Well, today the New York Mets made the off-season blockbuster trade to put the final piece in the Wold Champion jigsaw puzzle.
Scratch that. They just traded away Lastings Milledge for Ryan Church, Brian Schneider, and a rosin bag.
At least it's a nice rosin bag.
As with any trade, there's the gut reaction, the three-days later feeling, the three months later outlook, and the official verdict a season or several later. Gut reaction is mostly indigestion amid the Township. Here's hoping for some antacid corollary trades or subsequent information that eases the rumbling down in the belly.
Lastings Milledge had almost a Kazmirian fall from hot prospect to doghouse-dweller. Nothing but youthful indiscretions, a little worse than turning up some bad music in the clubhouse but no worse than a sassy strut or two, an obscene rap album, and some surly comments here and there. Not a reason to send him packing for two overachieving yet underwhelming Nats. 'Stings may be quite the appropriate nickname if he develops into a marquee player.
For those who weren't with us in 2004, here's an MLC recap of some of the more significant trades in Met history. We'll see where this one ends up, but the early sentiments don't bode well.