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.