Just got in from LA and thought I’d check the posts. Interesting line of thinking has surfaced, and it’s whether the Mets are too soft. Do they let teams push them around? Where’s the mean streak?
It’s an interesting thought. I don’t know how much I buy into the theory a brawl can wake up a team, but I do remember the 86 Mets not getting pushed around. In fact, they did more than their fair share of the pushing. What do you think would have happened to Roger Clemens had he thrown a bat shard at Keith or Dykstra or Ray Knight?
I asked Shawn Green about the Penny situation and said he has a “reputation’’ for that sort of thing. I asked him what’s so wrong about stealing signs and he said nothing, that it’s part of the game.
I’m not sure how the Mets would have reacted had Green been plunked, and that might be part of the problem. These issues always surface when a team loses, but there really isn’t anybody I can think of – outside of Paul Lo Duca – who is really that feisty. Pedro Martinez would throw tight, but he’s not around to do so.
So, weigh in … are the Mets “too soft’’ or “too nice.’’ Do they need to literally kick some real butt before they can kick some butt on the field?