I have come here to neither bury Luis Castillo nor to praise him. If anything I would like to commend him for the effort that he put forth this past Spring training. Yes the man that I disaffectionately call ” Slappy” tried his best and from what I saw looked better than most of the second base candidates that are vying for the position, but lets face the facts – this once to defensive specialist’s range has eroded to the point where Argenis Reyes looks more competent.
I had predicted that Luis would be on the Opening Day roster. Yes I am happy that Sandy Alderson showed that he is the antithesis of Omar Minaya , extricating the Mets from that foul contract, but it makes me a bit nervous that Oliver Perez is still here.
I have a feeling that Luis Castillo is our pound of flesh, and Oliver is our punishment.I am still holding out hope that Oliver gets the old pink slip also, but I sense that if he keeps up lucking out the way he has of late ( being on the receiving end of some very good defensive plays while his stuff is mediocre and his velocity is dismal) , well then I guess we will have Ollie for one last season – or at least until the boos are too loud to hear from the incredible shrinking attendance at Citi Field .
Either way at least it looks like the Mets took a brave step forward in order to pull themselves out of the mire. Lets just hope they have the foresight to make it two for the road .
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!!
Mets Alumni celebrating a birthday today include :
The only original Met to be selected to the ’62 All Star Game, Richie Ashburn would have been 84 today (1927) .
Mets relief pitcher from the ’71 season, Don Rose is 64 (1947) . Don is more commonly known as one of the throw in players that the Mets sent to the California Angels along with Nolan Ryan for the worn out Jim Fregosi. Everyone start your face palming !!
Reserve first baseman from the ’86 team, Tim Corcoran is 58 (1953) .
And while we all sit here impatiently waiting for the other shoe to drop with Oliver Perez, just remember that there are just 13 Lee Mazzilli Days remaining until the Mets open the 2011 season against the Florida Marlins in Miami, and just 20 days until the Mets 2011 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
Mo Vaughn is thinking about taking up opera. I could just imagine him dressed up as a Valkyrie !!!