Wow..Wallace Matthews and Newsday beat me to this today! Must have been something in the air.
In Wallace’s words:

Just what kind of a baseball player do you want to be, anyway? What kind of a career do you want to have?What type of legacy would you like to leave behind?How would you like to be remembered, as another Derek Jeter? Or another Rey Ordoñez?

You’re probably too young to remember Rey Ordoñez, but for those of us who have followed the Mets for longer than you’ve been alive, Rey-Rey is impossible to forget.He, too, came up with the kind of hype that has attached itself to you from the day you signed a Mets’ minor-league contract. When Ordoñez was a rookie, there was actually debate among otherwise rational people over which young shortstop would have the better career, him or Jeter.
(Mets Police editorial note: Bahahahahahaha. Please.)

Now, of course, we know the answer. Jeter’s name is synonymous with winner; Ordoñez’s name is synonymous with bust. So which is it going to be for you? Clearly, you can go either way. And depending upon which way you go, so, too, will go the Mets.I’m glad you’re having fun again, with your celebrations and your dugout dance routines. But for thousands of Mets fans throughout the city, the only fun is seeing this team win and seeing you play well.The two go hand-in-hand, like one of your silly handshakes.In a lot of ways, you are a symbol of your team, this breathtakingly talented and profoundly frustrating array of ballplayers that so far has given us more days to forget than to remember.

I realize there is plenty of blame to spread around for the slow start of the 2008 Mets, who on some days look suspiciously like a continuation of the 2007 Mets. But all blame starts at the top – of the batting order, that is – and that is where you come in.Through 19 games last year, you were hitting .329. Your on-base percentage, all important for a leadoff hitter, was .421. You had scored 21 runs, drawn 13 walks, stolen 12 bases in 14 attempts. The Mets’ record at the time was 13-6, and that was not coincidence. It was cause and effect.This year, you are hitting only .280. You have drawn a mere four walks, stolen only three bases in five tries, scored only 12 runs. Your OBP, .313, is worse than all but three other NL leadoff hitters. Even Rickie Weeks, batting .192 at the top of the Brewers’ lineup, is getting on base more often than you.As a result, the Mets are struggling, a mere game over .500 going into last night’s game against the Nationals.In large part, this is because you, Jose Reyes, are not doing your job, which is to create runs at the top of the batting order and prevent runs on the field. You can’t do the first if your body isn’t on base and you can’t do the second if your head isn’t in the game.

The other day in Chicago, your decision to throw home on what should have been an inning-ending double-play ball led directly to the grand slam that blew the game open. What exactly were you thinking?You can blame Jorge Sosa if you like. But had you made the right play, he never would have been in the position to throw that pitch. And you might have come up in the ninth with a chance to do something meaningful. Instead, you grounded out to end a game that was already out of reach.You can shrug the blame off on the manager or the GM or the bullpen or the first baseman or the centerfielder, and on any given day, any one of them can be measured for the clown suit.But day in and day out, it is you that makes this engine go – or stall in the mud.

When it comes down to it, the long-term success of this ballclub depends on you and David Wright, the axis around which all Mets teams for the next 15 years are supposed to be built.Wright not only has delivered on his promise, but exceeded it. But on too many days, we wonder if you will ever keep yours.I sincerely hope so. Over the past two seasons, the fortunes of the Mets have risen and fallen with you. Since 2006, they have gone from the presumed best team in the league to the official second-best team in the division. Likewise, you have gone from one of the best players in the game to no better than the third-best shortstop in your division.No coincidence there, either.In April, it is not too late for the Mets to regroup and at 24, it is certainly not too late for you to keep the promises you have made to your team, and the promises that have been made to the fans in your behalf.But it is all up to you, Jose Reyes. Who do you want to be when you grow up? DJ? Or Rey-Rey?

Eagerly awaiting your reply,Wallace Matthews


I’m not as freaked out about Delgado as I am about Castillo. Four years of this? I looked up his career numbers and they are OK-ish I guess, at least average wise, but I don’t get it.
Please start hitting.
Nice win last night. Told ya to remain calm.

Carlos Delgado Owes Me $2

Bet a co-worker a dollar per game on the Cubs series.
Here’s the payout.
Thanks Carlos.

More from feisty Philly

OK dude…you make all of us look bad.

You’re wearing a cheap Newsday giveaway Santana jersey with bad lettering on the back.

At least it’s a blue hat.

And the Philly guys are feisty…this courtesy of Delaware Online.

All you had to do was visit Citizens Bank Park last weekend, when the Mets rode into town for a three-game series against the Phillies and won two of them before fired-up, standing-room-only crowds.

“I can’t stand the Cowboys, and that will never change. But, to me, the Mets are the biggest enemy now,” said Phil Markston, 34, of Wilmington, who had tickets for two of the three games.

“I’ve never liked the Mets, just because they’re from New York and I don’t like any of the New York teams,” he said. “But now, after what happened last year, the Mets are the team I want to beat the most.”

Calm The Eff Down

As you get to know The Mets Police you’ll find that nobody likes giving them a hard time more than we do.

That being said: CALM DOWN

On Sunday morning there was going to be a tickertape parade.

They ran into two good pitchers and the bats cooled.

The NY Sun is writing this:

What Does $135 Million Purchase for the Mets?

As the
Mets were playing the Chicago Cubs yesterday afternoon, several Flushing partisans sent me e-mails asking, basically, the same question: This is what $135 million buys? One regular correspondent, notable for his generally even keel, simply slugged his subject line “Minaya” and pasted the starting lineup into the body of his e-mail. At times, simple observation counts as an expression of disbelief.

Relax! Santana tonight against the Nats. The Mets are 1.5 games behind the Marlins. Although Willie might want to have infield practice this afternoon.