The Mets have drawn even with the Phillies in one vital area. Not in the standings, obviously. But in trash-talking.
(He may need that hardhat when the division lead starts crumbling.)
Giving Jimmy Rollins competition for most obvious bulletin board material is new Met Francisco Rodriguez. Frankie, saying this kind of thing may have flown in Anaheim, where no one really cared about baseball. But here, you made the mistake of talking where the media could hear you; this story is going to be run into the ground before spring training.
Of course we’re going to try to win the division. Of course we’re going to be the front-runner. Of course we’re going to be the team to beat.
I don’t want to be controversial or [have] the other ballclubs in that division take it personally or take it in a bad way. I’m a really competitive guy, and I like to win. Of course, if they ask what is the ballclub that’s going to win the National League East, it’s going to be the Mets. Easy question.
Of course it’s an easy question now. It’s the middle of December, and everybody is tied. It’s easy to have a big mouth.
But let’s see how that confidence holds up in a man whose only job is protecting leads, when that Mets rotation doesn’t give him any leads to protect.