Friday, October 14, 2005

Inflationary Run

I remember being asked to pick the one player who, a la Carlos Beltran, was going to overinflate this value by having a great postseason. And I remember thinking about free agent to be Paul Konerko.

But then I thought, if he does go nuts, then the Mets would have to pay through the nose to get him. So I kind of didn't want that to happen. I wound up choosing Brian Giles (out of the playoffs) and Jason Marquis (in the bullpen). But deep down in my heart (and because he's the guy I wanted), I knew who it would be.

And now the guy who would never be able to wear a one and a four in any combination if he came to Queens, keeps ringing that cash register with every swing of the bat.

Cha-ching.

Cha-ching.

Cha-ching.

Hat trick. Three home runs and counting for Paul Konerko this postseason after his first inning blast against the Angels during tonight's Game 3.

It's tough to tell what the Wilpons are doing right now. Salivating? Or choking? Is Paul Konerko pricing himself out of Shea? If Konerko is going to command Manny Money (and wouldn't that be a great promotion at Shea next season..."Manny Money") because of his performance this posteason, then I would think that the Mets, calling everything else equal, would just go after Manny. Of course, all things aren't equal...Manny is four years older and would cost prospects, while Konerko is 30 and would only cost cash. But there's no telling what the Wilpons and Omar Minaya are thinking.

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Mr. Met is a television star.

The reward on this weeks version of the Donald Trump show "The Apprentice" was a chance to take batting practice and hang out with Mr. Met and some members of the New York Mets. The brief clip (obviously filmed earlier in the season), featured Doug Mientkiewicz, David Wright, and of course, the mascot with the big baseball head.

There was no sign of Trump favorite Kaz Matsui.

The episode re-airs on CNBC all week. Check your local listings.

11 comments:

Wild Duck of CT said...

Benjie Molina will add to his price tag during the playoffs. I wonder if Omar will bite.

jabair said...

this is exactly the reason im rooting against molina and konerko... as ive said before:

in oakland, they value the undervalued, in queens, they over value flash in the pans and has beens...

truth of the matter is that no matter what anyone says about beltran having a better season next yea.. i truly feel that beltran has warning track power @ shea.. i dont know much about kansas city, but the juice box in houston was a band box...

Mets 2005 payroll $101,305,821(third highest)

wins: 83...

price per win: $1,220,522

i understand piazza's money is coming off the books next year but i cant justify signing another free agent based on a post season

jabair said...

Hey metstra,

i really hate pitch counts... can you chronicle the birth of this phenomemon when you guet a chance?

im thinking about starting a petition drive to get rid of pitch counts...

jdon said...

20-20 hindsight from a prophet?Shame on you, Metsradamus. I think Konerko might be a candidate for a "Beltran Summer" in good ole NY. Manny is form Washington Heights, and a better bet, IMHO.

billybart said...

how come jeff kent isn't on your 2b list????

erik love said...

Did you just say that name in the house of Met$tradamus?

You might be on the list for sure....

cp said...

Metstradamus, you may want to check in with Mathstradamus when calculating your sidebar final standings. Last time I checked 83-79 was only 7 games behind 90-72.

Seems to be alot of reporting that Konerko likes Chitown. He's also their only legitimate long-ball threat, of which they need at least one to balance their small ball offense. My money would be on his staying in Pale Hose.

Metstradamus said...

jdon, It wasn't hindsight. More like revisionist history.

billybart, principle...that's why.

cp, I hear the same things. I maintain thought that there's no reason why the Mets shouldn't at least try.

And math is annoying. There are like, too many numbers. They anger me.

Metstradamus said...

Actually, Jeff Kent is on the list. He's "someone else".

cp said...

XM radio's weekend baseball host suggested the Angels might also be Konerko-suitors as well . . .

What's up with Vladdy? 17 combined playoff games & he & ARod hadn't a single HR or rbi . . . imagine if they were both doing that in blue 'n orange!

Metstradamus said...

The Angels and Red Sox have been linked to Konerko for a couple of weeks now.

And if Vladdy was slumping for the Mets in the playoffs...at least they'd be in the playoffs.