Some great quotes from former Twin Torii Hunter via Bob Nightengale of USA Today. This stuff is music to every Met fan’s ears.
“The Mets are not only getting a Cy Young winner,” Hunter said, “but an absolute bulldog who’s great in the clubhouse. He’s going to dominate that league. They’re going to absolutely love him in New York.”
“I know he’s happy, too, because he really wanted to go to the Mets. He’s always wanted to swing the wood. He can hit.
“So I don’t know who’s happier, Johan, the Mets, or everyone in the American League because they don’t have to face him anymore.”
So says Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press. According to Walters, tired of the excruciatingly slow process, Johan Santana gave the Twins somewhat of an ultimatum, informing the team that if he were not traded by Tuesday, he would refuse to waive his no-trade clause and would play out the upcoming season with the Twins before filing for free agency at year’s end. Under that scenario, Minnesota would have received nothing more than two compensatory draft picks – disaster for a small market team looking to stockpile assets. So instead, Santana was shipped to the Mets, whom Walters calls “the team of [Santana's] choice.”
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumblings that Santana may have preferred to land with the Mets all along, where not only will he benefit from pitching in a pitcher’s park to less intimidating NL lineups, but he will also be reunited with pal Luis Castillo, and, evidently a pitcher who loves to hit, will get the opportunity to flex his lifetime …
As you might imagine, there’s more Santana coverage out there today than you can shake a stick at. So we’ll do our best here to consolidate the highlights. Let’s start with Joel Sherman and Mark Hale, who open their piece in the Post today by succinctly summing up the whirlwind of events over the last two months:
When Red Sox officials flew to Nashville in early December for the Winter Meetings, they were convinced the Yankees would land Johan Santana because of a willingness to include Phil Hughes in an offer.
When the Yankees left the Winter Meetings, having decided to keep Hughes, they were sure the packages brandished by Boston would put Santana alongside Josh Beckett in the Red Sox’s rotation.
Yet yesterday afternoon, the Yankees and Red Sox were bystanders as the Mets completed the biggest score any team made this offseason – and perhaps the biggest trade in their history – by sending four prospects to Minnesota to actually acquire Santana, a two-time Cy Young winner whose presence catapults …
If Tom Coughlin has not already had some words — probably choice ones — with Plaxico Burress I think it’s safe to assume Burress will hear from the coach soon.
Coughlin is not too pleased with the bravado of Burress, who has predicted a Giants’ victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.
“This is not how we’ve done things all year,” said Coughlin Tuesday.
Burress doesn’t see what the fuss is all about. He feels he is just expressing confidence in his team.
“I don’t understand what the problem is,” Burress said. “The goal is to come here and win, not just to step out here on Sunday and say, ‘Yeah, I’m playing in the Super Bowl.’ You can say that with more arrogance and more confidence, that were going to win the football game. The goal is to go out here and win the game.”
Personally, I don’t think Plax said anything horrible. I wish, though, that he hadn’t said anything at all. I don’t want the Giants giving the Patriots anything …