After all those rumors during the recent baseball Winter Meetings it sure looked like I wouldn't get to wear my Santa outfit for the annual Christmas party. And I really practiced my "Ho Ho Ho"ing so I thought I could be a darn good Santa for the little kiddies.
I guess it's news that there is no news. I haven't been traded and now it kinda feels like I won't be. And I'd say I'm happy about the situation. Sure it's tempting to think of going to some ballpark where I might be able to hit more homeruns and maybe I could become some kind of super-utility kind of player what with my ability to kind of play 2B and 1B. I came up mostly playing thirdbase and probably could get back to doing that. Hopefully no one would try me in the outfield because I was a kind of Lucas Duda out there a few years ago when I tried it. Ugly. Real Ugly.
But all my roots are with the Metropolitans and I wouldn't mind at all seeing this thing through. I'd love to be with the team when it next makes the playoffs. I am hoping that won't be when they're inviting me back for Old Timers Day but you never know.
The club has asked me to become more selective as a hitter and I'll give it a shot. Even as it is I almost never swing at the first pitch. I think some of the pitchers realize this and make that first pitch a fat, good one to hit, and there I am just eyeing it. But I suppose you can't get your walks without taking a lot of pitches. I'm getting to be an old dog for learning new tricks but like I said I'll give it a try.
Maybe I should update you about our team. Also in the not-yet-traded column is my friend Ike Davis. Poor Ike has been so terrible to start the last two seasons that the team (and, of course, it's about the money to a big extent) doesn't want to risk going through that still again. So Mr. Alderson is trying to trade him but I guess the offers have not been to his liking. Maybe it'll work out that Ike will come to spring training as a Met and then can show the Mets and other teams that he is ready to hit again.
The team did add a couple of free agents recently which is cool. Chris Young - the outfielder one not the tall pitcher one - has come in. They tell me that he can hit homeruns and field balls real good. But I also read where he strikes out a ton (he'll fit right in with a lot of other Mets in that category), doesn't hit righthanded pitching too well, and has had to fight off the injury bug a lot.
The big splashy move was when Curtis Granderson signed on for four years. He's been playing lately for the Yankees and I hope he doesn't get too depressed when his long drives that used to be homers in the Bronx are flyouts in CitiField. Everything I hear about him is that he's a real good guy and a swell teammate. Of course, I kind of remember people saying the exact same thing about Jason Bay. Hope it isn't deja vu all over again in the production department.
And we signed a big pitcher. And I mean BIG as in his size which is sizable. Bartolo Colon is a wide-body dude but he had a great year in 2013 over in the other league and even though he's ancient - like 40 years old - we are hoping he can come and pick up some of the slack that Matt Harvey has left by recovering from his Tommy John surgery.
I can't wait to tease Bartolo by asking him where he was when John Kennedy was shot. Or maybe I should ask him where he was when Lincoln was shot. I'll work on it and let you know how it comes out.
The only other thing I wanted to tell you about was how the team is not bringing Justin Turner back. That move puzzled me a bit and even more so when it got "leaked" that he wasn't offered a contract on account of how he didn't hustle enough. I didn't notice that about him. I do know that when he was coming into the clubhouse to get one of those shaving cream pies to shove into the face of whoever got the big game-winning hit he used to run like a son-of-a-gun to get it.
I'll miss Justin but that's the baseball biz for you.
Pretty soon it'll be 2014 and your friend Daniel is still a New York Met. Ain't that something?
Larry writes a humor column for us at The Real Dirty Mets Blog once or more per week. You can follow Larry on Twitter at @dr4sight There he comments on the teams that drive him crazy: the Mets, both NY football teams, the NY Rangers, and the Knicks.