Mets Chat Room; K-Rod back and Misch starts.

First things first, Francisco Rodriguez apologized to the Mets ownership, fans and teammates and acknowledged entering an anger management program.

Game #116 vs. Phillies.

This is his statement: “First of all, I’m extremely sorry. I want to apologize to [owners] Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon and Mr. [Saul] Katz for the incident that happened Wednesday night. I want to apologize also to the Mets fans, to my teammates. I want to apologize, of course, to the front office for the embarrassing moment that I caused. I’m looking forward to being a better person.

“Right now the plan is I’m going to be going to [an] anger management program. And I cannot speak no farther about the legal stuff that we’re going through right now. I want to apologize. Sorry.’’

It’s a start.

But before you start thinking all Rodriguez got was a two-game suspension and the loss of $120,000, think again. This is not the case of a rich player skating. Rodriguez is in the system now and could face jail time it convicted. If that happens, his career could be over.

Let’s see how this plays out before making any assumptions. And, until he goes to court he’s entitled to work like anybody else awaiting trial.

Rodriguez will be available for tonight’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field, where the Mets will try to make it three straight behind Pat Misch.

Misch could’ve, and perhaps should’ve been brought up earlier, but was not because of the selfishness of Oliver Perez, who refused to accept a minor league assignment to work out his pitching problems.

It is Perez’s right to decline, but he’s ineffective and isn’t being used, effectively forcing the Mets to play with 24.

That Perez is still around symbolizes the Mets’ rudderless leadership. There’s no one willing cut the cord with Perez or seemingly explore any legal options against the left-hander.

31 thoughts on “Mets Chat Room; K-Rod back and Misch starts.

  1. Hi John –

    Thanks for the background news from the Mets mess.
    This game is moving right along and it’s the one night this week I get it on PIX.
    The stadium crowd seems sparse for a weekend night.

  2. There have been blog rumors about boycotting the team — maybe that’s what’s happening here.
    I think I’ve seen Misch pitch before – last year at Florida on a a lovely Sunday afternoon where he won his first complete game.

  3. Annie (6): I hear the boycott rumors, too. They never work. Fans aren’t unified, plus the team already has the ticket money so who’s being hurt?-JD

  4. Who’s being hurt? I don’t know – maybe the vendors, food court etc. but probably not much if at all. We both know that the players probably don’t even notice the size of the crowd.
    Just checked the paper – tomorrow night’s game is on ESPN – I’ll probably be blacked out.

  5. John (9)One thing that has been prevalent in the news about the KRod mess is that the Wilpons really are not good owners. Joel Sherman has written two pretty nasty columns about Jeff.

  6. I keeping thinking about Showalter and how he is doing in Baltimore – what a turnaround in the middle of a season…

  7. Quite a disgraceful commentary. Don’t make judgement on Rodriguez says Delcos. Afterall he is in the system. The fact that he is banned from seeing his kids and wife because he is seen by a judge as a threat to their safety is ignored by Delcos. Who cares, the judge just listened to all the evidence available. What does she know!Oh she’s a judge rightwing america doesn’t like judges. They are bad arent’ they?!?But Oliver Perez who has committed the high crime of following his legally negotiated rights under a collective bargaining system is selfish and evil. Well the shame is on you Delcos. You have reached a new low.

  8. Annie (11): You didn’t need the K-Rod mess to know that about the Wilpons. As far as the Showalter is concerned, the Orioles had no place to go but up.-JD

  9. John (14) No, I didn’t – I’ve written about them for months. They are way out of their comfort zone dealing with a team, and particularly so now that the trouble is coming to the surface with so many of their players.
    Does Showalter have a whip or is it just his personality that keeps the team in line?

  10. Score is now 4-0 Philly – I doubt the Mets can recover, they are not playing heads-up ball these days. I often wonder if it is because every day Jerry Manuel moves players on and off the bench – to get everyone in the game I suppose

  11. John (16) All I know is that my brother is thrilled and I’ll bet Cal Ripken is, too. He didn’t want a manager’s job there , did he?

  12. John (20) We’re both the eldest child in our families, so is David. I think that has a great bearing on his demeanor. He tries so hard……..

  13. Now they are showing K-Rod walking around the bullpen – will they really bring him in to a 4-0 game? I hope not.

  14. John – After the news of the past couple of days, and now seeing him pacing, I am afraid of what he can or will do.

  15. K-Rod warming up in the pen. He hasn’t pitched in awhile so I guess they want to give him some work. Will be interesting to see what kind of reception he gets.-JD

  16. Why bring the perp out so soon? Surely there are only a few who will applaud him..

  17. Howie has put this game “In The Book” and it really isn’t worth reading about. Yes, the Mets lost.

    There is so much turmoil just beneath the surface at Citi Field, that no one can concentrate very well tonight.

    The “perp” who caused it all has been up and around in the Mets bullpen and was sent in to pitch the ninth inning to a booing crowd.

    Anyway the Mets and Phillies play again tomorrow night.

    See you then

  18. I think the only boycott that ever really worked was the football Giants fans who hired a plane with a banner of “15 years of lousy football and we have had enough” after the fumble in the meadowlands in 1978.

    Back to .500 a day after Dickey’s one-hitter.