Omar Spreads Cheer In Israel, Hope He Has Some Leftover For Flushing

An article by posted on January 12, 2008

One of the nicer things the Mets have become known for are their annual goodwill trips to countries abroad to spread some cheer and develop new baseball fans around the world. Omar Minaya has just returned from this years visit to Israel, and I’m sure we will hear some details of the rip and get some nice photos from their goodwill tour soon. I think it’s an especially fitting gesture especially from a team who plays in a city that is best known for their wonderful diversity and many different cultures. Good job by Omar and the Mets.

Now, for the business at hand…

Hopefully Omar is well rested after flying in yesterday afternoon to a city and a fan base that needs some cheer as well. I think Angel Pagan was a fine addition for the Mets, but let’s face it, he wasn’t exactly what we were hoping to find under the Christmas tree this year. It was like asking Santa for a Wii game system and getting a Rubik’s cube instead. Interesting, but perplexing and hard to figure out as well.

I wish I could say that there was some substantial movement on the Johan Santana situation since Wednesday when a couple of reports suggested that the Mets were now considered frontrunner’s. Unfortunately, the only thing I read was a story that quoted a Major League source as saying the earlier reports were an exaggeration. How frustrating…

Anyhow, with Omar back in town, we should soon get a good read from him on what’s really going on regarding Johan Santana, rather than all this word of mouth nonsense we’ve all been subjected to. Of course we’ll keep bring it to you as we get it, as we continue to monitor the situation closely.

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The Shea Nation which includes some other great sites besides Mets Merized Online, recently conducted a round-table discussion on Johan Santana with us, Mets Fever, Mets Lifer, Gets By Buckner, The ‘Ropolitans, and Mets Prospects. It turned out to be a very nice piece with a wide range of opinions on a couple of questions that were posed to us. Check it out…

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