Saturday, January 24, 2009

Manny Ramirez and The Mets

Here's my two cents on Manny ramirez, though you may be overpaying for my comments...

I've turned the corner on the whole situation a little bit over the last couple days, personally. I had been pretty much dead set against the whole thing. But I never put my thoughts down, so I might as well do so now. Here are(were) my reasons why I do(did) not want the Mets to sign Manny Ramirez:

Photo of a big bunny rabbit!

The fans in Boston worshipped the ground this man walked on, he lived like a king, was paid a hefty ransom for his services, won two World Series, and he was - for some unknown reason - itching to get out of town. It was an annual rite of winter to hear about his trade request. Now, the last year he wanted a contract extension (raise) but prior to that his unhappiness was just accepted as "Manny Being Manny" and noone questioned it. Why was he so unhappy in Boston. And if he was miserable in Boston, why on earth would he be any happier in New York? If you ask me, low-key L.A. is the perfect spot for his demeanor. No one out there gets too worked up one way or another and if Manny wants to pout for God knows what reason, then he'll be able to do it pretty quitely. However, if he comes to New York, and doesn't dance with Jose Reyes one night, it will be fodder for the clowns who call into Schmuck Francesca's show for a week and a half. Although I've heard a few statements to the contrary, Manny Ramirez is a jerk. A guy who can hit the way he does leaves a playoff contending team, and his teammates don't miss him. His fans kinda celebrate! Hey, Mets fans: Why do we want this guy on our team? To be perfectly honest, I have had a lot of trouble liking the players on the Mets for the last year and a half. They have acted like babies too often, haven't shown much passion, so why do we need to import another unlovable clown?

Now, I won't lie that there is a part of me who whould have a bit of an adrenaline rush if Ramirez did find his way to Flushing. There's no arguing that this guy hits, and would be an inarguable difference-maker in the Mets dubious lineup. And, this guy would make it a little bit more fun to go to Citicorp Financial Field next season. And isn't fun the whole point of the whole thing? He'd put the fannies in the seats, boost the ratings on Snigh TV, and for that reason is probably even worth the financial outlay.

The tiebreaker between the point/counterpoint above is the sky high risk of yet another albatross around the Mets necks in 2010 and 2011 and perhaps beyond). I don't know what kind of contract would seal the deal for Manny to the Mets, and by pretty much all accounts it's not happening anyway, but thought of what kind of nightmare it would be to try and unload him if we had to is just something I don't want to explore. Bo Bonilla and Mo Vaughn fill up enough of the Mets history books with that kind of story.

Still... it would be a little bit more exciting than the signings of Tim Redding, Freddie Garcia, Alex Cora, Rob Mackowiak, and Cory Sullivan, huh?

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Jeff Kent Era Ends; The Jeff Can't Era Reignites

Boy, oh, boy. Proof yet again that among Mets fans, time does not heal all wounds. News that Jeff Kent retired brought no sentiment among Mets bloggers. Here are some of my favorite quotes from around the blogosphere:

Metstradamus: "Maybe now that you're retired you can come back to help christen Citi Field: The House Jeff Kent Had Nothing To Do With."

The Final Score
: "think of how great his career would have been if he never played for the Mets."

Sully Baseball: "he will be missed by those teammates who enjoyed his company… both of them."

Hot Foot: Very good baseball player, but I am certainly glad to see him go.

Kranepool: "he was just the most miserable nasty redneck you could meet. As opposed to Wally Backman who is one of the nicest and most friendly rednecks you could meet."

The Mets Police: "I would still rather have David Cone."

A nice sendoff for Jeff Torborg's favorite Met, huh?

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Ex Mets 2B Jeff Kent Retires - Transplanted Ex Mets Update

The  Mets player best known among Mets fans as being the guy we traded away David Cone for, and the guy we sent away to get Carlos Baerga, is set to announce his retirement from Major League Baseball.  Tomorrow or tonight I'll post more Jeff Kent Mets memories to commemorate the end of the era. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Craig Swan The Dog Whisperer - Transplanted ex-Mets Update

How's this for a zany story? Ex-Mets pitcher Craig Swan has trained his dog to cart him around on a modified scooter. Head on over to the Greenwich times for this article, which somehow does not have a photograph attached, to learn about how the guy who pitched for the Mets from 1974-1985 figured out how to get his dog to pull him along for three miles a day at 20 mph.

Shooting From The Lip?

Apologies to Mike Lupica for the title, but something must have gotten under Anthony Rieber's skin to cause him to write such a cranky, bitter, over-the top (and dead-on correct) article today about the current state of The New York Mets.  Rieber makes Wallace Matthews look like a Mets flunkee compared to the ranting going on in this column.  Some highlights...

[The Mets] would have been better off trying to get out of the naming-rights contract and giving Citigroup back its $400 million (over the next 20 years). Oh, right, after what Bernie Madoff allegedly did to the Wilpons, they don't have the spare cash right now.
They've gotten some of the stink out of that bullpen, but not all of it. Remember, when Billy Wagner went down last season, Sanchez ran under a desk and hid rather than assume the closer role.
If they don't sign or trade for a bat, it's the same lineup as late last season. In fact, it's the same lineup as Opening Day 2008, other than Tatis or Murphy in leftfield. At least the Mets aren't waiting for Moises Alou to return from his 7,893rd DL stint.
Head on over to Newsday for more of the column, and get Rieber's take on Manny, Sheets, Ollie Perez and Pedro Martinez too.