I would first off like to wish my friends and readers of the Catholic faith a Merry Christmas , and hopefully Santa has given you everything you asked for this holiday season ( Jason Bay excluded) . I'm sorry that I didn't publish yesterdays column, but I was felled by a bad case of food poisoning the night before , went to work ( felt even worse) , came home and proceeded to sleep for the next 14 hours ! I didn't even know of the Kelvin Escobar deal until about forty-five minutes ago. I think if healthy he should make a perfect compliment to K- ROD and if not he will be the latest in a long string of Omar's follies. "Merry Xmas"And on that note, here comes the Christmas INFAMY !!!!Happy Birthday wishes go out to original Mets pitcher and the only person that has been with this organization almost consistently for five decades -Al Jackson (1935) .Pitcher for the '66 and '67 seasons - Jack Hamilton is 71(1938) .Pitcher from that dismal '65 campaign - Dennis Musgraves is 66 (1943) .Every ones favorite base stealer and card player - Rickey Henderson is 51 (1958) .Utility infielder from '89 - '90 -Tom O'Malley is 49 (1960) .Reserve second baseman for the '07 squad - Ruben Gotay is 27 (1982) . He was far from being a everyday player , but somehow he won the hearts of many a Mets fan, to the extent that many fans were upset when he wasn't resigned after the '07 season.Sadly on this date in 1987 pitcher Nino Espinosa .Also on this date in 2007 first baseman/ outfielder Jim Beauchamp passed away.And while you are totally engorged on your holiday meal drinking the spiked eggnog and watching Kiss saves Santa Claus - remember there are only 101 days left until the Mets open the 2010 season against the Florida Marlins at Citi Field.