In anticipation of Game 3 of the World Series, I wake up to this on my newsstand:
Oh good. I was starting to feel bad for the tabloids of New York, deprived of the opportunity to pick on the Mets for a month. It must have been killing them. Okay, let me get comfortable for this one:
Michael Wacha, Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler?
Three people who have never been in my kitchen?
As tantalizing as that bedrock rotation for the future might sound, the Mets never came close to making it a reality with the 12th overall pick in the 2012 draft.
/googles "self mutilation clubs"
Wacha, the stud Cardinals rookie, is the toast of baseball during a postseason in which he is 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA. He could have been Mets property — the Cardinals snagged him with the 19th overall pick in the draft two years ago — but the organization was intent on getting a position player in the first round.
/googles "hemlock poison"
With the 12th overall pick, the Mets instead selected high school shortstop Gavin Cecchini, who spent the 2013 season at Single-A Brooklyn.
Oh, you can make hemlock tea ... a dignified way to go.
“Our guys liked Wacha a lot in 2012 — one of the top college pitchers on the board,” Mets VP of player development and amateur scouting Paul DePodesta told The Post on Friday. But the Mets also liked their organizational pitching depth.
/googles "you can never have enough pitching"
"Therefore, we were really focused on position players at the top of the 2012 draft," DePodesta said. "We didn’t even sign a pitcher in that draft until our fifth selection. So, we really liked Wacha, and he was high up on our board, but as an organization we needed to use our high picks that year to create more value in our position player prospects."
"We see him as an everyday shortstop in the major leagues,” DePodesta said. "He was one of the youngest players in the [New York/Penn] League. For a guy who should have been a freshman in college, it was pretty impressive."
Well, we do need a shortstop. You know, since the Mets decided that they didn't need this other guy they used to have.
But scouts are lukewarm, at best, on Cecchini.
/googles "tallest building ever jumped off"
In fairness to the Mets, there were 17 other teams that passed on Wacha, a Texas A&M product, before the Cardinals selected him.
Don't you love how everybody wants to be fair, but never before the sixteenth paragraph of the story. Think about it:
BACKPAGE HEADLINE! MICHAEL WACHA IS NOT A MET!!! YOU WILL ALL DIE IN HELLFIRE! AAARRROOORROORRHGGHGHGHGH!!!!!!!!!!
Sixteenth paragraph of the story:
Well, there were other teams that passed on Michael Wacha too.
Fair ... just like when Mike Francesa wanted Daily News investigative reporter Michael O'Keefe to be fair to paw wittle A-Wod and stop being so mean to him, wondering why they only focus on A-Rod when sooooooo many other players did steroids. Not realizing that O'Keefe works for the New York Daily News and that Alex Rodriguez is a prominent New York sports figure. Just like when Francesa killed Jose Reyes for dancing outside the dugout when 27 other teams perform choreographed numbers as well (not the Phillies and Cardinals of course, because they would never do that), no doubt reasoning that he works for a New York sports radio station and focuses on New York athletes.
I know it's sport to pick on the Mets for players that they could have had but didn't. But if we actually decided to kill ourselves for every great player they could have had but didn't, there wouldn't be any Mets fans left (and if you've seen a game at Citi Field in August or September, you could come to that conclusion anyway.) In fact, nobody would have seen 1969 because Bob Scheffing was allegedly a racist.
Look, here's the bottom line: We all know what would have happened had the Mets taken Michael Wacha. He'd be where everybody else is: on the disabled list. And Gavin Cecchini would be where Pete Kozma is: making errors and striking out in big spots in the World Series. You know why? Because The Cardinal Way© isn't just some abstract idea. It's a f*cking underground bible:
As a disagreement escalated into a shouting match between Cardinals Class AA manager Mike Shildt and a home-plate umpire during a game last week, Shildt rushed to the defense of his catcher by citing The Cardinal Way. He mentioned the lineage of catchers in the organization. He stated that the organization had won 10 of the past 21 Gold Glove Awards at the position. He argued that young catcher Audry Perez was not out of position behind the plate because he was following the instructions of the manager of the major league club, who, by the way, had won three of those Gold Gloves. If pressed, Shildt could have quoted chapter and verse. He could have thumbed to the page and found proof for the umpire. After all, Shildt carries The Cardinal Way with him.
In his locker this spring, every minor-league player found an 86-page handbook that outlines The Cardinal Way, from infield positioning to off-field responsibilities and team policies, from the virtues of a Cardinals catcher to where Perez setup to receive a 3-2 pitch.
Seriously, how obnoxious is this? Arguing with the umpire because "our handbook is more valid than your so-called rule book? This so-called rule book you speak of is trash! We play "The Cardinal Way!©" (But they're more than happy with the rule book when it involves infield fly rules, obstruction, or any other obscure rule that the Cardinals can get their hands on.) It's everything I accuse the Yankees of doing, except with an actual hard copy for evidence. My lord, I hate this team.
(Bonus Actual Game Analysis: Odd that two of the Cardinals runs in Game 3 came as a direct result of John Farrell taking future Met Stephen Drew out of the game. And what in the world was Jarrod Saltalamacchia doing throwing that baseball?)no comments