200 Miles From the Citi

June 15, 2010 7:05 AM

A Little Too Quiet


Monday was the type of day you keep expecting a major story to break.

Just four games on the Major League Baseball schedule.  Neither New York team played.

Sure, there was the World Cup, but all of the day's games were done by 5 o'clock eastern time.

It's the type of day contract standoffs become big stories - I'll get to that.

It's also the type of day that, if the Mets were terrible, they might have fired their manager.

But they're far from being in that boat.  Let's start there.

With less than 100 games left in the season, the Mets are in contention.

They're 35-28, a game-and-a-half behind the Braves in the National League East.  (They're a game behind the Dodgers for the wild card.)  More importantly at this point of the season, the Mets are coming off a 3-game sweep on the road - their first such road success since the end of the 2008 season.

Sure, you say - anyone can go into Baltimore and take three straight from the Orioles.  But it's more than just the wins - it's the way some of the Mets are playing as well.

The Mets head into Cleveland with Jason Bay coming off a 4-hit game, following an 0-for-16 slump.  David Wright went 6-for-13 in Baltimore, and he comes off a 2-homer game.  Jose Reyes has quietly raised his average to .265, and he finally seems to be hitting his stride.

And so it is that Jerry Manuel's job seems to be secure for the rest of 2010.  And how, even though their opponents are American League this week, the Mets have their sights set squarely on the National League East.

*And then there's the Jets. They've quietly been going about their mini-camp.

Until Monday.

This Darrelle Revis situation has been lying below the surface, and a week or so ago Revis himself chalked it up to the presence of the HBO cameras, as they shot promotional material for "Hard Knocks".  Revis said his contract was a non-story...people were just looking for something to write about.

I guess he changed his mind.  Monday he sat out the last couple of plays of practice as a protest over his contract situation.  Then he spoke out about it, and he didn't mince words.

Revis will earn $1 million this year, but he wants a new deal that will pay him somewhere around the $16 million Nnamdi Asomugha of the Raiders makes.  So he pulled this protest, which apparently Rex Ryan didn't know about because the word was Revis left with 'lightheadedness'.

For the record, I'm siding with the Jets in this dispute - honor your contract and the reward will come.  If it doesn't, then you hold out or bolt.  Revis is holding the Jets ransom, and I guess this is the time to do it, because his value could arguably never be higher...but just because it's a smart business move doesn't mean I have to like it.  I don't.

This is the type of thing that will be interesting to see how Ryan responds to - under normal circumstances I'd say it puts Revis squarely in the doghouse.  While I'm sure Revis will still be in some sort of doghouse, we're talking about a more talented player than Kerry Rhodes, so it's not like this will be a one-way ticket out of town for Revis, a la Rhodes.

Still, it does not bode well for team chemistry.  Especially when the likes of  Nick Mangold, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, and David Harris are having their names dragged into Revis' dispute because they are facing similar contract situations.

I've been saying it all year - 2010 is a huge year for the Jets.  They'll hold it together this year - barely - and compete for a championship.  But I fear it's a one year window of contention.

And that window shuts just a little bit more with the prospect of an unhappy Darrelle Revis in the locker room.

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