Yes Mets Fans, It’s Time To Be Concerened

At what point during this spring training are we as Mets fans allowed to be concerned? See there is a segment of Mets followers who feel that some of the fan base overreacts to things in the spring but as we find ourselves just a mere 16 days away from opening day there are so many questions and so many concerns about the Mets team that will open the 2012 season.

Now you can say your expectations of the 2012 Mets are not high so this spring is just par for the course. As I type up this post, Mike Pelfrey is pitching like a guy who is closer to being released than sure up a spot in the starting rotation. Pelf’s line on the day is so bad the Mets should try to get FEMA to send them disaster aid money, 2.2 innings pitched with 8 runs scored all earned 8 hits and 4BB and oh yeah 4 K’s.  At this point when do Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins sit down and make a baseball decision and either release Pelfrey or pursued him to take a minor league assignment. It’s not just today’s start  but the other two he’s made this spring weren’t any good, add that into his lousy 2011, how can you give him a roster spot? I’d rather see Miguel Batista or Chris Schwinden get Pelfrey’s starts until Matt Harvey is ready to take a big league turn every 5th day.

I hate to question the seriousness of a player’s injury but is Ruben Tejada coming back any time soon? Is he hurt or injured? There is a big difference. I don’t blame Terry Collins for being a bit of a red ass over Tejada’s inability to get back on the field with what was reported as a “strained groin”. Is it more serious than the club is letting us know? Tejada hasn’t played in 7 days so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and say his groin is more than strained.

You may not think its panic time for the Mets but I can guarantee the folks in the back offices of the team that are trying to sell tickets and advertising and secure sponsorships are concerned.  Collins has said time and again this spring, it is imperative that the team gets off to a good start of the season.  There isn’t enough big league talent or depth on this team to overcome a 5-15 start. With the difficulty of selling tickets and the negative vibe with the fan base and media who cover the team, even a 12-8 start would be seen as a success.

 

 

 

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THESE R.A. THE GOOD OLD DAYS

My late mother was sitting with a few old biddie friends of hers, who were lamenting about how they missed the “good old days”.  After they were done with their trip down memory lane, my mother laced into them telling them how stupid they sounded, “don’t you realize that you’re living in the greatest time ever”? She marveled in the fact that back in the “good old days” whenever she wanted to call one of her sisters in Ireland, she had to call the operator, who in turn called an overseas operator, who them needed to know the number you were calling and what number you were calling from, then there was about a 20-30 minute staring contest at the phone, willing it to ring so you could have a 5-10 min conversation (it was expensive to call Europe, how much? I couldn’t tell you, but I know it was a lot because when my father opened the phone bill he’d scream out “JESUS CHRIST, CAN’T YOU JUST WRITE A LETTER”???? ) before she passed away, in her late 90’s she spoke to relatives via Skype and followed family activities via Facebook.  She proved the old biddies wrong again.

I bring all this up because we have this great new phenomenon of social media bringing more and more people together. Politian’s, actors, writers, and athletes have taken to Twitter to give their views on any and all subjects and to interact with fans. Don’t like what someone wrote about your favorite team? Find their Twitter account and let them know about it. Watching a game and a player comes out the game and you don’t know why? Go on Twitter,  as a beat writer will fill you in.  Articles get linked, opinions are expressed and then you have without a doubt the REAL, most interesting man in the world (not the old broken down drunk in the Dos Equis ads), Robert Allen Dickey, of the NY Mets holding a daily Q and A session with fans.

Dickey opened a Twitter account this past week and already has knocked out over 1, 000 Tweets plus he has over 7,000 followers (Disciples of Dickey)who check their timeline waiting for the tweet alerting them that R.A. is here and will be taking any and all questions. The questions run from what it’s like playing baseball in NYC, to Star Wars trivia, to whether Justin Turner (he too a great Twitter-er under the handle of @redturn2) is a natural redhead (the tweeter asked if Turners “carpet matched the drapes” to which Dickey tweeted back to keep it clean and Turner replied “hahaha” I’m telling you this is great stuff) to how Nick Evans cares for his hair.

We’ve come a long way from the days of sending your favorite player fan mail and having some clubhouse guy send you back a letter thanking you for writing with an autographed picture, always signed by the clubbie.

Got to go, you never know when the curtain will rise on The Dickey Show!

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TERRY COLLINS PUTS TEAM ON NOTICE THIS ISN’T THE WESTMINSTER DOG SHOW

I’m a little concerned about Angel Pagan, now that the Mets have sent him for a blood test to see what is causing him to be fatigued during games. What also disturbs me is that Pagan has gone into a shell in the clubhouse. With the thought of Carlos Beltran ready to be dealt away, his own poor play this season and the uncertainty that he will be brought back next year, has to be weighing on his mind. Hopefully there is nothing medically wrong with Pagan.

Most of the talk this morning is about what will happen after Carlos Beltran is traded. From reading the quotes from Terry Collins it seems he understands what we Mets fans have figured out the last couple of years, some of these guys tend to lay down like dogs when they feel the season is over. TC has made it known now that anyone he suspects turning canine the last two months of the season will become ex-Mets. This has always been my main concern about the team that in the past, they have shown no heart in tough situations. Collins made it known to me over the winter that that kind of mindset will not happen under his stewardship and so far this season he has live up to his promise.

If anything this Mets team doesn’t roll over in fact, most non-Mets fans/followers have complimented the way the team plays, hard for 27 outs. That’s why I have faith in TC to keep that mindset going forward. I have to believe if a player doesn’t hustle or takes a play off, his ass will be fastened to the bench.

I have been a Mike Pelfrey fan. I’ve rooted for him to get his act together and become a solid front line starting pitcher. I’ve kept saying “one more year and it will all click for Pelf” but more and more this seasons, my faith in Pelfrey drops after each of his starts. I’m getting to the point where I’ll be surprised if he is a Met in 2012. After reading some of his quotes today about life after Carlos Beltran I’ve become more secure in saying that we may be seeing the last of Mike Pelfrey as a Met:

  “I understand that if you want to get something back for him you have to trade him (Beltran),” Pelfrey told The Post before the Mets beat the Reds 4-2 last night. “But in the same sense I would think if we ended up getting rid of him, the front office’s view is that we don’t have a chance, because he gives us our best chance to win. If he’s not here, then they felt we can’t rebound from where we’re at.”

Mike, if you pitched better this season, the team would have had a better chance to compete for a post season berth. Don’t worry about what the front office is or has to do. It’s very simple, players play, coach’s coach, manager’s mange and the front office worries about trades and signings. Quite frankly maybe your problem is you worry about shit that has nothing to do with you and you lose focus on what you need to do, which is to pitch better. Hey who knows maybe your career will turn around next year when you’re a Kansas City Royal.

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