Coop here, with a rare two posts in less than a week, um, week. I just had to comment on some craziness going on.
Basically, the long and short of it is...I have no real love for the offseason and any trade rumors that accompany it. And I mean, I take with a grain of salt most of the rumors that come around anyway.
But today's rumors...well it took the cake. Not to mention, they were even more outlandish than usual, Billy Beane AND Omar had to come out and basically say - yo, wasn't me.
My peeps over at Metsmerized Online (excellent job covering the winter meetings, y'all) had a pretty active dialogue today, due to these fine words here, which have since pretty much been retracted and laughed at by media, bloggers and fans alike:
"Minnesota has initiated talks for a three-way blockbuster with the Mets and A's. Here's how it would go down:
Mets send Jose Reyes, Kevin Mulvey, and Hector Pellot to A's.
A's send Bobby Crosby and Dan Johnson to Mets.
A's send Dan Haren to Twins. Twins send Johan Santana to Mets"
WHOA!! HELLO! My first thought was, if we give up Jose Reyes...we better not only get back Haren AND Santana...In addition to Cap Day, they should have Blow Job day instituted as promotional date.
And instead of Take HER Out to the Ballgame tote bag, give us females some battery operated tools (and a pic of Oh Pea with his shirt off). They can be Mets colors.
OK OK, I am getting way too ahead of myself. But you see, this is exactly why I hate not only Hot Stove season and Winter Meetings, it's something I really hate as being a Mets fan.
When Omar Minaya made some moves that seemingly solidified the team in the 2005 going into 2006 offseason, I thought -- what else is he going to do? And when he turned goat piss (Kris Benson) into gasoline (John Maine AND ultimately El Duque), I was hooked. Not to mention, he also walked on water for me when he got Oliver Perez. But that goes without saying (see: above).
I have been predicting something huge. Well, guess what folks...save Detroit getting better and Florida becoming de facto AAA team...
Blockbuster is just a video store chain nowadays. And Omar is physically restrained from making landscape changing deals. Why? Basically because they won't ask for Lastings Milledge anymore, but they'll ask for David Wright or Jose Reyes, our two stars.
So now what? Well, suffice to say that even if this Oakland/Minny/Mets three-way were even POSSIBLE or remotely close to ever happening in my lifetime, I might just have to re-reserve my spot on the 59th Street Bridge. Now, Johan is Johan...but Jose is JOSE! JOSE! JOSE! JOSE!!!!! What would we do without those chants?
More importantly...what would we do without him???
Save his slump and sulking in the last half, he is the sparkplug, the catalyst. David Wright is consistent, but Jose when he's on, he's not only on, he makes the team a lot better.
I don't care if G*d herself was pitching as a result of Jose being traded, NO WAY DO YOU EVER PULL THE TRIGGER ON A DEAL LIKE THAT OMAR!!!!! YOU HEAR ME!!!!!!
(Well, if you didn't, I'm sure most of the tri-state area has. )
I have an embryonic article in my head that will probably end up on F.U. soon about the next topic...But I dare say, pitching won championships 10-15 years ago. Who out there is an ace these days? Santana, Peavy, Webb? Everyone else are strong #2s and #3s. And if we really want to wax intellectual...we had two aces this year! In John Maine and Oh Pea.
So Johan? We don't need now stinkin' Johan! And besides...whoever gets him or if he is even traded this winter...will be screwed for mortgaging the farm. Because we all know, he's walkin' in 2008 to get his sweet moolah.
In closing, visit my family away from My Summer Family, Flushing University for my weekly article: Mets, Inc (the "inc" stands for "incompetence").
And yes, I'm still pissed about Lastings Milledge. DEAL WITH IT!!!