Let me get something off my chest – I hate this notion that the Mets are underdogs – and I detest the fact that ownership had the audacity (whether it was done as a joke or as a motivational tool) to issue these shirts to Mets players.
Let me ask a question. Is our team the Pittsburgh Pirates ? Is our team the Houston Astros ? How about the Kansas City Royals ?
The obvious answer is no ( even though there have been many occasions over the past 3 seasons where they have played like said teams). The fact of the matter is that our team is based in the worlds biggest media market. This team is not – and should not be considered a underdog. This team should have the financial wherewithal to either sign the best talent available, re-sign your best players and to augment the roster with good complimentary players that are on the market.
Look I am not one of these crybabies that are moaning that this team is going to finish the north side of 90 losses. I am still holding out hope that this team can win a respectable 81 games. But with that being said we are a New York team, and if I was a player whose home team played in Flushing, I would be cringe at the thought of being called a underdog – But that’s just me.
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Mets coach from the ’91 season,Tom Spencer is 62 (1951).
Starting pitcher from the ’06 season, Brian Bannister is 31 (1981).Bannister was a solid number 5 pitcher in his rookie (and lone) season with the Mets. Omar Minaya unwisely dealt Bannister to the Royals for flame-throwing reliever (and alleged attempted murderer), Ambiox Burgos after the ’06 season.
Sadly on this date in 2009, one time Mets middle reliever,Tom Sturdivant passed away. He played for the ’64 Mets team.
The New York Mets purchased the contract of third baseman/outfielder, Dave Kingman from the San Francisco Giants on February 28, 1975. Six years later the Mets would reacquire “Sky King”when they dealt under performing center fielder, Steve Henderson to the Chicago Cubs on February 28, 1981. “Kong” was the first true home run hitting threat the Mets ever had- and he held the Mets home run records until he was eclipsed by Darryl Strawberry.
The New York Mets signed free agent middle reliever, Pedro Feliciano on February 28, 2006.This was Pedro’s second tour of duty after sitting out the ’05 season. He is currently rehabbing from shoulder surgery after signing a lucrative contract with the Yankees last season.
Mo Vaughn has said that the comic book character that he always related to was Luke Cage aka “Power Man”. Too bad he is more like “The Incredible Bulk” !!!