He was certainly, however, an easy player to root for.
The "never doggin' it" excuse has become the cliche phrase to go to when it comes to defending Jason. While it is a results-oriented business and I'm happy they cut ties, we should still not overlook how admirable he held himself in his time with the Mets. Several forces came together to make for a severe lack of on-field results in his time here, but I fully appreciate his pride and hustle (it doesn't fully redeem his Mets career, but without it, the contract would have been that much more of an black hole.) Forget how we operate as fans. There is no one in the world that hated how much he failed more than Jason Bay. And he never, EVER, made it a problem for the clubhouse. Not sure if you can say that about every athlete, because there's probably the same mixture of good guys and bad guys in sports as there are in the regular human experience. Though, I do feel as if baseball players are more humble these days. I don't know why I feel that. Even though they make more money in baseball than ever before, I feel more egos are humbled these days by the fact they get paid handsomely to play the game they love. Maybe that's a lack of cynicism on my part, but I like living in that reality.
I thank Jason for his time with our New York Metropolitans. I wish we could have seen more smiles on his face and in turn more smiles on everybody's faces, but alas, 'twas not meant to be. Where ever he winds up for the league minimum (which he will do) I hope he can rejuvenate his career in any capacity. Thank you for freeing up the roster spot.
Anyway, on a Random Note, I just arrived upstate to my family's house and saw some baby deer grubbin' up the grass in the front yard. With the Nor'easter on its way (apparently having arrived in the city), it reminded me of this song from Bambi, which is the Random Song of the Day.
Stay dry everyone.
LET'S. GO. METS.