Okay, the Mets seemed a little caught off guard by Carlos Beltran's decision to have arthroscopic surgery and not be available to, you know, play baseball, for at least twelve weeks--he'll be out most of April. The New York Post, which by the way, the brilliant Heartbreaking Cards of Staggering Genius has, in a shocking turn, publicly confessed to reading, reports that "the Mets are threatening to take some form of action." The Associated Press says Scott Boras, that annoying agent who represents every rich ballplayer including Beltran, who by the way is the Mets' highest-paid position player, maintains that Beltran did not need the Mets' consent to have surgery, based on the terms of his contract. Boras said Beltran's contract only requires him to receive advance written permission for elective procedures. Really? Let's just say that matter this isn't settled yet.
Now, the kneejerk reaction is for fans to say, "Can you believe this? The season hasn't even started and already with the Mets dropping like flies!" And precisely because that is the kneejerk reaction, we must not jerk our knees. Brace those knees, Mets fans! Use Ace bandages, if you must. Don't say, "Here we go again." Leaving aside our opinion of Beltran, with whom we've always had problems of a cardular nature, let's examine why we shouldn't let this latest Amazin' problem mess with our hopes.
1-Angel Pagan may suddenly be great.
2-It's only a game. Compared with what's going on in the world, any joy whatsoever that the Mets provide is welcome. And there will be joy.
3-Use this chance to season F-Mart in center field?
4-The Mets will be even more motivated by this incident to make the team whole. It gives them impetus going into spring training and into the season to be all "Hup hup yeah!"
5-Now maybe grab switch-hitter Orlando Hudson? High energy? Very positive? GO FOR HIM, trust me on this. He will work well in the New York baseballosphere. Relegate Luis Castillo to a part-time role or something. Figure it out, that's why they pay you brilliant front office jokers the big bucks.
Please, Mets people, don't go all negative. And that, dear friends, is our latest Mets mood swing.