Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Joe Girardi helps out Jets - how about the Mets?

Joe Girardi showed up at Jets' practice Tuesday to instruct quarterback Mark Sanchez in the fine art of sliding. When spring training starts, perhaps Girardi can offer the same courtesy to the Mets.

After last season, the Amazins could use some tips not just in sliding, but in all facets of baserunning.

Meanwhile, the Mets' offseason continues to limp along with word that the team has signed a player who said upon signing, "I will always consider myself a Phillie." And regarding the Mets: "It’s the last team I ever saw myself playing for."

Chris Coste will be 38 in February. He is on his third team since the Phillies released him in July. One would think that this fringe player, who did not make it to the majors until he was 33, would be grateful that anyone wanted him. Lucky for him that Omar Minaya is up to his usual tricks of mostly pursuing older players (Elmer Dessens, 39 in January, Alex Cora - 34).

Coste's signing has had the unlikely effect of making me miss both Tom Glavine, whose heart was in Atlanta, but did have a Hall of Fame career there, and Brian Schneider, who just signed with the Phillies.

Let's hope that spring training does not feature Coste waving his 2008 World Series ring around, criticizing Jose Reyes and Francisco Rodriguez for excessive celebrations and telling Mr. Met that he's no Phillie Phanatic.

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