Well there are now only five games left in the Mets 2009 campaign and they are still stuck on 67 wins. That means we are only two shy of their goal of 69 WINS – cuz everyone loves a 69 ( HA!) Well Nelson Figueroa pitched his heart out for the second straight appearance ( please put him in the pen as a long reliever spot starter !!) and once again our bats were stopped by a rookie that had zero wins and a opponents batting average of well over .300 against him along with a e.r.a of over .700 . I guess that sums up the season – when the pitching was on the money the bats were cold and vice versa m But once again welcome to the Mets 2009 season ( where hope goes to die !) Anyway on with the infamy !
Happy Birthday to one of the premiere closers in all of baseball – Heath Bell (1977), Yes as we all know Heath was our property until we traded him to the San Diego Padres for scrub outfielder Ben Johnson and a pitcher whose name I now forget, and what does he do – he gets mad and he comes back to get the first ever save in Citi Field history! ( revenge is as sweet as Willie Randolph’s ripple I guess)
Sadly on this date in 1975 the Mets lost their first icon when Casey Stengel passed away - If there was such a person that gave this franchise it’s personality it surely was Casey.
On this Date in 1989, New York Mets released reserve outfielder Jeff McKnight .
New York Mets released relief pitcher Mike Draper on this day in 1993.
Last thought before I go – I want to see those pictures of Gary Cohen with long flowing hair – I wonder if he looked like Alex Lifeson of Canadian prog rockers Rush ?