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Carroll’s Cuisine: Mets Are Better Off With The Mick


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New York, NY – When the news broke Thursday that the Yankees had fired their manager of ten years, Joe Girardi, the reaction of most was mild surprise but not shock. You had the feeling that Girardi knew that short of his team getting a parade down the Canyon of Heroes for winning the 2017 World Series that he would probably get the ax from Yankees upper management.

Needless to say a number of Mets fans on social media, as well as some in the sports media, were wondering if the Mets rushed things by hiring the little-known Mickey Callaway as their manager three days earlier. After all Joe Girardi was a household name with a high-winning percentage and was clearly a man who was not intimidated working in arguably the high sports profile job in the nation’s biggest market.

My gut feel is that Joe Girardi’s agents probably let the Mets know in a very discrete manner that he wouldn’t be interested in moving to Queens at this juncture. It’s a safe guess that the Mets would not be comfortable with Girardi’s compensation demands even if he were amenable to commuting to Flushing.

Even if the Mets and Joe Girardi were in sync on financial issues he still wouldn’t be the right hire at this juncture. He is better suited for a team that is a lot closer to being one of baseball’s elite teams than the Mets are.

Fans of the Amazin’s won’t want to read this but based on what we saw last year, and given Sandy Alderson’s late July and early August trades of veterans for low-level minor leaguers in return, the Mets are a lot closer to NL East bottom feeders as the Braves and the Phillies than they are to the perennial powerhouse in the division, the Washington Nationals.

At his introductory press conference Mickey Callaway said that he considers the Mets to be contenders but that was probably diplomacy on his part. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has brought him in for the long haul and the fact that as one of baseball’s youngest managers he should have an easier time of relating to today’s players than either Terry Collins or Joe Girardi enjoyed.

Ric Flair is one of the most colorful wrestlers in history. He was the ultimate heel as he would taunt wrestling fans with his braggadocio soliloquies, long silk robes, flowing blond hair, fancy clothes and cars, and of course beautiful women.

What you didn’t know until you see “Nature Boy”, the latest in ESPN’s “30 for 30″ documentary film series, is that Flair actually led that fast life outside of the ring that nearly destroyed him and certainly played a role in the death of his son, Reid. This well-done cautionary tale debuts on Tuesday, November 7 at 10 PM.

In the documentary, Flair says that he borrowed the “Nature Boy” moniker from the late wrestling great Buddy Rogers and his trademark shout of“Woo!” from rock & roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis. Flair may have liked Jerry Lee’s style but it was the 1960s pop singer, Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon, who popularized the screaming of “Woo!” by including that one-word shout in nearly every one of his hits.

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About Lloyd Carroll

Lloyd Carroll is the Senior Columnist for the Queens Chronicle, an award-winning weekly newspaper that has served the communities of Queens since 1978. This article as well as many future articles will also appear at Queens Chronicle. In addition, Lloyd also writes for our friends over at In today’s world of online publications, we at Latino Sports understand and value the importance of collaborating with other online publications in order to showcase and create awareness of each other’s work and dedication to our respectable communities.

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