Yankeelike Fans

The other day I’m listening to the Michael Kay Show (what, you want me to listen to Fatcesspool and the Rat Dog on my way home?), and a Mets fan calls in with this proposal:

“I think the Mets should trade Heilman and Milledge to the Seattle Mariners for Ichiro and J.J. Putz. Then we could put Ichiro in outfield and have a good setup guy for the eighth.”

I nearly pulled my car off the road, not because it was such an asinine proposal, but that such stupidity and arrogance would come from a Mets fan — trade ideas like that are supposed to come from YANKEE fans.

For example, two years ago dozens of Yankee fans would call in after every Tampa Bay series and say remarkable things like, “duh Yankees, dey should get dis kid Crawford. Duh Rays need pitchin’ so we can give ’em Jaret Wright and some prospects” Or more recently, at least one caller chimed in with “I got da perfect solution for the Yankees’ first base problem, and it ain’t gonna cost us nuttin’. All we gotta do is get dat guy Pee-na back. I see he’s hittin’ pretty well now,” — as if the D-Rays were the Yankees’ farm team, and had assigned Carlos Pena to them until he got his stroke back.

Though you will hear an occasional doosie from a Mets fan, generally we’re a fairly educated, realistic lot, and do not believe that the rest of MLB exists solely for the purpose of keeping the Mets’ roster stocked with the best players on the planet.

If and when you ever call in to a sports talk radio show, please remember you are a Mets fan, and in many ways representing not just yourself but all Mets fans. Let’s leave the trademark for obnoxious, ignorant, and unbalanced trade “ideas” for Yankees fans only (and the idiots in your fantasy league).

Have you caught a Mets fan proposing a dumb deal? Let us know in the comments section.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. sincekindergarten June 20, 2007 at 5:02 pm
    Depends–if you call my suggestion of Jon Adkins to the Cubs for Cliff Floyd, while picking up a sizable amount of Floyd’s contract.
  2. archeress June 20, 2007 at 7:58 pm
    my boyfriend, a mariners fan, made a joking comment recently that if Ichiro came to the Mets, other teams would NOT know what to do with Reyes and Ichiro as 1 and 2, that it would be terrifying for the competition. That could be misconstrued as a kind of a Yankee jerk hothead idea*, I agree. But lately, having our hearts cut out by our favorite team, *we are thinking crazy ideas.

    Just heard that Sunday is Lo Duca bobblehead doll day.
    My ship has come in. Finally going to Shea, and it’s Lo Duca day, Hooray! He seems to me the hardest working Met this year.

  3. archeress June 20, 2007 at 8:06 pm
    i’m sure the mariners would trade their two best players for Heilman and who? Oh sure they will.
  4. joe June 20, 2007 at 8:21 pm
    hey I think Ichiro is obtainable — just not in a package that includes one of the top young dominating closers in the AL and not for a feeble package of Heilman/LMillz. If the Mets were willing to part with LM, Heilman, Pelfrey for Ichiro ONLY, there might be something.

    But even then I’m not sure — not as long as the Mariners are owned by Nintendo.