By Mike Steffanos
Here's something that I'm sure a few of you out there can identify with -- a project that takes on a life of its own.
Back in December Lisa and I decided to upgrade our home entertainment experience. After some research and some shopping around I picked up a big screen hi def television and a Blu-Ray player. I was going to hold off for a while on a surround sound system, but decided after Christmas to set that up, too.
More research. More shopping. Then ordering from Amazon, EBay and some other on-line sources for cables and speaker wires.
The tipping point came when I decided to install the wire for 4 of the surrounds through the attic and ceiling. It isn't technically hard to do, it just made it more of a pain in the a**. I'm almost finished, but I'm also at the point where I just want it to be over. I've had enough of the process and I want to sit back and enjoy the results.
The Mets pursuit of a starting pitcher is starting to take on that aspect for me, too. It was fun for a while to speculate on who might be the best choice, but now I'm getting somewhat tired of the speculation surrounding whether or not Derek Lowe will sign here.
The Mets are apparently prepared to engage in a stare down contest with Scott Boras over Lowe. It will likely go on for another week or so, and of course there is always a chance somewhat else will step in.
My initial reaction to the Mets 3-year, $36 million offer was that they were low-balling Mr. Lowe somewhat. The more I thought about it, however, the more I realized I was basing that reaction on what last year's free agent pitchers received. With the slumping economy the market has changed.
When other teams admit that they're not prepared to raise the ante on what the Mets offered, it pretty much tells us where the market it right now. While the Yankees overpaid for pitching somewhat, particularly with the fragile Burnett, everyone else seems to be doing what I was doing while putting my system together -- patiently shopping for bargains.
While this whole process has some interest in and of itself, it's starting to wear thin for me. I'd love to see it resolve so we can start kibitzing about backup infielders and candidates for the second left-hander in the bullpen.
I still want to see the Mets sign Lowe, who I believe will give some stability to the staff and breathing room for Pelfrey and Maine. I'm comfortable with Ollie Perez as a fallback plan, but I do think in that case it becomes more important to sign a credible veteran fifth starter.
I'm not comfortable at all with the idea of Randy Wolf as somehow equivalent to Lowe and Perez if they both fall through, as I believe him to be a bottom of the rotation innings eater in this stage of his career. Signing Wolf along with Lowe or Perez would be a credible move to me. Signing Wolf instead of those two options would not.
Whatever happens, though, I'd love to see it resolve. As with my home theater, I'm somewhat tired of the process.
One thing I don't get tired of is reading my friend Metsgrrl's Blog. She's been nominated for Best Sports Blog of 2008 in the 2008 Weblog Awards. Please support her by visiting the site and casting your vote.