By Mike Steffanos
It's kind of a quiet day for the Mets, and I'm still a homeless man. I only found a couple of items that interested me at all. I was impressed with the article on Victor Diaz linked to below. It's too bad that Victor probably is a long shot for the job that should be his to lose, but I think he understands what it will take to succeed. I just hope that he gets a chance for the Mets.
Newark Star-Ledger: Victor going the extra mile
Don Burke reports on Victor Diaz, who is fighting an uphill battle to remain on the Mets major-league roster this season. According to Burke, Diaz and Anderson Hernandez will be the only two recognizable names for the Mets that are making the trip today to play the Indians in Winter Haven, thanks to the WBC. Diaz is attempting to do all of the little things in the field, at bat and on the bases that he was somewhat lax in last season. Diaz realizes that things are stacked against him:
You just go out and play hard. In the back of my head I know I have a (minor-league) option left. That really stinks. You can go out there and work hard every day, improve every day and, at the end, there's an option.
It would really bother me to go back (to the minors). But the Mets know what they're doing.
Good luck, kid.
New York Post: Good day for Matsui
Mark Hale reports on Kaz Matsui's good game at second base against the 'stros yesterday. Kaz has struggled early and has been the target of heckling from people that obviously have nothing better to do than bring some negativity with them to spring training. Crazy.
In news much more important to Mets fans, Hale reports that Juan Padilla will see a doctor on Friday about discomfort he's been experiencing in his pitching elbow.