Mets Merized Online » Ed Marcus http://metsmerizedonline.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:56:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.4 This Day In Mets Infamy: Random Thoughts From Yesterday’s Doubleheader http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/05/this-day-in-mets-infamy-random-thoughts-from-yesterdays-doubleheader.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/05/this-day-in-mets-infamy-random-thoughts-from-yesterdays-doubleheader.html/#comments Mon, 26 May 2014 15:06:25 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=156843 Diamondbacks Mets Baseball

Yesterday had all the trappings of being a great day at the ballpark at Citi Field. The sun was out warming the many fans that came to celebrate the recently reinstated Banner Day. Mets Rookie phenom, Rafael Montero was on the mound for the first game of a single admission doubleheader, and to boot it was Bartolo Colon poster day (albeit I had hoped the poster would show him in a string bikini looking all seductive in a Farrah Fawcett-esque pose – but that’s just me).

My Wife and I got to the game and headed directly to the Caesars Club for lunch. When we reached our seats in the sun drenched Pepsi Porch there was no sign that the Banner Day parade was about to start, and I found out later that it was held way before the gates were opened to the public.

Well this got my Irish up, I mean what is the point of  having a Banner Day in front of an empty Citi Field? How is this supposed to instill a sense of tradition in the newer generation of Mets fans – and with all this talk from their PR arm – Wouldn’t real Mets fans show up in the stands to watch Banner Day? In my opinion the Mets dropped the ball once again.

Here are some more random thoughts that I took away from yesterdays game one debacle.

I still feel that the Mets traded away their best first base option. Ike Davis would not have dropped that routine foul pop – Duda looked as though he was trying to spot clouds shaped like fuzzy bunnies while the ball plopped right in front of him.

Chris Young has no use on this team – unless there is a need for a feast or famine power hitter who doesn’t hit for average. He seemingly pops up on first pitch swings or is stranding a boatload of runners in scoring position. Oh and by the way his walk up music sucks also!!!

Yeah Stephen Drew might not be deserving of the 10 million dollar contract that he just signed with the Red Sox – but Ruben Tejada isn’t even worth the league minimum.

Murph, Murph, Murph – I understand that you have made great strides learning the second base position – but jeez that error that you committed in the eighth inning was just painful to watch!

Montero I think is going to become a stalwart of this rotation – that is if he can get any kind of run support from this anemic offense.

And lastly a message to Saul Katz….  PLEASE CONVINCE FRED TO SELL THE TEAM!!!!!

By the was I was on hand for a blogger event at Citi Field this past Thursday and I had the chance to participate in a group interview with both Dillon Gee and Travis d’Arnaud. To see the Dillon Gee interview click here and to check out d’Arnaud please click here – he reveals that he is a big New York Rangers fan!!!

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

Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:

Mets coach from ’82-’83, Jim Frey turns 83 (1931). The season after he left the Mets, Frey led the Chicago Cubs to the National League East pennant over his former team.

Other transactions of note include:

The New York Mets released utility man Bobby Pfeil on May 26, 1970.

The New York Mets signed free agent pitcher, Terry Leach on May 26, 1984. Leach was  quite possibly the most dependable pitcher during the ’87 campaign. He went 11-1 with a era of 3.32 for a Mets team that saw the bulk of it’s pitching staff on the disabled list that season.

The New York Mets traded spot starter/middle reliever, Geremi Gonzalez to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor league pitcher, Mike Adams on May 26, 2006.

The New York Mets purchased the contract of reserve infielder, Wilson Valdez from the Cleveland Indians on May 26, 2009.

Mo Vaughn bought 5 cases of hot dogs and buns, 10 cases of Bubba Burgers, 5 suitcases of Sam Adams, 20 2 liters of Diet Coke and at least 20 lbs of potato salad, coleslaw and chips for his Memorial Day Party.  If you attend you can’t have any of it, bring your own eats and beverages!!!

MMO HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY

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This Day In Mets Infamy With Rusty: Farewell Farnsworth Edition http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/05/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-farewell-farnsworth-edition.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/05/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-farewell-farnsworth-edition.html/#comments Thu, 15 May 2014 14:22:25 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=155762 kyle farnsworth

Here are some quotes from one time Mets middle reliever/closer/scrapheap pickup Kyle Farnsworth as reported by Mark Puma of the New York Post after learning of his release:

“I am very bitter right now,”

And Dan Knobler , from ESPN New York also got this nugget from Farnsworth

“Hopefully I’ll find a team where I can play against this one,”

Kyle I am sorry but you should have seen the writing on the wall. You were a scrapheap signing, and you were lucky the Mets even rolled the dice with you and afforded you an opportunity after they lost closer Bobby Parnell for the season.

Your stats this season were mediocre at best, and even though you saved three games, you came up way short in at least three others.

In other words  – Don’t let the proverbial door hit you in the proverbial ass!

And a message to general manager Sandy Alderson:

I am happy to see that you are cutting bait on players whose best years are behind them for players whose best years are hopefully in front of them.

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

Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:

Mets pitching coach from the ’03 season, Rick Waits turns 62 (1952).

Middle reliever from the ’02 season, Tyler Walker is 38 (1976) .

Other notable transactions include:

The Cleveland Indians claimed catcher, reserve Brook Fordyce of the New York Mets on waivers on May 15, 1995.

Mo Vaughn is a legend in his own mind!

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This Day In Mets Infamy: Boo Birds Please Stay Home Tomorrow http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/03/this-day-in-mets-infamy-boo-birds-please-stay-home-tomorrow.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/03/this-day-in-mets-infamy-boo-birds-please-stay-home-tomorrow.html/#comments Sun, 30 Mar 2014 16:08:18 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=152132 infamy

Tomorrow at 1:10 p.m  a new season will start for the New York Mets. The new Mayor of New York City, Bill DiBlasio is set to throw out the first pitch. The National Anthem will be sung by local a cappella group, and the big highlight will be a tribute to Mets announcing great, Ralph Kiner. This will include the unveiling of a commemorative logo above the left field wall (hopefully it will be forever enshrined as “Kiner’s Korner”) as well as another logo on the grass behind home plate.

citi field fans opening dayIt should be a great day as we welcome back our boys in Orange and Blue and celebrate a new season.

What we shouldn’t be hearing or seeing tomorrow is booing and cat-calling of our players during the pre-game introductions of this seasons roster.

In the past few years there have been pockets of fans that have felt that it’s their right to unleash their bile and venom at players that they feel in their eyes should not be on this team. I have seen this happen to Mike Pelfrey. I have seen this happen to Jon Rauch and Ike Davis. Hell, I have seen the even members of the Mets medical and training staffs get unmercifully booed. And all I can say is that in my opinion this is unbecoming behavior as a Mets fan.

Look I get it. Many fans are restless over the past five years of losing as well as the many broken promises and shrinking payrolls. But to boo a player before the season even starts? Can’t we just save the coarse venom and anger until at least the middle of April if you must? Can’t we wait until we see some games first?

C’mon guys we are Mets fans – we are better than this… aren’t we?

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

Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:

Middle reliever from the ’91 season, Terry Bross  is 48 (1966). Since his retirement from the game, Bross has become a sports agent and represents players such as Bronson Arroyo.

Other transactions of note include:

The New York Mets traded relievers, Bill Denehy and Dean Chance to the Detroit Tigers for minor league pitcher, Jerry Robertson on March 30, 1971.

