I saw this article the other day in the archive of NYPost.com and thought I would give it some justice and comment upon it. First by saying: What was he thinking?
I mean, sure, I understand the optimism that comes from the first few workouts during spring training, but coming off consecutive mediocre seasons with the Braves, I think optimism was the only thing on the side of Jeff Francoeur.
I’ll give it to Frenchy though, before the 2010 season, we all thought his predictions were possible. Word around Port St. Lucie was that Francoeur had really hit the cages hard and even had Howard Johnson come out to his Atlanta-area home for a few days to work on his swing and his free-swinging mindset at the plate. Seems like the long hours paid off fine.
He also predicted David Wright would bounce back in a monster way; at least he was half right with his prediction. Wright did bounce back, maybe not as monstrous as we all would have hoped, but nonetheless he did. Putting the team on his back, Wright ended the 2010 season with 29 home runs and 103 RBI’s all without his buddy Francoeur batting in the 6-8 hole. I’d say with an ‘optimistic’ Frenchy, the David Wright of 2010 and the Jason Bay of 2009, Frenchy’s prediction could have became reality, but we all know how the season ended and now Francoeur is helping the Rangers strive for the World Series while coming off the bench.
Who knows if Francoeur’s good days are behind him, all we do know is that he is no longer the Mets problems, and as the Mets get younger and transition to a new age of New York baseball, we look at these articles with a smile at what could have, would have, should have been.