No I still donâ€™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 Texieraâ€™ 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 wasnâ€™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 itâ€™s superior but ainâ€™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 Bahnsenâ€™ 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, Iâ€™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 canâ€™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 couldnâ€™t give away Castillo with millions of dollars stuff in his pocket, hell they couldnâ€™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 heâ€™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 Iâ€™s be writing a post defending Luis Castillo afer a disastrous error, Iâ€™d have bet my house that you were wrong. Good think that didnâ€™t happen or my family would be living in a card board box.
The big reason that I canâ€™t get mad at Luis is he took it like a man. He didnâ€™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 canâ€™t beat a guy up when heâ€™s already hurt.
If you want to take a positive about this itâ€™s that this Mets team may not be a championship team but itâ€™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 thatâ€™s a legit complaint but where a big league manager makes his mark is how he handles his clubhouse and after reading Ken Rosenthalâ€™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 â€˜em Looie and go get â€˜em Fernando Nieve? UGH!