The Mets got some positive news when 21–year-old outfield prospect Fernando Martinez was named MVP of the Caribbean Series. They should, however, resist the temptation to say he’s ready because it was a 23-at-bat sampling in which he hit .348 with two home runs. The Mets have rushed prospects before and I don’t want to see them toy with Martinez’s confidence.
Assuming the best on Carlos Beltran, I’m sure center field will be safe with Angel Pagan and Gary Matthews Jr., in the interim, which should be a couple of months. Martinez wouldn’t get regular at-bats and would only be sent down once Beltran is ready.
I’m still thinking the prudent decision would be for him to get regular playing time in Triple-A and then make an evaluation around the All-Star break whether he should be promoted for the second half.
I’m really glad Orlando Hudson has signed with Minnesota, ending all that silly talk of the Mets signing him and trading Luis Castillo. That was never going to happen. So, with nothing going on with the Mets right now – as opposed to the entire offseason – let’s open it up today to talk about the Super Bowl.
Like everybody else Sunday, I’ll be watching the Colts and Saints. I’m glad the Saints are in it, but I’ve always liked the Colts, even when they were in Baltimore and crushed my Browns in the playoffs.
Since everybody thinks this will be high scoring, watch the final be 17-14. It usually works out that way, doesn’t it?
So, if you’d like to take a break from baseball – kind of like how the Mets have this winter – let’s hear your thoughts on the Super Bowl.
I’ve read in several places where the Mets need a swagger. Sounds nice. Would be a good thing. Where do you get it?
It’s not like there’s a market that sells the stuff. All players have confidence, otherwise they can’t be a professional athlete. But, only a few have that bubbling cockiness, that swagger, that Darryl Strawberry and Ray Knight and Keith Hernandez had with the 86 Mets.
These Mets don’t have an abundance of players with that quality. And, what brings that quality to the surface collectively is winning.
We know the Mets, as a team, don’t have a swagger, and they won’t until they win. It’s great to hear Strawberry talking about the Mets needing a swagger, but it’s all moot until they win.