Yesterday I wrote a column which was meant to be a rallying cry for my fellow Mets fans. It was meant to stem the growing trend of negativity that I have been hearing from the local and national media as well as a loud minority of voices that have been preaching negativity of the team that I , along with you my readers have lived and died with for many years. I freely admit that I have ripped this organization on numerous occasions, I am not a saint. But I have always tried my best to keep a open mind during Spring training and waited until the second month of the season generally to vent my frustrations.
When I uttered the phrase ” Go root for the Yankees or the Phillies” I meant it as pure hyperbole. Everyone is entitled to their opinions – as well as their right to voice them. If I have angered or upset any of you I deeply apologize. I see us all as members of a big dysfunctional family, and all families do not always share the same view points or mindsets.
All I am trying to do is preach patience and positivity. The way I see this team is almost like the ’84 team or even the ’97 team. Maybe it’s a poor comparison, but if my memory serves me correctly no one gave the Mets a chance to compete, but compete they did. Bringing excitement and electricity back to Shea for the first time in years. And to read some schmuck on twitter constantly banging the drum of negativity really irks me – whether it is done as a running gag or because he/she truly believes it .
So I give you hear my deepest, most sincire apology. I never meant to malign anyone that felt hurt by my words.
Ed “Rustyjr” Marcus
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes :
Mets reserve catcher from ’72 season, Bill Sudakis is 65 (1946) .
Today also marks the 39th anniversary of the New York Mets purchasing Bill Sudakis from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The New York Mets released reserve first baseman, Jim Beauchamp on March 27, 1974.
The New York Mets traded starting pitcher, Jackson Todd to the Philadelphia Phillies for minor league infielder, Edward Cuervo on March 27, 1978.
The New York Mets traded starting pitcher, Nino Espinosa to the Philadelphia Phillies for third baseman ( and malcontent), Richie Hebner and utility infielder, José Moreno on March 27, 1979.
The New York Mets traded catcher, Ed Hearn, along with middle relievers, Rick Anderson and Mauro Gozzo to the Kansas City Royals for pitcher, David Cone and reserve outfielder, Chris Jelic on March 27, 1987. This deal was possibly the best all time steal in Mets history !!
The New York Mets traded reserve shortstop, Kevin Baez and minor league pitcher, Tom Wegmann to the Baltimore Orioles for first baseman,David Segui on March 27, 1994. Segui did play well in his brief tenure with the Mets. His name was later revealed on the Mitchell report as a player who used Performance Enhancing Drugs.
The New York Mets traded Mark Leiter to the Colorado Rockies for middle reliever, Brian Rose on March 27, 2001.
The New York Mets traded outfielder, Timo Perez to the Chicago White Sox for pitcher, Matt Ginter on March 27, 2004. Timo as it turned out to be – like Endy Chavez , a one season wonder. He was often hurt, and never put up a season like he did in ’00. Ginter pitched well that Spring Training to make the team, but he struggled early on that season , and was demoted to the minors.
And while you contemplate who wins tonight’s edition of Chopped All Stars , Just remember that there are just 5 David Wright Days to go until the Mets open the 2011 season against the Florida Marlins in Miami, and only 12 days until the Mets 2011 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
Mo Vaughn prefers Fritios over Doritos !!!