Uniform Numbers – Real and Rented Part 2

About a week and a half ago we published who are the real and the fake owners of numbers 1 – 4 for the Mets http://themetspolice.blogspot.com/2008/04/whos-1.html

As this is an angoing series, here are numbers 5 through 10 (once again thanks to Mets By The Numbers):

Rightful Owner(s): Davey Johnson & David Wright
Rent-A-Met: John Olerud

Comment: Wright will never be the only owner of tha number regardless of what he does. As for Olerud, most of that 1999-2000 team was rented.

Rightful Owner(s): Al Weiss & Wally Backman
Rent-A-Met: Daryl Boston

Comment: Sadly Wally is still persona non grata in most MLB circles. As for Boston……nop, got nothing


Rightful Owner(s): Ed Kranepool & Jose Reyes
Rent-A-Met: Juan Samuel

Comment: I still cringe when I think about all we gave up for….ugh…Juan Samuel. Hell I still remember where I was when I heard the news (on a train between Limerick and Galwayin Ireland. I think I screamed.)


Rightful Owner(s): Nobody
Rent-A-Mets: Yogi Berra & Gary Carter

Comment: Yogi was and always will be a Yankee. Gary – as much as he may have loved NY and was the final piece of the 86 puzzle – was an Expo.


Rightful Owner(s): Todd Hundley
Rent-A-Met(s): Joe Torre & Todd Zeile

Comment: Torre the player was a Brave – Torre the manager was a Yankee. The fact that he transitioned as a Met doesn’t make him a Met.


Rightful Owner(s): Rusty Staub
Rent-A-Met: Nobody

Comment: Rusty wore 4 with his first stint, but was in 10 much longer. And yeah, he was an All-Star 6 times elsewhere and never with the Mets – but he played more years here than anywhere else.

11 through 15 next week.

Does Willie Pay Any Attention?

The other day Willie was on WFAN with Mike & the Mad Dog and the were discussing the upcoming weekend series with Arizona. This was Willie’s comment:

“It’s funny becuase we had their number for about a year and a half, leading into the end of last year – actually I think they swept us last time we were there”

Um, Mr. Manager sir – prior to this weekend the Mets – the team you manage – was 15-1 in Phoenix going back to 2005. You would think the manager should know this.

It got worse – Mad Dog tried to point out that no, the Diamondbacks swept the Mets at Shea last year. Willie tried to recover, insisting that Arizona had at least taken 2 of 3 the last time the Mets were there.

Seriously – when your team has dominated another team so decisevely how can you not know this?

Squeezing Every Last Drop

So I guess it should come as no surprise that the eventual demolition of Shea and Yankee Stadiums will create a wealth of souveniers. Technically the city owns both ballparks and everything in them – but both teams want to buy the salvage rights from the city. When you factor in all the seats, signs, even phones, each park could gross upwards of $20 million. Guess the inflated ticket prices and all those new suites in Corporate Field aren’t enough for the Wilpon family.

When the Cardinals tore down Busch Stadium, they even sold some of the urinals for several hundred each.

Hmmm – how much do you think a Shea urinal would fetch on eBay?
(Newsweek article on the sale http://www.newsweek.com/id/132384 )

The Next Mets Manager

So by the time the weekend ends and Arizona takes two of three, the Willie Watch will be in full force.
So if not Willie, then who?
Wally Backman had Mets pedigree and apparently was good enough to get the Arizona job before whatever that scandal was.

Jerry Manuel is already in the dugout but…eh.

Keith Hernandez clearly has the smarts but why would he give up a nice gig in the booth and become the next Bud Harrelson.
So that leaves us with the best choice. Lee Mazzilli. Mets fan fave. 1986 ring. Was there for the losing and the winning. BROOKLYN guy (Wilpons, pay attention ding ding ding). Learned how to work the media from the master Joe Torre. Even has managerial experience – and don’t be a fool and comdemn him for what happened in Baltimore.
Nothing would make The Mets Police happier than to see a #16 in the dugout with Mazzilli on the back.