Who amongst us is dying to hear some sort of explanation for a thoroughly wasted 2010 from The Walking Onerous Contract known as Mets lefty Oliver Perez. Hello, anybody? Just what I thought —- now that we’ve established no one gives a shit what this poor excuse for a professional athlete/teammate has to say about anything of substance, let’s allow HÃ©ctor Meza of Territorioscore.com to gauge his thoughts on an campaign he couldn’t be quick to recall (translation courtesy Metsblog) :
HM: On a personal level how did you handle the pressure coming from the fans and media?
OP: Situations like that are not easy, sometimes you have to take decisions that some people like and some not, Everybody was giving me advice, but you have to be strong and think for yourself. It was a very complicated environment, but situations like that make you bigger and stronger when you realize the responsibility that you have to keep going on.
HM: The Manager rarely used you, as he only used you when he ran out of choices out of the bullpen, how did you feel about that?
OP: I rarely spoke with him, I was very frustrated because I love baseball and I wanted to help my team. When I realized that there wasn™t an opportunity, at first I did get mad but then I said to myself ˜I™m going to prepare for what I do best and be healthy, and until this date that™s what I do™ “ I was doing cardio and weights. The good news is that the [surgically repaired] knee isn™t bothering me at all “ I don™t ice it and I don™t have to get treatment anymore, so that™s the only positive that I take out of all the negativity from last season.
HM: The 2011 Mets: What™s going to happen with you?
OP: I don™t know, I™m not thinking about that at the moment. What I™m doing is preparing myself. I took ten days off not to rest but to detox from baseball and clear my mind, I maintain my routines and everything is fine.
It should be noted the above interview was published on Friday and probably conducted earlier. Sadly for Tomateros de Culiacan, Ollie’s detox period is very much over and done.