By Joyce Mandelkern
Well Ollie, this is another fine mess you've gotten us into. A 3 year, $36 million mess to be exact. And it leaves us with a huge hole to fill in an already Swiss-cheese like starting rotation. And don't think for one minute I believe this nonsense that his knee hurts. I wasn't born yesterday. As far as I'm concerned, this is how the suits have decided to spin it, so that they can send him to "rehab" in the minors or down at PSL without anyone losing face. Picture this - you do a really lousy job at work and you make tons and tons of money and your boss can't do anything about it without your permission! Nice work if you can get it - sports is so not the real world. Just sayin'. To his credit, Perez did seem very upset in his post-game interview, not half as upset as I was, but upset. Remember how I suggested the team hire a shrink? I think I know who should be the first one on the couch.
The truth is they have no clue what to do about Ollie. There has been talk about sending him to the bullpen. Oh great. Just what we need. Another guy in there who can't throw strikes. Move over Sean Green, you have competition. What would the point be? So he could do more damage and lose even more confidence? I don't get it. How many walks do you have to have before they declare you in need of actual fixing? Does anybody know? Just wondering.
Do I sound angry? I'm sorry. Perhaps I haven't yet gotten over hearing Kevin Burkhardt's report during Friday night's game that David Wright and Ryan Church said the team doesn't "get up" to play any team except the Phillies. What the heck is that about? I get up to WATCH this team play EVERY game against EVERY team and they can't get up to actually PLAY the games? We are the laughing stock of major league baseball for the last two years and this doesn't motivate our players and is driving all of us insane? What is wrong with this picture? I have players who don't slide, don't hustle on the bases, can't lay down a bunt, can't throw a strike, can't catch a fly ball, can't throw home, can't steal, can't put the ball in play on a hit and run, and can't throw to the right base. I have a leadoff man who can't get on base, a lefty specialist who can't get lefties out and in fact, gives up homers to them, a relief pitcher who can't find the strike zone, but does a great Kenny Rogers imitation and a manager who for some inexplicable reason left him in there when he clearly had nothing. I have a player who thinks shaving his head is going to help him not look so totally lost at the plate and an aging first baseman whose hip is going to hurt him all season. This report comes on the heels of one that says Omar Minaya said our team does not have the "edge" or "meanness" to be competitive - I paraphrase, of course. He backtracked later - surprise, surprise. Nice, Omar. And who is to blame for that Omar?? That was my weekend - how was yours?
Yes, I know they won Friday night, but there was plenty I saw that I didn't love, although there were also some minor strides made. But one game does not a season make. This team needs to go on a win streak and it seems totally incapable of doing that. I don't mean a 3 or 4 game win streak; I mean they have to win 15 out of 20 or something like that to prove to me that they can consistently play winning baseball. I just don't like what I'm seeing. I believe the talent is there, I really do. I don't understand why Jerry is managing differently this year than he did when he took over last year. I miss last year's Jerry. They looked a little more aggressive on the base baths this weekend and that's a start. And hey, we were hitting sac flies! I do think it may be time to take a long hard look at HoJo and /or Dan Warthen. I don't know what else to say. You can't fire the players. You can't even send them down to the minors without their permission.
Well fellow Mets fans, cheer up. Things are going to get better - we are heading to Turner Field - and you all know how well we play there!