Monday, March 24, 2008

Mets Manager Willie Randolph Names Opening Day Starter

In the offseason following the worst regular season collapse in Major League Baseball history, the New York Mets and General Manager Omar Minaya knew there was work to be done on the current roster. Top prospect Lastings Milledge was shipped out of town to Washington in exchange for light hitting OF Ryan Church and no-hitting C Brian Schneider. High school skirt-chaser Paul Lo Duca was not retained due to the acquisition of Schneider. Most importantly, the Mets pulled off an enormous trade with the Minnesota Twins and 2-time Cy Young Winner Johan Santana now makes his home in Queens. With the addition of Santana along with the return of a healthy Pedro Martinez, the Mets look to be one of the teams to beat in the National League.

This morning, Manager Willie Randolph shocked the world by announcing that neither Santana, Martinez nor the young John Maine will be making the opening day start for the Metropolitans. The start will go to comedian and Mets fan Jerry Seinfeld. Move over Billy Crystal, Garth Brooks and Tom Selleck - we are not talking about one spring training at bat here. Seinfeld has been working extensively with Mets Pitching Coach Rick Peterson and will be bringing three distinct pitches to the mound on March 31st:

- Fastball (even faster than the traffic on the Arthur Burkhart Expressway after Kramer pained over the lane hash marks!)

- Curveball (even more of a twist than a new, non-conformist holiday like Festivus!)

- Screwball (even kookier and more filthy than "The Bet" episode!)

As you can tell from the photo above, Seinfeld throws from a 3/4 angle and also has a Jeff Nelson-esque frisbee-like slider. It will be interesting to see how the comedian does on the hill later this month.

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