Collins on Duda. “Outside of Stanton, (Duda) is the biggest, strongest guy in the majors. He can be a big-time run producer.”— New York Mets (@Mets) February 12, 2013
True story: When I was a young baseball fan I asked my father: "Dad, if it takes strength to hit home runs, why doesn't Lou Ferrigno play baseball?" So when somebody tells you that a guy is second behind Giancarlo Stanton in size and strength (which is a shrewd troll move by Terry Collins which only serves to make the fan base salivate unnecessarily), remember that Lou Ferrigno couldn't play baseball.
But look, I'm giving up complaining about Lucas Duda for lent. And I actually have a notion that while he isn't going to be the player that Terry Collins unintentionally misled the fan base that he would be, I think he'll improve just enough to not annoy me to the point of where I'm itching all the time up and down my back in spots where I can't reach ... the spots where the only way to get relief is to rub my back on a subway pole and have people look at me like I'm a feral cat.
In short, I think that Lucas Duda might hit a double every once in a while this season.
So I'm dying to hear your thoughts on the Piazza book. Here are my quick ones: 1) like the rest of us, he feels there's unfinished business from 2000, not only in terms of payback for the Clemens thing, but the World Series as a whole - his point that the Clemens stupidity marred the entire 2000 World Series experience rings true to me; 2) he was quite candid in his criticism of the Wilpons, and his belief that he never would have become a Met without Doubleday's urging; and 3) his allegiance to the Mets comes largely from the connection he had with the fans, not the front office.
Given his clear statement that he considers himself a Met, wants to go into the HOF as a Met, etc., someone needs to explain to me why the organization has not retired his number. If anything, they'll sell some tickets that night, as opposed to just about every other night this season.
@Unser Long Shot is next on my list. I'm actually reading the Francona book right now. Fun Fact: Steve Phillips interviewed Francona, with no intention of hiring him, before he chose Art Howe. Excellent.
All I know from the Piazza book are the excerpts, but I'm looking forward to reading it. As for 31, it's so inconsistent. If they're waiting for him to be inducted, how does that explain 8 not being up there? I'm stumped. But I'm looking forward to Piazza's book.