Who Is This Man?

Pitcher Bobby Parnell of the New York Mets

Quick, can you identify the person in the picture above?

I’ll give you a few hints …

He’s an “untouchable” but never met Kevin Costner and was only three years old when THIS MOVIE came out.

He’s NOT related to a former Red Sox lefty named Mel.

He IS being given the infamous “Philip Humber Treatment”.

Give up? Chances are, you will see him if the Mets get a 15-run lead on the Nationals by the fourth inning tonight. Or maybe not.

First reader to correctly identify this young man — who has been seen walking around the field and in the bullpen at Shea wearing a realistic-looking Mets uniform — gets a Billy Wagner bobblehead (elbow intact).

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  1. Walnutz15 September 10, 2008 at 2:14 pm
    Robert “Bobby” Parnell.
  2. upson September 10, 2008 at 3:28 pm
    If this is indeed Parnell (the picture name can lie, right?), I hope he gets a start today if things goe well. However, more importantly, I hope Niese gets on the field as well. Assuming that he is scheduled to pitch Wed 9/17, it’s about time to give him at least an inning of work. One can argue that we can live without Parnell in the bullpen, but we definitely cannot live w/o 5th starter during the final 17 consecutive games, especially given that Pedro is scheduled 4 times during that stretch.
  3. joe September 10, 2008 at 6:50 pm
    I just hope they don’t wait until they’re two games out with three games to play to give Parnell the ball.

    upson – agreed on the 5th starter issue. Probably wouldn’t be as big a deal if Pedro was throwing better, but you are right.

  4. sincekindergarten September 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm
    As Mic said in the thread after this one, a six-man rotation is in order here, if only to preserve Pedro. Let Niese get some time in, in a pennant race, but in slightly less pressure than Phil Humber faced last year.
  5. Walnutz15 September 15, 2008 at 9:30 am
    In lieu of a Billy Wagner bobblehead doll, I’d prefer an anonymous note be posted to Jerry Manuel’s office door…

    Dearest Jer,

    You have a bullpen full of different options to utilize. Please give us a new look, instead of having the same 3 pitchers combine to go 1 inning.

    Al Reyes
    Ricardo Rincon
    Bobby Parnell; and god forbid he was called back-up
    Eddie Kunz

    Thank you.