Thursday, August 14, 2003

Game 119 - Mets

Mets 9, Giants 2
Record: 50-69

Cue the Ace, people . . .

Many months since I was here, on the DL I was passin' my time away
To the left and to the right, line drives towering to the sky
It's outta sight in the dead of night
Here I am, and in this city, with a fistful of ribbies
And baby, you'd better believe . . .

I'm back
Back in the New York Groove

Mike Piazza has to stay on this team. Move him to first (after letting him get the record for HRs by a catcher), but don't trade him away. Sure, on paper he may not provide as much as he does in the hearts of the fans, and it's generally not a good idea to run a team – not even a fantasy team – with your heart instead of your head. But for the last two seasons, whatever Mets' management saw working on paper turned out to be wastepaper. And since people seem to think the Mets won't be contenders for another year or two beyond this one, who would be better to inspire the youth with veteran play than Piazza? He hustles, he takes one for the team, he is clutch, he is loyal, and he is a great guy, plus, oh yeah, he can hit lights out. And he hates Roger Clemens and the Yankees, which can't be a bad thing.

Piazza's return to the majors after three months: 3-5, HR, 5 RBI. The guy is one bad motherscratcher. I say he stays.

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