Everybody out of the pool!
That’s the cry from the Mets’ fan base, directed at their training facility in Port St. Lucie. That’s where Travis d’Arnaud is running in water, strengthening his rehabbing foot and balky knee. That’s because John Buck has reverted to his regular old self. That’s not good for the team, the front office or the fans.
April was a beautiful month for John Buck. In the first 23 games of this season, he blasted nine home runs in 90 at-bats. It seemed every time a big blow was required, Buck was THE man, inspiring confidence and t-shirts among the fans. When d’Arnaud broke his foot twelve games into his AAA season, there was a twinge, but not an anguished wail. “Let him take all the time he needs to recover: we have Buck,” we said. Buck’s presence and “clutchiness” even drove your intrepid columnist to wax enthusiastic about Buck’s value to the team over the long haul. Aaaah, the beauty of the miniscule sample size: that was two games into the season!