As you’ve noticed, Kiner’s Korner has been lagging in posts due to the mental disability caused by this hemorrhoid of a postseason. Unless we get an early holiday gift from the Angles, our two biggest rivals will be meeting in the series to decide who’s going to rub our noses in crap next year. Gee; I can’t wait to find out who it’s going to be??
It brings me back to where I was 23 years ago today as Metsblog helpfully reminded me today. It was the last time Yankee fans felt exactly the same way we do right now. I was between the 3rd base coach and Rich Gedman in the lower boxes thanks to my father’s wad of $20 bills and Shea’s old lax policies toward paying your way to a great seat. We almost walked out to “beat the traffic” at out number two, but thank goodness I refused to leave. I remember crying as a kid and telling him “it’s not over”. I guess sometimes in life you’re right.
Thinking back on it; it reminds me of how much fun it can be to be a Mets fan. Lately, we’re so caught up with our distaste for the atmosphere around the team that we forget what summers at Shea used to feel like. We’re Met fans because we don’t like it easy and sometimes it ain’t easy.
Odds and ends
There are a bunch of things I’ve wanted to give my 2 cents on the last few weeks and my soap box finally got fixed.
Aroldis Chapman – Ok, so logic dictates you don’t spend 60 million dollars on an unproven pitcher when you have a thousand needs on your team. That being said, our buddies in Queens never outbid anyone on a player other teams want and maybe this is the time we show the baseball world who their daddy is. Sometimes a team needs to make a statement that’s larger than the actual player and this is possibly it. If the fan base knows there’s this phenom coming up, it’ll help energize us and give the team some good press for a change. It’s a little illogical from a roster perspective, but I say nail this guy fast and start stepping on the Yankee’s parade. It’s not my money to spend, but in a way it is. If Chapman is pitching, I might go to Citi and watch it.
John Lackey – I think it’s insane to give John Lackey all that money when you have the prospects to trade for Roy Halladay if you really wanted to. If Lackey wants to sign for something modest, then great, but to overpay for a #2 starter who takes a month off every year is unsettling. I’d sell Mr. Met himself to get Halladay.
Matt Holliday– Prince Fielder? I’m sorry; I thought you said Prince Fielder. Ok, we don’t have the ability to get both Fielder and Halladay, so assuming that can’t be done, this isn’t a terrible option. A lot of people thought mark Teixeira & Beltran would be terrible in NY and both those thoughts were misguided. That being said, Fielder would be a hero here and if the Wilpons really wanted to step up, they’d find a way get us one of those two players and then buy the 2nd best version of the other.
Backman & The Teufel Shuffle Welcome back boys! It’s funny how even 23 years later the Mets still can’t help but pin them against each other. Somewhere, Davey is smiling. John Stearns being back is actually what makes me the happiest as I’d love to see him manage the team someday. Mookie; well, I loved ya Mook and then you went and wore a Cardinals hat in the playoffs. I know your son played for them for 6 days, but did you need the outfit buddy? Go F yourself.
Olle Perez hater Metstradamus wants Brian Schneider back I respect your opinion big guy, but although you make some valid points; I have to disagree. This team needs less negative energy and Brian has 1982 Met leaking from every fiber of his being. I don’t know where the answer lies, but I know it isn’t in Schneider’s bat. I do love your “Who would you like to see put in a weather balloon to float away?” poll.
Marty Noble and the Media There’s this feeling that the Mets have fallen below the Marlins and Braves and there is nothing Omar can do in the off-season the fix things. What a bunch of crap that is. I’m sick of the media dumping on this team like it’s a 2nd division franchise. I realize it’s been a 3 ring circus the last few months, but on opening day 5 out of the 9 starters will be former All Stars in their prime and that’s without making a move. Work must be done, but this team is in no way irrelevant in 2010.
Kiner’s Korner– We have a few interviews coming up and an end of the season round up… so stay tuned. Same bat time – same bat channel!
Posted By Nik Kolidas