September 30, 2008
Mets lose with class
By JODY VANCE, SUN MEDIA
Another Blue Jays season is in the books with nary a sniff of the playoffs. Fans are frustrated, rightfully so, but if the players are they're too classy to show it.
Imagine the frustration being felt in the clubhouses of a couple of other MLB cities today, like that being dealt with by the New York Mets or Seattle Mariners.
These two teams had polar opposite seasons, yet both find themselves on the outside of the playoff picture looking in. What is interesting is how these teams are dealing with their misfortune.
Let's talk clubhouse character.
In New York its deja vu that slapped this club in the face at Shea. Coming as close as a team can to the playoffs, even holding its playoff fate in its own hands, only to see it slip away game by an agonizing game, this could easily lead to clubhouse finger pointing -- but it hasn't.
On the other side of the continent, in Seattle, this season was ugly start to finish.
Racking up triple digits in the loss column is about as bad as it gets -- but what is making things infinitely worse is how those losses have poisoned the team's fabric. Players are calling each other out and the infighting has gone public. This is the sort of thing that wrecks teams for years.
While we all love a good bit of drama all I have to say to the Mariners is: Ladies, please.
Anyone hear Carlos Delgado and Carlos Beltran laying blame on Scott Schoeneweis or Luis Ayala for the Mets choke or Roy Halladay ripping a teammate for seeing his 20-win season wasted?
Missing the playoffs is frustrating and it can be all too easy to toss around blame -- but a good look around will bring perspective and perhaps a lesson, at the very least, in what not to do.
-- Jody Vance is a sportscaster and personality with Leafs TV. Her columns appear Tuesdays and Thursdays in 24 hours.