So other than the arthritically slow pace that the Bengie Molina negotiations are taking ( my wife's Saturn Ion moves faster
) there has been not a whole lot of anything happening in the land of the Mets. So since I have had a lot of downtime ( face it being a security guard isn't exactly heavy lifting
) , I pondered which non championship Mets team in my opinion was my all time favorite. I came to the conclusion that it had to be the rebirth of the franchise in '84. It is funny, in '84 I was a rabid twelve year old Mets fan who year after year took his lumps from Yankee fans everywhere. But little did I - or anyone else for that matter expect the Mets to rise like a fiery phoenix from the ashes of several years of futility and become a overnight contender , re-energizing this fan base. Look at all those quality players that were on the roster that year - Keith Hernandez, Hubie Brooks,Rusty Staub, Mookie Wilson, Darryl Strawberry,Ron Darling, Sid Fernandez, Jesse Orosco and this young awkward looking kid who single handily made coming to Shea Stadium a event. His name - Dwight Gooden !! But the team was anchored by one of the best coaching staffs ever. Davey Johnson was the tough as nails manager who was possibly the first manager to explore the use of sabermetrics . He was the real heart of that team in my opinion. The soul was pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre along with third base coach Bobby Valentine and hitting instructor Bill Robinson. These men, all winners in their own right drilled into this young up and coming team that they were winners and not the door mat for the National League. I went to many games that season, but the one I have the best recollection of was of the final series between the Mets against our arch enemy at the time - the Chicago Cubs. It was early September if memory serves me right , and the pitching match-up was between their ace- Rick Sutcliffe and our number two starter Ron Darling. Unfortunately that night Ron pitched well enough to lose while Sutcliffe stymied the Mets bats. But it's funny, I had been to at-least thirty Mets games up to that point and I don't remember the electricity I felt prior to that night. Shea was rocking that night, the wave was out in full force !! The Curley Shuffle was being played on the Diamond Vision. The Mets were relevant again !!!! Yes the '84 Mets came up short that year, but it paved the way for us obtaining Carter and Ojeda, and down on the farm were two bull dogs chomping at the bit to make their major league debuts ( Roger McDowell and Lenny Dykstra
). And in two short years we would have our parade down the Canyon of Heroes.So I now ask you -excluding the two Championship teams , what is your all time favorite Mets team?
" Do you remember 1984?"
And now ON WITH THE INFAMY
!!! Happy Birthday wishes go out to the unsung hero of the '86 team - Kevin Mitchell (1962) .Also a year older is current minor league pitcher ( who will more than likely see action in Flushing this season
) Elmer " Uncle
" Dessens (1971) New York Mets selected catcher Francisco Estrada in the fifth round of free agent draft on January 13, 1971.New York Mets selected outfielder Herm Winningham in the first round (ninth pick overall
) of free agent draft on January 13, 1981.New York Mets selected outfielder Randy Milligan in the first round (third pick overall
) of free agent draft on January 13, 1981.New York Metstraded infield prospect Mike Davis to the Boston Red Sox for past his prime pitcher Mike Torrez on January 13, 1983. Sadly the only thing Torrez would be known for after donning a Mets uniform was the unintentional beaning the Houston Astros rising star Dickie Thon. Thon suffered a severe concussion , and although he attempted to come back from his injury, he ultimately retired soon afterwards.
The Los Angeles Dodgers signed relief pitcher Lee Gutterman of the New York Mets as a free agent on January 13, 1993.New York Mets signed free agent pitcher Rob MacDonald, on January 13, 1996. He pitched in twenty games for the Mets that year - but I don't remember him.
New York Metssigned free agent pitcher Masato Yoshii on January 13, 1998. If memory serves me right , Yoshii was the first Japanese player the Mets ever signed.And lest we forget - There are just
82 daysuntil the Mets open the 2010 season against the Florida Marlins at Citi Field.