Well there is something in the air in Port St. Lucie - and it was not the smell of Tony Tarasco's bong pipe
! From the media accounts that I have read, Tradition Field was buzzing with positive attitudes and healthy personnel. First off it is great to see that we will have a true front line catcher with the recently signed Rob Barajas. This is not meant to be a slight at Omir Santos, he did a valiant job as the main backstop for the majority of last season, but lets face it he was more than likely playing well over his head, and he will probably be nothing more than a AAAA caliber player. Oliver Perez seems to be a lot more focused than he was last year, and from all reports it show. His control is back and once again there is life on his fastball. Kelvim Escobar even made a appearance although he was only doing some light tossing , he was at least gripping the ball which might mean that the extent of his soreness has been greatly exaggerated. And owner Fred Wilpon came out of his coffin to give his thoughts and views on everything from this past off season ( torturous
), the Mets money situation ( they still are loaded
) and the Mets medical staff being the best in baseball ( delusional
). So I freely admit that I am now extremely excited and can't wait for the season to start ! By the way single game tickets are to go on sale on March 7th. " Lets hope the 2010 Mets prove the detractors wrong !!"
And now .... ON WITH THE INFAMY !!!!
Today would have been third baseman, Joe Foy's 67th birthday (1943) . Til this day, Foy has been maligned by many Mets fans because he was traded for future superstar Amos Otis, and for the fact that he was a butcher at third base .He played in 99 games for the Mets during the '70 season, hitting .236 with six homers and 37 r.b.i.s. He was left exposed during the '70 draft and was picked up by the Washington Senators. It was speculated that Foy had a hardcore drug habit that led to his poor showing as a Met.
Sadly on this date two original Mets passed away, starting pitcher, Vinegar Bend Mizell in 1999 and relief pitcher Sherman Jones in 2007.New York Mets signed free agent Joe Orsulak on February 21, 1998. This was to have been Joe's second go round with the Mets, but he didn't make the team out of spring training and retired soon after.
New York Mets traded pitching prospect Corey Brittan to the Colorado Rockies for Kane Davis on February 21, 2002. Davis was putrid in the half a season that he pitched for the Mets. He went 1-1 with a E.R.A. of 7.07 in sixteen games with the Mets, before being demoted.And don't forget - There are just 43 days until the Mets open the 2010 season against the Florida Marlins at Citi Field