— #FreeJuanLagares (@TooGooden16) May 16, 2014
Yesterday when I woke up, I went to the kitchen a poured myself a cup of coffee and moseyed on in to the living room to get some peace a quite before the rest of my family woke up and the mayhem starts.
I put on the TV and got comfy ready to watch MLB Network’s Quick Pitch with Sam Ryan. The important games come up first so I had time before Mets-Nats would be up but to my surprise Mets-Nats was one of the first games highlighted and if that wasn’t surprise enough, the lead into the highlights was Ryan telling baseball fans about the hashtag #FreeJuanLagares that has taken over social media.
Yes Mets fans we have been heard and now the Mets are on notice that it’s not just Mets fans who are pissed, puzzled and perplexed by the lineup card that Terry Collins fills out on a daily basis.
Casey Stern, Mets fan and Sirius/XM MLB Network host usually keeps an even keel on his daily radio show, but even he had to explode over the misuse of Juan Lagares. Keith Hernandez and Gary Cohen spoke in Mets Pig Latin most of the weekend about the misuse of Lagares. Mike Vaccaro, the best sports columninst in town,has vented about the misuse of Juan Lagares. There is no defense for the offense of not starting Juan Lagares every day and twice in double headers. This #FreeJuanLagares movement is reaching the boiling point and Terry Collins is getting his double knits in an uproar over it:
“He has been an everyday player,” Collins said in response to a question asking what Lagares had to do to play daily. “He got into a little bit of a funk. It’s not like I sat him for seven days. I sat him for two days, for cripes’ sakes. We’re getting a little carried away here. Somebody gets a day off and it’s like the sky’s falling. It’s not. He’s the center fielder. He had a big day yesterday. I hope he has a big day today. It’s not going to be easy. Jordan Zimmerman is real good. If he has a rough day today you tip your hat and you get after it tomorrow.
“My opinion and we’ve talked about it, this is what the market is here. If I give Grandy a day off, he’s benched. If I give CY a day off, he’s benched. If I give Juan a day off, he’s benched. That’s not the case. That’s not really the case. But I know you gotta sell papers so do what you gotta say. But when I come in here every day and figure out who’s gotta be in the lineup, somebody can’t play. And today’s somebody’s not going to play.”
First of all for Collins has a lot of nerve to get his nose out of joint over being questioned about not playing Lagares, he has been given the kid gloves treatment by the Mets beat writers and sports pundits in this town. There have been more excuses made for Collins piloting losing teams than any manager or head coach in this city ever.
How would Terry Collins like to be in Tom Coughlin’s shoes this past season? Coughlin, a coach with a winning pedigree and 2 Super Bowl titles at the top of his resume, a coach who when he hangs up his clip board will be known as Hall of Fame coach Tom Coughlin has been raked over the coals by the NY football media after the NY Football Giants started 0-6. Coughlin was called too old, the game has passed him by, it’s time for a change and on and on and on. The Giants turned their season around going 7-3 and still the job security of Coughlin was in doubt.
For every game that Terry Collins sits Juan Lagares over Eric Young Jr is a total travesty. The fact that the Sandy Alderson hasn’t ordered him to play Lagares as much as possible is just as bad.
There should be no debate at all. Eric Young Jr has just 2 hits in his last 27 at bats. He has a line of .211/.310/.309. Chris Young is just 1 for his last 18 at bats and his line is .211/.279/.368. Neither one of them are worth the playing time in EYJ’s case or the money as in CY case. Why don’t these two take a few days off and work with Dave Hudgens and Luis Natera (imagine this team has two hitting coaches and still can’t hit, while the best hitting mind in the organization sits in the broadcast booth Keith Hernandez)?
It’s not that hard. Pick your 8 best players and play them. Collins needs to understand that Mets fans who still give a rat’s ass about this team are not just fed up with losing but are sick of the ineptness we witness on a game by game basis. Maybe Collins is fine with coddling his players but Mets fans are far from a bunch of coddlers, we’re more of the foot in the ass type. You’ve warned Terry.