Ryan Zimmerman, a young man who was playing for the Virginia Cavaliers a mere 4 months ago, stroked a single off of a major league pitcher in the ninth inning down by a run.
That very same ball headed towards right field, towards an older gentleman, Gerald Williams, who was playing for Grambling University a mere 4 score ago. The ball, just like Williams' career, slipped by him and rolled away...as Zimmerman, the young prospect, headed to second just as he is headed towards the spring and summer of his career. He scored the tying run as the Nationals finished their sweep of the Mets, who are trying to win as many games as possible.
The Nationals, four and a half games ahead of the Mets, must not be trying to win as many games as possible. Oh pity those Washington Nationals, falling for the folly of youth as they dust off the Mets and play more meaningful games in September. Too bad they don't have the veteran prescence only Gerald Williams can provide.
Meanwhile, here's everybody's favorite champion of the young player on not bringing up Anderson Hernandez:
"Right now the way [Miguel] Cairo and Kaz [Matsui] have held the position down this year, they deserve to finish up the year,".Really?
I could handle it if Randolph was against bringing up Hernandez because he didn't want to stunt his development, or say, he wanted to send Hernandez to winter ball and didn't want to tire him out. Fine. But, when you use the excuse that you want to reward Kaz Matsui, who has hit for two weeks in September, and Miguel Cairo, who has hit for about four weeks in May, well that makes me want to jump off the upper deck!
And then Miguel Cairo, who has held down second base so well, gets slotted into right field today?
And who exactly is so valuable to keep on the 40 man roster?
Dae Sung Koo?
Why, all of them, of course...because Willie is going to try and win as many games as possible. Who better to execute that task than the veteran leaders who get forced at second base on singles to center? Bullpen stalwarts who groove 3-0 fastballs to monster hitters, and throw wild pitches in AAA playoff games?
And who better than Ice, right fielder extrordinare?
Yes, pity those Washington Nationals, and pity Ryan Zimmerman...being brought up to face major league pitching instead of spending valuable time at home playing NHL2K6. He could be learning the nuances of the major league game while sitting on the couch and watching veterans like Gerald Williams play.
Cliff Floyd's grannie against the Nats was the first Mets slam at Shea since May of 2001.
Wha wha whaaaaaaaaaaat?
Is there a more telling sign of Mets ineptitude than that?
Right before Floyd's slam, Carlos Beltran hit a one out pop up to run his streak to 0 for 8 with the bases loaded.
For fun and torture, here is a sampling of various three hole hitters, and their numbers with the bases loaded this season:
- Bob Abreu: 5/17, 18 RBI
- Sean Casey: 3/7, 10 RBI
- Geoff Jenkins: 4/9, 15 RBI
- Milton Bradley: 3/8, 8 RBI
- Albert Pujols: 1/6, 6 RBI
- Derrek Lee: 1/4, 5 RBI
- Brian Giles: 2/6, 5 RBI
- Mike Sweeney: 3/5, 9 RBI
- David Ortiz: 6/15, 20 RBI
- Lew Ford: 3/11, 6 RBI
- Larry Jones: (Can this be right?) 1/1, 7 RBI (five walks)
Here's more salt in your wound: from 2002-2004, Beltran is 9/23 with 29 RBI. In his career before his Met days, he's 23/66, with 70 RBI's.
More Beltran nonsense:
In his career as a 2 hole hitter, Beltran is hitting .292/.379/.546 in 857 AB's.
Beltran's numbers as a third hole hitter in 2,063 AB's: .277/.344/.476.
Another twist of the knife provided to us by, of all people, Fran Healy. Heals tells us during Thursday's telecast that a Mets scout was talking to Albert Pujols' agent about drafting him in the ninth round back in 1999. Apparently, and I don't know if I heard this right, but the agent demanded a $250,000 signing bonus...and the scout said "not for a ninth round pick." Negotiations ended right then and there.
When Pujols found out, he fired his agent.
Of course, under the tutelage of Tom McCraw and Rick Down, Pujols would have been the modern day Ozzie Canseco.
Or he could have been in the minor leagues watching Gerald Williams take away his playing time.