Dillon Gee Opens Season for Mets
In case you don’t know already, Dillon Gee will be the starting pitcher today, Opening Day, for the New York Mets.
Gee will be the 23rd Opening Day starter in Mets history. Did he deserve the Opening Day nod?
I say “yes,” but, I really like Dillon Gee — for me, he’s fun to watch, and someone easy to root for. In many ways, he’s, for me, like Bobby Jones (the righthanded Bobby Jones, a.k.a., “Bobby J. Jones.” Is that enough, though, to be worthy of the Opening Day assignment?
Certainly, there was argument for Bartolo Colon, who posted a sparkling 18-6 record and stingy 2.65 ERA for the Oakland Athletics last season, and who was the second-most significant free-agent signing by the Mets during the offseason. Additionally, Zack Wheeler made a decent case to be the first starter of 2014, based on his performance in his rookie season as well as his strong spring.
Would you have chosen Wheeler, Colon, or Gee? Or someone else?
Before you jump to the comments to answer that question, let me pose a few more …
Andrew Brown or Eric Campbell? As much as I like Campbell, Brown has the homerun power the Mets like, and he looked pretty good on the televised games this spring. Sure, Campbell looked good, too, but he might be better served getting regular duty in AAA. My gut tells me we’ll see Campbell in the bigs soon enough.
Gonzalez German or Kyle Farnsworth? I’m not impressed with either, but I’m less impressed by Farnsworth.
Bill DeBlasio or someone else for the ceremonial first pitch? If I’m Mets ownership, I’d be giving the first pitch to Mike Bloomberg, who was instrumental in making the dream of a mall at Willets Point become a reality. Sure, there are still a few legal issues, but one would think that the Wilpons would honor their partner in crime.
Crap, I didn’t mean to make this blog political. Never mind. If it helps, I promise never to discuss religion nor The Great Pumpkin here, ever, OK?
Ok. Let’s focus on the positive: it’s Opening Day!