It’s a little hard for me to believe, but this is the ninth annual Christmas column here at Mets360. That first column gave out gifts to, among others, Bay, Beato and Paulino. Eight or nine years from now when reviewing this 2019 column, the hope is there won’t be a then-new acquisition who the sound of his name makes you cringe. If so, we’ll call it a Christmas Miracle.
But enough with negativity. This time a year ago it was everywhere and it was no fun. So, let’s get back to what this site is all about. Let’s have a little fun and maybe learn a little something while talking about the Mets. Learn something from this column? Sure, do you know right now which catcher holds the team record for highest BABIP in a season?
You may think your favorite millionaire ballplayer has everything he could possibly want. While that may be true, here they receive the gifts they really need. With the power of the keyboard, here are my gifts to Mets players.
Peter Alonso – Some patience from the fanbase
Robinson Cano – A five-year supply of undetectable steroids
Yoenis Cespedes – A pair of Dr. Scholl’s Stylish Step High Heel Relief Insoles
Michael Conforto – The wisdom to lay off two-strike breaking balls
Travis d’Arnaud – A better experience in the outfield than Todd Hundley had
Edwin Diaz – A bunch of one-inning appearances with a three-run lead
Jacob deGrom – His 2017 run support of 5.13 runs per game
Jeurys Familia – To throw his four-seamer more and his sinker fewer times
Todd Frazier – Six months of his April 2018 performance when he had an .839 OPS
Robert Gsellman – Better fortune with his strand rate
Juan Lagares– The ability to hit the ball in the air
Seth Lugo – Contentment in his seventh-inning role
Steven Matz – A shock collar that emits a charge whenever he throws a ball in the middle of the zone
Jeff McNeil – 500 or more PA
Brandon Nimmo – The smarts to avoid throwing his body in front of pitched balls to get HBP
Wilson Ramos – Last year’s BABIP to knock Paul Lo Duca from the club’s record books
Amed Rosario – To carry over his hot six-week stretch over an entire season
Dominic Smith – A chauffer to get him to all Spring Training games on time
Noah Syndergaard – To bond with Ramos like he did with Tomas Nido
Jason Vargas – Six months of his final eight starts of the year when he had a 0.963 WHIP
Zack Wheeler – A long-term contract from the Mets
Mickey Callaway – The nerve to look for reasons to keep his starters in the game
Brodie Van Wagenen – The fortune to draft someone as good as Nimmo with his initial first-round pick
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of the readers here at Mets360! I’m very happy that you come to our site on a daily basis. And I’d like to give an extra special thanks to loyal readers Pete in NJ, David Klein, Jim OMalley, Chris F, Mike Walczak, Eraff, Name, Gus, Metsense, TJ, Pete, IDRAFT, Steevy, Bob P., Steve S., Chris B, LongTimeFan1 and anyone I may unintentionally be forgetting. Your contributions add to the site and make us all better writers. And finally, thanks to all of the writers at the site. May you have a wondrous holiday season.