Today, at Citi Field, the Mets unveiled new Left Fielder Jason Bay. After Bay made an opening remark, Rod Gilbert, a New York Rangers Hall of Famer presented Bay with a New York Rangers “Bay” number 44 Jersey (Two Times Bobby Orr, as Gilbert said.) Here are some quotes from Bay.
- “There was a short-list of teams that I wanted to go to and the New York Mets were on that list.”
- “[Citi Field] had zero factor in any of my decisions.”
- “I’m by no means Tori Hunter out there.”
- “Since after the Winter Meetings there wasn’t a 48 hour window where we didn’t talk… They were very persistant.”
- “We actually agreed in principal before Christmas.”
- “I heard about [Peter Gammons’s Statement that Bay would rather play in Beruit than Queens]….no one knew my oppinion on anything except my family and agent…. it couldn’t be farther from the truth.”
- “I actually never hurt my shoulder… I had surgery on it in 2003 and it’s been great ever since. It’s just another one of those things that kinda took on a life of it’s own. No concerns ever.”
Omar Minaya went on to say that “There is never a day that goes by that we don’t look at improving our pitchers.”
After the press conference Bay spoke with Kevin Burkhardt of SNY.
- “Right from the get-go they were the team that showed the most interest”
- “If this wasn’t the place that I wanted to be, then I wouldn’t be here.”
- “During the season last year I spent a lot of time on the back of the plane talking to Billy Wagner and his thoughts on [The Mets], Xavier Nady loved [his time here], and I had a conversation with Alex Cora.”
- “Everyone said that they are a first class organization and i figured that out over the last 2 days.”
- “The park size was never a factor in anything.”
- “I don’t consider myself a home run hitter…. I pride myself in driving in runs.”
- “If they want to hit me ninth, then hit me ninth.”
Written and Complied by Matt Grasso
Picture by mike stobe of getty images
Unfortunately, I am probably the most pessimistic contributor to Defensive Indifference. I do think it’s more realism than pessimism, but I love this team nonetheless. This offseason has really bothered me.
Since 1966 (and winning the Tom Seaver Lottery), the Mets have built their team around pitching. The 1969 team won the World Series not because of hitting; they won it because they could pitch. Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Gary Gentry, Nolan Ryan, Don Cardwell would go out there and win. When every team was bad, they always had good pitching.
The 1986 team was missing one last piece from 1985. What was that piece? Bob Ojeda. A Pitcher. Now, yes, the team could hit the ball too, but they had a rotation that some could compare to 1969.
But in recent years, the Mets have turned away from that. They have been more concerned with getting hitters than pitchers. They go out and build a stadium that caused the leading home run hitter on the team to be Daniel Murphy with TWELVE. That’s the perfect place for a pitcher right? They should go out and get a pitcher? No, they get Jason Bay.
I like the Bay signing, but, is he fit for the stadium? I think Angel Pagan was a perfect fit for Citi Field. Instead, pitchers are getting signed left and right now. And where are the Mets? I think this goes back to Omar Minaya. He has to focus on one thing at a time. That’s fine, but there’s a reason why he has assistants. Let John Ricco find a pitcher, be it through trade or free agency. Ricco did a great job orchestrating the Francoeur trade.
It will be tough for this team to go into the season with just Johan and then Pelfrey, Perez, Maine, and Jon Niese. FOUR question marks.
For a team with a history of pitching, how can you even compare this staff to that of ’69, ’73, and even ’86?
Written By-Matt Grasso