We are just 12 days away from the mandatory reporting date for pitchers and catchers, and what usually is a time for optimism for Mets fans has turned into a fingers crossed “hope for the best that the Mets don’t finish into the basement” frame of mind.
Honestly can you blame Mets fans if they don’t come out to see the team this season ? If the last two seasons of fourth place finishes are any indication of where this team stands – especially with a 50 million dollar payroll purge coupled with the rest of the National League East strengthening their roster, then it’s understandable why most fans are leery of this coming season.
But the question remains “will the Mets fans be patient this season ? Will we be patient if Johan Santana either re-injures his arm or if he just has been rendered ineffective after two seasons of dormancy?
Will Mets fans be outraged if David Wright is dealt mid-season if he is playing at a high level ( like Carlos Beltran last season) ?
Will the fans call for the heads of either Sandy Alderson or Terry Collins if the season tanks before June ?
How long will it take before us fans cry for ownership to sell the team – I know I know those calls have already started .
And lastly will the fans come out to Citi Field if a youth movement is in full effect by August ?
What do you think ?
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday includes:
Mets third base coach from the ’64-’65 seasons , Don Heffner would have turned 101 today (1911).
Sadly on this date in 2005, Mike Bishop, the reserve catcher from the ’83 team passed away.
The New York Mets signed free agent shortstop, Rey Ordóñez on February 8, 1994 .Ordonez was quite possibly the best fielding shortstop in Mets history. Too bad he couldn’t hit a lick.
The New York Mets signed free agent middle reliever, Rich Rodriguez on February 8, 2000. Rodriguez was one of the most hated players from that ’00 team. He appeared in 32 games as a middle reliever, and finished with a record of 0-1 with an E.R.A of 7.78. There was speculation that the only reason the Mets didn’t release him mid season was because he was the college roommate of then Mets general manager, Steve Phillips.
Mo Vaughn was mistaken as a float at yesterdays New York Giants ticker-tape parade !!!