The New York Mets released reserve outfielder,  Jesus Alou on March 30, 1976.

The New York Mets traded reserve outfielder, Benny Ayala to the St. Louis Cardinals for minor league second baseman, Doug Clarey on March 30, 1977.

The New York Mets traded  minor leaguers, Gene Autry and Ken Reed to the Chicago White Sox for middle reliever, Randy Niemann on March 30, 1985.

The New York Mets traded middle reliever, Terry Bross to the San Diego Padres for minor league pitcher, Craig Bullock on March 30, 1992.

The New York Mets traded minor league pitcher, Steve Long  to the Florida Marlins for spot starter/middle reliever,  Robert Person on March 30, 1994.

The New York Mets traded starting pitcher, Anthony Young and minor league pitcher,  Ottis Smith to the Chicago Cubs for shortstop/second baseman, Jose Vizcaino on March 30, 1994. This deal was a true steal. We were able to unload Young – a decent pitcher who held the longest streak of losses (due to bad luck and being on a crappy team) for Vizcaino – one of the better athletes to play shortstop for the Mets.

The New York Mets traded reserve outfielder, Endy Chavez to the Kansas City Royals  for minor league outfielder, Mike Curry on March 30, 2001.

The New York Mets claimed utility infielder,  Wilson Valdez on waivers from the Chicago White Sox on March 30, 2005.

The New York Mets signed free agent middle reliever, Ken Takahashi on March 30, 2009.

The New York Mets claimed middle reliever, Manny Acosta on waivers from the Atlanta Braves on March 30, 2010. Acosta spent parts of 3 seasons with the Mets and was erratic at best.

The New York Mets released middle reliever ( the diminutive)  Danny Herrera on March 30, 2013.

Today’s Mo Vaughn-Ism

Don’t even bother to get on line for Shake Shack tomorrow – Mo Vaughn has already hired squatters so he can have the entire stand to himself!!!

Mo

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This Day In Mets Infamy With Rusty: Random Thoughts Edition http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/03/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-random-thoughts-edition.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/03/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-random-thoughts-edition.html/#comments Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:32:55 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=151432 ruben tejada

So here we stand a week from opening day and there are still as many questions as there are answers. Who’s on first? Will Ruben Tejada be the starting shortstop come March 31st – or will the solution come via trade or free agent signing? ( I’m looking at you Stephen Drew !!) And can Jonathon Niese stay healthy for an entire season ?

But I have other questions, observations and random thoughts – and here are but a few…..

I wish that the local sports media would stop making mountains out of molehills. Whether it was the situation with Matt Harvey this past week, or pressing David Wright after Ervin Santana signed with the Braves, it’s a case of causing a frenzy amongst the fanbase over non-issues. We all know that Santana was not coming here and I know that the crux of the argument is the Mets willingness or ability to add payroll, but at this point – who cares?

I don’t care what Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson say in public – Juan Lagares has to be the everyday centerfielder. Platoon the “Young Ones” in left field if you have to but we need his glove in the everyday lineup.

Even with his 3-3 performance on Saturday I believe Ruben Tejada is not the answer at shortstop.

Bartolo Colon will be worth his weight in gold – especially for the Mets concession outlets.

I love the fact that the Mets hierarchy are hoping/expecting a 90 win season this year, but I think the team will top out at around 84 wins. You want 90 wins you import a Drew who will save you runs defensively and create runs offensively. That is unless Wilmer Flores can win over the Mets coaches and allow him to play shortstop everyday.

I am happy with what I have seen from Ike Davis so far – I hope he proves me wrong.

And lastly… If neither Tejada or Flores pan out at shortstop and the Mets are unable to swing a trade or sign Drew -  well maybe they should consider luring Edgardo Alfonzo out of retirement. Hey the Tigers are considering luring Omar Vizquel out of retirement so why not Fonzie? Think about it.

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

Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:

Reserve outfielder from the ’75 season, Jesus Alou is 72 (1942).

Shortstop and utility-man from the ’91 season, Garry Templeton is 58 (1956).

Other transactions of note include:

The New York Mets traded outfielder, Derrell Griffith to the Houston Astros for shortstop, Sandy Alomar on March 24, 1967.

The New York Mets traded beloved shortstop, Bud Harrelson to the Philadelphia Phillies for minor league second baseman, Fred Andrews on March 24, 1978.

The New York Mets traded utility-man, Lou Collier to the Montreal Expos for outfielder, Jason Bay and  minor league pitcher, Jim Serrano on March 24, 2002. Let’s not even get into the enigma that is Jason Bay!!!

Bartolo Colon can put Mo Vaughn to shame in the 50 yard dash!!!

This past Wednesday night on the “Shouts From Shea Podcast” Steve Keane of “The Kranepool Society and myself welcomed Michael Baron from MetsBlog and Michael Dougherty of “The Slurve” newsletter as our special guests.

We discussed everything from the latest Matt Harvey “controversy” to who will win the contest to be the starting everyday first baseman and if Ruben Tejada will be the starting shortstop come Opening Day.

Click here to listen

Presented By Diehards

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This Day In Mets Infamy: The “Goodbye, Jim Fregosi” Edition http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/02/this-day-in-mets-infamy-the-goodbye-jim-fregosi-edition.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/02/this-day-in-mets-infamy-the-goodbye-jim-fregosi-edition.html/#comments Fri, 14 Feb 2014 16:36:11 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=148003 Early this morning Jim Fregosi, a six time All Star infielder who went on to have a long and successful managerial career died at the age of 71 after suffering a series of strokes.

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As a member of the California Angels, Fregosi was one of the better shortstops  in the American League during the 1960′s to early ’70′s. He won the Gold Glove Award for his defense in 1967 and still holds the Angels franchise record for triples (70).

Fregosi will always infamously be known in the annals of Mets history as the player the Mets received in return for Nolan Ryan on December 10th 1971. At the time Fregosi was still considered one of the better infielders in the game – even though he missed most of the ’71 season with a tumor in his foot.

In Peter Golenbock’s book Amazin – The Miraculous History of New York’s Most Beloved Baseball TeamBob Scheffing, the then Mets General Manager said of the Ryan/Fregosi deal, “We really thought we had a chance to win the pennant if we could get a third baseman. Fregosi had been one of the outstanding shortstops  in the American League for years. We didn’t think he would have any trouble shifting to third.”

But the word trouble and Fregosi would go hand in hand. When Fregosi came into Spring Training in ’72 he was overweight and out of shape. Mets manager, Gil Hodges helped Jim try to acclimate himself to third base with some fielding exercises. Gil  would hit balls to Jim everyday – but  on one fateful crack of Gil’s fungo bat – a ball took a bad bounce and hit Fregosi’s thumb and broke it. Jim would be sidelined for the rest of Spring Training with a cast on his thumb.

Fregosi rushed back to play even though his thumb hadn’t fully healed. He ended up batting a paltry .232 with 5 homers and 32 RBI in 101 games for the season. The Mets would end up selling Fregosi to the Texas Rangers that offseason where he ended his career as a backup… and that pitcher, Nolan Ryan, became one of the most dominant pitchers of his era.

Jim Fregosi may never have panned out the way that the Mets fans or the front office would have hoped, but when you read the tributes and testimonials that have been bestowed upon him by his peers as well as the players that he has managed and scouted later in his career, you could see he was a very special man. My condolences go out to his family.

