To pitch opening day or not? That is the question. Whether it is nobler in the minds of Mets fans to tough it out and be the name on the marquee for opening day or to rehab the elbow until it heals.
Like a Shakespearean drama, the media and Mets fandom are adding excessive oratory to the case of Johan Santana's elbow. Right now it looks like Santana will not be able to pitch on opening day.
Wait a second....this just in. Now Santana is aiming for opening day.
Whether or not Santana pitches on opening day is irrelevant. The important things is that Santana is healthy and injury free this season. If that means Santana has to sit out the entire month of April, I'm ok with that. I just want Santana to be healthy when he starts pitching.
Santana is possibly more valuable to the Mets than any other pitcher is to their team. He is our workhorse. He is our go-to guy. He is the ultimate gamer. In the words of Jerry Manuel, he's "gangsta."
I don't want Santana to pitch opening day and then have 3 more starts before he has to sit out another month because he rushed back to quickly. Let's make sure he's 100%, especially when September comes.