Weekend Roundup: Another Long Weekend With the 2014 Mets
I don’t want to be totally negative, so I will lead off today with a few positive thoughts that entered my mind this weekend about the Mets. I couldn’t get my glass all the way to half full, so if you are not in the mood to be bummed out you can stop reading about two bullet points in.
– Cool to see Jacob deGrom back on the mound, and throwing 96 MPH fastballs. A healthy deGrom will add a small measure of fun to the remaining proceedings. Two more hits from Jake too. It’s not quite “Harvey Day,” but deGrom starts have a little more fun attached to them.
– Wow, Lucas Duda just keeps hitting home runs. Thirty has quickly gone from possible to likely. When you consider how little power is being exhibited all over the game, Duda has become a very valuable member of the team. It will be interesting to see what he gets in arbitration.
– Word is Bartolo Colon has been put on waivers to test possible trade waters. Considering that anything we get in return will most likely not be helpful in the current or intermediate term, I can’t get excited about that. As for the money, the payroll is already a joke. Saving money on existing players should not be a priority around this team anymore. That goes double for Murphy. The team cannot hit, how can we withstand the loss of any hitting? That these are the names most rumored to move on is sad and pathetic. Also, most likely, they are accurate assessments. Yuck.
– A Cuban player named Rusney Castillo signed with the Red Sox. I have no idea whether he would have been a good idea or a bad idea for the Mets. It has gotten to the point now where I have reached the last step, acceptance. New York is now a small market, and we cannot be expected to pursue any high-priced players.
– Acceptance for me does not include support. The constant middle finger from everyone associated with this team has really had an effect on me. I watch on TV, but I have hardly gone to any games this season. I have never in my life attended fewer games than I will attend in 2014. It’s so hard. A lot of fans, and believe me I have a tremendous amount of respect for these fans, tell me fans should support the team no matter what. This has always been my stance; it’s not like the Mets have been a winner every year since 1962. Far from it. But now there is the additional problem of the owners, who are just disgusting folks. And I’m not a kid, I’m a grown man with a financial background who fully understands that every dollar I spend in support of the Mets accrues to these cretins. Damn it all.
– Now for “how bad is it?” A lot of my older friends have used the late ’70s as a barometer, telling me, “at least it isn’t as bad as then.” I don’t see it that way at all. I feel the current situation is worse, way worse than it was then. The deRoulet girls were out of their league, and M. Donald Grant was a very cheap and grouchy old guy. But that lasted for just a few years and they went off on their way; they all figured out they couldn’t handle being in charge of the New York Mets. Joan Payson passed away in 1975 and by 1980 it was all over and a new owner was in place. This slog has gone on longer, and seems to have no end in sight.
Have a good day.