Well here we stand pretty much at the crossroads of the season. Our Mets go into this All Star Break with a record of 46-45. Most people didn’t think this team of question marks and AAAA players would be this good.
The funny thing is during this past 7 game road trip – a venture that many people thought could be the death knell for this team. But the Mets surprised almost everyone ( including themselves?) by going 4-3 . In all honestly, this team could have gone 6-1 if it were not for some costly errors. But as the old saying goes ” If if’s and buts were candy and nuts “yadda yadda yadda . The fact of the matter is that this team is holding their own against the upper eschelon teams.
I know at this same time last season the Mets under the fragile stewardship of then manager , Jerry Manuel had a better record that this years squad, but there was a underlying foreboding feeling that the bottom would drop out at anytime. As we all know it did .
The question remains now is if this team, a group of players who have fought from their first at bat to their last out can sustain this momentum . Will players like Beltran, Rodriguez and Isringhausen still be on the roster by seasons end ? Will Johan, Ike and David come back and be difference makers ? Can Terry motivate this team to finish over .500 for the first time in 2 seasons?
I will be tuning in to watch – will you ?
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Mets coach from the ’77-’78 seasons, Denny Sommers is 71 (1940) .
Pitcher from the ’66 season, Dick Rusteck is 70 (1941) .
The New York Mets sold the contract of pitcher, Don Cardwell to the Atlanta Braves on July 12, 1970. Cardwell was a no thrills type of pitcher. He worked both as a starter, and as a reliever for the Mets. He was regarded as a wily veteran that took the younger Mets pitchers under his wing during his four season tenure as a Met.
The New York Mets signed free agent utilityman, Marlon Anderson of the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 12, 2007. Anderson was a good pick up for the Mets that season. Used primarily as a pinch hitter, Marlon batted .319 with a .355 on base percentage. He had 3 homers and 25 RBIs in 69 at bats . Too bad he was never able to replicate those numbers for the Mets in ’08 and ’09 – but he was considered a good clubhouse guy.
Mo Vaughn is in Phoenix for tonight’s All Star Game. He said he is going to Mel’s Diner for a bowl of their famous chili. I didn’t have the heart to tell him That Mel’s was a fictional place from a ’70′s sitcom !