I know injuries are the most obvious and logical reason for the Mets losing ways this season, but I also think it's a convenient excuse. I think Jerry Manuel's message of "let's tread water until our big guys get back" has been a detriment to the team. The 1997 Mets, led by Bobby Valentine, were a lot more competitive, and the most talented player on that team was Todd Hundley. 2009 may be a lost season for the Mets, but Omar shouldn't rest this offseason - this team needs to be rebuilt. Start by shipping out Jerry Manuel, and re-hiring Bobby V. Then, say "see you later" to Carlos Delgado, Luis Castillo, Brian Schneider, and start building anew. I also think teh time is now to say "bye bye" to Mr. Beltran. Trade him while his value is still high. Build the team around David Wright, Jose Reyes and Johan Santana and K-Rod. Everyone else is disposable. We need some fun at Citi Field, and that means players with some personality and passion. We watch sports for entertainment, and the way these guys lose (and even the way they win), just is not entertaining.