Earlier this month, I started posting some recent additions to my Mets autograph collection and some cards I had scanned but never got around to posting. I’d originally hoped to finish by Christmas, but real life managed to get in the way.
Mike Bordick played just one season as a New York Met. He was acquired for Melvin Mora and three minor leaguers after Rey Ordonez broke his arm in 2000. I have two memories of Bordick as a Met. He hit a home run in his first at-bat for New York, one of the rare Mets games I paid any attention to that summer. And he looked completely washed up at age 34 in the playoffs – he went 4-for-33 (all singles) and didn’t drive in a run.
Bordick returned to the Orioles as a free agent at the end of the season and played two more seasons with them and spent one year in Toronto before retiring from baseball after the 2003 season. He appeared in 1720 regular season games during a 14-year career and was an American League All-Star in 2000.
I’m not sure where I got this card for my collection – I think it may have come from Ryan of the Great Orioles Autograph Project. Bordick does appear on baseball cards in a Mets uniform, so I will try to upgrade if I can at some point.
Miguel Cairo played in 100 games for the 2005 New York Mets in between two stints with the New York Yankees. He played for nine different teams during a 17-year career and was still active in 2012 at the age of 38. I can’t say that I have any particular memories of his time in a Mets uniform.
I purchased this card after making several unsuccessful attempts to get a Mets card signed through the mail or in person.