Wednesday, February 22, 2017

KELLY JOHNSON METS BIRTHDAY QUOTE OF THE DAY FOR FEBRUARY 22ND

Kelly Johnson was born on this day in 1982. Can I just say, over the last two years, Kelly Johnson has been my favorite Met.

I love everything about him--the way he plays, his demeanor on the field and mostly what a clutch ballplayer he is. I am not happy that the Mets do not appear to be signing him for the 2017 season---big mistake. I know the running gag is that we will trade for him in July or August but there is no guarantee of that.

Johnson's MLB career started in 2005. He has played for eleven teams over his long career. Of course as Mets fans, we are most interested in the 2015 and 2016 seasons. In 2015, he hit .250 with 13 ribbies and 5 home runs in 128 at bats. I bet all five were clutch home runs. He did even better last year when he had 183 at bats with a .268 average and 24 ribbies and 9 home runs. Plus, wherever the Mets put him, he fielded the position with expertise.

In honor of my favorite Met of the last few years, Kelly Johnson is the recipient of the Mets Baseball Birthday Quote of the Day,




"He's been huge...He's a guy who can come off the bench and put him in the field or at the plate and he can get the job done."
--Terry Collins, on Kelly Johnson

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

TUG MCGRAW METS QUOTE OF THE DAY

No Mets were born today, February 21, so we have been featuring the many funny quotes of Tug 'Ya Gotta Believe' McGraw.  He is a font of humor and is greatly missed by baseball fans.

Today's McGraw quote is about relief pitching...



"Some days you tame the tiger. Other days the tiger has you for lunch."
McGraw---talking about relief pitching

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Monday, February 20, 2017

LIVAN HERNANDEZ FEBRUARY 20TH METS BIRTHDAY QUOTE OF THE DAY

Happy Birthday to 18 year MLB veteran pitcher, Livan Hernandez. Between 1996--2012, he played for ten different teams. The Boys from Flushing were one of those teams.

Over his long and successful career, he was a two time all-star and most impressively, the MVP of the 1997 World Series with the Marlins.

Unfortunately, his time with the Mets was not a particularly  successful one. He was the Mets 5th starter in the 2009 season. I thought it was a great move at the time. Shows how much I know as he went 7 and 8 in 135 innings with an ERA of 5.47. He was released by the Mets in the end of August of 2009.

Despite his not great numbers with the Mets, he still was a terrific pitcher over his long career and very deserving of our Mets Baseball Quote of the Day which probably means almost as much to him as the 1997 World Series MVP Award.



"He is a great pitcher and I have respect for him."
--Edgardo Alfonzo,  I know it is not the most exciting quote but it very well sums up his career.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

TIM BURKE METS BIRTHDAY QUOTE OF THE DAY FOR FEBRUARY 19TH

Happy Birthday to former Mets relief pitcher, Tim Burke, born on February 19th, 1959.

Burke was not only an all-star (not with the Mets unfortunately) but he was also a deeply religious and charitable person. He and his wife adopted four children and he gave up his career to raise his kids.

In Mets lore, he is likely known mostly for being traded to the Mets from the Expos for Mets legend, Ron Darling. He was acquired on July 15th, 1991 and had a 3 and 3 record with the Mets with a 2.72 ERA. His 1992 numbers with the Mets--not so good. Before being traded to the Yankees for 'Big' Lee Gutterman (there was a rule back then that whenever you referenced Lee Gutterman, you had to put 'Big' before his name), he posted a 1 and 2 record with a 5.74 ERA.

He was certainly a good pitcher in his day especially his years with the Expos, but he also seems like an exemplary and charitable person which means a hell of a lot more than a baseball career (at least sometimes).

The Mets Baseball Birthday Quote of the Day was a question to Burke about what kind of baseball player he thought Jesus Christ would be,



"If Jesus was on the field, he'd be pitching inside and breaking up the double play."
--Tim Burke

Saturday, February 18, 2017

TUG MCGRAW METS QUOTE OF THE DAY

Why are closers among the quirkiest and funniest of players (i.e. Sparky Lyle, Dan Quisenberry, The Goose, etc.)? Must be all the pressure. Tug McGraw clearly fits that category. Not only was he funny, quirky and a great quote maker but he was a hell of a pitcher.

He spent his career as a Mets and Phillie. Besides being a great pitcher, he was responsible for the  Mets1973 World Series run chant, 'Ya Gotta Believe'. He is also known for being the father of country singer Tim McGraw.

For a laugh of the day, here is one of the many great Tug McGraw Quotes.





"I have no trouble with the 12 inches between my elbow and my palm. It's the seven inches between my ears that's bent."
--Tug McGraw

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

PASSING FIVE YEARS AGO OF GARY CARTER IN QUOTES

The Kid, Gary Carter, passed away five years ago today. What a wonderful person and  a hell of a ballplayer. He was one of the leaders of the Mets last successful World Series victory in 1986 and he was a Hall of Fame catcher.

Among his many accomplishments include, 11 x All-Star, 3 x Gold Glove, 5 x Silver Slugger and the 1984 NL RBI leader. He was voted to the Expos and Mets Hall of Fame on top of his selection to the Baseball Hall of Fame.



"He made the Mets better the day he arrived."
--George Vecsey

We miss you Kid!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BARRY JONES AND YOUR SHORT STRANGE METS CAREER

Mets pitcher Barry Jones was born on February 15, 1963. He played for a lot of teams over his career including the Pirates, White Sox, Expos and Phillies. His career record was 33 and 33 with a 3.66 ERA and 23 saves.

However, it is his brief Mets career that is most interesting. He pitched in 17 games for the Mets in 1992. In 15 innings, he had a very impressive 2-0 record and had a save. That's all great stuff and would sound wonderful on the surface but his ERA in the 17 games was 9.39. Talk about run support.

Today's Quote is a bad prediction about Barry Jones from Ray Miller.




"Someday he is going to be a great closer. He has the perfect attitude for it."
--Ray Miller, talking about Barry Jones