For the second consecutive year, the New York Mets missed the postseason by ONE measly game. This is enough to drive any sane man crazy, but now that the World Series is gone and done with, we can reflect on what...or more specifically who...went wrong in 2008.
Therefore, I present you the three BUMS of the New York Met's 2008 campaign, who contributed the most to our second straight collapse.
No. 3: AARON HEILMAN
Need I say more. The sound of the word "Heilman" makes any seasoned Mets fan run to the bathroom with an upset stomach. After giving up the HR to Yadier Molina in Game Seven of the 2006 NLCS, this man has never been the same.
His body language is just atrocious, and every time he goes on the mound, it's an adventure, most of the time ending in disaster. I really feel for him. He wants to be a starter and is denied an opportunity by the Mets, and he then gets booed relentlessly by the Shea faithful.
No. 2: BILLY BUM WAGNER
This man makes me angry on so many levels. In my opinion, he caused problems in the clubhouse, but that's just a gut feeling, and I don't have any proof. But that's not why he's No. 2 on the list.
For the second year in a row, he broke down when we needed him the most. He was not perfect, but I'd rather have him closing the door than Luis Ayala, that's for sure! He also brought the axe down on newly-hired Brewers bench coach Willy Randolph by blowing several games to the San Diego Padres when the Mets were desperate for a win.
If he was healthy, the Mets WOULD have made it to the postseason and probably to the World Series.
No. 1: LUIS CASTILLO
The Mets gave this man a four year, $24 million contract. Now, I know you can't blame the man for taking this contract (who wouldn't), but I do blame him for the Mets' collapse of 2007, and their short comings of 2008, and here's why: The Mets had the LOWEST production from their second baseman in the major leagues.
HE CANT HIT
HE CANT RUN!!
HE CAN'T STEAL!
HE HAS NO RANGE!
HE COULDN'T EVEN LAY DOWN A BUNT, WHICH WAS SUPPOSEDLY HIS SPECIALTY!
HE WAS A BAD INFLUENCE ON JOSE REYES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Castillo was injured when the Mets went on their 10-game winning streak, and once he came back, I felt the team went back to their malaise that's been present ever since "the Collapse." It's probably not all of Castillo's fault, but for some reason, we always seem to lose when he's around the club.
His body language towards the end of the season also turned sour. He looked constantly pissed when he was at the plate, probably cause of the horde of boo's raining down upon him.
And I'll never forget one of the last games of the season against the Cubs when Out-Cast came up with a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, and he took three straight pitches down the middle for a strikeout.
I was there, and Not ONE fan in the stands believed he was going to come through in that spot.
Moises Alou: We paid him $8 million to sit on his couch and eat potato chips all year.
Carlos Delgado: We can't just forgive him for having such a horrible first half. If he was consistently good the whole season, we would have made the playoffs.
And the rest of the members of the Mets' bullpen.
You may disagree with me,
but it's my article,
it's my opinion,
and I'm the Sports Maverick.