Found October 01, 2012 on
Paul Lo Duca
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How awesome was this scene in the clubhouse?
Man, 2006 feels like so long ago now. That season was the most exciting one I have witnessed since the World Series run in 2000. The Mets were a juggernaut. We had swagger, power, pitching, speed. We had a attitude and everyone hated us, especially when Reyes, Delgado, and others would dance on the field.
Remember the slogan?
“The Team. The Time. The Mets.”
Remember how much we loved Willie Randolph? We thought he was our savior, and everything he touched was gold.
The 2005 off-season was Omar Minaya’s second season at the helm. He spared no expense, and left no stone unturned as he built a powerhouse of a team.
Notable moves from the 2005 off-season that helped lead us to the 2006 NL East Crown.
The lasting image of the young Wright celebrating
November 18, 2005: Xavier Nady was traded by the San Diego Padres to the New York Mets for Mike Cameron.
- November 24, 2005: Carlos Delgado was traded by the Florida Marlins with cash to the New York Mets for Mike Jacobs, Yusmeiro Petit, and Grant Psomas (minors).
- November 29, 2005: Billy Wagner was signed as a Free Agent by the New York Mets.
- December 5, 2005: Paul Lo Duca was traded by the Florida Marlins to the New York Mets for Dante Brinkley (minors) and Gaby Hernandez (minors).
- December 12, 2005: Julio Franco was signed as a Free Agent by the New York Mets.
- January 22, 2006: Kris Benson was traded by the New York Mets to the Baltimore Orioles for Jorge Julio and John Maine.
The pitching staff was headed by long time nemesis Tom Glavine, Pedro Martinez, Steve Trachsel, Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez, while Oliver Perez and John Maine filled in when injuries hit.
The starting lineup boasted supreme talent across the board from the youngsters Reyes and Wright, to the veteran sluggers Delgado and Beltran.
This team had a great bullpen led by all-star closer Billy Wagner, Pedro Feliciano, Duaner Sanchez and Chad Bradford.
Despite the season ending in an utter letdown, 2006 was a wild ride. We had some of the greatest moments in our history during that season.
Boy, don’t you miss Lo Duca’s fire?
Remember the double play at home versus the Dodgers in the NLDS?
With nobody out and runners on first and second base, Russell Martin drilled a single toward right field. When it hit off the wall, it seemed definite that Jeff Kent and J.D. Drew would score. As Lo Duca looked up to see home-plate umpire John Hirschbeck call Kent out, he almost didn’t see Drew sliding headfirst toward the plate. But with one quick motion, the veteran catcher turned his head back toward the field and applied the tag that completed an improbable double play.
Remember Endy Chavez’s catch versus the Cardinals in the NLCS?
Endy made arguably one of the best defensive plays in Mets history, and it will be forever remembered as “The Catch”.
It’s too bad this catch did not
I’ll let Gary Cohen refresh your memory in case you forgot exactly how it happened.
“Edmonds at first and one out, and Perez deals. Fastball hit in the air to left field, that’s deep, back goes Chavez back near the wall…leaping, and…. he made the catch! He took a home run away from Rolen! Trying to get back to first, Edmonds… he’s doubled off! And the inning is over! Endy Chavez saved the day! He reached high over the left field wall, right in front of the visitors bullpen, and pulled back a two run homer! He went to the apex of his leap, and caught it in the webbing of his glove, with his elbow up above the fence. A miraculous play by Endy Chavez and then Edmonds is doubled off first, and Oliver Perez escapes the 6th inning. The play of the year, the play maybe of the franchise history, for Endy Chavez and the inning is over”
The Mets had so many memorable moments from that season, but now it just feels so long ago.
How does a big market team like us always find a way to fail?
We have so many resources, but fail to build a complete team. The 2006 team was the strongest we have had in a very long time.
It’s just really sad that we have to think back seven years to remember what it was like to really enjoy watching our favorite team. The Mets have had their moments over the past few seasons, but they always end in disappointment When will it end? When Harvey and Wheeler get here? I know they will help, but as my dad said the other day, “how awful would it be to have Harvey and Wheeler here and no team around them?”.
That would be awful, but it would also be typical of the Mets. I just really hope I get to stop saying that one day…
BEST OF MAXIM
Anthony DiComo of Mets.com, posted about Scott Hairston before the weekend who told him that where he signs after this season will be dependent upon getting more playing time.
Scott Hairston started his 10th consecutive game in the outfield Sunday, a notable feat. Signed last winter to serve as a right-handed bench bat and platoon outfielder, Hairston has played nearly every day...
