Happy Tax Day

Dollar sign painting by Andy WarholYes, I will be one of the idiots rushing to see my accountant, wincing at the figures I owe, then rushing to get envelopes postmarked before the extended-hours post office closes. Hope most of you were smart enough to get your returns in early and are able to laugh at people like me.

Besides being “tax day”, it’s also Jackie Robinson Day, which means everyone on the Mets will be wearing #42. This is a nice gesture, but it sort of complicates the old line, “… you can’t tell these guys without a scorecard”. Luckily we are overwhelmed by media images of our beloved Mets in this day and age, to the point where most of us can identify Carlos Muniz at the Queens Plaza Flea Market.

Today is also the birthday of Jeromy Burnitz, one of those rare two-time Mets. Not rare among two-time Mets is the fact we was awful in both stints. Still, I enjoyed watching Jeromy in his second go-around, particularly for his hard-nosed play, hustle, and the ability to hit the ball harder than anyone else during batting practice. That whole one strikeout every three times up thing, though, was a bit disturbing.

Finally, on this day in 1979, the Mets signed a slick fielding, 15-year-old shortstop named Jose Oquendo. Yeah, you got that right — he was 15 years old when the Mets discovered him in Puerto Rico. Oquendo made it to the Majors four years later, at the age of 19, and was supposed to be … well, the player Jose Reyes turned out to be. Although the first Jose was an incredibly gifted shortstop with a rifle arm, Oquendo was initially such a terrible hitter there was talk of establishing an “Oquendo Line” just hair above the “Mendoza Line”. The Mets shipped the good-field, no-hit shortstop off to St. Louis for a bag of balls, and he immediately became a good-hit, no-field supersub who was put into several positions just to get his bat into the lineup. Go figure.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Walnutz15 April 15, 2008 at 7:53 am
    *Points and Laughs at Joe*


    Sorry, couldn’t resist. You did ask for it in your entry.

    Hope all’s well, pal.

  2. isuzudude April 15, 2008 at 8:48 am
    Any predictions on whether Milledge and Lo Duca get booed or cheered in their returns to Shea tonight?
  3. Walnutz15 April 15, 2008 at 9:16 am
    The crowd will cheer wildly when it’s announced that neither player has filed their taxes yet — and will be severely audited.


  4. Micalpalyn April 15, 2008 at 11:46 am
    Actually knowing the Metfans there could be some awesome signs;

    How about fans dressed as flava-flave wearing millz jerseys

    or Loduca shirts cut off to look like Hooters shirts

    All puns aside I think the Mets fans largely will cheer Loduca and Millz.

  5. isuzudude April 15, 2008 at 5:34 pm
    Well, I’m sure more on the topic will follow, but it seems like the panic-button pushers among us are getting their way tonight. Luis Castillo is hitting 8th, while Ryan Church has been bumped up to 2nd. In my opinion, it is WAY too early in the season to be making such drastic alterations with the lineup…especially considering Castillo is coming off a 2 for 4 with a walk performance in the series finale against the Brewers. All this is going to do is send a message to the fans that the team is already in panic mode, and is perhaps another series loss away from letting Delgado lead off and Billy Wagner start. Awful, awful, awful.

    But at least to you Willie naysayers, who get on his back for not “mixing things up” when the team is in a slump…well, let’s just say be careful what you wish for. You got what you wanted tonight. And please don’t bash Willie for letting Church bat 2nd instead of Pagan. Any person with half a brain can understand the move is being made to prevent a Delgado-Church-Schneider lefty parade at the bottom of the order.