Metsblog – “I feel very happy,” Valdespin told WFAN after the game. “When I saw Nickeas hit, I thought, ‘I can do it. I’m the man right now.’
Jordany…For 3! Nothing more satisfying that shoving it right up Papelbon’s ass and beating Doc Halladay and the Phillies in the process. And the fact that it was yet another young, home grown nobody doing it makes it that much sweeter.
I’m not one of these Mets fans who’s dick gets hard because they start 8 or 9 home grown players every game. As a matter of fact I actually don’t like it. As a big market team, the fact that there’s not one premier free agent out there makes me puke. Just reminds me of the penny pinching Wilpons and this new “plan” they’ve concocted with Sandy Alderson to try and win without spending any money. So I don’t want to sit here and praise this organization, because although these individual guys have done a tremendous and inspiring job so far this season, I think the fact that half the roster is cheap pieces from the farm is a fundamental problem with the franchise.
But, that being said, we’re 30 into the season. 16-13, 3 games over. Ahead of the Phillies and Marlins in the standings, a better record than the Yankees and Red Sox. Obviously its early, but somebody deserves credit for this surprising start, and that’s Omar Minaya. I’m not 100% positive how many of these guys were drafted by him, but its obviously gotta be a large majority of them. At the end of the day, this team is, in all likelihood, a middle of the road collection of young cheap ball players. But for the time being, they’re playing exciting winning baseball. They’ve already withstood two or three slip ups that I thought was going to be the beginning of the end. They continue to bounce back and win ballgames, and the guys getting it done all come from Mr. Minaya. So, I just figured its time for a dude who got booed out of town to get a little bit of love. Being a baseball GM is always a bizarre scenario where multiple regimes can overlap, and right now even though he’s long gone, its the Minaya Regime thats winning baseball games at Citi.
Again, though, just to reiterate, hypothetically speaking I’d rather have one or 2 premier players or pitchers out there in exchange for 5 or 6 of these guys it would have taken to pull off a sign and trade.