The team quickly organized a celebration and reunion that surpassed their recent 1969 Miracle Mets festivities.
Even though last night’s game was played in Florida, the Mets snuck onto the field and staged a pre-game reunion to celebrate some of the greatest injuries in franchise history.
Jim Fregosi was the first player paraded out. Fregosi added injury to insult in the Nolan Ryan trade disaster. He broke his thumb fielding ground balls in spring training, ensuring his career with the Mets would be forgettable.
Don Hahn and George Theodore were next, representing the collision of ‘73.
Carlos Beltran and Mike Cameron were right behind them, honoring the collision of ‘05.
And there was Felix Millan, who was body slammed to the ground by Pirate Ed Ott, ending the second baseman’s major league career.
As a tribute to Met head injuries, Mike Piazza and Jon Matlack (who was hit in the forehead by a line drive in ‘73) came strolling out together.
Rey Ordonez, who fractured his arm in 2000, which led to the trading of Melvin Mora, was there also.
And to honor all of the off-the-field injuries, Duaner Sanchez made an appearance, driven onto the field in a taxi.
When the game got underway, Gary Sheffield gave his own tribute to the franchise’s wounded and lame players by drawing a walk and then suffering back spasms by doing nothing but standing upright at first base.
The good news for Santana and the Mets is that he only needs surgery to clear out some bone chips.
The bad news is that they let him pitch for over a month with the problem.
The news was relayed to everyone by bumbling, mumbling GM Omar Minaya.
For the love of God, don’t let him speak in public anymore.
He can’t remember all the way back to spring training when Santana had some elbow soreness?
Santana had this same surgery after the ‘03 season and went on to win the Cy Young in ‘04, so there’s hope that he’ll be 100 percent for next season.
But he’s 30 now, not 24.
He also plays for the Mets, so if he ended up needing Tommy John surgery, it wouldn’t surprise anybody at this point.
In other injury news, Oliver Perez is going to miss a start because of a sore knee.
Maybe he’ll have to retire! OK, that's just wishful thinking.
So now Mike Pelfrey is the last pitcher left from their original starting rotation, which now looks as such: Pelfrey, Bobby Parnell, Nelson Figueroa, Tim Redding, and Pat Misch.
That rotation is as ugly as this guy.
The Mets had better watch out—they’re only 12 games ahead of the Washington Nationals.
J.J. Putz is, of course, not coming back, as he’s out for the season.
And we don’t have Billy Wagner to kick around anymore. He’s off to Boston to get in a steel-cage death match with Jonathan Papelbon. May the lesser jerk win.
The lesson we learned yesterday when it comes to the Mets is this: It could always get worse; and it usually does.
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