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

Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today include:

Reserve catcher from ’94-’95 ( and briefly in ’06), Kelly Stinnett is 44 (1970).

Other notable transactions include:

The New York Mets signed free agent spot starter/roster filler José Lima on February 14, 2006. And so the term “LIMA TIME!” was officially coined.

The Baltimore Orioles signed starting pitcher, Steve Trachsel of the New York Mets as a free agent on February 14, 2007.

The New York Mets signed free agent starting pitcher, Livan Hernandez of the Colorado Rockies on February 14, 2009. Hernandez pitched mediocre for a bad Mets team. He  finished the season with a record of 7-8 and a 5.47 ERA. The Mets released him on August 20th because the bonuses that the club worked into his contract were about to vest. ( Even though ownership and the front office denied it at the time.)

Here’s a question for you to ponder – who would wolf down the most food at a all you can eat buffet – Jose Valverde, Bartolo Colon … or MO VAUGHN???

(Photo: Main Line Autographs)

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This Day In Mets Infamy: My Brush With Ralph Kiner http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/02/this-day-in-mets-infamy-my-brush-with-ralph-kiner.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/02/this-day-in-mets-infamy-my-brush-with-ralph-kiner.html/#comments Fri, 07 Feb 2014 15:35:51 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=147390 201402061436525825329

Yesterday another piece of my childhood faded away.

While I was at work I received a email from the Mets announcing the passing of Hall Of Fame ballplayer and original Mets announcer, Ralph Kiner. At first it didn’t sink in. I don’t know if this was because I was so caught up with my work – or I was just aloof. But upon driving in my car on my way home from the office I started to cry – and cry hard. I am not really the emotional type. I didn’t cry when my grandfather passed away six years ago , and I certainly didn’t cry when I got the news that my father had passed almost two years ago. But for some reason whether it was with Tug McGraw, Bob Murphy or Gary Carter before him I cried.

My best guess is because the aforementioned men were like my babysitters. I was barely old enough to remember McGraw as a Met – but for some reason I gravitated to his infectious source of positivity. With Murph and the Kid along with Ralph that was the era that I was truly aware of baseball – when I truly understood the game.

I had the honor being in Ralph’s presence twice in my lifetime. The first was around 1983 at a charity stickball event. I met the likes of Tom Seaver and Jake LaMotta that day – but Ralph was the nicest and warmest of the celebrities at that event. He even signed my autograph book without having to beg.

Fast forward to August of 2010. My wife and I are in attendance for the Mets Hall Of Fame induction ceremonies for Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, Frank Cashen and Davey Johnson. Towards the end of the game my wife and I caught up with my sister, brother in law and two nephews in the Caesars Club. We all decided to leave just before the end of the game and we took the club elevator to leave the building. And then it happened…

The elevator stopped at one of the private floors and who happened to get on but Ralph Kiner and a woman who I guess was his wife being wheeled into the elevator car by their attendants’. My nephews who must’ve been about 5 at the time were acting precocious as most 5 year olds do, and Ralph just looked at them and smiled. I didn’t utter a word to Ralph in that elevator because I respected his privacy and he looked extremely tired. But Ralph looked at me and nodded. I smiled back and wanted to thank him but I was just basking in the aura of this man.

Technically Ralph wasn’t a Met – but in many respects he truly was. No he never played one game as a Met, but he will always be tethered to the tapestry of this team. He will always be an original Met.

Even in his latter years with his speech impaired by Bell’s Palsy and often sounding tired, he could still inspire me with stories from his days of old with the Pirates – or even regale you with tales of Choo Choo Coleman, Casey Stengel or Dwight Gooden.

My innocence was lost many years ago – but I always felt that as long as I heard Ralph’s voice I still could hold onto a childhood that left me many years ago. I will miss you Ralph – and as I shed a tear, I also raise a glass of whiskey in your honor.

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

Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today include:

  • Reserve outfielder from ’74-’76, Benny Ayala is 63 (1951).
  • One of the better starting pitchers from the “oh so bad early ’80′s teams“, Charlie Puleo is 59 (1955). Puleo was the main cog in the trade with the Cincinnati Reds that brought Tom Seaver  back to Flushing.
  • The man responsible for one of the most amazing catches in the history of the baseball postseason,  Endy Chavez is 36 (1978).

Other notable transactions include:

  • The  New York Mets traded spot starter/middle reliever,  Hank Webb and minor league pitching prospect, Rich Sanders to the Los Angeles Dodgers for minor league shortstop, Rick Auerbach on February 7, 1977.
  • One time Cy Young Mets pitcher, Mickey Lolich announced his retirement on February 7, 1977. Lolich would come out of retirement a year later to pitch for the San Diego Padres.
  • The New York Mets released utility infielder, Ross Jones on February 7, 1986.
  • The New York Mets claimed reserve infielder, David Lamb on waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays on February 7, 2000.
  • The Seattle Mariners  signed backup catcher,  Kelly Shoppach of the New York Mets as a free agent on February 7, 2013.

Mo Vaughn was so fat he couldn’t bend over!!!”  Ralph Kiner, August 10th 2010

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This Day In Mets Infamy: Shouts From Shea Interview With Joe DeMayo http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/01/this-day-in-mets-infamy-shouts-from-shea-interview-with-joe-demayo.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/01/this-day-in-mets-infamy-shouts-from-shea-interview-with-joe-demayo.html/#comments Sat, 25 Jan 2014 16:05:52 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=140741 infamy

On this past Wednesday’s edition of the “Shouts From Shea” podcast featuring Stephen Keane from “The Kranepool Society” and myself we had Mets prospect expert, Joe DeMayo of PSL To Flushing, on to discuss everything from the Yankees signing of Masahiro Tanaka, the prospect of Stephen Drew wearing a Mets cap come Opening Day, as well as his opinions on many of the Mets minor league prospects and how he feels they will pan out.

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

Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today include:

Mets pitching coach from the ’03 season, Vern Ruhle would have been 67  (1951).

Other notables include:

Sadly on this date in 2010, Jane Jarvis, the longtime Shea Stadium organist passed away.  I remember as a child in the ’70′s sitting in my seat before every first pitch just to listen to Ms. Jarvis serenading myself along with the rest of the crowd to her rendition of Meet The Mets.

The New York Mets traded reserve outfielder, Damon Buford to the Texas Rangers for minor league outfielder, Terrell Lowery on January 25, 1996.

The New York Mets sold Angel Pagan to the Chicago Cubs on January 25, 2006. The Mets would reacquire him just before the start of the ’08 season. He would prove to be a decent hitter and defender when he was focused – which wasn’t all the time.

The New York Mets signed free agent middle reliever, Aaron Sele of the Los Angeles Dodgers on January 25, 2007. Sele went 3-2 with an ERA of 5.37 in his lone season with the Mets.

Mo Vaughn will be rooting for the Seattle Seahawks for next Sundays Super Bowl because he prefers a good craft beer to Rocky Mountain Oysters!!!

Mo

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This Day In Mets Infamy With Rusty: Random Thoughts On Bartolo Colon http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-random-thoughts-on-bartolo-colon.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-random-thoughts-on-bartolo-colon.html/#comments Thu, 12 Dec 2013 17:04:21 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=135333 bartolo colon

Last night as I was getting comfortable on my couch, I was scanning the twitterverse and lo and behold what breaking news did I see but the unofficial announcement that the Mets had signed veteran starting pitcher, Bartolo Colon to a 2-year/$20 million dollar contract pending a physical. Obviously this set Mets Twitter on the verge of nuclear meltdown, the likes that no one has seen since Jason Bay agreed to that fateful 3-year/$66 million dollar contract.

