Good morning to all my fellow Mets Fans out there – tose like me who are on the verge of crawling into a bottle of Wild Turkey! It’s time for the eatrly A.m edition of ” this Day In Mets History With Rusty” so por yourself your favorite spirit and lets Make a toast to the ’09 season and woulda and coulda been.
First Off Birthday greetings go out to former Brooklyn Dodger and Mets backstop Joe ” Piggy” Pignitano. Piggy has the distinction of being the longest tenured coach in Mets history – spanning from Gil Hodges in 1968 to Joe Torre in 1981
Former Mets relief pitcher and Spanish Inquisitor – oops I mean Manager fron “94 to ’95 Dallas ” I eat Thunder & Crap Out Lightening” Green (1934)
The human highlight reel Cleon ” Neon” Jones is 67 today(1942)
utility infielder turns 63 Kevin Collins turns 63 (1946) – He was traded to the Montreal Expos for the Donn Clendennon ( who turned out to be the stabilizing piece of the ’69 team)
and lastly backup catcher and outfielder Steve ” The Beez” Bieser turns 42 (1967)
New York Mets released ” Oil &” Vinegar Bend Mizell on August 4, 1962.
New York Mets sold Harry Parker to the St. Louis Cardinals on August 4, 1975.
New York Mets traded Joel Youngblood to the Montreal Expos for forkballer Tom Gorman on August 4, 1982. This was the game that Joel has the distinction of being traded and playing two games for two diferent teams in the same day – and getting a basehit in each game – see another factoid given to you by your favorite Uncle Rustyjr
Seattle Mariners claimed relief pitcher Eric Gunderson of the New York Mets on waivers on August 4, 1995.
Oh and Mo Vaughn has vowed to drink five Shake Shack vanillia shakes everyday until the Mets win the World Series !! ( can you say ” Lap Band”)