Well today it begins.The day that exorcises the demons of last season.The day where the road to redemption begins.It's a day to be positive.Hope springs eternal.Today we shall be victorious against the Marlins ( hopefully)Today they will make us proud.Today we shall look forward - not backwards !Today is the first day of the rest of our 2010 lives.PLAY BALL !!!!                                                                                                                                                             And with that said.... HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!!Happy Birthday to the reserve catcher from the '65 team, Jimmie Schaffer (1936)One time Mets number one outfield prospect ( and all around gangsta )  - Lastings Milledge is 25 .(1985) I must admit that I enjoyed watching Milledge in his brief stint with the Mets, He was arrogant and brash, which in retrospect is something the Mets could have used the last couple of seasons. But the Mets were trying to learn from their mistakes with Carl Everett and decided to trade him while his value was kinda low. ( The Mets front office Modus Operandi )Sadly on this date in '02, one time third base coach , Sheriff Robinson passed away.New York Mets purchased pitcher, Butch Metzger from the St. Louis Cardinals on April 5, 1978.New York Mets purchased pitcher, Danny " Not Brian" Boitano from the Milwaukee Brewers on April 5, 1981.New York Mets released back up third baseman, and future third base coach,Mike Cubbage on April 5, 1982. By the way I still insist the Curse Of Cubbage still haunts this team !New York Mets sold back up first baseman,Gary Rajsich to the St. Louis Cardinals on April 5, 1984.New York Mets signed free agent relief pitcher Julio Machado on April 5, 1989.New York Mets traded head case starting pitcher, Bruce Chen, reliever Dicky Gonzalez and infield prospect,Luis Figueroa to the Montreal Expos for reliever, Scott Strickland,outfielder, Matt Watson and minor league pitcher, Philip Seibel on April 5, 2002. Strickland just retired from baseball and is now a repo man ( you can't make this stuff up folks !)New York Mets claimed back up infielder, Marco Scutaro on waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers on April 5, 2002. He went on to be one of the better infielders in baseball after he was released by the Mets, and is currently with the Boston Red Sox.New York Mets signed free agent Gary Sheffield of the Detroit Tigers on April 5, 2009. I admit I originally hated the signing. I thought Sheffield would be a clubhouse cancer - which ultimately he did , but he was one of the more consistent Mets of last season before he was felled by the injury bug and the fact the front office wouldn't talk contract extension with him after they failed to trade him to a contending team.And remember, if you will be at today's game please stop by the Mets Police Meet up at 10 a.m, by the home run apple. If you arrive late I'll be sitting in section 434, row 3 seat 19. Come on up and say hi - I'll be the red head wearing the throwback '85 Staub uniform.Oh, and by the way   I read the news today oh boy.....