You take it on faithYou take it to the heart                                                                              The wait is the hardest part                                                      - Tom Petty                                                                                                                                         New York Mets Coaches Watch                                                                                                                                                                                      "WELL ? WERE WAITING !!!"Well I think those lyrics that Mr. Petty sang nearly a quarter of a century ago holds a lot of truth with all of us Mets fans this hot stove season. Whether it is the ever changing reports that Omar is signing Robinson Cancel's doppelganger Bengie Molina to a one or two year contract , or to the reports that we are not in on Bay, Holiday or Lackey that suddenly change at a moments notice to say we are going full bore for their services !!! It's enough to make this blogger want to drink himself into oblivion until Opening Day !!                                                                                                             shot of Wild Turkey                                                                               " Rustyjr's favorite libation"Anyway ... HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!Birthday wishes go out to one of the few bright spots of the Mets outfield during the abysmal spirit of '76 season - Del Unser (1944)Mets Pitcher from '74- '75 -Jerry Cram is 62 ( 1947)Mets pitcher from '77 - Doc Medich is 61 (1948) . If you blinked you missed his only appearance , earning the loss.Fan favorite, and all around scrub infielder from those late '70's nightmare teams - Bruce Boisclair is 57 (1952).Happy Birthday to Frank Cashen's biggest mistake - Juan Samuel (1960) . It still boggles the mind how we could trade both Lenny Dykstra and Roger McDowell for that steaming load of crap !!!Pitcher , Mike Fyhrie is 40 (1969) .The man who not only liked playing on natural grass , but enjoyed smoking it - Tony Tarasco is 39 (1970) . Thinking back on Tony's tenure with the Mets ( 2002) makes me wish I had a joint burning all through the '09 season.Outfield prospect that never was - Jeff Duncan turns 31 today (1978) .New York Mets released Donn Clendenon on December 9, 1971. I am sure this was a particularly sad day for mets fans since he was the key acquisition that propelled the '69 Mets to their first World Series title.New York Mets traded outfielder, Leon Brown and first baseman, Brock Pemberton to the St. Louis Cardinals for minor leaguer Ed Kurpiel on December 9, 1976.New York Mets traded infielder,Roy Staiger to the New York Yankees for utility infielder, Sergio Ferrer on December 9, 1977.New York Mets traded reliever, Blaine Beatty to the Montreal Expos for outfielder, Jeff Barry on December 9, 1991.Montreal Expos drafted future Armondo Benitez clone - Guillermo Mota from the Mets on December 9, 1996.I know we ended up getting David Wright - but on this day a truly INFAMOUS transaction was made ! The Colorado Rockies signed Mike Hampton of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 9, 2000. And the Colorado School System was never the same again !!New York Mets signed free agent Julio " Father Time" Franco of the Atlanta Braves on December 9, 2005. One year of Franco was fine - why Omar signed him for a second at the age of 47 left me to ponder my own existance !And don't forget - There are just 117 more days until the Mets open the 2010 season against the Florida Marlins at Citi Field !!