Boy lots to get to here and I may even piss a few people off but I’m at a point in my life where I don’t give a fuck who likes and who doesn’t like as long as my wife and kids love me I’m good as gold so hold on tight and if you are upset by some comments in this post well tough shit.
First let’s look at the law suit brought on by Leigh Castergine, the fired VP of Ticket Sales for the NY Mets. Ms. Castergine as you all know was fired from her job as the head of ticket sales for the Mets and at the time of her firing many of us who have met her were puzzled as to why she was let go. Being a single mom was not on the list of friable . I can also say that I have met Jeff Wilpon as well and yes he’s is as clueless in person as you’d expect. That’s why I believe everything Ms. Castergine filed in her court papers. I could see Wilpon and his band of executive idiots acting the way they did. Do I have proof of all that all that is alleged to have happen? No, but my instincts tell me they did.
After the Rockies series some of the followers of the Mets were living it up thinking that this team had not just a shot at .500 but a 1973 “Ya Gotta Believe “miracle in them. But then came the big bad Washington Nationals, a team that treats the Mets so brutally that I’m sure it is against some or part of the Geneva Convention. The Nats did last night what they do every time they play at Citi Field, they hit bombs over the wall that has the fan (s?) at the ball park ooooing and ahhhhhing like they’re at a 4th of July fireworks display. Not only is this an embarrassment to the Mets it also hurts the precious hearts of the Pollyanna Mets fan who think this team is actually good. The Mets have a 29-48 record against teams with a .500 record or better. Against their fellow second division counterparts the Mets are the Kings of Suck with a 42-28 record. So think about that when you say the Mets a one or two bats away from being a contender.
You know what I just realized? I have absolutely nothing in common with most baseball fans and writers under the age of 40. These are the folks I like to call the New Age baseball experts. They know so much about the game of baseball and not only dismiss folks of my generations knowledge of the game they have no respect for it either. And it’s just not older baseball fans that they think are dumb but older men who actually played baseball at its highest level some of whom are enshrined in the sports Hall of Fame.
Mention “baseball’s unwritten rules” to a New Age baseball fan and they spit out their oatmeal chocolate rat turd exotic beer. Mention them to folks of my generation who get the head nod and a “damn right” as we drink our cold Bud with a whisky chaser (that’s a Boilermaker you little shits) see we grew up learning the game from guys who learned the game in the 1940’s and 1950’s. We grew up in an era where not everyone made the team and the only way you got a trophy was by earning it, a trophy for just showing up? What are we a bunch of fucking pansies?
We learned that the game owes you nothing and you are part of a team and the team sticks together. It was how you built a winning attitude.
Ah the winning attitude, this also gets the New Age baseball fan’s skinny jeans in a bunch. They believe that’s a myth mostly because there isn’t a metric to measure a player’s heart or desire. I played with and against guys that you just knew had that desire to win and would anything possible to achieve that goal. I also played with and against guys who I knew just didn’t have it in them to do whatever is was to win by any means necessary. I knew plenty of guys who never wanted a ball to be hit to them in a crucial spot or to get up to the plate with tying or winning runs aboard. I’m sure there are guys in the big leagues that are like that as well. But to the New Age baseball fan this is as factual as the Easter Bunny.
Now before you call me a dumb ol’ bastard, let me say I do embrace the use of analytics in baseball and any organization that doesn’t have the best and brightest people available in their analytics department is a poorly run organization. The teams that meld together the analytics department with their scouting department are the ones that win. Now hold on to your black rimmed glasses you baseball hipsters as much as the metrics can tell you how a hitter or pitcher can perform you still have to know about that player’s makeup. Yes, I know many of you New Agers hate this part but it’s a fact of baseball life. Just like in the job market, players are vetted and checked out to see if they have what it takes to make it in professional baseball. Scouts want to know the work ethic of a prospect. Does have a passion for the game? Does he show up for practice on time? Does he skip practices? What are his grades? Family situation, friends, interests outside the game. All these factors along with the numbers go into drafting and signing a player.
So I guess this is the part where I apologize for being a cranky middle aged man but like I said I don’t give a shit if you agree or disagree but thanks for reading you little asshole LOL!