I hate being negative ! I know this comes as a surprise after you have read many of my diatribes this past off season, but I tend to be very positive about many things - especially my New York Mets !I can remember being about 8 years old during that "Magic is Back " season that was 1980. The team was horrible, Craig Swan was our ace pitcher that year which by all accounts wasn't so bad . We also had former Rookie Of The Year Pat Zachary as a pillar of our rotation. The Problem is when you have the likes of Pete Falcone ,Tom Hausman, and Andy Hassler thrown in there to round out our starting staff that team looked less than formidable. That coupled with a anemic offense that 1980 Mets team was lucky that they didn't lose more than 100 games that season. But the crux of the matter was that I believed ! I believed in the Mets ! every day I thought I would win , I rooted for the bench players like Bob Bailor and Jose Cardenal to succeed. I wanted Jeff Reardon to have 30 plus saves a year. I thought the team would contend. Was I delusional - I say as a 8 year old kid on the streets of Brooklyn who's parents had divorced a few years earlier I was looking for something to believe in . And yes I took my lumps from the Yankee fans my age that were reveling in the success of '77 and '78 , and who's marquee names included the likes of Gossage, Nettles and Jackson, but I never wavered from " my guys" Alex Trevino, Frank Taveras, Mookie Wilson and Mike Jorgenson.I don't know when I lost my child like " innocence " when it came to the Mets losing and losing badly - I remember thinking just before the '92 season that we had a team that could go all the way , with such players as Coleman, Saberhagen, Murray and Bonillia, but we all know how that turned out. But yet I still had a grin that wouldn't ben because the Mets are still my team. Fast forward to today. I feel that maybe with the advent and advancement of inventions such as twitter and the 24 hour sports channel us fans as a whole has changed. Alot of us are less patient with our teams because we lust for instant gratification, we long for feeling like winners. And when our teams don't make the moves that we want or expect of them we either turn apathetic and complacent, or we become hostile.Damn I wish I was eight years old again , wishing that Rusty Staub was my father.....
" Rusty The third
?"And now on with the INFAMY !!!Happy Birthday wishes go out to former middle reliever from th early '80's -Tom Gorman (1957) .Late September call up from the '90 season - outfielder Chris Jelic is 46 (1963).Reserve infielder/ outfielder from the '94- '95 teams - Chris Jones is 44 today (1965) .New York Mets signed free agent Rusty " Poppa
!" Staub of the Texas Rangers on December 16, 1980.On this day in 1982 the " Franchise" came home , when the New York Mets traded starting pitcher Charlie Puleo, Lloyd McClendon and Jason Felice to the Cincinnati Reds for Tom Seaver . Unfortunately they left him exposed in the '83 compensation draft and lost him to the Chicago White Sox.
New York Mets signed free agent First baseman / outfielder Jim Lindeman on December 16, 1993.New York Mets signed free agent outfielder Rick Parker on December 16, 1993.New York Mets signed free agent outfielder Doug Linton on December 16, 1993.New York Mets signed free agent pitcher Jonathan Hurst on December 16, 1993.New York Mets signed free agent outfielder and all around card shark Rickey Henderson on December 16, 1998. Congrats on your induction to the Hall Of Fame Rickey !New York Mets traded superstar power hitting outfielder from Japan ( America - not so much) Tsuyoshi Shinjo and infielder Desi Relaford to the San Francisco Giants for Shawn Estes on December 16, 2001.New York Mets signed free agent reliever, Mike Stanton of the New York Yankees on December 16, 2002.In a move that made the Mets relevant again in this past decade - The New York Mets signed free agent Pedro " Petey "Martinez of the Boston Red Sox on December 16, 2004.Florida Marlins signed Wilson Delgado of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 16, 2004.Kansas City Royals signed Doug Mientkiewicz ( I dare you to try to pronounce his name
!) of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 16, 2005.And doncha forget - There are only 110 more mind numbing days until the Mets open the 2010 season against the Florida Marlins at Citi Field