First, manager Jerry Manuel made one of the most bizarre coaching decisions ever seen. In the ninth inning of a game against the Marlins, with the game on the line, he decided to pinch hit for Raul Castro, the starting catcher. The decision to replace Castro with Omir Santos, the backup backup catcher, was a little strange because Castro's a pretty good hitter and he already had 3 hits on the day. There was simply no logical reason to hit Santos for Castro: Santos is having a good year (for him) and had hit a grand slam earlier in the week, but Castro is a much more accomplished and better hitter than Santos. But, fine, sometimes managers get hunches they want to play, and you have to have faith and give them the benefit of the doubt. Hunches aside, this is where it gets f-ing nuts: At the time Manuel decided to bring in Santos, he was nowhere to be seen. That's because was in the bullpen--on the opposite side of the stadium from home plate--in his full catcher's gear, warming up a pitcher. He was announced as the pinch hitter but first had to take off his gear and walk through the tunnels under the stadium (he couldn't run b/c he was wearing cleats and the tunnels are concrete) to get to the dugout, then grab a bat, then take some warm up swings and then step to the plate and hit against Florida's closer, who throws about 100 mph. That took about 10 minutes (Manuel would later be fined by MLB for delaying the game). Under those circumstances, I can't imagine someone more unprepared to come in and pinch hit than Santos was. That's what made this so crazy, and you knew there was no way he was going to get a hit in that situation. He didn't. The Mets lost.
A week later, the Mets played one of the sloppiest games you will ever see. They made 5 errors, had a runner miss third base and negate what would have been the winning run, then 2 outfielders almost crashed into each other and let a fly ball drop in for a hit in the 11th inning which led, naturally, to a game-ending error (committed by the backup centerfielder who was playing first base). Unbelievable.
And then, of course, there were the injuries: starting pitcher Oliver Perez was mercifully placed on the disabled list
This past weekend, the Mets played the Red Sox at Fenway. Dr. Michelle and Chels were headed to Boston for the weekend and were going to a couple of games. They had an extra ticket and wanted me to come, but I couldn't make it. Fortunately, this was one of the few Mets games televised in Alaska and I was able to see them in their seats behind home plate every time a right-handed batter was up. There was some text messaging and they waved to me. They also sent me pictures of themselves eating hot dogs. They love tormenting me.
Why am I not married to at least one of these women?