Minaya has definitely proved his worth as GM so far this off-season. He still has some work to do, but the bullpen -- which has been the major issue the last two seasons -- has been completely overhauled.
Q: You met again with Team K-Rod the next day.
A: We had met at the Bellagio late in the afternoon - 4, 5, 6 (p.m.)- then we kinda went back and forth for about 12 hours. Jeff was really the one driving this. I don't want to be the one taking credit. We work together as a team, between [John] Ricco and Sandy Johnson and Tony Bernazard and (pro scout) Brian Lamb.
Q: K-Rod had one concern.A: He also wanted to know "Who's the guy that's gonna give me the ball?
Q: You're the talk of the town.
A: Being a Met fan, it's a passion. I just want Met fans to know we all care. I say, "Look, if you're afraid of your heart being broken, you cannot be a baseball fan," but you can't be a Met fan if you're afraid of your heart being broken. We overcome tough losses. It's like relationships in life - you overcome them. You bounce back. The fact that it's Christmas in the city, waiting for spring to start for new hope of a better year - they (Mets fans) should feel ownership and the front office will continue to do everything they can to provide them a championship team.
Two marks on the To-Do list down, a few to go.