At War With Delgado

This afternoon I got to listen to a little of WFAN’s Mike and the Mad Dog show discussing whether we, the Mets fans, are at war with Carlos Delgado. To summarize the situation:

  • Delgado’s been terrible since April 2007
  • Mets fans boo him at Shea Stadium

It’s as simple as that.

Personally, I haven’t engaged in booing him. Although I could certainly understand it. I don’t blame fellow Mets fans for booing him one bit.

On the other hand, I’m sure that Delgado is sick of hearing it and doesn’t like it. He snubbed the fans by not coming out for a curtain call after his two home run game yesterday afternoon. I can understand that. He doesn’t like us, and we don’t like him.

I wouldn’t describe our relationship with Delgado as a “war”. But I would say it’s a very sour relationship. I would venture to say that he probably can’t wait to leave the Mets. Equally so, we can’t wait for him to be gone either. I’ll be perfectly happy when he continues his career in Pittsburgh or Texas next season. The fans there most likely have much lower expectations of their players.

Adam Rubin of the Daily News posted Delgado’s statements to the media this afternoon. Frankly, I don’t believe anything Delgado says. His media saavy is really showing in his comments. He’s not going to come out and say he’s angry about the way he’s been been treated by the fans. But I’m sure that it’s in his head.

The sooner we end this relationship the better.

More On Booing Home Players

Although the blogs have been on this topic for weeks, the mainstream media is still just getting to this story. We, as Mets fans, are frustrated and angry with this team. The last two seasons have left a lot of pent up emotion that can’t be relieved by a trip to a shrink. We need a trip to the playoffs. That’s the only cure for our angst.
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Mike Vaccaro wrote a column on the topic for Fox Sports today and summarizes the current victims of our impatience:

Right now, there are three permanent residents of the wrong side of the wall, which we’ll call the dark side of the swoon: Carlos Delgado is the captain and unchallenged leader, and the farther south of .200 his average dips the more likely he’ll be wearing a “C” on his uniform before long. Aaron Heilman is on that side, mostly because he can’t get out of his own way now. And Willie Randolph is there, too, for long and meritorious service.

Why should we be more tolerant? We’ve got a first class city, a first class payroll, and a first class stadium on the way. We want a franchise that plays like a first place team.

SNY Hires Harold Reynolds

Multiple media sources are reporting that SNY has hired disgraced baseball analyst Harold Reynolds. Reynolds was fired by ESPN in July 2006 for an alleged sexual harassment claim by a fellow employee.

Just when you thought SNY had sunk to a low point with trashy shows like “Loud Mouths”, they go even lower by hiring Harold Reynolds. Unbelievable that this is the network that we have to live with as Mets fans.

This is exactly the reason that I change the channel as soon as the Mets games are finished. SNY is a second rate network with barely serviceable on-air talent. They’ve got a terrific crew doing the Mets games and almost everything else is garbage.

SNY, start having some class. We don’t want disgraced retreads like Reynolds. Find some new talent.

Mets Television Crew Profile

I found a column from an unusual source this morning: The Wall Street Journal Market Watch. Jon Friedman did kind of a fluff piece on the Mets television broadcasting crew of Gary Cohen, Ron Darling, and Keith Hernandez. From the ways it’s written I have to assume that Jon Friedman is a Mets fan. Nice!

Personally, I think those guys are great. I have absolutely no critique of them. They’re the best crew that I’ve seen including the national networks.