Then I got to thinking: What does this mean to the average Mets fan and how does this affect the Mets over the course of the next 2 years? So here are some random thoughts on the signing of Bartolo – or as the newly signed outfielder, Chris Young refers to him as – ToeLo.

Bartolo’s uniform number should be the same as his waist size (50).

Part of Colon’s contract is that he gets his own show on SNY called Bartolo vs Food.

I wonder who would win in a Sumo wrestling match in a ring filled with Jell-O, him or Mo Vaughn ?

With Bartolo on the mound there is no need for infielders – because he is the infield.

Bartolo makes me look svelte.

He gets his own personal “Shake Shack!”

I bet he doesn’t find salmon tasty.

And lastly, and in all seriousness, this is a good signing that hopefully will help the Mets compete in 2014.

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

Sadly on this date in 1992, Rube Walker – the Mets pitching coach/guru from ’68-’81 – passed away.

The New York Mets traded reserve outfielder, Jim Gosger and utility infielder, Bob Heise to the San Francisco Giants for middle reliever, Ray Sadecki and reserve outfielder, Dave Marshall on December 12, 1969.

In what can and should be considered one of the worst trades in Mets history, the New York Mets traded outfielder, Rusty Staub and minor league pitcher, Bill Laxton to the Detroit Tigers for starting pitcher,  Mickey Lolich and reserve outfielder,  Billy Baldwin on December 12, 1975.

Lolich was supposed to help strengthen the Mets pitching rotation but finished his lone season with a record of 8-13. He retired after the season ended so that he could open a doughnut shop, but then he unretired in ’78 to pitch for the San Diego Padres !!!

The New York Mets traded reserve outfielder, Gene Clines to the Texas Rangers for outfielder, Joe Lovitto on December 12, 1975.

Lovitto ended up being released by the Mets during spring training.

The New York Mets traded middle reliever,  Roy Lee Jackson to the Toronto Blue Jays for utility infielder,  Bob Bailor on December 12, 1980.

The New York Mets signed free agent back up catcher,  Orlando Mercado of the Minnesota Twins on December 12, 1989.

The New York Mets traded reserve outfielder,  Alex Ochoa to the Minnesota Twins for reserve outfielder, Rich Becker on December 12, 1997.

The New York Mets signed free agent José Valentin of the Los Angeles Dodgers on December 12, 2005. This was one of then General Manager ,Omar Minaya’s best under the radar signings

The New York Mets traded middle reliever,  Scott Schoeneweis to the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league pitcher, Connor Robertson on December 12, 2008. After the way Scho pitched that last game of the season everybody knew he wouldn’t ever return to the Mets.

The New York Mets granted  reliever and alleged murderer, Ambiorix Burgos granted free agency on December 12, 2008.

The New York Mets claimed starting pitcher, Jeremy Hefner on waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates on December 12, 2011.

Hefner pitched admirably if not uneven the last two seasons for the Mets in a limited role. Lets hope his surgically repaired pitching arm is ready for the ’15 season .

Mo Vaughn is looking forward to chewing the fat with Bartolo Colon!!!

If you want to hear the rebroadcast of last night’s “Shouts From Shea” podcast featuring myself as well as Steven Keane from “The Kranepool Society” please click here. Our guests include Joe D of this fine blog as well as Danny Abriano from the “Rising Apple” blog.

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This Day In Mets Infamy With Rusty: The Possible Granderson Calls Edition http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-the-possible-granderson-calls-edition.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-the-possible-granderson-calls-edition.html/#comments Wed, 11 Dec 2013 17:28:21 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=135158 granderson

Yes I know Opening Day is about three months away yet I found myself daydreaming during the Curtis Granderson introductory press conference yesterday. Who/what could I be daydreaming about you may ask?

Was it Jennifer Love Hewitt ? No.

Was it Jessica Alba in a string bikini ? Nope .

Could it be about the ’71 Dodge Demon 340 that I lusted over since I was 13 ? Nuh-uh.

Then what could it be that I was fantasizing about while our newest outfielder was talking about all the good things he heard about the Mets faithful (a mixture of good old-fashioned playing to the fan base with a pinch of brown-nosing thrown in for good measure). Try possible enthusiastic calls by either Howie Rose or Gary Cohen when The “Grandy Man” hits a game changing or game winning homerun or makes a stellar catch in the outfield.

So here are the Top 5 calls for Curtis Granderson when does something amazin for the Mets.

1. “IT’S A GRANDY SALAMMY!!!!!”

2. “IT’S A GRANDER- SON!!!!!”

3. “THAT ONE WAS GRANDED FOR LIFE!!!”

4. ” THAT BALL WAS ENGRANDED INTO THE PEPSI PORCH!!!!”

5. “GIVE THAT MAN A 100 GRAND BAR!!!”

But then after I stopped fantasizing I realized that our broadcasters are not named John Sterling and realized that this exercise was a moot point…

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

Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:

Utility infielder from the ’03 season, Jay Bell is 49 (1965).

Mets outfielder from the ’00 season, Derek Bell is 45 (1968).

Other transactions of note includes:

The New York Mets traded utility infielder,  Felix Mantilla to the Boston Red Sox for pitcher, Tracy Stallard, third baseman, Pumpsie Green and utility infielder, Al Moran on December 11, 1962.

The New York Mets traded utility infielder, Ted Martinez to the St. Louis Cardinals for outfielder,  Mike Vail and utility infielder, Jack Heidemann on December 11, 1974.

The New York Mets released pitcher,  Bob Apodaca on December 11, 1979.

The New York Mets traded gold glove second baseman, Doug Flynn and middle reliever,  Danny Boitano to the Texas Rangers for pitcher,  Jim Kern on December 11, 1981.

The New York Mets traded shortstop, Frank Taveras to the Montreal Expos for pitching prospect,  Steve Ratzer on December 11, 1981.

The New York Mets traded outfielders, Kevin Mitchell, Stan Jefferson and former first round draft pick, Shawn Abner to the San Diego Padres for outfielder,Kevin McReynolds, pitcher, Gene Walter and minor league infielder,  Adam Ging on December 11, 1986.

The New York Mets traded shortstop,  Rafael Santana and minor league pitcher, Victor Garcia to the New York Yankees for reserve outfielders, Phil Lombardi, Darren Reed and minor league pitcher,  Steve Frey on December 11, 1987.

The New York Mets traded utility infielder,  Jeff Gardner to the San Diego Padres for pitcher,  Steve Rosenberg on December 11, 1991.Rosenberg never appeared is a game for as a Met.

The New York Mets signed 2 free agent pitchers, Steve Trachsel of the Toronto Blue Jays and Kevin Appier of the Oakland Athletics on December 11, 2000. I hated those signings at the time and I still dislike them today because this was when the Mets ownership and front office announced that the were not going to spend the money on a certain shortstop/third baseman who happens to be facing a 200 game suspension for PED use and instead gave us 2 mediocre pitchers.

The New York Mets signed free agent outfielder, Tsuyoshi Shinjo on December 11, 2000.

