The World Series is about to begin, featuring a matchup between two venerable franchises who — surprisingly — have never met before. The San Francisco Giants will be talking on the Detroit Tigers in serious competition for the very first time ever. You would think there would have been some instant when Ty Cobb clashed with John McGraw, Hank Greenberg stepped in against Carl Hubbell, Al Kaline was being compared to Willie Mays or Will Clark stared down Jack Morris, but no. It would have happened back in aught-eight , but for the misadventures of some fellas named Fred Merkle, Johnny Evers and Hank O’Day, but that’s a story for another day. This looks like it should be a fun meeting, even though there probably won’t be a lot of scoring. This is something we Met fans might need to get used to.
As I stated earlier, I’m waiting with baited breath for the annual Front Office Follies to begin. I want to see how Sandy Alderson looks with his sleeves rolled up, doing some heavy lifting in getting a contender built in Queens. I don’t want to wait in vain. Sandy has said he probably won’t be all that active in the free agent market – not a bad way to go in a weak free agent year – but will be active making trades to shore up the outfield. This has me wonder if he truly is a magician who can create something from nothing. Until this past Saturday, the names I heard were Chris Young – no, the other one — Jason Kubel, Gerardo Parra and Peter Bourjos. Young has since been traded to the Oakland A’s. In any case, none of these names are going to interrupt my sleep for the excitement they generate. Sandy may very well be able to gather a collection of discarded feathers and fashion an outfield, but can we be sure what sort of bird it will be? It could be an eagle, fierce and powerful. It could be a dove, fluid and graceful. I fear it may be a turkey, slow and dumpy. The Mets won’t be shopping in the aisles containing Michael Bourne or B.J. Upton, nor will they take Carl Crawford on layaway.
If it turns out to be Kubel, Parra or Bourjos, it may not be enough to keep the wolf from the door.
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