Friday, May 27, 2011

Proud To Be An RBI Whore

An interesting quote showed up on MetsBlog this morning.

I heard that with David Wright and Ike Davis out of the lineup and Jason Bay still in freefall, Terry Collins actually went to Beltran recently and told the switch-hitter to get greedy in RBI situations. The Mets manager liberated Beltran to essentially become an RBI whore.”
- Joel Sherman, New York Post
I'd love to be able to call Beltran 'RBI whore' instead of 'Sir Chokes A Lot.'

The Disappearing Optimism

Just a week ago Mets fans were excited.  The Mets were about to start the Subway Series against the Yankees and they even had the opportunity to reach .500 against the crosstown rivals.  For a day, that optimism proved true when the Mets won the first game of the series and evened their win-loss record.  After that day a week ago, everything began to fall apart.

At one point, David Wright and Ike Davis looked like they would quickly bounce back from their injuries and be able to return soon after they ending.  Then David went for yet another opinion on his back and Ike had to stop baseball activities.  Before this week the Mets bullpen went through a stretch when they were getting every out.  Now they can't seem to get anybody out.  Justin Turner's RBI streak came to an end and Willie Harris found himself in a game at third base.  Fred Wilpon lost any respect the Mets fanbase had for him.  And, oh yeah, the already-beleaguered Mets starting rotation lost R.A. Dickey to a heel injury.

Alas, all hope is not lost.  The Wilpons finally found somebody to buy part of the team.  Angel Pagan is on his way back.  David Wright, although he saw another specialist, is still optimistic about his return.  And ticket prices for the rest of the season shouldn't be too expensive - which is good for the fans even if it isn't the best for the organization. 

So grab some popcorn, pull up a chair and enjoy.  The rest of the season should be a fun show.

Let's Go Mets!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Yes, I Know He Is Not The Greatest Player Ever

As a baseball fan and girl I don't like being treated differently than any guy baseball fan would be treated.  I understand the same statistics and terminology as any other fan and I follow and root for the same teams as any other fan.  I want the same amount of choices for apparel and opportunities to express myself as a fan.  However just because I want to be treated fairly, it doesn't mean I am the same as every other fan.

We all have favorite players.  They are our favorites for a variety of different reasons from being a great player, to playing a certain position, to wearing their uniform in a cool way.  No matter what the reason, we can become attached to those players.  Well, I know I can.  David Wright and Xavier Nady were my first favorite players and I'm still a fan of both of them.  Joe Smith is a favorite of mine and so is Mike Nickeas.  If you have spent any amount of time reading my posts on here or following my twitter you have probably realized I'll root for them whether they have the most horrendous of games or the most magnificent.  I'll do whatever it takes to defend poor performances.  And you know what?  Sometimes it might just look like I have no idea what I'm talking about.

Does this really have anything to do with being a girl?  I guess.  Maybe I get so emotionally attached to players because I'm a girl and girls tend to get more emotional about things.  Should it matter?  No.  It really shouldn't matter that I would rather see "my guy" out there and if I make it known that I want him out there.  No matter what I actually say, believe me, I know when Smitty has given up four runs in his last three appearances or when Mike isn't the best offensive option for the team.  But I'm going to want them playing and I'm going to make it known.  I don't want another relief pitcher to succeed at Smitty's job or another backup catcher to do what Mike might not.

Perhaps once I'm not an "emotional" teenage girl I'll think all this was silly.  Perhaps I'll realize nothing I write or tweet matters to any players.  However, right now I don't think it's silly and I'm going to keep defending them as much as I please.

Let's Go Mets!