Good morning all you Mets fans out there - hope you survived the storms ( and I don't mean Minaya Gate !) It's time for the latedt edition of " This Day In Mets Infamy With Rusty " and all I can say is today was a banner day ( pun intended) in Mets infamy !!First off Birthday wishes go out to the " Old Professor" , our first manager - Casey Stengel (1890)former Mets outfielder from '81 - '83, Ellis Valentine (1954) . We traded Jeff Reardon for him ??!!former Rookie of the year for the Royals turned backup infielder for us -Clint Hurdle (1957) hmmm he's currently looking for a managerial position - nahhhhand Todd " cup of coffee" Haney (1965)Sadly first base coach and hitting instructor for the '84 to '90 teams Bill Robinson passed away on this date in 2007New York Mets released Jerry May on July 30, 1973.New York Mets traded " trickey " Rick Reed to the Minnesota Twins for Matt Lawton on July 30, 2001. - I still to this day don't understand this trade - Reed was possibly our best arm in that rotation and they got barely anything in return !New York Mets traded Ty " Getting Wiggy with it " Wigginton, José Bautista and Matt Peterson to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Kris Benson and Jeff Keppinger on July 30, 2004. Benson proved to be a bigger bust than his wife Anna. Keppinger was traded for nobody and is now raking elsewhere and we are stuck with Corey Sullivan in left field ( can you say irony?)Here it is the trade that ranks up there with the " Midnite Massacre" the Amos Otis for Joe Foy And the Nolan Ryan for Jim Fregosi deals - it's - New York Mets traded Scott Kazmir and Joselo Diaz to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for Victor " I was traded for who !!??!!" Zambrano and Bartolome Fortunato on July 30, 2004.New York Mets traded Dustin Martin and Drew Butera to the Minnesota Twins for Luis " SLAPPY" Castillo on July 30, 2007.Luis is doing better this year but the contract we signed him for is still a terrible one in my opinion.THIS JUST IN !!!! Mo Vaughn LOST HIS APPETITE WHEN HE FOUND OUT THIS WAS THE DAY THAT KAZMIR WAS TRADED !!