in droves as the Mets rebound. It won’t take a little bit of good luck for the Mets to be good again, we just need to avoid the amazingly bad luck we had this season. If we get an average number of injuries next season we should win the division.
The Mets dropped another game to the Braves, 3-1, on Tuesday night, garnering just 5 hits in the effort. The Mets are now 22 games below .500 and might struggle to win 70 games this season. That’s a major disappointment for the team Sports Illustrated picked to win the NL East by 3 games at the beginning of the season. The Mets are 24 games back in that race.
As most of you should know, Lenny “Nails” Dykstra won a World Series ring with the Mets in 1986. Some of you might not know that Dykstra has faced financial difficulties in recent years after a failed (and bizarre) business venture that involved a financial/lifestyle magazine intended just for pro athletes with lots of money. Dykstra, who just a year ago wanted to be the go-to guy for athletes looking for financial advice, is now hocking his World Series ring at a Heritage auction in October.
Dykstra filed for bankruptcy last month and a court order since them has stripped him of control of his own finances. Basically, it means the repo men come and take all his stuff and sell it so Nails can repay some of the people he owes money to. Perhaps Dykstra should have spent less time trying to give other athletes financial advice through his idiotic “The Players Club” magazine venture and more time hitting the grind on the autograph circuit like every other good-but-not-great retired baseball player.
I give up. I’ve finally decided to chalk up the Mets 2009 season as a loss, and as a cathartic exercise I’m going to list the moments that helped contribute to this season of misery.
6.) Jose Reyes Tears His Hamstring
Jose Reyes has been out of the Mets lineup since May 20. From that date on, there was something missing from the left side of the Mets infield, and it only got worse from there. Some other key injuries would include Carlos Beltran, Billy Wagner, Carlos Delgado, Ryan Church, and other that will be mentioned below.
5.) July 17th – Mets Lose To Braves, 11-0
This may seem like just another loss, but I feel the Mets started to give up after getting stomped by the Braves in this mid-July game. The Braves are not a great team this year, so it hurts even worse to get dominated by them.
4.) August 24th – Johan Santana Experiences Discomfort In His Pitching Elbow
Santana, a former 2-time Cy Young Award winner, was done for the season after it was discovered he needed surgery to treat his injury. No ace means no late season comeback for the Mets.
3.) August 15th – David Wright Hit In The Head
David Wright Hit In the Head By 93 MPH Fastball –
This one was painful just to watch. David Wright, the man heralded by some fellow Mets fans as “the Savior”, gets plunked in the head by a 94 mph fastball, causing him to miss significant time.
2.) August 23rd – Phillies Beat Mets With Game-Ending Unassisted Triple Play
There was nothing special about the actual complexity of the play. A soft line drive is hit to an infielder during a double steal, he steps on a base and tags a runner who practically runs right into his arms. But it was this play that I felt really epitomized the Mets luck this season. They were down by a run in the 9th, but they had what looked like a rally going with nobody out. Then a line drive to an unknown infielder named Eric Bruntlett makes history for the Phillies and another loss for the Mets. This is just about the worst way you could end a seemingly meaningless regular season game to the hated Phillies.
1.) June 13th – Castillo Drops Game To Yankees
The Mets only get so many chances to play their crosstown rivals each season. The Mets were winning a close one in the bottom of the 9th at Yankee Stadium on June 13th. A-Rod was up with the winning run on base. K-Rod gets A-Rod to hit an easy pop-out to 2nd baseman Luis Castillo to end the game. Castillo squeezes his glove, but comes up empty. He quickly recovered and threw the ball to 2nd base, not realizing Mark Teixeira had already rounded 3rd and was heading for home. Tex scores easily, the Yankees win, and the Mets wonder how this game slipped away. We all felt the same way about this season.
The Mets have received a trade offer from the Toronto Blue Jays for Roy Halladay, but the Mets rejected the offer. The players the Jays wanted were Fernando Martinez, Bobby Parnell, Jonathan Niese, and Ruben Tejada. Those 4 are recognized as the top 4 prospects in the Mets system. As much as I’d want Halladay, we can’t mortgage the future for him. We’re not one player away from being contenders this season, and Halladay can only pitch once every 5 days. Rejecting this offer makes sense, no matter how much the talking heads on sports radio are going to yak about it.