A long long time ago, in a stadium directly across from Citi Field was a place where fans were born and memories were created. That was before the dark times – BEFORE THE MADOFF… It is funny when you watch one of your all time favorite movies that you can attribute certain quotes to specific areas of your favorite baseball team. Take for example this little nugget of jubilation: You see what I told you […]
1970 – Mets’ outfielder Tommie Agee becomes the first non-pitcher to win a Gold Glove in each league. The New York flycatcher also won the honor with the White Sox during his 1966 Rookie of the Year season. 1972 – Jon Matlack (15-10, 2.32) is selected by the BBWAA as National League Rookie of the Year. The 22-year old Mets southpaw becomes the second player in team history to win the award joining teammate Tom […]
The Mets had their share of postponements and suspended games in 2013 as weather wreaked havoc with them during the first few months of the season. It led to a plethora of makeup games on what were initially scheduled days off and also four double headers. The Mets were snowed out due to blizzard conditions in Colorado on Monday April 15. The teams would squeeze two games in the following day that saw the Mets […]
Six weeks ago, an unidentified Mets executive – and really, how many are there – told Mike Puma of the Post that the front office was pleased with the work of Terry Collins and his staff. Then he said this: “I think they’re doing a good job of sprinting to the finish line.” Sure, if the runner in question is Ramon Castro. The Mets are sprinting nowhere, once again. They’re tumbling, scuffling, tripping to the […]
This week’s Met sweep of the Colorado Rockies is instructive. In taking the broom to the Rockies at Citi Field, the Mets showcased the blueprint they hope can make them a contender as early as next season – solid pitching. In designing that building plan the Mets need look no further than their first World Championship team the 1969 Mets. That Met team, a group that shocked the world, was built around solid starting pitching. […]
They say that every great run of success usually had its roots in a turning point. Looking at Mets history you can say we’ve had quite a few turning points – both good and bad. Gil Hodges and Tom Seaver were certainly turning points for the Mets – when they went from lovable losers to a team to be reckoned with and one that shocked the world in 1969. I always felt that the day […]
“It’s always good planning to have a baseball in the dugout with shoe polish on it, just in case.” That is the expression coined following the infamous Shoe Polish incident, when in Game 5 of the 1969 World Series, Cleon Jones hit the deck to evade a Dave McNally pitch that skidded into the Mets dugout, only to be retrieved by Mets skipper Gil Hodges to reveal a smudge of shoe polish, awarding Jones first […]
A member of the SABR once said, “There are 499 ballplayers. And then there’s Willie Mays.” It was way back in the summer of 1973. Camera Day. I was a few months shy of turning 8 years old. My dad nudged me closer to the railing along the third base line so no grown-ups would block my view. Mets players walked around the warning track, stopping every few feet to smile for the cameras. My […]
As of now, Terry Collins’ job is safe and deservedly so. Based on getting the most out of what he has been given and basic fairness, there’s nothing justifying Collins’ job being in question. However, fairness is irrelevant in sports. A manager’s job security always becomes an issue when he has lame duck contractual status and his team has lost six straight games.Losing streaks get everybody edgy, with questions directed to management, in this case, GM Sandy […]
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