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The best trade ever

Posted by flyingbk on 04/14/2016

December 17, 2012. It’s a date that will live in infamy for Toronto Blue Jays fans, and one that will forever warm the hearts of Mets fans. That’s the day Mets general manager Sandy Alderson shipped off freshly-minted Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, along with Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas, for Travis d’Arnaud, John Buck, Wuilmer Becerra, and… Noah Syndergaard.
First, let me say that I freakin’ love R.A. Dickey. If you haven’t yet read his book, stop everything you’re doing and go do so. In general, I hate memoirs because they tend to be self-aggrandizing and unverifiable. (Note: If you write a story about what happened when you were three years old as if it’s completely authentic, I will not read your book.) But Dickey’s tale is told masterfully and with much vulnerability. He testifies to God’s healing power and what happens when you (and your spouse) take time to hear God’s voice. Dickey will forever be situated aboard my Mount Rushmore of favorite Mets.

But sadly, he’ll also be fondly remembered by Mets fans for being cashed in for d’Arnaud, already a top catcher in baseball with the potential to be a star if he can stay off the disabled list. Becerra, a lottery ticket at the time of the deal, still possesses the potential to become a starting outfielder in the bigs. And of course, I’ve buried the lede:

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Syndergaard is a 6’6″, 240-pound Norse God. His fastball easily ticks at 100 miles per hour, and he’s able to throw pitches that impel a fellow young stud hurler to guffaw maniacally, and an all-time great to bellow his moniker. He’s on his way to becoming a perennial Cy Young candidate with perhaps the best arsenal of any starting pitcher. According to this blog, the Mets have already won this trade and the gap should only increase in the years to come.

(Quick: This year’s Mets have gotten off to a slow start, but they’ll be fine. Mets fans love to go immediately into suffering mode, which is quite the unbecoming look. As Aaron Rodgers once said, R-E-L-A-X. Sure, every game counts, and their playoff odds have taken a hit, but it’s a looooong season.)

As sports fans, we love these kinds of trades where one team absolutely fleeces the other. And whenever a trade takes place, fans of both teams quickly take to social media and crowdsource concerning whether their club got the better of it. The most boring deals are the ones that seem completely fair, and they quickly fall off the radar. But if there’s a hint of legalized burglary, the trade becomes all the rage.

For those who believe in Jesus Christ, we also get to make a plethora of dandy trades. Consider:

• We trade our sorrows in exchange for God’s joy.
• We trade our sins in exchange for God’s forgiveness.
• We trade our despair in exchange for God’s hope.
• We trade our impulses for control in exchange for God’s perfect sovereignty.
• We trade our meaninglessness in exchange for God’s purposes.
• We trade our pain in exchange for God’s healing.

• We trade our fear of physical death in exchange for God’s eternal glory (and we get glorified bodies too! That’s a real 2-for-1).

Alderson acquiring Syndergaard and d’Arnaud for Dickey (basically) should go down as one of the best trades ever. But for those of us in Christ, we get to make the best trade ever, each and every day.

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2 Responses to “The best trade ever”

  1. Empire said

    Sure does lessen the sting out of that Johan Santana trade. Can’t wait to see the Mets’ rotation dominate again this year!

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