by Mr. Optimistic
So, I'm sitting in my office this afternoon jumping from one conference call to another when my cell phone vibrates. In a very somber voice my friend says to me "did you hear the news"? I knew right away, that the worst case scenario we had heard about Jose Reyes turned out to be wrong...it was going to be even worse. There's no way he'll miss opening day, they said. He'll take medication and be almost as good as new, they said. All of a sudden he's out 2 - 8 weeks!! and what is 2 - 8 weeks? What ever happened to 2-4 weeks or 6 - 8 weeks?? now it's become 2 - 8 weeks?? When did that happen?
I know my name is Mr. Optimistic and I really try, but the Mets give you a serious run for your money. Ok, I'm done ranting...now I'll get back to my optimistic persona. I couldn't agree more with MFF. I think the Mets handled this as well as they could, aside from jumping the gun a little and announcing a diagnosis every day, rather than waiting until all the test results were in. It's amazing though that no matter what they do, the Mets seem to get it wrong and then get criticized. They took every precaution with Jose and because of that, his condition is probably better than it would have been had they allowed him to go out and play. So everyone needs to quiet down and hope that a little rest and a change of diet will have Jose back on the field sooner than later. My prediction is Jose Reyes is starting at SS for the Mets no later than April 20th. That means he misses about 13-14 games. Sucks that he won't be in the opening day lineup, but missing 2 weeks of the season isn't the end of the world.
A few minutes after I heard the news about Reyes, a coworker of mine (a Mets season ticket holder) happens by my office. Unfortunately, he hadn't heard the news yet and I had to break it to him. After venting about Hyperthyroidism for a few minutes, he then went on to question the Mets and their whole offseason. I told him that I understood where he was coming from, but I disagreed. Could the Mets have done more? unquestionably. Would they be significantly better had they made those moves? Aside from signing Lackey, I think the answer is no.
Call me an optimist or just plain crazy, but I believe in the pitching staff and in this team. If everyone stays healthy on the pitching staff, Reyes comes back by late April and Carlos by mid-May, I think this team is going to surprise people, including a lot of Mets fans who are jumping ship. Well, good riddance to them. If you can't stick with your team through thick and thin, then you were never a real fan anyway. 24 days to opening day...I know I'm looking forward.