This Day In Mets Infamy: “When Is The Right Time To Panic” Edition

An article by posted on December 4, 2013

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Well I don’t know about you but all that hot stove action yesterday gave me a serious case of whiplash as well as extreme nausea . It is not out of the ordinary for many deals – whether it is trades or free agent signings to get done before the winter meetings, but so many big names came off the board last night – capped by the cross town Yankees completely blowing up the free agent market. So it’s understandable why I felt so queasy – especially when word from Mets sources admitted that there aren’t any pending deals in the hopper.

If you’re a Mets fan this news doesn’t make you happy – I know it doesn’t make me feel all warm and fuzzy. But as the obvious names keep being erased off of front office whiteboards when is the right time for us Mets fans to start panicking? Well in my opinion if you haven’t put your head in the oven, or started to tying the noose to your ceiling, I would wait until at least next Friday after the Winter Meetings conclude and Sandy Alderson has not filled any of the glaring voids on our roster – that is if you don’t have the wherewithal to wait until Spring Training starts in February.

I admit with the events of yesterday I am getting very antsy, I am sure the front office is almost about to go after and make an admirable run at  Curtis Granderson and Nelson Cruz – but with the Ellsbury contract you have to wonder if the Mets will have the stomach to strike a deal with either two players since obviously their stock has skyrocketed.

The Met front office as well as ownership seriously and woefully underestimated the market, and if there isn’t major changes by Opening Day on March 31st they will be panicking more than us over all the empty seats at Citi Field!

And with that said ,,,,, HERE COMES THE INFAMY!!!!!

Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:

Utility infielder from the ’83 season, Tucker Ashford is 59 (1954).

Reserve outfielder from the ’86 season, Stan Jefferson is 51 (1962).

One time up and coming Mets outfielder, Carlos Gomez is 28 (1985). He is currently a star with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Other notable transactions include:

The New York Mets traded middle reliever, Jack DiLauro to the Detroit Tigers for minor leaguer, Hector Valle on December 4, 1968.

The Kansas City Royals signed middle reliever, Dan Schatzeder of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 4, 1990.

The Boston Red Sox drafted middle reliever, Joe Crawford from the Mets  on December 4, 1995.

The New York Mets traded outfielder,  Butch Huskey to the Seattle Mariners for pitching prospect, Lesli Brea on December 4, 1998.

The New York Mets traded reliever, Willie Blair to the Detroit Tigers for  outfielder/ first baseman, Joe Randa on December 4, 1998. Randa never played one game for the Mets.

The New York Mets signed free agent reserve catcher, Gustavo Molina of the Baltimore Orioles on December 4, 2007. And of course the Mets sign the wrong Molina – Stupid Mets !!!

The New York Mets signed free agent reserve catcher,  Raul Casanova on December 4, 2007.

The New York Mets signed free reserve catcher, Henry Blanco of the San Diego Padres on December 4, 2009.

Mo Vaughn  gets extremely violent cases of explosive diarrhea whenever he starts to panic!!!

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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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