Perhaps you’ve seen the Mets’ video Holiday Card. Perhaps you’re only being subjected to it now. The card is interesting for some very iffy reasons. For one, the singing is awful, but you’d expect that. The other interesting note is who is featured.
David Wright puts in his time as the face of the franchise
Mr. and Mrs. Met make an appearance
Matt Harvey lends his dulcet tones
Travis d’Arnaud proves that being tone deaf does not hinder one’s catching ability
Dillon Gee does his best but seems a little rhythmically challenged
Jonathon Niese serves a lyrical line
And Zack Wheeler closes things out with the Happy Holliday message
Does it not strike anyone else that a couple voices are notably missing? I didn’t expect Ike Davis (who is halfway out the door) but where was, fan favorite, Daniel Murphy? Where was Bobby Parnell? The Mets are hardly gun-shy about trading someone who is simultaneously being used for publicity but it strikes me that this video was pretty well planned. The video gives a glimpse into what, I think, is the Mets’ internal core. Those players that management sees as part of the Met future are showcased, those that may soon find their way out of Flushing… less so.
I’ve been on the side of trading Murphy for a while so I won’t say that this little holiday conspiracy really outrages me too much, but I thought it particularly odd. What this says to me is that Alderson is expecting Murphy to be on another franchise before Christmas. It also tells me that the Met brass is still desperately trying to get the Met fan base excited about Lucas Duda starting at first.
Is this a blogger making news out of non-news? TOTALLY! The theory still seems pretty sound. Can anyone think of another reason not to include the Mets’ second best offensive player in marketing materials?