There are only a handful of things that we can be certain of during our lifetime – Death , taxes and the fact that Josh Thole will be our starting catcher next season. In the past two months since his call up (and the departure of Rod Barajas), Thole has proven that he belongs in the big leagues. He call a good game, and he has the respect of both veterans ( Santana, Dickey) as well as the rookies ( Niese, Gee) alike. Thole reminds in my opinion is a hybrid of former Mets backstops Mike Fitzgerald and John Stearns. He does not have a lot of power in his bat, but he hit for average, and it always seems like he always comes through when there is a rub scoring opportunity to be had. The other thing that has impressed me about Thole is his comments regarding not wanting the Phillies to clinch against them , in effect saying that they will do their best not to have that dubious distinction. That goes against what General Jerry said Friday night when he stupidly said that he thinks it’s a good thing for the young players to see the Phillies clinch and celebrate on the field in front of them – yeah great motivating words Jerry , it’s no wonder that you are now known as “Dead Manuelwalking” !! Thole has the tools to be a above average , and so far he has acquitted himself quite nicely. Hopefully he is our starting backstop for the foreseeable future.
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Happy Birthday Doug ” Hairbreath Harry” Sisk (1957) !!! Sisk pitched with the Mets from ’82-87, then again in ’90. He attempted to make a comeback as a scab replacement during the strike of ’94-’95, but proved his already limited abilities had left him completely. Sisk was like Scott Schoeneweis in the fact that he almost always seemed to blow important games for the Mets. he certainly isn’t beloved by Mets fans by any stretch of the imagination.
New York Mets purchased Doc Medich from the Seattle Mariners on September 26, 1977. He would only pitch in one game for the Mets . It was a loss ( of course).
Mo Vaughn said last night that if Chase Utley ever tried to take out one of his team mates, he would run through Utley like there was a free buffet stand right behind him.
And don’t forget. after today’s game – there will be only a weeks worth of games left until Jerry Manuel will be the ex manager of the New York Mets !!!