Destination: Out of town
Is a bag of waterlogged baseballs too much to ask for?
NEW YORK — With holes in their rotation and their bullpen not yet repaired, the Mets have another pitching issue to address, one that might add a starter at the cost of one of their incumbent relievers. Aaron Heilman wants out of the ‘pen and into the rotation, or, if that can’t be arranged, out of the Mets
Well one of those things is definitely going to happen. The other, not so much. Maybe Aaron is hoping that some other team hasnâ€™t watched him pitch in the past two seasonsâ€¦or doesnâ€™t have access to videoâ€¦or the internetâ€¦or doesnâ€™t read any newspapersâ€¦or talk to people.
Anyway, this idiot had something to say:
“The object the entire time has never been to get out of New York,” agent Mark Rodgers was quoted as having said. “The object is to get out of the bullpen.”
Rogers continued. â€œWell that and the other object was to set a new example of horrid relief pitching in New York, the likes of which eclipses Doug Sisk and I think heâ€™s done that without a shadow of a doubt.â€
Ok, he really didnâ€™t say that, but what a pair on this guy. Unless of course, Aaron is so unhappy in Queens he wants a trade at any cost. If you remember (I try to block most Heilman related memories) this isnâ€™t the first time him and his douchy agent have tried this. Then of course, there was Aaronâ€™s public unhappiness with his lack of a parking spot, after his last appearece cost the team a trip to the World Series.
Honestly, I could live the rest of my life and never see Heilman in a Mets uniform and Iâ€™m sure I have a good number of companions on that opinion. You know what, scrap that, I am so tired of watching Aaron blow leads late in games, it almost made me hate baseball last season so Iâ€™m going to go ahead and write little sarcastic digs after random paragraphs, ok? Great:
Now, though, after a season in which he fell into disfavor and then into disuse, Heilman wants to be used in a role he considers better suited for his skills, and for the first time, he has reinforced his request with an expressed willingness to leave the organization that developed him if his request isn’t accommodated.
Because why wouldnâ€™t it make sense to plan you rotation around a man you depend on to get to the sixth inning when he couldnâ€™t string together three outs without giving up a home run and/or walking the ballpark.
Because he was the Mets’ primary “crossover” pitcher — a pitcher used against right-handed and left-handed hitters — his ineffectiveness affected the bullpen more than the shortfall of any other reliever.
And by crossover, it means heâ€™s equally ineffective against right and left-handed batters.
Iâ€™m tired of this already. I would like to thank Aaron for lowering his trade value even lower (if thatâ€™s even possible.) Incidentally, the story currently up, written by Marty Noble originally linked to a story by Jim Mallory and was much more critical of Heilman.
Anyway, the point of all of this is that any and all things from Notre Dame suck sweaty balls …except Mark Bavaro.
NOTE: the alternate title I had in mind was Aaron Heilman and the horse he rode in on.
This post was written by Dan in Texas on November 20, 2008