Ok I know you have just read the headline to my column for today and you are asking yourselves ” damn is he hitting the herbal cigarettes again?” First off the answer is that is none of your business. Secondly When you look at the history of the New York Mets they have lost just ten opening days. In two of those seasons the Mets have won it all ( ’69 and ’86).
Look I am not saying that this team is bound to to be immortalized with those two teams, but maybe – just maybe this team will blow all the naysayers predictions out of the water and make a passionate charge for the pennant – or at least the Wild card six months from now.
I watched last nights game and yes I admit I was disheartened to see the Mets offence stymied by the Florida Marlins. But we have to keep this is in perspective. First we were going against their ace, Josh Johnson – who when on his game is nearly unhittable. I feel that Pelf pitched pretty well despite being squeezed by the home plate umpire Jerry West. I was happy with what I have seen by our two Rule Five draft picks, Pedro Beato and Brad Eamus, as well as the aggressive base running of Willie Harris. Carlos Beltran looked good – yet tentative in right field last night. He seems to need a little more time to adjust to his new position and to shake the rust off from his recent inactivity in the field.
The hitting will wake up and the bullpen will improve, I can sense that this team was a bit psyched out over last night and I feel that they will adjust accordingly. I don’t know why but I still feel extremely positive about this team . It’s either that – or gas.
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Mets weak hitting shortstop from ’68-71, Al Weis is ’63 (1938). Although Al was never a wizard with the bat, he was a great asset to the Mets infield. He also had a clutch hit in the ’69 World Series.
Mets reserve outfielder from ’81-’82, Mike Howard is 53 (1958).
Pitching bright spot from last years dismal team, Hisanori Takahashi is 36 (1975) . Good luck in Cali Taka !!!
Sadly on this date in 1972, the heart and soul of the New York Mets, Gil Hodges passed away. To read Jerry Koosman’s account of his passing please read the Book “Amazin – The Miraculous History Of New York’s Most Beloved Baseball Team” by Pete Golenbock.
New York Mets signed free agent utility infielder, Phil Linz on April 2, 1968.
The New York Mets traded second baseman, Tom Veryzer to the Chicago Cubs for minor league pitchers, Craig Weissman and Bob Schilling on April 2, 1983.
The New York Mets traded shortstop, José Oquendo and minor league pitcher, Mark Jason Davis to the St. Louis Cardinals for minor league pitcher, John Young and minor league shortstop, Argenis Salazar on April 2, 1985. Jose is currently a coach for the Cardinals.
The New York Mets traded middle reliever, Doug Simons to the Montreal Expos for minor league outfielder, Rob Katzaroff on April 2, 1992.
The New York Mets traded pitcher, Matt Ginter to the Detroit Tigers for minor league pitcher, Steve Colyer on April 2, 2005.
And before you go out to the liquor store to by a case of Jack Daniels, just remember that there is just 6 days until the Mets 2011 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
Mo Vaughn claims he could hit Josh Johnson !!!!