Well here we are, two days until Christmas and I am sure many of you are wondering what to get your favorite ( and not so favorite Mets) for the Holidays.
Well I happened to have my list right here of what I would like to see the Mets get in their stocking or under their Hanukkah bushes .
Ike Davis : some gym cushions so he can practice his over the railing catches.
Carlos Beltran: The Six Million Dollar Man’s bionic knees.
David Wright: A book on Buddhism so he can relearn plate discipline.
Jose Reyes : A spot on Dancing With The Stars – Hey it might help strengthen his legs !!
Mike Pelfrey : The mask that Hannibal Lecter wore in “Silence of the Lambs “ ( to curtail his licking ).
Jason Bay : A hockey helmet signed by the Mets medical staff.
Sandy Alderson : A ” World’s Greatest General Manager” statue
Johan Santana : A hot tub time machine so we can have the Johan of ’07 for the start of Opening Day .
Oliver Perez & Luis Castillo : One way tickets out of Flushing ( I hear Guam is very nice this time of year !)
And for all of us fans out there I hope we get the gift of respectability in the National League East.
And with that said….. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets Alumni celebrating birthdays today are:
Mets first baseman from ’63-’64,Tim Harkness (1937). He is said to be the first Canadian to ever play professional baseball here in the United States.
The beloved Jerry Koosman is 68 (1942) . That was the great thing about that Mets rotation in the late ’60′s – to mid ’70′s. Koosman would on many other teams be considered a Ace pitcher , instead of being behind Tom Seaver.
The recently dismissed Jerry Manuel is 57 (1953) .
The top pitching prospect of the Mets in the late ’70′s, Tim Leary (1958). It is unfortunate that he blew out his shoulder in ’81. I still blame Torre for that.
One of the rocks in the ’00 bullpen, Rick White is 42 (1968) . When you looked at him aty the time he looked like a slightly skinnier version of David Wells.
Seattle Mariners signed catcher, Mackey Sasser of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 23, 1992.
New York Mets signed free agent catcher,Todd Pratt on December 23, 1996. Who could ever forget that game winning heart stopping home-run that he hit against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the ’99 NLDS.
New York Mets signed free agent utility-man, Craig Paquette of the Kansas City Royals on December 23, 1997.
New York Mets traded outfielder, Roger Cedeño, relief pitcher, Octavio Dotel and minor league pitcher, Kyle Kessel to the Houston Astros for stud starting pitcher, Mike Hampton and outfielder, Derek Bell on December 23, 1999.This was possible the best trade of Steve Phillips’s tenure. We had obtained one of the best pitchers in the league and a outfielder – when healthy could put up great power numbers. Unfortunately Phillips didn’t have the foresight to lock up Hampton by the seasons end and he signed with the Colorado Rockies,
Texas Rangers signed spot starter/middle reliever, Mike Bacsik of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 23, 2003.
New York Mets signed free agent reliever, Juan Padilla on December 23, 2004.
Washington Nationals signed back up catcher, Gustavo Molina of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 23, 2008.
New York Mets signed free agent third string catcher, Omir Santos of the Baltimore Orioles on December 23, 2008. Omir was a one season wonder. He had a decent bat but pitchers didn’t trust this AAAA receiver so he spent the entire season in AAA Buffalo . he became a minor league free agent this winter.
And yes there are only two more days until Christmas, but remember, there are just 99 days until the Mets open the 2011 season against the Florida Marlins in Miami and 106 days until the Mets 2011 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
Mo Vaughn will be playing a bag of frankincense at his church’s yearly Christmas pageant.