Well it’s Friday and we’re one day closer to pitchers and catchers reporting next Thursday on Valentines day. For those of us who are single, it’s what we’ll have to look forward to. Until then, there’s plenty happening in the baseball world/blogosphere.
For one, Mets fans seem upset that anyone would doubt their acquisition of Johan Santana as a one-man savior. Over at MetsMerized they’re making a big deal out of my statement that they may regret the money they’re paying Santana in the years to come. In the article by the ‘Ropolitans, they lay claim to the fact that the Mets are a big-market team in the vein of the Yankees. I’d only like to remind those already pre-crowning the Mets as ’08 World Series Champions that much like the Beatles, the Yankees have shown us that money can’t buy ya love.
In Braves news, Chipper Jones showed up over on AJC.com yesterday and today and commented on one of David O’Brien’s blogs as “You Kno Who” and proceeded to go back and forth with the fans in quite a few exchanges. He addressed hunting, Smoltz’s future, his thoughts on the rotation, and answered my question about who he thinks should manage after Bobby with “nobody can even imagine not playing for Bobby. He’s a lifer.” I think it’s neat to watch a player drop by and spend time interacting with his fans. He’s sad to see Shea go – and he’s nowhere near ready to retire – says he enjoys beating the Mets too much.
So all you Mets fans dropping by, talk to me when you’ve got that World Series trophy in the Mets clubhouse. I’m not saying Santana doesn’t help – he makes your pitching staff a legitimate threat – but he only pitches once every five games. He’ll net you 4-5 more wins a season than that other starter spot you’re replacing.
It promises to be an interesting year – that’s for sure. I’m just unwilling to concede the division. And neither are the Braves.
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