Just kidding. I won't even touch the game tonight since I didn't watch a lick of it, but I know they won, so that's good. Very positive start to the second half. And goes in line with my idea of setting the tone.
But in case you're living on Mars or something, here's the deal with the Mets as of today.
- Rick Down - #1 on the Coop's shitlist for quite some time - is finito. (Lo and behold, he seemed surprised at the move. Um, no surprise to this ordinary fan, who thought it should have happened LOOONG ago)
- Rickey Henderson was named as a new Mets coach. Rickey says this is a good thing (any insight as to where he figured in tonight? Is he the 1st base coach now?).
- HoJo is apparently the new hitting coach. Or at least according to this article it's tentative till they figure out the logistics. Rickey says he likes HoJo.
- Julio Franco? GONE!!! People get ready...ummm....Julio Franco is DFA'd. Or something.
- Marlon Anderson? Signed, sealed and delivered to minors. Hope to see you soon, buddy!
- Oh and Coop's bright star, Lastings Milledge, was recalled. Can I get a Boo-yah? And apparently runs his ass off to score the winning run?? Go Team and Go Stings!!!
One thing that keeps getting reiterated in business today is that the only constant is change. Change is good. Imagine if things always stayed the same. How boring would life be! Not to mention any competitive advantage is lost if you don't stay ahead of the trends or at the very least current.
This is my way of thinking for the Mets right now. Remember back in 1999, Bobby Valentine was "forced" to fire his coaching staff (or aptly demote them) by order of Steve Phillips. I have been calling for Willie (or Omar) to do something along those lines to shake things up in Mets land. I didn't think he'd have the balls to do it. I mean, obviously, Willie is a Big Pussy Posse member, and Omar...well Omar is loyal to a fault (especially with his loyalty to Julio Franco, whose demotion surprised the hell out of me, personally). But the demotions in 1999 set the tone for the rest of the season and I think these strong changes are saying -- the Mets mean business. Look out!!
And according to a poll on Flushing University (my family away from My Summer Family), we were asked as Mets fans, are we happy? 80% of the respondents proclaimed the Mets needed a shake-up. I was one of those. So in this case, along with the win tonight, leads to change being potentially good.
And hopefully, Lastings will start tomorrow night. Since I will be in attendance with SassDawg (drop by Section 14 if you are around).
So with goodwill and thanksgiving, I leave you with this thought...
LONG LIVE OMAR!!!!!!
LET STINGS PLAY!