I'm referring, of course, to one Carlos Delgado -- attention, K Mart Shoppers - do not, I repeat, DO NOT give him any of stuff advertised in the pictured commercial, because, well, he's gotta go, right now!
In case there's some Mets fan out there who still has a semblance of hope for Mr. Carlos Delgado, I would say to you -- HAVE YOU LOST YOUR FUCKING MIND, OR DID YOU EVER HAVE ONE? Or more civilly put - what has he done for YOU lately? Not much, and he's been doing not much for some time now. The guy is killing the middle of the lineup, he's almost an automatic out at this point; he's batting a whopping .130 over his last seven games, and his offensive production has so steadily declined in the past several years that combined with his rather ordinary defensive skills and his rumored clubhouse issues, it's time for him to fly...
And in a curious move yesterday, the Mets acquired former Yankee first baseman Andy Phillips from the Cincinnati Reds. Now, Andy is apparently a good glove with a fair right hand bat, and you can read all about it here. So, you can see, folks, I'm using the term "fair" when it comes to Andy's offense quite liberally. If you don't look further than on its face, the move would appear to be one designed to, uh, spell, yeah, that's it, "spell," Carlos Delgado at first base... but according to Mets Blog, Mets manager Jerry Manuel denies that the move was made vis a vis first base. "Outfield inventory," huh? I gotta give the J-Man Gangsta' points for that one, that's a good one, very creative indeed, Jerry. "Outfield inventory." Gotta love it. Not sure I believe it, but, whatever.
I have to agree with Mets Blog that I'm not really sure I understand what the Mets think they're doing with these Andy Phillips types of acquisitions. Like Jeff Conine last year, and Trot Nixon this year, who is actually rumored to be on the chopping block when Ryan Church returns to the lineup. To me, these types of moves seem much ado about nothing, as the great William Shakespeare once penned. It just seems as if the Mets are a whirling dervish with little or no direction, striking here, there and everywhere, but landing few solid punches.
Apparently, there are many closed door meetings going on at Shea, and many more changes in the air. I'm all for change, heaven knows, this team needs it, but more changes like Andy Phillips I could live without. What Mets fans want is real change, a real philosophy, a real emphasis put on acquiring or promoting the right types of players, not changing the roster simply by acquiring the castoffs of other teams, hoping either to placate the fans or catch lightning in a bottle, I'm not sure which, and maybe a little of both. But a real significant shift in the atmosphere and attitude of the organization would be most welcome.
And note to Mets fans: take a good look at last night's game. John Maine on the mound, getting the win and Jose Reyes and David Wright supplying 90% of the offense. Young, up and coming, and keepers, all. Take note, Mr. Wilpon. These are the types of players we want to see at Shea.