Nearly all of us enjoy a put down, a good one liner that cuts people down to size. Now, maybe you prefer your put downs to be of the high-brow variety. Winston Churchill, when he heard one of his political opponents described as “modest,” replied, “Well, he has a lot to be modest about.” Or perhaps the more down to earth among us enjoy President Trump’s zingers, like “Lyin’ Ted” or “Crazy Joe” or “Sloppy Steve.”
Perhaps President Trump’s best one liner came during the campaign when he addressed the experience gap that existed between himself and the Democratic nominee. He told Hillary Clinton that while she did indeed have more experience that it was merely bad experience, with the implication being that it was nothing about which to be proud.
I was thinking of this line yesterday when reading Matthew Cerrone talk about Brodie Van Wagenen.
Cerrone said: “Every reporter and fan of the hot stove should be getting down on their knees and thanking the baseball Gods that he’s in their lives.”
We should be grateful for multiple bad ideas being bandied about during the winter? Why? Trading Noah Syndergaard would be a disaster, as would overpaying (Brandon Nimmo and Amed Rosario) for J.T. Realmuto. Those are the types of ideas that make signing A.J. Pollock and hope he plays more than 115 games for the second time in six years seem like a good idea. Or maybe we can ink a 34 year old who missed most of last year with an injury to a long-term deal. Hey, he’s still two years younger than Robinson Cano! The marketing guys can have a field day.
The comedian Marc Maron did a bit where he talked about being afraid to go online each morning because he wasn’t ready for whatever craziness President Trump might have committed since the last time he checked the news. It’s how I feel about going to ESPN or MetsBlog since news of a possible Cano deal first surfaced.
Trade Syndergaard to the Yankees
Sign Yasmani Grandal who melted down during the playoffs and who would require draft pick compensation
Reunite with Wilmer Flores because the team needs a backup shortstop
It’s ideas like this that make it seem like hitching your wagon to a guy for his age 36-40 seasons isn’t destined to end in failure. And maybe that’s what this is all about. Deflection. Get people to ignore Bad Idea A because we might do Worse Ideas B, C and D at any moment.
One of the purposes when the Mets brought Sandy Alderson aboard is that he was there to be the adult in the room. He was the guy who was going to patiently listen to bad ideas that others had and immediately say no to them. But who’s the adult now? If it’s Omar Minaya, methinks we may be in trouble. Perhaps Allard Baird can grow into that role.
Hey, at least we don’t have to worry about Billy Hamilton, who got the Royals to give him $5.25 million. And the chance to earn an additional $1 million in incentives. Forget Scott Boras getting $300 million deals for his high end clients. The Wasserman Media Group getting this type of deal for a guy who should be on an NRI is pretty impressive. Well done, WMG. And credit where credit is due – to my knowledge there was never any rumors connecting the Mets and Hamilton. So Van Wagenen’s got that going for him, which is nice.