Bob Raissman of the Daily News caught up with Ron Darling who is extremely optimistic about the Mets outlook for the second half and is as excited about broadcasting Mets games now as he’s been in many years.
“Whether this all culminates in the postseason, I don’t know,” he said. “I do think there is going to be so much more positive than there has been the last few years.”
With the Mets still riding the tide of an 8-2 homestand as they begin the second half with a weekend series in San Diego against the lowly Padres, the players, coaches and manager are all exuding with confidence and even a swagger.
“They haven’t gotten to the point where they know they are going to kick someone’s ass every night,” Darling said, “but they’ve gotten past the point where all they did was wonder what negative thing is going to happen tonight.”
Darling even has some advice for Sandy Alderson as the trade deadline nears, imploring him not to trade any of his chips unless he can pull off a blockbuster.
“A Mike Piazza type deal. I’m all for that,” Darling said. “Anything short of that kind of player then you are just trading for small pieces and hoping they catch fire, tiny little trades that would neither bring the Mets back to the pack or push them out there.”
In May, Darling made it clear he was not happy that the Mets used his name to get fans to sign a loyalty letter. He expressed concern about the direction the front office was taking. “It was frustrating. I want these guys to figure it out. I was frustrated for them.”
“At some point, when a team is underperforming, you must explain why,” Darling said. “That presents some difficult stuff to talk about.”
Darling has already experienced the feeling of winning it all but says he is far from satisfied covering the team and wants to broadcast games for a winner.
“I was lucky enough to play on a championship team but I want to broadcast for a championship team,” Darling said. “I want to do that more than anything.”
I love Darling… Sometimes I wish he was running things, the man is brilliant.