Open Letter to Johan Santana

Wendy AdairAnalyst IAugust 10, 2009

NEW YORK - JUNE 09:  Johan Santana #57 of the New York Mets waits to pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during their game at Citi Field on June 9, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Dear Johan,

Congratulations on having a great year, and this being your second year on the Mets, you have had time to get used to the New York media and fans.

This has been a trying year for everyone linked to the Mets because of the injuries and inconsistent play, your starts are greatly anticipated more than ever.

You are the pitching ace who makes things happen for this team and your teammates respond to your energy.

I'm all for the competitive spirit you ignite on this team, but being that you only pitch once every five days, you cannot possibly relate to what the everyday players go through on a mental or physical basis.

That being said, please lighten up on your teammates, they are trying their best and do not deserve to be glared at, barked at, or snubbed by you regardless of what mistakes they make or attitude problems that you may perceive.

If there is a problem please either walk away until you have calmed down or put up a front for the sake of the media and fans who do not need to see how you treat your teammates, the cameras see more than you realize.

You are the pitching ace, I'm not disputing that, but please, your "I am a man" and "I did my job" lines after the game are quite annoying, you are giving the "I am surrounded by incompetent idiots" message and that will not bode well for you down the road no matter how many games you win.

Wins are team wins and losses are team losses, its about time you understand that, no one means to make mistakes or not come through with the game winning hit no matter who is pitching, but yet you seem to take these things very personally.

While you may do your job on the mound and with the bat, you do not need to tell the media that you did your best and that any failure of the team occurred either without your consent or after you had completed your work that day.

When Daniel Murphy dropped that ball on Easter Sunday, he did not need you throwing him under the bus. He felt bad enough and did not deserve your wrath.  He is doing his best and has had to learn a lot in a short period of time, ease up on the kid already.

Same goes for Fernando Martinez, he is 19 years old and was brought up when Carlos Beltran went down with a knee injury.  He has endured his fair share of injuries himself and did not need to be glared at for dropping a ball in the outfield.

Ramon Castro was your personal catcher for close to a year and a half, but that did not stop you from treating him badly when he made an error on the field. 

He has now moved on to the Chicago White Sox and recently caught a perfect game. I do hope that Buerhle and the rest of the Chisox treats him better than you did before he left.

Yesterday, you shoved Luis Castillo away after he attempted to congratulate you on scoring a run, what was that? Despite how you may have felt otherwise, choosing a time of celebration for a snub does not seem at all fair.

If you were angry at him for spraining his ankle and missing four starts, find a bridge and get over it, if there was another reason, get over that too, he did not deserve that treatment.

This has been a very disappointing season for your team and they need your support, not your competitive hostility by acting like they are out to harm your reputation as the pitching ace.


Wendy Adair