Can you feel it ? Seriously can you feel the energy , the excitement that is Opening Day in Flushing Queens ?
Yes for the second straight winter the Mets found themselves shopping in the closeout section of their local K-Mart, looking for cheap no name alternatives ( as well as the occasional bargain) in order to field a team that would not burst their financially fragile budget. And for the most part when you have watched this seasons spate of Spring training games you had to wonder if we really were just watching the Bad News Bears 35 years later.
But all joking aside I do feel the Mets can finish the 2012 season at or above .500 – if the following five scenarios occur.
1. Johan Santana can stay healthy and effective for the bulk of this season. Yes he is the ace of the staff, but he is also a vocal motivator for this team.
2. David Wright and Ike Davis can play at least 150 games for the Mets. There is no doubt in my mind that had Wright and Ike never collided into each other early last season ( and knocking Ike out for the rest of the season) the Mets could have finished over .500.
3. The revamped bullpen can actually hold a lead. This has been the teams achilles heel for the past 5 seasons.
4. Mike Pelfrey ….. ‘Nuff Said !
5. If the National League East proves not to be the powerhouse division everyone predicts it will be. The Phillies are missing two of their best players, the Braves hav;nt done much to improve themselves, the Nationals are still young and in regards to the Marlins – see the ’92-’93 Mets ( just because you buy the best players doesn’t mean they will play well together).
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Spot starter/middle reliever from the ’63 season, Don Rowe would have been 76 today (1936).
Reserve catcher from ’64-’67, Hawk Taylor is 73 (1939).
Reserve outfielder from the ’69-’70 season, Rod Gaspar is 66 (1946).
Mets batting coach from the ’03-’04 seasons, Gary Pettis is 54 (1958).
The New York Mets traded minor league pitcher, John Csefalvay to the Houston Astros for utility man, Gary Rajsich on April 3, 1981.
The New York Mets traded reserve outfielder, Gary Matthews to the Baltimore Orioles for minor league pitcher, John Bale on April 3, 2002. Unfortunately Matthews would make a return appearance for the Mets 8 seasons later.
The New York Mets claimed reserve outfielder, McKay Christensen on waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 3, 2002.
The Detroit Tigers claimed middle reliever, Tyler Walker of the New York Mets on waivers on April 3, 2003.
The New York Mets signed free agent Pedro Feliciano on April 3, 2003.Feliciano would go on to become one of the all time consistent middle relievers in Mets history.
The New York Mets traded outfielder, Roger Cedeño to the St. Louis Cardinals for reserve shortstop, Wilson Delgado and reserve catcher,Chris Widger on April 3, 2004.This marked the end of Roger’s second stint as a Met- and boy was it a dissapointment.
Mo Vaughn plans to eat his way through Citi Field on Opening Day !!!!