The Mets season ended just about eleven days ago, and I am going through withdrawal ! The lack of Mets related news has me searching the vast reaches of the Internet to find something – anything related to the orange and blue ! A year ago I didn’t have to go through these symptoms, because Ownership were quick to sever both General Manager Omar Minaya and manager Jerry Manuel from their jobs. It made the days go by a lot smoother. After the clearing out of the front office was finished, we had our attention focused on who the new G.M would be. We were happy that Sandy Alderson accepted the challenge of turning this dysfunctional franchise around.
Most people were not happy with his first true Mets transaction – the hiring of Terry Collins. But Terry ingratiated himself to both the Media and fan base, making himself seem more human and likable than his reputation that preceded him.
Yes I do admit that I watched the last thee innings of the ALDS game 5. Yes I relished watching the Yankees get knocked out in the first round ( although I was ticked off when Twitter crashed). I was sound asleep when Ryan Howard ruptured his Achilles tendon- securing the Cardinals advancement into the NLCS. I will root for all the ex Mets such as K-Rod, Gomez, Oliver, as well as whoever else I am missing, but I just wish that my Mets were still playing.
I think we all do. I just can’t wait for the hot stove to heat up again.
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Utility man from the ’98 season, Jim Tatum is 44 (1967).
One third of Generation K , pitcher Bill Pulsipher is 38 (1973). I still often wonder ” What could have been” if all three of those pitchers ( Pulse, Izzy and Paul Wilson) could have stayed healthy and pitched up to their potential.
One of the Mets first forays into signing Cuban defectors, pitcher Alay Soler is 32 (1979).I remember all the hype when the Mets signed Soler. He was supposed to be the Mets answer to Orlando Hernandez. In his sole season with the Mets (2006), Alay appeared in 8 games, and had a record of 2-3 with an E.R.A of 6.00. We would have been lucky if he pitched like Keith Hernandez.
The man who finished the season as our everyday outfielder, Jason Pridie is 28 (1983). I believe that Pridie will be back on the Mets next season as a late inning defensive replacement.
The Oakland Athletics claimed the contract of reserve outfielder, Matt Watson of the New York Mets on waivers on October 9, 2003. Watson played a total of 15 games for the Mets. During that short tenure, Matt batted .174 with 2 RBIs.
The Oakland Athletics claimed the contract of utility infielder, Marco Scutaro of the New York Mets on waivers on October 9, 2003.I really can’t fault then G.M, Steve Phillips for putting Scutaro through waivers. You had an up and coming shortstop prospect waiting in the wings named Jose Reyes.
Mo Vaughn is rooting for the Tigers to win the ALCS because he loves their Coney dogs ! He is pulling for the Cardinals to win the NLCS because he loves St. Louis BBQ ribs !!!!