Well, yeah, Bobby Bo's debut last night was pretty spectacular
(He's way ahead of both Ruth's and Maris' home run pace),
but the larger point with the Mets in 1992 is that this is
a team with a re-cast personality.
Gone are (in order of importance): Frank Cashen, Buddy Harrelson,
Kevin McReynolds, Gregg Jefferies, Frank Viola.
In their place are (again, in order of importance): Al Harazin,
Jeff Torborg, Bobby Bonilla, Bret Saberhagen, Eddie Murray and
(Do you notice a trend here in terms of type-of-person?)
The biggest off-season move they made was selecting Torborg as
their manager. For the first time since around 1987 they will
be getting true leadership from their manager. The Days of
Whine and Poses are *OVER*.
Not that this gurantees any championships -- their defense and
the bottom of the order are suspect -- but the days of their
unfocused, lack-of-work-ethic are over.
A perfect example is that Torborg got very visibly in Vince Coleman's
face after a lack of hustle cost him a base hit. It was Harrelson's
refusal to get in Coleman's face last spring over a similar incident
that showed the Mets who wasn't in charge and which also set the tone
for the hideous season that followed.
The only downside to McReynolds' departure is that we won't get to see
Torborg going after his unrepetantly so-what attitude.
Again, this gurantees nothing (except no repeat of their 1991
fifth-place finish), but this attitude adjustment is unmistakable,
and that ain't good news for the rest of the NL East.
Gonna be fun to watch. As always.