Thursday, March 31, 2011

Opening Day - 2011

Make no bones about it.

If you are reading this blog, you are a Mets fan.

We are not going to be riding the wave of W's this year.  Too many inconsistencies and fragile players.  Today, we hear Jason Bay made the DL.  Not that I am a fan of his - I think the Mets overpaid.  When he hits, he surely hits, however that hasn't been the case since he came to CitiField.

While I am going to watch as much as I can (this statement is based on time, not stomaching the losses), I remain, as always, a loyal Mets fan.

Prediction - 78-84.  (Hope I am wrong and the number on the left hand side is higher, while the number on the right decreases).

Put the seatbelt on  - let's have fun!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Irony (AGAIN) - Oliver Perez Signs a MINOR League Contract

The man who refused to go to the minors to hone his diminishing pitching skills (AKA Beloved Ollie P) and got jettisoned by the Mets this week signed a minor league contract with the lowly Washington Nationals.

See story:

Makes all of us Mets fans laugh (with anger).

I think Ollie leaves the NY Metro area as one of the most despised players since Ed Whitson.

Hope he enjoys the rickety busrides.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Mets release Oliver Perez from contract - -- OR, to quote a biblical song title...

Mets release Oliver Perez from contract -

How long have I waited for that headline?


Eons stretches back to the day when I heard the Mets traded the then beloved X-Man, aka Xavier Nady for Roberto Hernandez and this "throw in." As a matter of fact, that's the day this blog was spawned.

A friend put it in perspective on a Facebook post -- and I don't know why it took the Mets such a long time to cut bait -- but they finally did. The line was:

For everyone who thought Ollie was such a great find (read: Minaya and Co.), just remember how the Mets got him... he was a *throw-in* from *Pittsburgh*. When the Pirates don't want you, you can't be good.

Think about that for a second. OK. Makes sense, but why did Mets management award him $12m? It is still baffling. There were a few - not many - good pitchers available during that time, but why give a stratospheric number. That was more than Barry Bonds made (among others).

This is my favorite line of the whole article: "Perez said he received a fair opportunity with the Mets this spring."

And last year. And the year before that, ad infinitum. Heck, even Steve Howe would have been jealous of the chances Ollie got - and blew.

I am glad this happened before the season started. For those who know me, I am not a radical, an activist or a rabblerouser. But had Ollie not been released, I would have called for a boycott from all fan on Opening Day. Then, when the Mets would bring in Ollie, my edict would be for all fans to vacate the stands.

There are many sad things about Perez being on the Mets. One of the biggest was the fact that he pitched the last game EVER at Shea Stadium - I can list many others, but the 8.38+ ERA in spring training has got to be the kicker.

So, #46, in 101 starts with the Mets, 29-29, ONE complete game. No shutouts. 29 batters hit. 74 gopher balls surrendered. 1.51 WHIP and ERAs of the last two years 6.80 and 6.82.

Well, to quote a line from the old gospel song, "Hallelujah, the strife is over."

There is also another one - "RELEASE ME"

Ollie. We did. Pack that steamer trunk and ship on out. There won't be many W's or K's to pack, but you may have to stuff a lot of those L's and pack em tight.

Buh Bye!