If anyone is going to $iti Field tomorrow night, I’d suggest that when Carlos Beltran comes up for his first at bat, you stand up and give him a hand. Beltran backed up the talk last night as he tried to 7-10 split Chase Utley and Wilson Valdez in the 7th inning. Beltran’s only regret is that “he didn’t hit anyone”. Too bad this didn’t happen in August as the incident has seemed to give the club a little spark. It’s also a shame that the manager wasn’t fired in August and another voice brought in to challenge the manhood of the players as Utley and the Phuck Phaces have, the second half of the season might have been much different.
I posed the question on Twitter last night, other that Ton’s O Fun Sabathia, what starting pitcher on the Highlanders would you take over any of the Mets starters? The only pitcher who got any mention from the Bronx side was Phil Hughes but would you take Hughes over Big Pelf? Hell to the No! Someone mentioned Ivan Nova which tells you the state of the Highlander rotation when Burnett and Vasquez got nary a Tweet. By the way Mets fans, it may be time for us to get into full Tampa Bay Ray mode as the GP Stu Steinberg, of the Canarsie Steinberg’s, grew up a full blooded Mets fan and I believe is still a Mets season ticket holder. It won’t be a total loss for the Bronx Bastards if they go one and done in the post season, it will give the maintenance crew enough time to set the Jerry Kenny Memorial in Fossil Park for an April unveiling.
What makes this September easier to take over last September is the fact that, a new GM and manager will be hired, that Ike Davis and Josh Thole have certainly shown they belong in the big leagues, that the pitching staff has the potential to be good to solid next season as RA Dickey should be back, Big Pelf continues to mature mentally, Jon Niese continues his progression and the emergence of Dillon Gee as a solid 4 or 5 in the rotation. The team will miss Johan Santana for sure and hopefully they can add another vet arm in the winter (money permitting and a savy front office man to boot) so I’m getting a bit more optimistic about the future than I had been say a month ago. It all depends on who get the GM and managers spot if my optimism will bloom into down right excitement.
Steve Popper says it’s time for Mets ownership to go all out and hire Bobby Valentine as the next manager of the Mets. I have to say with all the young talent and the need for a much needed shot of enthusiasm both on the field and in the stands if the Mets don’t go full bore for BV it will be a big mistake. This team as it will be loaded with young players and veterans who need to be challenged and no one does that better than Valentine. This whole Utley incident has shown a light on Jerry Manuel that proves he’s not fit to manage. Instead of saying in his post game presser that “ well that’s how we played back in the day” and “I would think the players would respond” He should have closed the clubhouse door after the game and told his players that the Phillies have played you guys for chumps for four years now and will keep playing you for chumps until you fight back. No one is saying to clear the benches (although that would be fun) but there comes a time when the manager had to challenge his player’s manhood, their pride to tell them it’s time they stopped squatting to pee and stand up like men. That’s not Jerry Mnauel’ style and that’s why we’re also rans again in 2010.