Johan Santana vs. Sidd Finch
Time Wasting Tale of the Tape:
Will Johan Santana become the best Mets pitcher ever? Clearly, to become the greatest hurler ever to grace the mound in Flushing, Santana will have to step out of the long shadow of the Mets' most celebrated tosser ever.
Hayden "Sidd" Finch
Distinguishing feature: wears boot on right foot while pitching
Throws 168 mph.
Rookie Year: 1985
Hobbies: French horn, yoga, hiking
Strengths: fastball, great control, learned pegging snow leopards in the Himalayas
Weaknesses: unclear on use of rosin bag
Mets biggest challenge in acquiring him: keeping him from becoming Buddhist monk
How the Mets prepared for his arrival: Dropping baseballs out of hot air balloons to prepare the catchers for handling 130-150 mph fastballs.
Distinguishing Feature: well-groomed facial hair
Throws only 91-5 mph
Rookie Year: 2000
Hobbies: giving haircuts, participating in his own contract negotiations
Strengths: Brutal change-up, great athleticism
Weaknesses: gives up a long ball now and again
Mets biggest challenge in acquiring him: keeping him from becoming a Red Sox or Yankees
How the Mets prepared for his arrival: perpetrating an unfathomable, historic collapse while manager discussed champaign toasts
Who will leave the greatest legacy?