The New York Mets traded reserve outfielder,  Bubba Trammell to the San Diego Padres for middle reliever, Donne Wall on December 11, 2000.

The New York Mets traded reserve outfielder,  Alex Escobar, middle reliever, Jerrod Riggan, reserve outfielder, Matt Lawton, pitching prospect,Billy Traber and minor league first baseman,  Earl Snyder to the Cleveland Indians for  second baseman, Roberto Alomar, pitcher, Mike Bacsik and Danny Peoples on December 11, 2001. This trade should have been the steal of the century – intead it turned out to be one of the worst Mets trades ever !

The Los Angeles Angels signed spot starter/middle relievers,  Darren Oliver of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 11, 2006. I like most Mets fans wished that the Mets made an attept to re-sign him.

The New York Mets traded starting pitcher,  Aaron Heilman, reserve outfielder, Endy Chavez, and middle relievers Joe Smith, Jason Vargas,along with  minor league first baseman,Mike Carp, pitching prospect, Maikel Cleto and minor league outfielder, Ezequiel Carrera to the Seattle Mariners for relievers, Sean Green, J. J. Putz and reserve outfielders, Jeremy Reed on December 11, 2008.

The Mets drafted middle reliever, Darren O’Day from the Los Angeles Angels  on December 11, 2008.

One year to the day, the Chicago White Sox signed set up man, J. J. Putz of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 11, 2009. Putz should have been part of a completely overhauled bullpen in ’09 but by mid-season he sustained a shoulder injury. Needless to say a firestorm of controversy Putz claimed the Mets tried to steer him away from surgery and pitch through the injury !

The Houston Astros signed middle reliever, Jon Switzer of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 11, 2009.

There were reported sightings of Mo Vaughn in Orlando yesterday- but it turned out to be Shamu at SeaWorld!!!!

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Listen To Me And Joe D. On The “Shouts From Shea” Podcast Tonight http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/listen-to-me-and-joe-d-on-the-shouts-from-shea-podcast-tonight.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/listen-to-me-and-joe-d-on-the-shouts-from-shea-podcast-tonight.html/#comments Wed, 11 Dec 2013 05:06:11 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=135316 Our very special guest will be MMO’s very own Joe D, guru of this blog. We will talk about the latest Mets rumors, the Curtis Granderson deal, the Bartolo Colon signing as well as a healthy dose of venting about the Mets payroll.

Please click here to listen to what should be an action-packed episode of Shouts From Shea!

 

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This Day In Mets Infamy With Rusty: Random Thoughts On Granderson http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-random-thoughts-on-granderson.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-random-thoughts-on-granderson.html/#comments Sun, 08 Dec 2013 16:31:10 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=134810 Orioles at Yankees

When the news broke late Friday morning that the Mets had finally came to an agreement with outfielder, Curtis Granderson I admit I did the proverbial  “happy dance” while driving in my car. Yes Granderson is not the “savior” that the Mets need to help this team escape from mediocrity as well as ineptitude. But his signing is a start and I do agree with Daily News columnist, Andy Martino, that his signing is the type of signing that shows other free agents that the Mets are trying to field a team that is trying to win.

Is Granderson a game changing free agent like Pedro Martinez or Carlos Beltran like the Mets signed before the 2005 season? No, but I feel he will be more of a leadership type ala Cliff Floyd, and a good complimentary player that will take the pressure off some of the other players including David Wright who now doesn’t have to do all the heavy lifting.

Is he worth the contract that he signed? Well he got a contract that reflects the robust free agent market this season. Would I have gone a fourth year? Obviously if I didn’t have to I wouldn’t, but hopefully by the end of his contract he will still be healthy enough to produce and that his career doesn’t mirror that of George Foster.

Lastly, I do not believe Mike Francesa’s “sources” that Jeff Wilpon had to twist Alderson’s arm to go the fourth year on Granderson. I’ll go with Mike Puma’s version of events, who tweeted that the fourth year was all Sandy. Now lets just hope the Mets GM can do some adding-on this week in Orlando.

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

Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today include:

The original “Crazy Horse”, shortstop Tim Foli is 63 (1950). Foli was one of the players that was dealt in the trade that brought Rusty Staub to the Mets. The Mets would bring him back seven years later as a utility infielder.

Other transactions of note include:

The New York Mets purchased the contract of outfielder, Richie Ashburn from the Chicago Cubs on December 8, 1961. Ashburn was the first Met to ever bat over .300.

The New York Mets traded reserve infielder,  Elio Chacon and starting pitcher, Tracy Stallard to the St. Louis Cardinals for  outfielder, Johnny Lewis and middle reliever,  Gordie Richardson on December 8, 1964.

The New York Mets traded  former Rookie of the Year pitcher, Jon Matlack and power hitting first baseman/outfielder, John Milner to the Texas Rangers for first baseman, Willie Montanez, as well as reserve outfielders, Ken Henderson and Tom Grieve on December 8, 1977. This trade definitely goes down as one of the top 10 worst trades in Mets history!

The New York Mets traded fan favorite Jerry Koosman to the Minnesota Twins for future closer, Jesse Orosco and Greg Field on December 8, 1978. Koosman demanded to be traded when he saw how the Mets front office dismantled the team the season prior. M. Donald Grant granted Kooz his demands and it would take four years until we realized that the Mets got the better end of that deal.

The New York Mets traded utility infielder, Bob Bailor and spot starter/middle reliever, Carlos Diaz to the Los Angeles Dodgers for pitcher, Sid Fernandez and utility infielder, Ross Jones on December 8, 1983. This in my opinion was one of the biggest steals in Mets history

The Florida Marlins signed first baseman, Dave Magadan of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 8, 1992.I always felt is was a no brainer that “Mags” should have been the heir apparent to Keith Hernandez‘s job after “Mex” was let go. But the Mets management didn’t see him that way and paired him with various players in a platoon role. One has to wonder what coulda been if he was given the role full time.

The Florida Marlins signed starting pitcher,  Al Leiter of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 8, 2004. Although Mets fans saw Leiter as a clubhouse lawyer type it is not crazy to say that was one of the best pitchers over the last 20 years to wear a Mets uniform.

Mo Vaughn thinks the Grandy Man can!!! He was heard singing the confectionery jingle, “I Want Candy.”

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This Day In Mets Infamy: “When Is The Right Time To Panic” Edition http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/this-day-in-mets-infamy-when-is-the-right-time-to-panic-edition.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/this-day-in-mets-infamy-when-is-the-right-time-to-panic-edition.html/#comments Wed, 04 Dec 2013 11:57:46 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=134445 bacon 2

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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This Day In Mets Infamy With Rusty: May The Farce Be With You http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-may-the-farce-be-with-you.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-may-the-farce-be-with-you.html/#comments Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:48:06 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=133871 star wars

A long long time ago, in a stadium directly across from Citi Field was a place where fans were born and memories were created. That was before the dark times – BEFORE THE MADOFF…

It is funny when you watch one of your all time favorite movies that you can attribute certain quotes to specific areas of your favorite baseball team. Take for example  this little nugget of jubilation:

You see what I told you was true….  from a certain point of view

This quote was uttered by Obi Wan Kenobi when Luke Skywalker confronted him about the true nature of Darth Vader’s identity. We can also attribute this to Sandy Alderson’s assertion that the Mets would spend more that the five million dollars the Mets spent last offseason. With the signing of Chris Young to that $7.25 million dollar contract they did just that. Is it what the fans expected? No, but Alderson was telling the truth – but not the way the fans had hoped.

