Yes here we are on the third day of the MLB Winter Meetings and so far with the exception of today’s announcement of the David Wright contract extension – the Mets stay in Nashville is like the current crop of sports radio orators – all talk but no substance.
There is one day left before the Mets leave Music City and it’s quite possible that the Mets may come back solely with a rule 5 draft pick but they also will have laid down the ground work for possible trades and free agent signings.
But in the spirit of the winter meetings being held in a music Mecca, here are 5 songs from my “Mets make a deal” playlist.
1. “Wishing and Hopin” by Dionne Warwick - Because we are all hoping the Mets come back with players that can help this team this coming season.
2. “The Wait” by Tom Petty and the Heart breakers – Yes Tom is right when he says the wait is the hardest part.
3. “Too Much Time On My Hands” by Styx. When you find yourself scouring the same 5 baseball insider sites you truly need to take a step back and exhale !
4. “Communication Breakdown” by Led Zeppelin. The song that obviously best describes the R.A Dickey contract extension talks.
5. ” Center field” by John Fogerty. Because that possibly is the position the needs to be upgraded for the coming season.
Are these the songs on your play list ? What songs would you add ? Please tell me in the comment section below.
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday includes:
Mets shortstop from the ’63 and ’64 seasons, Al Moran is 74 (1938).
Current Mets hitting coach, Dave Hudgens is 56 (1956).
One of the Mets better outfielders from the past decade, Cliff Floyd is 40 (1972) .
The Seattle Mariners drafted middle reliever, Rick Baldwin from the Mets on December 5, 1977.
The New York Mets traded reserve outfielder, Tom Grieve and minor league pitcher, Kim Seaman to the St. Louis Cardinals for pitcher, Pete Falcone on December 5, 1978. Falcone was known more for his family ties with Mets bullpen coach, Joe Pignatano as well as his penchant for losing his cap after every pitch than his actual pitching ability.
The New York Mets drafted reserve outfielder, Mike Howard from the Los Angeles Dodgers on December 5, 1978.
The New York Mets traded spot starter/middle reliever, John Mitchell and minor league outfielder, Joaquin Contreras to the Baltimore Orioles for outfielder, Keith Hughes and minor league pitcher, Cesar Mejia on December 5, 1989.
The New York Mets signed free agent Vince Coleman of the St. Louis Cardinals on December 5, 1990. This seemed like a no-brainer, but just like most of the Mets free agent signings this one turned real ugly real fast !
The Toronto Blue Jays signed reserve outfielder, Pat Tabler of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 5, 1990.
The New York Mets drafted middle reliever, Kevin Lomon from the Atlanta Braves on December 5, 1994.
The New York Mets drafted reserve outfielder, Shawn Hare from the San Diego Padres on December 5, 1994.
The Mets drafted reserve infielder, Jason Hardtke from the San Diego Padres on December 5, 1994.
The Florida Marlins signed outfielder, Joe Orsulak of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 5, 1995. Orsulak – although a journeyman was one of the more popular Mets players during those lean mid ’90′s teams.
The Los Angeles Dodgers signed pitcher, Orel Hershiser of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 5, 1999.
The New York Mets signed free agent pitcher, Brett Hinchliffe on December 5, 2000.
The New York Mets signed free agent Tom Glavine of the Atlanta Braves on December 5, 2002. What appeared to be a good signing at the time turned out to be a mediocre acquisition at best culminating with the end of season ( and Mets career) meltdown in 2008.
The New York Mets traded minor league outfielder, Dante Brinkley and pitching prospect, Gaby Hernandez to the Florida Marlins for catcher, Paul Lo Duca on December 5, 2005. Lo Duca has proven to be the last best offensive/defensive catcher – sorry Josh.
D-I-E-T is a four letter word for Mo Vaughn !!!!