I was able to add a pair of autographs to my Mets collection last night at the Newark Bears home opener.
Newark’s new manager for 2013 is Garry Templeton, who finished his major league playing career with the 1991 New York Mets. He was much better known as a St. Louis Cardinal (where he was a two-time All-Star) and a San Diego Padre (where he played for 10 seasons and made his final All-Star appearance in 1985.)
The Rockland Boulders’ new pitching coach is Bobby M. Jones, the left-handed reliever who played for the New York Mets in 2000 and 2002. Jones also appeared in three early-season games for the 2004 Boston Red Sox, but spent most of his major league playing career with the Colorado Rockies.
The Bears lost the game 3-1, with their batters striking out 16 times. It seemed like the team was practicing the same
hitting batting philosophy as the Mets do these days – run up the opponents’ pitch count in expectation of it leading to better scoring chances. Continue reading →
My friends sent me a pair of mementos tangentially related to Mets games of the semi-recent past.
It’s hard to believe, but it was four years ago last month that Citi Field opened. I couldn’t make it to the first exhibition game against the Boston Red Sox, and I didn’t think the Opening Day ticket prices were worth it so I didn’t get to see a lot of the ballpark’s “firsts.”
But I did get to see Jed Lowrie, then of the Boston Red Sox, hit the first grand slam at Citi Field at the Mets’ second exhibition game against the Red Sox. I thought my friend Bart would at least appreciate this photo of Lowrie crossing the plate afterwards, so I had it printed and gave it to him. He sent copies of it to Lowrie a few times, and one that he’d given up for lost made its way back to him so he gave me the duplicate.
My friend Greg also passed along a program from the Miami Marlins series with the Mets last week at Marlins Park. (It was from the one game they came back to win.)
I’m thankful for the interesting, unexpected additions to my collection.
I’m not quite sure when this became a “once a week” blog, but that’s kind of where we are now.
I expect to get to a couple of baseball games this week. I’m going to one of the games between the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees at the House of Evil – I’d agreed to go back before Jose Reyes got hurt and when I hoped that R.A. Dickey might pitch. Unfortunately, Dickey’s not in line to start the game I’m going to see.
I also expect to make my first trip to Trenton next weekend to see the Thunder and the Portland Sea Dogs. Hopefully I’ll manage to blog about one or both of the games, but I should at least manage to post a few pictures to my Flickr account.
I’d also like to see Matt Harvey face the Dodgers on Wednesday, but I don’t know that time and money will allow it.
I added one new card to my Mets autograph collection last week, a signed Tim Byrdak 2012 Topps Update card, his first that shows him as a Met. It came back postmarked from Florida, where Byrdak is continuing to rehab from shoulder surgery. Hopefully he will be able to return to the Mets bullpen this year.
While I’m playing catch-up today, here are a few recent additions to my New York Mets autograph collection, encompassing players both old and new.
First, courtesy of Eric, are a pair of signed 1962 Topps cards – pitcher Bob L. Miller and catcher Chris Cannizzaro.
Next, courtesy of Ryan, a signed 2009 Bowman Chrome card of new Mets reliever Greg Burke.
Finally, courtesy of one of the dealers at the monthly sports card show at the Rahway Senior Center, a 2013 Gypsy Queen Jeurys Familia autographed insert card.
(If you have any doubles of the regular Gypsy Queen cards from this year’s set, I need three more regular cards to finish my Mets team set.)
Dontrelle Willis, Ramon Castro and Ian Snell were among some of the ex-big leaguers who were on hand for the Long Island Ducks fan fest yesterday. Strong Island Grapher has a recap of the event from an autograph collector’s perspective.
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