It has been officially a week since the 2013 Mets campaign has ended – even though we pretty much knew that it was over just before the All Star Break. We saw some good baseball amidst the very bad . We saw Matt Harvey dominate before being banished to the disabled list . We saw Juan Lagares look like the second coming of Tommie Agee with the glove – now if only he can hit. We saw a team that floundered most of the season with exception of a few weeks where they looked like they were world beaters. But in essence this team was more like a 10-year old kid fighting the Red Coats with a cap gun .
So here I give to you the songs that best describe the Mets 2013 campaign.
“Snowblind” by Styx: Who the hell would schedule baseball games in both Colorado and Minnesota in early April?!?
“Doctor, Doctor” by Robert Palmer: This song is dedicated to Johan Santana, Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia, Bobby Parnell, Matt Harvey, Ike Davis, Jon Niese, David Wright, Ruben Tejada as well as any other Met to spend time in the infirmary.
“I Don’t Need No Doctor” by Humble Pie: This was Matt Harvey’s mantra for avoiding Tommy John Surgery. Too bad mantras don’t work.
“Dirty Work” by Steely Dan: Because Sandy Alderson, with his hands tied, had to assemble a ragtag squad that most of the season resembled more of a Triple-A team than a Major League squad.
“Lucky Man” by ELP: How else would you describe the fact that Terry Collins as well as the rest of his staff was retained?
“Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)” by Motley Crue: Yes Jordanny – just go away…
“Shooting Star” by Bad Company: For the All Star Game which with the exceptions of #HarveyDay or #WheelerDay was the only time there was a true buzz at Citi Field.
And lastly as the Doors’ Jim Morrison once crooned, “When the music’s over turn out the lights…Turn out the Lights… On the 2013 season.
And with that said….. HERE COMES THE INFAMY!!!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Joe Frazier, one of the forgotten men to manage the Mets would have been 91 today (1922). People forget that it was Frazier that was the last Mets manager before Davey Johnson to end the season with a winning record (86-76 in 1976). Too bad the ’77 squad was a team in turmoil and Frazier went down via a left hook by Mets C.O.O. M.Donald Grant after posting a record of 15-30 to start the season. He was replaced by Brooklyn’s own Joe Torre and the quick decent into the Dark Ages of the ’70’s had begun.
One of, if not the best, defensive catcher ever to protect the dish for the Mets, Jerry Grote turns 71 today (1942).
On of the most overlooked Mets pitchers from the ’69 season, Gary Gentry is 67 (1946).
Reserve outfielder from the ’75 season, Gene Clines is 67 (1946).
Middle reliever from ’95-’96, Robert Person is 44 (1969). Person’s tenure with the Mets was rather non-descriptive, but he was the player that we traded in order to pry John Olerud from the Blue Jays.
Setup man from the ’06 season, Darren Oliver is 43 (1970). I don’t know about you, but I wish Omar didn’t let him walk after the season concluded because maybe – just maybe the Mets bullpen wouldn’t have imploded so badly down the stretch in ’07 and ’08…
Other notables include:
The New York Mets signed free agent infielder, Ted Martinez on October 6, 1966. Martinez was one of the first players the Mets signed that hailed from the Dominican Republic. He made his Major League debut with the Mets in 1970, and spent five seasons with the Mets primarily as a back up infielder.
Mo Vaughn is as easy as a Sunday Morning!