Saturday, July 31, 2010

Keep Fucking That Chicken

Well the trading deadline has come and gone and to no one's surprise, much less this blogger, the Mets have stood pat. They are in essence saying, "These are the guys we are going to battle with. Like it or not, they have each other's backs in the trenches." It must be comforting for David Wright to know that Oliver Perez (a dude who is so into it for himself) has his back in war. If that's the case, I hope DW carries his own Vaseline.

I digress. Look, the Mets are not so COMPLETELY out of it that a trade was warranted. As I mentioned yesterday, I am not so much upset that the Mets didn't get Oswalt (personally, I've always thought he was too overpriced to the extent that even the Astros didn't get a hometown discount for him or anything), but again, that they didn't even try to drive up the asking price. HELLO! The Phillies are your direct competitor and they have strengthened their pitching staff, where Cole Hamels is now a third starter. Oswalt might not exactly help us, but he wouldn't have hurt. I guess my point is, if the Phillies are going to "overpay" in talent, at least let them lose their top prospect in Domonic Brown. Why are Reese Havens/Kirk Nieuwenhuis/Jenrry Mejia all of a sudden untouchable? Havens, although injury prone, once upon a time had a higher ceiling than Ike Davis, who has been our savior so far this year with his infectious grooves.

Meanwhile back at camp, the Cubs have shut the door on 2010 and traded Ryan Theriot and Ted Lilly to the Dodgers. The Braves and the Phillies have both visibly improved their teams. Jake Westbrook is a Cardinal. Yankees got Kerry Wood, Lance Berkman and Austin Kearns for just a cup of coffee. Why? Cause they can.

So some Tweeters are asking, rhetorically of course, "Who would you have traded? Who would have made the Mets an immediately better team? It takes more than one guy..." Etc, etc. Well, here's my philosophy. I do think that the Mets have a good team ON PAPER and should be winning more games than they are. But they are NOT and losing to lesser teams like the Diamondbacks who gave up on their season well before the trade deadline.

Some of my ideas included: Why are Nieuwenhuis/Havens/Mejia so untouchable? Well, Mejia I can justify keeping around but let's face it: We all know the Mets will fuck up his development somehow or another. We all know Pagan should have been on the trading block had Bay not gone on the DL. Look, coulda woulda shoulda.

Fact is, the Mets are asked for the sky from other teams because they know they are stupid enough to take it. Should I applaud them for not going for it? Well, maybe. But then I remember that the Mets were the only teams dumb enough to offer guaranteed money/years for Luis Castillo, Pedro Martinez and Oliver Perez. Oh and how did that ethos happen? Because the Mets had reacted too strongly and traded away Scott Kazmir and severely undervalued their own talent.

So all I can say is, to those of us happy that we stood pat, keep drinking that Kool-Aid, keep fucking that chicken. Because at the end of the day, we'll have punch, we'll have a weird chicken disease. But Oliver Perez has our back because the Mets say he does.

Um, Lets go Mets. Bring on the post-trade deadline games!

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