Then there is this quote by Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back:

Do or do not. There is no try.

This is how the fans feel when the front office says that they intend on improving next years roster. But until the fans see some results, apathy will reign alongside the Dark Lord of the Sith.

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Then there is this :

I find your lack of faith disturbing

This best sums up the disconnect between ownership and the fan base.

And……

Were doomed!!!

When we learned of Matt Harvey‘s need for Tommy John surgery.

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And lastly…..

I’ve got a bad feeling about this.

This best describes my reaction when I – along with many of my fellow Mets fans – reacted when it was revealed the Mets would have a hard cap of $30 million dollars to spend in an offseason where almost every other baseball team has money to burn.

So lets just hope that this upcoming season at Citi Field finds the Mets in the middle of a dog fight of X-Wing proportions instead of it being like the frozen planet Hoth by the middle of August.

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

Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:

Middle reliever from the ’68 season,  Bill Short turns 76 today (1937).

Reserve outfielder from the ’87 season, Randy Milligan is 52 (1961).

Spot starter/middle reliever from 2010, Raul Valdes  is 36 (1977).

Other notables include:

The New York Mets traded pitcher,  Bill Denehy to the Washington Senators for their manager, Gil Hodges on November 27, 1967. This is still one of the best trades the Mets ever made.

The New York Mets traded outfielder, Tommie Agee to the Houston Astros for outfielder Rich Chiles and  pitcher Buddy Harris on November 27, 1972. Agee was already past his prime by the time this trade was made, but Chiles was not a suitable replacement for Agee, and pitcher, Buddy Harris never played a game for the Mets.

The New York Mets traded middle relievers,  Brent Strom and Bob Rauch to the Cleveland Indians for reliever  Phil Hennigan on November 27, 1972.

The Boston Red Sox signed reliever Skip Lockwood of the New York Mets as a free agent on November 27, 1979. Lockwood was one of the best Mets closers you don’t remember.

The New York Mets signed free agent first baseman, Eddie Murray of the Los Angeles Dodgers on November 27, 1991. He still played at a high level in his  2 seasons as a Met, but his anti-social attitude was one of the reasons why the Mets team he played with was dubbed ” The Worst Team Money Could Buy”.

The New York Mets traded middle reliever, Jerry Dipoto to the Colorado Rockies for pitcher, Armando Reynoso on November 27, 1996.

The New York Mets traded  popular first baseman, Rico Brogna to the Philadelphia Phillies for middle relievers, Ricardo Jordan and Toby Borland on November 27, 1996.

Mo Vaughn is such a Star Wars fanatic that he once dressed as the Sarlacc Pit for Halloween !!!!

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This Day In Mets Infamy with Rusty: 5 Songs That Describes Mets Hot Stove So Far http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-5-songs-that-describes-mets-hot-stove-so-far.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-5-songs-that-describes-mets-hot-stove-so-far.html/#comments Sun, 24 Nov 2013 13:24:35 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=133601 infamy

Ah it’s that time of year again…  A time for new beginnings, a time for change, and for most it is a time for optimism. Yes, it’s time for that kooky year end ritual otherwise known as the Hot Stove Season – or as many Mets fans in the past five years like to say - PURGATORY!!!

Once again, many Met fans have bought in to ownership’s promises of the team spending more money than it did last season and guess what, they have. With the signing of our new left fielder Chris Young they have surpassed their $5 million dollar spending spree from a year ago.

All I know is that at this juncture I don’t have the warm and fuzzy feelings I used to get around this time of the year – but I’ll hold the right to reserve my total venom until I see how this Mets roster shakes out by the start of Spring Training.

But anyway, here are my five songs that best describe the Mets Hot Stove so far:

5. State of Shock by the Jackson’s  - Because we now know when Jeff Wilpon saw how much money even the middle-tiered free agents were asking for, they all needed smelling salts to revive them!

4. Bringing On The Heartache by Def Leppard – Pass me the Rolaids.

3. Money Changes Everything by Cindi Lauper – Because when it comes to this teams finances it seems like Sandy Alderson always has to do more with less.

2: Slip Slidin’ Away by Simon and Garfunkel – Because if this team doesn’t even remotely try to improve itself the fan base will keep slipping away until Citi Field has less life in it than the city morgue.

1. Death On Two Legs by Queen - Because if the Mets ownership doesn’t show that it has the willingness or discretionary spending to try to field a competitive team this upcoming season, fans’ sentiments will mirror the lyrics to this song.

So do you agree with my choices ? Are there songs that you feel summarize the Mets Hot Stove better than the ones I listed? Feel free to post your lists in the comment section.

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

Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:

One time Mets minority owner, G. Herbert Walker would have been 108 today (1905). Walker was not only the grandfather of president George W Bush, but he was also the Mets Executive Vice President from 1962 until his death in 1977.

Spot Starter/middle reliever from the ’66 season, Bob Friend is 83 (1930).

Starting pitcher from ’94-’95, Jason Jacome turns 43 (1970). In his 2 seasons with the Mets, Jacome started 13 games, going 4-7 with an E.R.A of 4.80.

Some other notables include:

Sadly on this date the Mets lost two members of their extended family. Hall of Fame (not as a Met) left-handed pitcher Warren Spahn in 2003, and third base coach from the ’77 season, Tom Burgess  in 2008.

The New York Mets traded reserve first baseman, Dave Gallagher to the Atlanta Braves for starting pitcher, Pete Smith on November 24, 1993.

The New York Mets traded  first baseman/catcher, Mike Jacobs, along with pitching prospects Yusmiero Petit and Grant Psomas to the Florida Marlins for power hitting first baseman, Carlos Delgado in 2005. This in my opinion was one of the best trades from the Omar Minaya era.

Mo Vaughn has been so distraught by the Mets hot stove so far that he lost his appetite….. That lasted all of a half hour!!!

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This Day In Mets Infamy With Rusty: Five More Promotional Days I Want To See http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-five-more-promotional-days-i-want-to-see.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-five-more-promotional-days-i-want-to-see.html/#comments Thu, 14 Nov 2013 14:48:41 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=132933 Auguste clown

Earlier in the day yesterday  among all the speculation and the harsh reality that ensued after a few cryptic quotes from Mets C.O.O, Jeff Wilpon, the Mets revealed that no they were not about to announce a trade nor did they announce the signing of a power bat. But what they did unveil were the promotional dates for next season which included post game concerts by ’80′s pop rock stalwarts Huey Lewis and the News along with the platinum selling R&B act from the ’90′s, Boyz II Men in addition to mainstay promos such as the ever popular Fireworks Night and a new twist on T-Shirt Tuesdays now called Free-Shirt Fridays.

These promotions are all well and good , but there should be five additional promotional dates for us fans to sink our teeth into – especially if there aren’t any sweeping changes made to the teams roster this off season.

Here are some promotional dates that I would love to see – although I clearly understand that the powers that be will likely never give the green light on any of them…

Lee Mazzilli Black Velvet Portrait Day: Hey, if this franchise is destined to be mired in a mid-to-late ’70′s like funk, why not embrace it by offering up the quintessential seventies art décor. (black light not included)

Mike Cubbage Appreciation Day: Why not embrace the much maligned third base coach and interim manager from the early to mid ’90′s team?

