Sunday, February 17, 2008

The First Big Baseball Quote (Non-Steroids Edition)

Well thanks to and the Philadelphia Enquirer's Todd Zolecki for this one:
New York Mets centerfielder Carlos Beltran said yesterday that the Mets are the team to beat in the National League East. Jimmy Rollins made the same prediction a year ago, and the Phillies followed through with their first postseason appearance since 1993.

"Let me tell you this: Without [Johan] Santana, we felt as a team we have a chance to win in our division," Beltran told the New York Daily News. "With him now, I have no doubt that we're going to win in our division. I have no doubt in that. We've got what it takes. We have good chemistry as a team. He fits great because he's a great guy. He's one of the best pitchers in the game. Who doesn't want to have him on any ball club? Without him last year, we did good until the end of the season. So this year, to Jimmy Rollins, we are the team to beat."
Ah, I love it! You see, the first asinine quote of the year, and I can just sit back and watch, since it thankfully doesn't involve the Yankees! I don't care that it's Carlos Beltran (who, while great, hasn't been ol' reliable, if you know what I mean). To me, this is a quiet player trying to jump up and be Mark Messier. Whatever. For the record, I think the Mets ARE the team to beat in the NL, let alone in the NL East.

Now we can just sit back and wait for Jimmy Rollins' retort. For once, such idiocy doesn't involve the Yankees and Red Sox. Very Nice. Let the Mets and Phillies have some fun.

While in Phillies camp (which I went to back in 1983, when the team had Carlton, Schmidt, Rose, and Morgan en route to the World Series that year), the team pulled off a prank of epic proportions.

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