Later on this morning I will be at Citi field to cover the Mets unveiling of their 50th anniversary. The Mets are expected to unveil their new retro uniforms which are patterned after the original ones from 1962. There is also speculation that the Mets may bring back some sorely missed rituals of Metsdom such as Banner Day and Old Timers Day. I hope to have video as well as pictures up later in the day.
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Catcher from the inaugural ’62 team, Harry Chiti, would have been 89 today (1932).
Mets outfielder from ’71-’74, Don Hahn is 63 (1948).
Reserve outfielder from the ’76 season, Leon Brown is 62 (1949) .
Happy 47th birthday to the man who made Shea Stadium electric again during the ’80′s – Dwight “Doc” Gooden (1964)
Middle reliever from the ’01-’02, Mark Corey is 37 (1974).
The New York Mets signed free agent Kevin Mitchell on November 16, 1980. Mitchell is one of those players that you look back on and wonder ‘what could have been” if he wasn’t traded to the Padres for Kevin McReynolds after the the ’86 season.
The New York Mets signed free agent middle reliever, Don Florence of the Boston Red Sox on November 16, 1994.In his lone season with the Mets, Don had a record of 3-0 with a E.R.A of 1.50 in 14 games.
The New York Mets signed free agent second baseman, Damion Easley of the Arizona Diamondbacks on November 16, 2006. Easley turned out to be a good pick up for the Mets. He was originally brought on board to be a utility infielder, but due to injuries to Jose Valentin and Moises Alou- coupled with his clutch bat , his services were utilized almost everyday.
Mo Vaughn is hoping the Mets will put out one of those new retro jerseys in his size – 7XXL !