Remain calm…let me walk you newbies through how Watch Watches work….
I told you to remain calm. Give me a second here.
I have been doing this a long time. I know how the snakes in the media work. As we saw with Matt Harvey and as best explained by Bruce Springsteen – first they make you king, then they make you pope and then they bring the rope. More on that below, but first let me catch up the new readers.
A MICKEY WATCH would be all out disaster. He’s in the final year of his contract, the team is 25 games out and Noah Syndergaard is openly fighting with him. The sharks are swimming and it’s just a matter of time. This is not at all that. There is no Mickey Watch.
A MICKEY WATCH WATCH is when I start to watch what others are saying about a potential Mickey Watch. This is when you pick up the Post and read that “if the Mets don’t something something then maybe the Mets change the manager.” If you need an example to get it, here’s an old Terry Watch Watch.
I am declaring a MICKEY WATCH WATCH.
I think that we are getting close to one of the newspapers breaking ranks and doing what the snakes do. The same guys that were writing Hodges articles in February could very well start stirring it up this week. (Give me credit, I have been stirring it up since February and the Hodges articles).
Today has the potential to go sideways. A doubleheader could be a disaster. It’s not too hard to imagine some Tuesday back pages coming at The Mick.
Add to that that twice this week Mickey has verbally eye-rolled the GM. There was that comment about Reyes being the best option. Then add on yesterday’s comment about not having anyone to pitch Monday so screw it Vargas stays in the rotation. I don’t suppose Sandy the Marine is gonna like that sort of behavior.
Throw that in the blender, add in the Mets’ tendency to work through their in-pocket writers, and yeah I could see a little message being sent to The Mick via the Daily News, can’t you? I’m on watch for the Mickey Watch Watch.