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Jeff Straightens Out Mets

The setting: Visitors clubhouse, Turner Field
The time: Monday night, moments before first pitch
The speaker: New York Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon

Boys, gather round. You’ve got a big game coming up in a few minutes, and I wanna set you all of base monkeys straight. I didn’t fly into Atlanta to fire anybody, no sirree Fred. Not my style. When Jeff Wilpon flies into town, he brings good cheer, and he comes bearing insights.

Insight No. 1 is for you, Big Fella. I told Jerry to give you the ball tonight. You thought the rotation said you pitch? You pitch when I say you pitch. I say you pitch tonight. We’re in a rut, Big Fella. We’ve lost five, six, seven in a row. The number isn’t important. What’s important is you’re big, and I know it takes a big man to stop a big losing streak. You’re my Big Fella…atta boy!

Next insight is for you, the catcher. Catcher, listen, you gotta bring the Big Fella home tonight. Block those pitches, tell him he’s not falling down on the mound. I didn’t come here to fire anybody, but I can get a catcher anytime I want. I got you in the middle of February. There’s probably another one just like you floating around out there on the waiver wire. You wanna stay the catcher? Drive in a couple of runs early.

Insights, more insights, I’m an insight machine. Shorty, you — the shortstop. Run! Run a lot! Run around the bases! I couldn’t be clearer.

Where’s my Animal? Animal, get over here, you base monkey! You’re hitting cleanup and you’re batting fourth. Some people think it’s the same thing, but you and me, Animal, we know different. Make things happen. Gouge their eyes out if necessary. That’s why we’ve got insurance. Baseball’s a tough game. I flew all the way into Atlanta to see a tough game, not to fire anybody.

Jerry — find a place for the Animal out there in the field somewhere. Animals love fields!

Who else wants to play a little ball tonight, huh? Who wants to back up the Big Fella? Where’s that kid who pitches every night? No, not that one, the other one, the one from last year. Yes! The dynamo! Lefty! Lefty, you’re my dynamo. You’ll be out there behind the Big Fella at some point. Make it count! Get my drift? GOOD!

Where’s Goggles? I’ve got an insight for Goggles. You’re Goggles? You’re not wearing your goggles. What’s that? You only wear ’em when you pitch? Not interested. What I’m interested in is results. You’ve been light on results, Goggles. Don’t think I haven’t noticed. You may not see me watching in the ninth, but I’m watching. I have my spies. My spies tell me Goggles isn’t getting it done. Goggles, get it done. I didn’t come here to fire anybody, but Goggles, you’re getting on my nerves. Word to the wise: don’t get on the COO’s nerves. They’re not the nerves you want to be on.

The rest of you base monkeys: Water Commercial Guy, Bay Guy, French Guy, Junior Guy, that second baseman I don’t remember signing but my lawyers say I did — my insights go for the rest of you, too. Don’t get on my nerves.

I had a little talk with Jerry and Omar and the rest of the staff. Nobody’s getting fired tonight. Tonight we win. We’ll re-evaluate tomorrow. But I swear to Fred, don’t make me fly to Atlanta again. I only have so many brilliant insights to light a fire under the whole bunch of you base monkeys.

Now go win one for me!

Jeff Wilpon isn’t likely to be flying in for tonight’s Two Boots Grand Central debut of AMAZIN’ TUESDAY, but come anyway. Your hosts are Jon Springer of Mets By The Numbers and me. Our very special guests are Taryn Cooper of My Summer Family, Josh Wilker of Cardboard Gods and, hopefully, you. We convene at 7 PM. Details here.

14 comments to Jeff Straightens Out Mets

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  • Manny

    I feel so uplifted! Whaat an inspirational speech. I had goose-bumps and tears in mine eyes,just from reading these munificient words of wisdom!

  • Andee

    And if Jeffco had gone into the clubhouse and made that very same speech? Count down to someone (Oliver Perez, perhaps? Or Jeff Francouer?) saying, “Just believe. You gotta believe” with a yawn in his voice, in three, two, one…

  • Joe D.

    Greg,

    The best way Jeff could get the players to win was to threaten them with physical exams by the same medical personal that said Reyes, Beltran, Church, Wright, Maine, etc. were day-to-day.

  • Dak442

    If more managers spoke like characters in 40s movies, things would get done! I tried it, but got sent to HR.

  • March'62

    A new rallying cry? Ya Goggle Believe!!!

    If the Mets are ever going to go on a long winning streak – wouldn’t this be the greatest time? I am so sick of hearing about A-Bombs and Tex Messages and Don’t-ya-knows. Here is a partial list of the home run calls that I want to hear this weekend:
    1. A Bay Bomb from Jason
    2. One off the Growl Pole from the Animal
    3. Into the night from David Wright
    4. That ball is long Pagan.
    5. And there’s one more from Francoeur
    6. Hit by Ike onto the Turnpike
    7. Ta Ta from Tatis
    8. Castillo beats the throw to first and a run scores (best I could imagine)
    9. GMJ strikes out for only the first out of the inning
    Okay, losing the train of thought. So, finally:
    10. Reyes – into outer Speyes

  • Ron L

    I need a little help here. I don’t know if it’s just me, maybe there are others that feel this way, too. Perhaps I am suffering from some type of psychosis or similar mental dysfunction?

    You see, even as I am watching the Mets win a close game against a division rival last night, all the while I still have the feeling of impending doom. Every pitch I am waiting for the wheels to fall off and to witness some new on-field calamity which delivers yet another mind bending loss. Is it just me?

    Maybe i just need to lie down for awhile.

    • Dak442

      It’s not just you. There was no doubt in my mind that Pedro or OK-Rod was going to blow the game last night. I think it’s PTSD from the horrors that have befallen us since October ’06.

  • oogieball

    Can someone please explain why I continue to do this to myself?

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