"Hey, I heard you missed us, we're back!
I brought my pencil.
Give me something to write on..."
-- David Lee Roth (who doesn't feel tardy)
So this is what it's like to be a Mets fan this off-season. I have to resort to gimmicks like using classic Van Halen videos and lyrics to attract an audience. And why do I have to do that? Because the Mets aren't giving me anything to write on!
David Wright and R.A. Dickey have still not been signed to contract extensions. As each day passes, I'm starting to believe that the NHL will have a resolution to its labor impasse before the Mets bring Wright and Dickey up to the podium to announce their new contracts.
Since Angel Pagan, Marco Scutaro and all the other former Mets on the San Francisco Giants completed their sweep of the Detroit Tigers in the World Series almost a month ago, this is the extent of the Mets news:
- Jason Bay goes bye-bye.
- R.A. Dickey wins the National League Cy Young Award.
- Johan Santana's reward for pitching the first no-hitter in team history is a sweet new Mets blue jersey.
- Team signs pitchers Greg Burke, Scott Rice, Carlos Torres, Wanel Mesa, outfielder Jamie Hoffman and second baseman Brian Bixler, apparently because the Bad News Bears wouldn't take a flyer on them.
See what I mean? There are no trades to report on and no big-name free agent signings. Basically, the Mets are putting the "off" in the off-season. So all I can give you today is a Van Halen video and a false report on the Bad News Bears' roster. (Contrary to my report, they actually did take a flyer on Jamie Hoffman when incumbent outfielder Kelly Leak left the team, riding away on his motorcycle. Leak eventually returned to the team, having left only to buy a pack of cigarettes, thereby making Hoffman expendable.)
Unlike yours truly, other more talented Mets bloggers have found material to write on. Below are links to a number of those posts:
- In a post on Mets Merized Online, John Delcos discusses why Jonathon Niese is as "untouchable as any Met can get."
- With the Marlins going through their semi-annual fire sale, Steve Rogers of Mets360 brings back painful memories of the times when the Mets shipped off their players without giving them any lovely parting gifts.
- The always wonderful Metstradamus doesn't predict what will happen, but does toss around the idea of the Mets trading R.A. Dickey for a top prospect on a team desperately seeking a top-notch starting pitcher.
- The Tom Seaver of Mets bloggers, Greg Prince of Faith and Fear in Flushing, reminds us that we'll have "80 other opportunities" to see the Mets at Citi Field in 2013, especially if you don't want to shell out three Andrew Jacksons and three George Washingtons to see one Lucas Duda and one Josh Thole.
- And speaking of ticket prices, someone who writes on Kiner's Korner going by the obvious nom de plume "The Coop" (never heard of him/her) gives his/her take on holiday tickets, season tickets, and how the Mets are using the All-Star Game to get fans to pay up as soon as possible.
On behalf of David Lee Roth, the recently unemployed Jason Bay, all the former ex-Mets who have won World Series rings since leaving New York, Kelly Leak, and people who use pen names in their blog posts, I'd like to wish you all a happy Thanksgiving weekend.
Maybe I can be thankful soon for some new material, provided the Mets finally give me something to write on...