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Monday, May 09, 2011

Odds and Ends, in Honor of the Mets' 2011 Rotation

In a lost season such as this, fans and media are going to have to find something to discuss. The Alderson regime's impending dismantling of this sad sack group of underachievers, following an off-season of benign neglect, is on everybody's minds. The question that sells papers and banner ads is when Sandy's fire sale will get underway. Jose Reyes' looming free agency seems to be this week's story: will Sandy be able to or even want to re-sign the impish on-base challenged oft-injured human embodiment of the joy of baseball? In light of the team's finances and current basement residency, there is probably no reason for optimism that Alderson will make the kind of investment in Reyes needed to keep him. Now that the shortstop is healthy, his season is shaping up to be classic Jose with all the good and bad that entails. Old media might exagerate his bone-headedness, but the some of the younger commentator/enthusiasts out that there want to stick their heads in the sand about Jose's occasional lack of focus also have a creditability problem.

For the old guard's perspective, here's the Post's Mushnick:
* For all his talent Jose Reyes, at 27, still too often approaches the game like a T-Baller.
In the second inning Saturday, Reyes was picked off by the catcher because he paid zero attention as he meandered back to first. In the seventh, score tied and Reyes on second, he was thrown out at third on a ball hit to . . . shortstop!
Ron Darling, on Ch.11, spoke the self-evident: Inexcusable, “at this point in his career.”
Still, we’re told that Reyes’ enthusiasm is “infectious.” Is there a doctor in the house?

As much as it will pain me to watch Reyes work his magic for another team and then sign with the Yankees next season, I have to guess that Alderson has realized the Mets can finish in last place just as easily without Jose and will try to get some useful pieces for him at the trade deadline this season. This despite the fact that Alderson has noted that Mets fans "do not seem so disillusioned when cheering for" Jose. (Isn't that something?) I won't be surprised if Alderson rebuilds this team in his image once the finances are sorted out. Isn't that what we want?

Is it me or is it nearly f$#@! impossible to find a simple recap video on MLB's website? They break the damn games into a million highlights, I guess to appeal to all those baseball fans with a short attention spans (?!?) No one wants to see this piecemeal bullshit. The recaps need to be front and center, not buried or hidden amongst useless game fragments. But as with most things MLB, I can only shake my tiny fist because the MLB doesn't give a rats ass what its customers want.

When will MLB fans get sick of being gouged?  Pretty soon.

Is any pitcher afraid to face David Wright,  representing the tying run with two out in the bottom of the ninth? Why?

These Mets do pretty well against other lousy teams. But last place seems to suit them.



  • At 8:23 PM, Anonymous Cver said…

    The Mets need to sign Jose Reyes - simple as that. I know they're in last place, but could you imagine how much worse they'll be without them? Yes, there is worse than last place - it's called in last place without Jose Reyes. All along this year, I've been much more concerned with them keeping Reyes than what they've been doing or are gonna do on the field and I don't think I'm alone on that. Glad to see a new post!!!

  • At 1:05 PM, Anonymous =( met fan =( said…

    While the series winning streak is fun, it has become almost unbearable to watch Jason Bay hit. He doesn't even look like he's replacement level, let alone a former all-star. I know the back of his baseball card says he's good, but my eyes tell me otherwise. Thoughts?

  • At 8:27 PM, Anonymous Cver said…

    That's a good point. Not so much has been said about Jason Bay lately - probably just as well. The guy hustles and plays hard and we win most of the games this year, when he is in the lineup. Still hope he can catch fire, because the Bay signing should have been an overpriced, but not such a horrible signing, as it has turned out to be. Incidentally, Mr. IMFM, I did put another post on here a few days ago, but it disappeared. Looking forward to your next post!

  • At 10:44 PM, Blogger I.M. Forme said…

    Hi =( metfan, Cver,
    I don't know what happened to your post--sorry 'bout that.

    I hope the Bay signing goes from horrible to, well something less horrible. It does seem that so many of the big free agent signings are gigantic busts.

    I am hoping to get back into posting regularly soon.

  • At 8:34 PM, Anonymous Cver said…

    Ah - you got my old post back, for what it's worth! The Mets are on a bit of a roll right now - at .500 and they beat the Yanks. Well, we all know what that means. I hope things, for once, don't go as predictably wrong as usual.

  • At 9:06 AM, Anonymous Cver said…

    It is so sadly prophetic the whole National Brain Tumor Society campaign just before the Carter reveleation.


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