Thanksgivings Past

In addition to giving thanks, I thought it would be fun to look at some of the news from Thanksgivings past. Enjoy …


The Mets made good on their promise to overhaul the organization from top to bottom. Huh, that sounds vaguely familiar.

Jeff Wilpon asserted that the team would be “aggressive” in the free-agent market, though both I and Wallace Matthews agreed a better plan would be to look toward 2011.

Omar Minaya was seriously considering acquiring Jose Guillen.

Jason Marquis was lobbying to be signed by the Mets through Jeff Francoeur, and loyal MetsToday reader Ceetar suspected Marquis was hiding an injury.


Aaron Heilman was still begging the Mets for a chance to start

Luis Castillo asked the Mets for a “second chance”

The Mets gave up on Derek Lowe, and made empty promises to Pedro Martinez


The Mets signed Yorvit Torrealba to a three-year deal, then didn’t. What happened? I offered 10 reasons the deal fell through.

Luis Castillo was signed to a four-year deal

Tom Glavine finally went with the wind, leaving Flushing to return to Tara

Omar Minaya was hot for Freddy Garcia

A stodgy and possibly drunk old-time beat writer compared bloggers to “pamphleteers”, and suggested that Hitler would eliminate all of them.

The Mets traded Lastings Milledge to the Nationals for Ryan Church and Brian Schneider. (By the way, Joaquin Arias is now on the Royals after being DFA’d by the Mets.)


The month was all about a Japanese pitcher named Daisuke Matsuzaka — but I saw through Scott Boras‘ smoke screen — and wasn’t as impressed as others.

I compared the Aaron Heilman situation to that of Jonathan Papelbon

The Mets lost Chad Bradford and Darren Oliver to free agency, traded Matt Lindstrom and Henry Owens to the Marlins, and dumped Heath Bell and Royce Ring on the Padres for Ben Johnson and Jon Adkins in a deal Minaya said “…may not be a sexy trade”. Indeed. Apparently, they thought their 2007 starting pitchers would resemble the 1980 Oakland A’s.

Tom Glavine was a turkey, and screwing the Mets.

Can someone please pass the cranberry sauce?

Happy Thanksgiving!

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. gary s. November 25, 2010 at 10:13 am
    Joe, after reading this i almost lost my appetitte..Happy Thanksgiving.
    • Joe Janish November 25, 2010 at 4:29 pm
      Well on the bright side maybe you won’t over-eat today …

      Happy Thanksgiving Gary! Thanks for your loyal support.