But, of course, something had to go wrong and Reyes' feat is being tarnished. He got a hit, then promptly left the game. It was his decision and the media went bonkers because of it. But thankfully, Deadspin comes along to highlight the dumbest story and then takes them down a peg or two.
It's not that they're boring, they're just not overly interesting. There's no young player(s) to track as he gets his first reps at the major league level - mostly because he's been getting reps all year with the team. There's obviously no playoff race, and barely a hint of playing spoiler. It's just, well, uneventful.
So now, as the season draws to a close, I - and every other baseball fan not waiting to watch their team play in October - look forward to March (or even February, for that matter). The time when hope springs eternal, the team assembles, hopefully with a few new faces, and they play meaningless - but more interesting - games again.
This offseason will likely be a long, long one. With one name thrown around more than any other: Jose Reyes. We will hear that he's staying, that he's going, that he hates the Mets, that he loves the Mets, that he wants to play here, that he wants to play there. We'll hear it all from the media, but for the sake and sanity of every fan, I hope this journey ends soon. If he stays, I'll be a happy man. If he leaves, I'll be devastated. So, stay Jose. But please, don't drag it out.
And now it's time for the offseason. Sandy & Co.'s first full time off together, to tweak, to adjust, to sign and to deal. To do what they need to do to make the team win. It will be fun to watch them work, watch them get critiqued and watch how they respond.
Let's look forward to March. Let's look forward to baseball. Let's look forward to hope, for a season that might not be lost - at least not yet.
"MLB set a league-wide policy as it related to caps and uniforms for Sept. 11 and we followed the guidelines,” reports Brian Costa.
They can wear them before and after the game, but not during.
Come on now, Mets. If you know what's right - and all your fans do - you should wear the hats no matter what. This is one of the best things the team did after 9/11 back in 2001. Sporting those hats in a sign of solidarity with those we lost and those who were working tirelessly to clean up the mess was a touch of class, a wonderful moment for sports fans and Americans as baseball returned to New York City after such a crushing loss.
And now, 10 years later, Major League Baseball has the gall to tell teams not to wear these hats?!
Insanity. Stupidity. And downright wrong.
#WearTheHats. Pay the fine.
Here’s a press release that just made its way into my inbox…
New York, September 1, 2011 – Following the announcement that the NY Mets have ended negotiations with hedge fund honcho David Einhorn to buy the team, the president of one of the largest liquor distributors in the U.S. has declared his intention to purchase the cash strapped ballclub.
While the Mets remain in the financial freefall caused by the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme, Martin Silver, President of NY-based Star Industries, which represents over 30 liquor companies and is the largest distributor of Georgi Vodka in New York, has stepped forward as a potential partner. Silver is also the owner of a minor league pro team.
At the very least, I guess this would diversify the alcohol selection at Citi Field.
H/T Geoffery Sorensen
Update: Here’s video from the end of January where Silver states his yearning to buy the team…