I have some good news and I have some bad news about yesterdays intrasquad game. The good news is the Mets won. The bad news is that the Mets lost. But in all seriousness while watching Daily News live last night and seeing Jose Reyes hit that triple on his first pitch in almost eight months , well to quote the almighty Danny Zuco from the movie Grease " I got chills - They're multiplying ! ( when you hear this song in your head think of Christopher Walken singing it - it's hysterical - but I digress). David Wright looked relaxed at the plate and Jonathan Neise among others looked impressive ( two innings- no hits, no runs, one walk
). The only damper on the game is that there were four errors committed, I know it is a intrasquad game , and the players are bound to be rusty, but this team will have to play as close to flawless in order to contend with the likes of the Braves , Marlins and the Phillies.I listened to a little bit of Big Mouth's radio show yesterday and I caught the Keith Hernandez interview where he was staunchly defending Daniel Murphy against Francesa's diatribes , but you know once Mike's mouth is open , it is hard to get food - as well as a word in edge wise.But hey we all know that Mike knows all and he will be the first person to tell you that. And with him being at Mets camp, talking Yankees to some of the Mets players I have to wonder how he actually has credibility within the journalism community. At least when he has Russo with him Chris could and regularly would call him on many of his inflated views, hence keeping Mike's ego in check. But alas once Chris bolted for Sirius , the flood gates bursted forth and Mike's stream of self congratulatory ego and biased opinions spewed forth.Well at least today the Mets will play the Atlanta Braves today on SNY at 1 p.m. " Welcome back Jose - We missed you !!!"
And on that note .... HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Happy Birthday wishes go out to utility infielder for the ' 63 team, Chico Fernandez (1932) . Chico was originally signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in '56, and he bounced around the majors after that. By the time that came to the Mets in '63 his skills had eroded and retired after the season ended.
Sadly on this date in '07, one of the original "62 Mets pitchers, Clem Labine passed away.New York Mets released reserve catcher, Joe DePastino on March 2, 2001. The Mets would resign him the next season, but he never saw much action in a Mets uniform.And while you watch today's Grapefruit League game against the Braves - just remember that there are only 34 Nolan Ryan's until the Mets open the 2010 season against the Florida Marlins at Citi Field.