With the phones acting up and Josh Thole scheduled to call in, Al Dukes was not in a good place just after 7 a.m. this morning.
Lucky for everyone involved, a fella by the name of BJ managed to stay on the line and filled the void until our engineering staff was able to remedy the problem and get the Mets catcher on the air.
Thole, who has not yet been named the Mets’ starting catcher, talked about the fantastic spring that Johan Santana has had and what he expects from the left-hander on Opening Day and beyond. Thole also gave his take on Mike Pelfrey, who has gone from being Opening Day starter last year to the team’s No. 4 starter in just 12 months. According to Thole, Pelfrey is right where he needs to be and like Santana, he expects big things from ‘Big Pelf.’
Craig asked about the book on him, as far as not being regarded as a strong defensive catcher. Thole says he tries not to let the negativity get to him, choosing rather to take the high road, saying everyone is entitled to their own opinion and all he can do is continue to work hard to improve.
Thole had nothing but good things to say about young slugger Lucas Duda, who has been tearing the cover off the ball in the spring — and he also seems to like the new hitter friendly dimensions at Citi Field, specifically the right field wall. Apparently he is not alone…