Being pretty much a Mets fanboy, it's been sad not posting about them during the winter. Finally, a blog-worthy story has come along. I almost didn't want to touch it because of my blind rage, but Tom4 pointed me on the right track.
Reliever John Thomson spurned the Mets' offseason offer because he doesn't like Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca for some reason. He said:
As far as just looking at Paul Lo Duca across the field, I'm not really into how he acts behind the plate.
I don't really know what the hell that means. Does he not like how he calls the game? Or does Lo Duca do some sexual tongue-flicking thing to the pitcher in between pitches? Maybe he quickly flashes his balls to make people feel uncomfortable.
Thomson went on and said he didn't like the Mets outfield with Cliff Floyd and liked that Toronto has Vernon Wells. Well, John Thomson, there's a damn good chance that Floyd, a free agent, will not be with the Mets next year. In fact, they signed Moises Alou as a replacement. I understand Shawn Greene is poor, but Beltran won a Gold Glove this year.
As a Mets fan, I really don't care what some reliever who was only physically able to play 18 games last year has to say. Their bullpen is good and will be just as good without him. And the truth is, the Blue Jays are still in a division with the Red Sox and Yankees, both teams that improved on the offseason. Until they prove otherwise, they are two teams above the B.Js in the AL East.
I'll be watching, hoping that Thomson sucks it up after calling out the Mets with no reason. I'll be watching for the same with Zito, but at least he didn't talk some trash. And of course, I'll be watching the Mets, hoping to catch one of Lo Duca's obsene gesters behind the plate that turn people off.