12.15.2004

Delgado, too?

Klapisch and Popper at the Bergen Record are reporting that the Mets are big into Delgado right now.

I don't have much of an opinion on that. On the one hand, having owned him on my fantasy team, I can tell you just how bad Delgado's first half was last year. When a guy like Delgado is on your bench, it raises red flags. He definitely turned it around in a big way, and to some degree, his final line might be more impressive when you consider just how bad the first three months were. He's coming from Skydome, with its huge 1.128 park factor, and moving to Shea. We've all seen what happens to sluggers in the unfriendly confines of Flushing (how ya doing, Jeromy Burnitz?).

Delgado strikes me as an AL player. He's better than serviceable at first base, certainly better than Piazza, but how many 30-plus stars do we need to keep welcoming to our home before we realize that the same thing keeps happening?

I think Delgado will help the Mets in the short term. I'd really stress against anything more than a three-year deal.

But let me get this out of the way: any and all talk about the God Bless America stuff is just ridiculous, for several reasons. First, it was a silent protest. He didn't like what was going on, he didn't want to stand for the song. But he didn't run out to the pitcher's mound, take a microphone, and proclaim that he was sitting this one out. Quite the opposite. He didn't say a word until he was asked by the media. He would merely retreat to the clubhouse, not sit in the dugout to make a scene. Agree with him or not, he wasn't asking for the attention.

And second, THEY DON'T PLAY GOD BLESS AMERICA AT SHEA! They stopped. Are people really concerned with what he'll do during "Lazy Mary?" UPDATE: Apparently, the Mets do play God Bless America on weekends and holidays. My apologies.

This is a non-issue. We need to stop talking about it.

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