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The Fear Card

Mike SteffanosFriday, February 29, 2008
By Mike Steffanos

John Maine had a rocky first spring start yesterday and Johan Santana makes his over-hyped debut and gives up a 3-run jack to a guy who hasn't faced a major league pitch since his lone at bat of the 2005 season. A friend of mine who doesn't even root for the Mets sends me an e-mail asking me if I'm worried. Welcome to New York, Mr. Santana...

My response is that if Santana is still being taken deep by walking fossils in late March I'll start to sweat. Other than that, I understand that spring training is only preparation for the season. Then again, while Santana is answering all of the reporter's questions about his debut in a Mets uniform, maybe he will be getting a helpful preview of the fishbowl that he will be performing in this season.

My fellow Mets fans, resist the urge to give in to the politics of fear. Take a deep breath, and tell yourself that you will not be driven into the dark abyss of your own insecurities by the unscrupulous few out there that will seize on any chance to play on your negative emotions.

We're up against the idea that it's acceptable to say or do anything to rattle the cages of Mets fans in an effort to sell a few more papers or radio ads. We can learn to ignore such base pandering to our doubts and fears. Yes, we can change.

Yes, we can.

Note: I'm Mike Steffanos, and I have approved this message -- despite the blatant and shameless plagiarism.

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Comments (4)

It's 3 in the morning. The phone rings. Who do you want answering it? Some lousy AAAA Brian Lawrence type or a two-time unanimous Cy Young Award winner? Who do you trust with your season.

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Fear or concern? is one different than the other, my question is about El Duque, Orlando Hernandez. I'm O.K. with Pelfrey as the 5th starter, but not with Hernandez in reserve. Should we sign Kyle Lohse and have him as the reserve. Do I have fear or concern, Iam confused. I think? :)

I do have a fear now about who fills in at 1st base,If we need too ?

Actually, Greg, I like Santana because he is the CHANGE[up] candidate...
Al - I don't think they would sign Lohse unless Duque looked like he was out for a while. If Lohse was willing to sign a reasonable contract he would have done so already.

Let's wait until the MRI comes back before we decide how much to worry about Delgado.

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