June 17, 2003 In his major league debut, Roach got exterminated.
It's Aaron Heilman time.
June 17, 2003 I had the misfortune of attending his Major League debut in Anaheim, when the Angels busted out a can of Raid on him. But my complaint isn't so much with Roach, but with Vern Ruhle, the pitching coach. What sage wisdom did he impart to young Jason on a visit to the mound before Brad Fullmer crushed the next pitch for a grand slam? "Throw a meatball down the middle with a 'Hit Me' sign on it?" If you noticed, the exact same thing happened later in the game when Jeremy Griffiths relieved Roach. Vern goes out for a visit before Garret Anderson came up. Next pitch, G.A. (the most underrated star in all of baseball who for years the Mets should've tried to pry from Anaheim) blasts off. I digress. Just hope Jason gets it together.
October 10, 2003 He may be a "cockroach" when he pitches, but Jason's a big larvae on campus when it comes to hitting.
If he doesn't play another game for the Mets this season, then Jason would become the only Met player ever to hit 1.000 on a two-for-two. Think of it: Gary Bennett; Dave Liddell; Rodney McCray; and Ray Searage (I'm probably forgetting one or twomore) would all play second fiddle to a guy who had more hits in his only two at-bats of the year than Al Leiter had in 53 ABs and thirtysomething games. Such is the story of the 2003 Mets.
April 19, 2006 Roach is one of the few guys who converted from being a position player (third baseman) to a pitcher who actually surfaced in the major leagues. That made it easy to root for him, but he was not memorable on his own pitching merits. By coincidence, I was at his start at Shea against the Braves.
July 11, 2008 I saw him pitch against Atlanta at Shea and the Mets played college baseball. It was about 95 degrees that day and they should have taken Roach out after the fifth inning. He did pitch okay against the top team in baseball at that time. He can hit a ball and they should have let him bat that third time. But if he had gotten a hit that time the Mets would have had a hard time explaining why they converted him to a pitcher. I believe the real reason they did not keep him was because Tom Glavine wanted his brother called up to the team and Roach was the guy who got shafted in the deal.