It wasn't easy to look people in the eye," he said. "We let everyone down -- the fans, the staff, people who would have profited from our being in it. ... You feel so good as a player when you make people happy. We thought we were going to, we were going to bring people so much joy. We made people happy last year, just getting in for the first time in a long time. They expected more this year, so did we.You know, Shawn, maybe-just maybe- if you weren't on this team, this wouldn't have happened. You know, because Lastings Milledge is a better player than you? From Noble:
He has no read on the Mets' plans. He hardly is opposed to returning. He has enjoyed his year and five weeks in their employ. And with neither Lastings Milledge nor Carlos Gomez ready for regular big league duty and Moises Alou seemingly an injury risk, the Mets seemingly will need an outfielder -- a left-handed-hitting one? -- unless they do the unlikely and plan to use Endy Chavez in a more regular role.Oh right, Lastings is not ready for big league duty. We forgot about that. He needs a few more years backing up aging former-stars with bad bats and bad gloves. He needs another 1000 plate appearances of destroying AAA pitching.
Yes, Marty Noble is here implying that the Mets start 2008 with this outfield: Moises Alou, Carlos Beltran and Shawn Green. Presumably- if Endy Chavez isn't going to play every day, which some inexplicably think of as an option- the Mets need more of what Shawn Green has to offer!
Whether Green is that left-handed-hitting outfielder remains an unknown. It seemed like a foregone conclusion during the season that the club would move on without him. His September surge -- he batted .407 in 59 at-bats -- may have come too late to change the club's thinking.Oh my god! .407 in 59 at bats! He's back! 49 home runs, here we come!
Of course MetsBlog would "welcome him back." That's hardly a surprise. ...the unofficial italicized grammatically-challenged PR arm of the New York Mets welcome's any choice our Great Leaders make...
You know what? Fine! Bring back Shawn Green. Bring back Paul Lo Duca. Bring back Luis Castillo. We've already retained Willie Randolph. Let's just do 2007 all over again!
Update: I think 2006 was kind of his fault, too, mitigated in the same way by the fact that he wasn't making the veteran-favoring personnel decisions.