For the last couple of days I have been trying to make myself feel good about being a Mets fan. As all of us that bleed the orange and blue know we are a bi-polar lot. Our highs are high, our lows are so low that even high tech Naval equipment can’t chart it.
So if you are a Mets fan, a Mets fan whose conifidence in the team is shaken or just a person who is investigating whether they should invest their time, energy and money on rooting for the team from Flushing here are some basic questions that you should ask yourself.
1. Do you have suicidal tendencies? Well if you do, being a Mets fan may not be the best team for you – look towards the Bronx.
2. Are you a masochist that clings to faded glories ? If you do – then welcome aboard !
3. Do you consider Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden and Craig Swan the holy trinity of New York baseball pitching ? If yes – then you are definitly a Mets fan !
4. Do you possese a lock of Pat Zachry’s mustache ? If you do then you are not only a Mets fan – you need psychiatric help !
5. If you know how long Mike Vail’s hitting streak was – Well you’re a Mets fan !
6. Do you or would you ever consider buying a Mo Vaughn replica jersey ? Well it is time to re-examine your life – and yes you’re a Mets fan !
7. Do you harbor distrust for the New York sports media? Welcome aboard – you’re a Mets fan !
8. Do you consider Angel Pagan an elite starting center fielder who just had a bad season ? Well you are a deluded Mets fan !
9. Are you content when your team announces when it comes in second when bidding for the services of top tier free agents ? Well then the Mets are the team for you!
10. Is the ultimate goal for your team to play meaningful games in September ? If so you are Fred Wilpon !
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
One time Yankee pitching great who became the guru of those amazing Mets rotations of the mid to late ’80′s, Mel Stottlemyre is 70 (1941) .
Reserve infielder from the ’69 season, Bobby Pfeil is 67 (1943) .
One of the Mets folk heroes from the ’70′s, outfielder, George “The Stork” Theodore is 65 (1946).
Mets middle reliever from ’98-’99, Rigo Beltran is 42 (1969).
Middle reliever from the ’04 season, Vic Darensbourg is 41 (1970).
The New York Mets traded pitchers, Calvin Schiraldi and Wes Gardner along with outfielders John Christensen and LaSchelle Tarver to the Boston Red Sox for pitchers, Bob Ojeda, John Mitchell, Tom McCarthy and Chris Bayer on November 13, 1985. This trade in my opinion was the key of the Mets success in ’86. Ojeda was the piece that helped the Mets to dominate in that magical season, and he was one of the most consistent pitchers the Mets have ever had.
The New York Mets released utility infielder, Kelvin Chapman on November 13, 1985.
The New York Mets released pinch hitter/first baseman, Tom Paciorek on November 13, 1985.
The New York Mets released middle reliever, Brent Gaff on November 13, 1985. Gaff was known for his fork ball. He played with the Mets from ’82-’85. He sported a record of 4-5 with an E.R.A of 4.06 with one save. He tore his rotator cuff just before the start of the ’85 season, and never pitched again.
The New York Mets released reserve outfielder, Chris Jelic on November 13, 1990.
The New York Mets released reserve outfielder, Keith Hughes on November 13, 1990.
Mo Vaughn likes to put Tabasco on everything – and I mean EVERYTHING !!!!