Ralph Kiner played a major role in my teen years. He and Tim McCarver were the signature television game calling partnership in the 1980s and, together with Bob Murphy on the radio, were a very big influence on my development as a baseball fan. Part of the fun of Kiner was waiting for him to […]
All day yesterday I was thinking of new beginnings. Despite the doldrums the Mets are currently in I found myself looking forward to next week when pitchers and catchers report to Port St. Lucie to begin preparing for the 2012 season in earnest. Then the news came. I first saw it on Twitter as I […]
With Gary Carter’s recent health issues (bronchitis, walking pneumonia in addition to brain cancer) I’ve been more nostalgic for the powerhouse Mets of the mid 1980s. The recent hiring of Davey Johnson as Washington Nationals manager accentuates this nostalgia. I remember Carter’s Mets debut in 1985 like it was yesterday. This is the hit that […]
I loved this story from via SI.com‘s Baseball Today page for tomorrow: 1918 – Casey Stengel, after being traded by Brooklyn in the offseason, made his return to Ebbets Field a memorable one. In his first at-bat, Stengel called time, stepped out of the batter’s box and doffed his cap. A bird flew out and […]
In these troubling times for the Mets it’s nice to remember the good old days and take hear that things will get better. Just take it from these guys:
1962â€”After an 0-9 start, the expansion New York Mets won their first game beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-1 behind Jay Hook.
Guess which one of these two events are more memorable for me: 1966â€”The Braves won their first game in Atlanta by beating the New York Mets 8-4. 1970â€”Tom Seaver of the Mets struck out the last 10 Padres he faced for a 2-1 victory over San Diego. He gave up two hits and finished with […]
Marty Noble’s latest column on MLB.com discusses the possibility of the curse of Keith Hernandez. The idea was posed to him by one of his readers and is based on the Mets dismal final 17 games over the past three seasons (19-32). But Hernandez denies such a curse exists. Noble backs up Hernandez in his […]
On this day in 1969 Jerry Koosman pitched the Mets to a 5-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles to win the teams first World Series in 5 games. Also today, in 2000 Mike Hampton led the Mets to a 7-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals that clinched the NLCS and an ill fated Subway […]
I was looking at some of my logs and noticed that I registered a few hits from web searches for information on the starting lineup of the 1986 Mets. So as a public service I now bring you some information on lineups the Mets used in ’86.