My b-day alarm failed last week. I leave you with this empathetic call to Met adversities:
Bearing any hurricanes to be named later the Mets have to play 34 more games this season. That's almost 300 more innings of possible season-ending incurrences to the likes of:
Anderson Hernandez (.265 lifetime in minors)
Alex Cora ($2 million this year for being 'scrappy')
Ken Takahashi (40 year-old virgin ... rookie)
Pat Misch (recalled by the big club three times since clearing waivers in June)
Lance 'Bowtie' Broadway (escaped last week's pounding by the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs by coming to big citi)
Jose 'Cameo' Reyes (significant scar tissue won't keep him from sharing pinch-hitting duties)!Here are some of the leading season finishing options still in contention...
* Introduce pay-to-play pricing for fans who can pass the team physical and sign away their liability claims. This would bring the needed revenues to seed the depleted farm system and the necessary bodies. After all, the last 15 spots in the expanded Sep-member roster are currently filled by the remnants we have.
* Contract out Moises Alou as a fitness instructor.
* Sign 70 year-old Phil Niekro and his knucksie. He can pitch every inning, lead the league in innings (going away) and give the bullpen a well-deserved month off. Says Minaya, "We need a warm body to eat innings. It's OK if he falls apart."
* Invite Vince Coleman back to orchestrate the fireworks show for fan appreciation day.* Introduce lotto-flavored value pricing where ticket buyers are refunded a fraction of their tickets if the occasion qualifies as a "no save situation."
* Jump start health care reform by paying players to stay healthy, not to sign in 2010 on their inflated 2009 terms.
Says our blogosphere:
"My God, I have never seen such a downright fragile baseball team in my life."
"I shudder to think about this season's cratering becoming a much larger canyon."
"There's no truth to the rumor that I injured myself blogging about the Mets."
So there you have it, G-man. These are the wounds that give life. Because (or in spite) of your suffering I am expected to fully recover and be ready for Spring Training. Happy Birthday to you and for all the healing you bring us.