Fred and Jeff Wilpon get a lot of heat these days from just about anyone who owns a keyboard, most of it undeserved. Many fans have even accused them of being to meddlesome in how the team is run (not so sure how true that is either). Well it appears that their meddling may have been exactly what snapped the Mets losing streak and put them on their current four-game winning streak.
You see the Mets had become so desperate last week to break their losing streak, that they were willing to do just about anything to turn their luck around. That included placing all the blame on their bullpen mascot, a small black and yellow toolbox they called “Stanley”. The beloved toolbox safely housed assorted bullpen goodies such as sunflower seeds, bubble gum, medical supplies, fingernail clippers and even Krazy Glue.
Prior to Thursday’s game against the Astros, Jeff Wilpon ordered the destruction of “Stanley”
After watching the Mets lose 12 of 14 games and fall to the worst record in baseball, and with everyone on the team searching for real or symbolic methods to change the fortunes, Wilpon issued a simple decree: “Get rid of Stanley.”
Wilpon gave his order to Dan Warthen, the pitching coach. So, on Thursday afternoon, Warthen asked every player and coach to donate an article of clothing or piece of equipment to place inside Stanley as a sacrifice. Most obliged, and then, as in a scene out of a movie, Stanley was taken into a back room before the game and ceremonially obliterated with bats.
His splintered remains were burned to ashes and placed in a ceremonial blue and orange urn which now rests on the top shelf of Johan Santana’s empty locker…
Well, not really, but judge the results…
Since the terrifying end of Stanley at the hands of several bat wielding maniacs in the bullpen, the team has won four straight. Additionally, their once woeful rotation and bullpen have had a remarkable turnaround.
Starting Pitching: 27 IP, 22 H, 6 ER, 7 BB, 16 K
Relief Pitching: 8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 11 K
Hey… Whatever it takes, right?
Nice going, Jeff!