METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE JUNE 22, 2003 GAME:
June 25, 2003
He has finally done it. 4 walks in the 9th inning to blow a lead over the Yank-mees and he surrenders the tying run. If ANYONE argues that this guy is quality than you are dumber than a box of rocks. I can no longer invest my emotion and passion in a team that has this guy come and blow it with such regularity. I will not root for the Mets until he is moved to another team. This comes from a guy whose first memory of the Mets was being called in to watch Cleon Jones catch the World Series clinching fly ball off Davey Johnson in 1969. I suffered through the 1970s. I was at game 6 in 1986. I saw the Dodgers upset the Mets in 1998. The 2000 World Series killed me (again thanks to Armando). I now know how Boston fans felt about Bob Stanley. I am rooting that the Mets win nothing until he is moved. He has killed a longtime Met fan--he SUCKS!
June 25, 2003
Ah Armando, how do I hate thee, let me count the ways. I know the argument a lot of non-Met fans have, statistically he is one of the best in the league, according to Mac and Sid he's one of the top five relievers in baseball. And statistically that may be true, and Armando can be overpowering at times, but they really should remove his name from his jersey and just put CHOKE on the back of it instead.
As everyone was watching last night's game - Sunday of the Subway series 2003 at Shea, did anyone feel like we wouldn't be batting in the bottom of the ninth? 3-2 lead against a good team in an important game -to Met fans at least- and the guy can't find the plate. He doesn't give up his usual bomb, no, this time Armando decides to walk everybody, including the tying run. I immediately turned the TV off in disgust, only to turn back later to see the 10th inning. As good as Armando can be, he just can't do it when it really matters. Earlier this year he was horrible against bad teams and that may have been a slump but this game showed the real Armando, Mr. Choke.
The Mets may not have a great closer to replace him, and that does scare me, but I can't stand seeing this guy on the hill any longer. No other Mets reliever have I ever hated at all, much less even close to Armando. None of them may have ever had the stats Armando has but none of them ever choked pratically every time in a big spot. We should have an alternate closer for big games. I hope we can get something good for Armando. In a pennant race, with first place on the line, hopefully there will be a GM out there who will look at his overall stats and be fooled into dealing for him.
June 25, 2003
Once again, Armando pulls off another Benitez meltdown against the Yankees. How can he walk all four lefthanded batters in the 9th inning? He was too scared. And now that he's done his chokejobs against the Yankees, you have to ask yourself "Who wants this guy?" His trade value has been cut in half after these two performances, and any team in contention would be real stupid if they asked for a trade to acquire him, especially Boston. I mean, come on, do the Redsox really want this guy? They have enough trouble with the Yankees as it is. Acquiring Benitez would make things worse for them. We might as well watch this bum pitch for the Mets for the rest of the season.