Yesterday was one of those days when Mets GM Omar Minaya met the working press, and for a few years now, those occasions have tended to end with Minaya shaking his head and saying he's not worried about his job. Another constant: Minaya being absolutely assured his team is still in the playoff chase, even if all evidence quite obviously points to the contrary. "Guys, we're still in the hunt," he said yesterday. "We're seven games out of the wild card and we're still in August." As John Harper rightfully points out, only a guy who has lost a seven-game lead in the last seventeen games of the season would think the Mets are still in it. (Particularly one who still doesn't know if he'll have a job next year.) Anyway, the Mets lost 5-4 to the Marlins to fall back to .500, but David Wright still thinks the Mets are in the pennant chase as well. But no one's delusions run deeper than Oliver Perez, who, amazingly, is still on the active roster. (He hasn't pitched since August 1.) He said yesterday that he wants to be a Met again next season, for which one should probably credit him, considering he could be one of those guys who demands a trade from the team that's gritting its teeth while paying him $12 million. But consider his reason: "I want to be back here," he told Andrew Marchand. "I want to have a championship because I know the fans want it and I want it, too." If the Mets win a World Series next season behind the pitching of Oliver Perez, the faults shall crack and the oceans shall rise and the end of days will be nigh.
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