Jason Bay, Beirut, Siberia

Siberia-orangeOnly days before Jason Bay agreed to a deal with the New York Mets, Peter Gammons told listeners of WEEI that Bay would “rather be playing in Beirut than Queens”.

And a day after Bay agreed to play in Queens, Boston Herald columnist David Buckley said

Imagine: Jason Bay now plays for the Siberia Mets.

That’s not all Buckley said. Here’s some more:

The Mets! The fourth most-popular team in New York, trailing the New York Yankees, Staten Island Yankees and Brooklyn Cyclones.

The Mets, a team for which things got so bad last year that general manager Omar Minaya actually blamed a sportswriter after it was announced that club executive Tony “I’ll Take off My Shirt and Fight You” Bernazard had been fired. …

… And now he signs with the Mets, a team with big-market bucks and big-market fans who expect a winner, but a team in desperate need of a good, old-fashioned organizational housecleaning.

Hmm … hard to argue with anything Buckley states, even as a diehard Mets fan. Siberia is pretty cold from what I understand, and the truth can be chilling, eh?

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  1. CatchDog January 5, 2010 at 12:54 pm
    And how far away can some of these phrases be?

    When JayBay makes his first critical error, we’re gonna see eBay.

    After hitting safely in a few games, we may see BayWatch.

    And perhaps when he jacks one out of Citi, we may see Bombay…

  2. Yankee fan, Queens resident January 5, 2010 at 1:28 pm
    Gammons plays the stilted lover role well, doesn’t he? Him and his Sox first debuted when Teixeira scorned them for the Yanks. Jason Bay flipped Theo the bird and seems to be cozy in Queens. Jealous much? Hey Metsies, take a Yankee fan’s advice for once – laugh at Gammons and his BS and then move on. You bagged a real winner in Bay, and, assuming three of four out of Beltran, Reyes, Bay, and Wright stay healthy for 150+ games, you guys mash at the plate, Citi dimensions be damned.
  3. gary s. January 5, 2010 at 8:04 pm
    kind of funny that a writer for a boston newspaper knows that the met front office needs a fumigating, but the wilpons are oblivious to it.bay will help the team..but minaya will sink the team if the starting pitching is not upgraded.i heard him on wfan saying how ollie “can return to form” this year as will john maine.. seems like a large leap of faith.i hope u are right omar..