If you would have asked your typical Mets fan how the Mets would do on this current road trip, he would probably tell you he would be content if they won 5 games.
If you had asked a member of the New York Sports Media how the Mets would fare, they probably would have cockily predicted that the Mets would win only three games.
Well here we are nine games into the ten game road trip and the Mets are at a awesome 6-3. When R.A Dickey toes the mound tonight, The Mets have a shot of finishing at 7-3 on a tough road trip that saw them face some tough teams ( Brewers and Braves) as well as a team that too is fighting for respectability ( Pirates).
With the win last night the Mets are at .500 since they faced the Yankees in the Subway Series. With a win tonight they can take one step closer to respectability , and for now silence the naysayers that have proclaimed this squad – a sub .500 team at best.
Just remember they have done this with out David and Ike. Young nor Johan.
Has this team overachieved ? It is possible – or it is also likely that all this team needed was the right motivator. And it is quite possible that manager, Terry Collins, is the right voice to get this teams’ collective ass into gear .
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Mets middle reliever from the ’72 season, Bob Rauch is 62 (1949).
Met pitcher from ’84-’85, Calvin Schiraldi 49 (1962). Schiraldi. along with Dwight Gooden and Ron Darling, was one of the Mets top pitching prospects. He was the key piece in the deal which brought Bobby Ojeda to the Mets from the Red Sox. And who could forget Calvin’s relief appearance in Game Six of the ’86 World Series ?!?
The Baltimore Orioles claimed reserve outfielder, Rich Becker of the New York Mets on waivers on June 16, 1998. Becker had played in 48 games with the Mets, batting a solid .190 with 3 homers and 10 RBIs.
The New York Mets signed free agent pitcher,Heath Bell on June 16, 1998. Bell is the most current member of the ” Player The Mets Let Get Away Club ” when they traded him along with middle reliever, Royce Ring to the San Diego Padres for pitcher Jon Adkins and outfielder Ben Johnson. Needless to say while Johnson and Adkins contributed almost NOTHING with the Mets – Bell has become one of the league’s best relievers.
Mo Vaughn prefers Sonic burgers over the ones at Checkers by a 5-1 ratio !