1.06.2010

New Mets motto: "We believe in 2010."

So, if you want to see Jason Bay's official NY Mets video, click here. Omar Minaya maintains a frozen half-grin the entire time and apparently coins the word "tooken." Why say 'took' when you can add another syllable? Also on the linguistic front, Bay says "you know" a lot. A LOT. Was he nervous? Doubtful? And there are questions about the horrors of playing in the overly spacious CitiField and...well. He does strike out a lot but will he be .265 or .280? Will he steal? He was a productive left fielder for the Red Sox, but won't be needing this anymore:However, to be honest with you, we don't feel the love yet. Not convinced he's New Yorky. Not convinced he'll help the Mets leave behind their anemic, injury-prone habits as others might have. And of course New York doesn't have nearly as much to offer as does Beirut! (Also, does he have enough degrees of separation from Manny Ramirez, who he replaced in Boston?) Guess we'll see. At least he shows up and plays hard. And now the Mets won't have to play left field by committee.

As of this moment, we'll work on ratcheting up the hopefulness. Where is Molina? Oh. Sorry. Hope. "We believe in 2010."

PS Still. We've officially selected the Seattle Mariners as our emergency backup team, if the Metsheartbreak starts too early in the season; now, be advised we'll STICK with our team no matter what, but it might be nice to have another one to watch a little too.

9 comments:

Motherscratcher said...

I'm not sure I agree with the concept of a backup team on a philosophical and moral level. However, if such a thing should exist, the Mariners are a great pick. You have to love a team with the wisdom and foresight to lock up my man Franky Guttierez for the foreseeable future.

Dinged Corners said...

MS, I know. It's amoral, or no, it's just plain horrifying. But after the last three years, we must have a self-preservation device to fall back on in moments of dark despair--you know, a team we can watch without developing embolisms.

Motherscratcher said...

Yes, I can see that. Safety first is a good policy.

G_Moses said...

Jason Bay is an NL player. I think he has the desire to show he's worth the money. He'll work out just fine I think.

Mariners are a good second pick. And it's AL. So it's not really cheating if their pitchers don't bat.

paulsrandomstuff said...

After the last three seasons, I understand why you'd want to have an emergency backup team.

I'm not going to pick one until the playoffs start (if necessary), but I will pay a lot more attention to the Atlantic League if things look too bad for the Mets. I hope it won't come to that in 2010.

dayf said...

Bwahaha

http://cardjunk.blogspot.com/2010/01/i-pretty-much-had-to-do-this.html

dayf said...

Don't take the Beirut comment personally, Beirut is awesome...

http://dayf.blogspot.com/2010/01/jason-bay-would-rather-play-for-beirut.html

Bo said...

I saw some of that press conference and all I could think of is that he looks just like David Cone in that Mets jersey. Even sounds a bit like him. Also, yesterday's Post had a column pointing out that if he plays well no one will care how "New York" he is. There were the same questions about CC Sabathia last year and no one would say that about him now. Only in New York are we so insecure that people must be "New York" - you don't see that in other cities. The same insecurities that lead to NYers always saying "we're the greatest city in the world!" If you have to say it, then you aren't. And I say this as a lifelong NYer.

Dinged Corners said...

I'm not sure there isn't strong regional identification in other cities...Philly, for instance, or Chicago or, for that matter, Santa Fe...but I meant that in our usual way, which is to say, unseriously. He's supposed to be a good clubhouse presence, anyhow, and God knows David Wright could use a little help in that regard.
PS I am a native New Yorker (Manhattan) who now lives in the Southwest and probably pipes up to bout a touch of homesickness.