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Good News for NY Mets Fans: K-Rod Gone With the Wind

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For those of you Mets fans who are also movie buffs, do you remember that scene near the end of the classic movie Gone With the Wind, when Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) and Scarlett O’Hara (Vivian Leigh) say their final words to each other? She asks him about what she will do without him, and Gable utters that famous line, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

Well, flash forward to the drama that has unfolded with Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez and his going all Joe Frazier on his poor girlfriend’s father. K-Rod should have known better, probably did know better, but was seeing red and cursing his way to a brawl as he entered the Mets players family lounge. In front of other players’ wives, children, and family members, K-Rod punched out an older man and, in the process, damaged his pitching hand.

We learned on Monday that K-Rod will be out the rest of the season because of the injury sustained during his tantrum. I was listening to talk radio here in New York yesterday, and some Mets fans were lamenting another lost season – as if K-Rod’s departure is the only reason why the team is floundering – but most were happy to see him go. I count myself among them.

When the Mets signed K-Rod, there were rumors about his volatile personality. I discounted that as the usual stuff when a new guy comes to town, but as soon as he started closing for the Mets, I was less than impressed. He made Armando Benitez seem like Mariano Rivera with the way he pitched, The game was almost always tediously on the brink of being lost with him on the mound. Despite his impressive save totals coming from the Angels, we didn’t see him as invincible, and in fact, he seemed rather susceptible to being beaten all the time.

Now, it seems the Mets will have a pastiche closer mechanism, judging from what Jerry Manuel had to say on SNY after Monday’s game. It could be Hisanori Takahashi one night, Oliver Perez the next night, and so on. Hey, why not throw Luis Castillo in there and see what the heck he can do? The closer-by-committee version just might end up doing as good a job as K-Rod, but that’s not saying much.

It is apparent that K-Rod now becomes K-Dud; he is gone and will not likely pitch for the Mets ever again. The team will try to void his contract based on his injury being caused during a non-game fight. The Players Association will probably take his side, but in the end we have to hope he goes someplace else and becomes a problem for another team.

The Mets and their fans know the truth and understand it has to be this way. Wouldn’t it be nice that if K-Rod asked you, “Where will I pitch again?” you would be able to answer, “Frankly, K-Dud, I don’t give a damn”? Well, the Mets are going to say just that, and then he can take his anger management classes in another city and drive their fans crazy with his antics. “Gone with the wind” never sounded so good!

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About Victor Lana

Victor Lana has published numerous stories, articles, and poems in literary magazines and online. His books 'A Death in Prague' (2002), 'Move' (2003), 'The Savage Quiet September Sun: A Collection of 9/11 Stories' (2005), and 'Like a Passing Shadow' (2009) are available in print online and as e-books. His latest books 'Garden of Ghosts' and 'Flashes in the Pan' are available exclusively on Amazon. He has won the National Arts Club Award for Poetry, but has concentrated on writing mostly fiction and non-fiction prose in recent years. He has worked as a faculty advisor to school literary magazines and enjoys the creative process as a writer, editor, and collaborator. He has been with 'Blogcritics Magazine' since July 2005 and has written well over 500 articles; previously co-head sports editor, he now is a Culture and Society editor. Having traveled extensively, Victor has visited six continents and intends to get to Antarctica someday where he figures a few ideas for new stories await him.
  • Charlie Doherty

    You don’t even have to go back to Joe Frazier for a good K-Rod comparison as far as hitting an old man is concerned, just remember Manny Ramirez pushing (now former) Red Sox traveling secretary Jack McCormick (a 60-something-year old and retired cop) to the ground because he couldn’t get him a bunch of game tickets he wanted. Manny literally pushed his way out of town.

  • Victor Lana

    Charlie, we also have Pedro Martinez and Don Zimmer. That’s as ugly as it gets.