Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Not that I'm ungrateful, but...

After a heck of a game last night, one of my Met-fan associates has spent the better portion of the day chanting "Petey" and "Pedro" at me every time he passes my office. I have also noticed that there seems to be an upswelling of "I miss Pedro" sentiments as well as "Those Red Sox were silly to give up on him" comments today. As such, here are my reasons why letting Pedro leave will ultimately prove a good thing:

10. Does anyone believe he would be pitching this well against the batters in the AL East, against the lineups that have seen him more than a dozen times each? Lest we forget that last year his ERA against non-AL East teams was in the low 2s and he still ended up with an ERA of 3.90

9. No more "As The Pedro Turns"

8. Pedro took the "Who's your daddy" chants with him to Queens

7. And the "1918" ones as well, for that matter

6. The season is early; don't be surprised if these complete games he is throwing now ease down to 8 in July, 7 in August, 6 in September...

5. He wouldn't have worked his ass off this post-season for the Sox, because he wouldn't have had anything to prove; he wouldn't be pitching this well with a B on his hat

4. All our pitchers were there for the opening day of spring training for the first time in years.

3. His money went to keep 'Tek, who is on fire so far this year, and is better in the clubhouse

2. And he starts four times as many games as Pedro

1. Four years without Pedro going on the DL or continuing on his statistical decline could make those last two years a pretty ugly sight. Better he leave a year too early than a year too late.


At 9:44 AM, June 09, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nuggets of Zen
"It was like having a neighbor win the lottery. At first you're really happy for them because it couldn't happen to a better guy. And then you realize that he'll move into a bigger house in another neighborhood and you never had anything in common with him in the first place and he was really a big jerk. I mean, the Red Sox' celebrity mascot is Ben Affleck. Doesn't that tell you enough?"
-Jim Belushi

"I know many people were rooting for the Red Sox last year, but I find it hard, there is just too much New England transcendental angst associated with their fans."
-George Will


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