It has been a rough couple of weeks here in the brain of Rustyjr. The lack of any relevant Mets news has left my brain stagnant. So I came across this yesterday and I figured I should share it with you – my loyal readers.
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Lets just hope it’s not the Charlie Brown Christman tree !
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Spot starter/middle reliever from the ’86 season, Rick Anderson is 55 (1956).
One of the best third basemen the Mets ever had, Howard Johnson is 51 (1960). I hope HoJo will someday return to this organization is some capacity.
One of the most eclectic Mets pitchers from the recent past, Pedro Martinez is 43 (1968).
Sadly on this date the Mets lost three members of their extended family. Coach from the inaugural ’62 season, Red Kress in 1962, Minority owner ( and Mets executive Vice President from ’62-’77), G. Herbert Walker in 1977, and utility man from ’64-’65, Charley Smith in 1994.
The New York Mets purchased outfielder, Al Luplow from the Cleveland Indians on November 29, 1965.
The New York Mets traded All Star second baseman along with outfielder, Ron Hunt and Jim Hickman to the Los Angeles Dodgers for power hitting outfielder, Tommy Davis and Derrell Griffith on November 29, 1966. Davis would play one season for the Mets before being traded to the Chicago White Sox for Tommie Agee and Al Weiss. Griffith would never play a day on any level of Mets system.
The New York Mets traded minor league infield prospect, Quilvio Veras to the Florida Marlins for Carl Everett on November 29, 1994. Oh yes the Carl Everett years !
The San Francisco Giants signed middle reliever, Kenny Greer of the New York Mets as a free agent on November 29, 1994.
The New York Mets signed free agent closer, Billy Wagner of the Philadelphia Phillies on November 29, 2005. Billy may not have been the best closer in Mets history, but it is safe to say if he had stayed healthy in the later months of both ’07 and ’08, the Mets would have made the playoffs.
Mo Vaughn bought out the entire Swiss Colony store in the Staten Island Mall. And No he wasn’t buying Christmas gifts !!!!