New York Mets: The "OLLIE" Is Gone! You Can Come Out Now.
I. - Oliver Perez; BLAME DUANER SANCHEZ!
Once upon a time, Oliver Perez was a ~ WHO? He was a throw-in when we were forced to trade Xavier Nady (whom I liked a lot! ~ and right field has never been "right" since) because Duaner Sanchez got hungry for Spanish food one night at 2:30am in Miami, and hailed a cab that gave him a ride straight into Met hell. I don't recall if Duaner ever got to eat, but......you know.....
II. - Oliver Perez; BLAME AARON HEILMAN!
Oliver Perez went from being a WHO, and became a ~ WOW! What if Aaron Heilman hadn't given Yadier Molina that tennis racquet to hit Aaron's beach ball out of the park with? Oliver Perez would be a hero today after the way he pitched, not just down the stretch for us, but how he pitched in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS. Two trade throw-ins; Ollie and John Maine put us on their backs after El Duque, Pedro, Mickey Lolich and Nino Espinosa all fell apart like a Jennifer Aniston relationship. But
III. - Oliver Perez; BLAME RICK PETERSON!
Oliver Perez graduated into a ~ WELL?? and a WHAT?!! Pitching coach Rick Peterson managed to peel back enough Ollie-layers and exposed a good pitcher. He was a mental case even back then, but at least he was on our good side and Peterson was able to keep Ollie's head on with bolts and crazy glue. You can put all blame on Rick Peterson for planting the idea in Omar Minaya's head that Ollie was a good pitcher because he never told Omar Ollie was useless without him.
IV. - Oliver Perez; BLAME OMAR MINAYA!
WHOA! ~ Omar fired Rick Peterson and re-signed his Monster to a ludicrous contract. Omar brought back Ollie Frankenstein minus the only man who could control him; Rick "the Mad-Scientist" Peterson.
V. - Oliver Perez; BLAME JEFF WILPON!
WHY? ~ We signed Ollie because he was all that was left.... Because the Wilpons finances were in turmoil unbeknown to us and Omar was handcuffed, if maybe to make an attempt at John Lackey.
VI. - Oliver Perez; BLAME OLIVER PEREZ!
What a WASTE! ~ He has always been his own worst enemy. Then he became ours. If he had accepted a demotion to the minors last season, he could have saved himself some face.
Now we get to move forward.