Here we are just five days away from Christmas, and just one day away from Chanukah, and I just finished my shopping for the Mets players, as well as their coaching staff and ownership.
Although I am not a religious man, I still feel that giving gifts to friends and family is a cathartic experience that brings people of many backgrounds and faiths ( even us people that don’t place our faith in religion), and in return compels us to try to harder to just get along . Well that is unless they are either a Yankee or Phillies fan.
So here is a short list of presents that I am giving to the Mets.
Daniel Murphy : Self defense lessons !
Mike Pelfrey : “Monk : The Complete Series” box set !
Terry Collins: Stock in Rolaids and Tums !
Sandy Alderson: The first 2 seasons of “The Walking Dead” on DVD !
Lucas Duda: A blue Ox named “Babe” !
R.A Dickey: A light-saber !
John Rauch: A picture autographed by Chewbacca !
Jason Bay: A crash helmet!
Johan Santana: Bubble wrap !
Ike Davis: Hockey pads!
Dan Warthern: A pre-owned “Clapper” !
And finally for Jeff Fred and Uncle Saul: Their own copies of “Wilpon’s Folly” by Howard Megdal. If you are a Mets fan you have to buy Howard’s book. It is a meticulously researched account of how Fred and Saul allowed both the Mets ( as well as themselves) to teeter on the edge of financial ruin.
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
The current face of the franchise, third baseman, David Wright is 29 (1982). Lets hope David returns to form and proves that he is still an elite player.
The New York Mets traded starting pitcher, Jim McAndrew to the San Diego Padres for minor league pitching prospect, Steve Simpson on December 20, 1973. Simpson would never play above AA in the Mets farm system.
The New York Mets traded outfielder, Juan Samuel to the Los Angeles Dodgers for first baseman, Mike Marshall and reliever, Alejandro Peña on December 20, 1989. And so Juan Samuel – a player the Mets should never of traded for, was out the door after one season with the team.
The New York Mets granted middle reliever, Jeff Musselman free agency on December 20, 1990.
The New York Mets signed free agent utility man, Jeff McKnight of the Baltimore Orioles on December 20, 1991.
The New York Mets signed free agent second baseman, Willie Randolph of the Milwaukee Brewers on December 20, 1991. By the time Willie joined the Mets, he was past his prime. He retired after that season. It is a shame about Willie. I do believe he could have been one of the greatest Mets managers ever, but his thin skin, combined with his tendency to overwork his bullpen eventually did him in.
The New York Mets signed free agent reserve outfielder, Gary Thurman of the Seattle Mariners on December 20, 1995.
The New York Mets traded spot starter/middle reliever, Robert Person to the Toronto Blue Jays for All Star first baseman, John Olerud on December 20, 1996. This was definitely one of the best trades in Mets history.
The Baltimore Orioles signed shortstop, Mike Bordick of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 20, 2000. Mets fans everywhere barely noticed.
The New York Mets signed free agent outfielder, Cliff Floyd of the Boston Red Sox on December 20, 2002. Cliff was a solid pickup for the Mets. In his four seasons with the Mets, Cliff hit a combined .268 with 81 homers and 273 RBIs. He was also a clubhouse leader – something that this current Mets team desperately needs.
The Atlanta Braves signed reserve catcher, Joe DePastino of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 20, 2003.
The St. Louis Cardinals signed reserve first baseman, Brian Daubach of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 20, 2005.
The Atlanta Braves signed utility man, Chris Woodward of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 20, 2006.
The Milwaukee Brewers signed reserve outfielder, Trot Nixon of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 20, 2008.
All Mo Vaughn wants for Christmas is his own personal Denny’s Resturaunt !