After that, we did a pilot of the Angry Mets Guys podcast through #HardwayHQ, which seemed like an easier and more efficient way to elevate the #AMG brand, but it was too time consuming.
However, with LSG’s time more focused on other activities, combined with my anger still raging towards the New York Metropolitans based out of Flushing, Queens, NY, I felt like it is a perfect opportunity to really kick things up a notch with the Angry Mets Guy Blog on TheJonHarder.com. I mean, I’m paying for the domain. With the site needing content, I genuinely feel that I can bring a new concept to all bitter Mets fans blogging online.
I mean, all I see are the die-hards through the World Wide Web are for what the Mets NEED. Why didn’t the Mets fire Terry Collins when Joe Maddon became available? Why haven’t the Mets picked up a shortstop yet? Is Fred Wilpon going broke after the whole Bernie Madoff Ponzi Scheme drama? WHY ARE THE FENCES MOVING IN?
GUYS, GUYS, GUYS! Relax. You have to chill out. That’s what I don’t understand with the patience of this generation in the United States. We all need to wait it out.
The Mets, in all reality, do NOT need as much as you fans think. For a crew on a Moneyball style payroll, the Mets are LOADED with talent. That’s the truth. Although there definitely were a few small cogs that needed to be removed from the Mets machine, I believe that they are going in the right direction. Unlike what every critic and fan, including myself, say, Sandy Alderson is staying the course. And that is a very smart thing to see transpire.
That method is what, in my mind, has been transpiring in the Mets organization. It’s been happening right underneath everyone’s noses. Unlike the late 1990s, where it was getting Mike Piazza, Mike Hampton and Al Leiter, and the 2006 campaign, where Omar Minaya was simply blessed with Jose Reyes and David Wright starting their careers combined with the big free agent signings over the two year span of Pedro Martinez, Carlos Beltran, and Billy Wagner, and the TWO trades with the Florida Marlins that sent us Paul Lo Duca and Carlos Delgado, this upcoming 2015 season has a bit of an organic feel to it. It genuinely feels destined to ALL come together. And Sandy Alderson has a lot to do with it.
This young pitching core is INSANE. Matt Harvey is returning, plus Zach Wheeler coming into his second full season, adding Mr. 2014 Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom’s first full regular season, and completely holding on hope to Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard make the Opening Day roster is so damn exciting. Also, realize that Vic Black, Jeurys Familia, and Jennry Mejia in the bullpen with Bobby Parnell returning in 2015 makes this bullpen the best since 2006 when there was Heilman, Bradford, Duaner Sanchez (for the first half of the season), Feliciano, and Billy Wagner. There’s no doubt that the core is LOADED.
I’m genuinely excited to see Kevin Long as the hitting coach for the Mets. If it truly helps the Grandy Man get over his bad slump from last year, then I think it will be a definite positive. And just to help get Mets fans and haters on the up-and-up, we need to remember that Curtis Granderson barely played in 2013 with the Yankees due to getting hit by pitches. 2014 was a rebound year. 2015 is the make-or-break for the Grandy Man. (Editor’s Note: I still have resentment in my soul for Granderson going 0 for the world on his bobble head night. It still irks me to no end.)
The absolute fact that Daniel Murphy is still on this franchise this late in November gives me hope. The Mets DO NOT WIN 79 GAMES WITHOUT DANIEL MURPHY IN THE LINEUP LAST SEASON. That’s a solid fact. Murphy needs to be on this team as the other cornerstone to the Captain.
Although I have seen the stories on Jon Niese and his attitude, I think it’s great that the bulldog-like Niese gets pissed being taken out of games. In this extremely PC environment for athletes, Niese getting mad for being taken out should really be applauded. Getting paid the amount of money they do, athletes should be fighting to stay in games for their team, not for themselves. However, with the media getting on this, I sadly expect Jon Niese to be traded at some point.
Dilson Herrera will be the starting shortstop for the New York Mets in 2015. He’s too promising NOT to be on the club to start the year. Plus, since his natural position is shortstop, I seriously hope Herrera shows the glimmer of greatness he displayed in September of 2014 without the errors. His bat is great for 20 years old.
I truly hope Eric Young, Jr. stays in his role as a utility player for the Mets. If there is anyone close to the overall grit of Kevin Mitchell from 1986, EY is it. He has speed, can play the outfield or second base, and has the nose to grind it out. The way EY was phased out of the lineup for den Dekker and the god forsaken Chris Young last year drove insane. Eric Young, Jr. personifies what it means to be a New York Met and I hope he lasts on this franchise for 2015. He is the Luis Sojo of our generation. Oh yeah, I went there.
The three ultimate make-or-break keys to the Mets success are the bats of Travis d’Arnaud, Lucas Duda, and “the Captain” David Wright. D’Arnaud, after being sent down to Triple A in the summer to find his bat, really woke up in the second half of the year. The Dude finally vanquished Ike Davis to be the starting first baseman (something I personally despised until Duda’s bat heated up) and hit 30 homeruns. The Cap’n simply needs to make sure the injured shoulder is 100% and ready to go at the plate. His injury, although he proved his true leadership by playing hurt the entire second half, was too much of a determent to the team’s success. These three men need to be on the top of their game for the Mets to be playoff bound in 2015.
(Turns caps lock ON)
YOU ARE MAKING 21 MILLION DOLLARS AFTER ONLY PLAYING 49 GAMES LAST YEAR! YOU ARE INJURY PRONE! YOU QUITE POSSIBLY ARE THE MODERN F***ING DAY VARIATION OF CHRIS YOUNG! THE OUTFIELDER, NOT THE PITCHER! PLUS, YOU POLITICKED THE METS TO SIGN YOU SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU ARE DAVID WRIGHT’S BFF! PATHETIC! YOU ARE THE DRIZZLING S***S! I DESPISE YOU FOR THE MOMENT AND SO HELP ME GOD YOU BROKE FRED WILPON’S BANKBOOK FOR NOT DOING A GOD DAMN THING I MIGHT ACTUALLY JUMP OFF A BRIDGE! DON’T LET ME DOWN OR YOUR NEW LAST NAME WILL BE MICHAEL CUDD-NOT SO DYER FOR YOUR NEED TO PLAY FOR THE F***** METS!!
(TURNS CAPS LOCK off)
I feel better now.
I’m very excited for the 2015 Mets. Even though the fences moved in 10 feet, as long as the 2014 National League Gold Glove winner Juan Lagares can still make incredible plays with ease, I’m OK with it.