Sunday, October 04, 2009

Rest In Pieces

This is the end, the merciful end for the 2009 New York Mets. My only friend ... the end.

This may, or may not be the end for Nelson Figueroa as a Met. If so, what an ending. And I know that Figueroa will probably never, ever read this. But if he does: Nelson, keep doing what you do, and keep being who you are. From hanging with the Youth Service League team from Brooklyn while you were in Buffalo, to remembering who they were when I brought them up in Washington while you were signing my baseball (and thanks for that, again), and everything in between, you've been nothing but a class act who's easy to root for. I'm sure even amongst this wasteland of a season, there will be fond memories that fans will take with them courtesy of yourself.

If the Mets were smart (and the jury's out on that), the minute you decide to hang 'em up they will hire you as a fan liaison and keep you around the ballpark for the sole purpose of making the fans feel good. Because people will forget what you do (and yes, that means that people will probably forget this game that you pitched, eventually), but they'll never forget how you made them feel. I'm not going to forget the ball you signed. I'm not going to forget how you didn't forget that youth team from Brooklyn. The Mets have made us feel like garbage for three seasons. You didn't. Don't forget that, ever.

That said, Snoop Manuel should be fired. Where was Nelson for the final game last year? Or the year before that? I know Snoop wasn't managing in '07, but I still blame him. Fire him, now. Because ... now they sweep the last series of the season, which makes the '09 Mets only slightly less useful than a screen door on a submarine. Dammit.

For those who stuck around here through the last few painful months, thanks and bless you ... seriously. For those that didn't, well you're probably not reading this now. But if you are, who the hell could blame you? Watching the Mets must have felt like homework lately. I can only imagine what reading the crap I spew on a daily basis must feel like. You're always welcome back, as I'm not going anywhere ... this month will be the one where we all try to figure out what we've learned this season. There will be refreshments.

But I'm looking forward to a few mental health days here and there, as I'm sure you are too. Rest in pieces, boys and girls.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I gave up on the Mets six weeks ago, but never stopped reading this great blog. And the last three days have been -- fun! Pitchers and catchers report in just few months, can't wait

Hazeleyes said...

Metstradamus, I found you latish in the season but you certainly made the last few months of Mets baseball entertaining and enjoyable and I thank you for keeping me far more interested in the season than the team did.

Nelson Figueroa is a good guy and I hope he will remain with the club. you can never have enough decent pitchers who also happen to be decent human beings.

I don't know what will happen between now and spring training. I am not expecting anything good to be honest but I am sure by the time February rolls around I will be looking forward to another season of Mets baseball and more fun on your blog.

hdarvick said...

So sign Nelson for 2010. Since he became part of the rotation on August 25th, he started 8 games: 50.1 innings, 3.22 ERA, 44 strikeouts, 16 walks, 2-6 record (little run support). Take away his Sept. 17th start against Atlanta, and he pitched 45.1 innings, striking out 40, walking 15, 2.38 ERA, 2-5 record. What are the Mets waiting for? After the World Series ends, he becomes a free agent. It's no secret he wants to pitch for the Mets in 2010 and beyond. Omar, Fred/Jeff: What are you waiting for?

tommy_calzone said...

Damus,

Thank YOU. No one captures my thought and feelings on this Mess better than you.

Keep on doing what you do.

Agree Snoop needs to go.
He won't.
And another wasted season begins in '10 as the Snoop Watch commences.

Looking forward to Manifesto III.

The Metmaster said...

My fellow Met fans, our long national nightmare is over....

Tina said...

It was a good last series, and a good last game. Can't wait for spring.

Schneck said...

We are now at the point where we flash to Omar Minaya who wakes up, looks over in his bed (in his Shea Stadium suite) and sees Willie Randolph, Rick Peterson and Mr. Met and he says "I just had the strangest dream."

Doug Sisk said...

Jerry said something about changes on the coaching staff yesterday. Who do you guys expect to be gone?

Anonymous said...

Rangers Hockey, Rangers Hockey, Rangers Hockey, Rangers Hockey....
Giants Football, Giants Football, Giants Football, Giants Football....
My prediction: Manuel gets a two-year extension for his wonderful job this season....
Omar signs Milton Bradley to solve our outfield issues and is then suspended for saying he has a hard time playing here in NY....
Thank goodness it is over...now if Gaborik can remain healthy....
Beezermess

Krup said...

thanks, once again, for sticking through another disastrous season. referring to watching mets' games as "homework" was spot on. looking forward to next season under new manager, bobby v