Listen, I get it. The Mets don’t have much to celebrate. So when something good happens, they hold on tight and squeeze every drop of it. I understand that. I can appreciate that, to an extent. But the bar needs to be higher. Lucas Duda is the best first baseman the Mets have had since Carlos Delgado. While that is a fact, that’s hardly an accolade. That’s hardly “video tribute-worthy”. Lucas Duda was a good Met. Lucas Duda was one of the better power hitters I can remember sporting the Mets laundry. Lucas Duda was also responsible for the single worst defensive play in franchise history (I’ve still never seen a replay of it). If Lucas Duda throws out Eric Hosmer, the Mets win Game 5 and send the World Series back to KC for Game 6 with momentum. The bar needs to be higher than Lucas Duda.
Granted, I am as sour as ever on anything Mets right now. Nothing they do makes me happy. And so I’m highly critical of everything because I think they deserve it. Tribute videos are a nice gesture for former Mets. I like a good montage as much as the next guy. My issue is the Mets give out video tributes like Halloween candy*. Everyone gets a tribute. I hated the Daniel Murphy tribute but can admit that’s personal bias. Jon Niese got a tribute. Jon Niese, sub .500 pitcher for the Mets, was given a goddamn video tribute. All-time greats get video tributes. But I guess in Queens anyone willing to put up with the circus gets one.
If Lucas Duda is deserving of a video tribute, then they better unveil a statue of me on Saturday night for my return.
*the Mets probably don’t give out Halloween candy because that would mean spending money to give something away for free. Boom roasted.
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