“If you’re a Mets fan who is inclined to boo Castillo this season,” wrote Mike Steffanos earlier this week, “you might want to consider directing them towards the General Manager instead.” It’s worthy advice, except there’s been no overture to create 5 plate appearances for Omar Minaya each home game. 2B Luis Castillo, however, is being touted as the Mets’ Opening Day lead-off hitter, and if the purpose of said manuever is to take advantage of Jose Reyes’ pop, Hot Foot‘s Anthony De Rosa warns, “I worry that trying to squeeze more power out of Reyes is like trying to teach Miles Davis to be more like Stevie Ray Vaughn.” And nobody wants that.
Ultimately, I don™t see how this ˜lesson™ that Manuel is trying to teach Reyes will enhance his game. It certainly isn™t worth messing with Reyes to try and bring more out of Castillo. The Mets invested more money than they should have in Castillo, but that ship has sailed. The money they spent is already gone” it™s a sunk loss. Using that as an excuse to try and ruin what they have in Reyes simply creates more problem.
Would a pre-Madoff Wilpon Inc. have been willing to eat Castillo’s salary and splash out on Orlando Hudson? Steve Keane is up in arms over Fred & Jeff trying to make up their losses with what he calls “food choices (that) stink of yuppie” at Citi Field.
You want Shake Shack? Give me White Castle. You want Blue Smoke? How about a Ghetto Chinese stand for some chicken wings and fries and it has to be surrounded by bullet proof glass of course, for that authentic feeling.