Angry Ward Wednesday: A Farewell To Arm; Mets Blow It With Dickey

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Robert Allen Dickey waves goodbye.

NEW YORK, NY - The Mets always get it wrong. I know that there are those out there who believe that trading R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays was a prudent move by Sandy Alderson and company, but I could not disagree more. Yes, he’s 38 and coming off a career year. Yes, you would be signing him to two additional years with no guarantee that you’d get the Cy Young version of the man all of those years. And yes, of course, the Mets are in need of lots of pieces. I grant you all of that. But now, grant me this: R.A. Dickey was the best player on the New York Mets last year, by a lot, and now he’s gone

So, who is the current ace of the Mets pitching staff? If you answered Johan Santana you’re more than just an optimist, you’re an idiot too. The Johan that Omar “Brains” Minaya signed way back when doesn’t live here anymore. Sure, he tossed that crazy no-hitter last year but as the season wore on he wore out, until he finally got shut down. So then, is Jonathan Niese ready to step up and be #1? Probably not. The bottom line is, the Mets just traded away their ace. Even when the team hit the skids after  the All-Star break, Dickey was Mr. Consistency, going out there every fifth day and mowing ‘em down.

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Buck’s into the pies. Great.

It wasn’t just that Dickey had become a terrific pitcher – he was a knuckleballer, so that also made him an entertaining player to watch. By season’s end, the Mets were actually going out of their way to advertise games in which he would be pitching. They knew he was a tremendous fan draw. They knew this! Yet they traded him anyway. They also knew he was an even-tempered and intelligent guy, something you can always use in the clubhouse, but still they dealt him.

Even in leaving town, Dickey was classy. Right after the deal with the Jays was complete he had this to say to Mets fans via twitter: “I want to say that I don’t have the words to express how grateful I am to you for the steadfast support. Thank you for making me feel wanted.” He was wanted, and appreciated, and now he’ll be wanted and appreciated by another team’s fans. Though this isn’t on the scale of Tom Seaver being traded to the Reds, I don’t think the Mets brass truly gave any consideration to how the fans connected with this guy.

Noah Syndergaard-fag-tweet-1218Speaking of the front office, Sandy Alderson had this to say about the upcoming season: “We are certainly not punting on 2013.” I’m calling bullshit on that. What makes anyone think that the Mets can be any better next year when they just traded their best pitcher? Are the guys that they got from the Jays all gonna step in and start? You tell me. Catcher Travis d’Arnaud is the main blue chip prospect the Mets got in this deal. Last year he hit .333 with 16 homers and 52 rbi in Triple-A but then tore up his knee. Let’s hope he’s fully recovered and still can hit. Veteran catcher John Buck hit .192 last year in Miami. The bigs are full of veteran catchers that can’t hit their weight. Pitcher Noah Syndergaard (who is in Twitter hot water) and outfielder Wuilmer Becerra are unproven kids, though they immediately give the Mets another two strange names to go with their growing collection.

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Nice tie.

If the Mets are truly rebuilding, the question has to be, with what? It’s really difficult to see a light at the end of the tunnel with this club. It’s been over a quarter century since the last World Series title. The team, as it is now, will finish no better than they did last year. So why should fans bother dropping money to go see games? If Dickey were still with the team, at least there would have been one reason. For now there’s no ace, no offense outside of David Wright, and no knuckleball excitement on tap for 2013. Now, ask yourself again…

Did the Mets get this right?

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Wednesday: Angry Ward, who has admirers at the NY Times, is the quintessential angry sports fan but one exception... he's flat-out funny. And the angrier he gets, the more amusing his work becomes. Psychiatrists say, "Angry Ward's 'anger' is a direct result of "Bronx/Mets syndrome: growing up in the Bronx as a Mets fan." As if that weren't enough, his Minnesota North Stars abandoned him for Dallas, forcing him to embrace The Wild the way conservatives embrace Mitt Romney. While the Vikings tease him incessantly with flirtations of success, the Golden State Warriors, "Don't have a enough short, white angry guys but I don't dislike them... that much." A-Dubya is MTM's longest-tenured indentured servant, its Larry David and quite simply, The Franchise.
  • http://twitter.com/Cookies_Corner Cookies Corner

    And the motto that still stands for the Mets still works: ‘You Gotta Believe’
    It’s still perfect to fill in your own comment at the end.

  • Yankmees

    For once the Mets made a move that any other team not thinking playoffs this year would make and people like you are all over them. It makes me sick. If you found out next June they passed up on the new catching all star in the AL to bring Dickey back you’d be all over them.

    • http://twitter.com/JunoirBlaber Junoir Blaber

      It was the smart textbook business decision. Some are calling it shades of the trade for Carter.

      • AngryWard

        I stand by what I say. We’ll see how everyone feels about it later this year and next.

        • http://twitter.com/JunoirBlaber Junoir Blaber

          I miss affable Wade!!

  • http://twitter.com/JunoirBlaber Junoir Blaber

    Side note, anyone seen the Mrs. Claus makes a porno, Samsung Galaxy ad? It is kinda of disturbing ain’t it?

