First Off I would like to take the time out to thank everyone here associated with the Real Dirty Mets Blog for their kind words and concerns about my wife Jeanne who recently had surgery. She is doing fine but is relegated to bed rest for at least a week.It's funny. Yesterday I was pondering the '06 season and what might have been. Well actually what I was really wondering is what would have happened if Duaner Sanchez never had gotten into that cab to feed his need for authentic Dominican food. Would Pedro Martinez and Orlando " El Duque" Hernandez both still have suffered the freak injuries that prevented them from pitching in the post season? If they had pitched in the post season would the Mets still have swept the Los Angeles Dodgers only to lose in seven games to the lowly St. Louis Cardinals ? If Duaner hadn't been injured would we have beaten the Cards? Are we putting too much stock in both John Maine an Oliver Perez because of the gutsy pitching that they displayed during that post season? I don't have the answer to many of those questions. But I would venture a guess that if Duaner had ordered room service that night the Mets would have been celebrating their first World Series win in twenty years. But alas you can't change the past .... your thoughts? " Were these men the key to winning the '06 World Series?" And with that being said ..... HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!Happy Birthday to journeyman major league catcher who would become a coach for the Mets from '92 - 93, Barry Foote (1952) .Utility-man from the ' 92 team - Bill Pecota is 50 (1960). Bill is more famous now for developing the PECOTA system which predicts how a team or it's players will perform based on their previous stats.New York Mets signed free agent pitcher, Clem Labine on February 16, 1962. Clem was a pitcher for the legendary " Boys of Summer " Brooklyn Dodgers. and he stayed on the Mets roster for just 13 days before being released. In three games with the '62 Mets he had no record and a E.R.A of 11.25.And as we look to February 18th ( Spring Training begins) with open arms, Don't forget that there are just 48 days until the Mets open the 2010 season against the Florida Marlins at Citi Field.