Sunday, April 20, 2008

Monkeying Around

In 1986, the greatest season ever for the Metsmonkeys, Davey Johnson began the season declaring that the Mets "would dominate the league." The Mets recorded a single proclaiming they were the best. Curtain calls afer homers which the Yankees have since copied originated at Shea. And the Mets won the World Series.

In 2006, Jose Reyes danced and monkeyed around in the dugout and was lauded for his energy and youthful enthusiasm as he led the Mets to within one game of the World Series.

Last year was the collapse. All of a sudden, it was Jose Reyes' celebrating that was pumping up the bad teams to really want to beat the Mets. Of course, if Reyes did not slump the last six weeks, the Mets would have won the division and this grasping for straws would not have occurred.

So we were delighted that Carlos Beltran, in an act of quiet leadership, pulled Reyes aside and told him to be himself. Reyes has since been hitting (big homerun in yesterday's victory) and has provided some needed energy to this team.

Monkeying around is fine when you win. When you lose, it joins Willie's bullpen management, the age of the team and the lack of leadership as topics people will look to find answers.


It's time to get Endy some at bats. He can't perform off the bench if he never starts. We know Church and Pagan have been solid, but give Pagan a day off here and there.

Knowing every Oliver Perez win and CC Sabathia loss raises the price for OP this offseason. Of all the Mets free agents, he is the one must sign.

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