|"Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast"
|"The liberal soul shall be made fat, and he that watereth, shall be watered also himself."
-- Proverbs 11:25
The Mets make a great deal here, by the way, getting Rodriguez on a three-year deal, for what averages out to be about $12 million a year. They say that Frankie Rodriguez's velocity has gone down. Right. It didn't keep him from getting 62 saves on a team that was supposed to go to the World Series this year until bad things happened to Rodriguez and the Angels in the first round against the Red Sox.
Of course something could happen to Rodriguez, because something can always go wrong with a pitcher's arm. But Rodriguez is 26 years old today and will be 27 when next season starts and you tell me how many top-of-the-line closers are out there who are this young and this good, even if he does have a whole lot of miles on him for a kid. You tell me how many closers like this ever came on the market at this age.
Now they have to hope that Rodriguez does something they want Johan Santana, another Venezuelan, to do, something Pedro Martinez didn't really do and Billy Wagner sure didn't do: They want him to close out a big contract the way he closes out baseball games. Pedro was a shell of himself by the end of his contract with the Mets and Wagner probably won't be pitching at all. They want it to be different three years from now with the kid known as K-Rod. They want him to be still saving games in New York and want very much for him to have gotten the last out of the World Series.
You can look at it this way: If Frankie Rodriguez is the Mets closer in the 2006 National League Championship Series, the Mets go all the way to the World Series. And they hang on in 2008 and they might have won the National League East going away instead of watching as their bullpen, without Wagner, a shot case by then, gone, hand the division and the National League season over to a team, the Phillies, that would end up winning it all.
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