Yes, intellectually, I know the Mets never had a chance to trade for Roy Halladay.
Also, I know there are legitimate concerns among interested teams regarding John Lackey’s elbow, and so I realize it would be unwise to over-commit to him, especially if the contract is not able to be insured.
And so, technically, while I know signing Lackey or trading for Lee or Halladay was never going to happen, as a Mets fan, emotionally, I can’t help but feel like I was just punched in the stomach.
I think it’s just knowing there are less options available today than yesterday; and so there is less chance of significant improvement. Or, it’s this feeling that, while other big-market teams are moving forward, my favorite team is collecting back-up catchers… while being sued by another. Or, perhaps I’m just not very excited about the idea of signing Jason Bay and Bengie Molina.
This is not to say Bay is terrible, or that the Mets have no options, or that they have no trick up their sleeve to be better… they might. I don’t know. I am not judging the off season… yet. I will not assume to know who wanted what for whom, and how much it could’ve cost for so-and-so, and so I intend to reserve judgment until the off season is complete. However, right now, today, seeing how other teams are improving, and being creative in doing so, I can’t help but freak out a bit.
I know I shouldn’t, but I am.
What’s more, I’m most worried the Mets might freak out too and do something crazy, making matters worse, just to try and ‘make a splash,’ like step up and sign Joel Pineiro to a terrible contract, or overbid to sign Bay, just to have something to put on disaply.
The thing is, it’s OK for me to lose my cool, I can be emotional… the Mets can’t. I have no idea what their plan is, or if they even have one, but, whatever it is, gentlemen, stay focused. Please, leave the overreacting and the worrying to me.