It is finally here ! No I am not talking about the first day of Spring – that is still a few weeks away. No I am talking about the mandatory check in date for Mets pitchers and catchers, and I don’t know about you but I am psyched.
This is the time of year that even the most hardened skeptics can let down their guard and secretly feel optimistic about their teams chances.
What are some of the stories that you are looking forward to see unfold ? For myself it is Johan Santana and how healthy he is ? I do feel that his health will dictate how this seasons team will fare throughout the upcoming season. Also I am looking forward to see how Lucas Duda performs in left field as well as if there will be a true competition in center field between Andres Torres, and Kirk Nieuwenhuis.
I am also waiting with baited breath to see if the bullpen is truly solidified and if Daniel Murphy is the answer at second base – or a injury prone liability.
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Reserve catcher from the ’89 season,Phil Lombardi is 49 (1963).
Reserve outfielder from the ’04 season, Shane Spencer is 40 (1972).Spencer although he played well for the Mets that season was released by early August because he was considered a clubhouse cancer.
Starting pitcher from the ’09 season, Livan Hernandez is allegedly 37 (1975)
. I still maintain that we should add 5 years to his age !
The New York Mets signed free agent middle reliever, Don Aase on February 20, 1989. Ironically Aase would sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers on exactly the same day a year later.
The New York Yankees signed starting pitcher, Dwight Gooden of the New York Mets as a free agent on February 20, 1996. I remember being very apathetic about Dwight signing with the Yankees at the time. I still felt the sting of his suspension for substance abuse, but it stung even more when he threw a no-hitter for the team from the Bronx.
The New York Mets signed free agent reserve first baseman, Tony Clark on February 20, 2003. In his lone season for the Mets, Clark played in 125 games and finished with 16 homers and 43 RBIs while hitting .232.
Mo Vaughn has once again announced his annual comeback attempt ! He should announce his retirement sometime tomorrow !