Are The Mets Truly ‘Choke Artists’?
Total Pro Sports – In an article released earlier this week, Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies and MVP of this years World Series was on a New York radio station responding to various questions. When asked about his division rival the New York Mets, Hamels referred to the New York Mets recent playoff performance as “choke artists“, rather giving the fans a cliche that was obviously not heart felt, Hamels shot straight from the hip so to speak. His exact words were,
“Last year and this year I think we did believe that [they were choke artists],” he said. “Three years ago we didn’t because they smoked everybody, and I think we all thought they were going to win it all. Unfortunately that didn’t happen. But, yeah, that’s kind of what we believed and I think we’re always going to believe that until they prove us wrong.”
Since the arrival of Omar Minaya, the Mets have attempted to buy a World Series, dishing out the big dollars, however, that has not resulted in post season success. This year the Mets have already gone out and signed the biggest name relievers available, J.J. Putz and Francisco “K-Rod” Rodriguez. On paper the New York Mets have looked great in recent years and to an extent they have played well on the field, however, anything short of a World Series is seen as a disappointment.
Cole Hamels’ recent comments may be shared by many other teams, however, was he wrong to say it on national television? We feel the answer to that is YES.
Although, many of us also feel the same way, we are not the ones facing the New York Mets numerous times a year. In a league where the pitcher has to bat, Hamels may be eating his words when next season begins.
There is no doubt that the rivalry has just heated up and we pose the question to the fans, Was this a good thing for baseball or should Hamels have kept to himself?