Nothing seemed to go right for the New York Mets in the final week of June. Both on and off the field, there were errors, bad-looks, and plenty more to shake your head at.
What else could have gone wrong for the New York Mets last week? Beginning with Mickey Callaway’s outburst after Sunday’s loss in Chicago, everything seemed to spiral out of control for the Metropolitans of New York.
On the field, the Mets bullpen blew five straight games including four versus the Philadelphia Phillies. Jacob deGrom took a loss which featured a confidence-shrinking performance from Robert Gsellman in a game the team was already trailing in. Then they got back to the usual business with Seth Lugo blowing his third save of the week.
The on-field performance was bad enough. Away from the diamond, things were maybe uglier.
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Jason Vargas is in the doghouse with the front office because of his actions in the finale against the Chicago Cubs. Vargas was an aggressor in the clubhouse incident which completely turned the media against the organization. The veteran lefty got the week started by challenging Newsday’s Tim Healey to a fight.
As if this wasn’t strange enough, just one day later we learned general manager Brodie Van Wagenen was the one who called for deGrom to exit a game back in Arizona due to a potential injury risk. BVW did so from his the comforts of his couch, leading many to believe this isn’t the first time it has happened.
The timing of these events was an omen of worse things to come. With the 1969 Mets in attendance this weekend at Citi Field to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of their miracle championship, June should have ended positively. Together with the bad play on the field, everything went awry.
The real kicker came when the Mets paid tribute to those members of the 1969 squad who have passed on. The video tribute, Jim Gosger and Jesse Hudson were mentioned. The problem is both men are still alive.
Only 35 different men played for the 1969 Mets. To not research carefully which ones are alive and which ones aren’t is a fatal error in a terrible week from this ball club.
The team did apologize the following day with a video message that misspelled Hudson’s first name as “Jessie.” Just when you think it’s over, a typo gets the best of you.
All of those came while leading up to July 1st which is always an embarrassing day for the Mets. On this day, we are all reminded of the payday Bobby Bonilla receives. In better years, we can have a laugh at it. This week, the timing is sickening.
On the plus side, the Mets are sending three All-Stars to Cleveland this summer. Pete Alonso, Jacob deGrom, and Jeff McNeil will all represent the orange and blue. They also managed to finally win a game when they defeated the Atlanta Braves on the final day of June.
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Typically, on a summer week with a holiday in the middle of it, two days without Mets baseball feels like a sin. This week, the team has two days off. It’s a timeout from the season everyone needs.