When last we took in the New York Mets, they were stumbling through the latter part of September after threatening to rally with a respectable record. They fell short of that distinction, but left fans with the hope that future years might be brighter.
Ruben Tejada seems to be a keeper at shortstop. Daniel Murphy demonstrated he could hit for a good average and not carve up ground balls at second base before hurling the fragments firstward. Ike Davis awoke from an early season slumber to become a decent and dependable RBI man.
The Mets accomplished some interesting milestones this year. Johan Santana pitched the team’s first no hitter ever. R.A. Dickey was spectacular winning 20 games in an era in which it is next to impossible to do so. So, there were some highlights. We can all remember watching those season recap videotapes from long ago wincing at the stretching they did trying to find actual achievements – “and Joel Youngblood hit in 11 consecutive games!”
But the real season began when the Mets hung up the spikes, tossed their belongings in a Hefty bag, and jammed them into the back on an overloaded SUV on the way home. What, indeed, does General Manager Sandy Alderson do with David Wright? Wright is not Jose Reyes, and will engender a reaction nearly twice the decibel if the Mets third baseman leaves at the end of this year for another team. And keep in mind, as Alex Rodriguez continues to decline, the New York Yankees would me more than obliging in moving the Lightning Rod to designated hitter and importing the poster boy Wright.
There is a sense that Alderson would trade Wright if he thought an agreement couldn’t be reached. This would have no impact on the aforementioned decibel level, unless Roy Halladay was the player at the other end of the deal. And you know the Mets. It won’t be anybody of that caliber. So Alderson is at his first crossroads in Flushing, and he should approach it with this in mind – fans never forgave the team for trading Tom Seaver.
Glenn Vallach has been a New York Mets fan since foolishly abandoning the mighty Yankees in his youth after Mickey Mantle retired. Since the fond, fleeting memories of the Tom Seaver, Cleon Jones, Tommie Agee years, he sits quietly yearning for a fraction of the success enjoyed annually by the team that inhabits the borough in which I was born…waiting and hoping…waiting and hoping.
- · Yahoo! Sports New York Mets page
- · Yahoo! Sports New York Yankees page
- · Yahoo! Sports David Wright page
- · Yahoo! Sports Johan Santana page
- · Yahoo! Sports R.A. Dickey page
- · The Associated Press, Mets pick up options for Wright and Dickey