No I still don’t believe it although I kind of saw it coming. When Luis was drifting and crossing his feet he looked like a guy stumbling out of the Blarney Stone at 3 AM. I felt this could be bad. How bad? Not as bad as it ended.

First it pains me to do this but I have to tip my Mets cap to Mark Texiera who proved what me and every other Little League coach has preached since we had 5 year olds hitting off a tee, always bust it down the line and on two outs run like your pants are on fire and to Texiera’ credit he did. We have all killed the Mets for lack of hustle so we all have to be honest and give Texiera his due.

When the ball was dropped of course me first words were HOLY SHIT!!!!! plus a stare of disbelief but for some odd reason I wasn’t mad. I mean I should have been “throw the remote against the fucking wall mad” at Luis Castillo, for costing the Mets not only a win but a win against a team that thinks it’s superior but ain’t shit. And to all you Highlander fans out there celebrating this win let me tell you folks something you will be spending your October watching Stan Bahnsen’ and Ron Woods Highlanderorgrophy and not post season baseball. Your manager is a scared little rat that had to bring in the Most Holy Mariano to save this game in the 8th inning. Your boy Joba is the most overrated tub of shit to hit this town since that fat-pussy todt Hideki Irabu, I’ll take Big Pelf over Joba The Hut any day. Sure celebrate the gift that Looie gave you last night but remember up in Boston, the Red Sox say to you, “tell me how our ass tastes”

I can’t find anger toward Castillo. Last year I ripped him daily as he was over weight and lackadaisical and his contract was the huge burden holding the Mets back from upgrading the position.. I had wrote during the winter that the Mets couldn’t give away Castillo with millions of dollars stuff in his pocket, hell they couldn’t give this guy away for free. But the man has shown his pride. He came to camp fit and trim and out to prove he’s no bum. Castillo has been one of the more steady Mets all season both at the plate and before last night in the field. Does he have the range he once did? No and he might never get back to that but at least at 2nd base his defense is league average. He gets on base in fact with Jose Reyes out, his .376 OBP has kept the team afloat.

If you would have bet me in the winter that on a Saturday in June I’s be writing a post defending Luis Castillo afer a disastrous error, I’d have bet my house that you were wrong. Good think that didn’t happen or my family would be living in a card board box.

The big reason that I can’t get mad at Luis is he took it like a man. He didn’t run off and hide he stood in front of the cameras and microphones and said he fucked up and just by looking at him you could see the pain. I can’t beat a guy up when he’s already hurt.

If you want to take a positive about this it’s that this Mets team may not be a championship team but it’s a all for one, one for all team. Every guy backed Luis up and had his back as did the manager. A lot of Mets fans have been after J-Man lately over his strategical moves and that’s a legit complaint but where a big league manager makes his mark is how he handles his clubhouse and after reading Ken Rosenthal’s story on how the vets on the Mets are miffed at Jerry, Rosenthal looks so clueless he must be a Highlander fan. J-Man has his players back and they have his. Joe Giradi should be so lucky.

What else is there to say? Hang with ‘em Looie and go get ‘em Fernando Nieve? UGH!

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  1. Madison says:

    Agreed. Anger is not a part of this. We’ve all dropped pops and fly balls, let the first person who hasn’t in a competitive game raise his hand. Not one hand better go up. Lack of hustle and mental errors are the worst, and this was not that. Hang with em, Luis. We still back you for as long as you wear the uni. But, you owe me for my two trips to Starbucks this morning. I could not get to sleep after that one.

  2. The comment above is mine. I was using my daughter’s computer and did not change the name. So, if you don’t agree, yell at me, not her!

  3. Outstanding blog, and I wish more “real” fans would read this, then read it again.

    Watching today’s post game I really have a new found respect for the man, in addition, he came to the game ready to redeem himself and busted every play.

    Did anyone read about Milton Bradley’s game, now his play and his reponse to his game made me repect Luis even more.

    Its not easy being a Mets fan, but there is nothing else I’d rather be…..

