I know what you are thinking and so here lies the honest answer -No my headline today is not meant to be a snarky, sarcastic commentary of how spring training in Port St Lucie has been going so far. From the accounts that I have been reading , this team thus far is showing signs of chemistry, along with a myriad of feel good stories. First off Carlos Beltran reported to camp yesterday , went into a closed door meeting with Omar Minaya and when he emerged he was quoted as saying that he " cares about his legacy as a Met
". This quote - and the fact that he is in spring training right now when he isn't required to speaks volumes in my opinion. From what I have been reading, Japanese import Ryota Igarshi has been wowing the coaching staff with his curveball and he might be on the fast track for the eighth inning set up man's spot. David Wright is looking more like Tony Atlas than Gomer Pyle with his new weight lifting routine, Rod Barajas has passed his physical and is expected to arrive at camp today and even Gary Matthews Jr. seems happy to be here - maybe I am wrong about him and he can be the cagey old veteran that helped tutor the rookies last year just like Gary Sheffield did before he threw his temper tantrum because the Mets wouldn't give him a contract extension. Hell even Mike Francesa couldn't make my optimism waver !!!I can't believe I am drinking the Kool Aid - OMAR !?!? ARE YOU JIM JONES IN DISGUISE
!!!!! Mr. Met sez: " Be optimistic - or no t-shirt for you !!!"
And with that said ... HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Happy Birthday wishes go out to the following.The Mets first Rookie Of The Year Candidate , and their all time hit by pitch leader, Ron Hunt is 69 (1941) .Pitcher from the '67 - '68 teams, Don Shaw is 66 (1944) .One of the Mets all time great second basemen - Ken Boswell is 64 (1946) . Unfortunately due to a dispute with the current Mets organization, Don didn't attend last years 40th celebration of the '69 Mets World Series team.One of the most hated Mets players ever ( and rightfully so !) -
Bobby Bonillia is 47 (1963) . Bobby made it very hard to root for. Yes he put up great power numbers in his first stint with the Mets, but his lack of hustle and his run ins with the media soured his relationship among the Mets fans. This year starts the defered payment plan that the Mets set up when they bought him out of his contact in '99. He will be by the Mets paid for the next 35 years.Utility outfielder from the '08 team - Chris Aguillia is 30 today. (1979) And remember , there are 41 Tom Seavers until the Mets open the 2010 season against the Florida Marlins at Citi Field.