Well here we are on the verge of a new year and needless to say 2011 can’t get here soon enough !! Yes us Mets fans have spent the the last twelve months watching our team spiral in a into athe pit of ineptitude . We have stood by, watching helplessly as this painful passion play has unfolded. Whether is was the lack of qualitiy free agents or the fact that Omar and Jerry were not let go before last season started the root causes of this teams descending into the abyss is moot. Because in some respects this team was never really given a chance to win.
Yes this team was in contention until the first weeks of July. Hell they even fooled a apathetic fan base into thinking that maybe this team could make the playoffs. But some times we want to believe even when the writing on the scoreboard says otherwise. This past year we have seen it all. from the Jason Bay press conference to Jose Reyes’ thyroid problems. There was “Knee Gate” starting Carlos Beltran and “Kung Pow – Enter The K – Rod“. We saw bullpen meltdowns and the occasional on the mound flare ups between manager and pitcher ( who could forget the incidents between Jerry and Mike Pelfrey and Jerry versus R.A Dickey).
We had concussions and broken fingers, torn labrums along with rape allegations and the occasional outbreak of the base running flu. There was Kelvim Escobar who basically stole 1.5 million while never even throwing a pitch in spring training and Garry Matthews Jr – who we would have paid not to play . We had “ Jerry Watch ” along with ” Where On Earth Is Omar Minaya? ” – which goes to show you that the best shows are not on television.
This team would win only three road series this year – only one was against a team in our league !!
But there were highlights also. We saw three one-hitters last season brought to us in part by Johan , Jonathan Neise and The Dickey. We saw David Wright revert back to his old form – but now if he could only stop swinging at bad pitches. Mike Pelfrey , Angel Pagan and Jonathan Neise took huge steps forward in cementing their status in Queens. Ike Davis showed that he was ready to hand with the big boys while Jennry Mejia showed that he needed more seasoning in the minors.
And amongst all the doom and gloom of last season there was a silver lining. I believe that we all heaved a heavy sigh of relief when both Omar and Jerry were ushered out of Citi Field by team security, and we lavished praise as well as compliments and ovations when the Wilpons did the right thing and hired Sandy Alderson who in turn hired J.P Ricciardi and Paul DePodesta as he main advisors and Terry Collins as our field general . Yes we are filled with healthy mix of anxiety and anticipation when it comes to Alderson’s plan to raise this franchise out of the smoldering embers of past administrations. Yes we might be unhappy that the team is pushed up against the wall budget wise with no type A free agents signings this year, but remember patience is a virtue seersucker is a fabric and LETS GO METS !!! as our rallying cry .
Yes 2010 ranks down there with ’78′,80 and ’03 - and it will be remembered as the year when Flushing imploded, now if only we could find a way to get Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo to join become a distant memory !
And with that said …. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating birthdays today are:
Today marks the 49th birthday of one of the most overlooked pitchers in Mets history, Rick Aguilera (1961) .I still wish the Mets never traded him tot he Twins for Frank Viola.
Sadly on this date in 1999, one time Mets pitcher from ’63-’66, Larry Bearnarth passed away.
Los Angeles Dodgers signed pitcher, Claudio Vargas of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 31, 2008. Claudio wssigned as a low risk/high reward pitcher in the fact that he was coming off arm surgery and could be used as both a starter and a reliever . He started the year off well but he was no help when he was used as bullpen help in the waning months of the ’08 season which saw yet another collapse by the Mets.
And while you start putting the champagne on ice and getting your noise makers ready for tonight, just remember that there are just 91 days until the Mets open the 2011 season against the Florida Marlins in Miami and
98 days until the Mets 2011 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
Mo Vaughn will consume at least four trays of pigs in blankets along with three bottles of Korbel !!!