Hello my fellow Mets fans. During this past week of not having my computer due to the bloodhound virus, I found myself going through the classic symptoms of withdrawal,cursing , fretting and just being plain miserable ( just ask Mrs. RustyJr) . But I am back and as mediocre as ever ! Some thoughts while I was away , I don't mind the Chris Coste & Henry Blanco signings ( surprised so ? so am I ) I feel Blanco will make for a very good late innings defensive replacement, while Chris " I'll always be a Phillie" Coste should make an ample tutor for Josh Thole in Buffalo this coming season . I am still scratching my head over the re-signing of Alex Cora . I mean Omar Vizquel signed a one year contract for 1.5 million dollars as a starting infielder and we just committed two million dollars plus a option for a second year for a man who might have clubhouse grit and little else? In my opinion that was not a good signing. And now that the Winter Meetings are here I do admit I am excited but the question remains do I trust Omar? The answer is a lukewarm no. Until Omar brings home a solid pitcher and a offensive power threat for either left field or first base , I can't ( and won't) start drinking the Omar Kool Aid again !!                                                                                                                                                     kool_aid.jpg 17-Jun-2002 17 ...                                                                                                                                       " Are you drinking the Omar Kool Aid?"And Now it's time for some Hot Stove INFAMY !!!!!Happy Birthday wishes go out to a player I put the " what if   " moniker on. Third baseman from the early and late '70's -Tim " Crazy Horse " Foli is 59 (1950) Tim was one of the Mets best prospects of ther late '60's - early '70'sand had a brief stint with the Mets in '71 & 72. He was later traded to the Montreal Expos along with first baseman Mike Jorgenson and outfielder Ken Singleton for future Mets icon Rusty Staub. Foli went on to have a above average career as a third baseman for many teams. He hit for power and average, and was one of the toughest players of his time. He played briefly again for the Mets during the '79 season before being traded to the Pirates for lite hitting shortstop Frank Taveras.New York Mets purchased power hitting outfielder ,Richie Ashburn from the Chicago Cubs on December 8, 1961. Ashburn played one season with the Mets before returning to the Philadelphia Phillies - the team that he made his bones with.New York Mets traded infielder - Elio Chacon and pitcher - Tracy Stallard to the St. Louis Cardinals for outfielder, Johnny Lewis and pitcher , Gordie Richardson on December 8, 1964.On a more infamous note , today is the thirty second anniversary of our Mets trading former Rookie of the Year pitcher Jon Matlack and slugging first baseman, John Milner to the Texas Rangers for first baseman, Willie Montanez, and outfielders, Ken Henderson and Tom Grieve. This was the final insult of M. Donald Grant's imploding of the "77 Mets Roster but wait here in a even more INFAMOUS that happened on this date a year later !!!New York Mets traded Jerry Koosman to the Minnesota Twins for Jesse Orosco and Greg Field on December 8, 1978.As it turned out Kooz was unhappy with the organization and asked to be traded . The aforementioned Grant obliged and six years later we finally reaped the fruits of that trade when Jesse became a dominant closer.New York Mets traded utility infielder, Bob Bailor and pitcher Carlos Diaz to the Los Angeles Dodgers for pitchers Sid "El Sid" Fernandez and Ross Jones on December 8, 1983. As it turns out this is one of Frank Cashen's most overlooked deals. He pretty much jettisoned flotsam ( Diaz & Bailor ) for the unproven minor league pitcher - Fernandez. In my opinion was the most underrated pitcher on those mid to late '80's pitching staffs.Florida Marlins signed first baseman Dave Magadan of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 8, 1992.Florida Marlins signed Al Leiter of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 8, 2004. Although I always liked Leiter, I wasn't upset to see him go. He had become a clubhouse lawyer , allegedly in cahoots with John Franco and Rick Petersen in getting Scott Kazmir traded to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Also his skills has eroded tremendously and it was time to bid him farewell.And remember - there are only 118 long days until the Mets open the 2010 season against the Florida Marlins at Citi Field !!!