Time again to knock stuffing out of Mets

Time again to knock stuffing out of Mets

There are 200 comments on the Newsday story from Nov 21, 2007, titled Time again to knock stuffing out of Mets. In it, Newsday reports that:

On this very day in 2006, I wrote a piece criticizing the Mets that for nearly a year held the record for most negative responses ever bestowed upon a Newsday sports column.

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Hampton Bays, NY

#1 Nov 21, 2007
If you are gonna criticize atleast make a counter argument, if you were running the Mets we would have paid $65 million for a 50 year old Gary Carter!

Oakland, NJ

#2 Nov 21, 2007
Yeah, pretty spot on.

When this team didn't bowl Posada over, I knew it was going to be another season of tweaking and fine-tuning, which is not what this team needs.

They need a MAJOR overhaul.

They should have dumped Alou. They should have dumped El-Duque. They should have dumped Castillo.

Instead they're bringing them all back.

Anything short of getting Santana is going to be a failure this year.

Port Washington, NY

#3 Nov 21, 2007
I understand your view, but it's still idiotic. Paul Lo Duca is going to be 36 at the beginning of the season. Paul Lo Duca made $6.25 mil last year and even though that number should go down next year, he'll still be making more for what he is now---an average catcher. I'll take my chances with Johnny Estrada because Cost/Benefit analysis tells me so. I don't think Omar wants to give up prospects for Ramon Hernandez when the Mets #1 priority is pitching! Even if Estrada is a little bit worse at that position, it's not the end of the world. Good deal in my opinion.

Vineland, NJ

#4 Nov 21, 2007
What, no mention of the poor chop shop owners across the street? I would say you're losing your touch, Wally, but this fast-food, slick-ass Persian bazaar analysis of the roster restores my faith.

It's pretty easy to dismiss any team when you say "well, they have X, Y, Z, A, B, C, D, E, F and G,*but*..." But an actual thought-provoking analysis is beyond the capabilites of these column inches, apparently.

Vineland, NJ

#5 Nov 21, 2007
"When this team didn't bowl Posada over"

You do know that free agency hadn't started when the Yankees resigned him, right?
wrong again

Brooklyn, NY

#6 Nov 21, 2007
Do you actually follow baseball? Estrada yes has been slowed by injury, but he can still hit the ball.. I am tired of watching a slow footed catcher ground into a double play time after time..
Estrada has also been an All-Star.. Getting him for a bum like Mota was a steal..
I hate Jim Baumbach

New York, NY

#7 Nov 21, 2007
Almost as bad as Baumbach's column, but not quite.
We're going to rip the Mets on Nov. 22? Come on, Wally.
Shouldn't you be spending this part of the year at MSG, roasting the Knicks?
Or how about a column on the Rangers for their signings of Scott Gomez and Chris Drury, who, right now, could be compared to the Mets' signings of Bobby Bonilla and Eddie Murray?
Ed Wagner

Bronx, NY

#8 Nov 21, 2007
Wallace Matthews is dead right once again. One bad move after another. I knew Omar was going to be a disaster after he signed Willie, and never interviewed Joe Girardi. Horrible trades and ridiculous signings. You can't compete with a team of 40 year old players.
Drunken Mets Fan

New York, NY

#9 Nov 21, 2007
After last seasons choke of all time chokes, i'm gonna bet the house the these Mutts do not even make the playoffs in 08.
Rollins MVP? they can't manufacture enough PeptoBizmo or Scotch to get over that sickening site.

Free Willie
No stuffing please


#10 Nov 21, 2007
What was it that we wondered last turkey day? Oh yea, could Maine be a 15 game winner? Yep, now please pass the potatoes. How about Perez? Could he regain some of his rookie magic and start moving in the right direction and win 15 games? Yes, now please pass me the biscuits. Is Pedro more of an ace than Glavine? Yes, Yes, Yes, please pass me the craneberry sauce. Think Omar is going for a stud pitcher? Of course, pass me a leg, but no stuffing!

Philadelphia, PA

#11 Nov 21, 2007
So have you not been paying attention when everyone and their mother has been saying there's going to be a very active trade market?

