Hellos and Goodbyes

December 11, 2008

The Mets have been doing the right thing over the past few days, taking drastic measures to address their greatest weakness: their bullpen.  With Billy Wagner likely out all of next year with a bum elbow, the Mets signed Francisco “K-Rod” Rodriguez who, despite a slip in performance from previous years, still managed to set the single-season saves record last year.

 

K means strikeout.  Dont ask me why.

K means strikeout. Don't ask me why.

 

The Met’s next move, and some might argue the much more important one, was a three-team deal resulting in the acquisition of middle reliever Sean Green (not to be confused with our old friend Shawn Green), outfielder Jeremy Reed, and most importantly, former All-Star closer J.J. Putz (…seriously, that’s his name…) to set-up K-Rod. 

Even though Putz has one of the most unfortunate pudding-chins in sports, if he can come close to regaining his form from 2006 and adjust to the role of set-up man instead of closer, the Mets’ bullpen suddenly becomes a great strength.  Not to mention an additional improvement because part of the deal was getting rid of Aaron Heilman.

 

Good riddance, Heilman.  You stink.

Good riddance, Heilman. You stink.

 

Now here, my friends, is the rub.  Believe it or not, neither the Mariners nor the Indians (the two other teams in the deal) were willing to give us these players solely in exchange for the one guy we most wanted to get rid of (Heilman).   To get you’ve got to give….and in total, the Mets will end up saying goodbye to six players, two of whom are very good.  It’s for these two players in particular that I’d like to take the time to bid a fond farewell.

 

First is Joe Smith.  Smith isn’t a huge loss, but I always liked him, he was our most dependable reliever last year, AND he used to play for the Cyclones.  Joe Smith, I salute you.  Have fun in Cleveland.  If they make Major League 3, you’ll be the star.

Sorry guys.

Sorry guys.

 

 

 

Now HERE, my friends, is the very…very…very hard part. 

 

 

I’m not going to rant and rave, or try to put into words what this man has meant to us over the past three years, I’m simply going to kiss him on the lips and say goodbye… 

 

 

Endy Chavez, you will always be a Met to me.

 

 Farewell, sweet prince.

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2 Responses to “Hellos and Goodbyes”

  1. pizappas said

    oh no!!!!!!

  2. max said

    they did make a major league 3, and like heiman, it stinks: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120742/

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