I started watching "SpongeBob SquarePants" when my son was younger, although Mrs. Insider likes to point out that I seem to enjoy the show more than anyone else. Guilty, as charged.
Anywho, in this episode, Patrick finds what's believed to be a rare trading card (of Mermaid Man, voiced by the legendary Ernest Borgnine) and agrees to give the card to SpongeBob - but first, he wants to hold onto the card for one day. SpongeBob acquiesces, and urges Patrick to be careful with the valuable commodity.
Patrick then proceeds to 1) pick his teeth with the card, 2) use the card to jimmy open the door on his house; 3) scrape a dirty barbecue grill; 4) flip burgers with the card; 5) serve burgers on the card; and 6) wipe his face with the card, before it finally disintegrates.
Perhaps that explains why I thought of that episode when the Mets finally demoted Jenrry Mejia to Double-A Buffalo yesterday, with the thought of turning him into a starting pitcher.
Did Mejia gain anything from his first two and a half months as a major leaguer? If you want to say, "He got the feel of what it's like to be in the big leagues," I'll say fine. And I'll argue, with confidence, that he woudl've gained far more if he had began the season as a minor-league starter, therefore putting himself in a position to help the Mets right now as a starter.
That would give the team some leverage in its trade discussions for both a starter and a reliever - after all, Mejia would've been in better shape to help the Mets in one role or the other - and, if the Mets were so inclinced (but I don't think they are), it also would boost Mejia's trade value.
Omar Minaya has received some praise for the moves he made last offseason that paid off, and by all means he deserves it. Rod Barajas, Hisanori Takahashi and R.A. Dickey all came at low cost and have produced.
But when you look at what the Mets did with Mejia, and wonder how that effects the team both in the short term and the long term, you still have to wonder about both the process and the results of this Mets management team.
--Mark Teixeira might finally be turning his season around. Then again, he might not. I'm curious to see how the whole Yankees lineup does at hitter-friendly Chase Field.
--CC Sabathia pitched extremely well, and his outing was all the more impressive because of the hot, sticky conditions. Another Yankees hefty lefty of the past, David Wells, might have wilted on such a day. Of course, Wells probably would've been out until 5 in the morning. Probably not the case with Sabathia.
--The Yankees play the Diamondbacks in Phoenix starting tonight, but the drums already are pounding for the big reunion this weekend with Joe Torre in Los Angeles. Joe Girardi said yesterday he's looking forward to seeing Torre.
The two men do like each other; remember, Torre pushed for the acquisition of Girardi for the 1996 season, replacing the popular Mike Stanley. But it is interesting (at least to me) to note that in 2005, the one season Girardi worked as Torre's bench coach, the laid-back Torre often had to tell the fired-up Girardi to take it easy.
The ideal, of course, is a mix between those two men. Girardi, to his credit, has learned to calm down some, particularly regarding the whole "It's a marathon" thing. And on the flip side, the Yankees have benefited from Girardi's superior roster management. Out in L.A....I'm certain Torre is doing his usual stellar job insulating his players from the ownership mess, while at the same time not being a tactical genius.
--Just when it seemed the Phillies were performing as we expected, they lost two straight to the Twins. Yesterday, Roy Halladay lost out to the American Idle, Carl Pavano.
Pavano smartly accepted the Twins' offer of salary arbitration last winter, as his agent Tom O'Connell understood that Pavano's track record wouldn't play well in a free-agent market replete with second-tier starting pitchers. But if Pavano finishes this season with, say, 200 innings pitched and a 4.00 ERA, and the Twins make the playoffs, does Pavano get another team to commit mutlipe years to him?
I'd say yes. He'd be far enough removed from his Yankees fiasco to sell himself as a reliable, matured, strike-throwing machine. Not to the Yankees, but to some club out there.