THE HE-MAN METS HATERS CLUB

I come here today to defend Jerry Manuel and his decision to let Fernando Tatis hit away in the 8th inning yesterday. Technically you J-Man killers are right that is a sacrifice situation but I want you to step back and take a deep breath and think about the old saying sometimes you have to lose a battle to win the war.

 

I agree with what John Harper wrote today and with Keith Hernandez who said on the air that as much as the bunt was in order he understood why J-Man let Tatis swing away. What I couldn’t believe was the nasty narrow thinking of Mets fans that I heard on WFAN afterwards with some nit wit who refers to himself as Adam the Bull, another in that stable of mediocrity that FAN calls “talent”  killing Manuel for the sake of staying on the good side of the yahoo faction of Metsfandom.

 

Before you take Manuel to task remember this. Last year Tatis was one of the best Mets hitters in clutch situation and his timely bat was sorely missed down the stretch when he blew out his shoulder. Tatis was one of the few success stories on the ‘07 team and was rewarded with the Comeback Player of the Year Award. He then went from a steady platoon outfielder to a player buried waiting for his number to get called. Yesterday it was called as he played 2nd base a spot he’s played twice in his career. Tatis is a pro and a dream for a manager. You know he’s is burning to play but he won’t rock boat, the definition of a team guy. So J-Man has to show Tatis that he is still the player he thinks he is so being that its April and the team has had a problem early hitting in the clutch what better way to show faith in a player and reinforce the thinking that he can still do it. 

 

If Taits gets a hit there J-Man looks like a genius but not only didn’t Tatis get a hit he struck out badly bringing out all the John McGraw’ on AM radio and that’s fine let them have their day but when Tatis comes up in a big spot against the Phillies and delivers it will be Tatis and Manuel turn to gloat.

 

After doing as good a job as you can expect yesterday, Nelson Figueroa was DFA and most likely headed to Anaheim and he might be joined by Darren O’Day also DFA but he must be offered back to the Angels for $25K. If both Figueroa and O’ Day end up in SOCAL for nothing in return then Omar Minaya deserves all the criticism he will get.

 

So now Casey Fossum comes up for the sloe reason the he can throw a baseball with his left arm. Anyone see Tim Redding?

 

 

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  1. Omar the Great strikes again! And I will say, the same guy who gave a 48-year-old a two year contract. All he can do is spend Fred’s money, anything that needs baseball intellect seems over Omar’s head.

  2. I do not care “how well” Figeueroa pitched yesterday…it was a bad move, now they get to lose two players. I like Omar, but he was a lot more creative and made better personell moves when he ran the Expos. They try too much of this lightning in a bottle crap. They have been using the bull pen so much, anyway, and had a day off today, and were saying how they could use Pelphrey if they had to, fine…start Parnell for three innings, brining in Stokes for three and go from there. Love this team, but when will they ever get their heads out of their butts when running it? Oh, by the way, it was nice to actually watch a Mets game yesterday and not a Dodger game. You know, a game where the Mets looked like the Mets, and not the Dodgers.

  3. Mike from Brooklyn says:

    Hi: I agree with Harper (not usually) and Keith (didn’t hear his comments but believe you) that you’ve got to give Tatis a chance there in the 8th. Sure, the Mets’ batting in the crunch is down but J-Man (like the name) is right – these guys are all to good not to hit. The one hitch for me is that Shelfield is taking ABs from Church and Tatis. Maybe he’ll do some good, but by creating a logjam and being a poor defensive outfielder points to the Sheff-man being a problem. BUT, 12 games is early, and my other worries are Maine and Pelfry – they’ve got to perform (we know that Ollie is what he is and you live with the good AND the bad…).

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