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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Holiday Curse Claims Mike Pelfrey

Because this blog is all about helping people, no matter the size of their paychecks, I hereby issue my annual reminder to any Mets out there who might be reading: whatever you do, do not be photographed in Christmas gear. Particularly if you want to have a future with the Mets. Save David Wright, no Met has ever survived Christmas' War on Mets. It may be too late for Mike Pelfrey, this year's victim, who is heaping bad mojo upon his bad mojo in his comments to Marty "Pants" Noble (who it must be said is in quite the playful, I'm- a-reporter-for-Parade-not-the-most-curmodgeonly-beat-reporter-ever mode):
Then what? What do you want [for Christmas]?

Pelfrey: Back to the memorabilia. That stuff is cool. ... I was a big Braves fan -- (Tom) Glavine, (John) Smoltz and (Greg) Maddux. David Justice was my idol.

Davyboy made it through the party in 2007, but look closer at who else was there:

New York Mets third baseman David Wright , left, dressed as Santa Claus, poses with Mets manager Willie Randolph, right, Melissa Hidalgo, 7, center of the Bronx, and a person dressed as the baseball team's mascot,  Mr. Met, as Wright hands out gifts to children from public schools  throughout the New York metropolitan area at the Mets' annual holiday party, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006, at Shea Stadium in New York.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) From AP Photo by Frank Franklin II.

In addition to lunch and their presents from Santa Claus, who was assisted by Willie Randolph and his family, Julio Franco gave each child a parting gift of a Mets backpack of souvenirs as they headed to their school buses.

Enough with the dire warnings. Close your eyes tonight, and let the visions of Manny Ramirez in Citifield's leftfield make your night magical. (New Argument: Manny doesn't want to be a Dodger, he really wants to be a Yankee but the Yanks probably won't throw any more money around this year, so the Mets can sign him for a year or two at a reasonable salary, after which the Yanks will have freed up room in their "budget" and he can go become their fifth highest player in the history of baseball to join their roster). Have a wonderful holiday season!

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  • At 2:09 PM, Anonymous cver said…

    Yes, Happy Holidays and New Year and Let's Hope it will also be Sweet and Lowedown!

  • At 7:53 AM, Blogger Zoooma!! said…

    Getting Lowe won't make much of a difference. It feels like we'll always have a bullpen that will just collapse and blow games. Rodriguez, like Obama, is no savior who will make everything perfect. I feel like we're becoming the new Chicago Cubs, in a way -- there's always next year but what will next year really bring? Hope, of course there's hope... but then collapse.

    P.S. isn't the new stadium called Citi Field? Or has the old one always been called Sheastadium?

  • At 8:50 PM, Blogger katherine said…

    Zoooma, I prefer citifield to citi field. The more quickly one can get through the embarassing name, the better.

    Thanks, IMFM, for the link to the Mike Pelfrey article. He is unintentionally hilarious. He asked for a computer desk for Christmas? And his new wife IS AN ACCOUNTANT? That is so Kansas. Well, at least we don't have to worry about his getting caught with a bimbo in a stripper club, or shooting himself in the leg, or being involved in illegal canine/poultry fighting.

    And he's very cute about wanting a locker with the big boys next season

  • At 12:08 AM, Blogger Jaap said…

    The Santa Jinx. Lurv it.

    Santana, Lowe, Maine, Pelf and Pedro (yes, I'd like to see him around one more season even if it means Niese gets another year of seasoning in the Minors until a September call-up) would be my preferred rotation next season.

    But let's not forget about the WBC effect. 2006 saw the Mets get as close as they've gotten with this crew so perhas the 2009 WBC will see the Mets finally shed their September suffocations.

    Here's hoping...

    Happy New Year, IMFM.

  • At 9:32 PM, Anonymous jdon said…

    Wow, we are grasping at straws. Well, there were 92 tornadoes in 2006. If we can just get to 92 this year AND have Santana pitch a game 7, we are in. Jaap, you have just captured the essence of being a Mets fan.

    P. S. By the way...those tornado numbers were fictitious. A little poetic license on my part.

  • At 10:25 PM, Blogger I.M. Forme said…

    I dunno about Pedro as a five. I think they need Lowe + one. And Pedro too if he wants to battle for a job.

    Perhaps our expectations are a bit lower now, and maybe that is when the team will strike for a world championship.

    i am thinking of changing the subtitle of this blog to "home of hope."


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