I know it's not fun to look back on 2008 with the '09 season so tantalizingly close, but you must read this story.
Let me try and summarize it in as few words as possible: Joe Smith should have come in, wasn't warmed up, hit his head, walked the first guy he faced on five pitches, given cover story, traded in off-season.
Please, go to Surfing the Mets and read the whole account.
How bizarre. And sad.
This better not happen again.