Yes , yesterday will be always be known as a day of celebration for Mets fans . To paraphrase that all knowing bad ass- Darth Vader in the first Star Wars movie ” First we have seen the last of “Slappy” Castillo and now we have seen the end of Ollie Perez !!”
I know what you are probably saying to yourselves right now , should I be so hard on Ollie ? Well in my opinion, any player that signs a contracts of that magnitude (that foreboding 3 year 36 million dollar monstrosity of a deal that Omar Minaya dished out after failing to sign Derek Lowe) , and only manage to earn three wins in the duration of that contract – well Ollie gets no sympathy from me. If both Oliver and his agent , Scott Boras were smart they should have accepted the demotion to the minor so that Ollie could fix his mechanics. It might have even earned him both the support and sympathy of us Mets fans. In the past we have stuck by guys who couldn’t buy a win such as Anthony Young and Steve Traschel, but these men were humble in comparison to Oliver’s perceived selfishness. What did Ollie have to prove ? He was able to finally catch the carrot that was being dangled in front of his face. What incentives did he need to care anymore ? Obviously when he came into camp out of shape back in spring of ’09 this was a bad omen of things to come. Whether it was his inactivity during the ’09 World Baseball Classic that year, which spawned the phantom knee injury which sidelined him for a few months late in that season . Or last year when it seemed like he was motivated enough to come into camp in great shape ( well physically – mentally we will never be sure), but when your fastball can barely touch 87 MPH and your off speed pitched will never be compared to that of Tom Glavine – well you know you’re in for a long season.
There has been allegations levied in the comments section of this blog – as well as in others that speculate that Ollie might have been using P.E.Ds. I have to disagree with that notion. I think that Ollie’s problem was he lacked motivation. He is now set for life without ever having to wonder where his next meal will come from, how he will pay for his mortgage or if he will ever be able to afford college for his children. Once you lose motivation you lose your ability to focus, and lets face it a whole bottle of Ritalin won’t help Ollie at this point.
I know I have not been this brutal to Luis Castillo, but in my opinion even though he seemed to be unhappy, Luis always seemed to want to play – even after it was apparent that his body was beginning to betray him. In the case of Ollie – it seemed like he was content to ride the pine until his contract expired.
All I know is yes, Ollie will sign on with another team, Maybe the Yankees or the Phillies – possibly the Cardinals ( where Dave Duncan can raise him like Lazarus from the dead). But I feel that in the end Ollie ended up committing career suicide.
All I know is if I ever make a list of the top 25 most hated, detested, disliked Mets players of all time …. Well lets just say Ollie will probably be in the top five.
And with that said … HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today include :
Mets third base coach from the dreaded Art Howe years of ’02-’04, Matt Galante is 67 (1944).
Mets middle reliever from the ’81 season, Danny Boitano is 58 (1953).He was traded along with beloved Mets second baseman, Doug Flynn to the Texas Rangers for pitcher, Jim Kern. Kern would never pitch a single inning for the Mets organization.
Today would have been Mets relief pitcher from the ’97 season, Cory Lidle’s 39th birthday (1972) . He died tragically when he accidently crashed the plain he was co piloting into a high rise apartment building in Manhattan in October of ’06.
Starting pitcher from the ’03 season, Jeremy Griffiths is 33 (1978).
Middle reliever from ’07-’08, Joe Smith is 27 (1984).
The Mets first baseman for the foreseeable future ( and beyond ? ), Ike Davis is 24 (1987).If this kid continues to hit and field like we know he is capable of – well then he could be the second coming of John Olerud.
New York Mets purchased s pitcher, Carl Willey from the Milwaukee Braves on March 22, 1963.
The New York Mets traded reserve catcher, Ike Hampton to the California Angels for middle reliever, Ken Sanders on March 22, 1975.
The New York Mets traded minor league infielder, Hector Ramirez to the Baltimore Orioles for utility infielder,Manny Alexander and minor league infielder, Scott McClain on March 22, 1997.
The New York Mets released middle reliever, Tom Martin on March 22, 2009.
And while we wait ( and hope ) for Oliver Perez to sign with the New York Yankees, just remember that there are just 10 Rusty Staub Days to go until the Mets open the 2011 season against the Florida Marlins in Miami, and only 17 days until the Mets 2011 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
Mo Vaughn dreams that he could have the power to fly – but them we all know that hydrogen fueled dirageables went out after the Hindenberg disaster !!!