Shaun Marcum Spring

Suspended Animation

I like the day off between Opening Day and Game 2. When spring training starts, it's non-stop. Every day it's a new workout, a new story, a new pulled muscle. But once Opening Day is come and gone, we're on our way, and more often than not at 1-0. And you get that day to bask in the glory of Opening Day. It's the upbeat before the 161 games of death metal beats that baseball provides. For a Met fan, it's like being in suspended animation … the roller coaster right before it goes down … a bubble that only bursts when Game 2 starts.

Most years, it's like that. This season, the bubble burst with news on Shaun Marcum:

Marcum was shut down after he reported pain in his neck during the warmups for a simulated game Tuesday evening in Port St. Lucie. The team said he will be reassessed on Wednesday. 

Look, Opening Day usually works out for the Mets. It's the other 161 games that are always the challenge. But we always had that off day after Game 1 to enjoy being 1-0. Not so much this season, with this news that Marcum isn't going to start on Sunday and we might have to endure a start by Aaron Laffey, albeit against the Marlins. Shaun Marcum looks like he is going to be the 2013 version of the Yeti. Oh, people will claim that they've seen him, but nobody is really sure that he actually exists. He got scratched from a game that was made up. Who is to say that Shaun Marcum isn't made up? A figment of our imagination?

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About metstradamus

I've been a Mets fan since 1976. The 1988 NLCS still bothers me infinitely more than it should. I also write about hockey for Puck Drunk Love. I've also been referred to as "Mr. Testosterone", and "this clown". We'll always have 2015.

Suspended Animation

Does he drink it? Or rub it on his elbow? Nobody knows.

To think I was actually concerned about how good Livan Hernandez looked against the Cardinals … or how bad Freddy Garcia looked in the same game … or that Ron Villone is 105 years old. Now, none of it matters. It doesn’t matter because Johan Santana might miss Opening Day, and beyond.

Manny Ramirez, Will Ohman, and Bernie Madoff could dance across the outfield wearing tutus and tiaras at Tradition Field tomorrow and nobody would care, because everything is in suspended animation until we know more about Johan’s irritated elbow. And anybody who’s ever been through cryonics will tell you that suspended animation sucks. The food is expensive, the service is subpar, and they play too many World Series of Poker marathons. And good luck finding an adult beverage that isn’t watered down … it’s just like the beer at Shea.

metstradamus

About metstradamus

I've been a Mets fan since 1976. The 1988 NLCS still bothers me infinitely more than it should. I also write about hockey for Puck Drunk Love. I've also been referred to as "Mr. Testosterone", and "this clown". We'll always have 2015.

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