This Day In Mets Infamy With Rusty: The “What If” Edition

An article by posted on September 28, 2013

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Warning !!  What you are about to see is an exercise in futility.

What if Johan Santana didn’t blow out his surgically repaired shoulder again during Spring Training ?

What if Shaun Marcum pitched anywhere near the numbers on the back of his baseball card ?

What if Matt Harvey didn’t injure his elbow – possibly requiring Tommy John Surgery ?

What if David Wright didn’t tweak his hamstring and missed seven weeks of the season ?

What if Ruben Tejada actually showed that he belonged on a Major League Roster ?

What if Jordany Valdespin showed that his baseball  I.Q was higher than his batting average ?

What if Ike Davis hit like he did during the second half of last season ?

What if Lucas Duda actually proved that he is a power hitter – or at least could hit with RISP?

What if Eric Young Jr was on the Opening Day Roster.

What if the Mets offense gave some run support to Harvey, Wheeler, Gee, Niese etc. ?

What if Frank Francisco was arrested for impersonating  Armando Benitez ?

What if Bobby Parnell didn’t injure his neck ?

What if Terry Collins was a good in-game manager ?

What if Sandy Alderson was given a little bit more flexibility with this past offseason budget ?

What if Freddie never met Bernie ?

Could/would the Mets have finished over .500 with a chance of a wild card berth ?

Does is really matter ?

And with that said….. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!

Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:

Dick Gernert  is 85 (1928). Most fans never heard of Dick Gernert, but I guess when you were the Mets Director of Player Development from 1978-1980 I am sure you wouldn’t want to be remembered for that job anyway.

Reserve catcher from ’82-’85, Ronn Reynolds is 55 (1958).

Middle reliever from t’04-’05, Mike DeJean is 43 (1970). In his 2 seasons with the Mets Dejean compiled a record of 3-1 with an ERA of 4.21.

Mo Vaughn frequently wonders what if he followed his childhood dream of being an opera singer instead of playing baseball !!!!

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Proud lifelong Met fan who has a passing resemblance to Rusty Staub and is a purveyor of Mo Vaughn jokes as well as the writer of "This Day In Mets Infamy". You can follow me on Twitter at @lagranderusty.

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