    • Sam’s-A-Fan

      It’s more than a little disturbing!

  • bosoxbruins04

    I think if you’re the Mets, you have to make the trade. The risk is high but so is the reward. But we had a similar problem in Beantown with the next great catcher that didn’t live up to the hype, Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Mark Texiera went for him.

  • Sam’s-A-Fan

    I don’t disagree with anything that you’ve said, my only point has been if this were the route that they were going, they should have traded E5 as well. There is absolutely no point in paying all that cash for 20 home runs, fewer than 100 rib-eyes and average defense.

    • http://twitter.com/JunoirBlaber Junoir Blaber

      Wright is young and could get better. This may have been Dickey’s peak. Plus Wright is at least one selling point.

  • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

    We fundamentally disagree. Frank Cashen traded a very popular Lee Mazzilli for two minor leaguers… Ron Darling and Walt Terrell. He then traded Terrell, who was a solid starting pitcher, for Howard Johnson… Stick that in your Angry pipe and go get a big bowl of Cry Baby Soup!

    • AngryWard

      It is good soup weather. Look, I hope this catcher kid is all he’s cracked up to be but even if he is, you won’t convince me that the Mets will finish 2013 any better than they did this year which was 74-88, fourth place, and 24 games out of first. Alderson can say that they aren’t giving up on the upcoming season, but they just traded a 20-game winner and are said to be interested in Coco Crisp. Wow, let me go out and start waiting in line for opening day tickets now.

  • Buddy 19

    I have to say, if you trade Dickey then you should of trade/traded Wright as well. If you going the prospect route then you have to go all in, especially if you dont have the money to contend, say like the Yankees who never rebuild which is why it usually takes them longer to add young starts from the minors, if they are not traded. I say go young, should of traded Wright and in light of that, I think Mets fans would of at least been able to see what young guys they have and/or good enough.

  • http://ThePublicProfessor.com The Public Professor

    I didn’t see a single Dickey joke in this article. Very disturbing.

    • Cam_James

      agreed. ward made a giant dickey of himself

  • Dude

    I will miss Dickey but I think this was the correct move. With him or without him the Mets are at best a fourth place team next season. Yeah now they will sell less tickets, but if D’artangan turns into buster posey then its worth it. I think keeping Wright was the smart play as well. It gives the Mets a chance to have one player begin and end his career in the orange and blue. we might get a retired number and a HOF plaque out of it. its pretty embarassing when Ed kranepool is the longest tenured met of all time. alderson was brought in to make these kinds of deals, stockpiling talent for the future.
    The real solution is for the team to be sold, but apparently the wilpons have all sorts of pictures of selig with small boys so thats not gonna happen. look on the bright side- at least the marlins will finish last. oh and by the way don’t be shocked when the blue jays become the north of the border version of that organ-I-sation.

    • Sam’s-A-Fan

      If we want to retire a number, let’s start with Koosman!

      • Dude

        agreed, and hernandez too. just saying a lifetime met would be good

      • AngryWard

        Absolutely.

      • Tall Matt

        YES-YES-YES. But most of u know my feelings here.

    • AngryWard

      I’m not Wright’s biggest fan, but he did have a good season last year and really cut down on the errors too. I liked that they re-signed him. As far as the Mets stockpiling talent, I guess time will tell. This season (and maybe next) is a complete loss.

  • WestCoastCraig

    knuckleball pitchers aren’t always fun to watch. Tom Candiotti was like watching paint dry.

    • Cam_James

      Tom Candiotti is in the bowling hall of fame and not the baseball hall of fame. that should say enough about him.

    • AngryWard

      Yeah, you’re right Craig. But Dickey is high strikeout knuckleballer. His back-to-back one-hitters this year was pretty amazing.

  • AZ2FLA

    Excellent Trade!
    signed,

    The Marlins!

    • AngryWard

      Hahahaha! That should be the greeting inside the Marlins holiday card.

      • AZ2FLA

        the Marlins are too cheap to mail out a holiday card! But they should put up a pretty good fight with the Mets for the #1 draft pick position.

  • Baseball Lifer

    There is no Buster Posey in this deal. Posey is a once-in-a-decade player. That’s not to say that D’Arnaud won’t be good. Maybe he turns into a Brian McCann. If so, the mets will be happy. But it is suspicious that Toronto let this alleged star go.

  • Grote2Dmax

    I wish they had the money to keep these guys and prudently add people but year’s of mismanagement of the drafts have left the cupboards empty. Plus we got rid of Josh Thole. I like the gathering of young arms though.

  • Tall Matt

    I will dissent and say, regretfully and painfully, “The Mets Got It Right.” Fans asses in the seats every 5th game is not winning baseball. It’s Chicago Cub mentality. The Mets solidified the future with the trade. So LONG DICKey.

    • AngryWard

      Show me how they solidified the future come late June. I hope you’re right.

  • jgclancy

    ” It’s really difficult to see a light at the end of the tunnel with this club”–oh, the Mets organization (and any playoff hopes) is moving towards the light alrighty

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