In 13 days the gates at Digital Domain Park in Port St Lucie will open and the Mets Spring Training of 2012 will commence. It is safe to say this upcoming season will be one of low expectations as well as lower attendance.
But the question remains – what can we expect from this spring training ? Well if you think that the energy level will be lower now that Jose Reyes won’t be manning the shortstop position – think again. I think this years roster will come into camp with a positive attitude and a chip on their shoulders. I think many players such as Pelfrey, Murphy and Duda have something to prove. I think Jason Bay will be trying in earnest to regain the power stroke that has eluded him since he signed that white elephant of a contract. I think Johan Santana will be trying his best to push his surgically repaired arm – without re-injuring it.
I think David Wright will have the toughest assignment this season which is to tune out the trade talk rumblings – especially if he returns to the form that made him one of the leagues elite third baseman. And lastly we will be getting glimpses of Mets prospects such as Harvey, Famillia and Captain Kirk – players that might get the call up by mid season if their services are needed.
I looked at my magic Mets 8 ball for guidance and it said that the future is too fuzzy to see. Will this season see the continue freefall of the organization that we love most of the time ( with ownership we loathe) or has this team hit rock bottom and ready to rebound ? We won’t find out for another 8 months – but it will be must see television nonetheless.
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Reserve outfielder from the ’74 and ’76 seasons, Benny Ayala is 61 (1951).
Starting Pitcher from ’81-’82, Charlie Puleo is 57 (1955).
One of the most beloved Mets of recent memory, reserve outfielder from ’06-’08, Endy Chavez is 32 (1978).
The New York Mets traded pitchers, Hank Webb and Richard Sander to the Los Angeles Dodgers for minor league shortstop, Rick Auerbach on February 7, 1977.
One time Cy Young award winner, Mickey Lolich announced his retirement on February 7, 1977. Loilich – who many
Mets fans unfondly remember as the guy the Mets traded Rusty Staub for suddenly unretired from baseball the very next season and signed with the San Diego Padres.
The New York Mets released reserve infielder, Ross Jones on February 7, 1986.
The New York Mets claimed utility infielder, David Lamb on waivers from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on February 7, 2000. Lamb only played seven games with the Mets that season, and he batted .200 in five at bats.
Mo Vaughn is plotting to hijack the Giants Super Bowl ticker-tape parade !!!!