Kevin Burkhardt had a fascinating interview with new Mets catcher, John Buck.
Buck was a $6mil throw in as part of the Dickey deal and his obvious role is to catch until Travis de’Arnaud is ready to take his job away. That being said, he could easily come to camp with the same shitty attitude that Kelly Stoppach brought to the clubhouse last season.
But no, not Buck.
The first think you noticed was how big this guy was walking next to d’Arnaud. He looked like he could use d’A as a bat.
But then the interview came and you quickly realizes that this was a guy that really wants to be a Met, has no intention of just handing over his starting job, and has already brought more to the table than most do in a season.
During the interview, he mentioned:
- He had a side pick-up session with Bobby Parnell and pointed out to him how he was so much more effective last season when he would mix in his slow stuff early into his pitch count
- Admitted that he had pointed out to Johan Santana that he was tipping off some of his pitches.
- Admitted that he had reached out to former teammate, pitcher Shaun Marcum, and helped convince him to sign with the Mets rather than sign with teams he had other active options with.
- Turned to his childhood buddy, RP Scott Atchison, who he used to have ‘sleepovers’ with when he was eight years old and said that was an ‘easy one’ to recruit for the Mets.
All of this from a guy no one sort of really wanted in this trade.
I like the way these first couple of unofficial days are going. The Mets battery has really filled in well. There’s a very good five man rotation, possibly a very talented bullpen, and a combo power bat/super prospect behind the plate.
Try to find someone who taped this show and watch the interview. Buck is a very intelligent ballplayer who in one day had elevated the knowledge level for that position.