On The Road With Petey Pete: New Britain, CT & The Binghamton Mets
Let’s see, do I have everything? Lap-top, check. Digital camera, check. Voice recorder check. Sandwiches check. Cell phone, of course, looks like I’m ready to go! New Britain here I come and I will be preceded by the Double-A version of a wrecking crew from Binghamton known as the B-Mets.
I sent word ahead, a little advanced warning so-to-speak, when I reached out to Matt den Dekker today and told him I would be at these next four games, and asked him if he would have a little time to answer some questions for our readers at MMO. He said he would have some time, and seeing as he is red-hot with the bat right now and simply scorching the ball to the tune of a .386/.429/.636 slash line in his last ten games, with five doubles, two HR’s and eight RBI’s, I better keep my distance in case he spontaneously combusts.
There should be lots of interesting B-Mets tid-bits coming your way here on MMO all this week. I’m going to go the distance for you to answer once and for all your burning B-Mets questions. Where does Zack Wheeler think he is in his development as a pitcher? What adjustments have Jefry Marte, Eric Campbell, and Armando Rodriguez made in order to have such success this year? How is Reese Havens feeling? How does Greg Peavey feel about his first go-round in double-A? How long will Jenrry Mejia and Collin McHugh be at double-A?
Inquiring Mets-minds want to know. Well, I’m out the door, hittin’ the road now, we’ll see you in New Britain stay tuned…….
About the Author: Peter Shapiro
The first time I went to Shea was not for a Mets game, it was for the Beatles concert there in August of '66. My first Met game was '67, a guy named Salty Parker was the interim-manager then. My first pennant race was 1969. As a 12 year-old that summer and fall, I managed to get to the park for 3 games. The first was the beginning of the Miracle which actually started on Tuesday July 8, 1969 with a day game against the Cubs. I was there a lot in '73. I saw games 3 & 5 of the 1973 NL Playoffs against the "Big Red Machine", from the upper deck behind home plate. It was from there that I witnessed the fight between Bud Harrelson and Pete Rose, and the mayhem that ensued. And that sweet victory in game 5! I saw a couple of WS games at Shea that year against that legendary Oakland A's club. I was there in 1985 for every single game Dr. K pitched including his two 16 strikeout performances, and the day he one-hit the Cubs on an infield single and the Mets won 1-0. I loved being a Met fan in those days. Hopefully we are once again preparing to emerge from the darkness.
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