Well I never thought I'd say this but I'd rather have dental work done than listen to Omar Minaya being interrogated by Talkimoutta of the Spanish Inquisition ( Mike Francesa). Yes at 5 o'clock yesterdayafternoon I was mercifully having crowns installed and under a nice local anesthetic ( damn no nitrous oxide!) while from what I understand Mike was being his usual condescending self. From what I have read he is still on his anti-Murphy crusade, saying that mark his words Carlos Delgado would be manning first base next season, while Murphy more than likely would be riding the pine. It just makes you wonder what Mikes major malfunction is! I mean for playing a full season Murph didn't do so bad - Yes he was a disaster in left field , but once he got his sea legs at first he was more than serviceable. But from what I have read Omar seems to be satisfied with the starting rotation the way it is. I believe this is a smokescreen so that he doesn't tip his hand in any on going negotiations that he might be involved in. But in my opinion I think that the Mets have pitching depth in the minors this year - if and only if both Jon Neise and Fernando Nieve prove to be healthy. " Was Mike channeling his inner Talkimoutta?"But as the old saying goes .... HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!Happy Birthday wishes go out to pitcher from the '63 &'64 teams- Ed Bauta . He turns 75 today (1935) .One of the many men to man third base - Roy Staiger turns 60 today (1950) .Pinch Hitter supreme , Marlon Anderson is 36 (1974) .Blink and you missed him middle reliever from last season Casey Fossum turns 32 today (1978) .New York Mets signed free agent reliever Braden Looper of the Florida Marlins on January 6, 2004. He was brought in to exorcise the bad karma that Armondo Benitez had left behind, unfortunately he had brought in his own bad mojo New York Mets traded first baseman Vance Wilson to the Detroit Tigers for utility infielder Anderson Hernandez on January 6, 2005. The trade turned out to be a wash , both men right now are currently not on any major league roster, with Hernandez more than likely starting the season for the Buffalo BisonsTampa Bay Rays signed catcher Mike DiFelice of the New York Mets as a free agent on January 6, 2008.DeFelice is currently a manager in the Mets rookie league.An while you are still basking in the glow of yesterdays Jason Bay press conference - just remember , there are only 89 more days until the Mets open the 2010 season against the Florida Marlins at Citi Field.