July 23, 2004 He was VERY impressive last night (Mon. 7/l9/04...the l9th...how ironic) in his Mets debut. After magically injuring his hamstring and a less than stellar rehab stint with Norfolk, he did very well against the Fish. Too bad the Bullpen screwed things up for him. Hopefully he can do this the rest of his time here. lf not, he had an impressive Major League career. And more important, he goes to bed every night with Lisa Guerrero. So even if everything goes south for him on the field, he has something impressive off the field. You Go Scott!
August 3, 2004 I don't get it. I was against them signing this clown in the first place. But I preferred him over James Baldwin. He wasn't that good of a pitcher when he was healthy really only having 4 or 5 good seasons and his last good one being 1998. He was injured all of last year which made him immediately attractive to the Mets.
An often injured, older, high ERA pitcher is not the type of guy you want to help your team win. When he was injured warming up for his first start in April I was relieved that we would be spared for the time being of seeing him shelled. But I knew eventually we would see it.
So his first start was somewhat effective despite him giving up 8 hits in 5 innings. Then the debacle in Montreal. Then the release. Did they not know this was going to happen? If you put that much time in to this guy why release him after two starts? They shouldn't have even bothered in the first place.
At least his wife is hot.
September 15, 2004 This guy was a good pitcher throughout his career. However, when the Mets signed him, it was just another of many examples of them picking up players when they are washed up. And they say they are going with a "youth movement"? Please.
August 18, 2005 The Mets signed broken down vets Erickson and James Baldwin hoping to match the success the White Sox had in signing one-year wonder Esteban Loaiza in 2003. The Mets front office was probably kicking themselves because Loaiza asked for a spring training invite in 2003, but the Mets refused. Loaiza, of course, ended up winning 21 games for the Sox that year.
So the Mets tried to catch similar lightning in a bottle by copying the Sox. Obviously it didn't work as Erickson and Baldwin were flat out putrid. Most of all, the Mets demonstrated that they did not have any kind of plan as an organization, except to copy moves made by another team and praying for divine intervention. The front office last year was a mess.