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”
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.)
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.
Can someone please pass the cranberry sauce?
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