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NEW YORK - MAY 31:  Luis Castillo #1 of the New York Mets in action against the Florida Marlins during their game on May 31, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Jonathan RagusCorrespondent IJune 13, 2009

There really isn’t much I can say about tonight’s heart breaking loss to the New York Yankees. Actually there really is a lot to say, but I won’t say it. Why do you ask? Because I am a fan of the New York Mets which means I am used to stuff like this happening.


What Omar Minaya does best, shrug his shoulders and wonder why he even makes the decisions that he makes.

First off, I do not blame Luis Castillo for that bone head play on the pop up. Actually, Castillo was smart to sign his name on the dotted line of that four-year, $25 million deal that our bone head general manager Omar Minaya presented to the injury prone Castillo.

Passing over the likes of David Eckstein last year and the hot hitting, superb defensive playing of Orlando Hudson this year makes Omar Minaya one of my two bums of the hour.

The second bum, you guessed it correct Mets fans, manager Jerry “Soul Glo” Manuel.

The non-stop idiocy of Manuel has most Mets' fans up in arms. The constant benching of hard-working Ryan Church and the patient hitting of Daniel Murphy in order to play the likes of Fernando Tatis really needs to stop. The pitching changes mid-game that leave us scratching our heads also must stop. What was the point of putting in recently promoted pitcher Jon Switzer in against Alex “Roids R Us” Rodriguez?

You take out a storied vet in Livan Hernandez who has the patience of a man staring into the sun for a guy who just came up from the Buffalo Bisons of Triple-A. Bad move Jerry. But this isn’t the first time you made a brain-rattling pitching move mid game. Actually, you have done it a lot this season.

Tonight’s loss isn’t on the head of Luis Castillo in my book, it’s on the backwards management of Manuel and the supposed baseball know how of Minaya.

Where the hell is Frank Cashen and Bobby Valentine when you need them?

It’s up to you to make the next decision Mr. Fred Wilpon.

Jonathan Ragus is a contributor to How Bout Them Mets!?. He can be reached at


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