Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Chaaaaaaaaaaaarge! (Thud)

All right. The cloud is lifted. Our manager's job status is resolved. Now it's up to us as players to play better ... and there's no excuse not to anymore. Our fragile little baseball player minds can now be free to hit, pitch, and catch like we know how! So let's go out there and ...

and ...

fall flat on our faces?





Nice that this team can show as much fire and brimstone on the field than they do in the locker room.
“If you wanna be an ass, I can be an ass too.” -Carlos Delgado
Ooh! Jon Heyman, you got owned!!!

Ricky Nolasco, not so much (Delgado was oh for three with a sac fly RBI).

I'm not about to sit here and analyze Delgado's non-reaction to Willie Randolph not losing his job. Nor will I analyze Carlos Beltran's similar non-reaction. Look, athletes in general are skittish about every little thing they say in a locker room be dissected like a grasshopper in biology class. So I can't get on them too much. But the one thing they said which is non-negotiable to put on that bulletin board is this: "We have to play better."

Well, duh!

And don't try to tell us it's early. Because in reality, it's late. It's late when it comes to the window of opportunity that is closing for this team as presently constituted. It's closing when Mr. Beltran is hitting .260. It's closing when Mike Pelfrey keeps exposing himself as someone who isn't going to live up to his draft slot. It's closing when Ryan Church is still seeing little Disney characters circling his head. It's closing when there are whispers that Johan Santana is losing his velocity. And all this on the same day as the Phillies score 20 runs, and Scott Kazmir strikes out ten batters in seven innings.

It's just another red letter day to be a Met fan.

11 comments:

tim said...

It's rough, but I grew up watching an infield of Mike Jorgenson, Doug Flynn, Frank Tavares and the vaunted Elliot Maddux/Hubie Brooks platoon. So I'm used to it.

Unser said...

Tim, Jorgy could pick it at first! Could also pop one every now and then. Doug Flynn, not so much.

And Jorgy looks like a significant upgrade over Delgado right now.

15 up and 15 down, and not one ball out of the infield? What was it against Glavine, 22 up and 22 down? We could easily get no-hit one of these days.

Glad to see Gary and Ron revisited that balk move by Fuentes the other night. If that's not a balk, then nothing is. They should just get rid of the rule.

katherine said...

I've been doing some reading about sports concussions, and you know what? - Ryan really should not be pinch-hitting as long as he is symptomatic from his head injury. He could get hit by a pitch, or have another head injury while running the bases. That could be catastrophic. I think they should put him on the DL.

tim said...

The balk rule shouldn't be abolished it should be enforced.

And yes Jorgy was a solid player for us it wasn't a dig on him personally, just how bad that team's record was. Hubie put together some pretty good seasons for us and then the Expos and Dodgers if I remember correctly.

tim said...

HOLD ON JUST A SECOND! DID I JUST SEE THAT THE PIRATES HAVE A BETTER RECORD THAN US?!!

It really is 1980.

Demitri said...

Where is Willie MontaƱez when you need him?

The Metmaster said...

Let's not forget that the Mets increased ticket prices at Shea this year. We are paying a premium to watch this crap.
I've finally put my finger on how to describe this squad. The 2008 Mets are "Team McReynolds". All that guy cared about was the season to end so he could go back to Arkansas to hunt and fish. He exhibited the passion and intellect of a doorknob.

Toasty Joe said...

Good call, Metmaster. Despite the fact that he usually put up decent numbers, I couldn't stand that guy. His demeanor just reminded me that 1986 was long gone.

tim said...

It's interesting, though Met fans always make mention that McReynolds always would hit his homeruns in games that were fargone conclusions, it was brought to my attention some years ago by Jack Flynn of Productive Outs and FU that he was actually quite prolific in the clutch for us. I think we just like to think all of his homers and rbis were in dead end games because we hated him so much.

Great observation, I couldn't agree more about the attitude this team seems to have and the reminder of what is long gone. This team was a one trick pony and needs a fair amount of overhauling for it to get back to where it was in the better parts of the 2006 season.

Anonymous said...

The mets will need to play better if they want to win a chompionship.

MetFanMac said...

I've become inured to it all. 2009, here we come, meanwhile let's check the boxscores without getting excited about anything (win or lose).