Hessman, Yes, Ma’am

66The Mets are about to start playing again Tuesday and Jeff FrancoeurOllie Perez and Luis Castillo are still a part of the team, and Howard Johnson and Dan Warthen are still coaches. So much of that seemed unlikely after the Mets meekly limped off the field in Los Angeles Sunday, losers of 9 of 11 games on their post-All Star Break West Coast run (and deserving losers of 10 of them!).

Supportive posts right here amid all the fan bloodlust took a lot out of me. When they finally won on Friday I’d convinced myself it was the start of the turnaround I’d been predicting all week. So when they threw up that awful dud on Saturday, I was just so unprepared. Unacceptable! And for the first time this year I felt myself moving to that realm of fandom where I want the Mets to get what they deserve and not what I want for them. It was a dark moment, for sure, and rewarded with another spiceless loss on Sunday.

So here we are back home again, and the Mets are apparently going out there by refusing to bow to fan bloodlust again: God bless ’em, I don’t know how or why most times. And the only change appears to be Minor League Masher Mike Hessman recalled for the injured Rod Barajas. Unclear just now what number they outfit Hessman in; though he wore 66 this spring and for whatever reason it strikes me as appropriate now. Nothing wrong with a freaky right-handed masher on the bench.

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One comment

  1. Jon Springer says:

    Submitted by 9th_string_catcher (not verified) on Tue, 07/27/2010 – 11:31am.
    Seriously. Bringing Wally Backman up now is more likely to set him up for failure than improving the team’s chances, and going for another middle of the road manager like Manuel won’t make any difference. If you really want to make a change, you need to do a long term replacement, not a short term fix. Wait until next year and bring back Torre so he can finish his managerial career where he started it. The biggest thing this team needs is confidence, which I believe Torre can provide. Otherwise, forget about window-dressing type manuevers like firing Hojo and Warthen (especially with how the pitching staff is doing!)

    This is a streaky team that wins at home. I have every confidence that they will get back to 6 or 7 over .500 within the next two weeks and it will be a dogfight down the stretch. Don’t give up yet!

    number 19

    Submitted by Matt (not verified) on Tue, 07/27/2010 – 3:30pm.
    According to MLB.com game notes, Hessman will wear #19.

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