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Greg Prince discovered the Mets when he was 6, during the magical summer of 1969. He is a Long Island-based writer, editor and communications consultant. Contact him here.

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Bay Goes Out With the Tide

(With sincere apologies to Gordon Lightfoot, a renowned Canadian talent who, to the best of our knowledge, has never habitually grounded into rally-killing double play after rally-killing double play.)

The legend lives on
From Minaya on down
Of the big waste they called their star signin’

J. Bay, they did say,
Would always come to play
When they had nothin’ kind to describe him

With an average that dropped
Extra-base power stopped
His production was barer than empty

His good attitude
Was a fact we eschewed
When release in November came early

Does anyone know
Where his roster spot goes
As he exits to roll down the highway?

Our hunches all say
We’d still have Jason Bay
If he’d put eight more homers behind him

He might have concussed
Or he might have revived
He might have run smack into Duda

Yet all that remains
Are the millions he’ll be paid
On a going deferred-dollars basis

28 comments to Bay Goes Out With the Tide

  • In Repair


  • Ray

    Thanks for this. Without checking the lyrics, I’d never have known that Gordy recently revised the lyrics to remove some implicit blame for the crew in the accident.

    Pity we can’t go back and change Omar’s implicit blame, either.

  • Lenny65

    Goodbye Mr. Bay and take solace in the fact that you’ll never be forgotten by Mets fans, who will forever groan and roll their eyes upon hearing your name.

  • John Isom

    Your re-mix of the lyrics: right on point!!

  • LWFS

    Beautiful. How the hell did I ever supposedly out-parodize you?

  • Andee

    Oh man. I knew you were going to come up with a doozie here, and you (unlike the subject of your song) did not disappoint.

    Bay made it pretty tough to hate him, though. He didn’t make flippant remarks about his un-performance to the press, or throw firecrackers or bleach or fists, and by all accounts worked his butt off and didn’t cop a tude with anyone. You always like to see all that in a player who sucks.

    But you do have to wonder how he could have just lost it all, poof, just like that — it’s scary, to the point where I can see why they’d be leery of signing any big bopper older than 30 for multiple years ever again.

    • I participated in a face-to-face interview with Jason Bay two years ago (me and two or three other bloggers). Affable, self-aware, slyly funny. Could not “hate” him in that sports fan way after all.

      But I could keep strongly disliking his on-field output.

  • 9th string catcher

    If I had a fantasy baseball team, I would totally take Bay. He will hit 30 homeruns next year. My predicted line: .301 27 101

  • Wonderful job, Greg.

    Can an outfielder contract Steve Blass disease?

  • Dak442

    Regarding what to do with his roster spot: I really, REALLY want to sign Nyjer Morgan. He can play, and the Mets need some attitude. Plus he is wacky as all get-out.

  • He’s about 179 degrees removed from Bay in terms of public displays of Nyjerishness, but he’s also considered “a great teammate,” so why not?

    How are you doing on Staten Island, BTW?

    • Dak442

      Tony Plush would be a folk hero in Flushing.

      We’re doing quite well, thanks. We’re far enough inland that we were not victims of the storm surge. Got power back in two days, and gasoline shortly thereafter. My only loss was my old-fashioned roof antenna, so no more Channel 11 games on Sundays in the kitchen while I make the sauce.

      • Will in Central NJ

        Great Lightfoot parody, Greg!

        Dak442, my coworker Met fans almost threw me down the stairs when I invoked Nyjer Morgan’s name as a Met outfield candidate. He is a low-risk, potential high reward gamble that could, in fact, light a spark under the Met clubhouse. I’m with you on a pursuit of Morgan for minimal players/funds surrendered.

        Shin-soo Choo and Morgan should be early targets of the Alderson administration. That’s my two cents.

  • Dave

    I was on that Nyjer Morgan bandwagon as soon as I saw he was released…how much better is any other OF’er we have or that Alderson will pick up in his dumpster diving spree this winter?

    Boy, Nickeas and Bay both shown the door in the same week…sucks being Canadian.

  • Stan

    Makes me sad that the Mets never had a player named “Gitche Gumee”.

  • Joe D.

    Hi Greg,

    If you could read my mind….

  • Ed Rising

    “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgeald” is one of my favorite songs to come out of the 70’s – excellent tribute Greg. I appreciate your comments that at least he was a nice guy, but came off in away that made Kevin McReynolds seem gregarious in comparison. Bay will go on to succeed with the Twins, KC, and eventually come back to haunt us at some key moment. But he didn’t belong here. Here is my “They didn’t Belong” mets team:

    1B Mo Vaughn
    2B Robbie Alomar/Jeff Kent
    SS Mike Bordick
    3B Pick ’em field is wild with possibilities for today’s purposes lets say Jim Fregosi
    LF Jason Bay
    CF Vince Coleman
    RF Bobby Bonilla
    C Bran Schneider
    SP Anthony Young
    Closer Braden Looper

    • AY was homegrown and luckless. I have an imported pitcher in mind who “didn’t belong,” and I think longtime readers will kn#w who ! me@n.

      • Andee

        Yeah, he’s who I had in mind when I mentioned “flippant remarks.” I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a Met of his length of tenure who inspired so little love (and so much justifiable dislike) from the fans. It was all very strange.

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  • Haines

    This is great. You still have 11 minutes of song left to fill.

    The Only Worse Fit
    You Could Have For A Team
    Was Bobby V.
    Managing Boston!

  • Ed Rising

    Tom Glavine?

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