First off Happy St. Paddy’s day to all the readers of this blog Just remember after a long day of celebrating with alcoholic beverages – Don’t DRINK AND DRIVE … You may hit a bump and spill your drink !!!!!
Earlier today in his daily blog posting, ESPN Mets beat writer, Adam Rubin posed an interesting question
“Where would the Mets be today had Carlos Beltran connected with that Adam Wainwright curve-ball ?”
If I could venture a guess I would say the Mets would have won game seven against the Cardinals from St. Louis and I bet the Mets would have basically steamrolled through the Detroit Tigers en route to their third World Series title.
But doesn’t mean that I think that they would have been in a better place today had Beltran never been caught looking at strike three at Wainwright’s wicked curve.
1. Both Beltran and Carlos Delgado may still have had injury plagued seasons like they did in their final seasons with the Mets.
2. It is quite possible that the collapses of ’07 and ’08 would have occurred regardless.
3. The Mets still would have traded for ( and granted a lucrative contract extension to) Johan Santana.
4. Willie Randolph may have held on longer to the managerial reigns of the team, but he still more than likely been relieved after the ’08 season – instead of the infamous 3 a.m termination .
5. Jerry Manuel more than likely still would have been Willie’s successor.
6. Tony Bernazard still would still have ripped off his shirt and taunted the Mets minor league players, which in turn devolved into that media circus that starred Omar Minaya.
7. It is still possible that Jason Bay would have been signed to that contract which helped hamstring the Mets finances today.
…… And finally……….
8. MADOFF STILL WOULD HAVE HAPPENED !!!! Which is pretty much why Fred and Jeff Wilpon’s team is after 4 years seems to be a franchise teetering on the financial abyss – while the team itself is seemingly to be finally be on upswing.
So essentially I feel that even if the Mets had won it all in ’06 they still would be in the same predicament that that they are in today.
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today include:
Backup catcher from ’00-’04, Vance Wilson is 40 (1973).
The New York Mets signed free agent reserve outfielder Jerry Martin of the Kansas City Royals on March 17, 1984.
The New York Mets traded middle reliever Pete Walker and minor league pitcher Luis Arroyo to the San Diego Padres for reserve first baseman/outfielder Roberto Petagine and minor league pitcher Scott Adair on March 17, 1996.
The New York Mets signed free agent reserve outfielder Timo Perez on March 17, 2000.Timo was essentially an AAAA outfielder, but when he was given a chance to play everyday in the final months of the ’00 season, his timely hitting and above average defense helped the Mets reach the World Series.
The New York Mets released super-sub Joe McEwing on March 17, 2005.
The Cleveland Indians claimed reserve infielder Anderson Hernandez of the New York Mets on waivers on March 17, 2010. This was the end of Anderson’s second go round with the Mets.
Mo Vaughn has kidnapped Lucky – the spokesman for Lucky Charms cereal and will not release him until he gets a lifetime supply of the purple horseshoes !!!