Yes to quote Carol King yesterday “ I felt the earth move under my feet yesterday“. I also saw what is left of the Mets season come crumbling down in a wave of bad base running, poor fielding, a lack of clutch hitting and poor pitching altogether.
Lets face it folks if the fat lady hasn’t started singing yet- she is surely warming up. Yes it appears that barring a hot streak that lasts until the end of September, this team is done, finished- kaputski ! But you know something ? This season felt a lot more satisfying and has made me more optimistic than the past three years.
First off I think that both Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins have injected this team with a passion and optimism that has been lacking since September of ’07. Will this be a season that sees the Mets finally finishing with a record of over .500 since ’08 ? I sure hope so – but probably not, but remember when Frank Cashen took over the Mets in ’80 he like Alderson today had the daunting task of rebuilding a franchise that had been left to rot for almost half a decade.
The biggest bright spots of the season so far has been Neise, Gee and Duda. They will either be essential cogs to this rebuilding effort – or valuable trade commodities, but right now they are learning to play on the fly. Yes Niese will more than likely go on the disabled list with a strained rib cage, but he has emerged into the Mets number 4 pitcher. He is gutsy and it wouldn’t surprise me if he hurls the Mets first no-hitter in their history.
But at the end of the day this team needs to win, which is something they haven’t been doing much of lately. in 10 – 20 or even 30 years from now the history books will look back at this season as a year of transition. It will say that this season the mindset of both the team and it’s organization had changed for the better. Lets just hope that the teams fortune also changes – for the better !
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Mets reserve catcher from ’78-’80, Butch Benton is 54 (1957) . You would figure with a name like Butch he would have had some decent power numbers – but in two seasons with the Mets he belted a total of 0 home runs and knocked in two RBIs – not really Butch numbers at all I’m afraid .
Middle reliever from the ’04 and ’06 seasons, Bartolome Fortunato is 37 (1974). Bartolome will always be just a footnote in Mets infamy. He was the other player that the Mets received in the trade with the Tampa Bay Rays in which got Victor Zambrano, and the in return got our prized prospect Scott Kazmir. Yes one of the worst trades in Mets History indeed !
The New York Mets signed free agent reserve catcher, Kelly Stinnett on August 24, 2006. This was Kelly’s second tour of duty with the Mets.
Contrary to to the popular scientific consensus, yesterdays ground shaking event was not a earthquake as first reported – IT WAS MO VAUGHN AFTER A BAD BATCH OF TACO BELL !!!!!