The good news is that the Mets are talking to Takahashi, who seems to want to come back. The bad news is that the Mets don’t have a general manager, so how can they really make a long-term commitment to anybody?
Takahashi earned my respect in 2010 by doing everything that was asked of him without complaint. He pitched long relief, he was a lefty specialist, he was a starter, a set-up man and a closer. He was better in some roles than others, but while he expressed a preference for starting, he fulfilled whatever job Jerry Manuel wanted him to on a given day.
It probably won’t really hit me until 7 p.m., but I have to wait 146 more days before there will be another Mets game. It won’t count in the standings, it will be played by people who are not household names and I’ll probably have to listen to in on MLB.com.
But I expect to be there, following the action regardless, just like I did today for game 162 of the 2010 season. The Mets didn’t seem to want to let the season end any more than I did – they played 14 innings, just one short of tying the record for the longest season-ending game in history. Of course they lost.
There will be changes for next season. Time will tell if they’re just going to be cosmetic or more substantive. Hopefully they’ll set the organization on the road to winning their third (and fourth & fifth) World Series title.
We’ve got all winter to see about that. Today, I want to recognize some of the positives from the 2010 season.
I’m still watching the Mets — at least most of the time. Even though the season didn’t go the way I’d hoped, I will still miss baseball when it’s over.
Even though these games have no meaning for any pennant race, there’s still a good chance that you’ll see something interesting.
Monday, Danny Espinosa had one of the best games I’ve ever seen from a hitter. Four hits. Six RBI. Three extra base hits. Two home runs. A grand slam.
It would have been a lot more fun if Espinosa had done that against another team — say, maybe the Phillies. But it was still an amazing performance. I actually went looking at Espinosa baseball cards on eBay after the game, but I didn’t find any that I liked enough to add to my collection. Maybe next year when Topps can make some that show him in a Nationals uniform.