Why do I even bother
?!?! First I have to wake up to drive my wife to her job in Brooklyn, then I have to drive back to Staten Island, through the pounding blizzard to get to my job, drive back to Brooklyn just to pick her up in white out conditions , listening to WFAN throughout the day !! First off I listen to Mets fans that are crankier than ( and more irrational than I am
) I hear Craig Carton pontificating on Ken Rosenthal's article saying that the Mets are broke ( I believe he took the article out of context
) which put me in a bad mood. Then I heard that Chin Ming Wang is on the verge of signing with the Washington Nationals ( they might just be a sleeper team this season
) Then I hear that Todd Wellmeyer signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants - not that I truly wanted him but I find it funny that the Mets had "interest
" in many players but not enough "interest
" to enter negotiations with them . Damn I am a glutton for punishment because here I am writing my column and Mike "The Stomach
" Francesa is about to once again rip the Mets a new orifice. Yes I forgot to bring my Pink Floyd disc with me and I think I was a bit to mellow to listen to my Carnivore CD ! But what is a disillusioned Mets fan to do? please somebody talk me off the ledge here !! What can I take into this season to be positive about ? HELP !! I AM TRAPPED UNDER A AVALANCHE OF APATHY HERE !!!! " Should the Mets fans feel snakebit?"
And on that note - HERE COMES THE INFAMY
!!!Happy Birthday wishes go out to original Mets pitcher Sherman Jones (1935) .One of the most popular Mets that ever lived - Lenny Dykstra is 47 (1963) . It pains me to see Lenny going through his financial meltdown. I hope he bounces back.
Reserve catcher from the mid '90's, Alberto Castillo is 40 today (1970) .Happy 40th Birthday Bobby Jones (1970) !! You are definitely one of the most overlooked pitchers that the Mets ever had. Who could forget the one hit shutout he pitched against the St Louis Cardinals during the 2000 NLCS .
New York Mets purchased pitcher Ron Taylor from the Houston Astros on February 10, 1967. After he retired from baseball, he went back to medical school and became a doctor for the Toronto Blue Jays organization.
New York Mets traded catcher Alex TreviÃ±o, and pitchers Greg Harris and Jim Kern to the Cincinnati Reds for outfielder George Foster on February 10, 1982.I remember the hype that surrounded this trade. The Mets thought they were importing a bonafide power hitting outfielder, who at one time carried the Reds on his back. Unfortunately the George Foster that we got in return was a shell of his former self, generally aloof, mostly bitter , while showing little of the power that made him one of the best hitters of the '70's.
New York Mets re-signed free agent Howard Johnson on February 10, 1997. This was HoJo's second go round with the Mets. Unfortunately his skills were so eroded that he retired at the end of that spring training.
Arizona Diamondbacks signed reliever Felix Heredia of the New York Mets as a free agent on February 10, 2006.And while you try to dig yourself out of all this snow, just remember- there are just 54 days until the Mets open the 2010 season against the Florida Marlins at Citi Field.