As Mets fans, we have a reason to be nervous. Luckily, Omar has a chance to be the calming influence with one more signing.
He needs to sign Oliver Perez. Period.
The Mets have reportedly placed an offer on the table for Ollie and have now upped the ante-they’ve improved from their original thinking of a $30mil/3 year deal. Good news. I can’t imagine that Omar would let Ollie slip away, especially considering he’s the last real viable option for this team. As our friend Gene Anthony mentioned – Sheets, Wolf and Garland just really aren’t gonna cut it. And filling two spots in the rotation with Redding, Garcia, Niese and Parnell? Well, that makes me a little nervous.
But why shouldn’t re-signing Ollie make me nervous?
I recall sitting in the Upper Deck on April 11th, 2007 to watch the Mets take on the Phillies. Game time temperature was struggling to get out of the 30s. As I sat there freezing, yet anxious to start the season, I watched on as Ollie struggled through 2 2/3 innings, allowing 3 runs and walking 7.
But then there was the June 29, 2008 Mets-Yankees game. On this beautiful summer day, I was witness to Ollie’s fierce A-game- 7 innings pitched, striking out 8 and allowing no walks.
With Oliver Perez, you take the good with the bad. But Ollie’s “bad” is still something I’d take over the “unknown” of Niese or Parnell.
We all remember yelling “Ollie ollie oxen free” on the playground as a child. According to Wikipedia, this phrase is used “…in hide and seek to indicate that players who are hiding can come out into the open without losing the game”.
Well, Omar….Ollie Ollie, he’s still free! You need to snatch him up while you can, call him out from hiding and assure him that he’s making the right choice.
Posted by Emily Doran