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Joyce MandelkernMonday, May 4, 2009
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!

About Joyce: I am an insanely passionate die-hard Mets fan since 1962 who is also a season ticket holder and usually can't bear to look and buries her head in her hands or starts pacing when I'm home when things get tense...   Read More -->

Comments (6)

Life long fan, would love them to go on a roll but I really think they need to blow this team up and start over. They have a bunch of individual talent but they do not approach the game like a team. They have never really jelled. They have too many guys who are half good or who don't fit right. Way too many moving parts. Too many moves, half moves, moves for the sake of moves. Now Perez is in the pen. Dude can't throw strikes, walks over a batter per inning and they are going to bring him in to games in a relief situation? Are they nuts? How is that going to make him an effective STARTER? Now they will start a 40 year old japanese pitcher, who if I am not mistaken, hasn't been a starter. Is the the best they can offer? If so, a whole bunch of heads need to roll starting with Omar's. Pathetic.

They need to keep Santana, Frankie and Pelfrey. Everyone else is up for a deal if it will help change this group of guys into a team, and I mean everyone else including the beloved home grown guys. I don't mean you have to trade them but if you do, you don't trade them for the sake of trading them but for appropriate talent. On second thought forget it, Mets management would just screw it up anyway. That you could bank on.

I have often said the parts may not fit, it is something to be said when a group as talented as this cannot find consistancy and gel as a team. These guys are paid very well, play in a city that basically has all you can want, wide media coverage, and if your successful there you can be set for life. With all that this crew just does not seem capable of putting it together. From the top to the bottom, this "motley crew" is treading water at best. The excuses are becoming old, and this team is broke and needs to be fixed. I have watched some "bad" Mets teams, but this is a good team playing bad baseball for two years +. I think a change is needed from the rooter to the tooter! Go Mets 2009!


If and when OM is let go you should really consider throwing your name in the ring for next GM of the Mets. Your articles here are SPOT ON and you seem to really be in touch with the heart of the problems with the team. Even more so than the team lets on to being themselves. Keep up the great posting and hopefully our beloved team will fully start playing up to its capabilities before we get to far into the season.


Joyce, I know, I know,my wife is putting all the sharp objects out of reach and the kitchen oven is off limits. We played better ball in "62", more team spirit in "63".Something has to change, more than Ollie to the pen. What the heck is that all about? Great minds running this bunch? I have to call them a bunch because there not a team! Have you noticed Fla. and the way they play?I better stop right now and take my meds. This is going to be a long season.We all said it in 2007 and 2008, something is missing, well it still is in 2009.

I kinda dont like that Perez said he wouldnt go to the minors. Makes me feel like he is not such a team guy. I do like that Beltran was finally moved to the #3 spot. Only took a month. The team is in desperate need of some vocal leader who plays everyday (yea a starter too).. He wasnt so great but when Deluca was here at least he was kinda that vocal leader guy.... If they could find a real ra ra team guy who plays first or is an outfielder that would go along way... I hate to compare but for an example... this guy Swisher in the bronx... He seems like a ra ra guy getting the team excited.... It early but I dont know if a wildcard team will come from the east..

terry - thanks for the vote of confidence. i know that i could run this team into the ground for a lot less money than omar is getting paid to do it! i could/would do it for free! it would be a labor of love! :)

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