Well I guess the Yankees and their fans will finally get a taste of their own medicine. Thats right while we were sleeping ( me at least) Cliff Lee and the Philadelphia Phillies came to a five year 120 million dollar contract.
I admit when I woke up and I saw the news that I threw up a little in my mouth, clutched my chest and called out for Elizabeth. I curse the Phillies and the fact that they have the balls to expand their payroll just to put a elite team on the field.
But you know what ? I do not blame either Sandy Alderson nor the Wilpons. Hey I won’t even blame the late George Steinbrenner for making free agency a farce.
The Phillies are playing by the rules and they just made themselves even better.
But the question is at what cost? You have to think that the Phillies General Manager, Ruben Amaro Jr has blown his budget for this off season, and I feel he has definitely hamstrung his team payroll wise for the for-coming future. In the next couple of years players such as Utley, Victorino and Hammels will be seeking rich paydays, the question is will the Phillies be able to afford it , especially since it seems they have catapulted themselves pretty close to the luxury tax stratosphere.
I know there is a large contingent of Mets fans that are angry and frustrated, pulling their hair out of their skulls, but you know what? You don’t win championships on paper. Just as Omar Minaya and the ’07 Mets.
I just feel that with this signing the Mets will feel compelled to go beyond what they were looking to spend this off season, just to appease the fan. I feel Alderson acquitted himself quite well at the inquisitional tone and the baiting tactics of Mike Francessa. He stood by his plan and at times he put the fat man on the defensive. But does this bombshell change his blueprint at all ? I hope he sticks to the general frame of his plan, bur allots himself a few extra sheckels to import a pitcher that is closer to being a sure thing than a low risk/high reward reclamation project.
In the end I just feel for the Texas Rangers.
And with that said …. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating birthdays today are :
Today would have been the 67th birthday of Mets third string catcher, Jerry May (1943) .
Mets reserve catcher from ’65-’68, Greg Goossen is 65 (1945) .
Mets batting coach during the Willie Randolph era, Rick Down is 60 (1950) .
Sadly on this day in ’04, one of the first Mets home grown stars , “Hot Rod” Rod Kanehl passed away. He was known for his all out defense along with a streaky bat.
also on this day in ’08, reliever from the Mets ’67 team, Nick Willhite passed away.
Texas Rangers signed utility infielder, Mario Diaz of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 14, 1990.
New York Mets signed free agent outfielder, Lance Johnson of the Chicago White Sox on December 14, 1995. Lance, along side Bernard Gilkey were two of the main reasons to watch that horrible ’95 season.
Boston Red Sox signed reliever, Brad Clontz of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 14, 1998.
New York Mets traded David Justice to the Oakland Athletics for relievers, Mark Guthrie and Tyler Yates on December 14, 2001. This trade was a wash . Gutherie would only pitch one season for the Mets and Yates would go on to be a journeyman pitcher.
And while you are thinking of clever ways to commit suicide because of the Cliff Lee signing just relax and remember that there are just 108 days until the Mets open the 2011 season against the Florida Marlins in Miami and 115 days until the Mets 2011 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
Mo Vaughn has offered his services on making Cliff Lee disappear. He said the only tools that he needs is are a crossbow, bone saw, frying pan and butter !!