The New York Mets are dying a slow and very painful death. The humiliation alone should be motivation enough to get this team going. Alas, it is not.
No! I fail to see anything that can motivate this team to want to win. The season appears hopeless. With each game they lose, they sink farther and farther into the grave already occupied by the Washington Nationals.
The Mets have too many holes to fill with trades. They would have to wipe out what little they have in the farm system to bring in help. It would not matter. The damage is already done.
The front office had ample time to get things done and failed to do so. I am now calling for their jobs.
Tim Redding has failed to do his job some time ago. That was the time to be rid of him and bring up Nelson Figueroa or Jonathan Niese. Instead, they stick the dead weight into the bullpen. Stupid move and they paid for it yesterday.
The Mets need to stop giving guys a chance. If a player fails to get the job done, cut them. That’s it! There is no giving the buffoon another chance. He had it. He blew it. He goes. What is so hard about that?
I understand Omar Minaya is trying. I do! I do not believe he is just sitting on his hands and bracing for the worst. The job of a GM is not an easy one. With that said, I still think there are things he can be doing.
Jerry Manuel keeps talking about how he is hesitant to bring Niese up. Why? Your current starters are not getting the job done. You have no choice but to bring the kid up. You want someone with more experience then you bring up Figgy. You have options. USE THEM ALREADY!!!
Now that I have calmed down again, I’ll continue.
A key problem this team is having is chemistry. Some people do not believe in team chemistry. I do!
I’ll give you an example. Say you work for a fashion magazine. You have a deadline to meet and you have no layouts. You are assigned to a team and are forced to get it done. Let’s say it is a team of five people. If you have a problem with just one person, the project will never get done. You will always bump heads. You have to learn to work together.
Just by watching some of the bungled plays in the field, you can tell they are not listening to each other.
This team that is on the field playing, what they seem to think is baseball, is not the team that spent two months of Spring Training together. There is no chemistry here.
Mets fans had high hopes that Jeff Francoeur would help this team get fired up. It is not working!
This team needs a rough neck. They need someone who is not afraid to raise all hell if the team fails. If I played baseball, and if I was a guy, I would fit the role perfectly. Nobody raises hell better than me. You can ask everyone who knows me.
A player is needed who does not give a flying crap who the players are, but will put everyone in their place.
You got a Cy Young? Who the hell cares! You messed up today. Next time try to strike the guys out. NEXT!
You have a silver slugger award? Well you didn’t bring in the runners when you had the chance.You don’t deserve the award. NEXT!
Oh that is wonderful! A beautiful Gold Glove it is. You threw the ball away you moron. You most certainly won’t get another one now. NEXT!
Do you see where I am going with this?
To have a player not afraid to speak his mind would be wonderful. Yet he would not last long. The front office seems to believe in gagging everyone on the payroll. Their policy seems to be the same one that our mothers drilled into our heads:
If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.
Newsflash ma! This is baseball. You hold nothing back. Everybody gets placed on notice. If people have a problem with it, then maybe they should learn how to do their job. Then they would have nothing to worry about.
The Mets lack power. They can keep talking about how the calvary is coming. It is not happening. I do not expect Carlos Beltran back at all. Jose Reyes could come back, but I will not hold my breath. I would probably die before it happens.
Firings need to commence. I do not care if we went through it last year. Make it happen again. Normally I would say to start with the Wilpons, but we cannot completely blame them. They lost $700 million in the Madoff scandal. It is a legit excuse.
Yet, this does not stop the Mets from being able to make trades to get what they need.
On paper at the beginning of the year, this was a team that could contend. Even until July, they were still in the race. Not because they have the talent, but because the Phillies helped out by losing games.
Guess what? The Phils are not helping anymore. The Mets have to win in order to give themselves a fighting chance. As if it were not hard enough, it is being said the Phils are the favorites to get the services of Roy Halladay. If this were to happen, I am ready to concede the season.
I am giving the Mets until the trading deadline to prove to me they have a shot. This includes the front office and the players. If by the deadline no improvements have been made to this team, I think it is safe to say the Mets are done.
You could say they are mathematically alive. It does not really matter. You and I both know we would just be saying that to give ourselves false hope.
We can talk about 1973 all we want too. It is not 1973. It is 2009.
I will still hold on to the infamous words of Yogi Berra:
It ain’t ova, ’til its ova.
It may not be over now, but it is getting pretty damn close.