Schizophrenia Awareness Night: Free tickets for all your multiple personalities with the purchase of one regularly priced ticket for yourself.

Obscure Met Day: A day to honor the men who donned the orange and blue Mets caps – even if we vaguely remember them . Some notable players to be hailed include Chico Walker, Doc Medich and Kelvin Torve.

And lastly ……..

Mo Vaughn Lookalike Day: It doesn’t matter if you look like the rotund first baseman, everyone still gets a free Mo Vaughn diet book “A Fridge To Far” with admission anyway.

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

Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today include:

Mr “Fear Strikes Out” himself, outfielder, Jimmy Piersall  is 85 (1929). Jimmy will always be remembered for running the bases backwards after hitting his 100th career homerun as a Met which prompted his quick release at the behest of then manager Casey Stengel.

Spot starter and middle reliever from ’64-’66, Darrell Sutherland  is 72 (1941).

Middle reliever from the ’05 season, Tim Hamulack is 37 (1976).

Outfielder/first baseman from the ’06 season, Xavier Nady  is 35 (1978).

Other Met notables include:

Sadly, on this date in 2004, reserve catcher from ’63-’65, Jesse Gonder passed away.

The New York Mets released catcher, Gary Carter on November 14, 1989. This truly marked the end of the glory days that were the winning Mets teams of the ’80′s.

The Atlanta Braves signed utility infielder, Jorge Velandia of the New York Mets as a free agent on November 14, 2003.

The only thing scarier than Mo Vaughn at an “All You Can Eat Buffet” is Jeff Wilpon speaking to the Media!!!

Jeff Wilpon

“We have 4-5 balls in the air right now, something’s cooking.”

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This Day In Mets Infamy With Rusty: Hope For The Best, But Expect The Worst Edition http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-hope-for-the-best-but-expect-the-worst-edition.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-hope-for-the-best-but-expect-the-worst-edition.html/#comments Sun, 10 Nov 2013 15:41:10 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=132596 fansI have been a Mets fan since my birth 41 years ago, and in that time I have seen more than a handful of highs – and more than my share of lows. I have lived through Frank Taveras and Alex Trevino, Bob Bailor and Bruce Bosclair, Rich Rodriguez and Tony Tarasco, and now Lucas Duda and Ruben Tejada.

This is why whenever somebody looks at me cross-eyed when they find out that I am indeed a Mets fan I summon the old credo:

“I’m a Mets fan – I hope for the best, but I expect the worst”

That being said I am trying to stay positive this hot stove season because I have to think that ownership understands that they are at a crossroads. Because of the Madoff scandal, this team has seen it’s payroll shrink from its $150 million dollar apex to the $90 million dollar level when this season opened on April 1st.

Both Ownership and General Manager Sandy Alderson are on the record saying they have money to burn and they intend on importing better talent than in previous seasons. I hope against hope that they aren’t paying lip service to the fans, and maybe I will be less skeptical when I see the first “big” acquisition – whether a free agent signing or trade – announced. But right now I will try to check my apathy at the door.

The thing that makes me feel a bit skeptical is that the general feeling out there is that the Mets may only be able ( or willing) to spend upwards of $40 million on new talent which would bring the payroll up to around the same $90 million give or take. Teams can win with that kind of payroll, but this team has a serious lack of talent on the big league level with the exception of a handful of players. With this alleged $40 million you definitely wont be able to afford a Ellsbury – or even a Choo, Hell, I wouldn’t be surprised if Marlon Byrd will command – and get a 3-year, $40 million dollar contract coming off the season he just had.

The rumors that are circulating out there and say that the Mets aren’t interested in any of the three available Dodger outfielders makes me just scratch my head. I feel like the Mets have the money and want to buy the Kobe beef, but they may once again settle for the 2 day old chuck roast that has been reduced for a quick sell.

For now, I’m not really jaded – more like confused – and I can only hope that by the time the Mets are set to open Spring Training come February, they will have imported some much needed talent that will be impactful not only in 2014, but for many years to come.

But once again my mind reverts back to that old credo:

I’m a Mets fan – I hope for the best, but expect the worst.

And with that said…..

HERE COMES THE INFAMY!!!!!!

Mets alumni celebrating birthdays today include:

Outfielder from ’75-’77, Mike Vail is 62 (1951). One has to wonder what might have been if he didn’t shatter his ankle while playing a pickup game of basketball during the  ’75 offseason.

Mets general manager from ’04-’10, Omar Minaya is 55 (1958) Although I am not one of Minaya’s biggest fans I am thankful that he was able to get the Mets back into contention within 2 years of his hiring. It is the simple fact that he sacrificed the future by making some ill advised trades and draft selections that have partially put this team in the situation it is currently in.

Utility infielder from the ’92 season, Junior Noboa is 49 (1964).

One of the biggest goats in Mets history, Kenny Rogers  is 49 (1964).

Outfielder from ’93-’98, Butch Huskey is 42 (1971). Lets face it, Huskey was Lucas Duda before Lucas Duda ever picked up a bat.

Right fielder from the ’06 and ’07 seasons, Shawn Green is 41 (1972). Yes by the time the Mets obtained the “Hebrew Hammer”, Green was on the downside of his career. He still managed to hit a combined .284 with14 homers and 61 ribbies, and he absolutely raked in the ’06 postseason.

Some other notables include:

The New York Mets signed free agent utility outfielder, Carlos Mendoza on November 10, 1992.

The Atlanta Braves signed reserve outfielder,  Esix Snead of the New York Mets as a free agent on November 10, 2004. Snead played parts of 2 seasons with the Mets, compiling a .308 batting average with one homerun, 3 rbis and 4 stolen bases in 18 games.

The Mets granted middle reliever, Shingo Takatsu  free agency on November 10, 2005.

The New York Mets signed free agent middle reliever,  Raul Valdes on November 10, 2006.

The Philadelphia Phillies  signed utility infielder,  Wilson Valdez of the New York Mets as a free agent on November 10, 2009.

When a Queens donut shop owner discovered that his morning supply of fresh-baked donuts had all been robbed and called the police, the two officers that responded looked at each other and said, “Gotta go to Mo’s.” Thirty minutes later the caper was solved as Mo Vaughn was cuffed and taken into custody – covered in powdered sugar. (Guest Mo Vaughn joke by Joe D.)

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This Day In Mets Infamy With Rusty: Root For The Mole, Not The Cardinals Edition http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-root-for-the-mole-not-the-cardinals-edition.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-root-for-the-mole-not-the-cardinals-edition.html/#comments Sun, 13 Oct 2013 04:47:05 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=131086 beltran

Before the post season started, a few people asked me which two teams I predicted would meet in the World Series. I calmly responded that I hoped it would come down to the Pirates and the Athletics. Well as we know predictions are like opinions – everybody has one, and of course mine were wrong.

So now that we are down to the final four teams, I will have to hold my nose and root for the Red Sox as well as the Cardinals to meet in the Fall Classic. Why would I choose those two teams you may ask ? Well with the Sox I can’t hold much of a grudge. I mean we did beat them in ’86 and I am eternally grateful for their coming back from being three games down in the ’04 ALCS against the Goliaths of the American League, the New York Yankees, and go on to beat the Cards to win the World Series that year.

But I have hated the Cardinals of St Louis ever since that team took what was rightfully ours way back in ’85. Everyone knew that the Mets should have been the team that represented the National League East in the post season, but the Amazins faltered towards the end finishing in second place.

