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Report: Jason Marquis Really Wants to Play for the Mets, for Some Reason

We had to read the following sentence about Rockies pitcher Jason Marquis in today's Post twice just to make sure we weren't missing something. We weren't:

Jeff Francoeur told The Post yesterday that Marquis, whom he considers a close friend, desperately wants to pitch for the Mets next season, even as the veteran right-hander focuses on helping the Rockies clinch a wild-card berth.


That's odd, we thought. A guy on a playoff-bound team would "love to come here," with "here" being a franchise whose announcers have taken to naming states to pass the time? To say nothing of how insulted Marquis must have been when the Mets were offered him in a trade over the winter but chose instead to go with a rotation that included both Livan Hernandez and Oliver Perez.

We've come up with three possible reasons Marquis might want to play here:

1. He's intrigued by the prospect of pitching in a ballpark where the fences are in a different ZIP code than the infield.
2. He's from Staten Island.
3. He's out of his mind.

We've narrowed it down to either 2 or 3.

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