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!