Yes this has quite possibly been the coldest Mets hot stove in recent memory. Even last year the Mets created some heat with the firing of both Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel, coupled with the hiring of the man who hopefully can save the Mets, Sandy Alderson along with his managerial pick, Terry Collins. But just like this year the specter of the Madoff Ponzi scandal along with the need to cut payroll, the Mets barely stoked the fire in the hot stove player wise.
We have lost our All-Star shortstop to free agency, payroll has been slashed by just about 40 million dollars and the Mets have taken out enough money in bridge loans to reconstruct the Verrazano Narrows !
Yes unless all 25 players on this seasons Mets roster can either reproduce their career numbers – or exceed them, stadium in Flushing will be to paraphrase a old advertising slogan “The Citi That Always Sleeps !”
So here are some songs that best describe the Mets hot stove thus far.
1. “Miami 2018″ by Billy Joel – for the departed Jose Reyes.
2. “Hazy Shade Of Winter” by Simon and Garfunkel .
3. “Cold As Ice” by Foreigner. It perfectly describes this past off season.
4. (Theme From) “Star Wars” by John Williams – to welcome the newly signed Jon Rauch.
5. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by the Supremes. This is dedicated to knuckleballer – and all around good guy , R.A. Dickey.
6.” The Sounds Of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel.
And finally the song that best sums up the Wilpon’s financial state – “Brother Can You Spare A Dime ?”
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Second baseman from the ’67 season, Bart Shirley is 72 (1940) . Shirley only appeared in 6 games for the Mets.
Middle reliever from the ’92 and ’93 seasons, Paul Gibson is 52 (1960).
Mets outfielder from ’90-’92,Daryl Boston is 49 (1963). He was brought in to make us forget about a different Daryl – but Boston was no Strawberry.
Sadly on this date in 2000, the Mets lost one of their best offensive first basemen/outfielders when John “The Hammer” Milner passed away. In his 7 seasons with the Mets, Milner hit .245 with 94 homers and 338 R.B.I’s.
The Atlanta Braves signed utility infielder, Bill Pecota of the New York Mets as a free agent on January 4, 1993. After he retired, Bill was the basis for thed the P.E.C.O.T.A sabermetric program which is use to project a players future performance.
The New York Mets signed free agent middle reliever, Mickey Weston on January 4, 1993.
The New York Mets traded starting pitcher, Jae Seo and middle reliever, Tim Hamulack to the Los Angeles Dodgers for middle reliever, Duaner Sanchez and minor league pitching prospect, Steve Schmoll on January 4, 2006. Oh how I wish Duaner never went searching for some home cooking on that fateful night in July of ’06. We might be hanging our hats on the Mets third ever World Series trophy.
Mo Vaughn has already broken 10 of his New Year resolutions !