Good morning my friends. And do you know what is significant about today? No ? Well today is the twenty third anniversary of our beloved New York Mets WINNING OUR SECOND ( and so far last !) WORLD SERIES TITLE !! Okay for those of you that didn't know this it is time to turn in you Mets fan membership card
!!! I remember this day fondly. I was a freshman in Vernon Township High School in Vernon New Jersey, and I came home from school both happy and nervous about the coming game that night . My father who was also a major Mets fan ( he auditioned for the team during their open try outs in '61) let me stay up late for every game and even though our relationship right now is non-existent, I do thank him for it. All I know is the feeling of dread when the Boston Red Sox came out of the gate and scored three runs off of a tired Ron Darling. But obviously my my dread was short lived because the Mets clawed their way back against pitcher Bruce Hurst and eventually we won 6-5. but still I can remember vividly Jesse Orosco striking Marty Barrett out to win the World Series !! I remember the pile up on the mound !!! I remember the celebration in the clubhouse !!! I remember the jubilation !!! I wished I was there !!!! Thanks for the memories guys - it was one of the happiest moments of my misspent youth.
And now onto the INFAMY !!!First off my warmest birthday greetings go out to a friend of all Mets fans - the man who I always felt was the tenth man on the team even though he never had an at bat for our club - announcer Ralph Kiner (1922) .Third baseman for the '63 team - Pumpsie Green is 76 (1933)Awful reserve outfielder for the '78 & '79 team - Gil Flores is 57 (1952)One time catching coach and now Mets minor league manager -Tom Nieto is 49 (1960)Top pitching prospect - Jon Niese is 23 (1986). Yup he was born on the day of our last world series ( hopefully its a omen !!)
Get well soon Jon - we might need you badly this season !!!New York Mets released one time closer for the Milwaukee Brewers - Bob McClure on October 27, 1988.And remember to look back today with fondness and just know our time will come again sometime really soon
!) And also remember there are only 160 more games until the Mets host the Florida Marlins on Opening Day at Citi Field