It’s February 15, 2011 and all the teddy bears have been gifted/re-gifted (?), the Valentine’s candy is now on clearance and we get on to the business of the next 6 months (hopefully more) of BASEBALL! Finally, Oliver Perez (The “o” Word) has been granted entry to the New York Mets Spring Training facility after finding the gates locked on Saturday, the expected season opening starting 5 pitchers (Mike Pelfrey, Jon Niese, RA Dickey, Chris Young and Chris Capuano) along with the likes of Boof Bonser, Taylor Tankersley, Dillon Gee, Pat Misch, DJ Carrasco, Taylor Bucholz, Ryota Igarashi and more have begun throwing baseballs to prospective catching teammates like Josh Thole, Ronny Paulino, Mike Nickeas, Raul Chavez and Dusty Ryan, under the watchful eyes of the new Mets manager Terry Collins and his inherited henchman Dan Warthan and bullpen coach Jon Hebus along with the hordes of TV, Radio and blogging media.
As this period of hope and enticement begins, visions of walk off wins and comebacks completed dance through the heads of Mets fans near and far, hopeful of fewer reminders of the wretched images that played out over the past few seasons.
We eagerly look forward to the sight of Johan Santana throwing pain free pitches and the frustrated swings and misses of opposing hitters returning to dugouts after facing a new mild mannered, anger managed Francisco Rodriguez and the exhibition of more fundamentally sound baseball than has been on display over the course of the past few years.
So as the St. Louis Cardinals and Albert Pujols take a break in the countdown to “Albertageddon” in a sign of respect to the great honor of Legendary Cardinal Stan “The Man” Musial receiving our nation’s highest civilian honor as he will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom today at the White House, it’s time for these new New York Mets pitchers and catchers to get to the fun that is and will always be baseball.
As Always: LET'S GO METS!