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An encore

It’s been about a week and a half since I announced my intention to stop updating this blog… and the reasons for doing that really haven’t changed. But I got something in the mail this weekend that I did want to share and acknowledge.

Back in 2013, I attended Zack Wheeler‘s first start at Citi Field along with 33 thousand other Mets fans who were there to see his home debut and/or try to get the David Wright bobblehead giveaway.

Mission accomplished on the bobblehead front, I might have had a better afternoon if I’d made an early exit from Citi Field. Wheeler got rocked, and Brandon Lyon (remember him?) threw gasoline on the fire. Heading to the ninth inning, the Mets trailed 11-0.

But I’m glad I stuck it out for the whole game. Instead of summoning another reliever, Terry Collins called on backup catcher Anthony Recker to face the Washington Nationals in the game’s final inning.

There were far less than 33 thousand people still in the ballpark at that point, and I was one of the few Mets fans on hand who bothered to take any photos of Recker’s pitching debut. I posted them online after I got home, because it really was the only highlight of a disappointing game.

Mets fan and autograph collector Lee Harmon contacted me to obtain my original image files so he could use one of them for a custom baseball card to get signed. At the end of the season, Lee sent me an autographed copy for my own collection. Since Recker never appeared as a Met on an official widely-released baseball card, Lee’s creation has a permanent spot in my binder.

Earlier this month, Lee got to see Recker when the Columbus Clippers played the Indianapolis Indians. According to the note he sent me, Recker liked the photo and was thrilled to keep a copy.

Anthony Recker CCI04252016

The one Recker signed for me instantly became one of my favorite pieces in my collection.

Thank you, Lee, and thank you Anthony Recker.

Signing off one more time,

— Paul 

 

Bringing things to a close

Some of you may remember when this was a more active site, with new posts at least once a day. I’d write about the Newark Bears games, visiting different ballparks, adding new items to my baseball card and autograph collection, or my thoughts on the New York Mets.

The Bears are long gone…collecting has slowed due to life changes and changing interests. Trips to the ballpark have also slowed — again due to life changes — and I’m finding less motivation to write about them.

I visited one ballpark I’d never been to last year: Oriole Park at Camden Yards. I think I shared a few photos on Facebook, but I never got around to writing about that trip here. I went to the Mets’ home opener last week…and I still haven’t gotten around to writing about that either.

Part of that is knowing that there are so many better bloggers who write about the Mets that you could be reading…part of it is often not having time to stop & reflect until the news cycle has already moved on to the next thing.

And despite good intentions, I realize that is not going to change.

So thank you to those of you who’ve stuck with me over the years. I’ve made a few real life friends as a result of this blog, as well as a number of online ones. But even if we’ve never talked, I appreciate that you took the time to read whatever I had to say.

RandomBaseballStuff.com will remain online though the end of the year, at least…and maybe longer — it would make me sad to see this url turn into an SEO spam blog. But this is likely to be my last post here.

If you want to keep in touch, you can find me on Facebook, on Instagram as @pwhphotos, and at my neglected personal blog, PaulHadsall.com.

Trenton Thunder want you to trade in your old Riversharks gear for tix

The Trenton Thunder are hoping to take advantage of the demise of the Camden Riversharks to recruit new fans.

If you’ve got hats, shirts, jerseys, pants, shorts, socks or shoes of the Camden Riversharks, (or the Atlantic City Surf or Newark Bears), you may exchange your items at the Thunder ticket office and receive a $13 ticket to a 2016 Thunder game (based upon availability), a food voucher, and 20% off at the Thunder company store. There’s a limit of one item of clothing per person per transaction.

“We’re proud to put together a program of this nature,” said Thunder GM/COO Jeff Hurley in a team-issued press release. “The Thunder play the highest level of professional baseball in the state of New Jersey and we are here to stay!”

I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m not planning to trade in my Bears or Riversharks caps for Thunder tix. But then again, I’ve still got a NJ Cardinals cap too.