Archive for December, 2008

This Week

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

I have a lot of things I want to say about the new signings, but I can’t put up my Tuesday posting this week because I am totally swamped grading papers and exams.  I do want to say to regular readers that I will be posting some excellent news soon about my forthcoming book, The Last Days of Shea.  If you liked Mets Fan, you’ll really like The Last Days of Shea, and it appears that it will be out next year and available in bookstores everywhere.  As soon as the actual contract is signed, I’ll give you all the details.  Enjoy the holiday season everyone, and let’s go Mets!

Do We Have to Call Him K-Rod?

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

I’m very happy we have him.  But I am really tired of this business of calling players with the name Rodriguez X-Rod and Martinez X-Mart.  Do you realize that if this silliness had been fully in effect when we acquired the once-great strikeout pitcher Pedro Martinez, we would have had to call him K-Mart?

The Mets’ Seasons Ranked According to How Much Fun They Were

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

I don’t get into the Hot Stove season as much as some other people.  I get into it during Spring training.  But as far as I’m concerned, this time of year is really boring.  I don’t feel like taking the time to figure out which talented free agent 32-year old ballplayer that I already know so much about is going to have the slowest rate of decline over the next four or five years.  There’s no fun in that.  I have a perverse interest in players like Dontrelle Willis, but everybody would yell at me if I said that.  I like teams and players to surprise me.  I will root for whatever Mets team they put out there.  But I don’t particularly enjoy seeing how the sausage is made. 

So instead of telling you who I think we “should go after,” I’m going to take advantage of the lull to cast a backward glance over all the Mets seasons.  I’m going to do something I last did two years ago. I’m ranking the 20 best Mets seasons, according to the amount of fun they were.  When I last did this, 2007 and 2008 hadn’t been played, so the hard thing is squeezing them in (assuming that they make it into the top 20).  This kind of ranking is obviously difficult, because it’s hard to define a fun season.  For example, 1973 was no fun at all while it was happening, except for the last month and a half which was insanely fun.  And then there’s the issue of what criteria we use to determine that 1988 and 2000, incredibly successful seasons, were not as much fun in the end as 1999 and 2006.  This isn’t scientific, but below please find my list of the 20 most “fun” Mets seasons. 

1969

1986

1973

1999

2006

1988

1984

2000

1985

1997

1998

2008

1987

1989

2005

2007

1970

1972

1976

1971

1975

1990 

 

As you can see, I thought 2008 was more fun than 2007.  Didn’t you?  Even though we did blow it in the end, blowing it wasn’t as much of a surprise or a disappointment, because it felt as if we were playing over our heads.  And the last two-thirds of the season were better than the first third had promised.  It was the reverse in 2007.  What do you think?