By Rich Coutinho
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With Christmas right around the corner, here’s a list of gift ideas I sent to Santa for the Mets and their fans:
Johan Santana: A healthy left shoulder and a way to insert his heart and determination into every single Mets player.
Daniel Murphy: Please give the man without a position a place to play because his bat is too potent to leave on the bench.
David Wright: A healthy bat behind him in the lineup. One that can protect Wright so he can take advantage of the new dimensions at Citi Field.
Ike Davis: Above all, a healthy season which should transform him into Wright’s gift (see above).
Ruben Tejada: Give him some upper body strength to pair with that killer glove and very high on-field IQ.
Jason Bay: At some point, a standing ovation from Mets fans–hard to find a better person in baseball. Although results have been poor, his effort is always there.
Lucas Duda: Just a slightly better glove in right–I think he has all the tools at the plate.
Jonathon Niese: Strength to finish the season like a champion race horse and not break down in August.
Sandy Alderson: $20 million more to spend on payroll.
Terry Collins: More consistency from his players. As a manager he is solid with a capital ‘S’.
RA Dickey: That his hunger and humility could rub off on all of us.
Matt Harvey and Zach Wheeler: Fast Track to Citi Field.
Ivan Rodriquez: A one-year deal with the Mets.
Jose Reyes: Happiness in Florida… but not when you play the Mets.
Fred Wilpon: Closure in the Madoff case with minimal financial damage and six minority owners.
Dan Warthen: Recognition for being a darn good pitching coach.
Gary Carter: Health and his number to be retired at Citi this year–Keith and Darryl too!
SNY Broadcast Crew: An Emmy for each of every one of them–Cohen, Burkhardt, Darling and Hernandez are as good as it gets.
To Met Fans: You deserve a better team and a better season. But in the interim, from the bottom of my heart–a healthy and happy holiday season.
Mets fans: Can you add to Rich’s list? Let ‘er rip in the comments below…