That’s what Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez was thinking, or rather what he would have been thinking if he was being rational, which of course he wasn’t. This latest ugly scar on a Mets season that has been full of ugly scars seems to be very symbolic – the Mets as a whole are a dysfunctional family whose dirty laundry is aired daily for public view.
I can’t help thinking that if there were more leadership in place with this team that this wouldn’t have happened. That if the egos on this team weren’t so inflated this wouldn’t have happened. The anger and frustration that has been building all season has to be released somehow, and if it can’t be taken out on opposing teams, well, there’s always your in-laws to punch in the face.
Yet at the same time I love the way Johan Santana responded to this latest crisis, with a critic-stifling, bullpen-sparing, hope-restoring, masterful shutout performance against the Rockies today. Johan himself has been under the shadow of some nasty rape allegations, but for one day he made all the doubts and questions go away. Suddenly the Mets, who won the Rockies series, might not be ready to have the fork stuck in their season after all.
And maybe Carlos Beltran, who has humbly admitted he still doesn’t feel comfortable at the plate, is slowly and steadily working his way back with a 3-for-3 performance today.
So maybe the real slap in the face is to the Mets as a whole. The Mets have pride for sure and I think they have suffered from an inability to laugh at themselves all year. Everything is so damn serious and the doom and gloom has hung heavy over the Amazins all year.
So perhaps this ugly K-Rod episode is a reminder that – c’mon – its only baseball. Laugh a little, have a sense of humor, be a kid. Real life family issues, violence, these are the things in life that are upsetting; baseball is a game, a gift of leisure to be shared with fans who want to escape the pressure of their daily lives. So, Mets, support your teammate and rally around each other. Lets have fewer dugout tirades and more laughter, and maybe that will turn this thing around.
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Written by Mark Reichman