May 30, 2008

Ahhhhh....Our Work Is Almost Done!

By Jack "the hack" Mason

I'm baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack....and folks, let me be the first to say "hats off to ya!" We did it! We (you, me, bloggers, columnists, fans, etc.) have lit the fire under this Mets' team that Willie and company couldn't do. We lit the pilot light- now it's up to them to keep it going! (Okay- I'm exaggerating, but that's what a small win-streak will do to a fellow!)

Some Notes...

Over at SI.com Jon Heyman speculates that the Rockies, if they keep going down the losing path they seem lost on right now, might consider trading outfielder Matt Holliday, rather than lose him at the end of 2009 as a free agent- shades of Mark Teixeira!!! Omar, if you're listening, here's what you MUST DO!!!!! Trade Fernando Martinez and whatever else exists in the minor leagues - heck, throw in Heilman, Castro, Chavez and any 4 minor leaguers with Martinez and get it done!!! Holliday in the outfield next to Church and Beltran??? Then who CARES what Castillo and Delgado do or don't do!!!!

Scott Schoeneweis was on WFAN a little while ago, talking with Benigno & Roberts, and he admitted that he didn't handle his injury last season as well as he could have, choosing to pitch through it while not knowing how to deal with the injury; he also said that it was a bit weird for him to pitch in his hometown (he's from Jersey) instead of being on the visiting side, as he was in Yankee Stadium when he played for the Angels, or Chicago. A great interview, and Scott seems like an honest guy with a lot of guts. The fans booed you, now they cheer- keep giving them something to cheer about, Show!!!

Aaron Heilman should start!!! End of argument!!!

Leo Mazzone should be our pitching coach!!! End of argument!!!


Rick Down never should have been fired as hitting coach!!! End of argument!!! Didn't anyone else realize that Jose was at his best when Down was at his post???

There's a different sense of joy around the Mets right now; the fans around me at the game last night were more easy-going and believing, and that was a nice change of pace during a season that's been a bit, well, "challenging" for lack of a better word when it comes to being a Mets' fan. Hey- at least we're not Royals fans!!!

Let's hope my "Maine-man" has a gem in that arm of his tonite- he's going to need it! From what David told me, this Kershaw kid on the Dodgers is the real thing, with a curve that makes a grown man cry! Let's hope for a 1-1 game through 8 innings and we score in the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off run! And Maine goes 9!! Of course, I'd immediately run outside to make sure the sky hadn't changed colors!!

I'm not fully convinced that this team is out of the woods yet- far from it - but one thing's for sure- it's a lot more fun when we're winning then when we're not!!!! Let's get in good habits, men...and win 4 from my hometown Dodgers (and man, it's great being in NY for a Dodgers series, where almost no one wears Dodgers colors, as opposed to LA, where Mets fans make up at least 1/4 of the fanbase!!!

Hey Omar- are you listening? M-A-T-T H-O-L-L-I-D-A-Y!!!! I'm knockin' - not Denis Leary - and you'd BETTER be listening!!!!!!!!!!!!

5 comments:

Andrew Vazzano said...

Ah, but David Wright and Ryan Church love HoJo as hitting coach.

Anonymous said...

I don't care WHAT we'd have to do- if Holliday is on the table, everyone except Reyes, Wright, Santana, Maine, Church and Schneider is on the table- take Martinez, Heilman, Chavez, Niese and Carp for all I care!!!

Anonymous said...

Church and Wright can hit under anyone- they're pros- what about Reyes? Not so much...

David Rubin & Jonathan Elfenbein said...

I LOVE Hojo- and I think he's brought a lot to the team in a short time (including knowing what it takes to win in NY - and he and Wright have a long-term relationship). I agree with the other poster, though, that Reyes is the "trobule-spot" of sorts and he needs someone to work with him who gets through to him without killing his enthusiasm. Sad that we have to think like this, but everyone's an individual and needs whatever is germaine to them to get rolling...and the way Jose is going lately, perhaps something or someone is starting to get through to him again- one can only hope!!!

Anonymous said...

Holliday, though repped by Boras (or bore-ass, as in what he does to the rear ends of every GM he deals with), is a pro hitter, like Teixeira, and I'd love to see him in the blue and orange. Don't know that I would give up my entire minors to get him, even with the 3 high draft picks. Can't help but look at Delgado and Castillo, etc, and get scared that he might age quick once he gets to Flushing...