'Boomer And Gio': What Does D'Arnaud's Success With Rays Say About Mets?

Catcher Hit 3 Homers Monday Night Vs. Yankees

Boomer and Gio
July 16, 2019 - 9:29 am
Tampa Bay Rays catcher Travis d'Arnaud hits home run against the Yankees in the first inning at Yankee Stadium on July 15, 2019.

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Tampa Bay Rays catcher Travis d'Arnaud clubbed three home runs against the Yankees on Monday night, including a game-winning, three-run blast in the ninth inning.

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Should Mets fans feel frustrated about the success of d'Arnaud, whom the Mets gave up on earlier this season? That was a question WFAN's Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti tackled Tuesday morning.

Through 39 games with Tampa Bay, d'Arnaud is batting .282 with nine homers and 26 RBIs.

Giannotti said he doesn't disagree with the Mets' decision in April to designate d'Arnaud for assignment, but that doesn't make it any easier to watch the catcher excel in a different uniform.

"Where it's frustrating from a Mets fan standpoint, just another example of a guy who looked like he was dead in his career and then goes to a place that's more stable and then ends up rejuvinating the career," Giannotti said on the "Boomer and Gio" show. 

"And then you hear these quotes from d'Arnaud last night ... 'There's a lot of energy, there's a lot of hope, there's a lot of fight in this place,' which are all things that the Mets don't have."

Esiason said watching d'Arnaud play so well in Tampa Bay could be a sign of a systemic problem with the Mets.

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"It's like watching him leave and go there and play with little or no pressure, even though they are in a pennant race, to me it's like there's just something wrong around the Mets," Esiason said. 

"I don't know, you want to sit here and talk about fundamentally," he continued. "You want to talk about dysfunction in the front office. You want to talk about ineptitude. I mean, there's a lot of different words to describe it. But there's just something not right. And I can't put my finger on it. The easy thing to say is it's ownership. So we could all, I guess, agree on that. But still, when you get to the game, the owners are not playing the game; it's the manager and the general manager, they're the ones who control the team on a day-to-day basis.

"You hear this word 'culture' so much used in sports. Maybe it's the culture. I don't know."

Added Gio: "There's definitely something there because it's years and years of examples like this. I mean, the biggest one is Justin Turner."