Well I guess to some last night will always be known infamously as " The Spring Training Midnight Massacre ". Well I guess for those of you that were hiding in the nuclear fall out shelters drinking entire bottles of Wild Turkey ( hey i can't afford a fall out shelter !- but i do love the turkey !)
pitchers Nelson Figueroa, Elmer Dessens, Bobby Parnell, and Kiko Calero along with back up shortstop Russ Adams and in my opinion the best candidate for first base - Chris Carter did not make the final cut and were optioned down to AAA Buffalo. except for Figgy who is pretty much in control of his destiny - and has been quite vocal ( as a five year old
) that he would rather pitch in Japan than go back to the minor leagues. Figgy I love you man, you pitched your heart out whenever you were given the ball and you will always be highly regarded by Mets fans everywhere, and I give to you a phrase that should help you when you are living in Japan - " Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto !" I also expect to see Kiko Calero back fairly soon. He was signed rather late in spring training and still needs to get his arm into shape. In all seriousness although I was displeased with the cuts the first time I heard it, but after a night to sleep on it I agree with most of the decisions except for The Chris Carter demotion. Don't get me wrong I like and respect Frank Catalanotto, but I don't know if he can be a consistent off the bench threat like Carter can. Carter is younger, hits for a better average and even though he might not be a accomplished fielder I am sure he would be a hell of a lot better than when we experimented with Todd Hundley in the outfield.I also am in disagreement with Jerry about the utilization of Reuben Tejada as a backup to Alex Cora until Jose comes back. I feel Tejada should start since he has shown to be a better hitter and less of a defensive liability than Cora but somehow I guess both Jerry and Omar want to see Cora's '11 option vest.This brings us to Jenrry Mejia. I love the kid, I heard him wow the Rays broadcasting team. But when I see that Bobby Parnell didn't make the team last night I got a flashback to last season when Parnell was touted as the best arm on the team - which Jerry proclaimed about Mejia yesterday. I am afraid that Jerry - in order to save his job will trot Mejia out there way to much and burn him out just like he did Parnell. Remember Bobby was lights out the first two months of the season? then as he was over used his production slipped and his psyche became more fragile? That's what I am afraid will happen to Jenrry . Can I be wrong? Sure - and I hope I am, but all of us knows he needs to be in the minors to work on his secondary pitches.All in all we have to remember that what we see standing before us will be our 25 man roster for 2010, They are our Mets and we must embrace them with open arms. They are our blood, they are our family - the are us ! ( yeah admit it - us Mets fans are like the island of misfit toys !) " Lets knock the panties off the competition !!!"
And with that said .... HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!
Happy Birthday wishes go out to the family of one time Mets pitcher from the '63 team, Don Rowe. (1936)Catcher/outfielder from '64- '67, Hawk Taylor is 71. (1939)Little remembered back up outfielder from the '69 Championship team - Rod Gaspar is 64 . (1946)Former first base coach from the Art Howe era - Gary Pettis is 52 (1958) .New York Mets traded minor league outfielder, John Csefalvay to the Houston Astros for utility man Gary Rajsich on April 3, 1981.New York Mets traded outfielder Gary Matthews Jr to the Baltimore Orioles for minor league pitcher, John Bale on April 3, 2002.Guess what folks - HEEEE'S BAAAAACK !!!!
New York Mets claimed outfielder, McKay Christensen on waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 3, 2002.Detroit Tigers claimed pitcher, Tyler " Bong hit
" Walker of the New York Mets on waivers on April 3, 2003.New York Mets signed free agent reliever,Pedro Feliciano on April 3, 2003. Pedro has been one of our better relivers over the last four years.
New York Mets traded outfielder, Roger CedeÃ±o to the St. Louis Cardinals for shortstop, Wilson Delgado and catcher Chris Widger on April 3, 2004. This was a trade where the Mets ate much of Cedeno's bloated contract that Steve Phillips lavished onto him. Cedeno when he first broke with the Mets was exciting, his second go round was down right painful !And don't forget - there are just 2 ! that's right 2 Bobby Valentine days until the Mets open the 2010 season against the Florida Marlins at Citi Field.