Blue Jays’ outfielder Steve Pearce exited Sunday’s game against the Mariners after a headfirst slide into second base went awry. In the second inning, Pearce skied a double into right field and slid around the left side of the bag to avoid the tag from Mariners’ second baseman Jean Segura. He was able to stand under his own power and appeared to be limping on the way back to the dugout. The Blue Jays have yet to announce the extent of Pearce’s injuries, but it’s not a good look for a team that has seen eight players hit the disabled list over the last two months.
Pearce, 34, entered Sunday’s contest with a .195/.247/.354 batting line, four home runs and a .601 OPS in 89 PA. He’s coming off of a fairly productive 2016 season, during which he mashed .288/.374/.492 with 13 home runs in back-to-back stints for the Rays and Orioles. He’s the second Blue Jays’ outfielder to sustain an injury in the last month after the club lost Dalton Pompey to the 60-day disabled list with a concussion.
It’s can’t be easy being a Mets fan. Your team plays in the biggest city in America and should, theoretically, have big payrolls and always be in contention. They aren’t, however, partially because of horrendous luck and ill-timed injuries, partially because of poor baseball decisions and partially because the team’s ownership got taken down by a Ponzi scheme that, one would think anyway, sophisticated businessmen would recognize as a Ponzi scheme. We’ll leave that go, though.
What Mets fans are left with are (a) occasional windows of contention, such as we saw in 2014-16; (b) times of frustrating austerity on the part of ownership when, one would hope anyway, some money would be spent; (c) an inordinate focus on tabloidy and scandalous nonsense which just always seems to surround the club; and (c) a lot of disappointment.
You can file this latest bit under any of or many of the above categories, but it is uniquely Mets.
Team president Jeff Wilpon spoke to the press this afternoon about team payroll. In talking about payroll, David Wright‘s salary was included despite the fact that he may never play again and despite the fact that insurance is picking up most of the tab. Wilpon’s comment:
I’m guessing every team has a line item, someplace, about the costs of insurance. They’re businesses after all, and all businesses have to deal with that. They do not talk about it as a barrier to spending more money on players to the press, however, as they likely know that fans want to be told a story of hope and baseball-driven decisions heading into a new season and do not want to hear about all of the reasons the club will not spend any money despite sitting in a huge market.
This doesn’t change a thing about what the Mets were going to do or not do, but it does have the added bonus of making Mets fans roll their eyes and ask themselves what they did to deserve these owners. And that, more than almost anything, is the essence of Mets fandom these days.