The First Of What Will Be Many Off-Season Rants

An article by posted on September 28, 2008

I’m still trying to digest everything that has taken place. It’s hard to believe that we can end the season so remarkably similar to last year which was what we were trying to avoid all costs.

I have so much I want to say, but it’s still too convoluted right now.

There are some things I do feel very strongly about, and then a bunch of other things I’m still trying to figure out.

The Shea farewell didn’t help matters as it actually choked me up at the end when Mike Piazza and Tom Seaver combined to throw the last pitch ever at Shea and then they both walked toward centerfield, exited the stadium and closed the gates. I can’t believe those two made me cry…

If I have learned one thing from this season, it is that David Wright should never be mentioned in the same sentence as the words Team Captain. Wright’s a great player, but lets face it, a Keith Hernandez or John Franco he is not. This team does need an on the field leader, and to me the best candidate for that job is Carlos Beltran.

Maybe someday Wright would make a great captain, but for now let him learn a few things like stepping up when it matters most, doing his talking on the field instead of all those post game interviews, and hitting better in the clutch. He looked like an absolute train wreck in the last two weeks… tired, spent and emotionally drained.

Go get some rest this off season David, and I look forward to you coming back and giving us your best season yet. Stop trying to be the team leader and just relax and do your thing for now. I always enjoy watching you play, and I know someday soon you will become the first MVP in Mets history. Until then, let others lead while you follow. 

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