You know while watching the Mets dominate the Orioles last night, there was a electronic ad displayed on the Camden Yards backstop. This ad made me laugh out loud and it made me wish that I could just take it literally. What is this ad that amused me? It was for some small l chain in the Mid Atlantic region called Ollie's Bargain Outlet. It is the area's " Largest closeout ,surplus, and salvage merchandise. And of course the first thing that went through my mind was " Great ! Did we keep the receipt for our Ollie? - and If not will they take him off our hands anyway?" I know I know it is a pie in the sky daydream but hey a Mets fan can wish !I know I am putting the cart in front of the horse here, but I feel that R.A. Dickey can actually stay in this rotation. You see I love the underdog - always have , always will. I felt that way in '85 when Ed Lynch came out of the bullpen for a few months and became an effective starter for a albeit brief period of time. Same thing with Terry Leach - the man that Frank Cashen couldn't stand , or even Rick Reed - the most successful scab in the history of baseball.The point is that Dickey has showed no signs of being figured out by the opposition. His Knuckleball was knuckling so well, that Rod Barajas needed a Garmin just to find the final destination of Dickey's pitches. Dickey has shown us that he doesn't crack under pressure , case in point the bases loaded no man out jam in which he knuckled down, struck out two and ended the inning with a pop out.So the question that Jerry Manuel and Omar Minaya face is if and when both Maine and Ollie come of of the d.l. what do we do with them? I would think Takahashi goes back into the pen where he seems less hittable. But that still leaves one of these two former mainstays of the rotation in limbo. In my opinion the spot in the rotation goes to Maine, simply because I trust him more than Perez ( which at this point is not by much
) In my heart of hearts I hope that the Mets try to keep him on the d.l as long as possible because it is obvious that the Mets seem to play with alot more life when they aren't playing behind Oliver, and it seems they like playing with the Dickey ( sorry!).
And oh yeah THE ANIMAL IS OUTTA THE CAGE !!! " Can we please send Ollie here?!?" " Can we keep him- please !!"
And with that said.... HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Happy Birthday wishes go out to the middle reliever from the '66 team, Gerry Arrigo (1941)Back up infielder, Keith Miller is 46 (1963) He would later be involved in the trade that sent Bret Saberhagen to the Mets.Outfielder, and son of former Oriole Dob Buford, Damon Buford is 40 (1970) .New York Mets signed free agent Tug McGraw on June 12, 1964. As we all know, Tug soon became a fan favorite - and later a Mets icon .New York Mets traded catcher, Johnny Stephenson and pitcher, Rob Gardner to the Chicago Cubs for pitcher, Bob Hendley on June 12, 1967.Los Angeles Dodgers signed reserve outfielder, Danny Heep of the New York Mets as a free agent on June 12, 1987.New York Mets traded outfielder, Wayne Housie to the Milwaukee Brewers for reliever, Josias Manzanillo on June 12, 1993.New York Yankees claimed outfielder, Darren Bragg of the New York Mets on waivers on June 12, 2001.Oh by the way Mo Vaughn just bought Charm City Cakes and changed it's name to Mo Vaughn's Marvelous Mouthful of Cakes - problem is only he is allowed to eat them !