Let me start off by saying I HATE SNOW !! I HATE IT!! I hate shoveling that cold wet white powder that impedes my progress when it just lies there on the road, making grown men drive like elderly women on their way to Sunday mass. I hate the fact that these little snot nosed punks with their Yankee gear on try to extort me to shovel my walkway and when I say thanks but no thanks in a polite manner I can hear them ridicule the Mets hat that I am wearing. And then I thought to myself this is a kind of a metaphor for being a Mets fan. You see to be a Mets fan is for the most part akin to be stuck in a blizzard, You are being beat down by the elements ( the wind, the snow, the freezing cold ) and when you are in the middle of white out conditions, you don't know which direction will lead you home ( just ask Ryan Church! ). But there is a positive ray of light tucked into the avalanche of negativity that started with a promise to construct a winning team, to missing out on some much needed free agent talent, to injuries and yesterdays icing on the cake moment of Citi Field bonds being downgraded to junk status ( Gordon Gekko where art thou?). The little germination of hope is that we are only a week away until pitcher and catchers report to spring training. Oh yeah and they expect snow to hit us here in New York again on Monday !!!                                                                                                                                                                                      " Will the Mets embrace their Underdog status - and can they help me dig my Jeep out?"And on that note .... HERE'S COMES THE INFAMY !!!Happy Birthday to "Jack of all Trades - Master of None" utility infielder - Tom Veryzer (1953) .Utility infielder ,Steve Springer is 49 (1961) .Back up first baseman for the '05 team, Brian Daubach is 38 today (1972) .New York Mets traded catching prospect Stan Hough and third base prospect Randy Rogers to the Houston Astros for catcher Bruce Bochy on February 11, 1981. Bochy wouldn't stick on the Mets roster that long, only playing 17 games with the Mets until being released in '83. He later on became a successful manager of both the San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants.New York Mets signed free agent utility man Jay Bell on February 11, 2003.He played in 72 games that year for the Mets at hit to the tune of .181 !!New York Mets signed free agent reliever Ricky Bottalico on February 11, 2004.New York Mets signed free agent Tony Armas Jr. of the Pittsburgh Pirates on February 11, 2008. They shoulda signed his father instead - you would have gotten the same results, only Tony Armas Sr would have come cheaper !!And while you are digging your car out dreaming for warm weather , just remember - there are just 53 days until the Mets open the 2010 season against the Florida Marlins at Citi Field.