Saturday, September 25, 2010

This Team Can't Even Pull Off Talking Tough

"Nobody is going to push us around. We're going to have our teamate's back. I think cooler heads prevailed, but we've got to let them know that over on our side we didn't appreciate it and that we're going to go out there and have our teammates' backs. I think our bench let him know. As far as I'm concerned, it's done. We move on. We'll reevaluate the way we go into second base."
~ David Wright ~

All those shaking in their boots raise their hands. If this doesn't give Utley and the Phillies more incentive to physically pound this sorry excuse for a team...

For the last four years not one team has taken the Mets seriously. It's not just wins and losses, or collapses for that matter, it is their whole demeanor.

I don't believe Matt Cain hit Wright in the coconut on purpose last year, but the team did nothing.

Whether Utley's slide into Ruben Tejada was clean or not, it sent a message to the Mets: 'we are not only going to beat you on the scoreboard, but we are going to make you our bitch.'

RA Dickey had some strong words also:


"If you deem as a team that it's a dirty play, then you should take action. Absolutely.
You've got to protect your teammates, for one. And you've got to show the other
team you're not going to roll over and let them step on your neck. That's just part of
the game. Any game. You don't want to ever be a team that has the reputation you
can be kicked around and you're going to go back into the dugout at the end of the
game with your tail between your legs."


I like Dickey and his attitude, but he pitched another inning after the incident in the fifth. Why didn't he take matters into his own hands? He didn't have to wait to see the video if it was clean or not. I'm sure there was enough clamoring on the bench after the play.

The solution is simple. SHUT UP WRIGHT! Stop the old worn out cliches. If you had a problem, take care of it, don't wait until you have the press around to talk tough.

Many might disagree with me, but I truly believe if the Mets had a fiery manager like Wally Backman, this sort of attitude wouldn't happen.

I remember back in the 80's, I believe it was Bill Gullickson, who threw at Gary Carter. The Mets said nothing. When Gullickson came to bat, a young Dwight Gooden happened to "slip" with a 96 MPH fastball that just happened to miss Gullickson's chin. Message sent.

When asked about it after the game, Gooden said the pitch got away from him...with his golden tooth smile. No words spoken, message sent.

Dickey and Santana are competitors, but not the way that is needed. There are no Kevin Mitchell's, no Wally Backman's, no Ray Knights. Not one player on this team has the "intestinal fortitude" to take matters into their own hands. Our rivals further down 95? We've never seen them "collapse." They have won 11 straight at Gut Check Time. They more than likely will clinch the division this weekend against the Mets. The same Mets that allowed the Marlins, Nats, and Phils embarrass them in their own home in 2007 and 2008, and played spoiler in the Mets cataclysmic collapse.

Memo to the Mets GM for the 2011 season: Get someone who will not allow teams to disrespect the Mets or their fans. Bring in a player who will silence the other teams with his play and fire. Wright? Reyes? Thole? Castillo/Tejada? Not one of these players will do it. Unlike others, I don't put Beltran in this category. He has proven to be a prime time player throughout his career, and let's his play do the speaking.

As for now, Just shut up Nuke. Let your play and your guttiness do the talking. Until then, I don't want to hear it.

Source: ESPN NY


Anonymous said...

As I've been saying for years, the Phils hate the Mets, the Marlins hate the Mets, the Braves hate the Mets...and the Mets hate absolutely nobody. Only solution for this would be to put a fastball in Utley's ear (or at least his ribcage), but it didn't happen when it would have made a difference, and you know it won't happen tonight either.

Long Island Met Fan said...

Like you said David needs to stop running for office and just say hey you know what..2 can play at that game. Still Dickey could have done something in the 5th instead of having quotes after the game. Nobody cares about what you think about the issue. What we care is that you do something.