I can’t figure out Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum. He spends $3.1 million on Plaxico Burress when he could have re-signed Braylon Edwards for roughly the same money. Burress served his prison sentence and deserves a chance to earn a living, but he’s 34 and has been away from the gridiron for two years. Who knows whether Plax is still capable of handling the rigors of an NFL season?
If that weren’t strange enough, the Jets jettison talented receiver and all-around great guy Jerricho Cotchery in favor of 37-year-old Derrick Mason, who played for the Ravens when Rex Ryan was their assistant coach.
Jets QB Mark Sanchez had developed a great rapport with both Edwards and Cotchery the past two years. Gang Green fans had better hope he can get in sync with his new receiving corps ASAP.
The Jets aren’t the only local team with receiving issues. Tight end Kevin Boss surprised the Giants by signing a lucrative contract with the Oakland Raiders. Boss was clearly overwhelmed by Al Davis’ generosity, but he was also unhappy that the Giants cut two of his buddies, Shaun O’Hara and Rich Seubert, from the offensive line.
Mets fans have gotten used to the team falling apart in August and this year does not appear to be an exception. Manager Terry Collins has done a good job keeping the Mets competitive despite a plethora of injuries this year, but last Sunday’s 6-5 loss to the Braves — in which Jose Reyes had to leave the game with yet another hamstring injury, followed a few innings later by Daniel Murphy getting spiked in the knee to probably finish off his season — may be too much for even the resourceful Collins to handle.
Murphy missed the entire 2010 season with a knee injury but came back strong this year; he’s been a fixture in the top 10 in National League batting averages. In the long run Reyes’ latest injury may be a blessing for Mets fans since it may scare off potential suitors for the free agent-to-be, but right now it stings since Reyes is an integral part of the offense. He’s struggled at the plate lately and when that happens the Mets lose games by the fistful.
Granted, Mets reliever Bobby Parnell is learning how to be a closer now that K-Rod is gone. He throws nearly 100 miles per hour and everyone says he has great stuff. I’m beginning to wonder, though, if he’s destined to be the next Aaron Heilman because for all of his tools he never seems to get the big out.
Strawberry’s Grill, the Douglaston restaurant whose principals include former Mets slugger Darryl Strawberry, will celebrate its first anniversary this Saturday with a block party outside of it that is being called Douglaston Community Day. Darryl will be there along with former teammates Dwight Gooden, Kevin Mitchell, Terry Leach and Barry Lyons. Also appearing will be ex-Giants punter Sean Landeta and one-time NSYNC member and now TV game show and talent show host Joey Fatone. Proceeds will benefit the Darryl Strawberry Foundation, which funds autism research and local charities.