Section 518

Where we endeavor to stay positive about the 2011 Mets…

Poor Larry Wayne

Posted by JD on June 8, 2009

Larry Wayne Jones has long been a thorn* in the Mets’ side. He’s tortured many a Mets fan (and pitcher) throughout the years, accruing a career line of .330/.424./570 (BA/OBP/SLG) with 40 home runs and 126 RBI in 812 plate appearances against. More famously, LWJ named his son Shea after piling up  a stat line of .313/.407/.557 with 19 homers and 55 RBI at the old home of the Mets. Needless to say, LWJ was a HUGE fan of Shea Stadium.

*Pozterisk: Is “thorn” really accurate? Wouldn’t “javelin” or “telephone pole” do more justice?

Well, imagine my glee when Bart Hubbuch of the NY Post ran this post today. Here are the most relevant excerpts:

It is the biggest park that I have ever played in in my life,” Jones told the show “Ripken Baseball” on Sirius XM Radio. “It is a huge ballpark to center and right center and right field. You know, I actually feel sort of sorry for some of the guys out there because their power numbers are really going to take a hit; guys like David Wright, [Carlos] Beltran, [Carlos] Delgado. The days of them hitting 35, 40 homers — they’re over.”

Jones also recalled a telling moment from his first visit to Citi Field last month, when the Braves took two of three from the home team.

“I juiced the ball just right of center field as hard as the good Lord can let me hit a ball, and it hit midways up the center-field wall for a double,” he said.

A few thoughts:

1. Is it really that big, or did you just get that old?

2. Don’t feel sorry for the Mets, LWJ. They need a lot of things this season, but your pity isn’t even close to being on the list.

3. “Juiced”? Was that the best adjective you could find, or was it a Freudian slip? Let’s just say I’m leaning towards the latter and leave it at that.

Citi Field is still new and I’m still adjusting to it. I don’t love it (yet) and there are several things that I dislike at the moment, but if if Larry Wayne Jones doesn’t like it? I like it that much more…

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