The Mets are flat. They’re losing and becoming increasingly lifeless with every game.
Last nite’s contest was pretty much out of reach as the our heroes were down 6-1 in the 8th when all of a sudden there was a glimmer of hope.
Reyes got aboard when first baseman Chris Johnson was unable to handle a one hop throw from across the diamond. One out later Wright grounded to the SS who flipped to 2nd baseman Bill Hall for the DP but the ball clanked off of Halls mitt before an out was recorded… Only that’s not how the ump saw it and ruled the drop was on the transfer and thus Reyes was out.
Except it CLEARLY bounced out of his mitt w/o the player ever having possession. It was a terrible call that brought Collins from the dugout.
BMF was sure we were in for a good argument. I mean there was no way the firey Collins would let the umps get away with this blown call.
So our skipper runs out, talks for a couple of minutes and returns to the dugout business as usual.
My head almost exploded at the lost opportunity Collins just punted. The Mets are trying to rally. The ump blew an easy call. We’re home. The fans, or at least the handful that remained, were ready to be super-charged… But nuthin’.
I can’t stand it when managers don’t take the opportunity to inspire their team by abusing a deserving ump.
Nothing gets the crowd going like a good ol’ scream at the ump session when everyone in the building saw it was a bad call.
The team is in such desperate need of a boost I believe it’s the managers duty to seize the moment. If you’re asking the players to provide a spark then you as a manager have the same obligation.
I don’t want to hear about, “That’s not his personality” or “You can’t ask someone to be who they’re not” — Bullshit. If you’re a major league manager and you’ve got a team needs a spark then you try anything and everything to provide it.
Do you think for a moment that Tommy Lasorda wouldn’t have gone bezerk? Or Bobby V, or Pinella, or Billy Martin?
Sorry Collins but BMF is fining you $500 (to charity) for failing to argue in an effort to provide a spark.
I mean what’s the worst that happens - he goes too far, gets tossed from game and manages from the clubhouse for 1 inning?
And you never know a good rhubarb with an ump just might wake up this sleep walking, loser team!