By Evan Brunell
He ordered the demolition of Stanley, a rolling toolbox that had become the bullpen's mascot. Stanley held all the tools of the trade: candy, medical supplies, fingernail clippers, Krazy Glue and toys. The black-and-yellow toolbox had been used since spring training as a way to transport items to the bullpen, but instead, Stanley was the scapegoat for New York's brutal start to the season.
A toolbox as a mascot. OK.
Before Thursday's game, pitching coach Dan Warthen requested pieces of clothing or equipment from each player to place into the toolbox as a sacrifice. It was then wheeled into a back room and demolished with bats. Replacing Stanley as bullpen equipment transporter is now a pink backpack.
Hey, it may have worked: the Mets have won two straight since.