As a die hard fan of the New York Mets I have been praying for years to god for my team to go out and make the moves to bring us back to respectability. Just when I had lost all hope and stopped “believing” I learned a valuable, yet controversial lesson. There is no proof that Jesus Christ was our savior, but Omar Minaya sure is.
When first introduced as GM I was skeptical at best. This is the guy who ran the lowly Expos and got no where. He traded Javier Vasquez to the Yankees when Boston was offering a better deal. Nothing else he did made any sense. Why were the Wilpon’s so willing to hand this guy the keys to the kingdom? Well for once they either knew more than I did or the old adage “even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while” came true.
The first move he made that I loved, even if no one else did, was hiring Willie Randolph as the new manager. Willie was a hell of a player and had been a coach with the Yankees for quite a while. Having played and coached in the big apple means that he knows the media firestorm he is getting himself into. Him working for the Yankees also means he has been around egos and more importantly winning. He won’t come into our clubhouse with a negative, losing attitude.
Now some have called me a profit for this, but sometime during the World Series I said that Pedro Martinez would be in New York, but not playing for the Yankees. Some laughed at me, some called me crazy, hell I’m sure some said worse but no one believed me. Well on December 16th (my little brother’s birthday and I got a present.) my vision came true and we introduced our new ace. Then came another bold prediction from me…
A new national holiday was put on the calendar of every Mets fan this year. January 11th will forever be known as Carlos Beltran day. While the big off season acquisition by the Yanks was busy beating up a camera man and “trying” to apologize for it, Carlos was busy flashing his charismatic smile and saying all of the right things. Talking about the “new Mets” and the new direction of this once proud franchise. Part of that new direction maybe adding another Carlos in former Blue Jays first baseman Carlos Delgado.
Was Jesus able to turn water into wine? Eh, maybe. But taking an underachieving Mets team and turning them into contenders, that’s a real miracle. Now if Omar could just help me out with some of the other things I prayed for I would get a “wwomd” tattoo.