Hard Work Equals Success? Not Always!

When you get chants from the Shea Stadium crow roaring "MVP! MVP!" in regards to Jeromy Burnitz something has gone wrong, totally wide of the mark. It unquestionably has.

The man works hard for hours and hours. Chris Chambliss sits there with hands on hips trying to critique what his pupil is doing wrong. Thus far, it has been to no avail as Burnitz continues to struggle and has heard it from the home town crowd.

After every strikeout, pop-up, ground out, you name it the boos rain down faster then the interest rate varies. He then strolls back to the dugout, his head turning from side to side with the bat in hand.

The numbers are staggering and not too attractive. That doesn't mean he should stop trying. At least he better not, earning over eleven million next year. This for a player who has struggled to hit over the mendoza line most of the season.

Dean Taylor sure made out alright. Dumping an expensive contract on the New York Metropolitans. He may have not got much back, but he gave him-self options. So far, more options than the Mets have in their outfield.

We new the average was going to be low and the strikeouts would be there. That is dandy, but you expect home runs and RBIs. Are they there, utterly not.

With eleven homeruns so far, he is on pace for sixteen. His lowest total with this many at bats in his ten year career. Runs batted in you ask? He has two more than Rey Ordonez, now that is sad. The number is a dismal thirty-six.

The Milwaukee Brewers thought they were set heading into their new ball-park. They had power hitters such as Richie Sexson, Jeromy Burnitz, and Geoff Jenkins. Burnitz is gone and struggling in the lights of New York and Jenkins is under the lights of the trainers room.

His glove in right field has been excellent, he is a hard nosed player. Weather its on the bases, making a nice catch, or utilizing his strong arm. He gives it his all. The only problem, his all is not translating into July success.

An average in July lower than the Devil Rays chances of winning a world series. A malicious .181 capped off by an o for eight day during Saturday's painful doubleheader. Add to that four strikeouts, numbers ninety to ninety-four on the season.

Then there is "super" Joe McEwing whose batting average has been everything but "super". He can play the whole infield, be your third string catcher, then move to the outfield and take some fly balls.

The one thing he hasn't been able to do is get hits. His batting average for the season is what Burnitz hit for the month of August, a nauseating .181.

McEwing's role to this ball club is instrumental, as is Jeromy Burnitz's. In order for this team to succeed, they need these two players to come up big down the stretch. The Mets play the Brewers and then head to Busch Stadium for a four game set against the AL Central leading Cardinals.

Burnitz returns to Milwaukee where he had the best years of his career and McEwing heads back to the team in which he hade his major league debut with in 1999. Can these homecomings spark the two?

The New York Mets and the Shea Stadium faithful can only hope.

Writer Christopher Guy covers the Mets and is the football guru for NYFansOnly. E-mail him at NYMetsBelieve@aol.com.



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