There is a old saying ” Full me one – shame on me , full me twice – shame on me – full me three times … WELL I MUST BE RETARDED !!!” Yes folks since Oliver Perez signed that three year contract worth thirty six million dollars three years ago I have tried my best to justify that contract. Well maybe for the first two and a half years that is.
At the beginning of the ’09 season, you could make a good case for Oliver Perez, he won 15 games the season prior, he had the reputation of being a big game pitcher against bigger name teams and the friendly confines of the recently opened Citi Field should help coax his numbers to being on par with some of the top pitchers in the league. Well I was there at the second exhibition game the Mets played at the newly opened and soon to be Picard owned ball field . It was Oliver Perez versus the Boston Red Sox, and I figured it would be a awesome experience. It was a awesome experience if you were either a Sox fan or a sadist. Ollie got mauled in his first 2 innings of work , giving up about seven runs. This would act as a precursor to the next season and a half when there wasn’t your typical ” Good Ollie”/”Bad Ollie” performance. Instead we got ” Bad Ollie”/ ” Putrid Ollie ” !!! To save face from the fall out from this boondoggle of epic proportions, the Mets claimed he had injured his knee . The funny thing is the Mets forgot to debrief the ” Sultan of Suckitude ” of which knee he had ” injured” and when questioned by the media Ollie pointed to the wrong appendage.As we know Ollie did come back after a minor surgery and a minor league rehab stint, but he was still ineffective.
That next offseason us fans were poised to forgive Mr. Perez after he went to get himself into game shape by attending one of the best fitness centers based out of Arizona. Ollie came to camp looking like a man with a chip on his shoulder, and we fans were psyched. We thought ” Maybe last season was a aberration” . Too bad all of that good will lasted until the middle of Spring training when he was pummelled in almost every game that he pitched.
But we ( or at least me ) rationalized it as ” Spring training games don’t count“. That mantra changed to “ It’s only the first month of the season“, which quickly changed to ” RELEASE THIS INGRATE !!! ” after he refused a demotion to the minors to . Yes he ended up going after coming down with a ” phantom injury“. But he even stunk up Rookie ball during his minor league rehab assignment.
But the previous regime was either to timid – or too pig headed to come to terms that Ollie was a 36 million dollar bust . They so desperately wanted to justify his signing to that contract, but by the end of the season ” Dead Scrub Walking” was relegated to the bullpen , only to be used as a mop up man when games were to far out of reach to mount a comeback. The ultimate insult was when he walked in the winning run on the last day of the season.
So far Ollie has proven that he is no longer capable of being a starting pitcher, and had been put into the bullpen just to see how he can fare against left handed hitters. So far he has walked a few but allowed no runs while his fastball has charted in the mid 80′s. It scares me that he hasn’t screwed the pooch yet because you know that that implosion is just around the corner… We just have to hope that Sandy Alderson cuts the wires on this ticking time bomb before it wipes out what remains of a once fervent fan base.
Like I said ” Full me once … shame on me – but this time I won’t be fooled again” !!!
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today include:
The first catcher ever catcher to ever play in a official Mets game , Hobie Landrith is 81 (1930) . Hobie played 23 games for the Mets before being traded for soon to be fan favorite Marv Throneberry.
Back up third baseman from the ’74 season, Rich Puig is 58(1953).
Middle reliever from the ’05 season, Don Florence is 44 (1967) .
Reserve infielder from the ’08 season, Abraham Nuñez is 35 (1976) .
The New York Mets traded reserve outfielder, Bob Gallagher to the San Francisco Giants for reserve outfielder, Leon Brown on March 16, 1976.
Thw New York Mets released reserve second baseman, Danny Garcia on March 16, 2005.
And while you sit impatiently waiting for Oliver Perez to be released, just remember that there are just 16 Dwight Gooden days left until the Mets open the 2011 season against the Florida Marlins in Miami and just 23 days until the Mets 2011 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
Mo Vaughn is thinking of becoming a replacement player if the NFL starts fielding a team of scrubs if the lockout can’t be resolved by August.