Okay so you guys know I am predicting the Mets to win between 84-86 games. I honestly don’t think that it is a big stretch top think this team can pull it off.
So since I am late for work and I can’t write a full blown column today detailing my enthusiasm for this season , I ask you what are your predictions as a die hard Mets fan? It doesn’t have to be what record the Mets end up with or what place we finish in – just general predictions such as players stats, who possibly gets traded or imported, will Terry be a good manager, etc…
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Mets bullpen coach from ’84-’87, Vern Hoscheit would have been 89 today (1922) .
Popular utility man from the Mets early days, Rod ” Hot Rod” Kanehl would have been 77 today (1934) .
One of the most popular Mets of all time – and also the man whom I took my name from, outfielder Rusty Staub is 67 (1944) .
Mets first baseman from ’78-’79, Willie Montanez is 63 (1948).
Current reserve second baseman and power bat off the bench, Daniel Murphy is 26 (1985) .
The New York Mets purchased the contract of Brooklyn Dodger great, outfielder, Duke Snider from the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 1, 1963. Unfortunately we lost the Duke a scant few weeks ago.
The New York Mets traded outfielder, Danny Napoleon and utility infielder,Ed Bressoud to the St. Louis Cardinals for third baseman, Jerry Buchek and minor leaguers Art Mahaffey and Tony Martinez on April 1, 1967.
The New York Mets released outfielder, Bruce Boisclair on April 1, 1980.
The New York Mets traded outfielder, Lee Mazzilli to the Texas Rangers for starting pitchers Ron Darling and Walt Terrell on April 1, 1982. Yes the fan s were upset by the departure of fan favorite Mazzilli, but they soon learned that Darling would be a excellent number 2 pitcher for the next 9 seasons.
The New York Mets traded utility infielder, Tucker Ashford to the Kansas City Royals for pitcher, Tom Edens on April 1, 1984.
The New York Mets released fork balling reliever, Tom Gorman on April 1, 1986.
The New York Mets traded reserve catcher, John Gibbons to the Los Angeles Dodgers for reserve third baseman, Craig Shiply on April 1, 1988.
The New York Mets released back up catcher, Kelly Stinnett on April 1, 2005.
The Seattle Mariners claimed utility infielder, Wilson Valdez of the New York Mets on waivers on April 1, 2005.
And yes the Mets technically start their season today, but in my opinion the real season starts in 7 days when the Mets 2011 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
Mo Vaughn wishes he was as beloved as Mr. Met !!!