Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
All kidding aside, Mets fans know that Travis d'Arnaud is the future behind the plate for New York, but for now John Buck is doing quite well, thank you.
The veteran backstop has gotten off to a blazing start by hitting two "Buck Shots" (home runs), knocking in five runs and batting a robust .500 in the three-game series against San Diego.
Not only that but the 32-year-old Buck has done an excellent job calling games, as Jonathon Niese, Matt Harvey and Dillon Gee all pitched extremely well in the series.
Here's an interesting stat: Through Aug. 15 last season, Mets catchers had hit two home runs. Buck has reached that number in three games. He is working hard to bounce back from a dismal .192 season for the Miami Marlins in 2012.
Buck told Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com:
Last year I was hard on myself offensively. But I think I got better defensively. ...All those catching coaches that told you, "It's about defense, it's about defense"—that kind of got put to the test last year. I think what I got out of last year was being a lot more mentally tough and take what I'm given and not try so hard.