Every year during Spring training there seems to be the same kind of story line. Who will be healthy, can player A reproduce the same amazing year that he had the season prior, Will there be a roster spot for the rookie that has just been turning the head of the coaching staff ? And then there is this – What player – whether it is a rookie or a veteran who received a Spring training invitation would you like to see make the team this season?
Well for me the choice is obvious, it has to be Jason Isringhausen. First of all , I am a sucker for a feel good story – and Izzy so far has done nearly everything right. In four appearances he has only given up one run, his fastball is touching 90 MPH of the radar gun, his newly learned overhand curve is baffling hitters, and it is said that he has been a positive role model on the younger pitchers that are in camp.
I think it also helps that Izzy has a World Series ring, as at one time was a premier closer, just in case Frankie Rodriguez goes down with a injury at least we have a proven commodity in the bullpen. Lastly he is a former Met. Izzy was the member of the “Generation K” era that actually was productive in his time with the Mets. In some cases he was like Mike Pelfrey or Aaron Heilmann- except without the psychological issues. I am a sucker for original Mets coming back into the fold whether it was Seaver, Jorgenson or even Hubie Brooks. and as of the time of this publishing, it looks like Izzy is a lock for the pen ( fingers crossed).
So once again I pose the question on you – Who would you like to see make the Mets out of Spring training ?
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today include:
Original Mets relief pitcher, Ken MacKenzie is 77 (1934).
Mets middle reliever from the ’79 team, Wayne Twitchell is 63 (1948) .
Mets bullpen coach from ’85-’91 and pitching coach from ’94-’96, Greg Pavlick is 61 (1950) .
Mets middle reliever from parts of the ’92 and ’95 season, Mike Birkbeck is 50 (1961) .
Mets reserve outfielder from the ’94 team – Brooklyn’s own, John Cangelosi is 48 (1963).
The New York Mets released relief pitcher, Duaner Sanchez on March 10, 2009. This is a case of what could of and what should have been. If only Duaner would have stayed in his hotel and ordered room service instead of going on that late night excursion to find some Dominican food. Then it is almost safe to say that the Mets might not have lost to the Cardinals in seven games and quite possibly could have won the World Series.
And while you still seethe at the fact that as of this moment Oliver Perez is still taking up space on the Mets roster, just keep in mind that there are just 22 ,Mike Jorgenson days until the Mets open the 2011 season against the Florida Marlins in Miami, and 29 days until the Mets 2011 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
Mo Vaughn tfeels like he can rip the ears off a gundar !!