A day without baseball makes the mind wander, and when it wanders ( at least my mind
) some very random observations pop into the the empty warehouse of consciousness that is my brain.Here are some random observations.With the exception of the signings of Mike Jacobs and Frank Catalanotto, Omar looks like he knew whet he was doing this offseason.Mike Pelfrey has evolved into the pitcher we were told he would be.I think Garry Matthews Jr will be the George Foster of 2010 ( he will complain about playing time, call the organization racist- and be released by July)
Ike Davis looks like he's the real deal, while Daniel Murphy is on the outside looking in.Jerry Manuel and Grady from " Sanford & Son
" separated at birth?I think that Mike Francesa is over analyzing the so called "rift
" between Carlos Beltran and the Mets front office.Jenrry Mejia still needs to be in AA Binghamton.Sean Green needs to pitch for the Pittsburgh Pirates.Who would ever believe that Orel Hershiser would be the " voice of reason " in the ESPN booth with those two stuffed shirts ( and empty heads) John Miller and Joe Morgan?I still miss the "Curley Shuffle"Nikki Cox - oofta ( oops wrong column
!)It looks like you can't wipe that smile off of Jeff Francouer's faceand conversely it looks like you can' wipe that look of helplessness off of David Wrights.and lastly I don't believe this team is playing over their heads, I think this team has started to gel and are becoming stronger and more confident with every win they secure.I believe they will prove all the naysayers wrong - and at the very least give a good run for the post season. " Separated at birth?"
And with that said.... HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!
Today would have been original Mets coach and baseball legend, Rogers Hornsby's 114th birthday. (1896)Second baseman from '81-'83, Brian Giles is 50. (1960) I remember that even though he didn't hit for a high average, Giles almost always came through with clutch hits.
Reliever from the '86 team and Orange N.J. native, Rob MacDonald is 45 (1965) .Spot starter/ long reliever from '92-'94,Eric Hillman is 44 (1966) .One time solid back up infielder/ outfielder who's now riding the pine ( possibly to be waived soon
) Long Island native, Frank Catalanotto is 36 (1974).Reliever from '03-'04, Orber Moreno is 33.(1977)New York Mets signed free agent catcher/ outfielder and Yankee Legend, Yogi Berra on April 27, 1965.Yogi was brought in as a player/ coach. But after four games Yogi became a full time coach and would later be part of Gil Hodges' coaching staff and succeedhim as manager after his death in '73. Yogi is one of the most loved managers in Mets history ( except when it comes to the way he managed the '73 World Series).
New York Mets sold shortstop, Luis Alvarado to the Detroit Tigers on April 27, 1977.And the Mo Vaughn tidbit of the day - he likes to make passes at women who wear glasses