Collin Cowgill's 2013 Topps Update Chasing History autographed insert baseball card

Collin Cowgill’s 2013 Topps Update Chasing History autographed insert baseball card

During the final nine days of 2013, I’m going to revisit nine memorable baseball moments from the year.

Following an off-season of jokes – including some from the team’s GM – about the Mets’ outfield and cutesy spring training stories about Mets’ players with animal names, I wanted to see the Mets surprise everyone (including me) with a fast start.

On April Fool’s Day, I was sitting in Section 413 to watch the Mets beat the San Diego Padres by 11-2. Collin Cowgill, who had started off as a symbol of the disappointing off-season, put the game out of reach with his seventh inning grand slam and became a hero. He even earned a highlight baseball card from Topps, though it came out months after Cowgill’s time in New York had come to an end.

If Citi Field had had Collin Cowgill t-shirts on Opening Day, I would have bought one. Fortunately, they did not – otherwise, it would probably be hanging unworn next to my Omir Santos one.

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