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Ron Swoboda on the Mayan calendar apocalypse theory

Ron Swoboda's 1967 Topps baseball card

Ron Swoboda’s 1967 Topps baseball card

The Times-Picayune’s Doug MacCash asked New Orleans celebrities for their thoughts on the possibility that Dec. 21, 2012 is the end of the world.

Among those who responded was 1969 New York Mets World Series hero Ron Swoboda, who is now a sportscaster in New Orleans.

“So many of us in New Orleans already eat and drink like the world is coming to an end tomorrow,” Swoboda wrote, “and when it doesn’t, we don’t have to change anything. At its heart it’s the same benevolent nihilism all over again.”

Applying a certain reassuring logic to the situation, Swoboda rhetorically asks: “If the Mayans were so smart, why did the jungle win?”


Wilson, Swoboda to appear at Manahattan CitiBank location tomorrow

Mookie Wilson’s 1984 Donruss baseball card

If you’re in Manhattan and can get free at lunchtime tomorrow, you could meet New York Mets fan favorites Mookie Wilson and Ron Swoboda at the CitiBank branch at 90 Park Avenue. For more details, check out Nick Diunte’s article. 

Rare autograph appearances by Mike Piazza & Choo Choo Coleman

Next month’s White Plains sports card show is shaping up as a “must attend” event for Mets autograph collectors.

Mike Piazza

Mike Piazza poses for a photo on Beanie Baby Day at Shea Stadium in 1999 (Photo credit: slgckgc)

Mike Piazza will be the headline guest on Saturday, January 21st, with autographs starting at $149. A limited number of autograph tickets for bats and jerseys will be sold $249. Inscriptions and personalizations are an additional $50. While those prices are likely going to prove too high for my budget, I don’t expect to see a significantly better deal anytime soon. When Piazza goes on the Hall of Fame ballot for 2013, expect his autograph prices to get even higher.

JP Sports is also bringing in original Mets catcher Choo Choo Coleman, for what is billed as his first autograph show appearance ever on January 21st. Autographs will be $25.

Other former Mets players attending the show include Jay Hook, John Franco, Al Jackson, Jerry Koosman, Jon Matlack and Gary Sheffield. More guests may be added before the show date. In case you can’t make it, mail order is available.

Not to be outdone, MAB Celebrity Services is planning a 50 Years of Amazin’ Baseball autograph show at the Cesar’s Club at Citi Field on Sunday, January 22nd.

Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Tom Seaver headline a lineup that also includes Coleman, Dwight Gooden, Keith Hernandez, Ron Swoboda, Cleon Jones and Ed Kranepool, as well as special guests Al Kaline and Luis Aparcio.

Start saving your money. 🙂