No End To The Riches: 36 year old Catalanotto now a Met

I like it when the word "intangibles" is the best word you can find to describe a new Mets signing. It makes my heart flutter with excitement.

Who needs Orlando Hudson when you've got intangibles?

I'm reminded of Donald Rumsfeld ruminations on the matter:

"There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know."

Frank Catalanotto is one of those things we don't know we don't know and yet another reason, along with the signing of Fernando Tatis and Josh Fogg that we don't need to know what we don't know because we don't even know that we don't know it yet.

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I mean Frank Catalanotto could make a great bench coach for the Buffalo Bisons. Just think how valuable that could be to Buffalo and all the 40 year old Triple AAA detritus that will populate their roster in 2010.

Or maybe Luis Castillo will break his leg falling down the dugout steps in Florida during Spring Training and Frank Catalanotto will become the Mets starting second baseman for 2010.

You just don't know you don't know, do you?

The bigger question is how is Alex Cora going to sleep nights now knowing Frank Catalanotto is breathing down his neck?

Maybe Alex Cora was laughing quietly to himself while Jose Reyes was running his five 90 foot sprints and figuring well, Reyes' hamstrings have probably seen about as much action as they can take and its a matter of hours before he tears one of them stepping out of a cab and he takes his familiar place on the disabled list.

I mean think about it - the Mets could have Alex Cora AND Frank Catalanotto starting in the infield at the same time! If that doesn't strike fear into their NL East opponents, nothing will.

Well ok, maybe seeing Fogg emerging from the bullpen late in the 4th inning after Oliver Perez has walked in 6 runs and hit 8 batters will worry them. Fear the Fogg, that's what they used to say in Pittsburgh. I mean his nickname is "The Dragon Slayer" after all. It's true. You can look it up if you don't believe me.

Josh Fogg is comfortable with his secret life...

Of course, I don't know why he's called the Dragon Slayer. It could be some sexual euphemism for all I know. Surely with a lifetime ERA of 5.03 it's little to do with getting Major League batters out. But look, if he makes the team and if he's doing long relief chances are it won't really matter very often how he fares. And that's what makes these 2010 Mets so interesting.

If all else fails, they'll be the most intangible team in America.


jdon said...

As for Buffalo, don't forget that Chris Coste will be there, squandering one of our 40-man roster spots, per omar's promise. Love that picture. Fogg looks like he keeps himself in fine shape. Would not want him losing any steam off that 86 mph fastball. I don't know about you, but I LOVE the Cora signing. Cora, Catalanatto, Tatis, Fogg,Blanco, Coste, a virtual pantheon of "good clubhouse/bad on-the-field" guys. Do you think Wright and Reyes will combine for 20 homers this year? I don't. It is a trick question.

Jaap said...

yeah jdon, that seems to be the consistent message, setting the table for good guy clubhouse - although it still doesn't explain the Matthews Junior signing which would negate all the other signings. the same front office gibberish mish-mash. Reyes would have to be healthy and somehow I'm doubting that will happen. Other than speculation has anyone ever figured out what happened to Wright last season? (other than the men-on-base strikeout he mastered?)

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I.M. Forme said...

i concur with anonymous above. Also, great Fogg crotch shot.

I think we all unanimously expect nothing from this club this season. Which means...Watch, this team will win it all this year.

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