Baseball America ranked the Top 20 Prospects in the New York-Penn League and featured four Mets farmhands in RHP Luis Mateo #5, CF Brandon Nimmo #11, RHP Hansel Robles #12 and SS Philip Evans #18. Not a bad showing at all. Here is what they had to say on each of them:5. Luis Mateo:He’s a true power pitcher who sits at 92-95 mph and touches 96 regularly, with good angle on his...
Alderson’s Third Offseason: It’s Time To Put Up, Or Shut Up…Those team sources are talking to Adam Rubin at ESPN New York again. He says the Mets intend to keep payroll the same, turn over the roster mostly through trades, and nobody’s safe. That goes for you too Wright and Dickey…Metsblog summarizes the gist of it as follows:No one on the roster is viewed as ‘untouchable...
How do you ultimately judge a season where not much was expected only to have the team play inspired ball for three-plus months of the year? Especially when that strong play was followed up by inertia from the front office and then dreadful play over the final three months? I don’t know. So, instead of trying to put some type of grade on the year, here are the top 10 positive...
Jeurys Familia makes his final start of the year as the Mets take on the Marlins at 7:10 PM.It may take the software a minute to load when you first click on the page. Please be patient. If you’re having trouble getting in, try using Firefox instead of Internet Explorer. Enter your comments in the text box above where it says “Powered by Quick Chat” and the various emoticons...
Photo by Michael G. BaronYesterday afternoon, New York Mets manager Terry Collins stated he and his entire coaching staff would be returning for next season, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN.“You can get carried away by blaming coaches for a lot of stuff that happens,” Collins said yesterday, according to Rubin. “If you didn’t see a work ethic, I can understand coaching changes...
In this MMO Roundtable edition, I asked our staff the following:What is the number one priority for the Mets this offseason?Mitch: While the outfield has some issues, the bullpen is priority number one. The Mets lost a bunch of games because of the bullpen’s inability to get the job done…I’m not sure how many games, if any, could be directly attributed to the lack of production...
Jeurys Familia will make his first MLB start on Monday against the Marlins.
As the season draws to an end, the Mets announced their starters for the final three games of the season against the Marlins in Miami.
Jeurys Familia will start Monday night’s game against the Marlins. Terry Collins mentioned that h wanted to give Familia a start before the end of the season. Familia went...
The Marlins (68-92) came from behind late in the game to beat the Mets (73-87) by the score of 3-2 tonight in Miami. What a sleeper this game was. Seriously, I caught myself nodding off at least twice.Jeurys Familia made his first major league start and his reputation for wildness was on full display for all to see in this game. The young right-hander surrendered just one hit in...
Monday October 1, 7:10 PM ETMarlins Park, MiamiJeurys Familia (0-0, 8.64) vs. Josh Johnson (8-14, 3.81 ERA) Starting LineupRuben Tejada, ssDaniel Murphy, 2bDavid Wright, 3bScott Hairston, rfIke Davis, 1bKelly Shoppach, cJason Bay, lfAndres Torres, cfJeurys Familia, rhpThe Mets and Marlins open up in Miami for the final series of the season tonight as Jeurys Familia gets the start...
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 • 7:10 p.m.Marlins Park • Miami, FLRHP R.A. Dickey (20-6, 2.69) vs. RHP Jacob Turner (1-4, 3.86)Dickey is 8-0 with a 0.92 ERA in eight starts against the Marlins over the last two seasons. That is tied for the second-longest winning streak in franchise history by a Met against one organization, matching Tom Seaver, who had eight straight wins against...
SOLID… Solid as a rock…
Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson will discuss the state and future of the coaching staff this Monday or Tuesday according to Mike Puma of the NY Post.
A Mets official also told him that he would be surprised if Dan Warthen gets fired.
This kind of backs up earlier reports from two weeks ago that intimated the same thing regarding pitching coach Dan Warthen...
Monday October 1, 7:10 PM ETMarlins Park, MiamiJeurys Familia (0-0, 8.64) vs. Wade LeBlanc (2-5, 3.96 ERA)*** Last minute change, Marlins pull Josh Johnson (hamstring) in favor of Wade LeBlanc. ***Starting LineupRuben Tejada, ssDaniel Murphy, 2bDavid Wright, 3bScott Hairston, rfIke Davis, 1bKelly Shoppach, cJason Bay, lfAndres Torres, cfJeurys Familia, rhpThe Mets and Marlins open...