Sep 16, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Oliver Perez (59) pitches in the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Hey #MetsTwitter! How About...Free Agent Oliver Perez?!

Ha! Made ya look.

(Or didn’t since so many will make comments without actually reading this piece.)

It’s so easy to get #MetsTwitter riled up that I felt like doing just that.

I was at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse on 11th Street off of Broadway this past Thursday evening for an event with Gerald C. Wood, the writer of a new biography on the legendary Red Sox pitcher, Smoky Joe Wood (no relation.)

Afterwards, Jay Goldberg, the owner of the store, put MLB Network back on the television. I don’t have cable these days, so this was the first time in a while I had seen the great channel dedicated to the game we love. In the offseason, all the free agents on every team scroll across the bottom line, and the rotation had gotten to the free agents of the Seattle Mariners.

All of a sudden, there across the screen was the name of Oliver Perez. And I thought to myself, “HA! Wouldn’t #MetsTwitter have a field day with THAT one?”

It has been thankfully so very long since we saw the pitcher in the Orange and Blue, and I was there on Closing Day of 2010 when Jerry Manuel‘s last stamp on the Mets was to bring in the infamous lefty in the 14th inning of a 1-1 tie, clearly with the only intention being to ruin the game. It was almost fitting for the era to end that way, and having all moved up to the field level seats by then, us fans in the stands just kept laughing and shaking our heads.

So many fans just wanted both Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez released the minute Sandy Alderson signed on as the general manager in October of 2010. I applaud the man, however, for making his own judgement call and waiting till they played their way off the team in Spring Training of ’11. Perez then signed a minor league deal with the Nationals, but did not pitch in the Majors that season.

Ollie P., for those that don’t know, has actually been not that bad as a lefty specialist for the Seattle Mariners the past couple seasons (though his WHIP of 1.434 in 2013 alone gives you a headache.)

In no way-and I reiterate- IN NO WAY am I suggesting the Mets sign Oliver Perez as a lefty specialist for the 2014 season. Just seeing his name across the screen as a current free agent brought back so many painful memories that we can all…laugh about now, right?

Like that time I watched him give up 6 runs in the first inning to the Red Sox in the first ever Mets day game at Citi Field (preseason style?)

Or how bout this random awfulness?

That must have really sucked for us fans and Perez, especially after he did this earlier in the game.

 (Nice unintentional quip by Ron Darling, who says Ollie P. “couldn’t have THROWN it any better into left field.”)

Oh, Sandy Koufax. You tried SO HARD to teach Oliver Perez how to pitch that spring (quite the goatee, Ollie P.)

Hey! Remember when THIS happened?

Yeah, we lost 88 games again last season. Yeah, that’s 5 losing seasons in a row. Yeah, they still have a lot to prove to get a lot of you fans back and get you to stop being so cynical with every headline that comes your way.

Things have seemed pretty awful for a pretty long time.

But hey! Things could be worse, Mets fans.

At least we don’t have to deal with Oliver Perez anymore.

Let’s give credit where credit is due. Congrats for finding your…echem…place in baseball, Ollie.

Wish you all the best at staying on your feet.


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Tags: Jerry Manuel New York Mets Oliver Perez Omar Minaya Sandy Alderson Seattle Mariners

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