Armando Benitez, Braden Looper, Doug Sisk, Carlos Delgado, Mo Vaughn – What is the common thread that will more than likely bind them together in the tapestry of Mets history? Ok besides the fact that most of them needed to call Jenny Craig on her personal hot line. Well if you guessed that they were some of the players that were heartily booed by Mets fans, you would be right.
Yesterday Rob Patterson from Mets Fever and I were talking about the hatred that the Mets fans had for the recently released Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez. He asked me which player(s) did I think would take up the now vacated award for Met player most likely to be booed, cursed, threatened etc. I being the optimist that I am suggested that hopefully the answer would be none.
But then reality pulled be aside and slapped me hard in the face a few times and yelled ” WHO DO YOU THINK YOU’RE FOOLING !?! Even during the Halcyon Days of the ’80′s , the Mets fans had players that they detested, and spewed their venom at them. There was Doug Sisk, George Foster, Mike Torrez and yes how could we forget Gregg Jefferies- the man who supplanted Wally Backman ! In the ’70′s there was Richie Hebner and in the ’90′s we had Rich Rodriguez and Mel Rojas to bash around.
So now back to the original question – who do I think becomes the next whipping boy for the Mets ? If I had to venture a guess, I would have to begrudgingly say either Carlos Beltran or Jason Bay. If either – or both of these guys get off to a very slow start, I expect the lunatic fringe column of the fan base to snap up tickets just to happily boo these two. I admit I have on occasion booed players who I felt were deserving, most recently Oliver was the player who earned my wrath. I documented my feelings for him yesterday, and if he showed an iota of trying to do the right thing for this organization I might have tempered my cat calling with some cries of support. In ’07 when everyone was booing Carlos Delgado, I felt that I was one of the few fans in the stands that was supporting him. I felt I had to help will him to a base hit or a homer . I hoped against hope that he would breakout of that slump he was mired in. For the next 2 seasons the boos ebbed and flowed for Delgado, but in the end he will unfortunately be remembered more for allegedly being a clubhouse cancer ( we weren’t there so we don’t know for sure) instead of launching some dramatic homers for the Mets in his 3 seasons with the Mets.
Some words of advice to both Mr. Beltran and Mr. Bay – get off to a quick start and please don’t hate us fans sometimes the passion to win over takes our ability to rationalize.
And with that said … HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes :
Spot starter/middle reliever from ’94-95, Mike Remlinger is 45 (1966).
The New York Mets traded minor leaguer, Jonathan Guzman to the Kansas City Royals for reserve outfielder, Shane Halter on March 23, 1999.
The New York Mets signed free agent utility man, Fernando Tatis on March 23, 2007. This was a very good signing for Omar Minaya at the time. There was just enough juice left in his bat to help power the Mets during the ’08 season. He even won the Comeback Player of the Year award for his accomplishment. But Omar resigned him to another contract, and what ever spark that was left in Fernando’s bat was extinguished. He had become a automatic double play machine.
And while you curse the gods for delivering snow towards the end of March , just remember that there are just 9 Joe Torre Days left until the Mets open the 2011 season against the Florida Marlins in Miami, and 16 days until the Mets 2011 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
Mo Vaughn is looking to open a 5 Guys hamburger joint by his home – except it would not be open to the public !!!!