Happy O.P FREE DAY BOYS AND GIRLS !!!
I know right about now you are probably scratching your head and wondering if I have been nipping at the moonshine (again), but for those of you that are not in the loop, today is a special day in the land of Mets INFAMY !
No today isn’t Mo Vaughn’s pet rocks birthday, neither is today the Day David Wright is suppose to be back in the Mets line up.
So do you give up ? Well today is the day that Sandy Alderson made good on his promise to cut the dead wood from the bloated Mets roaster ( as well as the payroll) . His first act of purposeful austerity was to eat the remaining 12 million dollars of Oliver Perez’s contract.
Yes that is correct – today is the one year anniversary of the banishment of Ollie P – hence the name O.P. Free Day ! I admit that I was never a fan of Perez ( I hated the fact that the Mets gave up Xavier Nady for him) and although he pitched well in his first two years with the Mets, you could just tell that the wheels were about to fall off.
And then just before the start of the ’09 season then General Manager, Omar Minaya signed Ollie P to a head scratching contract that hamstrung the Mets for 3 years and 36 million dollars. As we all know the contract was a disaster, and Ollie has since been placed in the Mets Hall of Shame with other disliked (I’m being kind here) players such as George Foster, Kenny Rogers and Tony Fernandez.
That proved to be the end of Ollie in Mets pinstripes, but his MLB career was far from over. Ollie would catch on with the Washington Nationals, assigned to their minor league team, and he has recently been demoted to the Mariners AAA affiliate.
So in this time of low expectations for our team, let us rejoice that Ollie doesn’t reside in Flushing anymore !
And once again I bid you all a Happy O.P FREE DAY !!!
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
One time Mets Director of Promotions and traveling secretary Arthur Richman would have been 86 today (1926) .
Mets outfielder from the ’67 season, Tommy Davis is 73 (1939). Davis played well in his lone season with the Mets, bating .302 with 16 homers and 73 RBIs. He was traded that off season to the White Sox for future Mets legend, Tommie Agee.
Reserve outfielder from the ’99 season, Shawon Dunston is 49 (1963) .By the time the Brooklyn born Dunston was obtained by the Mets from the St Louis Cardinals , his halcyon days as a premier shortstop were way behind him. But Dunston proved valuable for the Mets down the stretch during the tight playoff race of ’99. In 42 games for the Mets , Dunston batted .344 with 16 R.B.Is in the final month of the season. He struggled in the playoffs though, batting a combined .178 in the postseason.
The New York Mets traded utility infielder, Bill Almon to the Philadelphia Phillies for minor league pitching prospects, Shawn Barton and Vladimir Perez on March 21, 1988.
Mo Vaughn is celebrating O.P. Free Day by eating his weight in re-fried beans while downing a cold Corona Light !!!!