Do you know what the Jeff Wilpon, Omar Minaya and the rest of the Mets front office are saying amongst themselves right now? They are thanking their lucky stars that The New York Jets have caught this city's and the beleaguered Mets fans attention ( as we all know more times than not if you are a Mets fan you are then a Jets fan by attrition
). The fact that the Jets are just one win away from going to the Super Bowl has pretty much swept this whole Carlos Beltran Knee Gate under the proverbial rug. Can you imagine the scenario if the Jets have been eliminated from contention? Both talk radio and the local newspapers would be eviscerating the Mets like they have never done before. And if you have read yesterdays Daily News, Beltran's agent - Scott Boras(hole
) is intimating that no matter how much damage control the Omar is doing right now, his and Beltran's relationship with the Mets front office is fragile at best. I think that it is time for Jeff Wilpon to reassess his position as President and COO of the Mets and hand the reigns over to a real baseball man, someone that will keep the focus on a winning franchise and that can take a common sense approach instead of Wilpons " Wizard of Oz
" act of Omar being in control while good old Jeffy boy is in the background pulling the levers and trying to blow smoke up our asses. Will it happen? I honestly don't think Fred or good old Uncle Saul have the balls to uninstall Jeff from his position, because as we know they are afraid of bad P.R . Well guys just be happy that the Jets are where they are right now, and if I were you I'd be kissing Woody Johnson's baby oiled ass right now !!! " Jeff Wilpon sharing a tender moment with fellow trust fund baby James Dolan"
And now ... ON WITH THE INFAMY
!!!Happy Birthday wishes goes out to the second Met to win the Rookie of the year award - Jon Matlack (1950). Matlack was one of the Mets most consistent pitchers of the '70's going 82- 81 on mostly bad Mets teams. Legend has it in '78 he was looking for a raise in his contract, and instead M. Donald Grant shipped him off to the Texas Rangers along with first baseman John Milner for Willie Montanez, Ken Henderson and Tom Grieve - talk about INFAMOUS !!!
One of the best Mets pitchers to ever have a losing record , Anthony Young is 44 (1966). Young was a hard luck pitcher on a bad Mets team, who could forget all the newspaper articles about him and the fans who were sending him good luck charms and well wishes. His record doesn't do his talents justice, he was on the wrong team at the wrong time.
Seattle Mariners signed catcher Brent Mayne of the New York Mets as a free agent on January 19, 1997.New York Mets signed free agent pitcher Allen Watson of the Anaheim Angels on January 19, 1999. During Watson tenure with the Mets in '98 he failed to distinguish himself out of the bullpen, going 2-2 with a E.R.A of 4.08 with a lone save.
Colorado Rockies signed reserve outfielder, Steve Reed of the New York Mets as a free agent on January 19, 2003.New York Mets signed free agent Darren Oliver on January 19, 2006. Oliver was a pleasant surprise, I know I was wondering why we were taking a chance on a washed up starting pitcher, but he was the best long reliever that we have had in a long while.
And don't forget - there are just 76 days until the Mets open the 2010 season against the Florida Marlins at Citi Field