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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Everything's Coming Our Way - Santana (Greatest Hits, 1974)

I first heard the NEWS from Joe in the afternoon. It's done, reported USA Today. The Mets had traded for Johan Santana, giving up, in essence, four ok prospects for arguably the best pitcher in baseball.

Within two hours I had sent or received about 45 Johan Santana related emails with my buddies. Joe even purchased a Sunday game plan on the spot (right after my excited - this is the first legit ACE the Mets have had since Gooden - email), professing his re-kindled man love for the Mets after The Collapse.

On the street to the train, it was the buzz. One dopey fan was even talking about a Mets-Yankees world series. On the train, bitter Yankee fans bemoaning how much better the Yanks offer was. Don't worry guys, you still have Andy Petite, the Steinbrenner brother, and a horrible steroid cloud hanging over the Bronx.

Good trade? Oh. I'd say so. ESPN's baseball analyst Peter Gammons could barely keep the disdain out of his voice when discussing the Mets prospects given away. Gomes is ok, Humber "is not a prospect", Mulvey has "a decent arm" and then there was "the guy in A ball". WOW, sounds a little like a dollar for 2 quarters trade to me. I'll take it.

Are the Mets a shoe in for the world series? No. But all of a sudden you are looking at a rotation of Santana, Pedro, Maine (who, don't forget, pitched a one hit, 8 inning gem in a do or die game the second to last day of the season, a game I'm predicting will be leap game in his development) and OP - followed by the discount menu of Pelfrey, el Duque (for about 10 starts) etc.

Sure, the bullpen still sucks, but what if Sanchez comes back healthy? What if Schoenweis has a bounce back year? what if Heilman can get himself together? What if the Mets sign Livan (Mr. 200 innings) Hernandez to a reasonable contract, move El Duque to the pen (unhittable in short stretches) and move Pelfrey (unhittable for short stretches) to the pen? Now you have Johan, Pedro, Main, OP and Livan starting and Duque, Pelfrey, Heilman, Sanchez, Schoenweis and Wagner in the pen - with a little Jorge Sosa thrown in since we don't have enough Latin Americans on the team. And you have 3 guys in your pen who can start if a starter gets injured. All of a sudden not so bad right?

Sure, this is all in the dreaming stage. Santana has to pass his physical and sign a contract (shouldn't be a problem) and the Mets have to perform. But this is a great start. This is buzz. This is stealing the back page from the hated Yankees. This is about hope and excitement.

Now picture this. You are a Wilpon. You are worried about how this move (and all the moves that need to happen to make this work) will effect your bottom line. You are nervous about giving Johan 6-7 years and 150-160 mill. Wait a second, you think. I'm opening up a new stadium (cha-ching) and ad revenues at my tv network are about to rip through the roof (cha-ching). You relax, sip your frozen beverage and light up your Venezuelan cigar. Life is good.

Now please Omar, let's get that contract signed.


  • Im yertzeh Hashem the Braves or even the Phillies will dash the Mets' hopes once again.

    By Blogger Jewboy, at 3:10 PM  

  • Sorry pal - it's not looking good for the Braves this year.

    By Anonymous Elster, at 5:31 PM  

  • Hashem only pays attention to the Braves when Rabbi Feldman does.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 5:39 PM  

  • Well the truth is their 2 frontline starters are well over 80 years ld combined. So they have experience giong for them....

    By Blogger Elster, at 5:51 PM  

  • As long as the Mets collapse again I won't feel so bad. Oh, and Joe, the Braves were horrible through most of Rabbi Feldman's time as rabbi in Atlanta. In fact, they made their great jump from worst to first and the World Series in 1991, the year Rabbi Feldman retired to move to Israel.

    By Blogger Jewboy, at 7:08 PM  

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