First of all, thanks to all of you for allowing me to participate at some limited basis on my old site. This is not some attempt to stage some on again, off again, publicity stunt. It’s just an old baseball war horse trying stay active at a level that both serves the writer as well as the reader.
I will write a Friday recap, giving you my observations on what has happened the previous week in Met-land. There will be no cutting and pasting here, unless a short quote is needed to strengthen the opinions I am offering.
At the same time, I am going through a series of medical procedures that could easily place me in a hospital ward without either my laptop, or the ability to use it. I apologize in advance for any interruption and, if something like that happened for, oh, let’s say, three weeks, feel free to email ‘Mrs. Mack’ at Kitchenade@yahoo.com and see if there’s anything worth reporting to the people here that read me.
Lastly, about returning from my second retirement… I’m not trying to be an asshole here. In my case, it just comes natural. I know that I don’t have the strength any longer to post every morning, but I am able to overlook the site, add the press releases that come in from the teams, and schedule some of the postings from the writers that occasionally leave a post in draft form on the site.
Christopher Soto and Reese Kaplan are doing a wonderful job of overseeing the site since I ‘left’ and Tom Brennan, Herb G, and Ernest Dove are filling in the cracks better than anyone else could.
I never looked upon Mack’s Mets as some mega site like MetsMerized. To me, it was always a clubhouse for a group of adult fans to yap about their favorite team.
Past that… on to this week’s report, which, this week, will be short.
Nelson Figueroa – No one is happier than I am for Figgy, though I do wish that the Mets and Bobby Ojeda could have worked out their differences. I met Figgy at the 2008 spring training camp after reporting on Mack’s Mets that he had left the complex early to go someplace. His wife read the story immediately on Mack’s Mets and called him, while he was still working out in the Mets complex. Nelson walked over to the room all us reporters hung out in and called me aside, calmly told me how I probably had him confused with Angel Pagan, and asked if I would retract the story. I said sure and did so immediately, but the damage was done. You see, though I did have full credentials through my association as a beat reporter for the Savannah Sand Gnats, I was known in the clubhouse as that ‘blog guy’, which was a no-no back then. Someone reported to Jay Horwitz that I was blogging live from the clubhouse and, boom, that was the end of my press credentials. I tried explaining the following year in a long letter to Jay that I never lied to him, but that letter remains unanswered, Now, I don’t even get invited to the blog press conferences. Oh well, back to the original subject… you will be very impressed with the baseball knowledge that comes out of Figgy’s head and I’m proud to call him my friend.
Dillon Gee – Here’s my spin on Gee…
I do feel sorry that 30 teams, including the New York Mets, don’t want Gee to start for them, but the Mets need to take a lesson from the Washington Nationals here and Tanner Roark.
I also fully understand Gee’s disappointment in moving to the Mets pen, a home where he may find himself sitting next to another ex-Mets starter, Rafael Montero.
If they are there it will be for two reasons… one, it will be that Mets pitching coaches have determined that that are better options that the Mets currently have.
The other option is solely Gee’s. In his case, the Mets have five million plus dollars invested in him in producing a positive season this year and all Gee has to do is cash the monthly check.
Looking at it this way, the Mets just picked up two great relief pitchers to help get them to the all-star break. And you never can have enough top young talent at one position.
Just go ask Texas about second base this morning.