Francisco Rodriguez, who just signed a 3 year, $37 million contract with the New York Mets has already inserted himself in the N.L. East rivalry between the the Mets and Phillies. K-Rod recently proclaimed that his Mets were the team to beat in the East.
"Of course, we're going to try to win the division. Of course, we're going to be the front-runner. Of course, we're going to be the team to beat".
Obviously K-Rod hasn't been keeping up on this division the past few years while he was in California. Two years ago Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins said that they were the team to beat in the N.L. East. Last year, Carlos Beltran said during spring training, “Tell Jimmy Rollins we are the team to beat.”
Now I understand that K-Rod has always had a cocky attitude like he's better than everyone, celebrating every save like he just closed out game 7 of the World Series. And I understand that he wants his team to be confident and wants to be part of the team, but after the Mets back to back collapses there is NO WAY that he should be saying stuff like that. How can the Mets possibly be the team to beat after the Phillies just won the World Series? That would be like somebody saying the Giants aren't the team to beat in the NFL or the Celtics in the NBA. Although the Mets have made tremendous moves so far this off season to improve their bullpen, they have no room to talk until they win the division. Carlos Beltran looked like an idiot when he said it last year, but Rodriguez looks like more of an idiot for his comments. These words could come back to haunt him and the Mets as they look to blow a division lead for the 3rd year in a row.