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Sunday, February 03, 2008

Ode To Pettite

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"It's helping the Mets out when they need me."

Today being Stuper Bowl Sunday, even more no one is reading this than usual. That gives me a great opportunity to hatch a nutty theory. (Although my last theory has yet to be dis-confirmed.) Here goes.

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This winter could someday end up being remembered as the "winter of Andy Pettite." At least by us Metsfans.

Sound crazy?

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Dig.

item one:
The Yankees would have traded Phil Hughes, Melky Cabrera and Jeff Marquez for Santana on Dec. 2, but the Twins asked for Ian Kennedy, too. The Yankees said no, and the next morning, Andy Pettitte announced that he would return to the team.

The Yankees soon pulled their offer and never made another, resisting again Tuesday when Minnesota asked for Cabrera, Kennedy, Marquez and Chien-Ming Wang. Cashman has made his stand, and Santana may be across town to remind him of what might have been.

item two:
McNamee's lawyer, Earl Ward, said Tuesday that he thinks Pettitte will tell the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that he and Clemens talked about human growth hormone when the two were teammates with the New York Yankees in either 2001 or 2002.

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i'm going to hell, i know. but at least i'll see these two there. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

So there you have it. The timing of effete southpaw Andy Pettite's return to the Spanks was one variable that helped lead to the Mets successful acquisition of Santana. And now, there are some indications that honest Andy's gonna wipe the Rocket off the books for once and for all.

It may be a while before we understand the role Andy, better known as the chump carrying Rocket's bags around like a clubhouse boy, he of "Bronxback Mountain," played in the achievement of two of the four goals cherished by every Mets fan:

1) the landing of a bona fide ace pitcher
2) the complete and total humiliation of Roger Clemens

But I just want to put it out there, in case Andy should provide further assistance on the other two:
3) the utter destruction of the Atlanta Br*ves
4) the capture of the World Series championship


Thanks Andy!

Things to like going into the Spring:

(Let's keep the sunny disposition going.)


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*Pitching, pitching, pitching.

*No high maintenance divas. Pedro hasn't really been a diva in a long time. And you can't really call Carlos Beltran a diva.

*Bench filled with appropriately heroic, if injury prone, character guys.

*Carlos Delgado has now had a full year to hire a nanny and write in his diary.

*Youthful progression. Or whatever you want to call Jose Reyes and David Wright's growth as a result of the September to Dismember. Wright was an MVP last year, according to some, and it seems inevitable that he assume more and more of the leadership of this team. Jose? First it was he wasn't running right, now it's he's running too much.

*SNY guys. Whatever happens, it will brought to us through a very pleasurable broadcast experience. Even in the shadows of Mex, Ron Darling has ascended to near man-crush status for me. And then, of course, there's...

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Something tells me the Mets will be exchanging some serious grooming tips this season, if nothing else.
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7 Comments:

  • At 10:19 PM, Anonymous cvertana said…

    Nice theory there - I hadn't thought about that one too much, but it could have been, as you say, a pivotal moment when the Yanks signed Petitte. And I loved that clip of Berman throwing a shit fit - priceless.

    You have gone positive on me, like Obama and Hillary the other night. If there ever was a day to be positive, it is today! The man is "signed, sealed, delivered" (Hey, that's Obama's song and it should be the Mets song this year and their motto! At least, if they don't win anything, it still applies to getting Johan). Off the top of my head, I can't recall one player being acquired that at least on paper (and maybe in reality) is such a difference maker. Yes, I plan on saying goodbye to Shea this year, all as well - and I might even take in a game in the Bronx (not the Subway Series). It's not sacrilege in my mind to pay my respects one last time to The House That Ruth Built. It's a baseball church. I know most consider Shea a toilet, but it is my baseball heart and always will be!

     
  • At 11:38 PM, Blogger Itsmetsforme said…

    As big a difference maker? Keith Hernandez? The Kid? Piazza (though they won nothing).

    To my mind, Beltran (post-season superstar) and Delgado (left handed power needed since ancient times) were big deals at the time. This team is just loaded with talent and now they have to grow some balls. A present, healthy Pedro and effective Delgado would help a lot in the leadership area.

    Can't be negative about this. Just for the sake of an interesting plot line or two, I'd like to see Omar stockpile a few more players. But he said this is his team going into spring training. So we'll just have to be content with watching Schneider and Church closely, seeing if the Old Carlos shows up, hoping Pedro can maintain, and waiting for Alou to catch a draft.

    I also am weighing a Shea farewell tour. I have never stepped foot in Spankee stadium, on principle and because I am not local. I wonder if I should?

    Omar is saying the deal was closer than I thought. Too close for comfort.
    http://www.nj.com/mets/ledger/index.ssf?/base/sports-1/1202016943159760.xml&coll=1

    Same article says The Mets also agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with right-hander Jorge Sosa. Wonder what we'll see from him this year? He can be great at times. He can also be So-so, and Jorge-ible

     
  • At 12:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I don't think this had anything to do with the Yankees. Johan wanted to be a Met and out of respect for his old team he let the negotiations drag on to get an extra Mets prospect (Guerra) for the Twins. Don't you think the Yanks and Sox would have fought harder for arguably the best pitcher in baseball. The Sox would have sealed the dynasty. Also, look at how weak the Yanks rotation is: Mussina (old), Petitte (roids), Wang (playoff choker) and Hughes, Joba, or Kennedy (unproven rookies). The real truth is that Johan wanted to be part of Los Mets. It explains the Milledge trade and the Castillo signing, doesn't it?

     
  • At 1:14 PM, Blogger Itsmetsforme said…

    First of all, NOTHING explains the Milledge trade.

    Otherwise I mostly agree with you. Omar has said that the "game" he was playing this winter involved holding out on making moves that would impact his pursuit of Johan, so I can see this bearing on the Castillo deal as much as I hate when fans think "reunited and it feels so good" motivates a GM in the real world. (e.g. "signing old duques brother is cool" or "oh Delgado and Green are buddies").

    I only jokingly meant to point out the role of contingency in human affairs. Pettite's presence (wang, moose, etc.) is one more structural constraint against Ca$hman possibly deciding that the "game" he was playing (balancing against the Sawx) was the wrong one. Had Petitte went the other way, perhaps the hole in the rotation, combined with pressure from Hankerchief, makes Ca$hman realize, holy shit the Yankees need Santana much like they needed Beltran a few years ago.

    Don't be so anonymous.

     
  • At 6:27 PM, Anonymous cvertana said…

    It doesn't seem like anybody Broke their Butts too much trying to get Johan:)

     
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  • At 1:55 PM, Blogger Itsmetsforme said…

    Hi Barb,
    Nice to meet you too. I also work from my home. Thanks for reminding me about that site we talked about. Good luck at the airport.

     

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