Newly enshrined Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar was in New York yesterday and spoke with reporters about a variety of things including his struggles during his time with the Mets.
Dan Martin of the NY Post clues us in on what he said, particularly addressing the notion that he didn’t give his best effort with the Mets.
“I didn’t think so. Maybe the expectations I had for myself were too big. I didn’t play the way I wanted to play, but I don’t consider it a bad year. But I didn’t think those kinds of years would dictate if I’d go to the Hall of Fame or not.”
Alomar finished with just 53 RBI’s as a Met — one season after batting .336 with 20 home runs and 100 RBI’s for Cleveland.
Martin writes in his article that it was a similar drop-off to the one Jason Bay experienced last year, his first with the Mets, and that even Bay was beginning to hear boos at Citi Field before he succumbed to his season ending concussion.
“He just has to keep playing,” Alomar said of Bay. “Prepare every day to play good. New York could be a good place to play if you play good. It depends if the expectations are high, especially with a guy like Jason Bay, who signed a big contract and people want him to produce. I wish him the best and the rest of the Mets. He’s a great ballplayer.”
There is no question that Bay was feeling the pressure to produce under the weight of a huge contract and in the glare of the media spotlight. His struggles were more pronounced on the road so for those who thought Citi Field had a lot to do with it, perish the thought.
This year may be even tougher as in addition to returning to those same pressures, he must now overcome any lingering effects from the concussion which has reportedly led to his decision of not making the flight to the Mets 3-day mini camp later this month in Florida. That and the pressure to prove that last season was just a fluke and not the beginning of a decline for the 32-year old left fielder.