“These are the times that try men’s souls“
Thomas Paine – Founding father of the United States of America
Yes the post season is finally here and I admit I will not watch a single game. Tampa Bay versus Texas – no way !
Philadelphia and St. Louis - MEH ! Yankees versus the Tigers - DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED !
I am sorry but I really can’t get into post season baseball if my Mets aren’t involved. I have been like this for as long as I can remember. I am a fan of the game – no doubt about that, but my loyalties remain with the orange and blue. I can’t bring myself to watching games that hold no meaning to me whatsoever. I guess you can say that it is a defense mechanism which is supposed to insulate me from the inevitable pain and anger which comes with both the Yankees and Phillies advancing deep within the post season structure.
I would rather watch the Food Network than watching “Mr. Subway”, Ryan Howard hit moonshots, or that Edge guy – Jeter get a clutch hit. No I shall do what I usually do ( barricade myself in my house) until the inevitable parade down the ” Canyon of Heros” or the overturning, looting and mass bad behavior decends at Liberty Hall in Philly after the possibly win the World Series.
Either way I shall be mocked, teased, tortured, molested, man-handled, despised, rankled, humiliated and whatever words best fit the torture that will be inflicted over the Mets fans base for the next six months or so until Opening Day.
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Spot starter/middle reliever from ’78-’80, Kevin Kobel is 58 (1953). Kobel was one of the better pitchers from the dark times of the late ’70′s. In three seasons he had a record of 12-18 with a E.R.A of 3.58.
Middle reliever from ’07-’08, Scott Schoeneweis is 38 (1973). I still feel that Scott was a decent middle reliever, I just feel that then managers Willie Randolph and Jerry Manuel misused him in key situations.
Sadly on this date in 1991, the Mets lost their “father” when lawyer and lobbyist, Bill Shea passed away. If you have never heard of Bill Shea, I urge you to pick up the book “Amazin :The Miraculous History Of New York’s Most Beloved Baseball Team” by author Peter Golenbock. It details how Shea was able to bring National League baseball back to New York,and in essence bringing the Mets into existence.
The New York Mets traded middle reliever, Paul Siebert to the St. Louis Cardinals for Bob Coluccio on October 2, 1978. Siebert was best known as the other player that the Mets received from the Padres on the day that has since been dubbed ” The Midnight Massacre” in which Dave Kingman was traded for Bobby Valentine . Paul spent 2 seasons with the Mets and had a record of 2-3 with a E.R.A of 4.50 and one save. Coluccio never played a single game for the Mets organization.
Mo Vaughn is suing the makers of the children’s game ” Hungry Hungry Hippos” for the use of his likeness !!!