You're a hack, and that's putting it nicely.
pedro matos

Ballston Spa, NY

#12 Nov 21, 2007
ur a biased hack mathews. if they got bus fare for mota,it was a god trade. but they got a decent hittin catcher, not much of them out there, who's throwin problems were injury related (something u convienently neglected to mention) hopefully surgery takes care of that but even if it doesn't would u rather invest a chunk of money and years to paul loduca! use ur head...this is a one year see what he gives ya deal...ans say what you want about castro but, in a reserve role, he thumps at the plate. i think they're fine with the estrada/castro combo. cetainly better off than if they resigned loduca. however, i will agree that if this is all the mets have up they're sleeve than this offsason will be a colossal failure. Hey Omar...get a stud starter already...and that means santana, bedard or haren...other than wright, beltran or reyes make everyone available!!!
keep sippin that yankee koolaid matthews...while it lasted longer it still tasted sour at the end
Jim Resseque


#13 Nov 21, 2007
So tell me genius Mathews. What could they have done? Wave a magic wand and make the Twins trade them Santana? Oh and I guess the season starts tomorrow or something. Too late to get a few good players. No, wait! Its November 22nd.
Jc in Palm Harbor FL

Goose Creek, SC

#14 Nov 21, 2007
It is ONLY November 22 you putz. If they go through the winter meetings and have let Santana, Willis, Haren, Blanton, etc go to other teams without trading away some chips then you can give me your sad commentary. Its way to early to be bashing them. So what the Yankees off season has been that much better. They ended the season by losing to Cleveland in the ALDS and what have they done. Nothing more than resign 3 guys who were there last yr in Posada, Rivera, and A-rod. What the heck did that get um? Nothing. Lets see them do something before you critize the Mets. At least Omar didn't give up a good reliever for Estrada. If he works out great if not they can always find someone at the trading deadline. just shut your piehole until Dec will you.
Guido in San Diego

Santee, CA

#15 Nov 21, 2007
Wally, Wally, Wally, you ignorant slut. I hope you didn't get hurt patting yourself on the back for being "100% correct" with last season's anaysis.

What other options were there at catcher without overpaying in terms of years and dollars for LoDuca or overpaying in terms of young talent for a catcher like Ramon Hernandez? Nope, I think that no matter what the Mets did, you'd shoot a hole in it. Even if they were able to sign Posada, you'd whine about the dollars or the length of the contract for a 36 year old catcher.

Estrada is a .280 lifetime hitter, handles pitchers well, and had bone spurs in his thowing elbow which undoubtedly had a negative effect on his ability to throw runners out at second.

Getting rid of Mota has improved the pen already. And, while we do not know what we are going to get from Duaner Sanchez or Juan Padilla, why not pretend to be optimistic? Oh, that wouldn't work because we'd see right through it.

I am still scratching my head over the fact that Newsday actually PAYS you to put out the garbage you generate. What a country!

Morganville, NJ

#16 Nov 22, 2007

Bellingham, WA

#17 Nov 22, 2007
Wallace your a hack I don't know how you're still collecting a paycheck. The worst collapse in New York sports history was your Yankees being up 3-0 on the Red Sox only to choke away a chance at the world series. Hopefully once the editor of your newspaper finally wakes up you'll be writing for the national enquirer
Jc in Palm Harbor

Lakeland, FL

#18 Nov 22, 2007
Hey Ed Wagner...ummm Girardi was still an active player for the Yankees signed in the off-season they hired Willie Randolph. He played in 03 with the Cards, signed with the Yanks in Feb of 04, and was a back-up catcher until he retired that same year. He wasn't an option so how in the heck can u blame Minaya for that. Get your facts straight before you spout off. What trades did you hate? Yes the ones last year were awful but getting Maine and Julio who turned into El-Duque, Oliver Perez for Xavier Nady or the horrible signings of Beltran and Pedro with the emphasis on Pedro's value as a marquee name more than performance up to this point. Lets try and have a bit of patience. How many titles have the Yankees won since he has been with the Mets.....0. Thank you.

Spring Valley, NY

#19 Nov 22, 2007
I thought the baseball winter meetings where most trades occur or are born begin December 4th. Didn't know I missed them.


#20 Nov 22, 2007
No mention of chop shops or the curveball? My Wally, how your literary skills have improved for you to manage an 'article' where you beat the same drum without using those two faithful sticks of yours.

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