As we all know, the Mets would go on to win it all in ’86, but in ’87 the Cards once again stuck a dagger into the hearts of Met fans when on the 21st of September, Terry Pendleton hit that game tying home run off Roger McDowell and winning it in the tenth..

Zoom ahead 19 years to 2006, when it seemed like the Mets had the National League all sewn up and was on the verge of heading to the World Series for the first time since 2000. Once again it was our age-old rival who delivered the crushing blow as the Mets were shutdown by the Cards – this time from a Yadier Molina homerun that ended up being the game winner and a Adam Wainwright curveball that even the great Bambino himself couldn’t hit. But Carlos Beltran – one of the best postseason players at the time and still today was fooled by that nasty curve and didn’t even attempt to swing at the pitch that was eventually called strike 3. Game over! The Mets quest to be the 2006 NLCS and World Series Champs had ended.

So here we are seven years later, and Beltran (as well as his world famous mole) are members of the hated Cardinals. He currently has 9 RBIs and two home runs this postseason with plenty of action still ahead. He seems to be his stoic self at the plate, and I just have to root for him.

As much as I want to root for the Sox if they make it to the World Series, I most likely find myself painfully rooting for the Cards if they get past the Dodgers. Beltran has yet to win a World Series ring, and I feel that he is more than deserving. He never did me wrong as a Mets fan. He always tried to play as hard as he could – even when injured. It almost always seemed like he got a hit in the clutch when the team always seemed to need one. And when he came back from knee surgery in 2011, he checked his ego at the door and switched to right field because the Mets were afraid that his outfield range would greatly be affected. He stepped aside for the younger Angel Pagan in center field while delivering an MVP type season up until his final game as a Met. He came in on top and he went out on top.

And if it wasn’t for Carlos hitting the cover off the ball during the ’11 season we may never have gotten Zack Wheeler from the Giants  – which we all know at the time and now was a steal.

So if it comes down to the Cards versus the Sox during the Fall Classic, take a word of advice – Root  for Beltran to win a ring, and try to forget that the rest of the Cardinals will be getting one too.

Carlos = Beltran

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

Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today include:

Mets third base coach from ’68-’75, Eddie Yost would have been 87 (1926).

Middle reliever from ’73-’74, John Strohmayer is 67  (1946).

Spot starter/middle reliever from ’90-’91,  Julio Valera is 45  (1968).

Middle reliever from the ’11 season, Taylor Buchholz is 32 (1981)

Some other notables include:

The New York Mets traded spot starter/middle reliever, Ray Sadecki and middle reliever, Tommy Moore to the St. Louis Cardinals for third baseman,  Joe Torre on October 13, 1974. Not a bad score for the one time N.L MVP and batting champion (’71) , golden glove award winner (’65), but by the time he came to the Mets he was often injured. Although he did hit over .300 one time as a Met ( ’75) he had morphed into a double play machine – even doing it infamously four times in one game!

Mo Vaughn is openly rooting for the Cardinals and the Red Sox – but not because he likes the teams …. It’s because he loves their FOOD !!!!!

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This Day In Mets Infamy With Rusty: The Todd Pratt Goes Boom Edition! http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-the-todd-pratt-goes-boom-edition.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-the-todd-pratt-goes-boom-edition.html/#comments Wed, 09 Oct 2013 13:04:07 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=130901 A lot of things can happen in 14 years. Children are born, people die, presidents are elected, and fads come and go. (Remember the Macarena?) But I can’t believe it was 14 years ago today that one of the most overlooked moments in Mets history took place.

Yes, today is the 14th anniversary of when  Todd “The Tank” Pratt went boom to lead the Mets past the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 1999 NLDS.

I remember waking up just in time to see Todd Pratt, the Mets back-up catcher who was subbing for the injured Mike Piazza, take Diamondbacks closer Matt Mantai’s fastball over the centerfield wall.

I was working for the heavy metal band, Shango at the time, and I had gotten home at around 6:00 AM from an overnight gig. I generally don’t sleep into the afternoon, but I was so tired from the night before and I missed the first nine innings of the game. I turned on the television while still being barely conscious to hear Chris Berman utter (more like scream) that now famous play by play:

Oh… That’s hit well to centerfield…

Finley goes back… BACK! BACK!!!!! (long pause)

IT’S OVER!!!

I remember watching Diamondbacks centerfielder, Steve Finley make what looked to be a leaping grab of the ball, but I saw the look of despair in his eyes and when he bowed his head in shame. I was totally awake (hung-over, but awake) and screaming at the top of my lungs!

Yes the Mets would be eliminated by the insidious Atlanta Braves in the NLCS, but if it was not for Todd Pratt – a man who just a scant years before was out of baseball and working at a Dominos Pizza franchise – the Mets may not of gotten that far.

So what are your memories of that incredible Mets moment?

We at MMO wish Todd Pratt all the best in his battle with head and neck cancer which he revealed in August. So far so good, for the former Met catcher… After surgery to remove the tumors, his cancer is now in remission and he says he feels good and doctors tell him he’s healthy.

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

Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today include:

Utility man from the ’98 season, Jim Tatum is 46 (1967). In his lone season with the Mets, Tatum played every position except for shortstop, second base and pitcher!

One third of “Generation K” Bill Pulsipher is 40 (1973). Oh what could have been!

Starting pitcher from the ’06 season, Alay Soler is 34 (1979). Soler was the one of the few Cuban defectors the Mets signed in the past decade. But unlike an El Duque or a Livan Hernandez, Alay never lived up to the hype. He only pitched in eight games for the Mets, posting a record of 2-3 with a 6.00 ERA.

Reserve outfielder from the ’11 season, Jason Pridie is 30 (1983). Pridie played in 101 games for the Mets that season, batting a paltry .231 with 4 homers and 20 RBIs.

Other notables include:

The  Oakland Athletics claimed both reserve outfielder Matt Watson and utility infielder Marco Scutaro of the New York Mets on waivers on October 9, 2003. As of this past season Scutaro was still an active player with the Giants, makes you wish the Mets never put him through waivers huh?

Mo Vaughn nearly choked on his third helping of Dominos Pizza when he saw Pratt hit that homerun!!!!

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This Day In Mets Infamy With Rusty: Songs That Best Describe The ’13 Season http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-songs-that-best-describe-the-13-season.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-songs-that-best-describe-the-13-season.html/#comments Sun, 06 Oct 2013 11:56:21 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=130767 2013 kiss my ass

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.

“The Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades”  by Timbuk Three: See Wilmer Flores, German Gonzalez, Vic BlackTravis d’Arnaud, Zack Wheeler, etc.

“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!

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Video: Terry Collins On 2014, Murphy, Lagares, More… http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/video-terry-collins-on-2014-murphy-lagares-more.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/video-terry-collins-on-2014-murphy-lagares-more.html/#comments Sun, 29 Sep 2013 13:35:53 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=130333 Here is the video I shot of Terry Collins, who held his last pre-game presser of the 2013 season a short while ago.

“We’ve been talking about 2014 for two years now…talk is pretty much over, it’s time to play.”

Terry Collins with high praise of Daniel Murphy, saying the team should model his ability to put the ball in play…

Terry said Wright and Murphy will most likely be taken out early today…

Terry Collins envisions Juan Lagares as his center fielder in 2014… Hoping for Carlos Gomez-type career….

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