"When you have a pitcher who has 17 walks in 17 innings, you have to play good defense." -Snoop Manuel (paraphrased), after the Mets latest loss to the Nationals.That may be the stupidest thing uttered by anybody on Planet Earth since spring training started.
Although it was pretty funny when Omar Minaya was in the SNY booth on Tuesday night (no Doc Halladay spin control there ... puuuuuuuuuure coincidence) talking about "Oh, Jeff Francoeur is a great player, we can mold Jeff Francoeur, we traded for Jeff Francoeur with confidence", and right at that moment ...
"Francoeur drops the ball!!!"
And Omar Minaya went silent like he was about to morph into Herbert Morrison ... "Oh the humanity!"
And I thought that was going to be the funniest thing I heard all night until Snoop blamed the defense for Oliver Perez's existence. Yeah, it's Jeff Francoeur's fault that he was daydreaming about throwing the winning touchdown for Parkview High School while Perez is throwing ball after ball after ball after ball to a team that was once compared to a drunk, desperate bar dweller who looks like Jennifer Lopez at 4 in the morning.
Yup. That's what it's come to. John Lannan only needed two hours to defeat the Mets back in June. On Tuesday, he needed ten more minutes ... ten minutes that was taken up by Perez and his hundred walks.
But yeah, let's blame the defense. Way to push the right buttons, Snoop.
I mean, silly me for thinking that pitchers need to keep their fielders on their toes by working fast and throwing strikes for all these years. Apparently, it's the defense that continually needs to bail out a pitcher that can't find the plate. Yeah, we need better defense. That's it.
Perhaps we need a better manager.
I never thought I'd be privy to something as stupid as the time when Art Howe played the infield in while losing by seven runs in the eighth inning against the Dodgers. Snoop's post-game newser came damn close.
(Editor's note: It's 4AM and Lou Dobbs is looking a lot like Jennifer Lopez. I need some sleep.)