October 11, 2007

The Mets Need Rowand

There is no doubt in my mind that the one thing that one of the things that the Mets were lacking last year was heart and that is a crucial element that gets a team through the grueling one hundred and sixty two games of the regular season. So, the only logical thing to do is to go out and find that player that truly exemplifies that characteristic.

In 1995 the Mets had found such a player. One who would later be compared to Lenny Dykstra in the grit and heart department of his play, but sadly enough he opted to go to college. Not for him because College is an important part of anyone’s life, but rather for the Mets because in twelve years they would lose out on the 2007 Division title because of a lack of heart.

Aaron Rowand was a pivotal part in the White Sox championship in 2005 and was by far the loudest recipient of his Championship ring, even though he was traded during the off season for Jim Thome.

I’m sure we can all agree that the one instance that will stick out in Mets fans minds is the bases loaded fly ball, hit by Xavier Nady, which Rowand caught to win a rain shortened game. This was a pivotal part in showing that Rowand had no fear in the field, because he wound up running face first into the wall and broke his nose, lacerated his face and needed seven hours of surgery to fix him up.

Even being two years removed from the White Sox, he is still a fan favorite. This goes a long way to show that fans truly appreciate his kind of hustle, heart and hard nosed kind of play that can bring a championship to a city. For without Aaron Rowand’s leadership, I think that the White Sox wouldn’t have become the 2005 World Series Champions.

Rowand has been described as a kind of impatient hitter (2007 – 119 SO to 47 BB), but he also carries a lifetime .286 batting average and with the kind of on field attitude he exemplifies, he might be just what the Mets need.


Anonymous said...

i didnt know that we originally drafted him

Anonymous said...

definitly shouldgo after rowand

Anonymous said...

hands down...im on board

Anonymous said...

he does remind me of dykstra and should be where he was originally wanted

Anonymous said...

gotta steal him from the philthies...the kid has heart!