I guess today is Carlos Delgado Day on Mets Merized Online. Well, why not? While some can say that this Mets resurgence lies squarely with Interim Manager Jerry Manuel, can anybody deny that he couldn’t have done it without Delgado?
Not only is Delgado doing the right things at the plate, but he even has picked up his performance defensively, continues to provide veteran leadership in the clubhouse and he always seems to be saying the right things too.
This is what he said to reporters after last night’s heroics.
“It shows we have a lot of character here and we have short term memories. Last night was a tough loss, but we were able to put that behind us and come back an play. That’s important, if you lose a game or two and start worrying about that you’re going to be in trouble.”
“Whatever happened last year, it happened and we put it behind us. We are in a different frame of mind. We’re not thinking about September of 2007, we’re thinking about going out and playing good baseball right now.”
Coming into this season, Delgado shouldered much of the blame for 2007. Since late June, Delgado has literally carried the Mets back into contention and continues to come up big in the clutch. What started out as a hot week in late June, has now become a second half that leads the league in almost every offensive category including homeruns, RBI, Slugging Percentage and Total Bases.
The question of whether the Mets should pick up his team option has been answered, and last night Delgado put an exclamation point on it. YES!