Hey Lee Jenkins - Thanks for gouging my eye balls!
Why on the day that Mets fans should be happy about their latest prospect playing in his first major league ball game do you need to write an article titled, "Kazmir deal is a debt the mets still owe."
- Four out of every five days, the Mets are a resurgent franchise, flush with charismatic leaders and bankable stars, hailed for their progressive thinking and bold strategy. But on the fifth day, when Scott Kazmir takes the mound for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, everything the Mets have accomplished comes temporarily undone. No longer are they the team that leads the National League East. They are only the team that traded Kazmir for damaged goods named Víctor Zambrano.
- maybe it really was their worst deal since they sent Nolan Ryan to the Angels for Jim Fregosi in 1971.
- "We had too many cooks in the kitchen," said Jim Duquette, then the Mets' general manager, now the vice president for baseball operations of the Baltimore Orioles. "In that situation, if someone disagrees, he might not speak up. The loudest voices are the ones that get heard. It does become sort of like a mob mentality."
- They overhauled their medical staff and cut short a lucrative contract with the New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases, in part because team doctors had prematurely signed off on the Kazmir trade.
- Duquette said he asked the commissioner's office if there were grounds to file a grievance against the Devil Rays. Wilpon said he asked the commissioner's office if the Mets had any recourse. They were told that the problem had to be resolved between the teams. The Mets could blame the Devil Rays for not supplying more comprehensive medical reports, but then they would also have to blame their own doctors for accepting limited reports.
- If I ever go to a Devil Rays game... Lets just say they'll have a few extra upper deckers that day... if you know what I mean
- But Kazmir is the rare young pitcher whose confidence could not be shaken. He developed as rapidly in the major leagues as he did in the minors, even with the New York metropolitan area eyeing him from afar. He has proven, over and over again, that he could have handled the pressure of a big market.
- "It wasn't even fair," said catcher Josh Paul of the Devil Rays. "I would put down my glove and the ball would go exactly where I wanted it."
- The franchise may never fully recover from that date. It has become part of Mets' lore, right along with 1986 and 1969. When Kazmir is asked about New York's preoccupation with him, he tries not to touch it.
All of this leaves me to ponder. What will makeup for this trade? Originally it was seeing Zambrano flourish as a Met but I think that wish is pretty much gone.
Is it getting Kazmir back as a free agent?
Is it Kazmir getting hurt? (never a good thing)