We had a lively episode of The Kult of Mets Personalities this past Saturday,
Back after a two week vacation and I wish I were still in California, still sitting on the beach in Santa Monica watching the “sights” but vacations come to an end and for the first time in my work career I dread going back. If I could I’d retire in heartbeat and set up my sand chair on the beach at Santa Monica and do some “sightseeing”
The NY Mets 2014 season ended last Thursday when the team lost to the Nationals in 13 innings. Sandy Alderson threw in the towel when it was announced that Chris Young would be cut and Matt den Dekker would be promoted from Las Vegas. It was also announced that Wilmer Flores would take over as the everyday shortstop and Ruben Tejada and his impotent bat would ride the pine as a utility player. Alderson has started his 2015 off season work by allowing the younger players playing time to evaluate who stays and who goes in trade. This off season will be what the Alderson legacy will be remembered for. The Mets are set to have a losing record for the sixth consecutive season, Alderson and the entire organization cannot survive a seventh losing season. Alderson has to demand that ownership give him the money he needs to procure talent and stop running this team like its a five and dime. No one says you need to spend money just to spend but if Alderson sees a player he wants either via trade or free agency, the Wilpon’s must give him the financial resources to get that player or players. I don’t care if they have to rob a bank or loot Uncle Saul’s palatial Long Island estate, the time has come to stop the bullshit and get back to winning. Enough is enough.
One of the moves Alderson must make and it is painfully obvious, is to change the manager. I don’t want to see Terry Collins get fired, just reassigned. Let him play out his final year of his contract in St. Luice, where he lives, and work with the minor leaguers. That’s his strength.
I’m not going to rant about Collins, we all know his short comings and let’s face it what other manager could survive four consecutive losing seasons and still keep his job? Add in Collins terrible tactical moves especially late in ball games and his continued burn the bullpen to the ground mentality. I don’t see how anyone can argue that Collins deserves a fifth season as Mets manager.
Jacob deGrom is going for an MRI on his sore right shoulder. Yesterday during the Mets pre-game show, Mr. Excitement, Steve Gelbs when sending it out to the lovely and talented Kevin Burkhardt in Philadelphia said that deGrom and the Mets were not overly concerned about his shoulder but the MRI was a precaution. Ah, but what makes Burkhardt the star that he is said to Gelbs ”remember this is the Mets we’re talking about here” Oh how we are going to miss Kevin on SNY telecasts not only is he a great guy but he also “gets it” he knows what the Mets and being a Mets fan is all about, expect the worst and hope it’s not too bad.
If you are not a football fan you may want to become one as Burkhardt and his partner the former All-Pro DB and a member of the Tampa Bay Bucs Super Bowl championship team John Lynch are the #2 NFL on FOX announcing team. Hopefully they get a lot of Giants games this season.
While out in California we stayed in San Francisco for a few days and we were able to go to AT&T Park to see the Giants play the Pittsburgh Pirates. Some observations of AT&T and the experience of a Giants game:
Many people told how beautiful AT&T was and how much I would love it, they weren’t kidding. What a place to watch a ball game. Instead of chop shops and desolation as a back drop, you have San Francisco Bay and McCovey Cove. You also have statues of players Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal and Orlando Cepeda. There is also a statue of a seal which I found out is dedicated to the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League. The Giants also remember where they came from with plaques that honor Christy Mathewson and John McGraw and flags around the upper deck of the ball park that commemorate the five World Series won as the New York Giants.
The NY Mets organization should be ashamed of themselves for not doing more to celebrate the history of the club than they have. I don’t know why ownership has such a rotten attitude toward the years prior to 1980 when they bought the club. How can you explain why there is not a statue of Tom Seaver or Gil Hodges or Casey Stengel. How could you not get the address of Citi Field to be named 41 Tom Seaver Drive or 14 Gil Hodges Plaza? Why aren’t there any plaques of Ed Kranepool, Jerry Koosman, Rusty Staub, Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry or Davey Johnson to name just a few great old Mets?
One of the best plaques I saw at AT&T was of Dick Dietz the old Giants catcher from the late 1960’s. I stared at the plaque for about 10 minutes until my son asked if I was okay. I told I’m fine I’m just visualizing the Game of the Week back then that were televised from Candlestick Park, with wind swirling and Willie Mays running balls down in the outfield that had the chain link fence and Big Stretch McCovey hitting home runs and Juan Marichal and the big leg kick pitching to either Dick Dietz or Jack Hiatt. The plaque did its job, it made me remember.
The Giants organization know how to educate its younger fan base and help the older ones remember not just the past but the reason why we love baseball and our teams. I will always love the NY Mets I just wish the ownership loved them as much as I do.