“Freedom of Speech,” our country was built on it, and we’re all for it. Criticism comes with it, and that’s all the better.
But as I reached the midway point of my 40-minute regimen on the stair-master this morning, I became more and more infuriated by Mets fans behaving like rats jumping off a sinking ship.
It wasn’t the criticism, it was the vitriol in which it was expressed. The three centerpiece figures were Terry Collins, Daniel Murphy and Yoanis Cespedes.
It was as if they had nothing to do with the Mets success that led them to their first World Series appearance in 15 years at longshot odds. According to the “geniuses” every move that Collins made last night was bone-headed, the magic buttons he had pressed to this point were no existent. Collins has been magnificent but, the brain-surgeons said “he should have taken Matz out, left Colon in, never have used Clippard,” and the droning goes on and on and on and on.
Murph’s seven home run playoff didn’t matter because everyone knows, said the bums, “he’s a bad fielder and it was only a matter of time before this would happen.:
As for Cespedes, the same jerks who were opining that the Mets “have to sign him at all costs” during his magnificent August and September run, wanted him benched. “Play Conforto, Granderson and Lagares, that’s your best lineup.”
These are the same jackasses that wanted David Wright out of the lineup the game before he hit the 2-run homer, and were pulling to pull Michael Conforto before his sweet-swinging Ballantine Blasts into Pepsi-land.
That’s why Twitter and Talk Radio have become the Two Terrible T’s, and why undeserving Mets fans get my second revival of television icon Warner Wolf’s “Boo of the Week.”
The Terrible T’s give morons a platform.
Let’s go “Back to the Future” to give the nitwits a chance to voice their view on the ’69 Amazin Mets. These would be my top eight:
Gil Hodges as manager? He’s never been better than 9 games under .500. There are plenty of managers better than he! Hodges changed the fortune of the Mets franchise from expected though lovable losers to World Series champions. From the basement in ’68 to the top of the heap one year later.
How can you trade a great hitter like Tommy Davis for Agee? The Brooklyn-born former Dodger Davis hit .302 in his only season as the Mets; Agee however had an unforgettable season in 1969, and the Mets would never have gone all the way without his excellence.
Seaver Should Have Been More Careful with Jimmy Qualls: Qualls had only 31 career hits and a .223 lifetime average, but Mets fans will never forget the “Imperfect Game” on July 9, 1969 at Shea before 59,083
Why did Hodges Yank Cleon Jones, Fire him: It was July 30, 1969, a defining moment for manager Gil Hodges and his star leftfielder Cleon Jones. The skipper walked passed, the mound, passed the short stop and into the outfield and removed Cleon from the game. He sat for two weeks. Hodges gained the ultimate respect, and ultimately was revered by all of his players, including Jones, and of course the fans. The Mets were 45-19 the rest of the way en route to the frannchise’s first world championship.
Clendenon? He’s finished! Why trade for an over-the-hill player with four homeruns? Clendenon hit 12 home runs during the Mets juggernaut to overtake the Cubs for the division title, including a pair in the clincher against the Cardinals. Of course will always be remembered for his World Series MVP performance with circuit blasts in Games 2, 4 and 5 for the Mets version of a moon-landing that is one of the ages.
Why did Hodges start Swoboda in right, he should have played Gaspar to have a defensive lineup: Gaspar did get to play, as a pinch runner he scored the game winner in Game 4 on the JC Martin bunt. Swoboda’s game-saving catch will always be remembered as arguably the greatest in the history of the Fall Classic, saving the day for Seaver, and a Mets win in the 10th.
Koosman should have started Game 1 over Seaver, what was Hodges thinking? Seaver won Game 4 on two famous World Series plays, the Swoboda catch, and the Martin bunt. He of course, was better known as the Franchise.
Al Weis? Boswell’s a much better hitter, why go for defense? Little Al’s single to drive in Ed Charles was the game-winning hit in Game 2. His home run in Game 5 tied the score at 3-3, setting the stage for Swoboda’s game winning hit. All of the supersub’s heroics came against Dave McNally.