From: Fitzpatrick, Frank
To: Jensen, Mike; McKee, Don
Subject: Unhappy Lidge

So while the regular Talkin' crew concerns itself with such weighty subjects as Kobe Bryant's dog poo, let us aim a tad higher. (Of course, the list of topics that exceeds canine excrement is longer than President Obama's to-do list.) How about Brad Lidge? What was your take on his being sent, apparently unwillingly, to stand in the corner, the DL in this case? Personally, I think it's long overdue. It seemed clear to even a know-nothing like me that he was favoring the knee, shortening his follow-through, and, as a result, leaving his pitches up and hittable.

From: Jensen, Mike
To: Fitzpatrick, Frank; McKee, Don
Subject: Unhappy Lidge

Never mind Madson being better than Lidge. At this point, you had more confidence in Clay Condrey coming into a game. That's a good indication it was time. The Mets would have been buried already if the bullpen had held up its end. And I'm sure hoping Talkin' will return to Bryant's poo tomorrow since they never quite resolved the issue yesterday. Meanwhile, welcome to McKee, who is made for Talkin', since he never stops, and sort of  shares Fitz's opinionated outspokenness. (He's a cranky old loon, too.)

From: McKee, Don
To: Jensen, Mike; Fitzpatrick, Frank
Subject: Unhappy Lidge

At our age it's called eccentricity, son.

From: Fitzpatrick, Frank
To: Jensen, Mike; McKee, Don
Subject: Unhappy Lidge

That's right. Jensen, you're the kid in this gathering at, what are you, 57? At some point, McKee and I will tell you about the time we combined on that expose about Rube Waddell's psychiatric troubles. Rube was ticked off at us for years.

From: McKee, Don
To: Jensen, Mike; Fitzpatrick, Frank
Subject: RE: Unhappy Lidge

As far as Lidge goes, the question is not whether he should be on the DL, but what to do with him on his return. If he can't get three outs in the ninth, he probably can't get three outs in the eighth or the seventh either. Instead of wallowing in the previous Talkin' swill, we should chart a higher standard. Say, third grade. And Fitzpatrick's being kind. Prior to, say, 1980, psychiatric trouble was spelled d-r-u-n-k.

From: Jensen, Mike
To: McKee, Don; Fitzpatrick, Frank
Subject: Unhappy Lidge

While waiting for Eccentric Fitz to finish up his story for tomorrow's paper about those train rides he took covering Lefty Grove and Jimmie Foxx, let me say this: When Lidge is activated, he has to be the closer at least for one more go-around, right? I heard J.J. Putz give a radio interview in New York over the weekend, and, while he's injured now, Putz also admitted he hasn't mentally adjusted to switching from the ninth to the eighth inning since he closed last season for Seattle and was supposed to be the setup guy this season for the Mets. You want to add that to Lidge's problems?

From: McKee, Don
To: Jensen, Mike; Fitzpatrick, Frank
Subject: Unhappy Lidge

For $47 million I agree he has to be the closer. But if he can't get batters out, what then? The way he is now, you can't use him when you're ahead. And they have plenty of guys who can be used only when you're behind. If he can't close, he's useless. Fitzy loved those long train rides with the A's, replete with heavy cigar smoke and all-night poker games. I preferred the open platform of the observation car with Ruby Keeler.

From: Fitzpatrick, Frank
To: Jensen, Mike; McKee, Don
Subject: Unhappy Lidge

Really? I always thought that was Wee Willie Keeler out there with you.