Oh what a weekend. The Mets were swept by the Braves in three games, ending in a 3-2, 10 inning loss this afternoon. But fans have something to look forward to- our future players and possible pitching rotation. And it gets me really excited to see young players trying to push their limits. That’s what Mets fans can smile about when they hear names like Zack Wheeler, Jeurys Familia, Jenrry Mejia (with his return), Matt Harvey, etc.
Read this article from Daily News-Right-hander Zack Wheeler aims for spot in New York Mets starting rotation next season
Zack Wheeler could make it to the Majors next year if he develops as well as Matt did, but Alderson wants Zack to work his way up. Sometimes players come up too soon and have a rough start in the bigs. I think that’s really hard to get over and we don’t want that to happen to our young players. Alderson is playing this the right way and giving Zack the best chance to be successful. His chances may be small at making the team next season, but it’s great to hear his enthusiasm.
“When you’re looking six months away, we can’t say he’s not going to make the team…We don’t know what’s going to happen. He’s going to come into camp and be given the ball like everybody else. Right now, yeah, as we sat here today, the chances are slim. But you can’t say he won’t. There’s no definites.” – Terry Collins on Wheeler making the starting rotation next season
Are you excited for the future of this ball club? Shockingly– I am! Things are looking good and I am always a believer in developing players if that means we will get quality success from them.
RECOGNITION– Wheeler, who came to the Mets in that Carlos Beltran trade, was on hand at Citi Field on Friday and presented with a 2012 Sterling Award on Saturday as several minor league players were awarded for their achievements. Among notable recipients:
*Infielder Wilmer Flores took home Sterling Organizational Player of the Year
*RHP Rafael Montero was named Sterling Organizational Pitcher of the Year
*Matt Harvey received a Sterling Award for his time with Triple-A Buffalo
*Zack Wheeler earned an award for efforts with Double-A Binghampton
Check out the full list of recipients and their achievements here.
SAY GOOD-BYE TO LARRY!- Finally, Mets fans can say good-bye to Chipper (LARRRRYYYY) Jones. He has been a Mets killer his entire career and isn’t exactly shy about making this evident, so Mets fans show him their distaste every time he comes into town. But now with his retirement coming at the end of this season, today was Chipper’s last game at Citi Field. Jones pinch-hit in today’s game, walked, and left for a pinch-runner, but exited to a standing ovation and cheers from some fans and boos from others. I respect this man’s career, but a standing ovation? Really? I don’t think that’s necessary at all. The man feeds off Mets fans sorrows! He has no problem admitting that he enjoys the ‘hate’ that comes from Mets fans. I mean we boo Jose Reyes when he comes to Citi and he did great things for this team (even though I hate to admit that). I was just really shocked by the reaction I saw today! Very confusing, Mets fans!
Take a look at this Daily News’ article about the relationship between Mets fans and Chipper- The NY Mets – and their fans – won’t have Chipper Jones to kick them around any more
“In 239 games entering this series, he hit .314 with 49 home runs and 158 RBI against them. And the batters’ boxes at Shea Stadium were his favorites among the 46 ballparks he played in. In 88 games there he batted .313 with 19 homers and 55 RBI. He loved the place so much, he named one of his sons Shea.”
NEXT GAME– Tomorrow at 7:10PM, Mets take on the Washington Nationals…