Meet the Mess, Greet the Mess
We haven't really spilled too much digital ink on the New York Mets this year, considering how disastrous their season has been. Think of our restraint as simply paying respect for the deceased.
But in the past two days the team has lost three pitchers, the latest blows to what may be the most snake bitten team since Springfield Power Plant's softball team.
Yesterday it was learned that Oliver Perez is done for the season, as he will have surgery to repair patellar tendon tendinosis. In 14 starts, Perez compiled a 3-4 record with a 6.82 ERA, not exactly what you're looking for in the first year of a three-year $36 million deal.
This came on the heels of the news that ace Johan Santana will need surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow which was actually good news as the team had feared that Santana might need Tommy John surgery.
The other pitcher the team officially lost this season was reliever J.J. Putz who has been sidelined for the better part of the year, but a setback in his rehab from elbow surgery has officially put him on ice for the season.
These are just the latest players to join New York's disabled list, that looks shockingly similar to what the team envisioned as its starting lineup: David Wright (concussion), Carlos Beltran (knee), Jose Reyes (hamstring tendon), Carlos Delgado (hip and oblique) and John Maine (shoulder).
Add in the surreal public feud between Mets General Manager Omar Minaya and a local beat reporter and you've got the recipe for a truly disastrous season.
For my money, this has been one of the most unexpectedly torturous seasons for a major league franchise in recent history.
The only other team that immediately came to mind was the 2005 Baltimore Orioles that led the AL East at the all-star break then watch it all get blown to bits. The team's aging slugger (Rafael Palmeiro) got busted for steroids. The team's hired gun (Sammy Sosa) was often injured and attempted to bring down the starting shortstop (Miguel Tejada) in a performance-enhancing drug sting. The team's break out star (Brian Roberts) nearly had his arm torn off during a game. Oh, and the team fired it's manager (Lee Mazzilli) in the second half. And finally, the team attempted to void the contract of one of its starting pitchers (Sidney Ponson).
I'm sure I'm forgetting some equally tragic seasons in recent memory; feel free to spread the pain in the comments below.
August 27, 2009; 11:49 AM ET
Categories: Mets , Orioles | Tags: j.j. putz injuries, johan santana, mr. burns softball team, new york mets, oliver perez, the simpsons, the simpsons softball
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