Rick Ankiel Suddenly Looking Pretty Great

I never imagined it would come to this but we have indeed reached the point where a guy like Rick Ankiel is looking like an exciting off-season acquisition. 

But of the left handed bat names currently being bandied about who would you rather root for? Jonnny Damon, Raul Ibanez, Fukudome or Ankiel?

I dunno I guess I could root for Fukudome. He generally gets off to a great April  before fading away so that could make for some fun early season games but you gotta love Rick Ankiel.

And people have largely forgotten his fascinating  story. He made it to the bigs as a lights out fireballer only to flame out in the playoffs when he lost literally ALL control and was unable to avoid throwing balls to the backstop.

It broke him mentally so he quit pitching, went to the minors picked up an OF mitt and made it back to the Bigs as a CF’er! 

I mean how can you NOT root for that guy? I hope he doe sign here. I think NY would get behind Ankiel and he just might catch fire for 1 more productive offensive year.

Then again Fukudome might sell thousands of tickets to Japanese NY’ers and that may be a very real criteria for the Wilponzis.

4 Responses to “Rick Ankiel Suddenly Looking Pretty Great”

  1. Luis Says:

    We will be so bad I want to cry…we are talking about getting Ankiel-Great story, not so good player…

  2. Florida Met Fan Rich Says:

    We will not end up getting Ankiel.

    Rick Ankiel would probably be a good fit for this team, but I am sure we will try to low ball him and he will decide to go to anoother team.

    Even if we offer the same amount as another team, would you come here?

    We are not low enough yet or at bottom of barrel of the free agent market to find the cheap players that “Nobody wants and will play for free”

    Those are the players the Mets are looking for and would be a good fit.

    WE ARE the Astros of the NL East!

  3. the dude formerly known as bill l. Says:

    Ankiel is “so 2008,” to quote Fergie. I mean, really, why bother? No power, strikes out a lot, doesn’t hit for average.

  4. Met_Maven Says:

    Either of those above mentioned names would be a good fit for the Mets at a one year, low cost, incentive laden contract. The Mets are going to be bad this year, and most likely next year. Accept it. They have foolishly put themselves in a financial stranglehold and now have to pay the consequences. However, and I’m not standing up for the Wilpons, they are being smart by not signing anyone to a larger than necessary contract just because. They need to get out of the big contracts they have left to free up cap room. Wright, bay, Santana make up over half the teams payroll. Half. if they had the same $90 mil payroll and were able to evenly distribute it amongst the team, there would be good solid players at all positions. They are on the right path. Its going to take time. Just because they’re a NY team doesn’t mean they have to give the fans instant gratification. Alderson has been here ONE YEAR! Its going to take 2 - 3 years to fix the mess the Wilpons and Omar put themselves in.

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