… and a Huskey New Year!
* Two of the four wearers of the No. 6 jersey last year, Gustavo Molina and Trot Nixon, have signed minor league deals with other clubs. Washington inked Molina last week, while Nixon will try and make it as a walk-on with Milwaukee. And you can add Abraham Nunez to the list of those we won’t likely see again (has ever there been a more pointless Met?), leaving only Nick Evans as a survivor — and not a sure one at that.
* Derek Lowe? Wore 32 with the Red Sox and 23 with the Dodgers. Carlos Muniz has appeared intermittentlkt in 32 over the last two seasons. 23 belongs to Brian Schneider whom I still think may not come back.
* Sure, the Yankees are creeps for signing a bunch of $20 million players this winter but before we hand over the division let’s not forget Sabathia only replaces Mussina, who had an excellent year last year; Texiera replaces Giambi who was pretty good too, and Burnett’s an unreliable douche. For a third place team, the Yankees are trying awful hard.
* Manny? Maybe?
“In a row?”
Trot Nixon, 37th No. 6 in Mets history, and fourth this year, tying its own record from 2004 for the most times issued in a single season and extending 6’s dominance as the most frequently issued Mets jersey.
But based on pure velocity of the turnover, 2008 has been the sixiest season in Mets history. Consider that in 2004, 6 hadn’t been issed for the third time by time Nixon slipped on his new outfit. Chris Aguila was optioned back to AAA to make room for Nixon, illustrating the missed opportunity of handing him 6 as well.
I’d like to wish all you fathers out there a happy birthday. The Mets gave me a double header to accompany installation of a new bathroom vanity. This could be a very long day.
Word came late this evening that the Mets had traded with the D-backs Tucson farm club to acquire veteran outfielder Trot Nixon. It’s unclear at the moment when Nixon might arrive or for whom; but you can be sure they are covering a helmet in scuzz for his arrival.
Nixon, who I read once grew up a Met fan enamored of the ’86ers, is most associated with No. 7, his uni in Boston for many years. More recently he wore 33 in Cleveland (and in Tucson), but neither of those figures are available presently. Gene in the comments section argues for No. 47 — what’s not to like about that? — but we’ll be satisfied with the No. 4 Robinson “Brilliant But” Cancel turns in if/when he’s demoted again. Cancel you may have heard got the call Friday when the Mets officially returned Moises Alouback to his rightful homeland of the Disablican Republic.
Have you noticed by the way the offense completely tanks every time Alou threatens to return to the team, and then again during that “limbo period” when he may or may not be available? For a team with as many mental problems as this one has, asking it to rely on a player who’s not there for them is just unfair. They’re wanting enough as it is.
I don’t care that much if they fire Willie or not. But if its Wagner who gets him fired I pray he’s next. The Yankees seem to be in need of an egomaniacal setup man. Give us Austin Jackson and we’ll call it a deal.