PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The New York Mets are reacting with sympathy to Mackey Sasser, who's lost his No. 1 catching job because of a mysterious "tapping" habit. But while the club offers comfort, there is concern whether Sasser's syndrome can be corrected.
"It's hard to think of something new we can try, because we've come at it from almost every angle," said vice president Al Harazin. "It's almost gotten to be larger than life. I hate to think of this as a Steve Blass-type thing, but it's obviously more than a physical problem."
"We all want to help Mackey," Dave Cone said. "I'm ready to do anything he needs, come out to the park early or anything like that. We're past the point of criticizing him or making fun of it. Now he needs our help."