With every passing hour, I get more excited about our newest Met. I’m feeling so giddy that I haven’t even got the patience to photoshop something cute and clever, so I’ll just refer you to Matt’s awesome "1986 Topps Santana card".
The beauty of this deal is that there’s (so far, fingers crossed, back off Evil Eye!!!) no bad side. In fact, I can only keep coming up with gleeful benefits. We’re paying basically the same money Barry Zito got last year–and we know how that turned out–but our dude is worth it. Johan’s still young, he’s healthy (don’t even think it, Evil Eye!), and he’s the best pitcher in baseball!
But even better–if it’s possible!–will be the mental effect on our team. Can you imagine going into ’08 with the psychological remnants of last September still intact? No matter what they said or did, our boys would be entering the season as losers (in the actual sense of the word), with basically the same guys on board. I can only imagine how hard it would have been to turn that around in their minds. But with one lucky, ballsy move by Omar (ballsy in that he refused to part with more), suddenly there’s a whole new energy in that clubhouse. Almost as important as his arm, Johan Santana has given our team hope.
We’re a team with Pedro Martinez as its number two pitcher. That’s just so very, very awesome.