First off I would like to send my condolences to Dallas Green as well as the rest of the Green family in the wake of that tragic shooting in Arizona that left his granddaughter, Christina -Taylor Green mortally wounded. It angers me to see some person murder just because he or she doesn’t agree with a person’s political or moral leanings. We as a country have to look at this tragedy , take a step back and realize that we have to temper our rhetoric and solve the problems that this country is facing by utilizing the tools of rational debate and compromise – not by distortions of the truth and name calling ! To read about the life of young Christina click here .
Well to put it mildly , this has been a roller coaster ride for the Mets fan base. Sandy Alderson has imported two low risk/high reward pitchers in Taylor Buchholz and Chris Campuano. If healthy, both should be welcome additions to this beleaguered Mets pitching staff.
There have also been reports via Twitter ( the new crack of the Internet) by ESPN columnist, Buster Onley that the Mets have reached out to free agent starting pitcher, Chris Young and that he was on the verge of signing with the Mets. The Mets front office promptly shot down this report by stating that the Mets have yet to offer Young a contract. I am just wondering with the names of free agent pitchers starting to come off the market if this is a smart tactic by Sandy Alderson. Look I am not trying to second guess Alderson , and I admit I have no knowledge about what is really going on between closed doors, but I am afraid that in this game of musical chairs, Young – the best third tier pitcher on the market might slip through our grasp. There was a post on the Meet the Matts web site which hinted that Young would be a Mets pretty soon. I don’t know the validity of their sources, but I hope this proves to be the truth. All I know is that in just over 30 days, Mets pitchers and catchers will be scheduled to report to Port St Lucie. As of know I admit I am not particularly overwhelmed by the way our current rotation is rounding out. I am not saying that with the acquisition of Young the Mets starting rotation will be as good as the ’86 team or for that matter the ’06 team, but at least with a healthy Young in there we should be good enough to wing over 82 games.
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating birthdays today include :
Mets reliever from ’66-’67, Ralph Terry is 75 (1936).
Reserve third baseman from ’80-’82, Phil Mankowski is 58 (1953) . Phil was dealt to the Mets from the Detroit Tigers along with outfielder Jerry Morales for third baseman and malcontent, Richie Hebner.
Sadly on this date in 2009, starting pitcher from the’81 team, Dave Roberts passed away. In his only season with the Mets he appeared in seven games , compiling a record of record of 0-4 with a e.r.a of 9.39.
New York Mets signed free agent outfielder, Darren Bragg on January 9, 2001. Bragg would be released mid season by the Mets and would promptly be claimed by the Yankees.
New York Mets signed free agent catcher, Joe DePastino on January 9, 2002.DePastino would appear in only two games for the Mets that season, garnering no hits in two at bats. He was promptly released after his second game.
And while you are still basking in the afterglow of last nights Jets win against the Indianapolis Colts, just remember that 82 days until the Mets open the 2011 season against the Florida Marlins in Miami and 89 days until the Mets 2011 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
Mo Vaughn wants to remind you to email me your list of the top 50 Mets of all time to email@example.com .