In yesterday’s NYT, George Vecsey allowed that he may have been just a slight bit off in his “Abandon Hope” column in which he previewed the Mets season. Yesterday, Vecsey even offered the Metropolitans a bit of praise:
Having predicted dire things for the Mets, I confess to having been charmed by their 20-inning game in St. Louis, when Manuel managed to produce Pelfrey for a first career save and the resident genius of the Cardinals, Tony La Russa, went down with two position players pitching and a pitcher in left field. Was that a turning point for the Mets?
The funny thing about this homestand is that the Mets are encountering visiting managers with New York ties and vastly more credentials than Manuel.
First came the Cubs’ Lou Piniella, 66, who blossomed with the Yankees, and the Mets took three of four from him. Then came Bobby Cox of the Braves, who turns 69 on May 21, whose only major league playing was with the Yankees, and the Mets took three straight from him. Now comes Joe Torre, 69, of the Dodgers, who played and managed for the Mets before winning four World Series across town. He’s working without a contract beyond this season, for a franchise whose owner, Frank McCourt, is going through a divorce.
As a result of this new found Mets renaissance, we experience the bizarre.
And around the league we go:
Are you sold on Stephen Strasburg yet? DC Matt is. Craig Calcaterra is. I think I am too.
Since Moutain Frank hasn’t weighed in yet, we’ll turn to Rob Neyer who reflects upon Chris Iannetta getting farmed out in Colorado.
Here’s the last link on the Ryan Howard contract, this time from Dave Studemen of THT.