January 29, 2008

Johan, Johan Johan Johan, Jo-han, Jooo-haaan...

Oh thank Christ.

It's not definite yet, and most Mets fans are desperately trying to restrain their jubilation until it is, but summer in Queens is looking a whole lot brighter. I was really starting to think we were going to be watching Livan Hernandez pitch every five days. This... this is better.



And in the National League! In a pitcher's park! When the season starts I'll buy some fine wine, crank up the music, and just watch that beautiful, beautiful, changeup. Then I'll rewind the Tivo and watch it again. (I mean, assuming he doesn't blow his elbow out in spring training... now please excuse me while I go knock on every piece of wood within a five block radius).

My best guess for happiest human on the planet tonight: Willie Randolph.


I do feel for Twins fans, though, who in my experience are a pretty excellent bunch, and deserve better. The best pitcher in baseball for four promising but wholly unproven prospects? All is forgiven, Omar. Guillermo who? Looks like that trip to the Holy Land paid off right quick.


UPDATE: Just heard on SNY's SportsNite that Santana refers to his change as "the butterfly." Hold me.

4 comments:

tamikamaria said...

Lucky, lucky Mets fans. As a Twins fan I've had the joy of watching Johan pitch every five days and you are in for a treat. Lucky, lucky, lucky Mets.

Well, now I officially have no favorite players left. No more Johan, no more Torri. Guess I'll have to get used to watching Scott Baker and, uhh, whoever shows up in center field in April. Joy.

Emma said...

My sympathies, Tamikamaria. Not that it's any consolation for losing Santana, but I always found Carlos Gomez fun to watch -- one of the faster players I've ever seen, he covers an insane amount of ground in center field, so he can catch difficult fly balls even when he misjudges them and starts off by running 10 feet in the wrong direction. Which happens kind of a lot, actually, but at least he's never boring.

He's no Torii Hunter out there, not yet, but I could see him growing into that one day.

JL25and3 said...

"...he can catch difficult fly balls even when he misjudges them and starts off by running 10 feet in the wrong direction. Which happens kind of a lot..."

Bernie Williams!

Emma said...

Yes, only much quicker, and much worse at jazz guitar... I mean, I'm assuming.