    “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard… is what makes it great. .”
    – Jimmy Dugan, A League of Their Own

  4. Lute Barnes says:

    Castillo is the player he is. He’s not the villain here.

    As usual, the villain here is Nomore Manana. He signed the type of guy who doesn’t use two hands to catch the last out in a game against the Yankees in a season when one win could mean the playoffs or not the playoffs.

    Sonomar Sotominaya, two years into his affirmative action appointment to Mets’ GM, signed Billy Wagner, who blew a game to the Yankees around this time in 2006.

    Remember that one? Wagner whined that he wasn’t “up” for the appearance mentally because it wasn’t a save situation. (I think the Mets had a four run lead going to the ninth.) He melted down in the ninth, hits, walks, hit batter, etc. Spankees tied it and won in extras.

    The point its, Wagner is not a winner and a gamer. He couldn’t get pumped to come in and shut the Spanks down in the ninth in front of 52,000 maniacs because the situation was not deemed a “save” situation – ie, he is so fucking dumb that he lets arbitrary rules determine whether he is excited to do his job. Imagine, say, Wally Bakcman as a closer – “gimme that fucking ball right now – I want to strike out A-Rod or put one in his ribs. Not sure yet which – just give me the ball.”

    Castillo is not a winner and a gamer. Beltran and Delgado are statistically well-endowed, thrilling peformers, but they are not gamers and winners. David Wright is the new Steve Henderson – a harmless .300 hitter but not a winner. Don’t get me started on Reyes, that fucking dog. He will never win a world series ring with any team.

    All of these guys reflect Nomore’s ability to judge character – which is zero. (not sure nomore drafted wright and reyes but i’m going to pin it on him anyway.)

    This is a minaya issue – Castillo isn’t at fault for signing a four year deal. Any one of us would have done it. minaya is at fault – he signs lethargic, overweight “bargains” while holding their 2003 Strat-O-Matic card in his hand saying “maybe he can do this again.”

    He signs malcontents, has-beens, felons-to-be (who was that charmer who killed two women in the D.R. during the offseason?), guys who are afraid to close against the Yankees, setup guys with known elbow injuries, hispanic museum pieces (julio franco), brittle amigos (moises alou), $36 million batting practice pitchers (oliver perez), and so on and so on and so on.

    BTW, the commentary on this topic is classic Met Fan Enabling. “Pick yourself up Louis. I have tons of respect for that. You’re the meaning in my life. You’re the inspiration.”

    How about this one: USE TWO FUCKING HANDS LOUIS. (OR IS IT LUIS?)

  5. George the Stork says:

    Great blog! Completely agree that Castillo manning up after the game was the difference. The club rallied around him, and the all-for-one attitude carried them this afternoon.

    For all the bluster who are the Crankees anyway? Teixeira and a bunch of guys looking back at the hill. They’re really not that good. Their starting pitching after CC is nothing special. Their bullpen is horrible.

  6. I agree, Steve. One of your best. A tough-to-take physical error, but not as hard to take as the not running, etc.

    However, I was shocked to see Castillo not going hard on Beltran’s 2-out fly ball that fell in when Gardner slipped. Was that the 8th or 9th inning. Can’t remember now.

    I would have thought that at least Texiera’s example from the night before might have made some impact.

  7. David in Manhattan says:

    That is is just a great post, Steve.

    And so sweeet to get a tidy win in the second game, and now Santana primed for Game 3. All in all, it is the lousy Highlanders who are suffering most, especially if we walk out of Yankee Stadium later today with a series win, on the heels of Boston’s convincing sweep there earlier in the week…

  8. David in Manhattan says:

    how about D Wright? leads majors in BA, hitting .405 over the last 40 games.

    considering the number of walks he has waited out, his on-base percentage over that period must be around .550… which places him up in Barry Bonds territory.

    obviously these numbers will settle down during the coming months, but hey, we could finally get the first ever Mets NL MVP!

    though if and when they start chanting “MVP” during his at-bats, that will end it.

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