HoJo Announces Comeback Plans

Howard Johnson's 1993 Topps Stadium Club card

Fifty-year-old former Mets star Howard Johnson last played in an official game on Oct. 1st, 1995, nearly 16 years ago.

This weekend, he’ll be stepping back into action as a member of the Rockland Boulders in the independent Can-Am League. He’ll be playing alongside his son, Glen Johnson as the Boulders close out their inaugural season with a two-game series against the Newark Bears at Provident Bank Park.

“This may be my last go ‘round so it’s a great opportunity to play in a professional game with my son,” said Howard Johnson in a team-issued press release. “How many fathers can do that?”

Some are likely to criticize this as a sad publicity stunt, but it sounds like fun to me. I’d rather see HoJo take some swings in a Mets uniform during an old-timer’s game, but I wouldn’t mind seeing him try his luck against the Newark Bears’ pitching staff. I’m sure it will be a memorable weekend for both HoJo and his son as well.

I wish I was going to see the games, but I don’t think a trip up into Rockland County is in the cards for me this weekend. If anybody does go, please give me a full report. 🙂

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Posted on August 30, 2011, in New York Mets and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I think that it is pretty neat and it just may end up being HoJo’s best baseball memory. Plus, if Tony Phillips can do it every day in the North American League, I doubt that HoJo will have too much problems with one game.

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    • Bill Lee picked up a W for the Brockton Rox last year at the age of 63, so this type of “comeback” game is hardly unprecedented for the Can-Am League.

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  2. It’s unaffiliated, minor league ball, of course it’s a publicity stunt. They’ve got to do something to keep the 700-1000 people coming through the turnstiles. If I was close, I’d be there! Heck I would have gone to see Jose and Ozzie play last year, one more time.

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  3. I went. It was a great experience to watch him play in this “comeback game.” I also got his autograph 😀

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