Okay lets get down to brass tax,is there something wrong with Johan Santana ? Is this sex scandal affecting him ? Is he hurting , but is too much of a warrior to admit it ? Or are we just blowing his last few appearances out of proportion? If I could cast a vote, I would go with we are blowing this out of proportion. Yes Johan didn't look sharp for the most part yesterday, but he did settle down after that shaky first inning against the Twins. And when you think about it , with the exception of the blowout against the Phillies last month, In his losses , Johan pitched solidly with the exception of one inning in those games. Take last week with the Yankees, Johan pitched three scoreless innings, until the fourth when a couple of infield gaffes coupled with the Mark Texieria grand-slam sealed the Mets fate for the game. I think another issue is that Johan might be trying to hard to be as perfect as possible because of the lack of run support that he has received of late. Let's face the fact the 2-1 loss to the Brewers and the 1-0 loss to the Padres can rattle the confidence of almost any ace pitcher. I know Johan has three years and countless millions left on his contract, but lets not put the cart in front of the horse yet. I don't think we have seen the last of Johan being a top notch starter. All we all need is a little patience. It's not time to throw in the towel on Johan !"
And with that said.... HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Birthday wishes go out to one time power threat- outfielder Jeff Conine is 45 (1966). He came to the Mets as a power bat off the bench , but unfortunately both his power and his defensive skills had severely eroded.
Reserve infielder, Ricardo Jordan is 40 (1970)Utility infielder, Chris Woodward is 34 (1976) .New York Mets signed free agent Ed Kranepool on June 27, 1962. Ed would end up being the longest tenured Met of all time - 17 seasons.
New York Mets released pitcher, Tom Sturdivant on June 27, 1964.New York Mets signed free agent pitcher, Roy Lee Jackson on June 27, 1975. We would end up trading him in 1980 for Bob Bailor, and Jackson would pitch for another six years.And Mo Vaughn was very disappointed yesterday when he saw Prince Harry of England throw out the first pitch - He thought he meant the Prince of Pop and Funk !! " Mo swears allegiance to Prince Rogers Nelson !"