Hey ! Luis Castillo is still alive!!! I guess this to some people is a good thing, for most of us it's bad and for a tiny minority it is met with ambivalence. Other than the starting rotation, my biggest question mark going into the season is Luis Castillo. My fears do not lie with his bat , which except for '08 has been extremely consistent. No my fears Lie with his range. The man is thirty three years old, has had both of his knees operated on and lets face it , he is not the second coming of Edgardo Alfonzo with the glove these days - hell he's not the second coming of Tim Teufel these days ! Look I wish the Mets could have traded him for Chris Snyder or Joe Blow, but face it - we are stuck with him for another season at the very least. Who knows, he surprised us by coming into camp last year in better shape and he hit for average, maybe this year he will find that elusive Fountain of Youth that is nestled somewhere in Florida, and regain his form that made him one of the best second baseman in the game. But the one thing that is for sure is that he has to take Daniel Murphy aside and form a cohesive unit between them because lets face it they are the weak link in the infield , and if they can compensate for their weaknesses and work together they can at the very least be better than adequate. ( knock on wood!) " The Key to success is to use both hands !"And with that said... HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!Happy Birthday wishes go out to one of the best first basemen to ever play the game - Hall Of Famer Eddie Murray (1956) . I thought Murray played very well during his two year stint with the Mets. Yes he didn't speak to the media much, and yes he wasn't fan friendly, but in comparison to Vince Coleman, Bret Saberhagen and Bobby Bonillia, he was a alter boy.Bengie Molina's younger ( and thinner) brother , Gustavo Molina is 28 (1982)New York Mets traded George Stone to the Texas Rangers for pitcher Bill " All " Hands on February 24, 1976. It is funny that the Mets traded away George Stone - one of the cornerstones of the '73 rotation for Bill Hands - A guy who never even pitched one game for the Mets. I tried researching him but I could never find out why he never donned a Mets uniform.And don't forget - there are only 40 days until the Mets open the 2010 season against the Florida Marlins at Citi Field.