Yesterday I was invited to the annual Mets Holiday Party at Citi Field. The Mets invited children from nearby Queens Public Schools to meet Mr. Met as well as Santa Murph ( Daniel Murphy – DUH!) and his elves that happen to have pituitary gland issues, Justin Turner and Jonathon Niese (I will try to have their interviews up by tomorrow).
Mets General Manager, Sandy Alderson was also on hand for the festivities, and he granted the bloggers that were on hand a few minutes of his time for an interview. Sandy addressed everything from Jose Reyes signing with the Marlins to what minor leaguers may have to best shot of making the team next season.
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Reserve catcher from the ’73 season, Jerry May is 68(1943) .
Reserve catcher from ’65-’67, Greg Goossen is 66 (1945).
Mets hitting instructor from ’05-’07, Rick Down is 61 (1950).
Sadly on this date, the Mets lost two members of their extended family. Utility man Rod “Hot Rod” Kanehl in 2004, and middle reliever, Nick Willhite in 2008.
The Texas Rangers signed reserve infielder, Mario Diaz of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 14, 1990.
The New York Mets signed free agent outfielder, Lance Johnson of the Chicago White Sox on December 14, 1995. Lance was one of the few bright spots on those Mets teams from the mid ’90′s.
The Boston Red Sox signed middle reliever, Brad Clontz of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 14, 1998.
The New York Mets traded outfielder, David Justice to the Oakland Athletics for middle relievers, Mark Guthrie and Tyler Yates on December 14, 2001. Justice was obtained in the trade that sent Robin Ventura to the Yankees earlier that winter. Needless to say Justice never played a single game with the Mets.
Jack Frost has officially refused to nip at Mo Vaughn’s nose !!!