Mishkabobble has become Metskabobble. You can make believe you don't see it or even think you'll never have to come to terms with it but it's there. Oh, it's there.
The Mets have holes. We just have to hope they have less holes than the other teams in the NL East. The season is only 11 days away and we are not prepared. (Thanks WBC). Yesterday, Oliver Perez was shakier than that old man down the block suffering from arthritis. John Maine seems to be fighting more Devils than Sean Avery. And even our number two man, Mike Pelfrey, got hit on more times yesterday than Brad Pitt in his prime. As you can see, the holes are quite large.
A frantic Mets fan blogs in:
"I am a frantic Met fan! And I am blogging in! Eli, do you see the possible beginning of the end for the Metropolitans!? I will venture to say that David Wright will not turn out to be like Shaq and complain that 'my big toe hurts' the entire season but what I will say is that at some point this season - Nick Evans will be called upon to take over Ryan Church (who will turn into John Olerud and have to wear a helmet on his head, in fear of concussion number 4. If all goes well, Church will hit like Olerud too). And when Evans does become an every day player - he will hit the ball as far as his eyelashes (are those extensions?). It's too bad that Evans might start the season at AAA Buffalo, in order to keep his bat sharp, but he should be ready for when Ryan starts to see stars again. No knock on Church but after his torrid start of the season last year - he just hasn't been the same. Someone has to knock it into his head (not too hard though) that he can be an ABOVE AVERAGE right fielder. I pray, Eli, I pray."
So this man is worried about Church (no pun on the pray). To be honest, I would love to have a super-star in right field (Vladimir Guerrero anyone?) instead of Church. Yes, I am spoiled but I'm honest. We'd have the young kid, Beltran and a super-star. Why am I teasing myself? Okay, moving on with the holes.
So far we have some rough spots in our starting rotation and a concussion waiting to happen in the outfield. But let's also discuss our left-handed reliever or lack thereof. Pedro Feliciano is the only lefty in our bullpen. It doesn't take someone with Dan Warthen's prescription to see that last year Pedro was more like a Aaron Heilman. He just didn't produce. I was so upset when the Mets didn't sign an Arthur Rhodes (lefty) for small money. Omar, wake up and smell the coffee beans...which are from the Dominican Republic so you'd probably like 'em.
Citi never sleeps but it's General Manager obviously does.
I'm not saying Omar should be fired but Evan Robert's hairy brother thinks so. Apparently, lonesomeness runs in the family.
Starting Rotation? A Hole.
Feliciano? E Agujero. ("A Hole" in Spanish)
I don't mean to be pessimistic. I think I'm just being realistic. Oli and Maine have to put it together. Church has to keep it together. And Feliciano has to hope he's together with this team come the trading deadline.
We're in a recession. We all know that. Now more than ever we need to find reasons why we should INVEST our time into this team and PAY attention to every game they play. Let's hope they fix these holes, as opposed to digging themselves a larger one, and hopefully, we won't fall into another hole come "Fall-Time".
Bring on the Reds, baby!
(Oh, and just for good measure. Check out this relic. A guy from 1982 took his "home video player" to film Opening Day in Shea '82. Who knew that electricity was around in those days? Gotta love the guys voice, lol).