Last night as I was putting the finishing touches on my Halloween costume – I am going as Ryan Howard with the bat stuck to my shoulder while watching strike three pass me by. I wondered if the Mets franchise is cursed or even haunted?
We have all heard the myths and legends of how the ghosts of Yankees Stadium helped will the teams of the past 15 years ( with a little help of PED’s) to post season supremacy. I wondered if this affected us conversely ? Did the Mets front office spearheaded by the Wilpons and many ex general managers such as Harazin, Duquette , Phillips and Minaya anger the ghosts of Stengel, Payson, Hodges, Agee, Frisella and Tug McGraw ? Did they cast a hex on this organization by the acquisitions of Mo Vaughn, Bobby Bonilla, Tom Glavine Vince Coleman and Oliver Perez ? And if this is the case other than sacrificing Chris Carlin while he’s eating a bucket of fried chicken ( there’s a visual for ya) how can we appease the spirits that called Shea Stadium home and have them embrace Citi Field – the mega mall that Fred “O’Malley” Wilpon built as their new home?
Well I think the Mets with the recent hiring of Sandy Alderson is finally exorcising the demons from this franchise – removing the malycha if you will. But Alderson’s hiring will not be the only bit of magic that the will need. They will have to organize a plan for winning and execute it with perfect precision. They will have to obtain great pitching via trades and the minor league drafts. They will have to shore up the defense which in recent years has been shaky. They will have to show disinterested players along with ineffectual management types the door. They will have to be more fan friendly by lowering the price of tickets and parking, bringing back banner day and hell even possibly retire Willie Mays and Keith Hernandez’s number during the season . And finally somebody has to find Mike Cubbage and lock him in a fortified prison because I am sure that he is the root cause of this team falling into oblivion !!!
With the events of the past weeks it looks like the Mets are climbing out of the deep dark hole that they fell into a few seasons ago. But it will take some time before the Ghosts of Mets past totally embrace our franchise and help will us to post season excellence !!
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!
Today would have been Mets organist, Jane Jarvis 95th birthday (1915) .
Steve Trachsel, the pitcher who took so much time on the mound between pitches that even the umpires took up needle point is 40 today (1970) .
New York Mets traded Richie Hebner to the Detroit Tigers for Jerry Morales and Phil Mankowski on October 31, 1979. Gravedigger Hebner is still seething over the trade !
New York Mets released the longest tenured Met at the time , catcher Ron Hodges on October 31, 1984.
Fifth outfielder from the ’06 team, Michael Tucker was granted free agency on October 31, 2006.
Our saviour that never was – Pedro Martinez was granted free agency on October 31, 2008. He gave s a decent year and a half of a four year contract. We all said it was a gamble when we signed him and it turned out that we crapped out on the deal.
Awesome when not injured (which seemed he was perpetually on the d.l), outfielder Moises Alou was granted free agency on October 31, 2008.
Middle reliever, Ricardo Rincon was granted free agency on October 31, 2008.
Mo Vaughn is going as Richard Simmons this Halloween !!!