Thursday, December 10, 2009


One of the things that the 86 Mets were known for was being a bunch of crazy, partying, drinking animals! If you haven't read the book "The Bad Guys Won! A Season of Brawling, Boozing, Bimbo Chasing, and Championship Baseball with Straw, Doc, Mookie, Nails, the Kid, and the Rest of the 1986 Mets, the Rowdiest Team Ever to Put on a New York Uniform-and Maybe the Best" I highly recommend it. I won't ruin it for you, but there's a chapter about a game against the Boston Red Sox, and within the first 2 paragraphs I read about Bobby Ojeda dropping more F-bombs than a Quentin Tarantino movie. These guys had heart. They played to win, they took losing personally, and if you read the book you'll know that they were a crazy group of guys. And what did it get them? A world championship.

The 2006 team had passion. Unfortunately they also had Aaron Heilman. Why not take a page out of the 1986 Mets book and get a little nuts? Let's look at what we've got so far:
  • Mike Pelfrey: The guy can pitch. He's definitely got potential, but last year he showed us that maybe not all of his dogs are barking. On September 3rd, after he was pulled in a game against the Rockies, he said he needed to get some "fresh air" so he started running laps in a the Coors Field parking lot. He later said if someone would have tried talking to him in the sixth inning he would have done something he regretted. Crazy? Check. Talent? It's in there somewhere. How about this year we unleash the beast and see what this nut job can do.
  • Oliver Perez: I knew something was off when Ollie showed up to his press conference after signing his new contract looking like he just rolled out of bed after a 48-hour bender. Yes he went on to have a horrible season that included talking to himself repeatedly on the mound, that sometimes led Omir Santos to go out to talk to him because he thought number 46 had called him out. Crazy? Check. Talent? It's in there somewhere...
  • Jose Reyes: He's not crazy, but the guy's got one heck of a personality. Combine that with the amount of time that he's missed and you've got to imagine that he's going to come out of the gates ready to have an awesome season...not to mention some fancy new dance moves
Now you have the chance to sign the craziest guy in all of baseball: Milton Bradley. My vote is that we trade Castillo for Bradley and see if we can be as crazy as the 86


Coop said...

No offense meant, but I think that the craziness of the 80s Mets was unique and reflected the personality of the entire era (as Mike Sergio said - I think the mets were doing what we were all doing - the mets were partyin'!). That said, I think Pelf needs to have more confidence in himself, Oh pea just needs to be institutionalized and Jose well...he just needs to be back 100%. The Francesa interview sounds like a good one, wish I didn't have to miss it.