Well unless you have been living under a rock for the past month or so you should know that Jose Reyes will not just be sticking his toe into the free agent waters, he will dive right in. It appears that the first team to contact him about tendering a contract for his services are the Florida Marlins. In fact he is supposed to meet with Marlins officials today. This more than likely will not be the only team to flirt with, and to go hard after the eclectic and energetic shortstop. Jose has been linked not only to the Marlins but the Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers and the Anaheim Angels to name a few.
It is expected that after Jose and his agent, Peter Greenberg have visited every interested team, entertained all of the offers and swapped some general numbers, they will come back to the Mets to see if they will match, exceed or come nowhere close to the best contract proposal that Jose has been offered elsewhere .
I am already on record as saying that I feel Jose has played his last game in a Mets uniform. But there are still legions of Mets fans that are holding out hope that our All Star shortstop will be back manning his position come Opening Day next season.
That is why I am introducing a Kubler-Ross five stages of coping with losing Jose Reyes model.
Stage one: denial – “Jose Reyes will be a Met next season – he just has too !”
Stage two: anger – ” It’s not fair !!! How can the Wilpon’s let their best player walk away ?!?
Stage three: bargaining- ” I will buy five season ticket plans and I will even buy a Pagan jersey if the Mets do the right thing and re-sign Jose !!!”
Stage four: Depression – ” I am so sad that Jose is not a Met anymore – pass the Doritos flavored Cold Stone ice cream !”
And last but not least
Stage five: Acceptance- ” Okay at least we still have David Wright !”
( as you can see I am up to stage five)
Repeat the five stages if David Wright is traded either this mid-season or next off season.
This has been a public service message from me, Rustyjr
(* The Real Dirty Mets does not in any way support or deny the ravings of this madman – editors)
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
The ” White Rat” himself, Whitey Herzog is 80 (1931). As a teenage Mets fan growing up in the ’80′s I despised Herzog – then manager of our arch rival St. Louis Cardinals. Later in life did I find out that he was one of the most respected minds in the Mets farm system from the mid ’60′s to early ’70′s. That’s until M. Donald Grant drove him out of the organization after the death of Gil Hodges.
Hall of Fame pitcher, the immortal Bob Gibson is 76 (1935). Many people forget that Gibson was the Mets pitching/ attitude adjustment coach from the ’81 season. The funniest thing about Gibson is that he urged the Mets not to sign Roger Clemens after he watched the future Red Sox star try out for the Mets. Gibson in his notes said that Clemens had ” ok stuff” and was “nothing special”. That just goes to show that just because you were one of the all time greatest pitchers in baseball , it is still hard to spot talent!!
Mets bullpen coach from the ’83 season, Gene Dusan is 62 (1949).
Reserve outfielder from the ’00 season, Jon Nunnally is 40 (1971).
The New York Mets sold the contract of middle reliever, Ed Glynn to the Boston Red Sox on November 9, 1984.
The Colorado Rockies signed utility man/pinch hitting specialist, Lenny Harris of the New York Mets as a free agent on November 9, 1998. I had always affectionately called Lenny the ” African American Rusty Staub”.
The Mets granted pinch hitter/outfielder, Gary Sheffield granted free agency on November 9, 2009. There were a lot of whispers that Sheffield would not fit in with the ’09 Mets team. He actually was a good citizen- that is until the waiver trade deadline came and went and Gary wasn’t dealt to a contending team like he had desired.
Mo Vaughn is planning on writing a self help book. It is temporarily titled ” I’m Okay – You’re The One With The Problem !”